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November 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The North Penn football players, with coach Dick Beck in the middle of it all, enjoyed a body-bump celebration after their latest victory. "That was an old-fashioned brawl," Beck said after his No. 11 Knights ousted No. 3 Pennsbury, 31-21, Friday night in a District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal in Fairless Hills. "I couldn't be prouder of the kids. " North Penn used a balanced offensive attack and a bend-but-don't-break defense to post its ninth consecutive victory and stop the host Falcons' winning streak at 10. "It's a little reminiscent of the 2011 season," Knights senior quarterback Austin Shearer said.
SPORTS
November 16, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
North Penn was all but written off after dropping its first three football games by a combined score of 118-16. Pennsbury, with a bunch of underclassmen in the rotation, was supposed to be a year away from being a legitimate contender. Yet here the Knights and Falcons are, still alive and set to clash in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday in Fairless Hills. Since losing to three top-10 squads - La Salle, Archbishop Wood, and St. Joseph's Prep - North Penn has reeled off eight straight wins, including last week's 31-0 blowout of defending district champion Coatesville.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
ALL YOU'VE got to do is punch the name of your favorite establishment into Google to realize just how many self-styled restaurant reviewers there are out there. Yelp. OpenTable. TripAdvisor. Urbanspoon. Blogs blogs blogs. Everyone's a critic, only half of them liked the scallop risotto and a fair contingent found the Nordic-inspired small plates to be "more miss than hit. " While plenty of people planning an evening out are able to rise above the e-racket caused by a bunch of overstuffed people screaming inside a tiny epicurean echo chamber, the question remains: How do those offering all these opinions distinguish themselves?
SPORTS
October 15, 2013 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
To say that Denny Lord has been a mainstay for Neshaminy's football squad is a major understatement. A rugged linebacker and fullback, he has started every game for the Redskins since his freshman year. It's an impressive mark of 46 consecutive starts. What was it like for Lord to be a freshman starter for one of Southeastern Pennsylvania's perennial powers? "The older guys really helped me out a lot," the senior recalled. "I wasn't too nervous about it. They made sure I kept my head in the game.
SPORTS
September 14, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thursday night's nonleague football clash between Downingtown East and Pennsbury was delayed nearly an hour and a half because of rain and lightning. After play finally did get underway, the Falcons, with another strong rushing performance and a few well-timed pass completions, downed the Cougars, 26-14, in Fairless Hills. Sparked by a trio of running backs - Charles Snorweah, Ronquay Smith, and Raheem Thompson - the hosts netted 347 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Junior quarterback Breon Clark also played an important role, throwing for 96 yards and scrambling for timely gains.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A former Bucks County softball coach accused of having sex with a 14-year-old player will spend five to 10 years in state prison based on a plea agreement he made with prosecutors this week. Kevin Jones, 35, of Hoover Drive in Fairless Hills, must also register as a sex offender, according to First Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry, who prosecuted the case. Jones, who is married with two children, coached the Levittown Bulldogs, a fast-pitch travel team, until last year, when he was removed "due to coaching differences," according to the team's Facebook page.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County man has been charged with homicide after a 74-year-old man he allegedly beat up in a bar parking lot over a fender-bender in May died of his injuries. Kevin Fitzgerald Kenny, 49, of Fairless Hills, was arraigned Monday in Falls Township on a general count of criminal homicide, the grade of which will be determined in court, and related charges. District Judge Jan Vislosky sent him to the Bucks County prison with bail set at $5 million. John Fleisch, 74, of Fairless Hills, died July 26 at a hospice.
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Senate, voting along strictly partisan lines, gave preliminary approval early Saturday to a much-revised plan for privatizing the state-run liquor system. The 1:20 a.m. vote sets the stage for two more crucial liquor votes this weekend: the Senate is expected to consider the plan on final passage later Saturday; then, the House of Representatives, which previously approved a more aggressive plan, would weigh in, likely on Sunday. Those expected votes are sure to highlight a frantic weekend in the Capitol as Gov. Corbett and the Republican-controlled legislature race to meet the deadline to pass a state budget by midnight Sunday night, as well as strike a compromise on the governor's three key initiatives — and perhaps help Philadelphia with its school funding crisis, as well.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
An armed man barricaded himself late Saturday in a Dick's Sporting Goods in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township, Bucks County, police said. The incident, on Commerce Boulevard, began about 7:30 p.m. when a man reportedly went to the store's gun department and pulled a handgun, authorities said. He forced a clerk to give him a shotgun, police said. The man then took the weapon and ammunition and went to the back of the store. The store was quickly evacuated and no injuries were immediately reported.
NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More than 75 people gathered Monday night at Our Lady of Grace Church in Penndel for a candlelight vigil to pray for the recovery of Matt Cruz, a Neshaminy High School sophomore who was injured Saturday night in a bus crash in Boston. Cruz, 16, one of 42 Bucks County residents on the bus that struck an overpass after a tour of Harvard University, was in critical condition Monday at Boston Medical Center, according to a hospital representative. The extent of his injuries was not clear.
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