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Poll: Corbett at Lowest Polling Yet Against Wolf

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-08-28 08:39
  This race has been boring since the primary ended. Four in five respondents heard the Corbett attack ads and didn’t change their opinion. Corbett’s numbers actually got worse. He...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Keystone Politics: Emerged From Darkness

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-08-28 08:29
I suppose I owe everybody an explanation for why this site basically went dark for a couple months this summer. After a long freelance journalism nightmare, I’m basically doing my dream job...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 28

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-28 08:03
The Daily Numbers: 5 years in prison, what a 22-year-old Chester woman is facing after becoming the 1st person convicted under new law named for slain Officer Brad Fox to beef up penalties for those involved in straw gun purchases.

2 guns Staci Dawson is believed to have purchased for her ex-boyfriend.

3 hours, how long it took jury to convict Dawson, this after and earlier jury failed to reach a verdict on these charges while acquitting Dawson on lesser offenses.

2 days of picketing at Crozer-Chester Medical Center planned for next week by nurses who continue to seek a new contract.

600 Crozer nurses who are members of Pennsylvania Association of Nurses and Allied Professionals.

103,000 dollar average annual salary for the Crozer nurses.

51 months in prison for a Brookhaven man convicted on federal ID theft charges.

100 counts of rape filed against Folcroft man suspected in sexual attacks on a teen girl.

3 Delco GOP powers who took Dem gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf to task for not releasing his tax returns.

49-24 edge for Wolf over Gov. Tom Corbett, according to new F&M Poll.

25 percent of voters remain undecided.

2 men whose bodies were found bound and tied and then dumped in Schuylkill River in Philly. A 3rd was stabbed but escaped. Police believe the case is drug-related.

193,000 phony invoice issued by former aide to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who pleaded guilty yesterday.

17,122,01 close for the Dow Jones yesterday.

3rd straight record high for S&P.

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

How sweep it is. The Phillies just took 3 from the 1st place Washington Nationals.

I Don’t Get It: Tom Wolf should put an end to this game of hide-and-seek and release his tax returns, as a series of GOP leaders, including several in Delaware County, are urging him to do.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Broomall-Newtown Babe Ruth 13-15 team. They won last night and now are just 1 win away - tonight - from a national title. The Broomall-Newtown 13 team already win their Babe Ruth World Series. What’s in the water out there in Broomall-Newtown? Well done!

Quote Box: “There are no negotiations by this office with regards to these cases. If you’re going to engage in the illegal exchange of firearms in this county, we are going to prosecute you and you are going to spend a substantial amount of time in a penitentiary.”

- Delco D.A. Jack Whelan, after 1st conviction in county under new Brad Fox Law, which enacts 5-year mandatory minimum sentence for straw gun sales.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A heated discussion about Covanta in Chester

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-28 07:27
Shelia Hyland does not mince words when she talks about the Covanta trash-burning facility in Chester.

"You're killing us," she stated matter-of-factly.

John Waffenschmidt doesn't see it that way. He believes the plant, which recently won approval from Chester City Council to erect two buildings that will allow it to bring in trash shipments from New York City, operates safely and is not responsible for many of the health maladies that afflict the residents of Chester.

That was the 'heated' debate last night as our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' examined the hottest story in Chester. Literally.

We also were joined by Mike Ewall of the Energy Justice Network, an environmental group that disputes Covanta's contention that they are not increasing the amount of trash coming into the Chester facility.

They think otherwise, and vow to continue the fight to shut the plant down.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.

My thanks for Waffenschmidt, Ewall, Hyland and her daughter Hope for a great discussion.

I especially like the way the show ended, with Waffenschmidt offering to meet Hyland and any other concerned residents to talk about the plant, safety and health conditions in Chester.

Hyland's ire was not solely directed at Covanta, however.

She also made clear she and Chester residents are irate at the way Chester City Council handled the matter.

"They sold us out," she said. "We don't want this."

Why do I get the feeling these groups might wind up meeting again - in a courtroom?
Categories: Pennsylvania

In memory of Brad Fox

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-28 07:12
Somewhere, Officer Brad Fox is looking down and smiling today.

Fox, a policeman in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, was gunned down in the line of duty - by a man who had acquired the gun in an illegal straw purchase.

The resulting uproar resulted in passage of the Brad Fox Law in 2013. It mandates a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of engaging in a straw gun purchase.

Yesterday, a Chester woman became one of the first people to feel the wrath of those still mourning the loss of Brad Fox. Staci Dawson was the first person charged - and convicted - in Delaware County under the law.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan made his office's position clear.

"There are no negotiations by this office with regards to these cases," he said after the verdict, which came after an earlier trial in which the jury failed to reach a verdict and acquitted Dawson of lesser charges. "If you're going to engage in the illegal exchange of firearms in this county, we are going to prosecute you and you are going to spend a substantial amount of time in a penitentiary."

No doubt Brad Fox would concur.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The return of Michael Vick; & a special Eagles preview section

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-28 06:47
There will be a familiar face at Lincoln Financial Field tonight.

Even if he is wearing an unfamiliar name.

Michael Vick will return to the turf where he resurrected his career. Vick was a pariah when he arrived, fresh off a two-year stint in federal prison for his role in bankrolling a vicious dog-fighting ring.

But from the day he appeared at a press conference with then-Coach Andy Reid and his mentor Tony Dungy, Vick said and did all the right things.

In a word, he was impressive.

That didn't change even when he was released by the Eagles, and he has not sounded a sour note since learning he will be a backup to Geno Smith with the Jets.

I for one will cheer Vick when he takes the field tonight.

I hope I'm not alone.


For Eagles fans, this is a very special day.

Not because it marks the end of the preseason, but because today's Daily Times includes a spectacular, 48-page Eagles preview section.

In it you'll find everything you need to get ready for the opener vs. Jacksonville on Sept. 7.

Eagles beat writer Bob Grotz offers is view of the season, along with his predictions.

Columnist Jack McCaffery gives you a very special look at the Birds A-Z.

And we'll also have a great retrospective look at the history of this proud franchise.

Of course in the centerspread we feature a full-color 2014 Eagles schedule that you can hang on your fridge and plot the Birds' progress week by week.

Make sure you get one today.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Broomall-Newtown 1 win away from 2nd Babe Ruth crown

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-28 06:29
You know something big is brewing when a come-from-behind 8-4 win by the Phillies - capping off a sweep of the 1st-place Washington Nationals - is not the biggest baseball story in Delaware County.

The Taney Dragons and their parade down Broad Street?

Nah! Meet the kids from Broomall-Newtown.

Yes, they did it again.

The Broomall-Newtown 13-15 won again last night, and now stand just one win away from a Babe Ruth World Series title. Amazingly enough, they won't be the first. That's because the brothers-in-arms, the Broomall-Newtown 13 team, has already captured a national Babe Ruth crown.

Unfortunately, the 13-15 kids are competing on the West Coast, in Washington state. Tonight's title game starts at 10:05 our time, meaning it will end too late for our print edition.

Check back to DelcoTimes.com first thing tomorrow for the result.

If you want to follow along live with the game tonight, you can do so at www.longviewworldseries.com.

The town is planning a huge parade and celebration for the two teams on Sunday. Here are all the details. We'll be there for full coverage.
Categories: Pennsylvania

PHOTOS: Philadelphia, Phillies Honor Taney Dragons

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-08-27 22:43
A parade and some time with the Phanatic for the boys and girl of summer.
Categories: Lower Merion

MCCC, Kutztown University Sign 'Reverse Transfer' Agreement

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-08-27 17:08
The agreement is the first of its kind between a community college and a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for August 27, 2014 - "God BlessYou"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-08-27 16:31
The Daily Salvo for August 27, 2014 - "God BlessYou"
Unlike the culture at some public schools, students at the Regina Academies are not punished for saying, "God Bless You"...because God is welcomed in every classroom. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

radnor hunt

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-08-27 16:20

I was cleaning out old photos and stumbled upon this photo I took a few years ago.  It was still sweet to me, so I decided to post it.  Taken at Radnor Hunt.

Categories: Pennsylvania

AmerisourceBergen Creating 185 New Local Jobs

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-08-27 13:30
The company will lease and renovate a new office in Conshohocken.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hurricane Cristobal To Cause Up To 6-Foot Swells At Shore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-08-27 11:35
The coast is already feeling the affects of rip currents. A teen boy was pulled from the Sandy Hook surf on Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man remains in critical condition after crash in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-08-27 11:08
A 24-year-old man remained in critical condition Wednesday after a two-car crash at 1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 23 at West Wynnewood and Old West Wynnewood roads.
Categories: Lower Merion

Sandwiches: The best thing since sliced bread

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:53
Fluffernutter, Sloppy Joe, cheesesteak, lobster roll, Reuben, BLT, patty melt, PB&J ... hungry yet? Turn a sandwich into a celebration. It’s National Sandwich Month. No kidding or, more appropriately, no baloney.
Categories: Lower Merion

September opening set for new year-round Rosemont Farmers Market

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:02
Two years of renovation have brought a fresh new look to the Rosemont Square Shopping Center.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two arrested in alleged theft of Johnnie Walker from Bala Cynwyd liquor store

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:02
Lower Merion police charged two men after police say they stole bottles of Johnnie Walker Black from the state liquor store on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd Aug. 13 at 5:07 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr Hospital demolishing two older buildings; no announced plans for development

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-08-27 09:57
Crews have been at work this summer demolishing two older buildings on the Bryn Mawr Hospital campus. Located behind the hospital’s emergency room, a former nursing residence and a medical office building are being razed, a hospital administrator confirmed this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rare 1875 photograph is new face of campaign to save Lower Merion's William Penn Inn

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-08-27 09:57
If Wynnewood’s William Penn Inn is the new poster-child for the limitations of historic preservation in Lower Merion Township, there is now a poster to go with it.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lost Dog Alert: Have You Seen ZeeZee?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-08-27 09:39
The chihuahua went missing Aug. 18 near the intersection of Ellis and Woodcroft roads in Havertown.
Categories: Lower Merion