February 24, 2015 |
When a refugee working to oppose one of the world's most repressive regimes tried to leave, the Eritrean government found him and held him in an underground prison for six years until he escaped. His job at the jail had been to sell the kerosene that inmates buy for cooking. He said he saw some use it to set themselves on fire. "That was one of the first stories we heard," said Chris Cotter, an aspiring filmmaker in West Chester. "It was tough. " Cotter, a 37-year-old musician, is almost done making a documentary - Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus - to share people's stories and raise awareness about human rights abuses in Eritrea, a country slightly larger than Pennsylvania on the Horn of Africa.
February 22, 2015 |
A violin career that began when she was 3, playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" at home outside of Seoul, South Korea, has led a Chester County teenager to deliver award-winning classical performances at venues in Florida, California, Ohio, North Carolina - and Romania. On Sunday, Sein An is set to perform in Bryn Athyn. An, 17, of West Chester, said her success is the result of early support by her musical family. "I could actually make people happy by playing that little song," An said.
February 20, 2015 |
Amir Hinton's three-pointer gave Abington the lead for good with just over a minute left in overtime Wednesday, and ended Chester's reign of dominance in District 1. Abington earned a 55-47 home win in the Class AAAA second round, handing Chester its first loss in the district playoffs since the 2010 quarterfinals. Hinton led Abington, the sixth seed, with 19 points. Matt Penecale chipped in 17 points. Marquis Collins led No. 11 Chester with 10 points. Plymouth Whitemarsh 49, Springfield (Delco)
February 20, 2015 |
Chester C. "Chet" Tyson Jr., 96, a fixture in the Montgomery County borough for so many years that he was known as "Mr. Narberth," died of lung cancer Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Freedom Village in Coatesville. Mr. Tyson lived for 78 years in Narberth, where he was involved in many government, civic, and other activities. "He was always available, and he always had time for every situation, and he was a gentleman," said Borough Manager William J. Martin. "In an era when the term is overused, he was a true gentleman.
February 19, 2015 |
A Chester County company that assembles surgical carts used in medical facilities faces more than $42,000 in fines for exposing workers to chemical hazards, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Following a complaint in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Seitz Technical Products in Oxford did not properly label hazardous chemicals, provide eye wash stations, train employees in use of hazardous chemicals or maintain a library of chemical safety sheets.
February 14, 2015 |
A Chester man was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder for the second time in just four months. Jamir Williams, 29, faces a mandatory life sentence in the 2010 shooting death of Emerson Price, 21, of Chester, as he was walking outside a city bar. It took the jury about an hour to reach its verdict, according to the District Attorney's office. In October, Williams also was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of Rahim Hicks after the two quarreled outside J&S Seafood in Chester.
February 14, 2015 |
Four years ago, Democrats took control of Chester's government with a sweeping victory in a city long controlled by Republicans. They hoped to bring change to a Delaware County municipality plagued by crime, financial problems, and difficulty attracting economic development. The same issues remain today - in fact, Chester's 30 homicides in 2014 set a record. Except now, Chester also has infighting and a growing divide within its Democratic leadership, as State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, the city's senior Democratic politician, is running to unseat Mayor John Linder.
February 13, 2015 |
Tariq Mahmud stared in disbelief Wednesday as the jury foreman answered "Guilty" to the charge of second-degree murder for Mahmud's part in the killing of Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay, a man Mahmud had called his friend. "Oh, no," Mahmud said before he put his head down on the defense table and covered his face. After seven days of trial, with 32 witnesses and 105 exhibits, it took a Delaware County Court jury less than two hours to convict Mahmud, Rita Pultro, and David Wiggins for the Sept.
February 8, 2015 |
Donna Talis has lived in her beloved West Chester townhouse for a quarter-century, and has spent the last dozen or so years transforming the 1980s-era residence off West Chester Pike. A little patience in purchasing exactly what she wanted, plus some do-it-yourself gumption, helped her cap off the work in the fall with a new master bathroom that incorporates elements of universal design such as a low-barrier shower and open shelving. Working with the same contractor, James C. Schell, Talis did the renovations on a modest budget but made a big impact on the quality of her living space.
February 7, 2015 |
Glen Mills exorcised its demon Thursday afternoon, defeating eight-time state champion Chester for the first time in eight years, 51-48, at home in Del-Val League boys' basketball action. Khyzeem Brown's free throw with eight seconds remaining in regulation provided the Battling Bulls a three-point lead. Anthony Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots. Suburban One National. Abington clinched its third consecutive league title as the Ghosts defeated visiting Truman, 66-52.