Just a few recent articles that update ongoing stories or bring up interesting new points:
- Remember that Fumo case? The one with several hundred indictments, and stories of everything from alpaca farms to shredding documents? It's still trudging along. A former computer aide appears ready to add his guilty plea to that of his partner in email erasure, and may testify against Fumo eventually.
- Philadelphia City Councilman Jack Kelly appears to be surrounded with financial scandal, with at least one key staffer indicted. The Daily News notes that Kelly has been silent about the matter -- and the staffer's fate -- and suggests that in a city trying to shake off a history of corruption problems, we need clear statements and actions on ethical matters. In related news, the CityPaper looks at what Kelly has accomplished during his time on Council and finds the record a bit thin.
- State legislators are considering a program of GPS ankle bracelets for sex offenders, 10% of whom currently go AWOL in PA. Civil rights issues are raised, as well as questions about the effectiveness of Megan's Law and related efforts, about who would pay the costs, and about whether the technology is even ready.
- Is Unisys going to back down from moving its headquarters to Center City over the issue of hanging their name on the Liberty Place building (of which they would rent only a small fraction)? Young Philly Politics' Dan U-A shakes his head over the hubris of it all and urges the city to hang tough.
- Finally, the fuel-cost-driven surge in transit ridership is propelling SEPTA to make customer-oriented service improvements, which D-Mac thinks could portend the apocolypse.