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May 24, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Chester police searched for surveillance video and potential witnesses Sunday as they tried to learn who opened fire on a city street corner the night before, killing a 14-year-old boy and injuring two others. Delaware County District Attorney John J. Whelan said Sunday that the teen and another person, two years older, were struck by gunfire after 8 p.m. Saturday on the 1100 block of Pine Street when someone started shooting at adults in a car. One of the passengers, a 33-year-old woman, was hit in the shoulder, Whelan said.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Francis G. Pileggi, 87, of Chester, a lawyer active in Catholic organizations and the father of Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominic F. Pileggi, died Tuesday, May 17. Mr. Pileggi died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as "Frank," Mr. Pileggi was born and reared in Chester. He graduated from St. James Catholic High School in 1945, and earned degrees from Villanova University and Temple University Law School. He was the founder of the Woodlyn law firm of Pileggi & Pileggi, which handles cases involving personal injury, estate planning, real estate, and property damage, according to its website.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
West Chester Borough agreed to give up its years-long fight to collect more than $1.7 million in sewer fees from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer under a court agreement announced Friday. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which Pfizer bought in 2009, used to operate a plant in West Chester. It agreed in 1984 to pay the borough for the life of the Goose Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The sewer plant was built in the late 1980s, largely to handle wastewater from the Wyeth plant. Wyeth demolished its plant a decade ago, but continued to pay the borough, based on the agreement.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Rick Brown, For The Inquirer
LAKELAND, Fla. - It had been three years since the West Chester University women's lacrosse team made it to the NCAA tournament. That was the longest drought in the program's history. The Golden Rams, once perennial contenders for the Final Four, had every intention of making a return trip. Unfortunately, that goal will have to wait another season. Rollins' Megan Curry scored with 31 seconds remaining Friday to lift the fifth-seed Rollins Tars past the fourth-seeded Golden Rams, 9-8, in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Regional.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
SHE WAS MAYBE 4-foot-10 when she stood on the curb on her tippy toes, this wispy 19-year-old West Chester University sophomore named Caitlin Renner, who sported a couple of nose rings, clear-framed glasses, a bright floral skirt. Looking across a narrow asphalt demilitarized zone at a seemingly endless stream of Donald Trump supporters, she made the classic peace sign with her left hand while shouting the slogan on the blue placard she clutched in her right: "Love over hate!" She also held a few tiny flower buds at the end of her fingertip.
SPORTS
April 24, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
The PIAA boys' and girls' lacrosse championships, typically held at Hersheypark Stadium, will move to West Chester East High in June to accommodate a Beyoncé concert, according Melissa Mertz, associate executive director of the PIAA. Beyoncé, the internationally renowned singer and performer, was booked for June 12 in Hershey. The lacrosse finals were slated for June 11. "I just joked around saying, 'What lacrosse isn't as sexy as Beyoncé?' " said Mertz, laughing. As first reported by Lancaster Online, the lacrosse finals will still be held on June 11 in West Chester East's Zimmerman Stadium.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
With the cutting of a large red ribbon, a plot of land in West Chester that developers had coveted for decades officially became a borough park Friday, ensuring that the latest battle for its preservation, which lasted three years, would be the residents' last. The 1.4-acre tract is the first new park in more than a decade in the borough, which has experienced explosive development in recent years. A plan to build luxury homes on the property, which was privately owned but served as a public park for decades, spurred the latest preservation effort.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania state police arrested 11 alleged drug dealers and issued warrants for four more Friday following a yearlong investigation into a cocaine trafficking organization at a Chester housing project. At a news conference at the state police Belmont barracks in Philadelphia, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the dealers - who range in age from 22 to 61 - sold between 1 and 3 kilograms of cocaine every week in and around the Ruth L. Bennett Homes. All defendants were charged with corrupt organization, narcotics violations, conspiracy, criminal use of a communications facility, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
FOOD
April 15, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Every spring, new cookbooks will bloom like flowers. But this season, two worthy volumes have cropped up from familiar names. From an evocative guide to cooking seasonally with the sustainable meats raised at dreamy Wyebrook Farm in Chester County to a strong book on cocktails (and food pairings) from a coauthor also known as Madame Fromage, this pair of offerings has a decidedly delicious local flavor. Field & Feast, by Dean Carlson with Ian Knauer and Andrew Wood (Burgess Lea Press, $35)
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
After last year's World Cup championship, the U.S. women's soccer team appears even hungrier as it approaches this summer's Olympic Games. The Americans continued their dominance Sunday with a 3-0 win over Colombia in an international friendly before 17,275 at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Union. Defender Julie Johnston, who is engaged to Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, scored twice for a U.S. team that applied relentless pressure. Johnston, who has seen the passion of fans at Eagles games, said playing in the Philadelphia area was a big deal.
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