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Submitted video: Unmanned NASA rocket explodes in Virginia

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-10-29 08:34
An unmanned rocket contracted by NASA exploded after launch Tuesday evening at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.
Categories: Lower Merion

Groundbreaking scheduled Tuesday for Manayunk Bridge Trail

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-10-29 08:34
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Manayunk Bridge Trail is scheduled for Oct. 28 on the Philadelphia side of the trail, near Dupont St. This highly anticipated project, budgeted for $4.12 million, will be a bicycle and pedestrian trail that will connect the Cynwyd Heritage Trail with the Schuylkill River Trail network and Manayunk’s economic corridor of Main St.
Categories: Lower Merion

POP QUIZ: Which local craft beer should you be drinking?

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-10-29 08:34
It's a question you've asked yourself before..."Which local craft beer should I be drinking?"
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Health Symposium to Attract World-Renowned Medical Faculty

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-29 08:24
Lankenau Medical Center sponsors CME symposium on Atherosclerosis
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Brewing equipment moved in to Ardmore's new Iron Hill Brewery

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-10-29 07:58
Some essential items were delivered to Iron Hill Brewery’s newest location in Ardmore Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tom Wolf talks commuting to Harrisburg, other takeaways from recent interview

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-10-29 07:58
Mount Wolf is a little more than 20 miles from the Governor’s Residence and the state Capitol.
Categories: Lower Merion

Havertown man charged with running statewide counterfeit credit card ring

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-10-29 07:58
HARRISBURG – A Haverford man has been charged with running a statewide counterfeit credit card ring, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 29

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-29 07:03
The Daily Numbers: 49, age of Richard Plotts, charged in the fatal shooting of a worker at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital 3 months ago. He was held for trial on 1st degree murder charges yesterday.

39 additional bullets, what police say Plotts had in his possession when he went to the hospital.

53, age of hospital worker Theresa Hunt, who was killed in the attack.

100 million dollar rebirth in the works at the Granite Run Mall.

319,000 square feet of bnew space in the proposed retail/residential plan to creat a ‘town center’ like atmosphere.

2 luxury apartment buildings in the plan.

225 one-bedroom units, 163 two-bedroom units in the buildings.

1,600 dollar average rentals for the units.

3 anchor stores will remain, but much of the rest of the existing mall will be razed.

17-9 vote by the Penn State Board of Trustees not to take a new look at the Freeh Report that was critical of the school’s role in the Jerry Sandusky saga.

13 point edge for Tom Wolf over Tom Corbett in the latest Franklin & Marshall poll out this morning. They have it at 53-40, with 5 percent saying they don’t know.

18 point lead (50-32, for Wolf among registered voters.

25 percent who say eduction remains the most important issue, with taxes up next at 16 percent.

61 percent of registered voters in Pa. who believe the state is on the wrong track.

30 percent of voters who believe Tom Corbett is doing an ‘excellent’ job.

6 seconds after launch, when an unmanned rocket exploded last night in Virginia.

0 injuries reported in the incident.

5,000 pounds of equipment and experiments lost in the blast that was headed for the manned International Space Station.

7 year high for consumer confidence, which sits at 94.5, not seen since October 2007.

2:36 into overtime, when Brayden Schenn lit the lamp to give Flyers 3-2 over the Kings last night.

38 saves for Flyers goalie Ray Emery.

9 interceptions and 3 lost fumbles so far this year for Eagles QB Nick Foles.

59.2 completion percentage.

80.7 passer rating.

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

The Sixers start their season tonight. They should make it free to get in and charge people to get out.

I Don’t Get It: It’s beginning to look more and more like a rush to judgment at Central Bucks West High School.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Mother Nature for a few final glorious days of beautiful weather. The cold is due to arrive in time for the weekend.

Quote Box: “It’s clear from looking at the evidence that he acted with specific intention to kill.”

- District Attorney Jack Whelan, on the case against suspected Mercy Fitzgerald shooter Richard Plotts.
Categories: Pennsylvania

#PAGov: “Every Corner of the State”

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-10-29 06:56
That’s all, folks! Now make sure to get out there and vote, and drag about ten of your least-likely-to-vote friends out too.
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Cold Front Will End Lower Merion's Stretch of Mild Weather

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-29 06:17
A stormier and colder weather pattern is returning to the region.
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The Delco GOP vs. Vince Rongione

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-29 06:15
The Delco GOP must really loathe the thought of losing Upper Darby's other seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

They already saw the 164th, manned for decades by Mario Civera, fall into Democrats' hands when Civera left the House to run for County Council. Margo Davidson captured that seat.

Now much the same scenario is playing out in the wake of the decision by longtime state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, to retire. He represented the 163rd for more than three decades.

Democrat Vince Rongione is facing off with Republican Upper Darby Councilman Jamie Santora for the seat.

Both are solid candidates.

But much of the talk in the race has veered away from the key issues facing the district, and instead have zoomed in on Rongione's residency. The county Republican Party has for months now blasted away at Rongione for moving into the district solely so he could run for this seat.

But this week they turned up the heat.

They hired private investigators who have turned up what the GOP claims is evidence that - before he actually moved into his current residence - Rongione actually registered to vote from a house where he didn't live.

They went so far as to accuse Rongione of engaging in voter fraud.

We'll let the courts figure that one out, if they in fact find there is reason to pursue the case.

But it does tell you that the Delco GOP, which was once nearly invincible in Delaware County, is starting to sweat. They've already seen overall Democratic registration numbers overtake their once insurmountable nearly 3-1 edge.

They've seen towns and school boards in what were once solidly Republican areas start voting for Dems.

And they have seen the county consistently going Democratic in statewide and national races.

The next thing you know a Democrat is going to be elected to County Council.

Uh, maybe not. Things probably haven't changed that much.

At least not yet.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A 'rush to judgment' at Central Bucks West

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-29 05:45
An overzealous, knee-jerk overreaction.

That's the way legendary Central Bucks West football coach Mike Pettine is now summarizing the actions of the school board there after they quickly scrapped the remainder of the football season in the wake of allegations of hazing of rookie team members that took place during summer practices.

I can't say I disagree with him.

I'm not alone.

Last night hundreds of people packed a school board meeting to show support for the football team, head football coach Brian Hensel and his staff, and slam the school board for what many are calling a rush to judgment.

It's been awhile since I've been in a locker room, but I am guessing things have not changed all that much.

What happened at CBW - guys grabbing other guys genitals over their pants; a towel being placed over a player's head and then putting him in the shower (by the way, I would hardly describe that as 'waterboarding'); and something called "sugar cookie," where fully clothed players were first soaked, then covered in powder.

The events occurred at a summer picnic for the team. It likely was something of a tradition where upperclassmen "welcome" new members of the team. It's part of the special bonding experience that comes with participation in high school sports.

When I first heard about this story, I have to say I was not surprised. In fact, it brought a smile to my face. It's kind of comforting to know - in a world that rarely resembles the one I grew up in - that some things don't change.

It's part of the bonding experience of being a member of a high school sports team.

I know a lot of people are not going to agree, that will believe this is a troubling event that has to be eradicated.

And I will tell you that it has been going on forever, and likely will continue to do so.

It does not appear there were any serious injuries suffered in this incident. The district attorney in Bucks County is asking anyone who believes they were the victim of a criminal act to come forward. I doubt anyone will.

In fact, I will tell you that I doubt that any freshman who went out for the team was surprised at some of the acts they were asked to perform. They probably knew it was part of the team's tradition, the bonding experience.

If you want to brand me a neanderthal, be my guest.

But I'm telling you first to ask any guy who participated in high school sports. I think they will tell you this kind of ritual has been going on forever.

And if they're like me, they will admit they do not see what all the fuss is about.

Instead, they will likely shake their head at the way we react to these kinds of incidents today. School boards now live in fear that someone will file some type of complaint - or even worse a lawsuit - over such conduct.

No doubt someone just might.

That's another thing that has changed.

Parents play a huge role in youth sports these days. That's not always a good thing.

Ask yourself this: When's the last time you saw a group of kids in a field playing sports. No adults, no uniforms, no trophies. Today everything has to be organized and regulated.

The result is the kind of saga that is now playing out at Central Bucks West.

The school board president at Central Bucks West told last night's crowd that he backed the quick decision by school Superintendent David Weitzel to pull the plug on the remainder of the season. He referred to the hazing rites as "intimidating and humiliating." Two other school board members agreed with him.

I'm not going to defend what the kids did. Was it stupid and immature? Sure. Do I think it was a tradition that has been going on forever? Absolutely.

So what makes this different?

I understand that bullying is a problem, in particular among high school kids.

I don't think this was bullying. This was part of the unique experience that goes into forming a football team. There is a bonding that goes on that is often forged in just this kind of hijinks.

Should these kids have been punished for what they did? Maybe.

I haven't heard a word from any of the so-called victims? Do any of them believe the season should have been cancelled?

It's the same problem I have with so much of youth sports today. It's not the kids. They can usually deal with these things just fine. It's when adults get involved that things usually get messy.

And it doesn't get much messier than what occurred at Central Bucks West.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Submitted video: Unmanned NASA rocket explodes in Virginia

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-28 21:34
An unmanned rocket contracted by NASA exploded after launch Tuesday evening at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth zoning board grants special exception for proposed Rite Aid clinic

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-28 20:11
A new service, one of the first in the area, is coming to Narberth’s Rite Aid drug store.
Categories: Lower Merion

Groundbreaking Held for Manayunk Bridge Trail Project

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-28 17:18
The landmark bridge, built in 1918, will connect the Cynwyd Heritage Trail with the Schuylkill River Trail over the Schuylkill River.
Categories: Lower Merion

Shipley Students to Lead Discussion with Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author Carl Hoffman at October 30 Event

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-28 14:27
Students to probe Hoffman during open discussion about his book, Savage Harvest, societal norms and cultural ideologies
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Tom Wolf talks commuting to Harrisburg, other takeaways from recent interview

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-28 13:25
Mount Wolf is a little more than 20 miles from the Governor’s Residence and the state Capitol.
Categories: Lower Merion

NRC to hike oversight at Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station due to security issue

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-28 12:54
LIMERICK >> Three days after granting the Limerick nuclear plant another 20 years of operation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it will institute increased oversight of the plant because of an unidentified security problem at the plant.
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5 things Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett wants to do in a second term

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-28 12:51
If Republican Gov. Tom Corbett gets elected to a second term, he said he’ll try to get two proposals that failed to pass — pension reform and liquor privatization — through the General Assembly.
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Graterford State Prison superintendent offers rare view inside prison, personal life

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-28 12:51
Roughly 25 miles from Lower Merion, Skippack Township hosts quaint shops, a community pool, a branch of the bucolic Perkiomen Trail and also about 4,000 convicted criminals.
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