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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
June 1, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside the gates of PPL Park on game days, nearly 18,500 fans bustle around the $122 million Major League Soccer stadium on the Chester waterfront. They cheer the Union, they relax, they buy drinks and food. For a few hours, it's an image from Chester that few might recognize. But by the day's end, those visitors abruptly leave - returning to homes far outside Chester's city limits - without ever venturing beyond the I-95 ramp leading to the complex. It's been nearly five years since PPL Park opened with high expectations: The stadium would become a hub for economic development, the centerpiece of a waterfront stretch that would include housing, corporate offices, and a convention center.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
One man was killed and three others wounded, including a 14-year-old, in a Thursday night shoot-out in Chester, police reported. At 11:17 p.m. police were called to the area of Third and Palmer Streets, near PPL Park, for a shooting. They found four victims. A 21-year-old man was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. One juvenile was shot in both legs. Another juvenile and a 47-year-old man were both struck in the buttock. All were transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center.
NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doctors at Crozer-Chester Medical Center are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who was brought to the hospital two months ago. The man was in stable but serious condition Wednesday afternoon. He was found March 26 injured and unconscious in a park near a residence at 121 Sayres Neck Road in Bridgeton, N.J., said Grant Gegwich, vice president of public relations and marketing for Crozer-Keystone Health System. Gegwich said the man may have been injured in a fire at the residence.
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"?
NEWS
May 24, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writers
State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland ousted Chester Mayor John Linder on Tuesday night in one of the region's most heated primary battles. With nearly all of the precincts reporting, Kirkland had outpolled his Democratic rival by better than 2-1, ensuring that the Delaware County city will have a new leader next year. Kirkland will face former Mayor Wendell Butler, a Republican, in November's election. Linder's relationship with the five-member City Council had grown contentious in recent months, leading the Democratic Party to instead back Kirkland, a 12-term state representative.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamar Saunders had a D average and was in a Chester gang. Brian Foster had a quick temper and was prone to settle disputes with his fists. That was six years ago, before a session in court changed all that. In their cases, it was the Chester High School Youth Court. They say it gave them second chances, introduced them to mentors, and improved their communication skills. Now those erstwhile self-described "troublemakers," the two Chester residents are back in court. This time, however, it is as Chester High Youth Court advisers.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
When John Linder captured the mayor's seat in Chester in 2011, he stood among the city's unified Democratic council - the first in more than a century - and vowed to change a community burdened by problems. Together, the five-member council planned to tackle Chester's climbing homicide rate, its failing schools, and the $5 million debt that qualified the Delaware County city as "financially distressed. " Then came the intra-party fighting. Now, on the cusp of another mayoral election, Linder stands apart from the council.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Colleen Bradley said she was fired for speaking out about the university's "misuse and waste of public funds by high-level state government officers.
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