April 16, 2014 |
One prosecutor put it bluntly: Robert Landis is the worst drunk driver in Chester County. He's been arrested eight times since 1981, half with his blood-alcohol triple the legal limit. In 2010, Landis promised a judge he had found sobriety through prayer. "This disease," he said, "is out to kill me. " But first, it led him to kill someone else. On Monday, Landis admitted causing the death of a motorcyclist last year in Westtown Township. Prosecutors are seeking up to 17 years in prison.
April 16, 2014 |
The coaches at West Chester University are not looking to upgrade to Division I or to leave the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. What they are doing as a group is supporting legislation that would take West Chester out of the state's higher education system. The real hope for the coaches is that West Chester gains autonomy in making decisions regarding athletics, and maybe that could result in more resources. Almost every Division II college, and the vast majority of those in Division I, could use more athletic revenues.
April 16, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman convicted of Medicaid fraud and stealing money meant for her 22-year-old autistic daughter was sentenced to 12 years on probation Tuesday and must pay back about $180,000. Michelle Cohen, 52, will have to pay more than $160,000 to the state Department of Public Welfare and $19,400 to the West Chester Area School District, as well as more than $20,000 to the state for the cost of prosecuting her, Judge Jacqueline C. Cody said. Cohen will serve the first six months of her sentence under house arrest and do 250 hours of community service after that.
April 15, 2014 |
Chuck Lindsay lovingly calls the members of his West Chester East girls' softball team "goofy. " The coach's characterization isn't off base. Sophomore second baseman Olivia Francomano laughed before admitting that the description fits. Freshman Amilia Andraos is pretty good at mimicking Lindsay, according to Francomano, and the whole team in general has a loose and comfortable demeanor. "They are goofy in the greatest way possible," Lindsay said. "Nothing bothers them. " But the laughing and joking isn't all that the Vikings (5-1, 4-1 Ches-Mont National)
April 13, 2014
Turned away, so they won't burn The legislative momentum building in Harrisburg behind new rules to prohibit teens under 17 from using tanning beds and booths, and to require parental consent for 17-year-olds, is encouraging. In addition, lawmakers would require operator training, posted health warnings, and that new customers sign forms acknowledging the risks. Indoor tanning increases by 75 percent the risk of melanoma, a potentially deadly skin cancer. Dr. Bruce Brod of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, cochair of Melanoma International's Scientific Board, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, calls indoor tanning both dangerous and unhealthy, especially for young women.
April 11, 2014 |
The chancellor of Pennsylvania's higher education system on Wednesday promised more autonomy for its 14 universities, giving two state senators hope that their proposed legislation to break up the system won't be necessary. "I'm very optimistic that we can accomplish the bill's aim without having to do it," said Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester), who, along with Sen. Robert "Tommy" Tomlinson (R., Bucks), proposed a bill that would allow some state universities to exit the system. Frank T. Brogan, who six months ago became chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, used his formal installation speech in Harrisburg to tout a range of plans, including a "fast-track approval process" for new programs and more say at the local levels on selecting presidents.
April 10, 2014 |
'Dear Sophie . . . " The man who is arguably the nation's best-known climate-change scientist was writing to his granddaughter. The letter was about monarch butterflies and a bullfrog, to be followed by others sounding environmental themes. James E. Hansen - "Bopa" to Sophie - wanted to teach her "how science works, how we investigate cause and effect," he said recently. Explaining it to her - in letters he plans to turn into a book called Sophie's Planet - "will help me put the climate story in a language that a broader audience can understand.
April 9, 2014 |
On Tuesday night, Nashville will shimmer like a country singer's wardrobe. Down in Music City, 20,000 fans will fill Bridgestone Arena to see, for the first time in NCAA basketball history, two unbeatens, Connecticut and Notre Dame, vie for the women's national championship. Meanwhile, 684 miles to the northeast, Tuesday night figures to be an unremarkable one in West Chester. The old college town's leafy residential streets will be slumbering. Gay Street's bars and restaurants will be enjoying a midweek calm.
April 7, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There's a lot to Tredyffrin Township once you get past spelling its name - Welsh for valley town - correctly. So much, in fact, that the township takes in parts of Paoli, Radnor, Wayne, Strafford, and Berwyn and is accessible to SEPTA'S Paoli-Thorndale Line via five stations. "The only part of it not within a half-mile of a train station is Chesterbrook," said Guy Matteo of Re/Max Preferred in Newtown Square, and that sprawling neighborhood of 1970s-to-1980s townhouses and singles is "easily accessible to office parks like Great Valley and other employment centers along Route 202. " When talking about Tredyffrin, buyers' conversations often start with what is generally known as "T/E," the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District, and Conestoga High School, said John Duffy, president of Duffy Real Estate in Narberth and St. Davids, whose agency focuses a lot of its sales efforts on neighborhoods in Wayne and Radnor.
April 2, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER The board of the West Chester Area School District approved a new teachers' contract Monday night, bringing a close to negotiations that collapsed into a bitter public battle last fall. The contract - which includes salary raises and benefits concessions - was approved by all but one member, Maureen Snook. It was backed by the four Democrats elected in November on a platform that pledged a healthier negotiating process. Several of those members attended negotiations, unlike their predecessors, who had sent a lawyer.