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Pennsylvania to Debut Online Voter Registration

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 09:01
Details on online registration system to come Thursday morning
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7-Eleven Robbed in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:52
Three men robbed store, then fled on foot at 4 a.m.
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Yangming offers 'sincere apology' to patrons

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:32
In response to the shocking shuttering of Bryn Mawr's famed Chinese restaurant Yangming, the restaurant posted the following apology on its Facebook page.
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Shooting inside Chester County Justice Center lobby

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:32
WEST CHESTER >> A shooting occurred at the Chester County Justice Center in the first-floor lobby involving a members of the county Sheriff’s Office and a man who was apparently trying to enter.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 27

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-08-27 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 24 million dollars, what Michael Markman and his firm BET Investments, paid for the Granite Run Mall.

2 stores that remain open at the site, Sears and Boscov’s.

15 of November to 15 of December, when demolition of the rest of the mall is likely to occur. It will be replaced by a town center style development mixing residential and retail.

1 person struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Norwood last night.

8.7 million dollars the Chester Upland School District already owes charter schools. That’s part of the reason a Delco judge nixed a new financial recovery plan, because it did not address this debt.

23 million dollar deficit for the troubled school district. That is expected to grow to $40 million by the end of the school year.

2 million dollars in state aid available to Delco municipalities affected by June’s severe summer thunderstorm that rocked the region.

10 minute storm with winds of 70 mph that wreaked havoc, especially in western Delco.

1,000 pages of documents in the Kathleen Kane probe released yesterday by the courts. They contain hundreds of porn emails that Kane alleges were routinely swapped by office members under her predecessor.

46 percent of registered voters in Pa. who believe Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign, according to new Frannklin & Marshall poll.

54 percent of of Republicans want her to go; just 47 percent of Independents; and 40 percent of Democrats.

2 in 5 - 39 percent - in Pa. believe Gov. Tom Wolf is doing excellent or good job.

54 percent believe the Legislature is more at fault for the state budget standoff; 29 percent point finger at Wolf 66 percent believe state lawmakers should not be paid during the standoff.

2 TV station employees killed during live report yesterday morning in Virginia.

12 consecutive life terms without parole for Colorado movie theater rampge gunman James Holmes.

2 U.S. soldiers killed by an Afghan solider at a military base in western Afghanistan.

3 runs surrendered by Phils’s starter Jerad Eickhoff in 1st inning vs. Mets last night.

1 error on fly ball that proved costly in that inning.

16 straight retired by Eickhoff at one point after the 1st inning.

6 innings pitched by Eickhoff, 4 runs and 6 strikeouts in his 2nd start for Phils.

42, age of Bartolo Colon, who got the win for the Mets.

8 straight wins for Mets over Phils.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

The only thing worse than a losing streak is losing to the Mets.

I Don’t Get It: No, we don’t have issues in this country with gun violence and mental health. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the staff at WDBJ in Virginia, who were tasked with working under the worst imaginable conditions yesterday after two of their co-workers were gunned down during a live report.

Quote Box: “The ruling ensures that Chester’s children will be able to return to their classrooms, next month, at the same time that the rest of the students across the Comonwealth will.”

- Vahan Gureghian, head of Chester Community Charter School, after judge’s ruling rejecting state plan to cut reimbursements to charter schools.
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Welcome to my world

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-08-27 07:01
This one is personal.

We run a lot of stories every day in print and online.

A lot of those stories deal with very sad, tragic incidents.

And the bottom line is that a lot of those stories also make some people very angry.

They are upset about what we reported, sometimes they way we reported it, or simply are looking to vent at someone at the newspaper. That usually brings them to me.

Every day I field phone calls from readers who are irate with something we've reported.

Sometimes they even come into the office.

It's not exactly a part of the job that I relish. But it's also one of the most important things I do here every day. I always listen carefully to what the people have to say, and offer an explanation as to why we did what we did.

I also almost always someone who is unhappy with our coverage the opportunity to write a letter or a piece for our op-ed pages offering their version of events or why they think we got it wrong.

I'll be honest. Sometimes we just flat got something wrong. When that happens, we correct that information.

But most of the time, I'm in a situation where I know I am not going to assuage this person's visceral feelings for me - or the newspaper. I understand why that is. Many times these people are grieving and simply want to vent. If they want to yell at someone for awhile, I allow them to do that.

Sometimes people who are upset with the newspaper are not satisfied with a phone call. Sometimes they want to tell me what they think face to face.

When that happens, I bring them into my office and again listen intently to what they have to say. I offer my version, and again usually they just want to tell me what they think. I give them that opportunity.

I was thinking about that yesterday as I followed the details of the horrific incident in Virginia where a television reporter and her cameraman were gunned down while they were doing a live report. Both died. The woman they were interviewing was wounded but is expected to recover.

In this case, it turned out the suspect, who later took his own life, was a disgruntled employee.

Two things went through my mind as I followed the story.

One, I wonder just what it is that could push a person to that edge, and the many times I've dealt with people who felt aggrieved at something the newspaper did. It's not an especially comforting feeling.

But in the ensuing unsettling minutes and hours, I again confronted something about what I do for a living that was less than reassuring.

The way we deliver information to readers has fundamentally changed. When an incident such as yesterday's tragedy occurs, the early-morning timing of the event makes print seem like eons away. We won't print again until the next morning. It becomes an online story. And that is part of the problem.

We are not alone online.

The gunman in this case (I don't feel the need to use his name and give him a morsel of what he wanted) captured the entire incident on video and posted it online.

It's a lit

tle bit like knocking over that first domino in one of those intricate displays. You sit back and watch it cascade from there. The video exploded on social media. It was all over Twitter and Facebook, as was the live video from the TV station. The shooter's Facebook post containing the video he shot quickly "went viral," which is the new buzzword of our lives. At least at first.

The auto-play feature on many Twitter and Facebook accounts meant the video played even before some people realized what it was.

Fairly quickly the online world was abuzz with something else, pleas not to view or share the shocking video.

That's called editing. That's the kind of decision I make every day.

We did not use or post the video. We also did not use any of the stills taken from the video that wire services moved yesterday that clearly show the suspect pointing a gun at his victim.

Today we mourn reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, killed while doing their jobs, something we do every day.

And we wonder about the world we live in, our role in it, and the job we do every day.

Yesterday, I had a fundamental decision to make as the editor of the Daily Times and DelcoTimes.com. But every user of social media and consumer of online information got to make a similar decision.

Welcome to my world.
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2 big questions loom for Chester Upland

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-08-27 06:19
There are two big questions looming over the Chester Upland School District this morning.

Parents and children have to still be wondering what will happen when - or maybe the correct word is 'if' - schools open next week.

The other is something the district has been dealing with for decades. What is the answer to the district's fiscal woes.

All of this is part of the fallout from this week's court ruling that saw a Delco judge reject the state's attempt to radically reduce charter school reimbursements.

State officials, including Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, had made it clear they were not sure if Chester Upland would be able to open without the changes they sought. And even if they did, they warned it was entirely possible the red ink the district is awash in would force them to close the doors before the end of the school year.

The district is looking at a $23 million deficit, one that state officials believe could balloon to $40 million by the end of the school year.

Wolf said he was disappointed in the ruling and is mulling his options at this point in terms of an appeal.

Here is today's update with reaction to the court ruling.

And here is our editorial.The answer to Chester Upland's woes likely lies in the Legislature, and changing the formula used to reimburse charter schools that was part of the original law that created charter schools.

Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen anytime soon. How are those budget talks going?

In the meantime, the children and families of Chester Upland continue to suffer.
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Bryn Mawr college professor author of One Book One Lower Merion book

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-08-26 13:55
In its 12th edition, the Lower Merion Library System’s One Book One Lower Merion program is trying something new.
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Ardmore Business Association Sets Networking Event

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-08-26 12:47
Event scheduled for Sept. 10 in Local Wine & Kitchen
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full tilt crazy

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-08-26 12:02


You see that lovely young woman?  Her name was Alison Parker and this morning she and her cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed near Roanoke, Virginia in a place called Moneta. She was 24 and was a graduate of James Madison University and he was 27 and a graduate of Virginia Tech. They were with Virgina CBS affiliate WDBJ7. They were killed in the middle of a live shot interview it looks like.

This story is so horrific and I like many others didn’t know either Ms. Parker or Mr. Ward. For me personally it hits home because I have friends who are reporters and cameramen as well as newspaper reporters and newspaper photographers . I thought of them all immediately as this news broke. You think of them covering the news, not becoming the news and victims of violence.

And even more horrible? It has been disclosed that the shooter was a former reporter, one of their own,  who for a while put what he did on video on Twitter! They are reporting he is being chased through Virginia and other media reports say he may have committed suicide.

Two WDBJ7 employees killed in attack at Bridgewater Plaza. Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were attacked during a live broadcast

Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
POSTED: 07:27 AM EDT Aug 26, 2015 UPDATED: 10:56 AM EDT Aug 26, 2015 
Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live interview

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Updated 11:05 AM ET, Wed August 26, 2015
Sources: WDBJ shooting suspect is former reporter Bryce Williams

  Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:20 AM EDT

Updated: Aug 26, 2015 11:34 AM EDT

By NBC12 NewsroomCONNECT

This county is on full tilt crazy again. You can click on the links above to read about this horrific event. But before everyone goes into another endless gun control debate, remember what just happened here yesterday at the Chester County Courthouse, which made national news.

Yesterday a guy named Curtis Smith of Coatesville went crazy with a knife inside our county courthouse, hurting people. He was shot and killed by Sheriff’s department personnel. As e dust began to settle we learned this guy had been arrested in Washington DC for scaling a wall of the White House.

Washington Post National Official: Deputy’s attacker arrested at White House in March

A Chester County sheriff’s deputy with a hand injury is taken from the lobby of the Chester County Courthouse following a shooting Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in West Chester, Pa. The Daily Local News of West Chester reports that the shooting involved a member of the Chester County sheriff’s office and a man who apparently tried to enter the courthouse. (Pete Bannan/Daily Local News via AP) (Associated Press)

By Associated Press August 25 at 5:58 PM

Daily Local News Chester County Justice Center suspect dead

By Michael P. Rellahan, mrellahan@21st-centurymedia.com,, @ChescoCourtNews on Twitter

POSTED: 08/25/15, 12:31 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO

Questions linger in courthouse shooting

Justine McDaniel and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers

Last updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:06 AM

But seriously, this country is such a country of unpleasant extremes these days. When did we become a nation of violence?

Sad day again for this country. We need to dial back the violence.

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Toadies Coming to Ardmore Music Hall in November

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:51
Group known for '90s hit "Possum Kingdom" will play an acoustic show Nov. 13
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Bryn Mawr Film Institute To Host College Night

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:46
Free coffee and posters to those with college IDs, on Oct. 5
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Shooting inside Chester County Justice Center lobby

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-08-26 08:57
WEST CHESTER >> A shooting occurred at the Chester County Justice Center in the first-floor lobby involving a members of the county Sheriff’s Office and a man who was apparently trying to enter.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday Aug. 26

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-08-26 07:59
The Daily Numbers: 40,000 dollars, what Chester Upland pays for every special education student enrolled in charter schools.

16,000 what state officials wanted to reduce that number to. The plan was rejected by a Delco judge Tuesday night.

23 million dollar deficit in Chester Upland right now.

20 million dollar deficit by the end of the school year even if the plan had been approved, according to 1 financial expert who testified in front of Kenney.

2 men shot yesterday after a “transaction” went bad in Glenolden.

3 suspects being sought in the incident.

1 suspect dead and 1 sheriff’s deputy wounded during an attack at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester yesterday.

Turns out the man killed was the same man arrested for trying to scale the White House fence in February.

34, age of Curtis Smith, the suspect in the West Chester attack.

2 new state reps for Delco as Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Joanna McClinton took their oaths yesterday in Harrisburg, repping the 161st and 191st districts respectively.

14 votes by the Pa. House that failed to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget vetoes on a line-item basis.

30 people forced from their apartment after a ruptured gas line sparked a fire in King of Prussia.

16 units in the building damaged.

23 employees laid off by La Salle University in a budget crunch.

12 million dollar deficit facing the school.

725 students entering the Catholic college this fall, below their target.

860 students in the freshman class last year.

33,164 total enrollment at the school.

49 percent of people in poll who believe Attorney General Kathleen Kane should step down.

54 percent disapprove of the way she’s doing the job.

39 percent of Democrats who believe she should go, with 37 percent saying she should stay on job

16 years, how long it has been since Pa. hiked the cost of a hunting license. They’re going up.

20 dollar increase over 5 years.

19 dollar license now will eventually cost $39 in year five.

204 point loss for the stock market yesterday, after a big early rally fizzled.

6-5 loss for the Phillies to the Mets yesterday.

17 wins in their last 23 games for the Mets.

7 straight losses by the Phils to the New Yorkers.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

You have to love Larry Bowa. The Phils’ bench coach went ballistic last night when he thought the Mets were again quick-pitching Phillies hitters. Earned him an ejection. And still more love from the Philly Phaithful.

I Don’t Get It: Does anyone have an answer to financial morass that is the Chester Upland School District. Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan just got shot down.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to sheriff’s department employees in Chester County, who offered a textbook reaction yesterday to an incident in which an intruder with a knife attacked a deputy.

Quote Box: “Judge Kenney’s decision to reject necessary reforms to the special education rates paid by the school district to its charter schools will unfortunately allow a decades-old problem to persist, and the district’s massive budget deficit will only worsen.”

- Gov. Tom Wolf, after Delco Judge Chad Kenney rejected key part of Chester Upland financial recovery plan.
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What's next for Chester Upland?

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-08-26 07:04
Now what?

Is there a Plan B for the Chester Upland School District?

There had better be.

That's my thought after Delaware County Judge Chad Kenney late last night rejected the key cog in Gov. Tom Wolf's financial recovery plan for the Chester Upland School District.

While Kenney gave the green light to a forensic audit of the district's books and appointment of a financial recovery officer, those were merely window dressing.

The guts of the plan - as you might expect - was money. In particular how much money the district reimburses local charter schools for special education students.

Chester Upland pays an outrageous $40,000-plus for every special education student who attends a charter school. The Wolf plan would have reduced that to a little more than $16,000 per student. Coupled with some tweaks in regulations concerning cyberschools, Wolf, Chester Upland Receiver Francis Barnes and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said they would be able to wipe out the district's yawning $23 million deficit and put the district on sound financial footing for the first time in decades.

That's not going to happen. At least not now. Kenney rejected the state plan, calling it "wholly inadequate" in terms of repairing the district's shaky fiscal condition. He also chided the state for failing to provide enough details in terms of how they came up with this latest plan and the shift in special education funding.

When they rolled out this latest recovery plan, both Wolf and his education folks made one thing clear. Without this radical action, they were not sure if Chester Upland could open its doors in September. And if they did, they hinted they may not be able to function for long, with the red ink likely growing to $40 million during the school year.

Chester Upland is due to open schools the day after Labor Day.

Kenney's decision is a clear victory for charter schools, in particular the biggest charter school in the state, Chester Community Charter School.

But is it a win for the children of Chester Upland? Especially if their school district drowns in a sea of red ink.

The ball just bounced back into the state's lap.
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2 more violent incidents

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-08-26 06:44
It was a violent day across the Philly suburbs yesterday.

It started at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester, where a man slashed a sheriff's deputy before being fatally shot by another officer.

In a weird twist, the suspect, 34-year-old Curtis Smith of Coatesville, is the same guy who was arrested back in February for trying to scale the fence outside the White House in Washington, D.C.

Just a few minutes later, gunshots rang out in Glenolden.

Police say a "transaction" went bad. The result? Two men shot, and three men being sought.

One of the men made his way across the street to a business before collapsing on the front steps.

All of this happened in broad daylight. At 1 o'clock in the afternoon.

The mean streets seem to get a little meaner every day.
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No Utley, but we still have Larry Bowa

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-08-26 06:23
Chase Utley is gone, but we still have Larry Bowa.

Long before we fell in love with Utley - specifically the way he played the game - there was Bowa.

Nothing came easy for Bowa, from the time Phillies Manager Gene Mauch belittled him as not being a major league hitter.

But Bowa persisted, and he became beloved here for the 'blue-collar' way he played the game.

In other words, he was Utley before there was Utley.

He carried that same red streak with him into the coach's and manager's jobs, a trait that did not always go over so well with players. But it never went out of favor with the fans.

That vein that always seemed to be bulging out of Bowa's neck was back in action last night.

The Phillies have been upset with the way the Mets have been pitching in this series. Specifically, they believe they're being quick-pitched, with the Mets delivering to the plate before Phils' batters are ready.

It happened again last night.

Bowa had seen enough.

The fiery bench coach went ballistic and managed to get himself kicked out of the game. The Phils went on to lose again to the Mets, 6-5.

The Phillies season flat-lined a long time ago.

But it's good to see some things don't change.

Nothing wrong with Larry Bowa's pulse.
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“If walls could talk, what stories they could tell!” — Historic House Tour tickets available

The 11th Annual Historic House Tour (hard to believe that it’s been 11 years!) is coming up in a few weeks and final preparations are in full swing! Tickets for the 2015 house tour on Saturday, September 19, noon – 5 PM and Jazz & Just Desserts, the house tour preview party, on Sunday, September. 13, […]
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Pa. Bill Would Punish Those Who Leave Their Pets In Hot Cars

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-08-25 16:13
A new bill in Harrisburg would wield fines of up to $300 toward pet owners who leave their dogs and cats in hot cars.
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Watch: How Long Does It Take To Demolish A Library

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-08-25 13:53
Watch a time-lapse video of crews knocking down the Media-Upper Providence Free Library.
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