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State prison for Bala Pointe burglars

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-06-07 10:01
NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia man was sent to state prison for breaking into a Lower Merion commercial building.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, June 7

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-07 08:30
The Daily Numbers: 1 year after he was gunned down, an arrest warrant is issued for the man suspected of fatally shooting Thomas Childs.

9 of June last year, when Childs was gunned down in parking lot of Ridgeway Industries, where the Aston man was a truck driver.

20,000 dollar reward posted for information on the whereabouts of Rodney Shelton.

5, age of boy shot in Chester, wounded by bullet that came from outside the house.

140 jobs that Harrah’s Casino in Chester says might be lost if online gambling gets the OK in Pa.

2,000 slot machines at Harrah’s, one of 11 casinos in the state.

30 million dollars in property tax relief that could be lost in the process.

4 weeks until the state’s next budget deadline, which must be in place by July 1.

6,000 faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities who could go on strike later this month.

6-4 loss for the Phils to the 1st place Cubs last night.

8 scoreless innings from Cubs starter Jon Lester.

1.46 ERA for Lester in his career vs. Phils, to go with sparkling 6-0 record.

4 runs scored by Phils in the 9th, with tying run at the plate in Ryan Howard. He grounded out. No one threw a bottle at him.

3 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings for Phils starter Adam Morgan.

0-8 record on Monday this season for Phils.

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

So how long do you think it is going to take for the infamous bottle thrower to come forward or be nabbed? And what do you think the chances are that he’s from Delco?

I Don’t Get It: Throwing a bottle at a player. Or at anyone for that matter. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to law enforcement authorities who now have an arrest warrant for the suspect in the murder of Thomas Childs, almost 1 year to the day he was gunned down.

Quote Box: “Know this. We are coming for you. We will find you. There is really nowhere you can hide.”

- Sam Rabadi, ATF agent in charge, to the suspect in Childs’ killing.
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Church & State: The battle over House Bill 1947

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-07 07:01
Down at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia headquarters, they are putting the wagons in a circle.


And, once again, the issue is the child sex abuse scandal that has dogged the church for a decade.

Specifically, the church is taking aim at legislation being considered in Harrisburg that would change the statute of limitations to allow victims of abuse more time to file civil actions.

That, as you might expect, is raising more than a few eyebrows at the archdiocese. In other words, it could cost them millions in civil lawsuits based on old abuse cases.

House Bill 1947 passed the House by a 180-15 vote. It is now being taken up by the Senate. No vote has yet been scheduled, but a hearing on the bill is expected to be held next week.

HB 1947 would reach into the past and open a window to the victims of child sexual abuse. Right now a person only has until age 30 to file such measures. HB 1947 would extend that until age 50. It would also lift the statute of limitations for criminal charges to be filed in such cases.

The measure, which passed in the House in historic fashion after years of resistance to such calls, is opposed by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Insurance Federation. And, as you might expect, leading the battle cry is the archdiocese itself.

Last weekend Archbishop Charles J. Chaput sent a letter to all parishes in the archdiocese, urging the faithful to contact their legislators to vote against the measure.

Chaput branded the legislation as "a clear attack on the church, her parishes and her people."

The fear is that huge awards stemming from a new wave of civil actions would damage the work of the church, including its work for the poor, and possibly even resulting in the closure of more schools and parishes.

They point to a similar law that was passed in Delaware that resulted in job cuts.

In his letter, Chaput makes the point that he believes the church is being held to a different standard than public institutions, such as the public schools, when it comes to the evil of child sexual abuse.

He suggests the burden eventually will be born by Catholic parishes and families.

State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, is beginning to feel like collateral damage in this war.

Miccarelli, who knows a thing or two about combat, having served a tour of duty with his National Guard unit in Iraq, found himself in the crosshairs - in his own parish.

It was noted in the St. Rose of Lima church bulletin that the Republican had voted in favor of House Bill 1947.

He’s not happy about it, in particular this notion that he somehow has rigged this thing against the church while letting public institutions off the hook. Here's what the note in the church bulletin said: "JUST SO YOU ARE AWARE," read the headline. "State Representative Miccarelli voted in favor or House Bill 1947, which states that private institutions can be sued as far as for years ago for millions of dollars, while public institutions may not be sued for any crimes committed in the past." And he’s more than ready to dispute the archdiocese’ characterization of the legislation. In fact, he is planning to do just that in a letter to the editor.

And he says he's not the only legislator who was targeted.

"Does the hierarchy believe that 180 members of the House are out to get the Catholic church," Miccarelli wrote. "Maybe they think that our goal is to attack the church and to let government entities get off scot-free? It is incomprehensible that they could believe either of these thoughts to be our true intentions."

The Republican is particularly incensed that no one at his own parish at St. Lima reached out to him before casually dropping that note in the church bulletin.

He's planning to pen a letter to the editor to offer his side of the controversy.

Frankly, I would much rather be chastised from the altar, than to be damned for not allowing justice to be done," he said." What was that someone once said about the sins of the fathers? It seems the Catholic church in Pennsylvania has not yet been able to put the lingering effects of years of abuse by a small number of priests behind it.

First there was the two grand jury reports. Followed by a conviction of a high-ranking church official, one that, by the way, has been overturned and is currently on appeal. Then we had "Spotlight," which won an Academy Award for its depiction of the Boston Globe investigative team that blew the lid off the sex abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese.

Now there is House Bill 1947.

An attack on the Catholic church or an opportunity, finally, to deliver justice to victims of child sexual abuse.

We might be about to find out.
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Justice for Thomas Childs

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-07 06:22
It took almost a year, but today there is justice for Thomas Childs.

Or at least the pursuit of justice.

Childs, a truck driver from Aston, was gunned down during a robbery attempt in Yeadon back on June 9 of last year. Yesterday, District Attorney Jack Whelan announced an arrest warrant has been issued for Rodney Talbo Shelton, who is believed to be from the North Carolina area. That's where police believe he continues to hide out.

Authorities are hoping a $20,000 reward will loosen some lips in terms of his whereabouts.

In the meantime, 'Chilly' Childs' family and friends are grateful that his killer is being brought to justice.

They've had more than their share of tragedy.

It's all in Rose Quinn's story today.
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'The Greatest' & 'The Greatest Generation'

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-07 06:01
I was filled with a sense of irony yesterday in writing today's editorial on the legacy of Muhammad Ali.

It struck me as one of those quirks provides seemingly on a daily basis.

Here I was writing about 'The Greatest' on the same day we remember one of the essential dates of 'The Greatest Generation.'

Yes, Monday was June 6, the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, when Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, a deadly foray that spelled the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

How big an event was this? Real simple. Those men who stormed the beach saved the world.

At the other end of that spectrum there is Ali, who famously refused induction to the military because of his objection to the war in Vietnam.

For that stance, he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown and banned from the ring for three years, what likely would have been the prime of his career.

He returned from exile to win back his crown, lose it again, and, incredulously, win it a third time.

We toss around superlatives relatively loosely in today's world of social media when everyone is striving for the thing Any Warhol promised them - 15 minutes of fame.

Not so for Muhammad Ali.

Nor the soldier who stormed Omaha Beach.

Ali was, simply, "The Greatest."

Those soliders, men like George Anthony of Media, were undoubtedly "The Greatest Generation."

Did they they take different paths? Absolutely.

Is the status of either questioned.

No doubt many will forever hold a grudge against Ali.

Not me.

Nor will I doubt The Greatest Generation.

Let's leave it at that.
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Phone Scammers Claim to Be Police Chiefs In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-06 16:31
Watch out for the latest phone scam to strike Montgomery County and the nearby area.
Categories: Lower Merion

First Positive West Nile Test Of The Season In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-06 15:34
A mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania. It's the first positive test of the year, officials noted.
Categories: Lower Merion

20 PA Companies Make New Fortune 500 List

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-06 14:06
The annual report released Monday is based on the most recent fiscal year filings.
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LIVE: It's Ladies Hat Day at Devon Horse Show

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-06-06 13:13
It’s Ladies Hat Day at the Devon Horse Show and we’ll be there to show you all the extravagant styles. Follow photographer Pete Bannan live with the above graphic or on Twitter @PeteBannan.
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10-Vehicle Crash Monday On Schuylkill Expressway

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-06 12:25
The crash Monday on the Schuylkill Expressway involved 10 vehicles. Luckily, none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.
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Cynwyd's Trail's End Cafe Celebrates Grand Opening

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-06 09:37
The cafe opened in the historic, converted 124-year-old Cynwyd Train Station.
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D-Day: The men who saved the world

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-06 06:14
Today is not just any day. It is June 6.

For every newspaper editor, it needs to be circled on the calendar.

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Allies assault on the beaches of Normandy, the "Longest Day" that turned the tide of World War II. Woe be to any newspaper editor who fails to recognize what was gained - and lost - on that fateful day.

We started on Saturday, covering a very special event at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square. It is quickly becoming the focal point for so many veterans' honors in the county.

Today we have a very special profile. We talked to George Anthony of Media.

Anthony's memories of D-Day do not come from a history book.

They come from life.

Anthony was on board a landing craft as it delivered troops and supplies in the first wave of D-Day.

Make sure you read it here.

We owe Anthony, and all those who took part in D-Day, a debt that can never be repaid.

The least we can do is make sure their stories are not forgotten.

That is part of the reason they are referred to as the Greatest Generation.

All they did was save the world.
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The Greatest

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-06 05:51
Our society has a tendency to exaggerate.

Everything is the best. Or the worst. There is no in-between.

Most often the case is overstated.

Not this weekend.

Not when talking about Muhammad Ali.

He loudly and proudly declared himself 'The Greatest.'

In the news business, we deal with hype and hyperbole every day. Not when it comes to Ali.

The man was good to his word. He spoke the truth. He was the greatest.

And not just the greatest athlete, although his exploits, winning the heavyweight title three different times, including after being forced to sit out three years at the peak of his career because of his refusal to accept military service after being drafted.

I never quite agreed with the champ for that decision. Of course, I also feel extremely lucky that it's one I did not have to make. But he stood his ground, refused to back down, and paid a huge price for that decision.

I know there are many people who smiled at the thought that the 'Louisville Lip' was finally being shut up. He had his title taken away in a courtroom when no one could do it in a ring.

But he never bowed, never broke his resolve.

And he came back to win back his crown - not once but on two separate occasions.

I met Muhammad Ali once in my life. It happened, of all places, at a Phillies game.

My brother and I were at a Phillies game when we saw a commotion a few sections over behind home plate. Ali was at the game. This was, I think, during the time when he had been stripped of his title. He still attracted fans like moths to the light. I couldn't resist approaching him, and of course, being the proud Philly sports guy, I told him to watch out for Frazier. I've regretted it ever since.

When he stood up I was not prepared for just how big a man he was.

Yes, his physical presence was overwhelming.

Much like the way he dominated not just sports but society in general.

It was no boast. At one time his was very likely the most recognizable visage in the world.

And remember, this was long before the world of social media made celebrity available at the click of a mouse.

There is an irony that Ali, the master showman, promoter, and talker, would fall victim to Parkinson's syndrome.

His silky smooth moves became rigid, shuffling along like so many other, less old fighters.

His voice, used to speak, boast and challenge us all, was reduced to a slurring whisper.

But he was still Muhammad Ali.

I was always singularly impressed by his imposing physical, athletic abilities. For him to do what he did, at his age, after the forced layoff, is almost beyond belief.

But it would be a mistake to relegate Ali to simply the world of sports.

He was a world figure.

He was, simply, The Greatest.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, June 6

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-06 03:59
The Daily Numbers: 72 years ago, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy.

95, age of George Anthony of Media, who took part in the invasion.

25, age of Ridley Park man charged in stabbing incident outside concert in Camden.

0.4 cent a gallon increase in the cost at the gas pumps last week.

2.46 a gallon average price in the Philly region for gas.

50, instead of 30, age at which victims of sexual abuse could still bring suit, according to a new law being considered in Harrisburg.

5 inches of rain that fell yesterday on parts of Central Pennsylvania, sparking serious flooding.

6 injured in brawl at juvenile facility in Butler County.

8-1 victory for the Phils as their offense exploded in win over Brewers.

13 hits for the Phils, that’s a season high.

6 scoreless innings from Aaron Nola, who struck out 9 Brewers.

5 runs scored by Phils in the 5th inning.

1 time they have scored more than 3 runs in an inning this year.

7 for 16 for Tommy Joseph in the series vs. Milwaukee.

3 games vs. Cubs kick off tonight, followed by 3 in D.C. vs. the Nats.

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

The Phils exploded for 8 runs yesterday vs. the Brewers. That’s a good week for this offense this season.

I Don’t Get It: A fan apparently threw a bottle or aluminum can at slugger Ryan Howard after he made the last out in Saturday’s game. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to George Anthony. The Media native talks about his role in the D-Day invasion. All he and his allies did was save the world.

Quote Box: “We were told the only people on the beach are dead and you’ll be dead if you land there.”

- George Anthony, on the D-Day invasion.
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ICYMI: Top Mini-Golf Spots Near Ardmore, According to Yelp

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-05 16:00
Check out Yelp's top rated mini-golf spots in the local area.
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Open Houses In the Lower Merion Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-05 09:00
Check out these open houses in the nearby area.
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Why Republicans Lose In Pennsylvania- a house divided by two-faced, double-talking Political Profiteering self-serving lobbyists

The Liberty Blog - Mon, 2016-05-02 19:46

Political Profiteers Long & Nyquist; Cancer on the Commonwealth; Why Republicans lose in Pennsylvania, a House divided against itself…self-serving crony consultants and lobbyists callously misdirect with half-truths. Two-Faced, Double-Talking lobbyists playing on both sides of the fence.

      Long & Nyquist are undercutting the party by their disingenuousness.

The smearing of Joe Peters and the defeat of the Outsiders in Pennsylvania.


Republican Brian Fitzpatrick has won the Republican primary in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional district with his claims to be a “corruption fighter” yet he hired two-faced, double-talking union lobbyists Long and Nyquist to run his campaign. 


​    Two-faced, double talking Long & Nyquist pretend to be Republicans advancing goals of limited government, less regulation and lower taxes while representing unions including the very, very powerful Big Government, Big Spending Pennsylvania Teachers’ Union, the PSEA and the anti-free market Wendell Young’s United Food & Commercial Workers Union which opposed sale of liquor stores and defeated efforts to dismantle the liquor monopoly and beer cartel in Pennsylvania.


  ​ Brian Fitzpatrick endorsed by the Deon Poprick Crony Establishment was flown into the district by his brother, the incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, a Boehner/Ryan Big Government Pro Union loyalist.

Long & Nyquist clients include Pennsylvania State Education Association and and United Food and Commercial Workers   Commonwealth License Beverage Association  Malt Beverage Distributors Association Comcast


In addition he is being investigated for violating the Hatch Act and running for office while still on the FBI payroll, a clear violation of the law

But most troubling is the fact that Brian Fitzpatrick claims to fight unions and corruption but hired Long & Nyquist, the biggest corrupt factors of Harrisburg, to run campaign.


Brad Bumsted wrote an excellent piece but failed to mention that the smear of Joe Peters was engineered by two faced, double talking, deceiving lobbyists/consultants Long & Nyquist who get rich protecting the power their patrons; good for them, not so good for us.Brad Bumsted Tribune Review To what end? The smearing of good guy  Joe Peters.

​  Long and Nyquist unsuccessfully failed to defeat 30 year Marine Corp  vet and good guy  Frank Ryan in the House district 101


Long & Nyquist failed in the 31st Senate district where real deal good guy  Mike Regan will be replacing crony Pat Vance.

Let us see if journalists Dennis Owens and Jon Delano pick up this story.

The liberal, snarky and supercilious John Micek will not offer us any useful information. It is unlikely that  the Philadelphia Inquirer and the southeastern media which are not only shallow, superficial and supercilious but seem to live in a clueless cave can or will report any of this. The Inquirer quoted Charlie Gerow in a recent news/analysis article; any reporter who cites Charlie GID Gerow, a loser who even lost being elected delegate to the RNC convention in Cleveland, opportunistic chameleon, whose last and biggest win, was for Harrisburg Democrat Linda Thompson demonstrates his or her cluelessness as anyone with any familiarity with Pennsylvania politics would know.


​   Long and Nyquist are pretend Republicans who play both sides of the lobbyist fence  as journalist Dennis Owens has reported, lobbying for unions while pretending to advocate for what are presented as Republican Party values. Phonies, double talking, deceiving two faced frauds who smear good Republicans Long & Nyquist engineered this smear of a good man. Long and Nyquist are, also, consulting for Brian Fitzpatrick in Pa 8. Long and Nyquist are Political Profiteers who will make a lot of money losing the Attorney General election yet again. And, of course, Brian Fitzpatrick is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law of violating the Hatch Act.


With the exception of a State Supreme court candidate, nominally a Republican, but with bipartisan support, the Republicans have not won a statewide election since 2009 when Tom Corbett won by big margins before betraying those who voted for him with two tax increases and Pat Toomey walked away from those who supported him from 2004 through his squeaker election in 20009.


There is a reason why Republicans lose statewide;not a single Republican congressman, no matter how liberal or corrupt, has gone down in the April 26 2016   primary.  Trump voters did not vote for the Outsider down ticket. In Pa-16 primary just past, the liberal, party loyalist Lloyd Smucker defeated real deal conservative Chet Beiler. The severely under-financed Art Halvorson came within 1 point of defeating crony insider Bill Shuster. Oddly, with stunning turnout driven by Donald Trump’s dramatic campaign, voters voting for outsider Donald Trump, nevertheless, voted for insiders down ticket!!!!

Do we really want Cronyism in the Attorney General’s Office?  ​

 John Rafferty entwined with Long & Nyquist

It is highly unlikely that bringing Long & Nyquist into the Attorney General’s office will restore integrity to the office.



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