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May 20, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Senior Kim Murl scattered five hits over seven innings Sunday to lead West Chester's softball team to a series-clinching, 3-1 victory over visiting West Virginia Wesleyan in Game 3 of their Atlantic Super Regional series. West Chester advanced to the NCAA Division II finals for the first time. The Rams will open the tournament against Armstrong Atlantic State on Thursday at noon in Salem, Va. Kim Begley (Abington), Jess Schuck (Council Rock South), and Jill Murray (Neumann-Goretti)
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wife of the mayor of Chester was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday night in front of her home, and a suspect was caught hours later - with his pants down. Jourdeana Linder was parked in the 500 block of Reaney Street about 9:30 when she was approached by two men on foot, police said. One man pointed a gun at Linder, told her to "keep quiet," and demanded her purse. Linder dropped her pocketbook and ran, according to court documents. Linder was not injured, according to a statement issued by Summer Freeman, spokeswoman for Mayor John Linder.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER In the latest step toward a 10-year economic development strategy, Chester County government and business leaders are encouraging residents to visit a newly launched website and fill out a questionnaire about the direction the county should take. The strategy, called the VISTA 2025 initiative, is an effort to balance economic progress and the preservation of natural and historic resources, and is to guide future projects and spending. The plan will help the county maximize its assets and address its challenges, Commissioner Ryan Costello said.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just minutes before Delaware County, state, and federal authorities gathered Tuesday to announce a new plan to combat increasing gun violence in Chester, another man was shot there. The victim was gunned down near 21st Street and Edgmont Avenue around 1:30 p.m., District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "We don't expect him to survive," he added. The man would become Chester's 12th homicide victim this year. Forty-two other people have been shot and wounded, Whelan said. Those shootings are why "Operation City Surge" was launched.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office is investigating the death in Chester of a onetime Bosnian refugee as a homicide, authorities said Tuesday. The body of Dino Dizdarevic, 26, was found Thursday between two homes in the 900 block of Parker Street. He had been pummeled and strangled, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Dizdarevic was "viciously beaten" in the back and side of his head, District Attorney Jack Whelan said at a news conference Tuesday, and there were bruises on his face.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PER CAPITA, Chester marked four times as many slayings as Philadelphia last year. This year, it's on track to see six times as many. As U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said, Chester's crime stats are "astronomical. " Even as law-enforcement officials from across the region gathered at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media yesterday to announce "Operation City Surge," a plan to flood Chester's streets with additional manpower to address the growing violence, a man was shot in Chester, at 21st Street near Edgmont Avenue, about 1:30 p.m. He was not expected to survive.
NEWS
May 7, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
UNA DIZDAREVIC'S world came to a screeching halt at 1:13 p.m. Thursday as she sat in a Kentucky airport waiting for her charismatic, bright-eyed big brother to get off a plane from Philadelphia. It was Derby weekend, and Dino Dizdarevic, 25 - the life of the party - had friends to catch up with and outings to attend. So when he never arrived, Una, 22, knew something was horribly wrong. "That's when I realized he was missing, because he wouldn't do that to anybody," Una said yesterday.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2005, the founders of Sankofa Academy convinced a skeptical school board of the need for an African-centered charter in West Chester. Nearly a decade later, that charter was revoked Monday night without a word of protest from Sankofa's director, board members, teachers, or students. As the West Chester Area school board voted unanimously to close the school at the end of the academic year, only two members of Sankofa's community sat in the audience. "We didn't do a good job," Sankofa board president Fred Franklin said, shaking his head, as he left the meeting with his wife.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER - Far more than a mere sports arena, the Major League Soccer stadium was going to be the centerpiece of an economic renaissance for the struggling city of Chester. In announcing $47 million in state funding for the project in 2008, Gov. Ed Rendell went so far as to say it would "change the face of Chester forever," the axis for development that would include housing, a convention center, office and retail space, and a riverside promenade on the city's historic waterfront.
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