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SPORTS
June 27, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - University of Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was considered to be among the top defensive players in the NBA draft.  That attribute earned him a place in the first round and his first NBA trade. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder became the second Chester High player ever selected in the first round when the Portland Trail Blazers took him with the 23d overall pick Thursday night at the Barclays Center.  The other Chester High first-round pick was Jameer Nelson, who was drafted in 2004 by Denver and then traded to Orlando.  Wearing red checkered pants, a black suit jacket, and a bow tie, Jefferson, who led Arizona with 43 dunks, was ecstatic at landing in the first round.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Chester and Cheyney - two universities in the state's higher education system - are planning "a new level of collaboration" on academics and operations, their presidents announced this week in a joint e-mail to staff, students and alumni. Officials from both schools insist the move is not a precursor for a merger between Cheyney, a historically black university that has struggled financially, and nearby West Chester, which is growing and thriving. More than a year ago, West Chester officials had considered breaking off from the state system in part because they thought they were losing money to weaker schools.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It wasn't Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, or Zappos - none of these high-profile new-age companies nabbed the top spot on Fortune Magazine's first-ever list of best workplaces for millennials. Instead, it was a home remodeling company in Chester - Power Home Remodeling Group, a privately held firm with 1,511 employees based in a former power plant on the Delaware River. (Google, by the way, ranked 25th out of 100 for millennials, although the California search engine company has led Fortune's respected Top 100 Workplaces for all workers for the last six years.)
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Watkins - then-Gov. Tom Corbett's pick to oversee the Chester Upland schools, which the state said lacked the ability to address their financial disarray - said Tuesday that he is resigning to take a job with a new social-media company. Watkins, who has been the district's chief recovery officer for 21/2 years, will leave Tuesday. He will become executive vice president for external affairs for ElectedFace, a website that aims to connect people to government officials in every political district in America.
SPORTS
June 23, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had just completed a few drills at last month's NBA draft combine in Chicago. One of the first questions after he arrived at an interview session was, how does coming from Chester prepare him for the NBA draft process? The small Delaware County city is a gritty, blue-collar place. "I say the league is about toughness, man," Hollis-Jefferson responded. "At the end of the day, who's tough? Who can last? Who's the man? I will say my city helped build me and make me ready for that.
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 5, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six homes now sit abandoned in the 400 block of Bickley Place in Chester, their doors kicked in and windows boarded up, and residents of the rowhouse street say they are living in a state of fear. Dozens of them talked quietly among themselves Wednesday about the "suspicious" fires at three rowhouses. The fires have occurred every other night since Friday; three other houses have suffered smoke and water damage. The six now-vacant homes constitute about a quarter of the block.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the starting outfield cemented for St. Joseph's Prep last season, Dan Schuhl had to wait to become a full-time contributor. "He sort of came out of the bullpen for us," Hawks coach Joe Falcone said. This year, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder not only earned a starting spot but also worked his way up from near the bottom of the batting order to the No. 2 position. "I went on a good streak during the regular season," Schuhl said. "I had, I think, eight straight hits and a few sacrifices.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Our outsize investments of time, energy, and money in athletes and arenas tempt us to regard sports as more than just games. Politicians are no exception, forever buying and selling the idea that stadiums aren't only a means of providing entertainment and reaping profits, but the linchpins of the economic revivals that have so far eluded any number of American cities. In fact, study after study has failed to attribute any significant economic impact to sports facilities. Chester is one of many towns relearning that lesson, in this case at the feet of PPL Park, a professional soccer stadium surrounded by the same economic wasteland that greeted its arrival five years ago this month.
NEWS
June 3, 2015
Chester Police are investigating the city's eighth homicide of the year. On Sunday night at 9:46 p.m., police were called to the area of Third and Engle Streets near PPL Park for a shooting. They found a 33-year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been identified. According to police, the man was ambushed by an unidentified person as he stepped out of a car. On Thursday, one man was killed and three others wounded during a shooting two blocks away from the latest incident.
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