May 22, 2014 |
State Rep. Margo Davidson survived challenges Tuesday from primary opponents who cast her as too conservative for her strongly Democratic 164th District in Delaware County. Davidson won a close race over Billy Smith, a defense lawyer from Lansdowne. A third candidate, Dafan Zhang, finished in a distant third place. Davidson, a two-term incumbent from Upper Darby, made history when she was elected in 2010 as the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American to represent the 164th District.
May 15, 2014 |
Margo Davidson made history four years ago when she became the first Democrat, the first female, and the first African American state representative in her Delaware County district. But since that election, the political landscape has changed. The district's lines have been redrawn and it is now solidly Democratic. Perhaps more significantly for Davidson, who is considered a somewhat unconventional Democrat, she has two challengers from her own party. Billy Smith, 39, a defense attorney and former Lansdowne Borough councilman, is campaigning against Davidson's vote to increase restrictions on abortion clinics and her support for school vouchers.
March 12, 2014 |
NOT LONG after Dafan Zhang flew from China to the United States to study at age 15, he became homeless, living in train stations from coast to coast. But after a series of low-paying jobs - including handing out food samples in the Gallery and delivering Chinese food - he graduated from college and soared to higher education in the Ivy League. His next venture? He's running for a state House of Representatives seat from Delaware County. If he wins, he would be the first Asian-born immigrant to serve in the state House.
December 10, 2013 |
rOn the one hand, Margo Davidson is the legislator who three years ago became the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American whom her Delaware County district had ever sent to Harrisburg. She's the representative who won reelection last year by a 2-1 ratio and whose name has since been floated as a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014. But she's also the woman who made national news for siding against her party on a vote to increase state restrictions on abortion clinics, and who then voted with Republicans again to support school vouchers.
July 2, 2013 |
Irene "Pat" Kelly Hill, 83, a former legal secretary and longtime resident of Clifton Heights, died Wednesday, June 26, at Harlee Manor, Springfield, Delaware County, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mrs. Hill was born in the Stonehurst section of East Lansdowne. She attended St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic School in East Lansdowne before graduating in 1947 from Notre Dame High School, formerly in Moylan. For more than 40 years, Mrs. Hill was a legal secretary at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis L.L.P.
June 6, 2013 |
For Francis Kramer of Yeadon, who has been attending Mass at St. Louis Church for more than a half-century, news that his parish will merge into another in nearby Darby Borough is "a sad story" - but one with an ending he saw coming for years. "The lack of priests, the lack of nuns, and the lack of people," said Kramer, 74, of the church where he had three of his four children baptized and saw two of them married before celebrating his own 50th wedding anniversary there last year.
April 8, 2004
Cutting arts funding is a quality-of-life issue The Inquirer editorial urging reconsideration of the proposed cuts to Philadelphia's cultural and arts organizations made a powerful argument based on the premise that the health and strength of these organizations is directly related to the city's economy ("Pay it forward," April 3). While this investment in the city's attractions that bring in major dollars to our economy ought to be sufficiently persuasive, there are two other arguments we should think about.
July 17, 2001 |
Describing Gerald Bennett, the Delaware County man convicted of strangling an East Lansdowne woman and twice raping a teenage girl in the same apartment, as "dangerous, remorseless and callous," a judge yesterday ordered him to serve 40 to 80 years in state prison. Delaware County Judge Frank T. Hazel also agreed with a psychologist who recommended no treatment for Bennett, saying he was so psychopathic and manipulative that he would only use it for his own purposes and become a more dangerous offender.
July 19, 2000 |
Choked with emotion, a 14-year-old girl testified yesterday in Delaware County Court that Gerald Bennett raped her twice, then took her to the living room where Roxanne Carol Leidy, 33, lay dead in the East Lansdowne apartment they all shared. After swearing on a Bible that she would not scream, the girl walked to the sofa where Leidy lay with a pillow covering her face, she testified. Sobbing on the stand, the girl testified that she lifted the pillow and saw Leidy's purple face.
June 16, 2000 |
Planting pumpkin seeds in an 8-by-8-foot garden plot, Andrea DiIorio, 13, was optimistic about a successful fall return. A member of the East Lansdowne Basics School's 4-H Club, she is not a newcomer to working the soil. Andrea admits, however, that agricultural success has alluded her. "I've planted flowers before, but everything I planted died," Andrea said. "I'm hoping for better luck. " Lori Phillips, the organizer of the planting gathering Wednesday at Nova Gardens Inc., an assisted living facility, wants more than holiday vegetables to take root.