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Shooting inside Chester County Justice Center lobby

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-08-25 12:37
WEST CHESTER >> A shooting occurred at the Chester County Justice Center in the first-floor lobby involving a members of the county Sheriff’s Office and a man who was apparently trying to enter.
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Movie Review: 'No Escape'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-08-25 11:22
Owen Wilson and Lake Bell escape an Asian coup as the 'Taken' ripoff genre hits rock bottom
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Yangming offers 'sincere apology' to patrons

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-08-25 10:54
In response to the shocking shuttering of Bryn Mawr's famed Chinese restaurant Yangming, the restaurant posted the following apology on its Facebook page.
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Yangming Apologizes For Infestation: "There Are No Excuses"

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-08-25 10:31
Restaurant, shuttered last week after roach infestation, vows to “renovate, refurbish, renew and refresh”
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Nationally recognized Yangming temporarily shut down over 'active infestation'

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-08-25 09:23
RADNOR >> Radnor Police responded Friday at lunchtime to a phone call from Yangming Restaurant about a customer dispute.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Aug. 25

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-08-25 07:50
The Daily Numbers: 1,000 point plunge for the Dow Jones minutes after the markets opened yesterday.

588 point dip for the market at yesterday’s close.

7.6 percent nosedive overnight for China’s stock market.

22 million dollar deficit in the Chester Upland School District. Officials say that unless a new financial recovery plan is approved, the district will run out of money by December or January.

162 apartments in the West End Flats and 23 new homes in West End Walk that got preliminary OK in Media Borough.

161st state legislative district, which will get a new state rep when Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky takes the oath of office.

4 hour preliminary hearing that led to all charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane being held for trial.

16,000 students and 2,000 staff members at West Chester University, which is working to eradicate an issue with Legionnaire’s Disease bacteria that has popped up in several buildings on campus.

35th anniversary being celebrated at the Rachel Kohl Library in Concord.

8,500 employees to be laid off with closure of A&P markets in New Jersey. That’s 5,000 more than the company indicated last week.

8 home runs surrendered by the Phillies in last night’s ugly 16-7 loss to the Mets.

7-2 lead for the Phils after 2 innings that went up in smoke.

133 days, how long it had been since Mets captain David Wright was in the lineup. He hit a home run in his 1st at-bat.

7 runs, 3 homers and 11 hits total for the Phils, not nearly enough.

11 homers total in the game tied a National League record.

15 extra base hits, 7 doubles & 8 home runs, for the Mets tied a team record.

2.29 ERA for Mets rookie Jacob deGrom, up from 1.98 after he was torched. He lasted only 2 innings and change.

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

Chip Kelly and the Eagles have a problem with the NFL and their interpreation of the read-option. They need a healthy Sam Bradford, and if he’s going to be hit every time he runs one of those plays, that will be a problem.

I Don’t Get It: If the state has known about the dire fiscal straits facing the Chester Upland School District all this time, why did they wait until 2 weeks before the opening of school to make their latest recovery plan public?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the newest member of the Pennsylvania Legislature. That would be Leanne Krueger-Braneky, who will be sworn in as a state representative after winning the special election in the 161st District.

Quote Box: “It has crushed the budget of the Chester Upland School District.”

- Chester Upland receiver Francis Barnes, on high special education reimbursements for charter schools.
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A double-header in Chester Upland

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:49
They will be holding something of a double-header in the troubled Chester Upland School District today.

First, state officials and charter school proponents will return to Delaware County Court to continue yesterday's marathon hearing on the state's plan to reduce reimbursements to the charters for special education students.

Yesterday the state spent hours presenting their case before Delco Judge Chad Kenney. The state's latest financial recovery plan for the district includes a forensic audit of the district books, appointment of a financial turnaround specialist, but most importantly a huge reduction in reimbursements for special education students in charters.

Currently, Chester Upland pays a little more than $40,000 for every special education student enrolled in the charter schools. The state plan would reduce that amount to about $!6,000. They say the move, coupled with a change in cyberschool caps, would wipe out Chester Upland's $23 million deficit.

Today attorneys for the charters schools will present the argument against the state plan.

Then both sides will await Kenney's ruling.

Tonight hundreds are expected to pack a meeting where the state-appointed receiver will talk about the plan with the Chester Upland School Board. So many people are expected they had to move the meeting to the high school auditorium. It starts at 6.

We'll be there to cover the story every step of the way.

In the meantime, we also have guest columns today from both sides.

For Chester Upland's view of special education funding, click here.

For the charter school's position, click here.
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She's raising Kane again

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:28
Give Kathleen Kane this: At least she seems to have retained her sense of humor.

How else would you explain her entrance into at the Montgomery County Courthouse yesterday for her preliminary hearing on charges she leaked grand jury material and then lied to a grand jury about it?

With an a small army of photographers awaiting her appearance, Kane was proceeded into court by her twin sister.

Unless I'm mistaken, I don't believe she has been on hand for any of Kane's other high-profile press conferences or court appearances.

Of course many in the media fell for it, snapping away with the lenses pointed at Kane's sister.

The state's top law enforcement officer followed in behind her, keeping a straight face all the way.

By the way, Kane was held for trial on all charges.
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Why the read-option ruling is bad news for the Eagles

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:16
Chip Kelly and Sam Bradford have a problem.

His name is Dean Blandino. Don't know who he is? You're not alone. At least until yesterday.

Blandino is the NFL's vice president of officiating. On Monday he weighed in on the debate over the hit Ravens' defensive end Terrell Suggs delivered directly to the twice-reconstructed left knee of Eagles QB Sam Bradford in Saturday night's preseason game.

Bradford was not amused, and told Suggs so. Neither were his teammates. Suggs was slapped with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the play.

Suggs fired back, saying it's on the Eagles if they want to expose their quarterback in the "read-option" style of offense Kelly employs.

Yesterday Blandino said Suggs was right, that he should not have flagged.

Yesterday Kelly took issue with Blandino's interpretation, saying the Eagles know the rules, and specifically that the play Bradford was hit on was not a "read-option" play.

But if Blandino's ruling stands, it creates a problem for Kelly and Bradford. The fact is that the Birds do run a fair amount of read-option offense. Bradford could be whacked on those plays in which he has the option to hand the ball off, or pull it back.

Our Eagles beat writer Bob Grotz was on hand for both the game and yesterday's fallout. Here is how he views it.

Now the ball is literally back in Kelly's court. He either has to press his case with the NFL hierarchy that it's probably not a great idea for the league's premier quarterbacks - many of whom run some version of the read-option - to be open targets.

Yes, it's a violent game, and injuries will happen.

But teams could easily look at what Suggs did, followed by Blandino's rules interpretation, and feel free to tee off on Bradford.

Bradford was in the game Saturday night for just one series and got drilled on two of them. That does not bode well for a guy with his history of trouble staying healthy - and on the field.
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nec·es·sar·y re-blog: “stoga grad sounds alarm on dog treats that choked and killed her puppy”

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2015-08-24 20:20

Stoga grad sounds alarm on dog treats that choked and killed her puppy.

I used to buy these treats. No more if the company can’t consider a shape change.

Photo from original savvymainline post. Please read entire post.

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another reason why I love chester county

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2015-08-24 14:31


See that? Fresh pears and apples soon to become fruit butter! (the chicken bag was made for me by my friend Sara – it was perfect to load fruit into when I was up on a ladder picking!)

One of my awesome neighbors invited me to share the bounty of their fruit trees!

How cool is that?

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Chase Utley Thanks Philly In Full-Page Ad

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-08-24 10:03
Beloved second baseman, traded last week, thanked his teammates, team executives and fans in Inquirer message
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Aug. 24

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-08-24 08:11
The Daily Numbers: 1 p.m., when both sides in the battle over special education reimbursement will be in front of Delco Judge Chad Kenney.

40,000 dollars per student, what Chester Upland currently reimburses charter schools for special education students.

16,000 what the state wants that number reduced to.

23 million dollar deficit, what the district is currently facing.

10,000 volunteers who will be enlisted for the visit by Pope Francis.

2 bodies found in a home in Upper Darby.

2 field on Furey Road in Upper Chi that have been repaired in a year-long project.

4 regional rail line train stations that were selling those special papal passes for use on regional rails during the Sept. 26-27 visit by Pope Francis.

17 miles of roads being repaved this week, covering 11 Delco municipalities.

200 protesters who showed up Sunday to oppose 114 mile pipeline that would move natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

32, age of off-duty Philadelphia police officer who was killed when his car struck a tree Saturday night.

1 percent of Pa. tax revenue that comes from taxes and fees generated dkirectly from the extraction of oil and natural gas.

19 people sickened by fumes in a dorm at Kutztown University on Sunday.

2 people stabbed after a dispute among groups at N.J. amusement park bubbled over.

3 Americans saluted as heroes for taking down a gunman on a packed train in France.

2 big hits taken by Sam Bradford during his debut as Eagles QB Saturday night vs. Ravens, including a low shot on that twice-rebuilt left knee. He got up both times.

3 of 5 passing for Bradford in his first action of the season.

2 straight impressive wins for the Eagles in exhibition play.

8 shutout innings tossed by Aaron Nola in a sparkling display vs. the Miami Marlins Sunday.

3 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts for the Phils’ rookie.

50-74 record for the Phils, which moves them into tie with Miami for worst record in Major League Baseball.

3 straight wins over the Marlins in a sweep for the Phils.

21-12 mark for the Phils since the All-Star break.

10th save in 13 chances for Ken Giles, who pitched the 9th.

5 shutouts for the Phillies this year.

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

Sam Bradford took a cheap shot on his rebuilt left knee in his very first series after coming back from surgery. And he survived.

I Don’t Get It: Yes, that is Labor Day and the end of summer staring off in the horizon. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Wallingford-Swarthmore officials, who reviewed parents’ complaints about the new school dress code and came up with an alternate plan.

Quote Box
: “I am hopeful that Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, which will be such an extraordinary event in the life of the city and indeed a once-in-a-lifetime moment for most people, will be an opportunity for us to reflect upon some of the most important fits which God has given us: Life, family, faith.”

- The Rev. William Donovan, the Delco priest who has played an integral part in the planning for the event.
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Battle of Chester Upland goes to court today

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-08-24 07:14
All eyes in the Pennsylvania education community will be riveted on a Delaware County courtroom today.

That's where officials with the state Department of Education will face state their case in the latest financial recovery plan for the seemingly perpetually ailing Chester Upland School District.

Unveiled last week, the state's plan includes a forensic audit of the Chester Upland books, and the appointment of a financial turnaround specialist.

But those are just the preliminaries.

The real battle that will play out in front of Delaware County Judge Chad Kenney involves the reimbursement Chester Upland makes for special education students in the district who attend charter schools.

Right now Chester Upland pays more than $40,000 for every special education student who attends a charter school. State officials are flabbergasted at that figure and want the judge to OK a plan that would slash the reimbursement to just more than $16,000.

Coupled with changes in reimbursement for students attending cyberschools, the state says the move could wipe out the district's $23 million deficit.

Without the changes, they say it's possible the district will not be able to open their doors in September. And if they do, they cannot guarantee how long they'll be able to stay open. That $23 million in red ink is expected to grow to more than $40 million if nothing is done.

Charter school backers are not impressed. They believe they are simply going to be made the scapegoat for decades of state control and financial mismanagement that have failed to put Chester Upland on a sound financial footing.

Late Friday afternoon, I had a conversation with A. Bruce Cawley. He represents Chester Community Charter School, the biggest brick and mortar charter school in the state, and the brainchild of political heavyweight Vahan Gureghian.

Cawley doesn't understand why the state is making headlines over the situation in Chester Upland, but is saying nothing about similar reimbursements in more well-to-do districts.

Cawley says gone are the days when charter schools were considered "interlopers" in public education. In fact, nearly half of Chester Upland students sit in charter schools. While the district has been successful in drawing some students back into the public schools, charters are no longer a novelty.

Cawley says the state move is a direct attack on charter schools, as well as a move to limit choice for parents and families who for years have been saddled with a school district that failed their children.

And it's not just the for-profit Chester Community Charter School. Widener University also has a big stake in the charter school business with its Widener Partnership Charter School.

"We think this is a direct attack on charter schools," said Widener spokesman Dan Hanson.

We'll be in court today for the latest in this heavyweight education bout.
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Lincoln men

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-08-24 06:40
I used my print column today to offer a salute to a Lincoln man.

It's not widely known that groundbreaking civil rights leader Julian Bond, who died last week, had close ties to Lincoln University.

His father, Horace Mann Bond, was the first African-American president of the historically black university.

Bond lived in the Oxford area during his youth, long before he started a lifetime of work in civil rights by being a campus activist at Morehouse University in Georgia.

I shared something in common with Bond.

We were both Lincoln men.

I explain it here.
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Sam Bradford takes a hit - and gets up

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-08-24 06:29
Sam Bradford had talked for weeks about his desire to get back on the field, take a hit, and then get on with his NFL career.

What happened Saturday night in his first NFL action in more than a year probably wasn't what he had in mind.

After a routine handoff, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs zeroed in on the Eagles QB, and his twice-reconstructed left knee.

That gasp you heard from one end of Eagles nation to the other was Birds' fans holding their breath, waiting to see if Bradford would get up.

He did. And he offered a few choice comments to Suggs, who was flagged for a rare roughing the quarterback penalty on a running play.

A couple of plays later, Bradford took a massive - and legal - hit from another Ravens D-lineman.

Bradford seemed stunned, but he got back to his feet and led the Eagles to a TD on his only series of the game.

Bradford went 3-for-5 in his abbreviated debut, but it's hard to underestimate just how big this moment was.

It was what everyone was wondering since Chip Kelly sent Nick Foles and a draft pick to the Rams for the oft-injured former No. 1 draft pick.

Could Bradford stay healthy? Would his left knee hold up under the rigors of the barely controlled mayhem that is NFL Football. We didn't have to wait long to find out.

The Suggs' hit was a classic shot to the knee, the kind that often results in a QB writing in pain on the ground with his arms holding his lower leg.

Bradford seemed to at least see Suggs coming and was able to brace himself for Suggs as the linebacker went airborne and came in low on the Eagles QB.

For his part, Suggs defended the play, and reminded people that this was a real, live NFL game. He said that if the Eagles planned to exspose Bradford and his knee to hits in a read-option offense, that's not his problem. No red shirt for Bradford here. The only red here was the ire of Bradford, his teammates and Eagles fans at what seemed like a cheap shot.

It won't be the last time that happens this year.

Make no mistake, the fact that the Eagles bulldozed the Ravens for the second straight impressive preseason win was not the most important thing that happened at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night.

Sam Bradford got hit. Right on that troublesome left knee. And he got up.

You can exhale now, Eagles fans.
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In Case You Missed It: State Expands Health Coverage For Children

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-08-23 10:19
Changes bring state into compliance with Affordable Care Act
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'Pope Bot' Offers Philadelphia Area A Shot At Redemption

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-08-23 09:01
Pope Bot wants to prove to Pope Francis - and the rest of the world - that the Delaware Valley deserves a better reputation.
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Report: Seth Williams Under Investigation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-08-22 16:01
Probe concerns potential campaign finance violations, Inquirer says
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Watch Phish's Magnaball Festival Saturday at Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-08-22 09:02
Magnaball Festival will stream Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m.
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