The Philadelphia Police Department is adding a new tool to its crime-fighting arsenal — Twitter. Supporters say the real-time information-sharing could help police build a stronger rapport with residents and better protect them.
West Philadelphia resident Mike Van Helder remembers when police knocked down his neighbor's door at 6 a.m. "There was shouting and loud noises and of course I didn't know what it was about," Van Helder recalls. "And them being my next door neighbors, I was understandably concerned."
As he's been reporting for NPR.org in recent months, Alan Greenblatt has noticed something unusual: he's increasingly being asked to prove who he is and that he is, in fact, a journalist. Here's what he found when he started to ask why that's happening:
How many people would bother to impersonate a reporter? Enough, apparently, to cause some government officials to do preliminary background checks on people to whom they grant interviews.
Starting in the upcoming pageant year, the Miss Universe contest will admit transgendered women, following an appeal from a contestant in this year's Miss Canada beauty pageant. Vancouver resident Jenna Talackova, who underwent a sex change operation four years ago, was disqualified by Canadian officials when they learned Talackova was originally born a male.
Three Maryland public school employees have come forward to claim their portion of the gigantic Mega Millions lottery prize drawn on March 30th. Unlike lotto poseur Mirlande Wilson who held a news conference and talked to the press about her imaginary fortune, these three decided to remain anonymous.
The key moment in the manhunt for suspects in a murder spree that terrorized African-Americans in Tulsa, Okla., came Saturday morning when a tip was called in to the city's Crime Stoppers hotline, the Tulsa World says.