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Marijuana Money? U.S. House Says You Can Take it to the Bank

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:41
The House voted Wednesday to make it easier for banks to work with legal marijuana businesses.
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Last Chance to Nominate Lower Merion's Best Burger

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-18 11:29
Nominate your favorites here -- we'll post a poll so everyone can vote.
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Bryn Mawr design firm honored for lighting projects

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:57
Philadelphia (July 2014) – Bryn Mawr-based interiors and lighting design firm 521 Atelier has been honored by the Illuminating Engineering Society and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for its work on two lighting design projects.
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#PAGov: Corbett Screwed

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:21
Another week, another round of doomy predictions for Republican Governor Tom Corbett this November. This week National Journal called him a “dead man walking” and Harry Enten at...
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phoenixville barn sale july 18th and 19th

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:02

I do not know this woman having this barn sale at all. The flyer was forwarded to me, so I thought I would share. This is a one time sale, and this is not a “picking” barn.

I have no idea what the pricing will be or the contents. It looks to be a lot of painted furniture which is really not my thing. But I know a lot of people who love that look and even sell it in their shops. The merchandise on the poster looks very cute.

The address is 116 Dreibelbis Road in Phoenixville - the sale advertisement says “continue past road closed signs to end of road” .

The sale dates are today Friday, July 18 and tomorrow Saturday, July 19 and the hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.

The terms are cash and carry only.

Good luck treasure hunters!

Thanks for stopping by!

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The Daily Numbers for Friday, July 18

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-07-18 08:24
The Daily Numbers: 298 people on board Malaysian jet believed to have been shot down over the Ukraine.

2 air catastrophes this year involving Malaysian Airlines. There has still been no sign of jet that disappeared months ago.

1.2 million dollars, what the feds say the government was ripped off for by the head of a Folcroft business.

26 years practicing law for new Delco Common Pleas Judge Anthony Scanlon, who took the oath Thursday.

19, age of suspected carjacker who got more than he bargained for and wound up shooting himself while struggling with the victim.

90,000 cars a day that use I-495 in Wilmington, which has been closed for bridge repairs. Before his speech, he stopped for lunch at the Charcoal Pit on Route 202.

4 acre site on Route 420 at MacDade Boulevard that is being proposed for a new Super Wawa convenience store.

600 dollar hike in tuition for students at Temple University

18,000 jobs being cut by Microsoft.

161 point plunge yesterday for the Dow.

4.13 percent, average rate on 30-year mortgage.

89, age of Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who died.

42-53, Phillies record as they kick off the 2nd half tonight in Atlanta.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Raise your hand if you’d like Tiger Woods to be in contention Sunday in the final round of the British Open? Yeah, me too.

I Don’t Get It: We now apparently live in a world where people actually will not think twice about shooting passenger planes out of the sky. Swell.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those diners who were treated to a special lunch guest yesterday when President Obama decided to drop by the Charcoal Pit on Route 202 outside Wilmington.

Quote Box: “I thought I was on MSNBC-Live.”

- Diner at the Charcoal Pit amid the commotion of presidential visit.
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Sobbing, alleged bank robbery getaway driver describes police chase which ended at Lower Merion residence

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:44
NORRISTOWN – Sobbing uncontrollably at times, a Philadelphia man told a jury he unwittingly was duped into being the getaway driver for others allegedly involved in the armed holdup of a Lower Pottsgrove bank.
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No shortage of beefs with Obama - it's the 'Pits'

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:41
There are very few things I can count on in this business.

This is one of them.

There are a lot of people in this country who really, truly, deeply dislike the president.

A lot of them simply disagree with his policies. Others don't like him for other reasons.

An anonymous gentleman who leaves me a voice mail overnight several times a week made it clear this morning of his disgust with the president.

He believes we should apologize for our endorsement of Obama, and wonders if we're embarrassed.

I will admit that his second term has been disappointing. I have serious concerns about what happened at Benghazi as well as that IRS debacle. But I'm not about to go where this gentleman immediately went.

He said he understood "the demographics," and that we had to endorse Obama because our readership is largely black. This is the kind of sentiment I deal with every day.

I fear that we have lost respect for the office of the president. There was a time when no matter what you thought of the person residing in the White House, he commanded a modicum of respect. Every time I bring up that matter these days, Republicans remind me of the way the media went after and often mocked George W. Bush. I didn't, I tried to be respectful, but a lot of people did not.

On Thursday the president was due to come to Delaware to make a pitch for increased transportation funding, using the closed I-495 bridge in Wilmington as a backdrop.

On his way, his motorcade made a slight detour. He stopped at a place I've been many times, The Charcoal Pit down on Route 202, for lunch.

I immediately cobbled together a story and posted it on our website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

The reaction was about what you might expect. The story exploded. It didn't take long for the comments to go where all too much of what is talked about with Obama wind up.

Look, I'll be the first to admit that I raised an eyebrow that the president did not change his plans after hearing of the Ukraine jet disaster.

If you want to disagree with him on those grounds, I have no problem with that.

But as usual, this kind of stuff went way beyond that, and simply devolved into name-calling and worse.

This is the world we live in.

Then again, I suppose you could say that in a world where 295 people were just shot out of the sky, Israel was launching a ground incursion into Gaza, and Microsoft was laying off 18,000 people, why the hell do we care about where the president went for lunch?

Welcome to my world.

It is Friday, isn't it?
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Things to be thankful for: Growing up before there was an Internet

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:10
Two recent events remind me of something I am eternally grateful for - that I grew up before there was an Internet, and before capturing events on video was as simple as picking up your phone.

It is in that spirit that I am saddened by the death of one of my favorite rockers, blues legend Johnny Winter.

It reminded me again how old I am. I had a lot of music by both Winter and his brother Edgar. Unfortunately, they were all on 8-tracks. Yeah, I'm old.

It also reminded me of a stunt I pulled with a few friends in high school. It was pretty widely known in our circle that I did something of a mean Johnny Winter imitation. We once locked the doors to the high school auditorium while I did a hellacious imitation of Johnny Winter and his classic Rock 'n' Roll Hootchie Koo on stage, with the PA system cranked all the way up.

Mrs. McClure, the music teacher whose class we were supposed to be gracing, was not amused. Neither was the principal. Thankfully, there is no proof that we were every bit the knuckleheads we were rumored to be.

Just one more of my finer moments. Lawdy, mama, light my fuse!

Then just a few weeks ago, my daughter got married on a glorious Saturday.

You may not know it to look at all this gray hair, but I fashion myself as something of a great dancer.

My daughter had already warned her in-laws about me, and she banned me from the microphone, fearing what her old man might blurt out.

But she couldn't keep me off the dance floor.

As the festivities began to heat up, I approached the DJ and made my one request of the day.

Maybe you'll recognize it. If you were one of the faithful who used to flock to the best disco in the area back in the early '80s, I'm sure you will. Right around midnight they would crank this baby up at The Library on City Line Avenue and the place would go bonkers.

What the heck, it is Friday, and we could all use a little levity in our lives.

Thus, I give you the best dance song ever recorded. Enjoy.

So far, no video evidence of my performance at the reception has surfaced. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Philadelphia Not Small Business Friendly

The Liberty Blog - Fri, 2014-07-18 07:00

Philadelphia is not small business friendly. These petty, and no so petty, harassments are endlessly depressing to growth.


wait…it’s for the children 


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How I managed to get a parking ticket in the Daily Times lot

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:40
I've been pranked, or I guess today they refer to this as punk'd.

And I have to admit it was a pretty good one, pulled by my own staff, with the help of one of Upper Darby's finest.

This all started Tuesday afternoon as I was leaving the office. Naturally, just as I decided to head for the car, the skies opened up and it started to pour.

So I trudged back to my office, grabbed an umbrella, then braved the elements as I dashed to my car for what promised to be a soggy ride home.

That's when things took a decided turn for the worst. There was no mistaking the bright orange envelope stuck under my windshield wiper. Not much doubt about it, I had gotten a parking ticket.

Which was kind of interesting seeing as how my car had not left that parking spot in our company lot all day.

I juggled the umbrella and my brief case and snagged the envelope, which now was soaking wet.

It sure looked real, and it appeared I had received a parking ticket in the Daily Times parking lot.

Let me explain. Our parking lot is not in the best of shape. My personal parking spot (yeah, one of the perks of the job) happens to have a large depression right where my left front tire would sit. To avoid this I have taken to actually straddling the white line in the parking spot next to mine, which is not a problem since it's usually empty anyhow.

On Monday one of my staffers was taking a break in front of the building at the same time one of Upper Darby's finest was visiting the office.

As the officer exited, he was approached (notice there is no allegedlys being used in this saga)and agreed to take part in the ruse - a bogus parking ticket for the editor who was clearly double-parked.

Of course, no one bothered to let me in on the joke. So the next morning, with the ticket now dried out, I could make out that it was issued at 13:15 p.m. at 500 Mildred Ave. for double-parking.

Since I know that Mike Chitwood's guys are now active on social media, I fired off a tweet of my own: Very funny, @UDPolice, @ChiefMChitwood! I get a ticket for double parking in my own spot in the Times' parking lot? Tell me this is a prank!

It didn't take long for them to respond. It was news to them.

Later in the morning I got a call from Dave Madonna asking me to call him about this 'insane' parking ticket.

It was about that time that my staff came clean and admitted the prank. I quickly gave Madonna a call back and let him know.

The name of my staffer - and the officer - will not be released to protect the guilty.

Nice one, guys.

But you've been warned: I owe you one.
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Portion of Morris Ave., Bryn Mawr, closed Monday

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-17 23:25
A portion of Morris Avenue, Bryn Mawr, between Old Gulph and New Gulph roads will be closed today until 3 p.m. for tree removal, Lower Merion Township announced. Emergency vehicles will not have access during the closure. A detour is posted.
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Conshohocken State Road closed Thursday at Bala Avenue

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-17 23:24
Lower Merion police have closed Conshocken State Road at Bala Avenue on Thursday due to down utility wires that are blocking the roadway. 
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Lower Merion Police Reports: Car window shattered following dispute in Bryn Mawr

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-17 23:22
Lower Merion police say a driver reported that someone smashed his rear window after he got into an altercation with a group of men while he was looking for a parking spot in Bryn Mawr July 12 at 1:26 a.m.
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Area Students Delay Vacation for Mission Trip

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-07-17 21:28
The young men built handicap ramps; repaired homes, decks, and porches; and worked with Habitat-for-Humanity building a new home and helping stock their local warehouse.
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Mom Drives Drunk With Kids in Car; Man Gets Prison for Felony Welfare Fraud; More West Nile Found

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-07-17 18:34
Plus, a Turnpike closure is planned for this weekend.
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GreenDrop 'recycling' unused gas stations through donations

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:24
For three generations, Chris Stinnett’s family has been in the business of reusing and recycling, though those terms might not have been used in his grandfather’s day.
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Plan to raze Lower Merion's historic William Penn Inn prompts protest

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:13
Just weeks after a Lower Merion committee debated stronger measures to preserve the township’s “exceptional” historic resources, there is a new prime example why they may be needed.
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Bala Cynwyd burglary discovered

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:27
Lower Merion police report a bruglary in the 100 block of Cynwyd Road, Bala Cynwyd, Tuesday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Thieves got into the home through a second floor window. A television and two watches were taken, according to police.
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