May 20, 2016 |
A 57-year-old Montgomery County man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for videotaping boys and girls in his bathroom as they undressed, showered and used the toilet, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said Wednesday. Kevin Rebbie, of Royersford, pleaded guilty in December to 19 counts of manufacturing child pornography and one count of possession of child porn. U.S. District Judge Nitza Quinones Alejandro also ordered during the sentencing Tuesday that Rebbie serve 20 years of supervised release after his prison term.
May 16, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Here's something you can't do in most Pennsylvania communities: walk back and forth between two counties without leaving town. But you can on North Main Street in Telford, part of which lies in Bucks County and part of which is in Montgomery County. All of it is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, not far from Route 309. It's been that way since Jan. 11, 1935, when the Boroughs of Telford and West Telford became one with a stroke of Gov. Gifford Pinchot's pen. Telford was incorporated in 1886, West Telford in 1887.
May 14, 2016 |
The world stopped making sense for Theresa Drebes a few years back. Because of crushing medical bills, she and her husband couldn't afford enough food, yet were unable to receive food stamps because the federal government said they brought in too much money. "I'm not in poverty, but I am poor," said Drebes, 60, who lives in Lansdale, Montgomery County. "Just pray to God you don't fall into a situation like ours. " To be poor is to live in a whirlwind of want, unsettled and insecure.
May 3, 2016 |
For all the popularity of local beers in the Philadelphia region, little is local about those brews beyond the labor it took to make them. The barley malt could be from western Canada, the hops from Germany, and the yeast from England. Two small local companies - Deer Creek Malthouse in Chester County and Double Eagle Malt in Montgomery County - are out to change that equation for barley and other malted grains used to make beer and spirits. They buy grain from farmers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, turn it into malt by allowing it to partially germinate, and sell it to brewers such as Tröegs Brewing Co. in Hershey, Sly Fox Brewing Co. in Pottstown, and Screamin' Hill Brewery in Cream Ridge, N.J. This week, during the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, Deer Creek, Double Eagle, and other members of the Craft Maltsters Guild will highlight beers made with their malts at a tap takeover Wednesday at the Fox & Hound in Center City.
May 2, 2016 |
Key Philadelphia suburbs are poised this year to have their best job growth in many years, after lagging since the 2008-09 recession. Gains in construction, health care, and professional services are expected to push Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties to 2 percent job growth this year - a level not seen since 2000, Moody's Analytics said. "Anecdotally, you can look around and see more activity in pharmaceutical investment and more health-related, pharmaceutical-related start-up activity," said Adam Ozimek, an economist with Moody's Analytics in West Chester.
April 29, 2016 |
A day after securing their parties' nominations for attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican John Rafferty wasted no time in jumping into the general-election campaign. Hours after Shapiro told reporters Wednesday that he was best qualified to reform the criminal-justice system and bring integrity to the office, Rafferty suggested that his rival had other plans. He said that the position of attorney general should not be used as a stepping-stone to the governorship.
April 28, 2016 |
The White House says U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah did not have permission to use President Obama's voice in a campaign robocall that some voters received Tuesday. Fattah's primary day robocall to Democratic voters in the Second Congressional District has City Councilwoman Cindy Bass saying, "Listen to what President Obama has to say about Chaka Fattah. " What follows appears to be from a tape of Obama speaking in September 2013 to the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, according to a transcript of that speech on the White House website.
April 28, 2016 |
Chaka Fattah, a fixture in Philadelphia politics for three decades, was ousted from the Second Congressional District seat by State Rep. Dwight Evans in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Fattah's fall came 20 days before the start of his federal criminal trial, an impending peril he tried to downplay as he campaigned for a 12th term. Fattah conceded just after 10 p.m. He stuck to the twin themes of his campaign - his long record of bringing resources to the district, and his complaint that the media did not give those accomplishments attention.
April 28, 2016 |
Republican newcomer Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic State Rep. Steve Santarsiero rolled to victories Tuesday in their primaries for the Bucks County-based Eighth Congressional District, ending a hotly contested race that has drawn attention from national party leaders. With nearly 80 percent of the statewide vote tallied, Fitzpatrick, brother of Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, easily topped Marc Duome, a neuropsychologist, and Andy Warren, a former Bucks County commissioner and official with the state Department of Transportation, according to unofficial results.
April 27, 2016
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