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February 14, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
February 8, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 7, 2015 | By Paul Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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