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Grappling with Demons: Inside 'Foxcatcher'

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:26
On Jan. 26, 1996, multi-millionaire John du Pont gunned down Dave Schultz, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, at his estate in Newtown Township. Schultz was a member of Team Foxcatcher, a group of elite wrestlers who trained and, in the case of Schultz and a few other top athletes, lived on the property. In advance of the Friday release of “Foxcatcher,” the Bennett Miller film starring Steve Carell as du Pont, the Daily Times interviewed people who spent considerable time on the property and with du Pont and Schultz.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pa. Gaming Control Board paves way for casino in Philly sports complex

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:26
PHILADELPHIA >> The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to issue a casino license to a group with plans to open a casino and hotel at the city’s sports complex.
Categories: Lower Merion

Derp: Larry Ceisler Thinks Lynn Abraham is #PHL2015 Frontrunner

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-20 09:29
LOL. Has PoliticsPA ever been less essential?
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Nov. 20

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-11-20 08:26
The Daily Numbers: 90 pounds of pot delivered to a business address in Upper Darby. Police are investigating who sent it and who it was supposed to go to, because the business owner doesn’t know anything about it.

90,000 dollar streel value of the high-grade pot that was shipped from California.

18, age of man facing rape charge in connection with the rape of a 5-year-old girl. He also is alleged to have given the girl a sexually transmitted disease.

20, age of man in Upper Darby who faces charges for ripping off a delivery from the front porch of a neighborhood house. 2nd DUI charge for a woman who is facing trial in a fatal DUI incident.

2 deer hunts set for Ridley Creek State Park on Dec. 4 and 11.

20, age of Villanova student facing a sex assault charge connected to an incident that a woman reported happened last summer in Milwaukee, Wis.

2 more Dem names seeking to be next mayor of Philly. Those would be former D.A. Lynne Abraham, and Sen. Anthony Williams, D-8, who represents a part of Delco.

125 baggage handlers at Philadelphia International Airport who walked off job in 1-day protest this morning.

5.5 feet of snow that has paralyzed the Buffalo area.

8 deaths being blamed on the epic early snow storm.

110 million dollar deal to buy the Revel Casino in Atlantic City that looks like it has fallen through.

200,000 dollar fine against Valley Forge Casino for series of violations including allowing underage gamblers.

83, age of famed movie director Mike Nichols, who has died.

11 straight losses for the Sixers.

101-90 win for the Celtics, who raise their mark to 4-6.

2-0 loss for the Flyers, who got blanked by the Rangers’ backup goalie.

31 shots by Flyers that failed to find the net.

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

The Sixers continue to be perfect - a perfect 0-11 that is. I Don’t Get It: Let me see if I understand this. You are facing trial for a DUI crash and police say you have been involved in another DUI event. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the kids at St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield, who are celebrating their connection to the visit next year by Pope Francis.

Quote Box: “I did it.”

- suspect in theft of items delivered to front porch of home in Upper Darby.
Categories: Pennsylvania

No Child Pornos, Turns Out

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-20 08:22
Still pretty gross. Why would a grown man send another grown man a picture of a little boy looking into a little girl’s underpants? Y’all are so weird. Can we see who got CC’d on...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Philly Mayoral Race So Far

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-20 07:49
Education activists: Anybody but Williams Planning activists: Anybody but Clarke Budding conflict over whether to back Ken Trujillo or Terry Gillen as the non-stupid alternative to the two big jawns....
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Chester has a new magazine!

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-11-20 07:28
The city of Chester has something new to read - besides of course its daily dose of the Daily Times.

The city has a new magazine, aptly named Chester, the work of students at Widener University.

They are taking the wraps off the glossy new mag this afternoon. Tonight, we will be on the Widener campus to do our live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom,' and we'll meet the people behind this new literary effort.

Before tonight's show, the Chester community will celebrate the debut issue of the mag, which is both an online and print publication about the city produced by Widener University students, during a public reception at Widener University’s Freedom Hall at 4 p.m.

Stories in the magazine include a photo essay about the city, profiles of the Chester Children’s Chorus, the Laran Bronze Inc. foundry, a fertility doctor at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Phatso’s Bakery and other Chester eateries, and a story about the city’s plans for a cultural corridor.

All of the stories were planned, reported, written, edited and illustrated by five Widener communication studies majors: Jason Bishop of Delran, N.J.; Devon Fiore of Lancaster, Pa.; Brittany Kade of Quakertown, Pa.; Maria Klecko of Aston, Pa. (double majoring in English); and Khalil Williams of Chester, Pa.

The students were all enrolled in Magazine Journalism, a spring 2014 class taught by Sam Starnes, editor of Widener Magazine, marketing writer for the university, and adjunct professor of the Magazine Journalism course.

Williams, who was born and raised in Chester, said the experience of working on the magazine gave him a new perspective on his home town. “I feel that Chester has the potential to grow, because there are people who are passionate and interested in seeing the city be better,” he wrote in a column for the magazine. “Between the opportunities that this city has to what’s available now, I feel that it can be full of life again.”

The project earned the support of Chester Mayor John Linder, who led the students on a tour of the city at the beginning of the project. Linder said Chester magazine can serve as a valuable marketing tool to attract businesses and investment in the city.

“The Widener students did an excellent job bringing to life some of outstanding businesses, organizations and culture that Chester has to offer,” Linder said. “We are excited about the future of the city, and this magazine helps us tell that story. This is a great example of the growth of Chester’s public private partnerships with our prestigious anchor institutions, such as Widener University.”

Over the summer, Autumn Heisler, a senior English and creative writing major, edited the copy for the magazine. Nathalie Franzini-Hidalgo, a senior communication studies and psychology major who studied graphic design with senior lecturer Tim Scepansky, designed the magazine under the guidance of Melanie Franz, a senior graphic designer at Widener.

The university awarded the class a $1,000 Schmutz Student Engagement Mini Grant to produce the magazine. The grant is distributed annually to support undergraduate student-led projects that focus on Ches­ter and are developed in collaboration with a Chester community partner to address the city’s needs. John F. Schmutz, Esquire, donor of the grant, serves on Widener’s Board of Trustees and is a retired senior vice president and general counsel for E. I. DuPont Nemours and Company.

The magazine is being printed in limited numbers, but it can also be viewed online at www.widener.edu/chestermagazine.

Klecko, Williams, Fiore, and Starnes will join us for tonight's show.

Join the conversation tonight at 7.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A classic Ray Didinger-Daily Times story

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-11-20 06:54
I was in the presence of greatness yesterday.

There are not many people in this business I respect more than Ray Didinger.

First, I'm a die-hard Eagles fan. I can admit that as soon as the Eagles game is over I turn on "Eagles Post-Game Live" on Comcast SportsNet. I don't do that to hear Michael Barkann, although I admire the way he runs the show. I don't do it to hear former Gov. Ed Rendell, the voice of the fans. I don't do it to hear the insight of Brian Westbrook, a fairly adroit former player.

I do it to hear Ray Didinger break down the game.

No one knows more about the Eagles, or football in general.

I was a guest speaker at the monthly luncheon of the Delaware County Press Club. Actually I was second fiddle. I'm sure most of the people in the packed room came to hear Ray.

As I mentioned in the blog yesterday, Ray and I have one thing in common. We're both Daily Times veterans. That's right, Ray started what would be a Hall of Fame career at the Daily Times.

Yesterday he kicked off his comments with a great anecdote about his year at the Daily Times that kickstarted a career that would take him to the Evening Bulletin, Daily News, NFL Films and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Ray, just out of Temple, actually was hired by Art Mayhew for an opening on the news side. That didn't dull his dream of being a sports writer, so he would cover high school football games on the weekends.

As Ray explained it, he was covering some of the lesser games of the weekend for a few weeks when he thought he would push his luck and seek a bit more high-profile game.

He approached then sports editor Ed Gebhart (who still pens a Sunday column for the Daily Times) and asked if he might not be assigned a Ridley game, one of the best teams in the county.

Gebhart peered up and in his best crusty editor's voice intoned, "You're not ready for Ridley."

Some four decades later, after he entered the sports writer's wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he got home to a stack of congratulatory mail. The first letter he saw caught his attention because it had a Chester postmark.

Inside the card was this quote: "OK, I guess you're ready for Ridley."

It was from Ed Gebhart.

Thanks for a great afternoon, Ray.

The Daily Times is immensely proud of one of our finest alums.

CLICK HERE to get a piece of Ray's analysis of last week's Eagles fiasco vs. the Packers.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Shire moving Chesterbrook headquarters to Boston – 500 employees expected to leave Tredyffrin

Sadly, we learned this morning in Joe DiStefano’s Philadelphia Inquirer column that one of Tredyffrin Township’s largest employers is moving the company headquarters from Chesterbrook to Boston. In the Fall of 2012, Shire announced a decision to build a new large office complex on Trammel Crow property at the intersection of Rt. 29 and Yellow […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Salvo for November 19, 2014 - "Political Suicide"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:13
The Daily Salvo for November 19, 2014 - "Political Suicide"
Any Republican running for President that supports assisted-suicide is committing political-suicide. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

The Daily Salvo for November 18, 2014 - "Energizer Real Estate Bunny"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:05
The Daily Salvo for November 18, 2014 - "Energizer Real Estate Bunny"
Diane Cardano is the Energizer Bunny of the real estate world…she just keeps going and going. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

BOC meeting draws crowd over Cricket Lot project, issues about 'paper street' - Haws Terrace

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:01
A section of a street that was paved over nearly 60 years ago to create Lower Merion Township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot may be the next battleground in the fight over the site’s future.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lame Duck Corbett Trying to Sabotage Real Medicaid Expansion

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:01
Tom Wolf thumped Tom Corbett on Election Day running on, among other things, real Medicaid expansion. But apparently Corbett didn’t get the message the voters sent him, because he’s...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Grappling with Demons: Inside 'Foxcatcher'

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:48
On Jan. 26, 1996, multi-millionaire John du Pont gunned down Dave Schultz, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, at his estate in Newtown Township. Schultz was a member of Team Foxcatcher, a group of elite wrestlers who trained and, in the case of Schultz and a few other top athletes, lived on the property. In advance of the Friday release of “Foxcatcher,” the Bennett Miller film starring Steve Carell as du Pont, the Daily Times interviewed people who spent considerable time on the property and with du Pont and Schultz.
Categories: Lower Merion

#GOPorno Scandal – Now With Kids!

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:07
This doesn’t sound like child pornography exactly, but it seems we have not reached the upper bound of how gross this is going to get. No wonder Frank Fina wanted the courts to turn off the...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Toddler Overdose Death, Football Coach Fired, Pope Coming :This Week on Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:28
A look at the week's most read stories on Eastern Pennsylvania's Patch sites.
Categories: Lower Merion

Youngs Ford Road closed Tuesday for PECO work

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:23
Youngs Ford Road is closed from Monticello Road to Limberlost Road due to PECO doing work. It is unknown for how long the closure will be.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Montgomery County GOP Chairman Robert Kerns to be tried by a judge

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:22
COURTHOUSE >> The guilt or innocence of the former head of the Montgomery County Republican Party will be decided by a judge, not a jury, in the upcoming trial against Robert Kerns, who is charged with the indecent assault of a co-worker after a work party in October 2013.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police report burglaries in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:22
Lower Merion police are investigating two burglaries that occurred on the unit block of East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore this week. One occurred Nov. 13 and the other took place Nov. 14. In both cases, police say a window was smashed to gain entry. In both burglaries, police say nothing appears to have been taken.
Categories: Lower Merion

Longtime Lower Merion CFO Dean Dortone moving on

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:22
Lower Merion Township Chief Financial Officer Dean Dortone, who since 2002 has helped keep the township on an even financial keel, maintain its top credit rating, and extend a long record of budget reporting awards, is moving on.
Categories: Lower Merion