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February 3, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In the forlorn city of Chester, on a spot where creative magic - construction of oil tankers by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. for wartime and commercial use - once was worked precisely and abundantly, two brothers are unobtrusively continuing the artistic tradition. Larry and Randy Welker - the "La" and "Ran" of Laran Bronze Foundry - might not be high-profile, but the creations they and their workforce of nine have enabled the last 30 years sure are. One of them, the National World War II Memorial in Washington, has earned Laran serious industry credibility since its unveiling in April 2004.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The security video showed the last moments of Jason Scott McClay's shift as manager at the Rite Aid store at Ninth Street and Highland Avenue in Chester. It was just before 10 p.m., and McClay was casually going about his job. Within minutes, however, the video shows McClay staggering and pulling down shelves after a bullet fired into his neck severed his carotid artery. Instead of heading home to catch up with the Eagles game on Sept. 19, 2013, McClay collapsed and died in Aisle 14. On Friday, the Delaware County Court trial of three of the people accused in the killing opened before a jury of eight men and four women and Judge George A. Pagano.
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Saturday afternoon's showcase effort against perennial power Chester is any indication, Imhotep Charter, with the Public League playoffs about two weeks away, is headed in the right direction. The confident-looking Panthers forced 17 turnovers, flourished on the fastbreak, and rolled to a 69-54 triumph over the sloppy Clippers in the 16th annual Kobe Bryant Philly.com/Rally Play-by-Play Classic at Lower Merion. "A couple of years ago, Chester used to beat up on Imhotep," Panthers sophomore point guard Daron Russell said.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one will ever accuse Kraig Kalashian of a dearth of ideas. He's an architect, after all, with a portfolio of 20 ambitious projects, most of them hotels and restaurants across the United States. And he once owned a firm specializing in hospitality-industry interiors. Selling that interior-design business, Studio 1200, meant he could focus on yet another idea: building modern homes in the Poconos, on spec, that would emphasize creativity, craftsmanship, sustainability, and affordability.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis Barnes, picked last month by Pennsylvania education officials to replace embattled Chester Upland School District receiver Joe Watkins, now has been hired to work with him, state officials announced Tuesday. Barnes, a former state education secretary, is to be paid $144,000 annually to counsel a $144,000-a-year receiver hired in part to help the troubled district see its way out of debt. Barnes, who began work Monday, said in a news release that he was "creating communications channels to the Department of Education to keep that office well informed about what we're doing.
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Decades after dilapidated buildings filled with crime and drugs drove tenants to file a class-action lawsuit against the Chester Housing Authority, the agency has been released from federal receivership. The move, announced Monday, marks the completion of an overhaul of the public housing agency, which had been under the oversight of a federal judge since 1994. While under the guidance of District Judge Norma L. Shapiro, the authority razed and rebuilt most of its buildings and started its own police force.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine-year-old Alex Collins sent his mother into the office of Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh in West Chester earlier this month for what he thought was the last step in applying to win a hunting and fishing trip with a sheriff. But there was a problem. The contest was for kids almost 600 miles away, at the sheriff's office in Chester County, South Carolina. "He was very upset when he realized it was the wrong Chester County," said Alex's mother, Leslie. The family saw the contest on the Chester County Sheriff's Office Facebook page and assumed it was the Pennsylvania county.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The terra-cotta roof and sprawling stone building are iconic in Chester, a sign on East Ninth Street of the city's prosperous past. The red wooden doors of the 120-year-old building are now warped, and its windows are boarded up. The historic Third Presbyterian Church could face the wrecking ball - unless a local preservation group is able to save it and raise enough money to restore it. To the Presbytery of Philadelphia, the building is...
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 500 students in the West Chester Area School District will be asked to change schools next year under a redistricting plan approved by the school board. Passed Monday night, 8-1, the plan changes boundaries for the 16 district schools, with the goals of easing crowding and bringing more balance. It will affect less than 5 percent of overall district enrollment, officials said. "I feel good that it's behind us and I feel positive about the process," Superintendent Jim Scanlon said Tuesday.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
The story of West Chester investment adviser Rich Weinstein shows that sometimes even the White House is no match for one angry citizen with a fast Internet connection and plenty of determination. Last week, Weinstein's relentless archive-diving on the intellectual origins of the Obamacare health insurance law helped put MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, often hailed as an "architect" of the plan, in the dock for hours of embarrassing interrogation from the U.S. House Oversight Committee.
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