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September 14, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Bristol Township has for decades been one of Bucks County's most troubled places, home to racial tensions, a struggling economy, and corruption investigations. History apparently is repeating itself. In a dispute that recalls past power struggles between local officials and police, Bristol Township's manager is in a bitter feud with the cops and the county's chief law enforcement officer. It began last year as an investigation by Township Manager William McCauley into what he called a potential DUI cover-up by police.
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a private boarding school that prides itself on being progressive and close-knit, it was a jarring admission. In a letter mailed to alumni and posted on its website, the Solebury School for the first time acknowledged and apologized for sexual abuse of former students at the hands of faculty from the 1950s to the 1970s. Administrators said that the claims surfaced only in the last two years, and that they hoped their announcement would help the victims while holding the small Bucks County school to its own standards.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Holy Redeemer Health System is expanding in Bucks County, with three outpatient facilities expected to open next year in Warminster, Feasterville, and Richboro. The health system, anchored by a hospital in Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, now has two outpatient centers, in Bensalem and Southampton, and got 30 percent of its $348 million in patient revenue from outpatients in fiscal 2015. The cost of the three new sites is expected to be $20 million, with Holy Redeemer paying $7 million and the developer, MRA Group, responsible for the rest, Holy Redeemer said.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The gray Toyota Corolla that Abbie Hoffman drove in Mexico during his fugitive years still sits in upper Bucks County, parked on the old farm where he lived and took his own life 25 years ago. "I've been wondering what to do with it," Michael Waldron, Hoffman's former landlord and friend, said last week. "But I'm not sure who would take it. " They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women. "He was pretty rowdy," said a 64-year-old regular, who didn't want to give his name.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
A person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Tuesday night in Bucks County, an agency spokeswoman said. The person, whose gender and age were unavailable, was hit by a southbound Acela train 2175 around 10 p.m. in the area of SEPTA's Croydon Station, said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham. Service remained disrupted between Trenton and Philadelphia at 11:30 p.m., Graham said. Police and the Bucks County coroner were investigating the death.    - Robert Moran  
NEWS
March 17, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A armed man barricaded himself late Saturday in a Dick's Sporting Goods in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township, Bucks County, police said. The incident, on Commerce Boulevard, began about 7:30 p.m. when a man reportedly went to the store's gun department and pulled a handgun, authorities said. He forced a clerk give him a shotgun, police said. The man then took the weapon and ammunition and went to the back of the store. The store was quickly evacuated and no injuries were immediately reported.
NEWS
March 27, 2012
Mary Ann DeSantis Kulka, 77, a former public elementary school teacher in Bucks County, died of heart failure Friday, March 23, at her home in Barnegat, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Kulka graduated from Little Flower High School in 1952 and after years of evening classes earned her a bachelor's in 1958 at what is now St. Joseph's University, her husband, John, said in a interview Monday. She was among the first women to graduate from St. Joseph's, became editor of The Nighthawk, the evening school's newsletter, and played on the women's basketball team, he said.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William T. McKenna, 83, of Langhorne, a family doctor in Bucks County for three decades, died Saturday, Oct. 5, of cancer at his home. Born and raised in Port Richmond, Dr. McKenna graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a founding physician at Delaware Valley Hospital in Bristol and St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township. Dr. McKenna practiced family medicine as a solo practitioner in Yardley for 30 years.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County man was reported dead Friday of West Nile virus, officials at the state Department of Environmental Protection said. The man, whose name and address were not released, began exhibiting symptoms Aug. 20. Human cases of the virus were also reported last week by a woman in Philadelphia and a woman in Delaware County. The state has reported seven human cases of the virus in five counties; the other cases have been in York and Montgomery Counties. There are no medications to treat the virus, and no vaccine will prevent it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop symptoms.
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