Forget Hillary vs. Bernie. Delaware County has a red-hot Democratic fight of its own.Keep an eye on the already bitter race in the 164th state House district in Upper Darby.That is where Democratic challenger Sekela Coles, a member of the Upper Darby Township Council, is challenging incumbent Democratic state Rep. Margo Davidson.Monday night the township Democratic Committee endorsed Coles for the seat, pouring a little gas on the fire of an already heated campaign.Coles immediately branded it a clear snub for the incumbent, unloading on Davidson as "not even supported in your own backyard." Davidson's campaign called the tactic "desperate."You can get all the details here. It comes just a week after Davidson was successful in her efforts to keep the county Democrats from backing Coles, instead opting for an open primary. Even so, Coles was claiming a victory, saying a 39-34 vote showed support for her over the incumbent.In the township vote, Coles says she got 24 votes of the committee, to just one for Davidson. And in a press release announcing the move, her camp could not resist pointing out that one vote came from Davidson's legislative assistant."It really shows that the Democrats in Upper Darby are ready for new leadership that stands up for public education, protecting women's rights and economic development," Coles said.Davidson's campaign manager Kristin Stoner, while admitting the move was uncommon, branded it a backroom political deal. She said Davidson was busy in Harrisburg, where Gov. Tom Wolf was delivering his budget address amid an ongoing standoff on a spending plan with GOP leaders in the Legislature.A challenge from within the party is not new ground for the two-time winner Davidson. She had to fend off a challenge from attorney Billy Smith two years ago.The primary is April 26. The winner will go on to face Republican Indr Bains.The district obviously has changed since the days when Republican Mario Civera represented it for more than two decades. Keep your seat belts on. This one is going to be a bump ride.
Here's a quick report from the roads after my early-morning commute. I was somewhat surprised to find that it was still snowing when I left the house this morning. That's the bad news. The good news is that the roads are not bad at all.Again, for the most part I encountered only wet roads, especially on the major highways such as West Chester Pike, the Route 1 Bypass and Springfield Road.The biggest challenge I had was brushing off the snow and ice that accumulated on the windshield before I pulled out of the driveway. One caution: Be careful on those first steps out of the house. The walkways and driveway have a coating of fairly slick snow on them. No one needs to start their day with a nasty tumble.And yes, I did encounter a few snow-covered spots on side roads, but nothing that would be considered a major problem. Of course, that's with no one on the road, one of the few perks of this work schedule. Once everyone gets out there this morning, I'm guessing things might get a little messier.We are supposed to see a few more flurries this morning, but the big news as we head toward the weekend is expected to be a bitter cold blast.* Here's your full traffic report from the region.* And here is your complete AccuWeather forecast.
The Daily Numbers: 1 dead, 1 wounded in early-morning shooting involving police in Chester. 8 juveniles facing charges after post-school brawls near Upper Darby High.2 police officers injured in 1 of the incidents.1, as in No. 1. That would be the Springfield High cheerleaders, who won a national competition.8-foot-wide trail coming to Haverford property known as Willowstreams..2 mile trail will connect Haverford Reserve to Darby Road.5 to 10 months in jail for a Bucks County woman for an attack on a gay couple on a Philly street.2 men charged with her got probation in plea deals.4 football players, including former Eagle LeSean McCoy, involved in a fight with 2 off-duty police officers at a Philly nightspot over the weekend.2:45 a.m. Sunday, the time of the brawl at Recess Lounge.1, as in No. 1 ranked men’s basketball team in the country for Villanova.169 catches for 2,418 yards and 18 TDs for receiver Riley Cooper, who was cut by the Eagles yesterday. 19 point lead blown by Sixers on way to 98-92 loss to the Clippers.Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.LeSean McCoy is gone, but he’s still making headlines in Philly. That’s not always a good thing. I Don’t Get It: Some kids in Upper Darby insist on fighting after school. In a recent incident, two police officers were injured. Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Springfield High School cheerleaders, who won a national competition this weekend. Quote Box: “Sometimes it gets out of control. Our whole goal is to make sure they get home safe. Most kids just go home. It’s only a handful that creates a problem.”- Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood, on most recent fight involving young people after school was dismissed.
Kathryn Knott decided to roll the dice. She lost, big time.Knott, you might remember, was one of a group of people implicated in an attack on a gay couple on a Philadelphia street back in September 2014.Words were exchanged. A few homophobic slurs grew into punches.Charges were filed against Knott and two men in the group of 15 who had been out for dinner in Philly.The two men charged took plea bargains and avoided jail time.Knott decided to go to trial. She was acquitted of the most serious charges against her, but convicted of four misdemeanor counts, including simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment.Knott had steadfastly denied hurling any insults at the gay couple, and denied she was part of the physical attack.A jury didn't see it that way.Yesterday was sentencing day.The prosecutor wanted serious jail time. Knott's attorney argued for probation. Knott herself apologized to the two victims. Then it was left to Judge Roxanne Covington.She sentenced Knott to five to months in jail, followed by two years of probation. And she ordered Knott taken into custody immediately.Knott collapsed into tears at the defense table. She then hugged her mother and father, the chief of police in Chalfont, Bucks County, and was led away.No, it does not seem fair that the two men involved in this incident are free on probation while Knott is headed to jail.That is the risk that Kathryn Knott took when she eschewed the same deal they got and decided to go to trial.She'll have five to 10 months to think about it, as well as the incident that led to all this, what most people have described as a nasty attack on a gay couple.
Shady doings? LeSean McCoy may have shuffled off to Buffalo, but the former Eagle continues to make news in Philly.McCoy is being investigate in connection with a brawl that injured several off-duty Philadelphia police officers.It happened over the weekend in Recess, a club in the Old City section. Here are the latest details. McCoy is believed to be part of a group of football players who were in the club. The players and the off-duty cops got involved in an altercation. It is believed the fight may have been over a bottle of champagne.The off-duty officers suffered serious injuries. It's not clear at this point if McCoy or anyone in his group suffered any injuries. No charges have been filed, but the incident is under investigation by the Philadelphia police department.McCoy's current employer, the Buffalo Bills, put out a statement indicating they were "aware of the reports involving Le Sean McCoy and are in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time."McCoy is the all-time leading rush in Eagles' history.He also has a history of making news off the field.He took a lot of criticism back in 2014 when he left a 20-cent tip on a tab that came to $61.56 at a local burger joint. McCoy said it was because he received bad service.He was sent packing to Buffalo by then-Coach Chip Kelly in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. At the time, McCoy made comments that raise eyebrows across the league indicating Kelly did not relate well to black players.
Here's an early morning report from the roads. One word: Relax.You won't have any problem with your morning commute.I just drove in and I didn't encounter any problems. The roads were wet, but I didn't hit any slick spots, and it wasn't really snowing during my commute. The biggest issue you will have is brushing off a dusting of snow that fell overnight.As far as the rest of the day is concerned, it sounds like we are going to be dealing with on and off snow most of the day, with the possibility of another accumulation coming after dark tonight. There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.But these forecasts of 3-6 inches?I'm doubtful.I go by feel. And this just doesn't feel like snow today.Of course we got the press conference from PennDOT and others talking about how they were ready for the storm, and that they had plenty of salt on hand.What? You were expecting them to say they're unprepared?Here's what the National Weather Service is saying about today's forecast:Overnight: Periods of snow. Low around 28. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.Tuesday:Periods of snow before 1 p.m., then rain and snow likely between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., then snow after 2 p.m. High near 35. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.Tuesday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 10 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.Wednesday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. West wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.Wednesday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.Thursday: A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. You can get the full forecast here.
What’s in a Name … Miles Tavern, Black Bear Inn, Irish Tavern, Commodore Decatur, Conestoga Waggon Tavern, etc. The Covered Wagon Inn from the 1700’s: Update Part II
In describing the importance of the Covered Wagon Inn, Laura Hutton comments on the Save the Covered Wagon Inn Facebook page, “… This historic building adds to the character of this township, it demonstrates a continuity to our past and pride that our past is also part of our future.” Laura, your words could not […]
The Daily Numbers: 24-10 win for Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. 2 Super Bowl rings for Peyton Manning.13 for 23 for 141 yards for Manning.2 fumbles cause by Vonn Miller, who was named the game’s MVP.194 yards gained by the Broncos, least amount ever for winning team in Super Bowl.3 field goals from Brandon McManus, from Lansdale, North Penn High and Temple.3 proposed locations being looked at in Aston for new home for fire department.500,000 price tag for renovations at the municipal complex.750,000 dollars to acquire site on Concord and Red Hill roads.450,000 in improvements needed at Green Ridge location.2 local parishes that will undergo review for possible closure or merger. They are Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton Heights, and Saint Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill.3 teens rescued after falling through ice on pond in Bucks County.74, age of Dan Hicks, of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, music fame. He died over the weekend. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Let’s hope that ESPN report that Eagles are not going to use franchise tag on Sam Bradford is wrong. And the team is interested in bringing back Nick Foles. Say it ain’t so. I Don’t Get It: Cam Newtown didn’t do himself any favors with that act after the game. He’s better than that. Today’s Upper: Kudos to St. John Chrysostom Parish, which yesterday collected a national award for inclusion of those with physical and mental challenges. Quote Box: “In an effort to be more efficient and cost effective, a new fire station needs to be built.”- Aston Township Commissioner Jim Stigale.
I always hear about how far the nation has come in terms of race relations. Some days I wonder.Yes, we are light years from some incidents from the early '60s.But in other ways I believe even today some of the things that happen every day show us just how far we still have to go.I used my Monday print column to talk about it.
It was a 'super' ending for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but it was less than a super day in general for quarterback play. Both defenses dominated as the Broncos smothered the Panthers for a 24-10 win. Broncos linebacker Vonn Miller won the MVP, one he easily could have shared with the rest of his defensive teammates and coordinator Wade Phillips, who devised a great game plan to shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers. They scored one touchdown on defense and set up another with a fumble recover at the Panthers' 5-yard line.Manning was pedestrian, ending up 13 for 23 for 142 yards. The Broncos' anemic offense put up one of the feeblest efforts in Super Bowl history. No one will remember that, however. They will remember that the Broncos won. And that it marked a likely glorious ending to Manning's illustrious career, allowing him to match little brother Eli's two Super Bowl crowns.I could have done without his post-game plugs for a sponsor, Budweiser beer. As for Newton, it will provide a tough lesson, maybe as much for what happened after the game as his struggles during it.Newton was battered by Phillips' defensive game plan. He was under constant pressure.Newton had won me over this week. I wondered just how good he and the Panthers really were. That was especially true after I saw the Eagles blow an early-season game they should have won. But every week they posted another win, and Newton seemed transformed by an accident last season during which he likely saw his life pass before his eyes.Newton came under fire for a lot of his antics while the Panthers were rolling to a 17-1 record. Let's just say he enjoys himself on the field. Whether or not his opponents always like his antics is likely another matter.But if Newton is going to be a star when his team is winning, he shouldn't turn a cold shoulder when that's not the case.His behavior and surly act after the Panthers' loss was disgraceful.But none of this was the worst quarterback news I heard yesterday. I almost ran off the road when I heard a radio report indicating that ESPN was reporting the Eagles did not plan to use the franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford, and that they actually were interested in reacquiring Nick Foles.Thankfully, this morning lots of people are questioning that report.I hope so.For some reason, not many people have joined me on the Bradford bandwagon. Maybe it's because of the injuries. He did moss almost two full seasons with ACL injuries.But he did not have any issues with his knees this season. He did miss a couple of game with a concussion and shoulder problem. He had more problems early with Chip Kelly's offense.But at the end of the season he was playing as well as an quarterback in the league.This should be a no-brainer. Bradford should be the Eagles QB next year. He's their best shot at making a playoff run. If they let him walk, it's a sign that they are going back to a major rebuilding plan. That means you have forget about the playoffs.I'll admit I was never a Nick Foles guy. I just don't think he's that good. Sam Bradford was the No. 1 pick in the draft. No a No. 1 pick. THE No. 1 pick.I don't think anyone is going to say that about Nick Foles.
There was a time when I could recite you several passages in Latin. Yes, I was an altar boy. I used to know the Confiteor by heart.I also studied Latin in both high school and college. I always tell young people who are interested in writing that they would do well to do the same. It is the basis of our English language, with so many of our words having roots in Latin.A lot of people turned on Latin, mocking it as a 'dead language,' simply because it is not spoken anymore.I disagree.None of that, however, explains what all that Latin was doing on our Horoscopes page on Saturday.Yes, in case you didn't notice, we managed to run the horoscopes in Latin.I hope we didn't send any readers into astrological shock.I got several calls and emails from readers asking for an explanation.Reader Bob Anderson chimed in: "Well you gave me a good laugh today when I went to the Horoscope on Page 16," Anderson said. "Apparently someone decided itwould be a good idea to write the column in Latin. It has been many years since my high school Latin class so I decided to skip this column for today." They're certainly entitled to an explanation. I wish I had a good one.Let's just say this was a failure on both a human and technological levels. Those Latin passage are simply text that is supposed to be replaced with the correct files. Obviously, that did not happen on Saturday. The page also is supposed to be proofed by a human editor. That one clearly went by the boards as well.I can tell you my horoscope for Saturday, with or without Latin. Don't mess around with people's astrological signs. I never put much stock in it, but for a lot of people, this is one of the first things they turn to in the newspaper.I'll take the hit for this one. And I pledge - at least I hope - that this won't happen again.Bless me father, for I have sinned.Now if only I could remember how that went in Latin.
Less than three weeks ago at the January 21, 2016 meeting of the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission, Summit Realty Advisors (on behalf of their client CVS Pharmacy), proposed a land development plan for the corner of Old Eagle School Rd.and Lancaster Ave, in Strafford, Tredyffrin Township, Chester County. The redevelopment project includes a drug store with drive-thru which […]
Pretty scary stuff, huh? That is why I saw this and thought I should post it. Municipalities should be about the residents, not special interests, lucrative politics and back room deals, right?
Hearing reports on the news about Tredyffrin Township police and Chester County detectives investigating alleged hazing at Conestoga High School involving the school’s football team. According to the report, teams of detectives are interviewing as many as 60 or 70 students about an alleged assault during hazing where one student was seriously injured. The investigation […]
Several Delaware County school districts are opening two hours later this morning in the wake of an early morning snow storm that is sure to make for a messy commute. Here’s the list so far:Haverford.Garnet Valley.Penn-Delco.Radnor.Rose Tree Media.Springfield.Marple Newtown.Upper Darby. Cardinal O’Hara.Delco Christian.Wet, heavy snow flakes started falling about 4 a.m. and has picked up intensity in the last couple of hours. Main roads continue to be mostly wet, but side roads are starting to be covered.Here’s the quick forecast: Snow will continue until 10 a.m. and then taper off. We’ll actually see some sun this afternoon, but it will be blustery with a high of 44.We have a warmup for the weekend, with sun and clouds Saturday and a high of 47, and then close to 50 on Sunday.Enjoy it while you can. The forecast sees another chance of snow Monday night into Tuesday.• In the meantime, here’s your early morning report from the roads.So much for Punxsutawney. Winter is back.Yes, it is snowing. Heavily.That’s the bad news. The good news is that the roads at this point are only wet. I had no problems on my morning commute.Snow was just starting to fall as I left the house, then was snowing heavily as I made my way to the office. I really only saw a coating on a couple of spots on Providence Road. Other than that the main roads are just wet.The forecast calls for a coating to maybe at most a couple of inches across the region, more in South Jersey and down the shore. But it should not be a huge factor on the roads.Of course, that does not take into account a rush-hour Friday morning traffic.The lawns and sidewalks are another matter. They are being covered quickly.And you will likely have to brush the snow off your car this morning.Take your time and you should be fine.As usual, it’s one of the few times I’m grateful for the early hours I keep. There was no one on the roads.* Get the full TRAFFIC REPORT here.* Get the full WEATHER REPORT here.
The Daily Numbers: 1st anniversary of the death of 2-year-old Mason Hunt. Dozens gathered last night for a vigil for the little boy. His mother and boyfriend still face trial in connection with his death. 21 stipulations that Concord Township imposed on Wawa before allowing the convenience store chain to sell beer from a store on Naamans Creek Road. Wawa objected. This week the two sides resolved their impasse.2 six-packs at a time, what customers will be allowed to buy, or 192 ounces.1 beer per day, what customers can actually consume on the premises.4-foot high wall that will separate this area from the rest of the store, with a separate cash register.1.1 million dollars coming to Delco from Pennsylvania for a variety of park projects.2 legal setbacks in court for Bill Cosby yesterday. He lost his bid to have sex assault charges dismissed. He now faces trial.2 year delay in implementing Keystone Exams as prerequisite for graduation from high school in Pennsylvania.2 years probation for the buddy of Chip Fattah on fraud charges. The congressman’s son got 5 years in prison.47 million dollars in that 5-year deal signed by Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry.10 million dollar signing bonus and $23 million guaranteed.124-86 blowout loss for the Sixers at home vs. the Hawks.40 point margin at one point.83-58 win for No. 3 Villanova over Creighton.83-73 loss for Saint Joe’s to St. Bonaventure. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Still no word from Eagles on quarterback Sam Bradford. Make no mistake. If they don’t resign him, they are going back to Square One. I Don’t Get It: Bill Cosby. He’s now using legal arguments to explain his conduct. Sad. Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who gathered last night in Norwood to honor the memory of little Mason Hunt, and also to shine a light on the problem of domestic and child abuse.Quote Box: “You have to keep people aware that child abuse is real.”- Barbara Baltuskonis, Mason’s paternal grandmother.
Cliff Huxtable is going to trial on sex assault charges. Bill Cosby may very well have had a deal with former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor. In fact, Castor took the stand at a hearing in Montgomery County Court and said exactly that. Castor argued he did not think he could win the case involving the charges being lodged against the famous comedian by a former female employee at Temple University, so he made the deal that he believed would force Cosby to answer questions in a deposition in a civil case Andrea Constand brought against him.But he offered his word that the information Cosby divulged would never be used against him, and that Cosby would never be charged criminally. "Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted ever, as far as I was concerned," Castor told the court.Castor argued he alone had the 'sovereign' power to make such an offer.Yesterday a Montgomery County judge disagreed, rejecting Cosby's request that the assault charges against him be dismissed because of that promise from Castor. Judge Steven T. O'Neill then handed the Cosby legal team a second setback, ruling against a request to have current Montco D.A. disqualified from the case because of a campaign ad used in the fall election - in which Steele beat Castor - suggesting a promise to prosecute Cosby.You can get all the details on the rulings here.No doubt the Cosby team will appeal. "There was a promise made 11 or 12 years ago upon which (Cosby) has relied and that sovereign that made that promise is obligated to live up to it. When a prosecutor gives his or her word, that something that's enforceable," Cosby lawyer Christopher Tayback said.O'Neill didn't see it that way.Andrea Constand was the first to allege improper sexual advances from Cosby. She was not the last. Dozens of women have come forward to say he took advantage of them as well. This is the first time the 78-year-old Cosby has faced criminal charges.In that now-infamous deposition, Cosby admitted he obtained Quaaludes to give to women with whom he hoped to have sex.Cosby now appears just a shell of the man welcomed into our homes every week as everyone's favorite dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.He appears frail, shuffling in and out of court, leaning on his lawyers for support. Yesterday he waved and acknowledged those who yelled support for him as he entered and exited court.The image Cosby perfected is long gone. What's left is a man looking for a legal way out of his actions. Cosby contends the sex was consensual. He settled the civil suit filed against him by Constand.He thought he had a get our of jail card against any criminal charges through that deal with Castor.Yesterday that deal, which apparently was never put down on paper, disappeared.The criminal case against Bill Cosby will go forward.Cliff Huxtable will go on trial on sex assault charges.
The Beatles once lamented they did not have a 'Ticket' to ride. You're not going to have that problem, so long as you pick up a copy of the print edition of the Daily Times Friday.We'll be unveiling our new weekly entertainment section.Welcome to 'Ticket.' Consider it your 'Ticket' to a great weekend and the best in the arts and entertainment all across the Philly suburbs.This is your chance to get in the middle of all the action — happening right here — in our region. Ticket will introduce you to destinations near and far. Read about upcoming concerts, latest trends, art exhibits, family events and much more. Have a story idea? Share with us — email email@example.com. If you know of a local artist who’s making a statement in his or her craft, let us know and we will spread the word. Got the scoop on an awesome venue dishing out great entertainment? We all want to be there, so tell us about it.Stay in touch 24/7 through our website at www.tickettoentertainment.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Ticket2Entertainment and on Twitter @TicketEnt.And, don’t miss the print Ticket every week. It’s the guide to entertainment you need to start your weekend. And it all starts Friday in the Daily Times.