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UPDATE: 20 Students Reportedly Stabbed in Pennsylvania School Rampage

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:04
A male sophomore, identified as Alex Hribal, is in custody in conjunction with the attack, according to reports.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 9

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-04-09 08:38
The Daily Numbers: 45,061 people who went through the turnstiles at Citizens Bank Park yesterday.

3 home runs from Ryan Braun to rain on the Phils’ parade.

7 RBIs to boot in the Brewers’ 10-4 win.

6 runs on 9 hits for Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.

10 years for Citizens Bank Park. Doesn’t seem that long.

6.1 percent unemployment rate heralded by County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle in his State of Delco Address.

2.5 days being made up in Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, as opposed to the 4 days originally thought.

2 men charged in theft case after a wild chase down Route 322 with state police in pursuit.

225,000 dollar state grant being used by Aqua Pa to convert its fleet of vehicles to natural gas.

2.1 percent tax hike looming in Wallingford-Swarthmore.

3 unused buildings auctioned off by Chester Upland School District.

3 to 6 years in prison for a Philly man charged burglaries and thefts in Delco.

75,000 dollars, how much the state is going to pay a restaurant for a dispute with a former state Health Department boss over an egg sandwich.

10 point gain for the stock market yesterday, breaking 3-day losing streak.

5-2 win for the Flyers that clinched a playoff spot.

2 goals for Claude Giroux.

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

A great day at Citizens Bank Park yesterday, right up until they started playing baseball. The Phils got spanked in their home opener.

I Don’t Get It: So much for booing Ryan Braun. The now admitted PED user smashed 3 home runs and knocked in 7 runs.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to another crop of All-Delco athletes being featured in our pages starting with today’s All-Delco Wrestling Team and Wrester of the Year L.J. Barlow of Haverford School.

Quote Box: “It’s like a national holiday for our family.”

- Greg Buchanan, on annual family outing to opening day with the Phillies.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Larry Yarbray case

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-04-09 07:40
In my print column the past couple of weeks, I've talked about the decisions I make every day as editor of a daily newspaper - and the fallout that sometimes results.

Even though I now spend an inordinate amount of time online, the most important decision I make most days continues to be what will appear on the front page of our print edition.

It's the first thing I think of every morning when my feet hit the floor, just before I flip on KYW Newsradio 1060 and make that first pot of coffee.

One thing you need to keep in mind. Something is going to appear on our front page every day. We don't take days off. We create a print edition 365 times a year, even while seemingly updating our website about 365 times a day.

Some days the decision as to what appears on our front page is easier than others - for a lot of different reasons.

For instance, I was pretty sure yesterday morning that today's front page would like almost exactly the way it does, thanks in no small part to our photographer Julia Wilkinson. We dispatched Julia and reporter Jeff Wolfe to Citizens Bank Park yesterday to take in the party of opening day for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. I could not have drawn a better image for our front page than the one that graces it today from Julia, featuring a group of beaming Phillies fans from Delaware County.

Too bad the Phils then proceeded to stink up the place.

I wish every day was that easy.

Some days the decision on Page One probably has some readers scratching their heads. This is the most important story in the world today? Maybe not. But it's the one that we honed in on here in Delaware County. Keep that in mind. Our lead story is almost always going to be tied to something happening here in Delco. That's what we do. Sure, we also give our readers a rundown of what is going on in the nation and world, but our mission, what we do that no one else can match, is capture the previous 24 hours of life in Delco.

There are two other kinds of days I should address here. One would be the deadly slow news day when we're desperately looking for a lead. Those are the days that might lead to second-guessing on the part of readers. I don't blame them. In fact I often find myself discussing Page One with readers when they call.

The other is the one that undoubtedly causes me the most angst. It's the one that takes that knife that seems to be permanently plunged into my gut and gives it a good twist. It is the front page that I know is going to cause an uproar in the community. It's part of the job, one I've come to grips with over the years. I know that most days I will make a lot of people angry with our front page. Sometimes it's unintentional. Sometimes it's not.

Last Friday was all of these things.

Up until around 3 o'clock, we were scrambling for a Saturday lead.

Then we got a call from the Chester Township police. They had made an arrest in a domestic incident that ended in an alleged assault.

So what's the big deal, you might ask?

The person arrested was Larry Yarbray.

If you're still wondering what the big deal is, you're clearly not a fan of high school hoops, specifically the unmatched excellence of Chester High hoops.

For the last seven years, the man at the helm of the Chester High program has been Larry Yarbray.

But he's just a high school basketball coach, you might respond.

Larry Yarbray is not just any basketball coach. He's the head coach of the Chester Clippers, probably the most successful high school basketball program in the state.

The allegations in the charges are ugly. But I'd caution you to remember that they are only charges.

Yarbray was charged with first-degree aggravated assault, felony criminal trespass and endangering the welfare of children. The charges stem from an incident involving a woman described as his girlfriend and her son. Both allegedly wound up bruised.

According to the police complaint, Yarbray had been involved in an argument Thursday night, then returned Friday morning. That's when police arrived. They say Yarbray told them "nothing had happened" and the alleged female victim was "overreacting."

I was afraid readers would have the same reaction when they saw Saturday's front page. It featured a photo of Yarbray on the sidelines exhorting his team, with the headline, "Hoops coach faces charges."

We tried to reach Yarbray but messages left on his cell phone were not returned. I certainly wanted to hear his side of the story. Yes, there are always two, the one in the police report, and the other side. We try to get both.

On Tuesday, we heard from his defense attorney, who said his client is "adamantly denying" the charges and is "looking forward to defending himself in court."

It's kind of ironic, the man who preached defense on the court now will have to defend himself in a court of law. I also wondered what kind of reaction would come from the Chester Upland School District. Yarbray is not a member of the Chester Upland staff; he is simply contracted to coach the basketball team.

Yesterday we heard from Superintendent Gregory Shannon.

"Wa have been informed that the boys basketball coach has been arrested and the situation that led to his arrest is under investigation," Shannon said. "We need to let the judicial system take its course. I do want to point out that the coach is not an employee of the Chester Upland School District, but is paid by stipend. Since the basketball season is over, he is not now involved with our schools."

Whether or not Yarbray, who has compiled a 156-27 mark at Chester High and captured two PIAA AAAA titles, is back next year no doubt will be determined by the outcome of the case.

It is a horrible situation, a man who serves as role model and mentor to kids and a school district that desperately needs them, now finds himself accused of serious criminal conduct.

Obviously if Yarbray is convicted or enters any kind of plea, he will not be able to continue to serve as the head of Chester High hoops.

For now, he is not suspended or anything else. I assume the district will simply wait as the wheels of justice start to turn and work its way through the case.

I've met Larry Yarbray several times. I like him. I was stunned when I heard these charges.

I am guessing I'm not the only one.
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Live From the Newsroom' puts Upper Darby under the microscope

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-04-09 06:51
There is an economic secret going on right under our noses here in Delaware County. It's the success story almost no one knows about it.

Maybe you've heard of it. It's called 69th Street.

That's right, 'East Street' is back.

Tonight our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' will focus on the revitalization of Upper Darby. I'll be joined by Mayor Tom Micozzie, who delivered his state of the township address last week.

We'll also be joined by Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood, whose job it is to make sure that violent crime does not derail the township's economic gains.

It's a slippery slope. It's Micozzie's job to make the township an appealing place. That's not always easy when you have a chief who makes headlines as often as Chitwood, known for his habit of shooting from the lip.

Chitwood also just happens to be marking 50 years in law enforcement.

We'll talk about it tonight.

Why not take part in the conversation? If you have a question for either the mayor or top cop, email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com and I will use it on tonight's show.

Then tune in tonight at 7 on DelcoTimes.com and take part in our live chat during the show.

It's a focus on Upper Darby tonight on 'Live From the Newsroom.' Join us!
Categories: Pennsylvania

A glorious day in South Philly; then they played the game

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-04-09 06:30
The clouds parted, the skies cleared, the sun came out and all was right yesterday in South Philly. Unfortunately, then they played a baseball game.

The Phillies' early decision to postpone Monday's opener on Sunday afternoon was second-guessed by many - including me - but certainly looked golden when a brilliant sun started gleaming just as game time approached on Tuesday.

A full schedule of pre-game hoopla concluded with Delco's own Cardinal O'Hara Marching Band leading this year's Phillies into Citizens Bank Park.

Jeff Wolfe captured all the fun of opening day and what the tradition means to Delco fans.

Unfortunately, Dennis Deitch and Jack McCaffery were left to detail what happened during the game.

Here's a hint: It wasn't pretty.

The Phils again had trouble catching the ball, in particular center fielder Ben Revere.

Then there was the small matter of Ryan Braun. He was greeted with a lusty round of boos, a result of his suspension for drug use after all those passionate denials of such dabbling in banned substances.

Braun got the last laugh. All he did was hit three home runs and drive in 7 as the Brewers hammered the Phils, 10-4. Braun beat the Phils all by himself.

If you're looking for good news, there is this: Cole Hamels caught a quick flight to Philly to take part in opening day festivities, and pronounced his comeback almost complete. Hamels says he likely will need only two more rehab starts in Florida and hopes to be back on the hill for the Phils by late April.

Other than that, there is that chant that broke out late in this rout.

"Let's go Flyers!"

Hey, don't knock it. They clinched a playoff spot last night with a win over the Florida Panthers.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Portion of Bryn Mawr Avenue closed

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-08 22:12
Bryn Mawr Avenue is closed in Merion Station between Lafayette Road and Woodbine Avenue until further notice, according to Lower Merion Township.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PA13: A Debate We’ll Never Forget (Part 3)

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-04-08 19:09
Valerie Arkoosh’s Surprise Question – Preparedness as only Non-Politician Arkoosh’s surprise question was one she was completely prepared to answer. As the only non-politician in...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Update: Demolition next to day care in Bryn Mawr raises concerns

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-08 17:55
Demolition began early Monday morning on the site of one of the early commercial buildings on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. The home of the Bryn Mawr Rug Co. for several decades, and a plumbing business from the early 1900s, the main building and a carriage house at 1112 W. Lancaster Ave. are being razed for construction of a new mixed-use retail-residential building.
Categories: Lower Merion

Corbett Reports $1.4M in First Quarter Campaign Fundraising

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-08 17:53
The first quarter fundraising puts Corbett's cash on hand total at $5.9 million.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: Dem Female Candidates Raise Over Double Than Male Candidates in Q1 2014

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-04-08 17:13
The fundraising numbers for the First Quarter of 2014 are in for Pennsylvania’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates — and Allyson Schwartz is on top with $1.5 million raised....
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Capitol Rally Calls for Pay Equity

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:54
Women on average earn 76% of what men earn.
Categories: Lower Merion

What Game of Thrones Tells Us About Hiring and Promoting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:53
Here are some steps to ensure your hiring process is not one riddled with Game of Thrones-like drama.
Categories: Lower Merion

Play Ball! Welcoming Back the Boys of Summer

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:26
Around the region, people celebrated the Phillies Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Easter and Passover Recipes from the Patch Archives

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:12
Patch editors, bloggers and local chefs share their favorite Easter and Passover recipes to try at home this year.
Categories: Lower Merion

#HD164: More Dishonesty from Margo Davidson

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-04-08 15:24
In Davidson’s latest campaign email, she claims to be the first woman ever elected to the Delaware County legislative delegation. I’ve heard she also is the first person ever to be named...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Police Looking at Race as Possible Motive in Vicious Mob Beating of White Motorist

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-08 15:12
Detroit Police are considering whether race played a role in the vicious beating of a white motorist who accidentally struck a black 10-year-old boy.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PA13: A Debate We’ll Never Forget (Part 2)

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:52
For Part 1, go here. Leadership Qualities When asked by Davies about the leadership qualities the candidates possess that make them uniquely qualified for the position, Senator Leach cited his role...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Portion of Bryn Mawr Avenue closed

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:29
Bryn Mawr Avenue is closed in Merion Station between Lafayette Road and Woodbine Avenue until further notice, according to Lower Merion Township.
Categories: Lower Merion

Update: Planning commission recommends approval of Cricket Lot project, One Ardmore Place

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:21
Hearing passionate opinion both that a redevelopment plan for Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue parking lot is out of scale and that it is “just what Ardmore needs,” the Lower Merion Planning Commission voted Monday night to recommend approval.
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Free Admission to National Parks April 19-20

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:41
If you're looking for a quick weekend trip or even a one-day adventure, the National Park Foundation is offering free admission for two days this month. As a part of  National Park Week, which is April 19
Categories: Lower Merion