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The Battle of House Bill 1947

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-13 06:26
There will be new developments in the Battle of House Bill 1947 today.

The legislation, which would extend the window for victims of child sexual abuse to file civil actions against their abusers and the institutions that employed them, has turned into a bitter standoff pitting the Archdiocese of Philadelphia against those pushing the measure, including several members of the Delaware County House delegation that supported the plan.

A Senate committee is expected to hold a hearing today on the bill. Both Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her top soldier, Solicitor General Bruce Castor, are expected to testify.

Some people believe Castor will indicate he does not think the measure is constitutional.

That also happens to be the belief of our Sunday columnist, Christine Flowers, who offered a strong condemnation of the bill, both on the grounds that it fails the constitutional question, as well as being unfair for setting up different standards for public and private institutions.

Also on Sunday, staff writer Kathleen Carey gave an extensive overview of the controversy surrounding the issue, including the belief of some local representatives that the archdiocese has crossed the line in opposing the measure. You can read Kathleen's entire piece here.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-126, of Berks County, himself a victim of abuse at the hands of a priest years ago, is among those pushing hardest for the measure. He offers a withering view of the archdiocese's actions in this whole saga.

Finally, I used my print column today to talk about the reaction I got from local reps Nick Miccarelli and Jamie Santora. Both Republicans are feeling the heat, both from the archdiocese and their own parishes, concerning their votes in favor of House Bill 1947. Miccarelli reached out to me last week after he was stunned to find his name casually dropped into the church bulletin at St. Rose of Lima in Eddsytine with a reminder to parishioners that he voted in favor of the piece.

Miccarelli was not amused. And he's not backing down either.

Santora has gone so far as to question whether the church has crossed the line.

We cover it all, and will continue to stay on top of today's developments.
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A new era of policing kicks off today in Chester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-13 06:02
They will kick off a new era in policing today in the city of Chester.

City officials will join with leaders of the Chester Police Department to announce the department’s plan to launch a pilot body-camera program.

Officials plan to describe their plans to outfit city officers with body-worn cameras, as well as provide information on vendors and officer usage of this equipment. Speakers will include Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Commissioner Darren Alston and Police Chief James Nolan.

You might remember a few weeks back the city announced it was partnering with the federal Department of Justice for a complete review of operations of the police department.

The move came amid community questions about several police-involved fatal shootings.

In addition, the city again has been gripped with an uptick in street violence.

A march Saturday drew about a hundred people looking for answers.

We'll be there for all the details on the new video program today.
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Morning Briefing: Overnight Developments in the Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 20:54
As the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history continues, information on the killer and victims emerges.
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'Thoughts And Prayers Aren't Enough': PA Leaders Call For Action After Orlando Nightclub Shooting Kills 50

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 16:46
Pennsylvania leaders react to worst mass shooting in country's history, as Philly holds LGBT pride parade and local vigils are planned.
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new use for vintage milk bottles

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2016-06-12 10:18

Here is a fun adaptive reuse for you: old milk bottles (vintage and antique) make great little vases for your kitchen windowsill!

I am not the first person I am sure to discover this new use, but I thought I would share anyway! I love my roses and I have found these three old Mill bottles at different times and they are the perfect size for my kitchen windowsill!  These are smaller milk bottles – a quart  or half-gallon would not so easily fit on my windowsill.

This is yet another reason why I love growing my own flowers – I could have a little tiny bouquet anytime I want as long as something is growing and blooming!

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Latest Foreclosures in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 09:00
Some may need a little love, but lower cost per square foot can make foreclosures a good investment.
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LATEST: Officials Begin Identifying 50 Killed in Orlando Mass Shooting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 07:28
Suspect's father releases video overnight; Vigils and tributes held to honor the dead and 53 others injured.
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LATEST: 50 Dead, Dozens Wounded at Gay Nightclub In Orlando in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 07:28
President Obama calls the killings "an act of terror." Vigils and tributes held to honor the dead and 53 others injured.
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50 Dead, Dozens Wounded at Gay Nightclub In Orlando in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 07:28
President Obama calls the killings "an act of terror."
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Newest Rental Opportunities In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-11 16:00
Check out the latest homes and apartment for rent in the local area.
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How to Post Your Free Lower Merion Graduation Announcement on Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-11 12:00
Don't forget: use our announcement service to share the good news about your Lower Merion middle school, high school, or college graduate.
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Don't Forget: Simulated Train Derailment Saturday In KOP

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-11 09:00
Expect smoke, road closures, search and rescue, and police activity on Saturday as part of a drill simulating a train derailment.
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Airport Cocaine / 19th Century Headstone / McDonalds Killing: Top PA Crime News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-10 17:46
Check out this compilation of 10 of the weirdest, wildest, and most disturbing stories from around the region over the past week.
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Lower Merion Police investigating Villanova burglary

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-06-10 15:25
Lower Merion police reported a burglary occurred at a home on the 1500 block of Mt. Pleasant Road in Villanova June 8 after a security alarm sounded at 3:37 a.m. Entry was made through an unlocked garage window. Nothing was known missing at this time.
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Eagles Player Reportedly Accused of Rape

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-10 14:44
The incident reportedly occurred at a Philadelphia strip club.
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St. Joseph's University Named Main Line Green Business of the Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-10 13:09
Congratulations to Saint Joseph's University, named the Main Line Chamber of Commerce's Green Business of the Year.
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'Most Wanted' Lower Merion Man Captured By Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-10 10:07
Officials thanked the public for their help in capturing an individual on the Montgomery County Sheriff's most wanted list.
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Another suspect from Delco

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-10 06:14
It sort of goes with the job.

Every time there is a big breaking story in the region, I find myself looking for a Delco angle, something that links the story to our piece of turf here along Baltimore Pike, the Blue Route, and I-95.

Sometimes, being the cynic that I am, I get ahead of myself.

That guy who is suspected of throwing a beer bottle at Phillies slugger Ryan Howard? There's been a lot of conjecture that he is from Delaware County. He still has not been identified, although the team said they do believe that he is the man in a photo that was widely circulated on social media.

A Delco guy? We'll see, but I'd be lying if I said I would be surprised.

That's why I can admit that yes, when I heard of the road-rage incident that took place on I-95 in South Philly, I muttered to myself, "What do you think the chances are that this guy is from Delco."

Yesterday I found out.

A man from Upper Chichester now faces charges in the incident. It sounds like it started as one driver tailgating another. It escalated from there. Words were exchanged. Then, according to police, one driver pulled up beside the other, brandished a gun, and fired a shot at the other car. The bullet took out a tire. The other driver managed to pull off to the side of the road, while the suspect took the Broad Street exit and fled the scene.

I also can admit that flare-ups behind the wheel are one of my less admirable traits. I would probably be classified as an 'aggressive' driver, at least that's what my wife is always telling, as she urges me to slow down or chides me for following too closely.

I've been known to use some fairly colorful language behind the wheel. That probably will not come as a great surprise to anyone here in the Daily Times offices, where my outbursts are all too well known. It's not something I'm especially proud of.

If you see a guy behind you in a white Honda flailing his arms, at least you'll have a pretty good idea who it is.

Thankfully, I don't own a gun, let alone have one in the car.

I'm pretty harmless.

I wish all such confrontations were. I am guessing that gentleman from Upper Chi is feeling the same way today.
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