September 12, 1995 |
As the sun dips below the trees and day fades into dusk, the Sciarrones pull their car into the parking space and unpack: snacks, card table, lawn chairs, mini-chairs for the children, radio, extra batteries, blankets, cooler, beach balls. They line up the kids in the chairs, divvy up the soda, chips and cookies and wait for the darkening sky to turn midnight blue, a sign from nature that the show is about to begin. Welcome to Friday night at the movies, outdoors-style. "I've been shopping and packing all afternoon," said Kathy Sciarrone, setting a bucket of fried chicken on the card table.
June 25, 1999 |
When writer Pearl S. Buck marched to the farm next door to her Bucks County home carrying a squirming baby in her arms, David Yoder became a first. Yoder, then 1 year old, was fresh from a Rochester orphanage. He was a biracial child, the son of an unmarried 17-year-old American girl who got pregnant while her family lived in India. In the 1940s, that meant ostracism and shame. No adoption agency could place him. Buck would have none of that. So, as she succinctly put it in an interview before her death, "I founded my own damned agency.
September 17, 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.
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 11, 2013 |
A day after he allegedly stabbed a homeless man to death in Doylestown, Dale Wakefield told his sister he "just snapped. " Calling from his cellphone on July 3, Wakefield told her he was drinking at Mugs to celebrate his 21st birthday and then started to walk home to her apartment. "He said there was a man who said something to him next to the bus station, asking him for money," Wendy Wakefield testified Monday in Warrington District Court. "He tried to ignore him. And then the man kept on asking him for things and shoved him. And my brother just snapped.
April 17, 2014 |
TIM FROM Germantown likes taking his girlfriends to the Neshaminy Inn. "It's not like places in North Philly, where you have to keep your hands in your pockets and look like you're pissed off so people don't mess with you," he said while sipping Crown Royal in Bottlecaps, the motel's lobby bar. "No one bothers you here. " Another big selling point for him? The Jacuzzis in the luxury rooms, which guests can reserve for a scant $66 per night during the week. He polished off his whiskey on a recent Friday night and left, the bar mostly empty, save for a few men playing touch-screen games.
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.)
August 26, 2014 |
In May, police in Falls Township, Bucks County, pulled over Corey Sean Mcgrogan after getting a call about an intoxicated driver on West Trenton Avenue. Officers searched Mcgrogan's jeep and allegedly found a crack pipe, a syringe with suspected heroin residue, and 20 pills of what appeared to be Xanax, the prescription anxiety medication. Mcgrogan, 35, was charged with misdemeanor counts of drug possession and paraphernalia as well as careless driving. Three months later, he's still waiting for a district judge to review his case and decide if it should go to trial.
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.
May 22, 2014 |
Despite an expensive gubernatorial campaign, two hotly contested congressional races, and beautiful weather, turnout for the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday was "superlight," in the words of one poll worker, and dismal, in the assessment of others. "This is a privilege, and it's sad," said Paula Michaud, an election clerk at Harriton High School in Lower Merion Township. "In the first 40 minutes, we had six people. " Across the region, the pace did not quicken before the polls closed.