Look out the window — did you wake up to a dusting of snow? The forecast calls for some more of the white stuff today, with rain following tomorrow. Add Philly’s many, ever-changing street obstructions to the mix and you’ve got one heck of a commute. There is a new tool, however, that will help the city and residents track when streets and sidewalks are blocked off; my colleague Jason Laughlin has the details for you this morning. In other news, federal prosecutors say a Coatesville man took advantage of a gift card glitch to defraud eBay of $320,000. You’ll want to see the list of what he bought.
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A construction project blocks the sidewalk, spilling onto the street. The path for pedestrians, if there is one, is hard to navigate. If you’ve taken a walk through Philly’s bustling neighborhoods you’ve likely come across this familiar sight.
In an effort to establish some accountability for street obstructions, the Streets Department has developed a new interactive map so Philadelphians can see where closures are permitted. You can even read the permits.
If you learned that a glitch would allow you to over-redeem a gift card to the tune of $320,000, what would you do?
Chad Broudy, a 24-year-old from Coatesville, took advantage of a glitch on eBay that let him do just that. For 2 ½ months he went on an epic shopping spree, according to federal prosecutors, and it could put him behind bars.
His shopping list included everything from Macs and iPhones to small gold bars, a cotton candy maker, and a Star Trek sushi set.
California wants to be a model for gun control for the rest of the nation. The state already has stricter gun-control laws than most and is looking to implement more over the next few years.
Whether they have the ability to influence states like Pennsylvania, is another story.
Pennsylvania House members debated a wide range of gun-related bills last year after the Parkland, Fla., shooting. But movement has been slow and unlikely to change under Republican control.
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“The separation of black families in child-welfare proceedings echoes the ways black families were ripped apart by slavery. The impact of both will have a profound effect on society for generations.” — Suzanne Sellers, founder and executive director of Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice, on how child welfare separates families, especially black ones.