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Cliff Huxtable is going to trial

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-02-04 06:59
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.
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Coming Friday: It's your 'Ticket' to a good time

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-02-04 06:33
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 ticket@digitalfirstmedia.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.
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Your morning roads report: Beware of fog, impatient drivers

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-02-04 05:11
Welcome to London.

Be prepared to battle some thick fog out there.

I just made the jaunt into the office and I can tell you it's thick as pea soup in some spots, with visibility next to nothing in some spots.

The good news is that the rain seems to be relenting and the expected flooding from yesterday's rain never seemed to develop. But the warm temperatures, rising to near 50, have created some serious fog issues.

Here's the full regional traffic report.

But here was my real dilemma from this morning's commute, and this one is on me.

I can admit to the fact that patience is not a virtue I possess in any great amount. In other words, I have a pretty short fuse.

This morning because of the fog I decided to alter my route. I took Route 352 from Westtown to Granite Run instead of my normal route taking Route 3 all the way down to Edgmont, then Providence Road over to Rose Tree Park. I didn't feel like adding fog to the morning ritual of dodging the deer on Providence Road.

What I didn't count on was getting behind a potato chip truck shortly after I got onto Route 352. Obviously he was concerned about the fog as well, because he insisted on going 25 mph all the way to Lima.

I'm guessing he could probably hear me ranting and grinding my teeth behind him.

If you know the road, you know there is really not many spots where you can pass, even on a clear morning, let alone one where you can barely see your hand in front of your face.

I thought maybe since I was right behind him he might pull over and let me go by. No dice.

Eventually he took a right on Route 452 and I roared past headed for the Media Bypass. It made me a few minutes late. Was it worth all the faux outrage. No. I'll add that to the list of things I need to get a better grip on.
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Montco 'Girls In Medicine' Program Aims To Inspire Teens

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 23:41
The program is designed to inspire girls across Montgomery County to become healthcare leaders of the future.
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7 Pa. Restaurants Linked To Major Credit Card Breach

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 20:36
Watch your wallet: Secure credit card information was left exposed in credit card breaches at seven Pa. restaurants over the last 2 years.
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chester county books

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-02-03 19:03


I admit it, I love books.

And I have been on the hunt for the three books you see pictured above for a while, and now I can say I have added them to my library.

These three fabulous books (Forty Years of Days, Chester County & Its Day, and Barns of Chester County Pennsylvania) were all written by a Chester County treasure named Berenice M. Ball

Once upon a time, the late Mrs. Ball was a long time Chairman of Chester County Day.  As a matter of fact her former home was on the 2015 Chester County Day house tour which benefits the Chester County Hospital Foundation.

I am pretty sure Chester County Day   is one of the longest running house tours in the nation, if not the longest.

Mrs. Ball published these fabulous books in the 1970s and 1980s. 1970 (Chester County and Its Day), 1974 (Barns of Chester County), 1980 (Forty Years of Days).

The books are full of old photos, sketches, history, anecdotes. Famous Chester County properties, even ones familiar to us today, are in these books. Like the often discussed Bryn Coed Farm, once home to Justice Owen J. Roberts.

Yes that Bryn Coed in West Vincent. It was restored back in the day by R. Brognard Okie.  I only knew the property made Chesterbrook look tiny, but I had non idea about Justice Robert’s actual home. I love Okie houses.

  Reading Chester County and Its Day it was interesting to learn that once upon a time this property Bryn Coed was a favorite on the Chester County Day circuit.

“Can anyone who ever saw Mr. Justice Owen J Roberts forget him in his country tweeds, standing in the driveway, pipe in hand, greeting each guest as if he were a visiting ambassador or posing for a picture after picture with groups and individuals? What a truly great human being he was and what good friends of the Day they both were.”

Given the constant discussion of the potential of development at Bryn Coed this sent chills up my spine!

Forty Years of Days has at the end of  it a complete listing of homes and landmarks open on Chester County Day between 1936 and 1980.

You can find these books on Amazon and eBay and in secondhand shops if you’re lucky. They were all produced back in the day as limited editions, and all of the ones I found are first editions and were signed by Mrs. Ball. I can’t tell you how awesome they are. If you are a Chester County history junkie and you don’t have these in your collection, you should definitely seek them out.

I hunted these books down to learn more about the history of the county I now call home. I’m so glad I did they are fascinating.

Thanks for stopping by on a rainy foggy day.


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Bryn Mawr Writer Featured In Villanova's Literary Festival

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 12:53
Daniel Torday is the author of numerous acclaimed novels and the Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.
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11 Arrested In Overnight Raid In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 12:32
The group owed more than $120,000 in child support altogether.
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Wegmans Alerts Customers To Facebook Scam

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 10:01
Don't be fooled by a Facebook post making the rounds, the supermarket says.
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Lower Merion Man, Athlete And Analyst, Dies At 30 From Overdose

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 09:31
A single knee injury led to painkillers, which forever changed the life of a man with an incredibly bright future.
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Is Your Lower Merion Student-Athlete Signing A Letter Of Intent?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 09:04
Wednesday is National Signing Day for college-bound athletes. Share your celebration here.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Feb. 3

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-02-03 07:05
The Daily Numbers: 23, age of convicted home invader who is back in trouble again, facing human trafficking charges in Upper Darby.

2,700 dollars believed stolen from a woman’s apartment as part of the ordeal, which started when she placed an ad with an online dating service.

7,000 dollars OK’d by Swarthmore Council as reimbursement for repairs on a fire truck.

20,000 dollars being spent by Springfield School District for website services.

2005, when then Montco D.A. Bruce Castor gave his word to Bill Cosby that he would not be prosecuted for any information provided in a deposition in a civil suit.

5 years in jail and $1 million in restitution for Chip Fattah, son of Philly Congressman Chaka Fattah, on fraud charges.

18 times, how many times Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring. He’s seen his shadow and called for 6 more weeks of winter 102 times.

1 case of the Zika virus that has now popped up in Texas. This one was transmitted by sexual activity.

1,700 jobs being eliminated at Yahoo.

10,000 pieces of undelivered mail found in a mail room in Philadelphia.

200 million dollars more that will be sought for education by Gov. Tom Wolf in his budget address next week.

60 million dollar pricetag for the universal Pre-K education program being sought by new Philly Mayor Jim Kenney.

0, how much in campaign donations Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she’s pulled in amid her legal woes while running for re-election.

1 woman, 2 children struck by hit-run driver in South Philly yesterday.

4-2 win for Flyers over Canadiens to kick off the 2nd half of NHL season.

72-57 win for Chester High over Academy Park in boys hoops last night.

5 year extension for Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry.

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

The Eagles increasingly are looking like Howie Roseman’s show. Not real sure how I feel about that.

I Don’t Get It: Gov. Wolf will be asking for $200 million more for education in his budget address next week. Which would be nice if the state actually had this year’s spending plan in place. Hard to believe.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Punxsutawney Phil. Hey, maybe it’s not scientific, but we’ll take it.

Quote Box: “Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted, ever, as far as I was concerned.”

- Former Montco D.A. Bruce Castor, on deal he offered Bill Cosby.
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Record warm temps, rain, melting snow may create flooding mess

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-02-03 06:22
Maybe Punxsutawney was right.

One day after Pennsylvania's most famous rodent predicted an early spring, we're headed for near-record temperatures today.

Many forecasts believe we'll surpass the record high of 62, which was set back in 2006.

So much for the good news.

The warm weather is going to be accompanied by a day-long rain, including some heavy downpours later this afternoon and tonight. Coupled with melting snow from our recent blizzard, flooding is likely.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire region from noon until 5 p.m. Thursday. That could mean problems for the usual trouble spots, including Darby Borough, and areas along Chester Creek.

The city of Chester already has issued a warning to residents along Chester Creek that they may need to evacuate their homes. The city put out an advisory warning residents of Parker Manor to be prepared to evacuate, move motor vehicles as far away from Chester Creek as possible and find shelter with family or friends until the threat has passed.

Residents with questions are asked to call the Chester Fire Department, Station 81, at 610-447-7844, or Station 82 at 610-447-7842. In the meantime, AccuWeather's extended forecast is calling for the possibility of cold and snow extending into early March, but then a quick warm-up.

Here's what they have to say:

AccuWeather reports Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Feb. 2, 2016, indicating an early start to spring for the United States. The decision marks only the 18th time Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog hasn't seen his shadow since the tradition began in 1887.

For the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned for just the opposite, as cold air and the potential for snow will linger into the start of March. Elsewhere, springlike severe weather isn't predicted to become widespread until April.

Cold air and snow possible for mid-Atlantic, Northeast into March; Drought may develop for Great Lakes, Ohio Valley Warm weather lovers in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will have to be patient, as winter plans to linger into March across both regions.

Cold air and stormy weather will take the stage from late February into the start of March, opening the door for a potential late-winter snowstorm.

"There could be a last surge of winter before we see the transition into spring," AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. "For the Northeast, there's still an opportunity for some snow, although there's a higher chance that we'll see a cold snap rather than a big snowstorm."

A quick warmup will follow, however, allowing milder air to arrive faster than it has in the past two years for both regions.

"A lack of arctic air in the region and the sun getting higher and higher in the sky will make it feel pretty nice, I think, by mid-March in the Northeast," Pastelok said.

Through April, the weather pattern will lend itself to the occasional damp and dreary day before a turnaround in May.

May could also yield drought concerns for the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, prompting some early season heat. During the same month, the threat for severe weather will loom for the mid-Atlantic.

For the complete local forecast, click here.
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Eagles enter the Howie Roseman Era

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-02-03 06:03
Welcome to the Howie Roseman show.

Remember all that talk from Eagles owner Jeff Lurie about how the team was putting on a full-court press to hire a personnel guy.

The Birds Boss played it very close to the vest in terms of who is calling the shots at the press conference where he rolled out Andy Reid acolyte Doug Pederson as the Eagles new coach. He consistently dodged questions about Roseman's role, saying only that once the team had their personnel guy, there would be "100 percent accountability."

Well now we know what he meant by that.

The Eagles apparently have put the search for their personnel guru on hold until after the draft.

This looks like Howie Roseman's show now.

That means Howie will likely be the loudest voice in the room on Draft Day. Sure, Pederson will have something to say on that, but it sure sounds like Roseman will be in control.

That's quite a turnaround from the guy who was unceremoniously demoted when Chip Kelly forced Lurie's hand and got full control over personnel and the roster.

But Roseman was merely sent down the hall. He was not jettisoned. And when Kelly was shown the door by Lurie before the end of the season, there was Roseman's carcass washing back up on the beach.

Maybe Roseman will knock it out of the park. He's already done some great work in signing severla of the team's young nucleus to contract extensions, including tight end Zach Ertz and defensive lineman Vinny Curry.

The team has a press conference set this afternoon at which they are expected to formally announce the Curry deal.

But don't be surprised if most of the questions focus on Roseman's role and where the team stands in its search for a personnel guy.

That's what happens when you use a No. 1 draft pick on Marcus Smith.

No, Howie & Jeffrey, no one has forgotten that debacle.
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Wynnewood Doctor Charged With Social Security Fraud

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 12:01
Burton allegedly tried to collect Social Security by pretending to be a victim of PTSD.
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Montgomery County Scam Alert: IRS Impersonators Rampant

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 12:01
The national epidemic has not left Montgomery County untouched. Here's what you should be aware of, and how to handle possible scams.
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Montco Native To Appear In 'Hilarious' Super Bowl Commerical

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 09:33
The 'Super Bowl Babies' ad was produced by the NFL.
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Nine-Year-Old Lower Merion Bugler Impresses At Military Funerals

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 09:01
A shot from our archives: this local nine-year-old flawlessly plays Taps at military services.
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Winners & losers in the world of politics

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-02-02 06:16
Here's something for Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton to keep in mind as they celebrate victory in the Iowa Caucuses.

Know who won the last two Republican gatherings in Iowa?

That would be Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

I'm thinking maybe more important than the winners in Iowa are the big losers.

On the Republican side, that would have to be Donald Trump, whose showing did not live up to the bluster.

Also keep an eye on Marco Rubio. The Florida senator made a late charge and almost overcame Trump as well. I still think he winds up as the Republican nominee.

On the Democratic side, early this morning Clinton was claiming victory. This still has to be seen as a stinging setback for the woman who was expected to cruise to victory - and the nomination. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be emboldened by his showing in Iowa - nearly dead even with Clinton.

Here in Delaware County, keep your eyes on the Democrats in the state House 164th District race.

This one is going to be a bare-knuckles, bruising affair.

Incumbent state Rep. Margo Davidson was successful Sunday night in her desire for an open primary. She didn't win the endorsement from the party faithful, but that's not really the point. What she really wanted was to be sure they did not back her opponent, Upper Darby Township Councilmember Sekela Coles.

Davidson managed to do that, and mocked Coles' claim of a win by way of the 39-34 vote. It wasn't enough to win an endorsement, but Coles still claimed victory.

There was some good news for Joe Sestak as well. While Katie McGinty was collecting another key labor endorsement, he managed to snag the backing of Delaware County Democrats, something he did not get back in 2010. You might remember that's when Sestak decided to spit in the face of party leaders who had lined up behind party-switching incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak flew if the face of party decorum and KO'd Specter in the primary, only to loses a tight race to Republican Pat Toomey in the November general election.

Sestak wants another shot at Toomey, but once again is getting little in the way of love from Democratic party leaders, who are lining up behind McGinty.

But Sunday night Sestak got the endorsement of Delco Dems.

Statewide polls show him with a slim lead over McGinty. He'll need all the local support he can get.
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All eyes on Punxsutawney - except mine

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-02-02 05:48
Sure, we share a name, but the truth is I've lost my taste for Punxsutawney Phil.

I'm told you should take in the antics surrounding the famous prognosticating groundhog at least once. Apparently they hold a hell of a party out there at Gobbler's Knob.

I'll pass.

Then again, I don't think even Punxsutawney could come up with this forecast. Just a week after we got nearly two feet of snow, we're expecting record-high temperatures in the mid-60s Wednesday.

Unfortunately, that is going to be accompanied by some heavy rain, and that means the distinct possibility of flooding.

I don't think ol' Phil is going to predict that either.

February is one of my least favorite months of the year. Spring remains pretty much a rumor, even if we are expecting spring-like temperatures this week.

I have noticed that it is staying light out longer, but it's still dark when I leave the office.

Let's see, Friday is Wing Bowl, Sunday is the Super Bowl and then next Wednesday marks Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Shorts and T-shirts are still a long way off.

Here's my prediction, Punxsutawney be damned.

Don't put away the shovel just yet. We'll get at least one more big snow.

And I will continue to grumble about winter like broken record.

If you're interested in the antics surround my pal Phil, go here.If you just want the forecast, you can get that here.
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