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New report shines light on PA's growing heroin epidemic and possible solutions

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:25
HARRISBURG >> A new report paints a bleak picture of heroin abuse across Pennsylvania, while providing an array of recommendations — including expanding or revamping existing education and prevention efforts, law enforcement policies and treatment options — to reverse what it calls a “growing epidemic in the state.”
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Lower Merion acting superintendent updates board, public on strategic plan

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:24
Lower Merion School District officials are continuing to work on developing the district’s strategic plan that is designed to help guide educators and administrators over the next several years. The plan is expected to be ready for public inspection next month.
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Montco man admits role in Malvern murder

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 08:43
WEST CHESTER -- A Montgomery County man admitted on Friday to shooting and killing a close friend he had grown up next door to in Malvern, but was unable to explain to the judge who accepted his plea what motive he had for the murder.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Sept. 29

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-09-29 07:40
The Daily Numbers: 213 total yards for the Eagles offense yesterday in 26-21 loss to the 49ers.

407 yards for the 49ers.

232-73, the offensive numbers from 1st half in favor of San Fran.

119 yards rushing for Frank Gore.

2 special teams TDs, on blocked punt and punt return, how Eagles scored.

53 yard Pick-6 from safety Malcolm Jenkins.

22 yards on 12 rushes for the Eagles behind a battered offensive line.

10 rushes for 17 yars for LeSean McCoy. That is not a misprint.

21 of 43 for 195 yards for Nick Foles.

2 straight incomplete passes from Foles on 3rd and 4th downs with less than 2 minutes to go from the Niners 1-yard-line when the Birds still could have won the game.

3-1 record for the Eagles. Admit it, you’d take that before the season started.

2-2 mark for the Niners.

3-1 record for the Cowboys, now tied with Eagles atop NFC East.

1992, last time the Eagles scored twice on special teams.

9-9 mark for the Cole Hamels, who took the loss in Phillies finale.

2-1 defeat for punchless Phils.

73-89 mark for the Phillies, exactly the same as last year.

14 years, how long ago the Phillies ended up in last place.

3-1 loss for the Flyers against the Devils in preseason game.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Cary Williams is not a Philly kind of player. Very weak effort on a crucial third down that could have stopped the 49ers.

I Don’t Get It: Ed Hochuli. I don’t get it. No one pays to see him and his crew litter the field with penalty flags.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Nick Foles, who took another brutal physical beating yesterday. Quote Box: “We got whupped.”

- Eagles coach Chip Kelly on the play of his beat-up makeshift offensive line.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A frustrating Eagles loss; is there another kind?

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-09-29 07:21
Raise your hand if you had the Eagles flying across the country and beating the 49ers in a national TV game before the season. Thought so.

Amazingly, despite not managing to get the ball into 49ers territory until late in the 4th quarter, the Eagles had a good chance to win.

That is not a misprint. The Eagles did not get the ball across the 50-yard line on offense until the latter part of the fourth quarter.

And they still could have won.

With a beat-up offensive line that opened exactly zero holes and had trouble protecting Nick Foles.

With another brutally sub-par performance from LeSean McCoy.

With a defense that continues to have trouble getting off the field on third down.

But thanks to their brilliant special teams, which provided touchdowns on a blocked punt and a punt return, as well as a Pick-6 from Malcolm Jenkins, the Eagles were in position to pull out a most improbable fourth straight come-from-behind win.

They had the ball at the 49ers 2-yard-line with 1:50 left in the game.

The 49ers had no timeouts left and the Eagles had two plays to punch it in.

They failed to do so.

And the fault lies with Chip Kelly.

The Eagles coach is an offensive wizard - some insist on calling him genius - who for some reason struggles at the end of games.

His frenetic, hurry-up offense is ill-equipped to use the clock.

Even if the Eagles had scored in this crucial series, they still would have given the ball back to the Niners and Colin Kaepernick with plenty of time to score.

Kelly does not seem to grasp the way to bleed the clock.

That game should have ended with the Eagles running that 4th down play as the clock expired, either they win or time runs out. You don't give the ball back to the other team.

His two play-calls are suspect as well.

Instead of at a minimum running the ball on third down, then coming back with a pass on fourth down, Kelly opted to get Foles on the move and throw the ball two times.

Two incompletions later, the Birds gave the ball back to the 49ers.

Amazingly, the Eagles still managed to get the back.

The Eagles are now 3-1, but they have lots of questions.

For one, how much stock do you put in those three wins.

Are they ever going to be able to get LeSean McCoy going.

They will get Lane Johnson back starting today, but that offensive line is still bruised and battered.

Speaking of bruised and battered, how long can Foles continue to take this kind of punishment. It's a long season. And this was just one of those frustating weeks Eagles fans have gotten used to over the years.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The two people who call newspapers

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-09-29 06:58
I say all the time that only two people call the newspaper. I explain who they are in my print column today.
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What's in a name?

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-09-29 06:18
I love talking about journalism, in particular the way my job is changing.

Take my word for, the changes have been seismic.

I always joke with people when I do public speaking engagements that I did not stop at a local watering hole before showing up to regale them with tales from the print world.

But I do appear to be somewhat off balance.

It is not an accident.

I spend most of my waking moments these days pulled in two different directions - producing a print edition as we have always done, and the lightning fast online world where we deliver information in real time, 24 hours a day.

I have one leg still firmly planted in the print world, and the other in the online world.

Those two worlds have some distinct differences, one of which has been the focus of considerable online debate over the past week.

I post on Twitter pretty much all day. It's one of the primary vehicles we now use to deliver breaking news and updates.

I post under the 'handle' @philheron. I find it the easiest way to make sure people know where this information is coming from.

I suppose I could have made up another handle, let's say @PrimosPhil.

If you didn't know that was me, do you think it would hold the same authority.

Twitter is full of these kinds of handles.

That's the point. They are pseudonyms. There's a very good chance you in fact do not know who is posting that information. These two worlds collided recently when I received a letter to the editor submission from a person who wanted to be known only by his Twitter handle.

In this instance, that handle is very well known. It is @FanSince09, the online sleuth who was crucial to identifying a group of people believed connected to an attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia. Several people now face charges in that case.

@FanSince09 wanted to respond to an opinion piece that was penned by Sunday columnist Christine Flowers. In it she had some pointed things to say about the push for hate-crime legislation that this case has sparked, as well as the online work that pushed the investigation into the headlines.

Our policy on letters to the editor is pretty clear. We require a name, town, and phone number for verification. The phone number is not printed. The name and town are.

I still think it's a good policy. That does not mean we do not use anonymous material elsewhere in the paper. We feature an entire column called Sound Off, that is anonymous. But they are not letter to the editor.

I would be happy to include a person's Twitter handle, and run it along with their name. But I remain unwilling to open our op-ed pages to anonymous pieces. I believe it is a recipe for disaster.

I eventually explained my decision and ran his letter in my blog.

But the debate over our policy requiring a name to have a letter published continues.

So what do the readers think?

Please feel free to weigh in with your stance. As usual, I'm willing to listen to dissenting opinions. I'm just not always willing to print them, unless you are willing to put your name beside it.
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1 pronounced dead, 2nd injured in Havertown roofing accident

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-28 22:34
One of two roofers working at a home in Havertown died Friday at the scene after getting electrocuted.
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Lower Merion police report 3 burglaries

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-28 22:34
Wynnewood burglary Lower Merion police reported a burglary at a home on the 1000 block of Nicholson Road in Wynnewood that occurred Sept. 24 between 6 and 9:15 p.m.
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Lifesaving Boy Scout, Fatal Blue Route Crash, Three Charged in Attack on Gay Couple

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-09-28 21:01
Plus, Tweeted photos of x-rays cost one area hospital employee her job.
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’tis the season!

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-09-27 22:36

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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2014-09-27 06:16
Now comes the hard part.

The Eagles have spent the first three weeks of this NFL season allowing teams to go up on them before rallying from behind for three straight wins.

That likely won't happen this week, when the Birds face the prospect of flying across the country to tangle with an angry 49ers team that finds itself sitting at a disappointing 1-2. You just get the feeling the Niners do not want to fall to 1-3, a huge hole to dig out of to start the season.

Nick Foles likely will again spend much of the day being battered behind a makeshift offensive line that now will be without three starters.

A big dose of LeSean McCoy would certainly help, but Shady has been MIA for the start of this season as teams are game-planning to take him out of the picture. McCoy also likely is feeling the effects of teams packing the box since they don't have to be wary of DeSean Jackson as a deep threat.

The Eagles will live or die Sunday on Foles' right arm. He'll have another big day. Just not big enough. And Chip Kelly is going to have to start devising game plans that protect Foles, who took a hellacious beating all day vs. the Redskins.

This wasn't one you had in the win column before the season anyhow.

I have to go with Colin Kaepernick and the Niners in a shootout.

The Pick: Make it 49ers 33, Eagles 29. I just see the 49ers having more success against an Eagles defense that will once again be missing Mychal Kendricks than Foles and his crew have against San Fran. I could be wrong - I hope I am - but this does not look like the Birds' day. If Foles can fly across the country and lead the Birds to an upset win against an angry Niners bunch, he might finally dispel all those doubters who keep waiting for him to fall on his face.

Season Record: It's been a trifecta for the Eagles. Three straight weeks they haven fallen behind in the first half, only to come roaring back. They now sit at a lofty 3-0, while I still have a blemish at 2-1. One of us is going to fall again today. I'm going with the Niners.

Game by Game: Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)

Eagles 30, Colts 27 (My Pick: Colts 29, Eagles 23)

Eagles 37, Redskins 34 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)
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origami in flight

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-09-26 22:38

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Whole Kids Foundation Fundraiser - Saturday, September 27th 12 - 4 pm

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-26 20:06
Grilling, Book Sale and School Supply Drive at Whole Foods Market Wynnewood
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Police: Wynnewood Home Burglarized

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-26 16:31
The home was entered through an unlocked window, and a pocketbook was taken.
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Flashback: Former DEP Head Michael Krancer Defended Fake Fracking Water Treatment Practice That Produces Dangerous Toxins

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2014-09-26 16:08
Susan Phillips at StateImpact previews a new peer-reviewed study from the Environmental Science & Technology journal that says it’s not safe to simply process fracking wastewater through...
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Tranquil Conditions Through the Weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-26 14:41
Excellent weather conditions will be in place for this weekend, but another storm may be brewing.
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The Daily Salvo for September 26, 2014 - "Happy Birthday Archbishop Chaput"

The Daily Salvo - Fri, 2014-09-26 13:26
The Daily Salvo for September 26, 2014 - "Happy Birthday Archbishop Chaput"
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PECO: Power restored after over 1,000 impacted by Lower Merion outage

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-26 13:02
PECO crews have restored power after an outage impacted 1,170 customers Thursday in Lower Merion.
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1 pronounced dead, 2nd injured in Havertown roofing accident

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-26 12:45
One of two roofers working at a home in Havertown died Friday at the scene after getting electrocuted.
Categories: Lower Merion