An, um, interesting year comes to a close

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times To say that 2017 has been an interesting year is something of an understatement. From that standpoint, it has been one of the most amazing years to be in journalism — a dynamic year with no shortage of compelling stories and subject matter. It has also been one of the most challenging — probably the most challenging year in the 34 years I have been in the business.

Just the facts, please

By Stephanie McGann, Columnist, The Times It’s the Wild Wild West out there. No I don’t mean politics. Today’s Wild West is the internet, full of great information, supposition, opinion, marketing and malicious intent. As health care providers it’s our job to know when something is based on solid science or just someone’s opinion or anecdotal evidence. Worse yet, when information on the internet...

Authorities warn of IRS phone scams

Calls from overseas often ‘spoof’ local numbers in Caller ID By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The phone rings and after a pause and maybe a few clicks, a voice comes on the line claiming to be calling you from the Internal Revenue Service — and that you’re in big trouble and need to pay up right now. Forget for a moment that the voice sounds a bit southern Asian, the sound quality...

Verizon reports phone/Internet outages

WEST CHESTER — Can you hear me now? If you’re a Verizon phone or Internet customer user Voice over IP, you might not even be able to hear a dial tone on your home phone — or only be able to intermittently. According to the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Verizon is battling an equipment failure near Wayne that is sporadically disabling Verizon phone service throughout Chester...

Column: Tweet this

Or, how technology is wiping out our ability to communicate like humans By P.J. D’Annunzio, Staff Writer, CoatesvilleTimes.com Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not here to be your friend. That is unless you want to Facebook me…yeah that’s okay. Or maybe Google Plus; I hear that’s a good one too. You’ll just have to get your request in before I post my daily Twitter feed. I do it every...