October 28, 2014 |
Races to fill the seats of two retiring lawmakers in the Philadelphia suburbs are among the most competitive campaigns for the Pennsylvania House this fall. Those races, in Bucks and Delaware Counties, could indicate whether gains in voter registration for Democrats will translate into campaign victories, analysts say. Though there are only a handful of close House races this fall, "a lion's share of them are right around the Philadelphia suburbs," said Chris Borick, a pollster and political scientist at Muhlenberg College.
October 27, 2014 |
A few Friday nights ago, Highland hosted Triton in a high school football game. Neither team was ranked in the Top 25 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Triton was 2-1. Highland was 0-3. But the stands were filled with fans on both sides of the field. There were chanting student sections from both schools. The Highland pep band set a lively tone with tightly played, upbeat musical numbers. The night before, West Deptford visited Haddonfield for a rare Thursday night game. The huge concrete grandstand at Haddonfield was packed with people.
October 8, 2014 |
A Bucks County man who helped his mother kill herself in a failed suicide pact was sentenced Monday to time served, about six months in jail, closing a rare case that began with a murder charge. In April, Gus Yiambilis, 30, and his mother Karen Yiambilis, 59, wrote several suicide notes before sealing their Bensalem apartment's vents and turning on a gas-powered electric generator. The fumes killed Karen Yiambilis, but her son survived after neighbors called police about the smell.
October 1, 2014 |
The three Bucks County residents arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.
October 1, 2014 |
A lunchtime rally at the Delaware County Courthouse on Monday was billed as a fight for increasing the minimum wage, but it took on the character of a Democratic campaign rally, with not a single low-wage earner in sight. State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), who has proposed increasing the hourly minimum from the current $7.25 to $12, said the only way to raise the minimum wage is to elect Democrats. "We have 36 days to make this happen," Leach said. Reached before the rally, Andrew Reilly, Delaware County Republican Party chairman, said an increase "would likely hurt the very people proponents are trying to help" as it would end up impacting businesses.
September 19, 2014
REGULAR READERS of this column are no doubt aware of my beef that what passes for "songs" in much of contemporary musical theater aren't songs at all, but merely sung dialogue and exposition. Well, it turns out I'm not the only one who yearns for a return to the days when Broadway scores boasted pieces with actual verses and hook-laden choruses. Robyn Goodman also feels that way. And better yet, she's in a position to actually do something about it. Goodman is a Broadway powerhouse who has produced such smash hits as "Avenue Q," "In the Heights" and "American Idiot.
September 18, 2014 |
A Bucks County band teacher was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student three times during the 2012 school year, police said, twice on school property and once in a car near the home of the student's parents. The District Attorney's Office said Bridgett Szychulski, 31, of Philadelphia, was a teacher at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown when she had a sexual relationship with the boy. Szychulski, who has been suspended by Central Bucks School District while her criminal case plays out, was charged with deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, and related charges, according to court documents.
September 16, 2014 |
SWASHINGTON - If Democrats ever hope to take control of the House of Representatives, they will need to win moderate, slightly right-of-center districts like those surrounding Philadelphia. But races in those suburbs are tilting toward Republicans as the most intense fall campaigning begins, leaving Democrats with a difficult road in districts where they had hoped to gain ground. Democrats had hoped the retirement of Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) in the Chester County-based Sixth District would provide an opportunity, and that Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.)
September 11, 2014 |
An environmental group has asked the Delaware River Basin Commission to take jurisdiction over the proposed $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline project, which would cross the river in Durham Township, Bucks County. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Tuesday petitioned the DRBC to review the project, which the PennEast Pipeline Co. has announced, but not yet filed for permits. The environmental group says the commission should review the project because it can potentially harm the watershed.