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Amazon on Chester waterfront? Don't bet on it

Fri, 2017-10-20 07:18
Do I think that Amazon, the world's biggest online retailer, is going to set up shop with its much-ballyhooed second world headquarters, on the Chester waterfront.

Probably not.

Do I wish they would? Sure.

One of the things Jeff Bezos has stressed in his push to create what the Amazon folks are calling HQ2 is the ability to improve the quality of life in an area.

If that's the case, Chester should shoot to the top of the list.

We're talking about a multi-billion dollar economic shot in the arm, and the addition of 50,000 new jobs.

Think that would do something about helping the quality of life in Chester?

Something else struck me as a gaggle of city and county officials gathered in the shadow of the Commodore Barry Bridge as Delco made its pitch to lure Amazon.

Haven't we been here before.

The group was standing outside Talen Energy Stadium. That's where the Union plays their Major League Soccer games. It wasn't always called that. When it was first built, it was called PPL Park.

It's a beautiful facility, but it was not supposed to be sitting there alone under the Barry Bridge.

Remember? Originally, the stadium was supposed to be part of a similarly impressive multi-million dollar development. The developers Buccini & Pollin, who had done wonders for the Baltimore waterfront, were promising to do the same in Chester.

They envisioned a mix of residential, retail and entertainment outlets. Upscale townhouses on the waterfront. Even a convention center was tossed into the mix.

They got the county to kick in a big chunk of public money.

The stadium got the OK.

Then the economy went off a cliff back in 2008.

Not much has happened since.

The stadium is still there. Down the road in one direction is Harrrah's casino. In the other direction is the Wharf at Rivertown and the restored old PECO Power Station.

The Union has built a training complex.

Townhouses? Uh, no.

Retail outlets? Not yet.

Convention center? Don't hold your breath.

Officials maintain that the plan is still in place and could still happen.

Yeah, right after Amazon sets up shop.
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Why Chris Long is on today's editorial page

Fri, 2017-10-20 07:00
The NFL is making all kinds of headlines - many of them for things that have nothing to do with what goes on between the lines.

You know, the actual games.

Today on our editorial page, we focus on another off-the-field incident.

No, it's not what you think.

Today we salute Eagles defensive end Chris Long.

What is he doing to merit a spot on our editorial page?

He's donating the rest of his salary for this season to a fund he set up to increase educational opportunities for underserved kids who might otherwise not get that opportunity.

Forget what happens on the field.

Long is a winner in our book.

You can read the editorial here.
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The best team in the NFL; Utley heads back to Series

Fri, 2017-10-20 06:50
Two quick notes this morning for Philly sports fans.

Congratulations! You're a fan of the team with the best record in the NFL.

That's right. The Eagles are 5-1, and that puts them on top of the heap, after the Chiefs lost a game in classic Andy Reid fashion last night in another prime time performance. This one had Andy's familiar clock management skills written all over it. That and some bizarre penalties led to one of the wildest endings in recent memory.

You can get all those details here

And our old pal Chase Utley is going back to the World Series.

The Dodgers hammed the Cubs in Wrigley last night to seal the deal. They will now face either the Yankees or Astros.

Utley has been struggling mightily of late, but it will still be good to see him get back to the fall classic.

Read about the Dodgers' big win here.
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Delco to Amazon: We're Prime!

Thu, 2017-10-19 07:50
Now the waiting begins.

Delaware County yesterday threw its hat into the Amazon Derby, hoping to lure the online world biggest retailer to the Chester waterfront.

They have lots of company.

Philadelphia also is hoping to convince the Seattle firm to bring its much-ballyhooed HQ2 to Philly.

The Delco pitch involves the land surrounding Talen Energy Field in the shadow of the Commodore Barry Bridge on the Delaware River.

They also are making the old Community Hospital site available.

And if that's not enough, they have a backup plan, the much talked-about former Franklin Mint site out on Baltimore Pike in Middletown.

There is a lot at stake, a multi-billion dollar economic boom and as many as 50,000 new jobs.

There's plenty of time to debate where Amazon will wind up. The company is not expected to announce its decision until sometime in 2018.

You can read all the details on the Delco pitch for Chester here.
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Another reason why the war on opioids is so tough

Thu, 2017-10-19 07:32
The opioid battle is not going away.

Not any time soon.

That's why they packed a meeting Monday night in Upper Darby. They wanted to know what they can do to fight the heroin-opioid crisis that is ravaging our towns.

The next night, they were doing the same thing.

Don't fool yourself.

This problem is not limited by geography. It is happening in Upper Darby. And on the Main Line. And in every other Delco town. That is why what happened this week in Washington is absolutely mind-boggling.

What happened?

You can read about it on our editorial page.
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27 minutes

Thu, 2017-10-19 07:14

That's the most important number to come out of last night's Sixers' season opener.

Not that they lost 120-15 to the Wizards.

Not that Ben Simmons sparkled, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds.

Not that Robert Covington had 29 points.

So what is the 27?

That's the number of minutes logged by center Joel Embiid.

It tells you that the tanking is over.

The Sixers actually are going to try to win games this year.

The team announced earlier that Embiid would start the season again on a minutes restriction, that he likely would play only 14 minutes. But he blew by that in the first half, and he was on the court with the game on the line in the final five minutes.

That tells you all you need to know about the change in attitude for the Sixers this year.

But it was not the best sports story in the region yesterday.

For that, you had to go to the Eagles.

But it had nothing to do with a game. And everything to do with life.

Chris Long, the defensive end who the Eagles signed as a free agent this year, announced he would donate his entire season of game checks to a fund being set up to push educational equality.

Long had already decided to donate his first six game checks in the wake of the controversy surrounding a white nationalist march in the town where he went to school at the University of Virginia.

You can get all the details here.
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Delco jumps into the Amazon Derby

Wed, 2017-10-18 07:45
Amazon is about to jump into the great Amazon derby.

No, they're not taking some exotic jungle expedition.

They're looking to reel in one of the biggest economic projects in the region's history.

Amazon is the online retailing goliath created by multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos.

They're looking to build a second headquarters to go along with their Seattle home base.

Philadelphia and Delaware are already all in looking to lure a huge economic project that means thousands of new jobs.

Today it's Delaware County's turn.

Delaware County Council plans to hold an afternoon press conference to make their pitch for Amazon HQ2.

And where do they believe Amazon should set up shop?

Think Chester waterfront.

They are holding the presser in the parking lot of Talen Energy Stadium, where the Union play their MSL home games, in the shadow of the Commodore Barry Bridge.

On hand will be members of Delaware County Council, county Commerce Director Patrick Killian, Chamber of Commerce President Trish McFarland, Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and other local and state elected officials, along with several local labor leaders.

Of course, county Democrats could not resist pointing out that they urged Amazon to select Delco with a pitch of their own back on Sept. 11.

We'll be there for the presser.
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A new argument in the claim that we have a political bias

Wed, 2017-10-18 07:15
When it comes to politics, I'm pretty much used to taking heat from both sides.

So long as both sides are complaining, I figure I have it just about right.

This year Republicans and GOP loyalists believe we are being terribly unfair to incumbent County Councilman Dave White for reporting the attacks being made by Democrats.

Democrats insist we remain in the pocket of the Delco GOP by allowing Republicans to condemn their attacks.

But I have to admit I have never gotten a complaint quite like the one I fielded last weekend.

Once again I was taken to task, accused of playing favorites.

And once again the belief was that we were tilting to the Republicans.

But it was how we supposedly did it that fascinates me.

Last weekend we presented profiles of all the candidates seeking county office. That would be the two Democrats and two Republicans battling for two seats on County Council, as well as the row offices - Common Please Court Judge, Register of Wills, and Sheriff.

We also ran the first of two parts of listings featuring all the contested municipal, school board and magisterial district judge races that will appear on the county ballot.

We'll run the second batch of that group this coming Sunday.

But it was out profiles for the county races that drew the ire of one political insider and reader.

Actually, it wasn't anything about the profiles themselves.

But rather how we lined them up and when we presented them.

We ran the Republican candidate profiles Sunday, and followed up with the Democrats on Monday.

That is was set the reader off.

The person emailed me to suggest we set them up that way on purpose, apparently to boost the Republicans.

They indicated they were "surprised" to see the Republican candidates Sunday, with nothing about the Democratic candidates. This despite the fact we clearly noted that the Democrats would run the following day, Monday.

The reader suggested we did that on purpose because "more people read the Sunday edition than any other day."

The reader suggested that the "least read" edition is Saturday, followed by Monday, thus we did the Democrats a disservice by running their profiles on Monday.

The truth is there is not much difference anymore on our daily circulation numbers. If we had in fact run the Democrats on Saturday, I might have seen the reader's point. But not on Monday. The truth is all this information appears on our web site as well, and still does.

The reader actually suggested a novel way to fix what she considered this slight to Democrats.

"The only fair resolution is to run the Democratic profiles again this Sunday and the Republicans again on Monday."

Uh, I don't think that's going to happen.

I do appreciate your concern. But I don't agree that we were trying to stack the deck against the Dems.

Just ask Dave White.
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Saluting 100 years of parochial education at BVM

Wed, 2017-10-18 06:53
Here's everything you need to know about the "little school that could."

That would be Blessed Virgin Mary School in Darby Borough. Or, as almost everyone refers to it, simply 'BVM.'

When they opened the doors to the school back in 1917, 195 students were enrolled. Today, despite all the problems parochial schools have encountered in eastern Delaware County, the school boasts an enrollment of 185.

That's called staying power.

They held a celebration at the parish Sunday to take note of 100 years of Catholic education.

We salute BVM on today's editorial page. You can read it here.
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A salute to BVM in Darby Borough

Tue, 2017-10-17 07:28
It is an oasis on MacDade Boulevard.

And it has been now for a century.

The faithful gathered Sunday to mark 100 years of education at Blessed Virgin Mary School in Darby Borough.

Or, as nearly everyone refers to it, simply BVM.

It is there that hundreds returned to the church and school to relive their childhood memories - and to reaffirm the very important work that is done there every day.

BVM, like much of eastern Delaware County, has seized on that notion of America as melting pot. In those pews - and in the desks of the little school - are faces and names that put meaning to that promise.

They are white, brown and everything in between.

They come from far-flung corners of the globe.

At BVM, they become one.


We featured the little school - and the parish of the same name - on the front of Monday's paper.

They held a celebration of the school's centennial Sunday with a special Mass. The place was packed.

You can read about it here.

BVM would not be possible without the dedicated work of a devoted pastor, the Rev. Joe Corley, and Principal Sister Virginia Paschall.

Here's to you, BVM.
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Cracker Barrel will open in Ridley Nov. 13

Tue, 2017-10-17 07:05
Forget what you see on the front page of today's Daily Times.

Yes, I know I have harped for years about that tiny square of real estate - and what's on it - as being some of the most valuable real estate in the county.

I have often said that the decision I make each day about what appears as our lead story continues to be the most important thing I do each day.

But there is something that is not on today's front page that I am willing to bet will be one of the most talked-about stories in the county today, especially if you go anywhere near social media.

You might want to sit down for this one - and tie on a bib.

They have set the opening date for the new Cracker Barrel - the first one in Delco - that is going to open up in down on Stewart Avenue in Ridley Township.

The long-awaited new eatery will throw open the doors Monday, Nov. 13.

You can read about the insanely popular restaurant here.

There's no truth to the rumor that people are already standing in line.

I least I don't think so.
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Fall-ing into a cold fact: Summer's over

Tue, 2017-10-17 06:46
I make a pact with myself every fall.

It's my way of clinging to summer, even as I now drive home in the dark each night.

I make a promise to myself that I will not don a coat until Thanksgiving.

Yes, that made for a chilly start this morning.

Brace yourself.

It's not chilly out, at least not to me. It's cold.

Hey, it could have been worse. At least there was only a hint of frost on the windshield this morning. But the second my bottom hit that seat in the car, I knew summer was over.

I may be crazy, but I'm not a fool. I opted against the coat, but I did crank up the heat in the car.

Technology is a two-edged sword. For the most part, I disdain all this technology we swim in.

And so I was less than thrilled as I pulled out of the drive way by that little 'dinging' sound emanating from the dashboard that also flashes the warning light that there could be slick patches on the road. That happens when the temperatures hits 39 degrees.


Where's my coat?
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What Chester Makes

Mon, 2017-10-16 06:56
Chester was back on the front page of the newspaper in the last couple of days.

Last Friday we took note of an especially violent 24-hour stretch in the city. Police were investigating three separate shooting incidents, one of which police described as a shootout between two men. Both lost their lives.

A victim from one of the other two shooting incidents died the following day. It brought the city's homicide total to 27 for the year. That equals the 27 recorded in the city all of all of last year.

But it's the Sunday story - which dominated the front page - that I want to bring to your attention.

In that story we detailed one of the city's most famous sayings: What Chester Makes Makes Chester.

That saying hung on the old Philadelphia Electric Co. building at Sixth and Crosby streets for nearly half a century. It came down in the 1970s. Not everyone has forgotten, however.

On Saturday city residents gathered for a special presentation celebrating the city's heritage, and its roots as an industrial icon. You can read the story here.

It's easy to take shots at Chester these days.

We get accused of doing it all the time.

Yes, we pay attention to the problem of crime and random gun violence that continues to afflict the city. But we don't ignore the other - positive - stories either.

A lot of people are working hard to return Chester to its grand past. There is a vibrant arts community that is revitalizing center city. We take note of all these stories.

Not because we feel compelled to counterbalance the negative news that comes out of the city.

But because it's the right thing to do.

There was a time when "What Chester Makes Makes Chester" was a way of life.

A lot of people have not forgotten.

Neither have we.
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The problem with 'fake news'

Mon, 2017-10-16 06:37
It's amazing what a nice guy I am anytime I run something people like or agree with.

At those times I'm lauded as a journalist.

But run something negative, in particular something people don't necessarily agree with, and all of a sudden I'm fake news. This just in - I run both kinds of stories.

And just because you don't happen to agree with a story, or don't particularly care for it, doesn't make it "fake news." This is now part of the media sea I swim in every day.

Of course this is the trickle-down from President Trump's war with the media and his penchant for blasting anything he disagrees with or paints him in a negative light as "fake news."

Let me be clear. That does not mean we don't get things wrong once in awhile.

We have a clear process for that and are careful to correct the misinformation.

But even something that is incorrect is not the same thing as being "fake."

If you don't think that President Trump's battle with the media and his perception of "fake news" is not having an effect on local journalism, I suggest maybe you come in and answer my phone for a couple of hours.

Or you could just check out my Facebook page or Twitter posts.

That's where I'm routinely vilified for peddling "fake news."

It's not part of the media landscape.

It's a dangerous thing, but I don't think people realize just how dangerous.

I talk about it in today's print column, my Monday Letter From the Editor."
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A Sunday without the 5-1 Eagles

Mon, 2017-10-16 06:23
There is something oddly therapeutic about a fall Sunday without the Eagles.

Thanks to that eye-opening win over the Carolina Panthers Thursday night, Eagles fans were looking at a rare Birds-free weekend.

For one thing, it reminds you of all the things you could be doing every Sunday instead of sitting in front of the TV.

Luckily, yesterday was cloudy and damp, so it provided the perfect time to just sit around, read, watch some TV, and breathe in all those things that you miss out on most Sundays when you are instead glued to the TV.

It also doesn't hurt as you check out some other games to realize that the Eagles are now tied for the best record in the NFL.

That's right, thanks for losses by our old pal Andy Reid and the Chiefs, who fell to the Steelers, and a stunning loss by the Broncos last night to the previously winless Giants, the Eagles now are tied at the top of the NFL heap with a 5-1 mark. That puts them neck and neck with the Chiefs.

I liked everything about yesterday so much I just might repeat it next week.

I'm already looking forward to another lazy Sunday.

Of course, that also is because the Eagles don't play until Monday night.

Yeah, some habits are harder to break than others.
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The 5-1 Eagles stake their claim to be among NFL's best

Fri, 2017-10-13 07:22
Usually, it is the loser's lament.

The refs cost us the game.

Not last night.

Against all odds - including Pete Morelli's officiating crew - the Eagles went into Carolina last night and beat Cam Newton and the Panthers, 28-23.

The Eagles are 5-1, sitting atop the NFC East and rightfully staking a claim to being one of the best teams in the NFL.

They played without their crucial cog, right guard Lane Johnson. And it showed early as backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai struggled early, giving up a key sack to Julius Peppers that led to a Carson Wentz fumble. But Vaitai settled down and played well in the second half.

It is this mantra of "next man up" that has become the calling card of this team. And it just happens to be the trait of good teams. And make no mistake, Doug Pederson's club is a very good team.

Starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks went down with a turned ankle in the first half. No problem. Joe Woods stepped up and filled the bill.

Carson Wentz was money again, throwing three more TD passes and showing he is quickly becoming one of the elite signal callers in the NFL, far beyond what is usually expected of second-year players. Wentz's ability to come to the line of scrimmage and quickly dissect a defense - including switching out of a play when he sees something he can exploit - is the mark of a savvy veteran like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

The Eagles faced the uphill challenge of a short week and traveling to Carolina.

But it wasn't just the Panthers that seemed to be providing the opposition.

They had to deal with Pete Morelli's officiating crew.

The trend showed up early, a bunch of ticky-tack calls, in particular on the Eagles defense. There was an unnecessary roughness call on running back LeGarrette Blount for what appeared to be routine blocking. That was followed a few minutes later by no call when Blount was thrown to the ground by a Panther clearly after the whistle.

The Eagles were called for 10 penalties for 126 yards; the Panthers just one infraction for 1 yard.

Sound lopsided? Actually, it continued a trend.

In the last four Eagles games done by Morelli's crew - all on the road - the Birds have been flagged 40 times for 396 yards, while the home team has been hit just eight times for 74 yards.

And none of it matters at this point.

What matters is this: The Eagles are 5-1, staking a claim to be among the NFL's elite.

The only downside: We now have to wait more than a week for the Birds to get back on the field, a Monday night matchup vs. the Redskins.

Can't wait.
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No tax hike for Delco - for 4th straight year

Fri, 2017-10-13 07:01
Delaware County Council has a pre-holiday - and pre-election - present for county residents.

Taxes will not be going up next year.

That makes four straight years without a tax hike.

As you might expect, with two seats on County Council up for grabs on the Nov. 7 ballot, news of a fourth straight year with increasing taxes is viewed differently according to your political persuasion.

Dave White, the Republican incumbent who is running for another term along with John Perfetti, said "Delaware County is on the move," touting growth in the county that has resulted in 25,000 new jobs and 500 new business startups.

The Democratic challengers, Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek, are less impressed.

Click here for the full story.
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More violence on the streets of Chester

Fri, 2017-10-13 06:47
It has not been a good week on the streets of Chester.

Police are investigating the latest wave of violence on city streets.

In a 24-hour period, two men were killed and two others wounded in three separate shooting incidents.

You can get all the details here.

The two fatal shootings brings the city's homicide total to 26 for the year. There were only 27 all of last year. There have been 33 homicides in the county.

The city has boosted a reward fund for information on gun violence in the city, beefed up the number of officers on patrol and added state police to try to quell the violence on city streets.

Nothing has worked.

Police Chief James Nolan feels the frustration, both from residents and his own police force.

"What we can't correct is the lack of concern for human life," Nolan told a local TV station.

So what is the answer for the city.

It's one residents and officials need to address now, before the next round of gunfire breaks out.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick (Thursday Edition)

Thu, 2017-10-12 07:17
How about that Joel Embiid!

Oops, wrong sport.

But it's telling that on a day when the 4-1 Eagles are rolling into a prime-time matchup against another 4-1 team, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, Philly remains abuzz about Embiid's series debut last night against the Nets on on Long Island.

If he stays healthy, the Eagles just might have serious competition atop the Philly sports talk topics.

But on to the matter at hand.

I was on the money last week, thinking the Eagles would handle a struggling Cardinals team that had to fly across the country.

Now it's the Eagles turn to hit the orad, and on a short practice week to play on a Thursday night.

That does not bode well for them.

I don't like this short week and trip to Carolina even a little bit.

Making matters worse, the Eagles will find themselves without right guard Lane Johnson, who just might be the key to their offensive success.

Remember last year when the Birds sprinted out to a 3-0 record? Then they lost Johnson to a 10-game suspension and their season went off a cliff.

So far head coach Doug Pederson has pushed all the right buttons this season. He'll need another gem tonight, devising a way to control the ball on the ground, protecting QB Carson Wentz in front of that line that will be without its star right tackle, and maybe most importantly keeping Panthers QB Cam Newton on the sidelines.

On defense, it appears the Birds might get their All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox back, though it will technically be a game-time decision.

The Eagles have been on a run, with Pederson pushing all the right buttons. A win tonight on the national stage in front of a prime-time audience would put them among the elite of the NFL.

One other thing to note. This is an important game for Carson Wentz. The Eagles second-year QB is slowly starting to build a lot of buzz for his success in leading the Eagles. Tonight everyone will be tuning in to see a prime-time matchup of elite young QBs. Wentz vs. Newtown. It's a very important game for Carson.

I'll be rooting for a win, but my heart tells me Newton and the Panthers come out on top.

THE PICK: Make it Panthers 26, Eagles 17. Look for Carson Wentz and the Birds offense to sputter without key cog Lane Johnson. That means lots of time on the field for Cam Newton, and that will spell big problems for the Eagles defense.

LAST WEEK: Maybe the most impressive poerformance of the Doug Pederson Era. The Birds simply dominated the Cardinals in every facet of the game, racing out to a 21-0 bulge in the first quarter, with Wentz tossing TD passes on the team's first three possessions. The win lifted the Eagles to a 4-1 record, alone atop the NFC East. I had them winning as well, so I now sport an identicial 4-1 mark. This might be one of the tougher tasks of the season. A win could be a defining moment for Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. A loss won't be the end of the world.

GAME BY GAME: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20. (My Pick: Chiefs 33, Eagles 17)

Eagles 30, Redskins 17. (My Pick: Eagles 26, Redskins 13)

Eagles 27, Giants 24. (My Pick: Eagles 23, Giants 17)

Eagles 26, Chargers 24. (My Pick: Chargers 27, Eagles 17)

Eagles 34, Cardinals 7. (My Pick: Eagles 29, Cardinals 24)
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I am 'Fake News'

Wed, 2017-10-11 08:03
I am Fake News.

Or so my critics would have you believe.

This is what it's like working in the social drenched atmosphere of journalism these days.

Yesterday we posted on our website a story on the Temple student who was fatally shot after an altercation with police in Miami.

AP puts a headline on its stories that very often gets copied over when the story isposted on DelcoTimes.com.

This is what the headline on the story said:

Temple University student killed by police after car crashes.

Technically, it's accurate. But after reviewing the story it's pretty clear there was a lot more going on here than that headline portrays. The woman, Cariann Hithon, of Bowie, Md., had crashed her car into several cars along Miami's famous South Beach area. Hithon apparently was in South Florida to celebrate her 22nd birthday. When a crowd gathered around the car, it took off again, striking a police officer. That's when another officer fired three shots into the car.

The entire incident is now under invetigation.

When the story got posted to our DelcoTimes Facebook page, the reaction was immediate - and harsh.

But it was the tone of many of the comments that struck me.

It did not take long for several people to accuse us of practicing "fake news."

Yes, this is what it is like working in journalism today.

Every person with a phone or tablet is a publisher.

That is now part and parcel of what we do. And I have no problem with that. I say the more the merrier.

But if you think that President Trump's insistence on anything that does not portray him in a positive light is "fake news" does not trickle down to your local newspaper, I am here to tell you different.

Let's get this straight.

That initial report was not "fake news."

Was the headline not nearly as accurate as it should have been?

You bet.

That's why I changed it.

You read it right.

As it turns out, I was not in the office yesterday.

But being the glutton for punishment that I am, I still manage email and check our social media accounts.

When I saw that the story on the Temple student was blowing up on our Facebook page, I reviewed the story - and the headline.

I changed it - and I posted a note on the Facebook page.

That did not stop the torrent of negative comments, all with the same tenet: We shape the news to fit our liberal agenda. We purposely crafted that headline to emphasize the actions of police in using deadly force, instead of the actions of the woman that precipitated the incident. We are looking as we always do to foment racial strife. We are anti-police.

"Please stop writing misleading headlines."

"Slanted and misleading headlines are just one of the multitude of reasons no one buys your paper anymore." In short, we are practicing "fake news."

I noticed something else in the stream of invective aimed at the newspaper. People took us to task for not summarizing all the facts of the case, but had no issue with jumping to conclusions as to what was happening on that Miami street. The fact is we don't know - and may never know why that woman did what she did.

"Temple student runs over officer," is how one reader believes the story should have been headlined. I suppose that is accurate as well.

"Not your twisted words of hate. All you are doing is causing more hate towards our police officers."

"Daily Times trying to be like the big anti-police papers and put out headlines that make cops the bad guys."

Funny, I thought we have been going out of our way the past few years to do stories that put cops in a positive light.

I consistently offer them support with our Saturday "Laurels" as well as on our editorial page.

Doesn't matter.

We're anti-police.

And "Fake News." There's a big difference between a story you don't like, or even one you don't agree with, and "fake news."

I don't practice fake news.

That headline was not as accurate as it should have been. I corrected it.

Didn't seem to change many people's minds.

It's all fake news to them.

Thanks, President Trump.

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