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The cases of Meek Mill and Leroy Evans

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-11-28 07:38
Everybody knows Meek Mill.

And Al Sharpton.

Not nearly as many are as familiar with the plight of Leroy Evans.

Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, is the Philly-born rapper who finds himself in the State Correctional Institution in Chester after a now-infamous ruling from a Philly judge who apparently tired of Mill's consistent disregard for the terms of his probation.

Mill was convicted on gun and drug charges, but repeatedly ran afoul of the terms of his probation.

A fed-up Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley promptly threw the book at Mill, saying "I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court." She sentenced him to two to four years in prison, which he is serving at SCI-Chester.

That's where the well-known civil rights activist Sharpton was yesterday for a meeting with Mill.

Rev. Al reports Mill is holding up fairly well in prison. He is not in solitary confinement and he appears "very determined, not bitter."

The Mill case has generated national headlines as the debate over the judge's actions has raged. Many believe she has a conflict of interest and a person grudge against the rapper; others insist Mill had the jail time coming for the way he consistently flouted the law.

Sharpton used the occasion to point out problems in the justice and probation system.

"He's representative of many people in institutions like this," Sharpton said outside the prison after his visit. "They are violated and their lives are ruined. If you can do this to a successful artist like Meek Mill, you can do this to many around the country."

To people like Leroy Evans, though there is not nearly the public outcry over his trip through the criminal justice system. Evans was convicted and has spent the last 37 years of his life in prison for the notorious murder of an Avon Lady in Chester.

But questions persist about his participation in the crime, and what could be a tainted statement from the key witness against him.

Now well-known Delaware County criminal defense attorney Mike Malloy is seeking to have DNA testing done on several pieces of key evidence in the push to clear Evans' name.

Malloy was in court last week. He also has held rallies for Evans' cause in Chester.

They did not have the star power of Meek Mill or Al Sharpton. They did have Evans' family and loved ones, who insist that while he may have had some role in the crime, he was not a killer.

But Evans case could prove to be a far greater miscarriage of justice than that inflicted on Mill.

The opinion is not unanimous; others connected to the case believe Evans was at least complicit in destroying evidence and should remain in prison.

The hearing on the evidence and testimony in the Evans case is expected to continue Dec. 21.

We are glad that Evans is finally getting his day in court. Justice is supposed to be blind, with everyone getting the same chance in court.

Rap star or Joe Citizen, you're supposed to be treated the same under the law.

We hope Evans' hearing delivers just that: Justice, if not headlines.
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Take part in #GivingTuesday

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-11-28 07:09
In my Monday Letter From the Editor, I wrote about my annual struggle to get into the holiday spirit.

My mission this year is to make each day "Merry & Bright."

Yes, that is a line from the classic Bing Crosby Christmas song, "White Christmas."

It also happens to be my favorite Christmas movie.

It's not really Christmas until I see Bing, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney make their way to that lodge in Vermont.

Sounds very "Vermonty," doesn't it.

Unfortunately, everyday life often intercedes.

What I do for a living does not help.

Yes, we deal with a lot of sad news.

But today we also will do something else.

We will endeavor to find Delaware County citizens taking part in #GivingTuesday.

After all that shopping madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is the day to give back.

There are hundreds of local organizations you can help with a donation.

I might suggest our very own Merry Christmas Fund, which benefits the Salvation Army and their work in Chester.

Whatever you do, I hope your #GivingTuesday is "Merry & Bright."
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The road gets a tad tougher now for Eagles

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-11-28 06:55
The Super Bowl Shuffle is about to take a West Coast trip.

Yes, the Eagles have been most impressive in racing out to an unlikely 10-1 record.

They are not just beating teams. They are embarrassing them. They have now run off a string of four straight wins in which they posted run-away, 20-point wins.

And they are thoroughly enjoying themselves along the way. They are taking the touchdown celebrations to new heights (or lows if you are like me and are not a fan of such displays). On Sunday alone, as they rolled over the Bears, they had a family photo celebration; a fairly elaborate bowling scene in which they all fell down like pins; and, of course, an appearance late in the game of the electric slide. The only thing missing was the embarrassed bride and groom.

But the road gets a tad tougher now.

I know, you can only play the teams that are on the schedule. But the last month has not exactly seen murderer's row in the Eagles' path.

That changes this week.

They fly to Seattle for a Sunday night prime-time test vs. the Seahawks.

Then they will spend the week in L.A. preparing for a match with the very hot Rams.

That contest will feature a showdown between the No. 1 pick in last year's draft, QB Jared Goff, and the Birds' all-everything Carson Wentz.

It says here the Eagles go one for two on the West Coast. I think they lose to Seattle and prevail vs. Goff and the Chargers. I hope they make me a liar.
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Villanova Man Stole Millions Through Payday Loan Scheme: Feds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 18:11
He and another man got more than $688 million by levying illegal interest rates on short-term loans between 2008 and 2013, prosecutors said.
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5 Lower Merion School District Sports Stars Commit To Colleges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 15:51
The five standouts will play four sports in five different states when they head to college next year.
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Cricket Cringle Bringing Holiday Fun To Ardmore Friday, Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 15:11
There will be more than 40 area vendors offering food, drinks, art, jewelry, services, and much more. See details of the weekend event here.
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Blind 75 Year Old Beaten, Robbed In Delaware County: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 11:55
The attack happened in the middle of the day on Sunday, Nov. 26. Police said the victim may be permanently injured after the attack.
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The Country's Most Dangerous Intersection Is In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 11:22
The country's most dangerous intersection — the scene of 7 fatal crashes in 10 years — is right here in Pennsylvania.
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Roxborough Barricade Situation Ends With Man In Custody: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 10:22
A person was barricaded in a structure on Keely street for about three hours Monday morning, police said.
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Man Trapped In Garbage Truck Rescued Monday In Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 09:29
He was trapped inside the back of the truck for about two hours before crews were able to dig through trash to get him out.
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Montgomery Ave. Lane Closing Through Noon In Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 08:41
Lower Merion Township officials said drivers in the area should expect delays as the work progresses.
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Which Nearby Homes Have Just Hit The Market?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-27 07:42
How much are homes going for nearby? Check out the latest listings.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Thrill of Victory, & The Agony of Watching The Eagles Celebrate

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-11-27 06:19
Welcome to the show!

Literally.

Yes, the Eagles demolished another foe yesterday. This one was over before halftime as the Eagles again imposed their will on the Bears, rolling to a 31-3 victory.

How lopsided was it? The Bears did not pick up a first down in the first half. They managed just 6 yards on 14 carries. That left rookie QB Mitch Trubisky at the mercy of the Eagles' defense.

If it was a boxing match, they would have stopped it.

The win raised the Eagles record to 10-1. They have won nine straight. They are blowing out one opponent after another. So what's the problem? At least the way I see it.

Well, before we put them in the Super Bowl, let's see how they make out the next two weeks, when they head to the West Coast for back-to-back weeks against the Seahawks and Chargers.

I think they will do fine.

So what's bothering me?

Call if the Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of Watching them Celebrate.

Call me old school. A dinosaur.

But I don't like the elaborate celebrations the Eagles now roll out seemingly after every score. It's obvious these things now are actually rehearsed.

Hey, even I have to admit I appreciated the thing with the bowling ball knocking down all the pins they pulled off yesterday. I'm just not a fan of these celebrations.

Maybe it's an age thing. It's just not the way I was taught the game. Every time I see one of these, an old coach's voice booms in my ear. "Act like you've been there before."

Do I think it's a big thing? Probably not.

But I think it provides opponents with one more reason to try to the knock the Birds off their lofty perch.

But 10-1 is 10-1.

I'll take it.

But as long as I'm offering potential pitfalls, I'll offer another one. This kind of start means just making the playoffs is no longer enough. 10-1, best record in the NFL, means you had better still be playing deep into January.

Yes, I'm greedy. I think this team is that good.

I just wish they wouldn't rub it in everyone's faces.

On to the West Coast.
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A salute to all those Barclay Friends first responders

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-11-27 06:01
I hope you saw our Sunday editorial.

In the aftermath of the horrific inferno that roared through the Barclay Friends Senior Living Center, much was made of the way the community responded.

Neighbors rushed to the fire scene to see what they could do and aid the elderly residents who had been chased from their warm beds into the 40-degree night.

Community organizations banded together to help.

West Chester University opened its field house as a temporary shelter.

But we should not overlook the overriding reason the tragedy was not far greater in scope.

It is because of that dedicated group of men and women who run toward the danger - not away from it.

We owe a tremendous debt to our volunteer first responders.

We tried to pay back a bit of that debt in Sunday's editorial.
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A holiday wish: Be Merry & Bright

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-11-27 05:53
It is that time of the year.

My daughter, the 'merriest' person I know, has a word for it. It's our own little inside Christmas joke.

We call it getting 'imbued.'

This year I am taking on another mission, in part again inspired by my daughter.

I am endeavoring to make each day 'merry and bright.'

To that end we have a couple of special holiday traditions here at the Daily Times that we will continue to celebrate this year. Back for another season anchoring Page 2 in our print tradition is "Homes for the Holidays." Each day during the holiday season we will show off a Delaware County house all festooned for the season. If you'd like to see you house on Page 2, email me a photo at editor@delcotimes.com.

We also once again this year will partner with the Salvation Army in Chester for our annual Merry Christmas Fund. All money raised goes to the good work of the Salvation Army in helping the needy. We will once again list all those making contributions in the Daily Times. We have celebrated Thanksgiving, and survived Black Friday. I think we will manage to get through Cyber Monday today as well. Me? I'm just trying to be merry and bright.

You can read about it in my Monday print column, my Letter From the Editor.
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Last Week's Top Main Line Stories

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-11-26 23:00
Area cancer survivor wins 76ers shot challenge; two people robbed at knife point; cats and dogs evacuated from fire scene.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Homes On The Market In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-11-26 07:29
Kick off the week with the latest homes for sale nearby.
Categories: Lower Merion

Seven-Day Forecast For Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-11-25 18:30
Light rain on Friday and next Saturday, with temperatures falling to 47°F tomorrow.
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Shop The Latest And Best Amazon Cyber Monday Deals

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-11-25 13:41
Kylie Cosmetics, Amazon Echos and, of course, the Instant Pot. Check out the latest Cyber Monday deals.
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Man Dies After Thanksgiving Pit Bull Attack: Week In Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-11-25 13:14
Check out the top news that made headlines this week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
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