Category Archives: Nichole Dobo

Reading an audit: It’s more fun than it sounds

There were a number of issues with spending and paperwork found recently at the York City School District by the state Auditor General’s office. These reports are routine. The auditor’s office releases many of these reports each year. It’s not … Continue reading

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Autopsy information sealed

The Cumberland County coroner refused to release the cause and manner of death of a 21-year-old Shippensburg University football player. The corner argued that the Coroners Act does not make those details public until after January of the next year. … Continue reading

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Making it public, part II

After spending some time with a new Web site focused on Harrisburg’s city hall spending I decided to give the comptroller a call. “The reason I did it was because I believe in transparency,” said the newly elected Dan Miller, … Continue reading

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Making it public

The Harrisburg comptroller and mayor have been at war lately. Today, the comptroller unleashed a pretty cool site that’s loaded with tons of city financial information. It includes a roster of all employees and what they make. One of the … Continue reading

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Scraping the Web for crime

Last night I stumbled upon a Web site that’s scraping data from the city’s online police blotter. It’s using the information to make a map of the city. It’s interesting, but a bit misleading. From the looks of the map, … Continue reading

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Online data rocks

More than a year ago the York Daily Record/Sunday News launched an online data warehouse. The idea was simple: It was the place where readers could access the documents and databases we used to in our reporting. The American Society … Continue reading

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Counting people

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from the folks at the Census office. It was a letter telling me to be aware another letter is coming. My address has been selected to fill out a survey. And they … Continue reading

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Tracking flu trends

I’m not sure how accurate this is, but it’s a nifty idea. Google has a map that’s tracking of swine flu Internet searches. That information is then plotted on a map. Google claims this is a reliable way to determine … Continue reading

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Hitting 1,000

The state Office of Open Records had its 1,000th appeal filed recently. This was the first year for the new office. It serves those who are fighting state and local agencies for the right to access public documents. The 1,000th … Continue reading

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Google was in York

If you haven’t noticed yet, Google maps now has “street view” available on major roads in York County. This feature is pretty neat. And it means the Google car was in York some time recently. I wish I could have … Continue reading

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