May 22, 2015 |
At stake were nominations for the mayor's office in the nation's fifth-largest city and three vacancies on the state Supreme Court - the first time in more than 300 years that so many high court seats were available. Voters, evidently, were unimpressed. In Philadelphia, 70 percent of registered Democrats chose not to cast ballots in the mayoral primary Tuesday. In the city's four neighboring counties, more than 85 percent of those eligible failed to vote, according to county records.
May 19, 2015
TIME FOR a threesome - electorally. You need to vote three times for state Supreme Court. It's important. And even though there are six candidates from each party, there are some ways to sort them out. So you need to try, 'cause you need to vote three times for state Supreme Court. I know, I know: Why would you? You don't know the candidates. We shouldn't be voting for statewide judges. I get that. And I agree. We shouldn't be voting for statewide judges. But, see, we are. So let's do so with at least a modicum of info.
May 8, 2015 |
A Bucks County man was convicted Wednesday of third-degree murder for killing his 73-year-old father during a fistfight last year in their home in Bristol, prosecutors said. Still, the verdict disappointed the county's trial chief, Robert James, who had sought to convince jurors during the three-day trial that Jazs Bronner, 45, deliberately attacked and killed his father with a 10-pound dumbbell. The reason Bronner killed his father, James said, was that he didn't want to move out of the house.
May 6, 2015 |
Orlando Bronner died last year after a fistfight with his 44-year-old son in their Bristol Township home. There's no dispute about that. But prosecutors on Monday sought to convince jurors that the tussle was far from even - and that Jazs Bronner ended it by pounding a hole in his father's skull with a 10-pound gold-colored dumbbell. The younger Bronner "brutally beat his father to death," said Robert James, Bucks County's chief of trials, in the opening statement of Bronner's first-degree murder trial in Doylestown.
April 17, 2015 |
A federal judge Friday rejected a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense in the case of former Ironworkers Local 401 business agent Christopher Prophet. Under the agreement, Prophet, 44, of Richboro, Bucks County, who had pleaded guilty in December to racketeering conspiracy and extortion, would have been sentenced to five years in federal prison. But U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said he wants to wait until after he sentences the union's three other former business agents, who were also indicted, before he sentences Prophet.
April 16, 2015 |
Bernie Lens, 94, often carries a handful of photographs in his shirt pocket. The images are from Dachau concentration camp, some from the very day in the spring of 1945 when, as a young American soldier, he was ordered to the site 12 miles outside Munich. Two prisoners, he says, died in his arms as he was carrying them to freedom. Though seven decades have passed, the memory of what he encountered continues to haunt him. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't relive what happened," said the Yardley resident, reaching to share the photos of horror - piles of bodies, almost unrecognizably human.
April 10, 2015 |
Milton Berkes, 90. of Langhorne, a longtime Bucks County Democratic Party chair and a former state lawmaker whose legislation fundamentally changed how Pennsylvania treats addiction, died Friday, April 3, in hospice care in Newtown, Bucks County. Mr. Berkes died of natural causes, his family said. A former Philadelphia schoolteacher, Mr. Berkes led the county's Democrats on and off between the 1960s and 1990s. His friend James A. Michener, the Bucks County author, once called Mr. Berkes the "quickest mind" in the county for his political abilities.
April 10, 2015 |
In 2008, the economic crisis that crashed down on Wall Street and rippled around the globe eventually washed over the impoverished Kisii region of Kenya, where Sara Holby, then 21, was volunteering for a nonprofit that provided food and medicine to HIV/AIDS patients. It swept away the organization's funding almost overnight. "When people came to the office looking for help every day, we basically had nothing to offer them," recalled Holby, who is from Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County.
April 9, 2015 |
Just days before the battle at Hoengsong, South Korea, Army Cpl. Robert Higgins wrote a few words to his mother, Edith, in Philadelphia. He was hoping for more news from home. "When I get mail, I only get one letter that is from you," he wrote in his last letter, on Feb. 9, 1951. "I would like to have someone else write me, too. "It's like you said a long time ago, when all others stop writing, you will still write," he wrote. "Thanks for everything. Bob. " A few days later, Chinese forces overwhelmed his unit and others, killing hundreds and taking more than 100 prisoners in what became known as the Hoengsong massacre.
April 9, 2015 |
Terence Farrell, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, sent a text message to the county's 911 center that read: "Help! I'm trapped. " He said he was hiding from burglars in his home. Farrell sent the fake message Tuesday to test a new system that will allow residents in Chester County who are not able to call 911 in an emergency to text for help. Chester County became the first in the five-county Pennsylvania region to allow residents to text for help when it launched its Text-to-911 system Tuesday.