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February 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a verdict likely to challenge Pennsylvania's law defining a "weapon of mass destruction," a Philadelphia jury Thursday found a Germantown artist guilty of that crime in a May incident in which he blew off most of his right hand with a homemade explosive. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated about 21/2 hours before returning the verdict against Douglas Ferrin, 55. Ferrin, who spent about six months in prison for blowing up the toilet in a Phoenixville bar in 2011, did not appear to react to the verdict.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Michael had only recently moved to Baltimore to teach high school band when his colleague the choir teacher suggested he drop in on the voice lesson she was giving. Her student, Paul, had moved to town nearly a decade before to become a postal inspector. When he wasn't investigating mail fraud, Paul performed in community theater - hence the voice lessons. Michael showed up, and the choir teacher did a little acting of her own, suggesting, as though the thought had just occurred to her, that Paul show Michael around town.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By Tom Avril and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Vandals set fire to a giant wooden sculpture of the town's namesake bird early Saturday morning in Phoenixville, barely 16 hours before it was to have been burned in a ceremony at the borough's annual Firebird Festival, officials said. But taking their cue from the mythological lore of the phoenix, volunteers rallied to rebuild a smaller version of the winged figure in time for the annual event. The replacement wooden phoenix was ignited shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday while hundreds watched, despite the daylong rain.
NEWS
November 17, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
At shorter than 5 feet tall, Florence Beard, 78, cannot reach the light fixtures outside her house to change the lightbulbs - even when she stands on her step stool. And at her age, she said, she is scared to get on a ladder. "I had a heck of a time trying to get a bulb in that one," Beard said, pointing to a spot above her front door. So she called Granny Handymen Inc. Two Iraq war veterans founded the nonprofit in January to help senior citizens and people with disabilities with simple jobs around the house - free.
SPORTS
October 27, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Conestoga girls' soccer team inched closer to the District 1 Class AAA final on Saturday, carried in large part by one of its sophomores. Katelyn Perz received a pass from Hannah Morgan and sent it just past the outstretched fingers of a jumping Phoenixville goalkeeper for the decisive goal in a 2-1 upset at Washington Field in Phoenixville. "We worked as a team, and I couldn't be any happier," Perz said. "We've had our ups and downs, and inconsistency throughout the season. But we knew we could win if we kept hope in one another.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To improve safety for pedestrians between 30th Street Station and the nearby medical complex in West Philadelphia, planners will get $75,000 for a new study announced Friday by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. As part of $1.2 million in grants in Philadelphia and its neighboring Pennsylvania counties, the city's Commerce Department will use the money to focus on improving six intersections and transit options in University City. The grants of federal and state funds were part of the planning commission's Transportation and Community Development Initiative, which seeks to coordinate local transportation improvements with land-use planning.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In her junior year, Rose Moore has dealt with her fair share of pain. The Phoenixville field hockey player suffered a fractured kneecap when she was hit by a ball during preseason play and was forced to remain on the sidelines for the first few weeks of the team's schedule. On Friday, however, she said the pain was gone. "I felt pretty good," she said with a laugh. Sporting a knee brace, Moore scored the Phantoms' first two goals against visiting Upper Perkiomen in a 4-0 victory in Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division play.
SPORTS
September 26, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lone goal in Phoenixville's 1-0 win Wednesday against visiting Owen J. Roberts in field hockey was one for the record books. Bailey Quinn scored her 29th goal of the season about 15 minutes into the first half of the nonleague game, breaking the previous single-season scoring record set by Miranda Peto. Hailey White recorded the assist. The victory propelled Phoenixville to its 13th win of the season, as the Phantoms remained undefeated overall. Catholic League. In a back-and-forth contest, Archbishop Wood's Karen Stanford scored 21/2 minutes into overtime at St. Hubert to give her team a 3-2 win. Stanford scored the game's opening goal, and Brenna Lynch netted the tying goal in the second half.
SPORTS
September 18, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Cecilia Knaub likes to tell a story about Phoenixville girls' soccer teammate, fellow captain, and friend Lauren Benner. The two seniors were in preschool - Miss Lisa's class, to be more specific. Their group was definitely called the Turtles, according to Knaub and Benner, but whether the adjective in front was terrific or tiny , they couldn't remember. It was picture day, and the photographer was trying to get the kids to smile by making a joke. Knaub remembers Benner in the back row, "cracking up" while most of the other kids just sat there, unimpressed.
SPORTS
September 18, 2014 | For The Inquirer
Phoenixville's Joe Thomson, owner of Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Tuesday. Thomson and his wife JoAnn started Winbak Farm in 1991. The operation has ranked No. 2 among all breeders in purses earned each of the last 12 years, totaling more than $205 million since the start of 2002, and produced three Horse of the Year Award winners. In addition, Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, were elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame.
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