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February 26, 1997 | By Anne Barnard and Anika Scott, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS Inquirer correspondent John Murphy contributed to this report
An aspiring chef who committed suicide Monday had told police she was with Guy A. Sileo, co-owner of the General Wayne Inn, during part of the night when Sileo's partner, James E. Webb, was slain, Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino said yesterday. Marino said investigators in the Webb case believe Felicia Rae Moyse, 20, a cook at the historic Main Line inn, killed herself because Sileo, 29, had ended a relationship with her and returned to his wife, Denise. Delaware County Medical Examiner Dmitri L. Contostavlos ruled Moyse's death a suicide yesterday.
NEWS
November 24, 1991 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Cynthia L. McGroarty and and Mark Fazlollah, Special to The Inquirer
Federal officials reassured East Lansdowne residents yesterday that only five homes in the tiny Delaware County borough are contaminated with radium - but said they were certain other contaminated homes would be found in nearby towns. The officials from the Environmental Protection Agency said that they had already identified three homes outside East Lansdowne that are probably contaminated, but that on-site inspections had not been done yet and homeowners had not been notified.
NEWS
April 8, 1997 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The man and woman who got into the Olde City Taxi cab in Philadelphia early Sunday morning might have seemed like just a couple of night owls looking for a ride. But they weren't the usual fare. The couple, police say, were traveling to East Lansdowne to settle a score. By the end of the night, they were in jail and their cabbie had become an unwitting party to their alleged crime. The drive to the first block of Oak Avenue, tallying almost $10 on the meter, seemed normal at first, the cabbie told police.
NEWS
September 16, 1998 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As family members sobbed softly in the courtroom, Robin A. Rucier tearfully apologized yesterday for fatally shooting his wife, Donna, as she slept in their East Lansdowne home last September. "I deserve what I'm getting," Rucier said yesterday after pleading guilty to third-degree murder and before being sentenced to 18 to 36 years in prison. "I'm guilty of a heinous crime against the only woman I ever loved. I hate myself. I despise every part of myself," said the former East Lansdowne auditor.
NEWS
August 2, 1987 | By Garth Garrett, Special to The Inquirer
When the installation of new sanitary sewers along Baltimore Pike in the spring damaged the sidewalks and curbs in front of their stores, East Lansdowne business owners turned to Borough Council for help. But a longstanding border entanglement involving East Lansdowne and Upper Darby rendered the council helpless. Upper Darby owns the sidewalk and curb on the East Lansdowne side of Baltimore Pike. And East Lansdowne holds title to the sidewalk and curb on the Upper Darby side of Church Lane.
NEWS
August 7, 1996 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two 15-year-old Philadelphia boys were arrested Monday in bikejacking incidents in Lansdowne and East Lansdowne, police said. In Lansdowne, two 12-year-old boys at a Wawa store in the 100 block of Plumstead Avenue were overpowered by two youths who made off with a bicycle belonging to one of the boys, Police Chief Charles L. Lausch said. The bicycle later was recovered by a witness to the theft, Lausch said. In East Lansdowne, the youths are accused of trying to seize two bikes from two boys in the 100 block of Wildwood Avenue, Lausch said.
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May 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 13, 1987 | By Garth Garrett, Special to The Inquirer
The East Lansdowne Borough Council has taken the next formal step to resolve its longstanding border entanglement with Upper Darby Township. By a 5-1 vote, with one member absent Monday night, the council instructed its solicitor to begin negotiations with Upper Darby to draft a legal agreement for exchanging property along Baltimore Pike and Church Lane. East Lansdowne owns the curb and sidewalk on the Upper Darby side of the two streets that create their mutual boundaries, while Upper Darby owns the curb and sidewalk along the East Lansdowne side of the streets.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 22, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 17, 2001 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
July 19, 2000 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2000 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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