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NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHAT'S A COP look like? Whatever it is, Vernon Cottman apparently fit the description. Not surprising, since he was a cop. It was true. He and his wife were in Lake Tahoe, Nev., for a police convention - but when they went into a casino, it was not where the convention was being held. Vernon was not in uniform. Nevertheless, a dealer told him he couldn't sit in a certain location because he was a cop. "We tried to figure out what a cop looks like," said his wife, Carol Kirkland Cottman.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The founder of a West Chester charter school, during a hearing to revoke its charter, appealed to the school district for more time to show academic and financial progress. Lamont McKim, the CEO and cofounder of Sankofa Academy and a graduate of West Chester School District, said his teachers taught him "to do my best, never give up, and things take a little time. " District officials have said the school has financial and academic difficulties and has not met the conditions of its charter.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Doug Gausepohl, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Coatesville's season opener on Monday night, Brian Brown allowed his first and only baserunner via a walk in the sixth inning. He promptly picked the runner off first base. It was a signature moment in a signature game. The senior North Carolina State recruit threw a no-hitter against visiting West Chester East, and the Red Raiders grabbed a 3-0 win in a Ches-Mont National league game. The lefthander struck out 13 batters and allowed just one walk. Bobby Stewart accounted for all three Coatesville runs with a two-run home run in the first inning, and an RBI single in the fifth.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
At West Chester's darkest hour, morale was low, streets were deserted by nightfall, and all four corners of the borough's main intersection were vacant. Today, the county seat is a bustling example of redevelopment achieved, with filled storefronts, ample dining and a walkable downtown. Borough Manager Ernie McNeely, who said Wednesday that he would leave the post after 27 years to be the manager in Lower Merion Township, was not only there for the transformation, but also, many say, was a pillar of the process, bringing his unmatched institutional knowledge and always-expanding insight on municipal government to every project.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
EVERYTHING was coming undone for La Salle High School. Minutes earlier the Explorers held a commanding 11-point lead over Chester in the PIAA semifinals. Now, their lead was just three, and Chester had the ball off a La Salle turnover. Just when everything was going wrong, the Explorers' junior class stepped up and made it right. Najee Walls calmly stepped to the line and hit two free throws, then came up with a steal and a layup to seal last night's 61-54 win that gave the Explorers their first berth in the Class AAAA state championship against New Castle on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Hershey.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was early on, after a turnover and missed rebound, that Dave Krmpotich was taken out of the game by La Salle coach Joe Dempsey. "We went over a couple of things," Dempsey said of Krmpotich's brief stay on the bench in Tuesday night's PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinal against Chester. "I just wanted to calm him down, get a message across. " Apparently, it worked. With the 6-foot-7 junior netting 19 points, the Explorers surprised the vaunted Clippers, 61-55, at Coatesville to secure their first berth in the state final.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER UPLAND The Chester Upland School District is laying off nine administrative staff members as part of an effort to reduce a $20 million spending gap, officials said Wednesday. "Given the deficit we face and mandates to rightsize the administrative staff, we have no choice but to reduce the staff size," said state-appointed receiver Joe Watkins, who has been charged with implementing a recovery plan for the ailing Delaware County district. The cuts, which the district had first said would affect 10 employees, will save $1.4 million in next year's $125 million budget.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER When West Chester's Sankofa Academy opened in 2005, its founders touted it as an African American charter school where students would excel under a curriculum infused with their history and culture. Though some in the district harbored concerns about segregation, those at Sankofa saw an opportunity to close the racial achievement gap - starting with 400 students they predicted would enroll in the first five years. Nearly a decade later, those numbers haven't materialized.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal that would allow West Chester University to withdraw from the state's financially strapped higher-education system could hit students and parents in the pocketbook, the system's chancellor warned Thursday. Were West Chester to become a "state-related" school like Pennsylvania State University, it would most certainly mean higher tuition, fees, and other costs, said Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Students at Penn State's main campus pay $26,362 annually in tuition, fees, and room and board, compared with about $17,000 annually on average at the 14 state system universities.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trailing for most of Friday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball final against Pennsbury, Chester rallied down the stretch, with its pressure defense paving the way, to claim top honors for the fourth consecutive year. Boosted by an 11-2 spurt at the start of the fourth quarter, the Clippers downed the foul-plagued Falcons, 52-49, before an energized crowd at Villanova's Pavilion. Tyrell Sturdivant, a 6-foot-8 center, powered Larry Yarbray's squad with 17 points, including 11 in the second half.
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