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Man sentenced to jail for domestic abuse, threatening to blow up Ardmore home

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:43
NORRISTOWN – A Philadelphia man has jail in his future after he admitted to endangering his onetime girlfriend during a domestic-related incident in Lower Merion and to threatening police who responded to the scene.
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Free Admission to More Than A Dozen Area Museums on Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:40
Sept. 27 is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live, and a number of Pennsylvania museums are participating.
Categories: Lower Merion

Jury selection in Upper Merion murder trial nears completion; trial might start Thursday

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:25
COURTHOUSE >> A pool of approximately 20 prospective jurors will return to the courthouse Wednesday morning to be questioned for one spot as an alternate juror in the capital case against a man accused kidnapping and killing a 10-month-old baby and killing her 61-year-old grandmother in Upper Merion in 2012.
Categories: Lower Merion

(Recap) Follow the Main Line Morning Briefing

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:03
Good morning and welcome to our first Main Line Morning Briefing.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Cricket Business Community' has ideas for aid during Ardmore project construction

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:46
Now that redevelopment of Ardmore’s Cricket Lot is a “go project” and no longer a guessing game, neighboring businesses are asking Lower Merion Township for help during construction.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pa. Roads Ranked 41st in the Nation; Improvement Will Be A Bumpy Ride

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:36
The Reason Foundation said the commonwealth has narrow roadways and deficient bridges.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco man admits role in Malvern murder

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:14
WEST CHESTER -- A Montgomery County man admitted on Friday to shooting and killing a close friend he had grown up next door to in Malvern, but was unable to explain to the judge who accepted his plea what motive he had for the murder.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School District updating policies on parental objections to classroom material

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:14
What can a parent do when he or she objects to subject matter in the Lower Merion schools? There are policies for that.
Categories: Lower Merion

(Recap) Follow the Main Line Morning Briefing

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:40
Good morning and welcome to our first Main Line Morning Briefing.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: What John Micek Should Ask Tom Wolf About in the PennLive Editorial Board Interview

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:27
The Democratic primary ended with all of the candidates essentially taking the same stances on natural gas extraction. All of the Democrats supported a moratorium on drilling on public lands, and...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Narberth Borough manager waives hearing on DUI charges

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:40
Longtime Narberth Borough Manager William Martin waived his preliminary hearing Monday morning in front of District Magisterial Judge Karen Eisner-Zucker in Bala Cynwyd. Two traffic citations that had been issued to Martin during the arrest were withdrawn.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia man charged with retail theft, arrested over 30 times in 25 years

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:40
Lower Merion police have charged a man with felony retail theft after he police say he entered the Acme Market on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd three times and stuffed merchandise down his pants over a two day period. Authorities say the man has been arrested more than 30 times for retail theft over the past 25 years.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion, Radnor, T/E schools Rosh Hashanah schedule

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:12
Lower Merion School District will be closed Thursday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Sept. 26 in observance of Rosh Hashanah. The holiday begins Wednesday, Sept. 24 at sunset.
Categories: Lower Merion

War in Gaza: Through the eyes of an Israeli father

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:06
This past July Ari Shavit went into the bedroom where his 5-year-old and 10-year-old sons sleep in their Jerusalem home to explain to them what they should do when the warning sirens sound.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Food Pantry blooms thanks to community support

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:06
In recent years, the Ardmore Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has helped to nourish people in need in the community.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.6M Old Gulph Road Home For Sale in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:09
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Portion of Montgomery Avenue closed in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:09
A portion of Montgomery Avenue will be closed Tuesday in Bryn Mawr.
Categories: Lower Merion

Three To Be Charged in Attack on Gay Couple

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:49
Philip Williams, 24; Kevin Harrigan, 26; and Katherine Knott, 24, are being charged in connection with an assault on a gay couple.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 24

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:15
The Daily Numbers: 38, age of teacher and coach at Garnet Valley Middle School who faces charges of having a sexual relationship with a student.

15, age of girl police say was involved with the teacher.

10 percent of $250,000 cash bail that he failed to post. He was remanded to the county prison.

7 a.m. Tuesday, when nurses at Crozer officially ended their 2-day strike.

5 days, how long nurses actually will be off the job because Crozer committed to 5 days to bring in replacements.

678 dollars in restitution, what a Philly man was ordered to pay in connection with a series of car break-ins at local fitness centers.

1 bridge in Delaware County included in a big push by PennDOT to fix their infrastructure.

30 feet long and 30.2 feet wide, the span on Route 420 over Stoney Creek that will be repaired.

34 tons, current weight restriction on the bridge.

23, age of Springfield man who offered a guilty plea on child porn charges this week.

3 people - 2 men and 1 woman - charged in that controversial beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia. They are denying the altercation was based on sexual orientation.

1 pregnant woman and her unborn baby killed in shooting overnight in Philly. It’s the 2nd time in several days that a pregnant woman and her baby died as a result of a street shooting.

19, age of suspect who turned himself in the shooting in which a stray bullet hit and killed a 15-year-old girl in Philly.

37.8 million dollars, how much money is being spent on TV commercials by candidates seeking public office in Pa.

56,000 ads that have aired so far. Each ad is counted every time it airs.

62 million dollars raised in by Gov. Tom Corbett and Dem Tom Wolf in the governor’s race.

4 of 10 members of the Ironworkers union charged in harassment and intimidation incidents have pleaded guilty.

4 others have signed plea agreements.

3 people dead after gunman killed 2 former co-workers at a UPS plant in Alabama then turned the gun on himself.

1.4 million, how many people doctors now fear may eventually be infected with the Ebola virus.

116 point dip for the Dow Jones yesterday

2 times in 14 months that Pennsylvania’s debt rating has been downgraded.

6-8 weeks, how long Eagles will have to survive without center Jason Kelce, who underwent surgery yesterday for sports hernia.

2-0 loss for the Phillies to the Marlins.

2 runs on 7 hits surrendered by Cole Hamels.

22 consecutive starts in which Hamels has allowed 3 runs or fewer.

14 times he’s gone at least 7 innings and allowed 2 runs or less.

9-8 record for Hamels.

0 Phillies starters to hit 10 wins.

9 wins also for Kyle Kendrick.

65 years, how long it’s been since Phillies have failed to have a starter hit double digits in wins.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.At least the Eagles will not be without starting left offensive tackle Jason Peters Sunday when they tangle with the 49ers on the Left Coast. The NFL did not hand out suspensions in connection with the brawl in last Sunday’s win for the Birds.

I Don’t Get It: Still shaking my head over today’s lead story. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who will be on hand at today’s County Council meeting, where first responders and others who reacted in the aftermath of a shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Well done.

Quote Box: “I feel sick to my stomach.”

- Girl at Garnet Valley High School, talking about sex charges lodged against a teacher, who was allegedly involved with a female student.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Some days you just shake your head

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-24 07:26
After more than 30 years in the news business, not much surprises me any more.

Until yesterday.

There has been a rash of recent incidents in the news concerning teachers and coaches facing charges for being sexually involved with students, former students and players.

Yesterday it hit in Delco. Again.

When I first heard of the charges filed against William Barber, 38, a teacher at Garnet Valley Middle School, in connection with an alleged relationship he had with a 15-year-old girl who was a student of his, I kind of expected what was going to happen next.

The story would explode, first on our website, then on social media.

As I said, that much I expected. What happened next was not.

I could not figure out why Barber's name was so familiar.

It didn't take long to find out why.

A quick search of our online archive pointed out this was not the first story we had done on Barber. In fact, back in August we had done a feature on Barber and his wife and the fundraising campaign they were promoting to raise money for pediatric cancer. Their daughter was battling cancer.

They sort of piggy-backed off the phenomenal success of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS and came up with the Lemon Shot Challenge. They would challenge people to take a shot of lemon juice and make a donation to help fight cancer.

Now Barber has another kind of fight on his hands.

I have to be honest here. My first inclination when I heard about this new twist in the story was whether that should be a part of it at all. The last thing I wanted to do was add to this family's heartache. It soon became pretty clear it would be part of the story. The school district even mentioned the fundraising efforts in their email message to the school community.

I rely on my journalist's background to remind myself that at this point these are merely allegations. Barber retains the presumption of innocence. I hope these charges aren't true. I fear otherwise.

Some days you just shake your head.
Categories: Pennsylvania