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It was often a place for trivial discussions of various, loosely-tethered topics from the perspective of largely anonymous vistors who often identifited themselves as Philadelphia police officers, their family members and supporters.
But Domelights, the public yet registration-required online community forum targeted for Philadelphia police, also became known for viscous, ugly and arguably racist, misogynistic and homophobic comment threads. Facing a law suit from a black officers group, the site — which is run independently of the city’s police force — was taken down.
At time of writing, the site now features only a purple background with a single, small message: “Until further notice, all Domelights.com services (i.e. forums, galleries, blogs) have been suspended. Thank you. McQ.”
McQ, of course, is an unindentifed Philadelphia police sergeant at the center of the controversy, which follows a rash of allegations of racism against general police institutions. After these allegations, the city took swift action against the relatively low traffic site, denying access to the site on city and police computers, as the Inquirer reports.
The Inquirer also reports that Rochelle Bilal, the leader of the black police group — which is called the Guardian Civic League — has taken on a security force due to threats left on a Domelights forum before it was shut down. No word yet on what action the civic league may take now that it appears their wishes — to have Domelights taken down — have been answered.
[Full Disclosure: While I never posted a comment on the site, I did occasionaly visit it for sheer voyuerism]
After the jump, regional VC investment rebouds, a video interview on reshaping Philadelphia’s future and seven other tech stories you don’t want to miss, including our best read piece of the week.
Ordered by an incredibly complex algorithm rendering importance:
- The Philadelphia Busuiness Journal reports that the amount of venture capital investment rebounded in the second quarter regionally, as it did nationally.
- Peter Key of the Business Journal reports on the 25th anniversary of the first modern cell phone call in Philadelphia.
- The San Jose Mercury News reports that corporations are becoming silly with Web security in the wake of the hacking of Twitter’s company data. Philadelphia’s own of Daring Fireball didn’t take too kindly to Tech Crunch’s reporting of the Twitter internal documents.
- The Business Journal’s Jeff Blumenthal, ever the Eagles fan, interviewed Ron Jaworski for a piece on the former quarterback and current ESPN commentator’s new business venture but made sure to get one good piece of Big Green information.
- The Associated Press reports on a new Twitter account for Jerusalem’s Western Wall, which allows Jews the world over to send their prayers in 140 characters or fewer. Not to be outdone in the crossroad of religious and needless technology, McClatchy reports on a California teen who launches an iPhone application that lets users give out their own prayers and read those of others.
- Plan Philly reports that local and national planning experts will meet at the University of Pennsylvania next week to discuss the development of a comprehensive plan for shaping the city’s growth as an environmental and business friendly region for the future. Below watch their interview with Penn School of Design Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor.
- Our Most Trafficked Story of the Week: Ten Philadelphia iPhone apps that don’t exist but should
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