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Bill Cosby Appeal Will Not Be Heard By PA Supreme Court

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-21 14:16
The latest attempt by Bill Cosby's legal team to have charges thrown out has failed.
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2 PA Children's Hospitals Ranked Among Best In Country

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-21 13:05
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ranked 2nd on a U.S. News and World Report assessment of best children's hospitals.
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Congressman Fattah Found Guilty Of Conspiracy: U.S. Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-21 12:35
Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah has been found guilty of conspiracy connected to bribery and fraud, the U.S. Attorney said Tuesday.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, June 21

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-21 06:51
The Daily Numbers: 12 months of supervision in an ARD probationary program and 32 hours of community service for a Ridley woman accused in the theft of funds from the Ridley School District.

4,000 dollars believed stolen.

17,500 raised by Philadelphia police officer and Delco native Anthony Case on a bike ride from coast to coast.

3,000 miles from Venice Beach, Calif., to Atlantic City, N.J. racked up by Case and a pal.

130, number of times authorities said a horse was hit with paintballs. Lily died, who was adopted by comedian Jon Stewart and his wife, died Monday.

9 days and counting for state legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf to agree on a new Pa. budget.

1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks now the law in Philadelphia after it was signed by Mayor Jim Kenney yesterday.

5th Made in America Festival planned for Ben Franklin Parkway for Labor Day weekend, with Rihanna and Coldplay topping the bill.

2 Philadelphia men charged by state A.G.’s office with selling heroin.

4 gun control measures that were rejected by the U.S. Senate last night.

121 degrees yesterday in Palm Springs, Calif.

7 straight losses for the Phils.

0-6 for the homestand.

3-0 deficit yesterday before Jeremy Hellickson was able to record his 1st out.

3-1 loss, as Phils continue to struggle at the plate.

3 runs were all that Hellickson surrendered.

6 hits over 7 innings

6 strikeouts and 0 walks for the Phils’ starter, who could be a key trade piece later this summer.

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

The Phils now hit the road after going 0-for-6 at Citizens Bank Park. Ouch!

I Don’t Get It: Four more gun control measures voted down by the U.S. Senate. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Anthony Case. The Philly police officer and Delco native raised money for the Survivors Fund of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police by biking from coast to coast.

Quote Box: “If I could raise money for the Survivors Fund, there is nothing I wouldn’t do.”

- Anthony Case.
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Our salute to the Class of 2016

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-21 06:02
At first glance it probably doesn't seem like all that much.

Just a collection of names.

But they're not just any names.

They are the Class of 2016.

Today in the print edition of the Daily Times, we present our annual Grad Tab. In it we list the names of just about every high school graduate in Delaware County.

How many names is that?

Well, here's an indication of what we were up against.

Upper Darby High School bestowed diplomas on 850 graduates. There are 14 other public high schools in the county, not to mention three archdiocesan high schools and a smattering of private schools.

In other words, it's a pretty tall task.

I am sure not everyone will be happy with the presentation.

We'll take those complaints with a grain of salt. It goes with the territory.

It will not diminish our zeal to offer a final salute to kids on one of life's seminal moments.

For many, it may very well be the last time their name appears in the paper. At least until we run their obituary. We of course hope that is decades away.

For others, no doubt the wait won't be nearly as long. They will do something - perhaps something notorious - that will merit them once again gracing our pages.

It is the nature of news. People doing what they are supposed to do is not really news.

Except for today.

Kudos to the Class of 2016. We're proud of you, and proud to list your name in today's paper.

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Another setback on gun control

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-21 05:59
In Orlando, they continue to bury the dead.

In Washington, they are burying gun control legislation.

I'm not the least bit surprised.

We lost 49 lives when a madman armed with a semi-automatic rifle and handgun invaded the Pulse nightclub.

It was horror, in the flesh.

But it still was not enough to move our elected leaders to take action on reasonable gun control legislation.

Last night four different measures got voted down in the Senate, for the most part along party lines.

Our Pennsylvania senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, voted on party lines.

Toomey, who finds himself increasingly in the spotlight as he faces a tough re-election fight in November in a state that has increasingly tilted Democratic in statewide races, was not surprised at the result.

He believes the measures are flawed and is preparing his own legislation.

I'm inclined to give Toomey some leeway on the issue of guns. In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, he put his backside on the line by reaching across the aisle and joining West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin in a proposal to beef up background checks.

It failed.

Yes, after the slaughter of innocents, it failed.

I'm not surprised that the same fate befell those bills Monday night.

I don't know why anyone would.

That is what we do in this country.

We are horrified at another mass shooting.

We beg for action on guns.

We watch as nothing gets done.

Then we wait for it all to happen again.
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Phillies usher in dog days of summer

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-21 05:33
Ignore the calendar. Yes, I realize summer officially arrived last night with the summer solstice.

But the Phillies are jumping ahead to the dog days.

The Phils suffered their seventh straight defeat yesterday as their limp offense once again proved for the most part impotent against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 3-1 loss.

The makes the Phils 0-for-the-homestand. And most of the games were not close.

Yesterday, fans (the trickle that showed up for the afternoon Businessperson's Special) had barely reached their seats when the Phils were staring up from another hole.

Starter Jeremy Hellickson started the game by giving up a double, single and homer for a 3-0 deficit in a heartbeat.

Ironically, Hellickson pitched well from that point, giving up six hits in total, but no more runs after that rocky start.

But with the Phils' offense, a 3-0 deficit would take this team a week to climb out of.

Now here's the bad news.

There is no relief in sight.

Sure, the Sixers will take over the Back Page as we await Thursday night's NBA Draft and whether they will select LSU's Ben Simmons or Duke's Brandon Ingram. But in terms of games and results, we're stuck with the Phillies.

For those wondering, the Eagles don't report for training camp until the last week in July.

Pass the sunscreen.
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Groups join to promote quality pre-K education

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-06-20 16:04
Narberth >> A group of business leaders and retired military leaders joined with a state representative and educators at a press conference to garner support for $90 million in additional funding for quality preschool education to improve Pennsylvania children’s math and science learning.
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Matthew Jonathon Bennett, Wynnewood Native, Passes Away at 25

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-20 15:58
​A 25-year-old aspiring entrepreneur who graduated from Harriton H.S. died June 12 after a battle with addiction.
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Montgomery County To Offer Free HIV Testing, Counseling

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-20 11:39
Montgomery County will offer free testing and counseling for HIV leading up to National HIV Testing Day.
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How Long Is The Year's Longest Day In Ardmore?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-20 11:26
How long will this year's longest day be?
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Ardmore Home Foreclosures This Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-20 10:16
Looking for a bargain in the local area? Browse the latest foreclosures, as well as dozens of real estate listings in your area.​
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, June 20

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-20 07:16
The Daily Numbers: 52 years since the city of Cleveland has celebrated a major sports title. The Cavs and LeBron James ended that drought last night.

3-1 deficit, what Cavs rebounded from to win the title.

1 and only time that has ever happened. Kudos to LeBron and the Cavs.

9 games, what Golden State lost all season, before losing 3 straight to the Cavs to see their attempt to defend their title go by the boards.

31, age of Jimmy Koons, of the Secane section of Upper Darby. A man will go on trial today in Philly in connection with the beating outside a strip club that took Koons’ life.

1 chain restaurant located in the city of Chester. Welcome to Pizzeria Uno.

150 jobs arriving along with the new eatery.

1, as in Day 1 for shuttle buses being in place on Media-Elwyn regional rail line. Trains will start and stop only as far west as Swarthmore station as the transit agency replaces the deteriorating Crum Creek Viaduct.

2.5 cent per gallon dip in prices we paid at the pump for gas last week.

10 days for the Pa. Legislature and Gov. Wolf to get a new budget deal in place.

3.3 billion dollar spending boost being sought by Wolf. That’s an increase of 10 percent

2.7 billion in new taxes being proposed by Wolf to pay for it all.

1.8 billion dollar deficit looming over Pa.

51, age of man now facing charges in Bucks County after group of young girls was found in his home.

14, age of one of the girls, who apparently had been “gifted” to Kaplan by an Amish couple to pay a debt.

6 straight losses for the Phils, who fell to the Diamondbacks yesterday.

2 runs and 4 hits on 5 and 2/3 innings of work for Phils’ rookie Zach Eflin.

1.8 runs per game for the Phils during this skid.

3 runs or fewer they have scored in 44 of their 70 games.

0-for-4 for Maikel Franco as he continues to struggle.

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

Well, rack up a title for Cleveland. When will Philly win another title, and which team will it be?

I Don’t Get It: Still not sure why it took so long for authorities to get to the bottom of that bizarre case in Bucks County where the man was found living with several young girls who apparently had been “gifted” to him by an Amish couple.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the city of Chester, which now has its first-ever chain restaurant. Welcome to Pizzeria Uno.

Quote Box:
“There’s a tremendous amount of pride in Chester.”

- Dan Hanson, spokesman for Widener University, on the new restaurant.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The great House Bill 1947 debate

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-20 06:32
Welcome to summer! And it is going to feel like it today as we break into the 90s. Don't look for me to complain, remember I'm that odd duck who actually likes this kind of steamy, soupy weather.

Speaking of heat, here in Pennsylvania House Bill 1947 continues to put heat on legislators in Harrisburg.

If you're not aware, House Bill 1947 is the legislation that would extend the window for victims of child sexual abuse to file civil actions against their abusers. Right now victims have until age 30 to bring action. House Bill 1947 would extend that to age 50. It also would lift the statute of limitations to bring criminal charges in such cases.

As you might expect, the law is being vigorously opposed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

I spent part of my Father's Day on the radio with my lead Sunday columnist, Christine Flowers, debating the issue as well as the reaction of several Delaware County state reps who are feeling the heat after voting in favor of the measure.

There are two major problems with the bill as it is proposed. One, because of the state constitution and the nation of "sovereign immunity," it does not treat victims of abuse in public institutions the same way as it does those in private ones, such as the church or parochial schools.

There also is the question of whether it is even constitutional to go back today and make a statute applicable to someone when they were not subject to it at the time of the alleged offense.

This week Bruce Castor, the new solicitor general in Kathleen Kane’s attorney general office, testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee that he believed the “retroactivity” language in the bill, going back and making people liable now for something they were not liable for at the time, is clearly unconstitutional.

Just as clearly, Christine and I come at this from different perspectives, in particular when it comes to the complaints by some reps that they have been singled out by the church.

Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, actually had his name dropped casually into the church bulletin at St. Rose of Lima in Eddystone with a reminder for parishioners that he voted in favor of the legislation. There is no vote scheduled as yet in the Senate.

This one is only going to get hotter, and we'll keep tabs on it.
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The Grad Tab: An Annual Tradition

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-20 06:16
With Friday's ceremonies for both Chester and Springfield high schools, we brought down the curtain on the 2016 graduation season.

But we're not done.

There is still one more very special item that we will deliver tomorrow.

We call it, simply, the Grad Tab.

In it we attempt a really mammoth task. We will list the name of every high school graduate in the county.

Unless you've done it from this side, it's really kind of hard to detail just how big a challenge this is.

But we think it's important. For some of these kids, it may very well be the only time their names appear in the paper.

It is our honor to offer our salute as they head off to college, work or other endeavors.

Make sure you grab a copy of Tuesday's Daily Times for our annual Grad Tab.
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Marking 34 years at the Daily Times

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-20 05:52
As those who are loyal readers of this blog know by now, last week I managed to mark a couple of milestones.

I clicked off one more year of coming to work here in beautiful downtown Primos. If you're counting that is now 34 years I've worked at the Daily Times.

I used my print column this week to look at this job and how it's changed over the last three decades.

The technology has revolutionized the industry, and rocked my world. I'll be the first to admit it's not always easy to keep up with the pace of delivering information 24 hours a day, while at the same time trying to remain devoted to our print product.

Check out my column here and see if you agree.
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Abandoned House in Chesterbrook – Owner Deceased, Who is Responsible?’

Few things rattle a neighborhood like an abandoned home. Run-down and abandoned homes can make an entire neighborhood look bad. Trash, overgrown grass and pest problems can spill over into neighboring properties. But abandoned houses can be more than just an eyesore — they can bring down property values, create safety hazards and invite crime. […]
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Talking about House Bill 1947 at 4

Heron's Nest - Sun, 2016-06-19 05:41
Happy Father's Day!

I will celebrate today by joining my lead Sunday columnist, Christine Flowers, on the radio to talk about, in a way, the "sins of the father."

In other words, we again will be talking about the Catholic church, the priest child sexual abuse scandal, and specifically a piece of legislation that continues to make waves here in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 1947 - the measure that would extend the window for victims of child sexual abuse to file civil actions against their abusers - continues to make news.

It continues to be opposed by the Catholic church, among others, while shining a spotlight on many local state representatives who are supporting it.

This week Bruce Castor, the new solicitor general in Kathleen Kane's attorney general office, testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee that he believed the "retroactivity" language in the bill, going back and making people liable now for something they were not liable for at the time, is clearly unconstitutional.

I'll join Christine on her WPHT Big Talker 1210-AM radio show at 4 p.m. to talk about this very controversial piece of legislation.

If you haven't listened in to my new podcasts and are dying to hear what I sound like, this is your chance. Luckily, I have a face that was made for radio, just as in the newspaper.

Talk to you at 4.
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Main Line Woman Found Beaten To Death: Reports

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-18 21:07
Denise Barger was found dead in her home on Heatherstone Drive Friday, multiple reports say.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Home and Apartment Rentals In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-17 22:24
Looking for an apartment or home to rent in the area?
Categories: Lower Merion