September 20, 1999 |
As television meteorologists tracked Hurricane Floyd with meticulous precision last week, Henry Liese grew just a bit nostalgic. It reminded him of a strange project his company embarked on 40 years ago at a small factory in Newtown. It was only after the work was completed that they realized what they had built: the world's first weather satellite. "Nobody knew what the hell it was," said Liese, 86. "All we heard was that it was going to fly. We said, 'How is this thing going to fly?
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 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.)
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.
August 17, 2013 |
After being convicted of what is believed to be the only third-degree murder charge based on speeding in Pennsylvania, a Bucks County man was sentenced Thursday to eight to 25 years in prison for a drag-racing crash that killed a 9-year-old girl and maimed her grandmother. "If I could trade places with them, I would do it, I would do it right now," Drew Bodden, 38, told the family before his sentencing, his voice cracking. "I am sorry to the deepest depths of my soul. " Bodden, of Plumstead, drove his souped-up Mustang more than 140 m.p.h.
February 24, 2014 |
What a coach , Mike Zolk thought. It was nearly midnight on a Friday in 2011. Zolk and his son were swatting balls at a batting cage in Northeast Philadelphia when Lou Spadaccini walked up. Spadaccini had coached Neumann-Goretti High School to its first baseball championships in decades. Zolk's son, nicknamed Zoom, played second base. The coach knew where to find Zoom that night after seeing a Facebook post by the teen. For an hour, he just watched the father and son swing.
January 29, 2014 |
DOYLESTOWN A former softball coach at a Bucks County high school pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with one of his players last year, five years after he had been allowed to quietly resign from another school where he made sexual advances toward girls. Eric Romig, 36, is expected to face up to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault and possession of child pornography, for having sex and trading explicit videos and photos with a 16-year-old girl at Pennridge High School.
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.