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NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the sky darkened ominously, Sean McMahon was playing video games on Tuesday afternoon. Then the power flickered, and what followed was a frightening real-life drama. "It became black as night," the 26-year-old said. He looked out the window of his mother's home in Concord Township, Delaware County, and saw the slow collapse of a 150-foot tree onto her detached garage. On Wednesday afternoon, McMahon and his brother Chris, 35 - along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of others on both sides of the Delaware River - were surveying the damage from the fast-moving but potent cluster of thunderstorms that cut power to about a half-million people, from Chester County through Philadelphia all the way to the Jersey Shore.
SPORTS
June 19, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
Tri-Cape advanced in the Carpenter Cup Classic with a 19-0 victory over Lehigh Valley in an opening-round game Wednesday at FDR Park. Millville sophomore Buddy Kennedy drove in three runs and scored three runs, and St. Joseph senior C.J. LaFragola also drove in three runs for Tri-Cape. In another first-round game, Suburban One American edged Chester County, 6-5, in 11 innings. North Penn junior Alex Peterson drove in the winning run on an RBI groundout. Plymouth Whitemarsh's Dutch Reardon went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to turn an abandoned parking lot in a small Chester County borough into a seven-story development is the latest in a string of residential-retail buildings popping up across the county. After decades of outward expansion in the suburbs, places such as Downingtown have recognized that "the last thing [left] to do would be to go up," said Steve Plaugher, manager of the Downingtown Main Street Association. The proposal is still in an early stage and has yet to be approved by the borough, but developer Andrew Hicks of Tripoint Properties said he would hope to make the building into a landmark.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prospect of layoffs at a Chester County helicopter manufacturer means more than a lost job for Brian Newhouse. "I love it," he said of his work. "It's a passion. " An Alabama native with a salt-and-pepper beard, Newhouse served in the military and moved around the South before starting at Sikorsky Global Helicopter in Coatesville eight years ago. "I've been here long enough to love the area, to make new friends and get to know people I consider family, and I would hate to leave," the 51-year-old said.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County residents streamed into Brandywine Manor House in Honey Brook on Wednesday to tell Sunoco Logistics their objections to its plans to pursue additional rights of way for new pipelines in their neighborhoods. About 150 people came to an open house hosted by the energy firm to hear about the Mariner East 2 project, the second phase of a plan to transport liquefied natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region to Marcus Hook. The new project would largely follow the path of the company's first Mariner East project, which repurposed an 84-year-old pipeline.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspended Chester County priest pleaded guilty Monday to federal child pornography counts and charges of destroying evidence. Mark Haynes, 56, previously of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, admitted trading hundreds of pornographic images of children over Instagram and enticing teenage girls he met online to send him explicit photos of themselves. He contacted the teens while posing online as a 16-year-old girl named Katie Caponetti between 2010 and 2014. "He has accepted responsibility for what he has done," said Haynes' lawyer, Alan J. Tauber.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Lewis, an Army veteran, lost his job as a security guard, and then his home, when the osteoporosis in his feet prevented him from standing for long periods. He lived on the streets of Coatesville, his hometown, because he did not want to burden his family. The Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center housed him temporarily and helped him find work at a warehouse. This year, he set a goal to celebrate his birthday in his own home. Lewis turned 50 on Saturday, a week after moving into his new two-bedroom apartment in Coatesville.
NEWS
June 2, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County school district is ramping up the fight against the Keystone Exams, while more than half of Pennsylvania's state senators have signed on to a bill that would put a moratorium on using the tests as a high school graduation requirement. This week, a widely shared letter by Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District - which consistently ranks in the top 10 percent in testing statewide - put a spotlight on opposition to the tests, which have outraged hundreds of parents, students, and educators across the state.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two straight years of rejection, a proposed apartment complex for veterans in Chester County has received the tax credits it needs to move forward. Mission First Housing Group, the project's Philadelphia-based developer, said it plans to break ground at the site of the historic Whitehall Inn in East Vincent Township late this year or early next year. Construction of the development, which is to have 48 units available for veterans attached to the refurbished inn, is expected to take about a year.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the world of politics, the Chester County Democratic Committee is hardly a juggernaut. At the end of 2014, it had just $3,194.99 in its coffers and, despite its efforts, has managed to elect only one Democrat to state office - Andrew Dinniman, a state senator. So how did this small-potatoes political committee end up in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed against the Carpenters union by the Convention Center, seeking the court's protection "against multiple violent and intimidating acts"?
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