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Lame Duck Corbett Trying to Sabotage Real Medicaid Expansion

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:01
Tom Wolf thumped Tom Corbett on Election Day running on, among other things, real Medicaid expansion. But apparently Corbett didn’t get the message the voters sent him, because he’s... ...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Grappling with Demons: Inside 'Foxcatcher'

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:48
On Jan. 26, 1996, multi-millionaire John du Pont gunned down Dave Schultz, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, at his estate in Newtown Township. Schultz was a member of Team Foxcatcher, a group of elite wrestlers who trained and, in the case of Schultz and a few other top athletes, lived on the property. In advance of the Friday release of “Foxcatcher,” the Bennett Miller film starring Steve Carell as du Pont, the Daily Times interviewed people who spent considerable time on the property and with du Pont and Schultz.
Categories: Lower Merion

#GOPorno Scandal – Now With Kids!

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:07
This doesn’t sound like child pornography exactly, but it seems we have not reached the upper bound of how gross this is going to get. No wonder Frank Fina wanted the courts to turn off...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Toddler Overdose Death, Football Coach Fired, Pope Coming :This Week on Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:28
A look at the week's most read stories on Eastern Pennsylvania's Patch sites.
Categories: Lower Merion

Youngs Ford Road closed Tuesday for PECO work

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:23
Youngs Ford Road is closed from Monticello Road to Limberlost Road due to PECO doing work. It is unknown for how long the closure will be.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Montgomery County GOP Chairman Robert Kerns to be tried by a judge

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:22
COURTHOUSE >> The guilt or innocence of the former head of the Montgomery County Republican Party will be decided by a judge, not a jury, in the upcoming trial against Robert Kerns, who is charged with the indecent assault of a co-worker after a work party in October 2013.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police report burglaries in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:22
Lower Merion police are investigating two burglaries that occurred on the unit block of East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore this week. One occurred Nov. 13 and the other took place Nov. 14. In both cases, police say a window was smashed to gain entry. In both burglaries, police say nothing appears to have been taken.
Categories: Lower Merion

Longtime Lower Merion CFO Dean Dortone moving on

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:22
Lower Merion Township Chief Financial Officer Dean Dortone, who since 2002 has helped keep the township on an even financial keel, maintain its top credit rating, and extend a long record of budget reporting awards, is moving on.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Nov. 19

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:21
The Daily Numbers: 415 million dollar project at 9th and Packer that snagged the prized 2nd casino license in Philly yesterday.

2,000 slot machines and 125 table games at the facility, across the street from the stadium complex at the old Holiday Inn site.

300 room hotel, 2,600 parking spaces included.

12 miles up I-95 from Harrah’s in Chester, which opposed the move.

19 percent dip in table games revenue at Harrah’s in October.

4.9 million dollars today, down from $6 million a year ago.

15 months, how long officials believe it will take Live! to be open for business once the shovels hit the ground.

44,000 dollars, how much police believe a Prospect Park woman swindled from an 84-year-old man. She didn’t show up in court yesterday. Her attorney says she has been hospitalized.

5 to 15 years in state prison for the leader of the Preppie Pot Ring on the Main Line.

11 people involved in the ring, which dubbed itself the Main Line Take Over. They all entered pleas in the case.

135 dollars, value of package stolen from an Upper Darby porch by a man carrying a child. It’s that time of year, and police are warning of thieves that follow delivery trucks into neighborhoods to steal packages left on doorsteps.

55, age of woman on trial this week for allegedly stealing more than $600,000 from her employer in Aston.

2 people facing charges in a gunfight in Chester Township.

22 degrees, our low this morning.

20, the record, set back in 1936.

43, expected high later today.

70, what we might hit on Monday.

4 feet of snow that has buried some parts of western New York.

6 people believed dead in the storm.

2 more feet of snow that could fall before the storm clears.

50 news stores coming to the King of Prussia Mall.

4 people killed in an attack on synagogue in Jerusalem.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Sixers actually might get a win tonight, when they play the Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center. Boston is 3-6. The Sixers are 0-10. How far these two fabled franchises have fallen.

I Don’t Get It: The porn scandal in the attorney general’s office just got uglier, if that’s possible. Attorney General Kathleen Kane now says some of the images swapped by her employees involved children. Nice.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the people of Buffalo, N.Y. I have no idea how they survive winter.

Quote Box: “This is the least desirable application for Harrah’s.”

- County Councilman John McBlain, reacting to news that a second casino license in the city had been awarded for a spot at the South Philly sports complex.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Haverford School grad admits lead role in Main Line Drug Take Over Project

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:14
NORRISTOWN – A graduate of The Haverford School who once played for the water polo and lacrosse teams on an athletic scholarship before becoming a college dropout has admitted to being the leader of a pot peddling ring dubbed the “Main Line Take Over Project” in Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion

Jogger struck by vehicle in front of Lower Merion High School remains hospitalized

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:14
An Ardmore woman remained hospitalized Friday morning in serious condition with a head injury after being struck by a car Thursday evening along the 300 block of Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

“I Bought This Property With the Expectation That…”

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:11
…is never really going to be a valid argument in any land use debate. Just because some people invested (translation: bet) their money on a certain outcome doesn’t mean public... ...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Pa. Gaming Control Board paves way for casino in Philly sports complex

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:58
PHILADELPHIA >> The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to issue a casino license to a group with plans to open a casino and hotel at the city’s sports complex.
Categories: Lower Merion

A losing bet for Delco & Harrah's

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:42
A couple of years ago, Harrah's, the people who run the casino in Chester, decided to drop the city's name from its moniker.

They're now known as Harrah's Philadelphia, even though I take every opportunity to point out they are still located in Chester, even if they are within spitting distance of the Eddystone line.

This morning Harrah's probably is not all that enamored of its Philly ties.

That's because they have new competition.

Despite a full-court press by Chester city and county officials, the state Gaming Control Board yesterday awarded the second gaming license for Philadelphia to a group that wants to build a casino near the South Philly sports complex.

Live! Hotel & Casino is ticketed for the site of the Holiday Inn and Packer and Darien Street, basically across the street from the stadiums.

And just a short, 12-mile ride up I-95 from Harrah's.

It is being backed by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which runs Parx Casino in Bucks County, and the Cordish Group.

Delaware County Council urged the Gaming Control Board to delay their decision. It also was opposed by Chester Mayor John Linder and state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159, of Chester. Harrah's, which has seen revenue in a steady decline, said the addition of another casino that close would be ominous.

Well, it just got ominous.

County Councilman John McBLain, who has become the voice of County Council in this battle, was at the Convention Center downtown for yesterday's announcement.

That's him on today's Page One, right under the headline, "Snake Eyes."

That's not a reference to McBlain, rather the fact that the county was dealt a losing hand.

The economic effect will reverberate through Chester and the county.

Harrah's and local officials argued that the region had reached the "saturation point," in terms of gaming, and the addition of another casino would simply amount to "cannibalizing" the existing gaming meccas. In other word, instead of creating new customers, the new spot would simply attract existing ones from other gaming halls.

I guess the folks at SugarHouse, the city's existing casino, which is just a little farther up I-95, feel the same way.

Will yesterday's ruling be appealed, and eventually wind up in court.

I think you can bet on it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Ray Didinger & me

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-11-19 07:14
You probably would not guess that Ray Didinger and I share a very important bond.

No, it's not our football expertise.

Ray is widely acknowledged as one of the region's bona fide authorities on the NFL and the Eagles.

Me? I'm just a frustrated sports writer at heart. I usually manage to include my sports rants in my blog, The Heron's Nest, including my Saturday prediction for the Birds, which I have coined "The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick."

None of that is what links Ray and I.

What you may not know is that Didinger, the guy you tune to on Comcast as soon as the Eagles game is over for his analysis on "Post-Game Live," has Delco in his blood.

He's a St. James grad who went on to write for the Evening Bulletin and the Daily News.

But Ray started his career at the Daily Times, covering high school football.

He's been named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. In 1995, he won the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished coverage of pro football, and his name was added to the writers' honor roll in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Didinger won six Emmy Awards as a producer and writer with NFL Films. He is the author of ten books on sports, including his three most recent bestsellers: "The New Eagles Encyclopedia," "One Last Read," and "The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies."

These days you can hear his analysis on on SportsRadio 94-WIP sports, KYW news radio, and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, where he is a regular panelist on the television shows Eagles Post-Game Live, Eagles Extra, and Philly Sports Talk.

Today Ray will be the guest speaker at the monthly luncheon of the Delaware County Press Club.

I will be sharing the dais with him. They invited me to talk about the recent redesign of the newspaper. Gee, and I thought they wanted me to explain what the hell happened to the Eagles in Green Bay.

I guess that is best left to Ray.

If you want stop by, feel free. It's at noon at the Towne House in Media.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A cold slap in the face

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-11-19 06:48
I hate cold weather.

That's not exactly a secret. I grit my teeth every year as the leaves start to change color, because as beautiful as it is, I know what it portends.

It means mornings like this morning.

Of the many new gizmos that are part of today's cars is a temperature gauge built into most dashboards.

This morning when I slid behind the wheel it was reading 18 degrees. Once I pulled out onto the road it dipped to 16.

We are in the midst of a record-challenging cold snap - and winter does not arrive officially for another month.

The record low for today is 20 degrees, set back in 1936. They apparently have matched that at the airport. So far the official Philly temperature is 22 degrees.

How cold was it this morning? Apparently too cold even for Bambi.

I have gotten used to dodging the deer that insist on sharing the roads with me on my early-morning commute. I usually see four or five of them each day, in particular along Providence Road as it ambles from West Chester Pike to the the Media Bypass. It's a notorious stretch.

This morning I did not have a single sighting. I guess that shows deer are a hell of a lot smarter than a newspaper editor.

Then again, in my line of work, you caution yourself that things could always be worse.

Think Buffalo, N.Y.

They are being buried in feet - not inches - of lake-effect snow. Some areas are getting as much as 4 feet or more of snow, with more on the way.

When I die, if the powers that be decide I need some time in purgatory, I know where they are going to send me. There is another change on the way, of course.

Temperatures are expected to moderate as we head toward the weekend. We could be in the 60s by Sunday and a chance of actually cracking 70 on Monday, with rain.

Maybe it's global warming.

I hope so. It's way too early for the conditions out there this morning.
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chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey chim chim cher-ee!

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-11-18 21:34

Very true and we have an awesome gentleman who took tremendous care of us so I thought I would recommend him —- John Wisnewski of Let There Be Light Chimney Sweep. I am posting his card.

I will note that I am not being compensated for this review. We are happy customers. If he checks your chimney flue, have him check the one for your heating system as well.

Thanks to him and his honesty, we avoided a potential issue with not much fuss. You see, we learned the hard way that heating companies might do a great job cleaning and servicing the heater, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they get into the flue for the heating system and really check. We haven’t been in this current house for that many years yet, and well, when he removed the pipe to the flue in the basement there were years and years worth of debris in the base of the flue…very much preceding our tenure in the house and the two heating companies that we knew of who had serviced the heater had not cleaned this out either.

Let Their Be Light Chimney Sweep is also Angie’s List rated. Now he is also Chester County Ramblings Rated :)

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Need Extra Cash This Holiday Season? Find Seasonal Work Near Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-11-18 18:10
Even more jobs at the Ardmore Patch jobs board; plus, post your own local job listing!
Categories: Lower Merion

Pa. Gaming Control Board paves way for casino in Philly sports complex

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-11-18 16:21
PHILADELPHIA >> The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to issue a casino license to a group with plans to open a casino and hotel at the city’s sports complex.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion releases 'restrained' 2015 budget, manager reflects on his first budget

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-11-18 16:21
Extending a trend, Lower Merion Township Manager Ernie B. McNeely has released a Proposed 2015 Budget that calls for no property tax rate increase for the fourth year in a row.
Categories: Lower Merion