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July 30, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a week, more than 36,000 Philadelphia public housing residents will be asked to take their cigarettes outside, an unprecedented bid to try to improve the health of some of the city's neediest tenants. Officials wondering about the new smoking ban's potential for success can look to the west. Two years ago, Chester County's housing authority started a strict policy to curb smoking among tenants: No tobacco use anywhere on its properties. It was the first housing agency in Southeastern Pennsylvania to go smoke-free.
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1981, a Genuardi's supermarket opened in Chesterbrook, anchoring a shopping plaza that helped define the sprawling Chester County development as a cutting-edge planned community. Three decades later, the shine was off. Three quarters of the plaza was vacant, and the supermarket was an abandoned shell. On Tuesday, the former Genuardi's building is set to fall. Its demolition marks the first swing in an $85 million plan to remake the 34-year-old plaza. When it ends, Chesterbrook Village Shopping Center is expected to sprout 123 new townhouses around a 30,000-square-foot retail strip.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
By all rights, none of this should have happened to Joe Carbone. He was well-educated, and came from a politically connected family, but when he lost his job working for a politician, he sank into his sofa and even more deeply into depression, spending afternoons watching soaps and mornings avoiding neighbors at the supermarket. "If that happened to me, after only eight months out of work, when I had all those things going for me," Carbone said, he could imagine what happened to millions of long-term unemployed who lost jobs during the recession, and still were fruitlessly searching years later.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County has joined the small but growing list of jurisdictions nationwide offering 911 services by text message. The system is not designed for widespread use, officials said, because calling is faster and more accurate. Rather, it is intended for people who have speech or hearing difficulties; in domestic violence or active-shooter situations where speaking might endanger the caller; or when phone service is spotty or not functional. During a demonstration Monday at the county Emergency Operations Center in Eagleville, advocacy groups said the service could be a game-changer, especially in domestic violence cases.
NEWS
July 19, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Nicholas Mruczek lay bleeding from a shotgun wound to his chest, he told his roommate that he was dying and to tell his father that he loved him. Mruczek also named the alleged shooter - "Zach," who previously dated Mruczek's girlfriend. Mruczek would repeat the name a couple more times early Wednesday: to police when they arrived at his Chester County apartment near Pottstown and to an emergency room nurse before he went into surgery, according to records. Later that day, police arrested Zachary David Ludwig, 22, of Spring City, charging him with attempted murder and recovering a sawed-off shotgun from a stream.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The home on Valley Road in Coatesville sat empty from November - when a bank foreclosed on it - until May. Wells Fargo then took the rowhouse, more than a century old, and donated it to the Housing Authority of the County of Chester this spring. Dale Gravett, executive director of the housing authority, called it a much-needed gift - one the county will use to house a family. Families in Chester County fill waiting lists for affordable housing, Gravett said, even though the county is one of Pennsylvania's richest.
SPORTS
July 15, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A dozen days. That constituted an offseason for Zack Steffen this summer, home in Downingtown. That many days between returning from a successful stint as the starting American goalkeeper at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand and heading off to another continent, to his professional team in Germany. If a keeper from Chester County eventually represents the United States in a World Cup, remember the dues he is paying now. Steffen spent his winter and spring as the reserve goalkeeper on a German Bundesliga team's reserve squad.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner. " "Honorary campaign manager, anything she needed me to do," Brady said Wednesday after speaking to her earlier in the day. McGinty's name is the latest to emerge as a possible Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, in a widely watched race that could help determine control of the Senate.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The head of the Concept School in Chester County was arrested in connection with allegations that he sexually abused a student, the Chester County district attorney said Tuesday. G. James Symonds, head of school and a teacher at the private school in Thornbury Township, was arrested Friday and charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault, and related charges. He is accused of contacting a male student almost daily between May 2014 and February 2015 while the student was in the eighth and ninth grades at the school.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Wolf on Tuesday appointed 48 members of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, which will recommend policies, guidelines and best practices to influence the build-out of pipeline infrastructure across the state. Its report is due in February. Fourteen state government officials were named to the panel, including its chairman, John Quigley, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, and John Hanger, Wolf's secretary of policy and planning. Other members include representatives of local government, the Legislature, industry, environmental groups and consumers.
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