April 7, 2014 |
It may seem strange that a couple of white kids from the suburbs would grow up to be the first Philly performers to go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame representing the city's signature soulful sound. But Daryl Hall and John Oates have been confounding expectations since they met as students at Temple University in 1967. Beginning with "Sara Smile" in 1975, they wracked up 29 Top 40 hits, becoming the most successful duo in music history. On Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Hall and Oates will be inducted into the hall by Roots drummer, Tonight Show bandleader, and fellow Philadelphian Questlove.
March 28, 2014 |
Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson will be released from jail Friday and transferred to an inpatient drug-treatment facility as he awaits trial on felony fraud charges involving an alleged travel-package scam, officials said. The petition to release Tollefson was filed by a public defender - not the two high-profile attorneys who flanked him at his arraignment in Warminster in February, according to court documents. Bucks County Judge James McMaster granted the order on Tuesday, reducing Tollefson's bail from $10,000 to zero.
April 17, 2014 |
Raymond Stewart Low, 87, of Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, a self-made businessman, died Saturday, April 12, of heart failure in Chandler Hall Hospice Care at St. Mary Medical Center, Newtown. Born in San Francisco, he grew up in California before moving to New Jersey in 1941, and then to Bucks County. Mr. Low (pronounced like Dow) graduated at age 17 from the Peddie School, and immediately joined the Marines to fight in World War II. He saw combat on Okinawa. After the war, he earned a business degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
April 8, 2014 |
Traffic backups throughout Bucks County soon might become more common, but for once it's for the right reason, County Commissioner Charles Martin said. Millions of dollars will soon flow in to repave roads, replace bridges, and more. Bucks is one of many counties that can look forward to major road improvements this year after an announcement last week that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is pushing to fix roads and bridges. That means roadwork delays, Martin said.
April 10, 2014 |
BENSALEM A Bucks County man was charged Tuesday with killing his 59-year-old mother with carbon-monoxide fumes from a portable generator, police said. Koustantinos Yiambilis, 30, is accused of using the portable generator Monday night to kill Karen Yiambilis at Longmeadow Apartments in the 300 block of Bristol Road, Bensalem police said. District Attorney David W. Heckler said the son had been warned not to operate the generator inside the apartment, which he shared with his mother.
March 14, 2014 |
A COMMON PLEAS jury has awarded $7.25 million to the estate and family of a man who was exposed to asbestos when he worked at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard more than 40 years ago and later died of cancer. Edward Merwitz, of Langhorne, Bucks County, was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer in the lining surrounding the lungs - in January 2010. He died six months later at age 62. On Wednesday, a jury "found liability among a variety of companies that sell electrical wires, pumps and motors, which are not your typical suppliers of asbestos," according to partner Lawrence R. Cohan of the Center City firm Anapol Schwartz, who represented the Merwitz family.
February 28, 2014 |
BUCKS COUNTY - The most important issue facing Bucks County isn't economic development, the expensive new Justice Center, or any of the other items regularly discussed at county meetings, according to Commissioner Diane Marseglia. It's heroin abuse. Marseglia made that case at a breakfast Wednesday at Bucks County Community College hosted by the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce. Citing statistics and friends who died from the drug, Marseglia, a former social worker, described the growth of heroin in Bucks County in stark terms.
January 31, 2014 |
The U.S. branch of the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is facing some stiff headwinds. Gamesa USA on Monday gave notice that it will close its Western Pennsylvania plant, which manufactures giant turbine blades, and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs by the end of March. And the outlook is only slightly brighter at Gamesa's manufacturing operations in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, which opened to much fanfare in 2005. "We used to have 500 workers at Fairless Hills," said Lew Dopson, the subdistrict director for the United Steelworkers union.
November 6, 1996 |
Morris Rosenfeld (left) leaves a poll at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Holland, Bucks County, where candidates' campaign signs cover a wall.
October 3, 2013 |
A high school softball coach in Bucks County has been accused of having sex with one of his players. Eric Romig, 36, of Quakertown, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on several felony charges that stem from his time as a softball coach at Pennridge High School this spring and as a coach of the Sellersville Belles travel team this fall. The alleged victim, 16, played for both teams. Romig started coaching her when she was 14, police said. The girl's parents became suspicious Thursday after seeing an increase in text messages in the girl's phone records, prompting them to look through her phone and then call police, authorities said.