Bouncer bill gets OK
Bouncers will be required to receive proper training and register with the city before they may begin working at local clubs and bars, thanks to a bill approved yesterday by City Council.
Council voted unanimously to pass the bill, which Councilman Bill Greenlee sponsored after he was inspired by horrifying stories about reckless bouncers in a May Daily News story. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the bill.
Change in lead-paint bill
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown made some changes yesterday to a bill that would require landlords to have a certified technician conduct a dust-wipe test when property built before 1978 is turned over to a new tenant, to prevent lead-based paint exposure. Lead-based paint was prohibited for residences in 1978.
The bill was amended to narrow the focus to landlords who rent to families with children ages 6 and under.
Bad crash, good luck
An eighth-grade student narrowly escaped injury when an SUV crashed into a Roman Catholic elementary school in Bustleton.
The student had just entered a classroom at the Maternity B.V.M. School when a Dodge Durango lost control about 3:30 p.m., crashing into the building on Old Bustleton Avenue near Ambassador Street, and plowing into the same classroom.
The driver of the SUV and a 4-year-old passenger were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital for observation. Neither was seriously injured. Parent-teacher conferences scheduled for today have been postponed until L & I can inspect the building.
New webcam suit filed
The Lower Merion Township School District, which paid more than $600,000 to settle allegations that it used laptop webcams to spy on students, is being sued by the sister of the original plaintiff.
Paige Robbins, 19, filed a federal lawsuit against the school district yesterday, contending that it secretly captured embarrassing images of her at home through her school-issued laptop's webcam.
Her brother, Blake Robbins, sued the district last year over software that allowed school employees to remotely activate the webcams to track missing computers. He received $175,000 of a $600,000 settlement.
Paige Robbins' lawyer, Mary Elizabeth Bogan, said that her client's rights weren't addressed in that case. District spokesman Doug Young called the new lawsuit "an attempted money-grab." He said that an investigation recovered no images of Paige Robbins.
- Staff and wire reports