February 24, 2015 |
When a refugee working to oppose one of the world's most repressive regimes tried to leave, the Eritrean government found him and held him in an underground prison for six years until he escaped. His job at the jail had been to sell the kerosene that inmates buy for cooking. He said he saw some use it to set themselves on fire. "That was one of the first stories we heard," said Chris Cotter, an aspiring filmmaker in West Chester. "It was tough. " Cotter, a 37-year-old musician, is almost done making a documentary - Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus - to share people's stories and raise awareness about human rights abuses in Eritrea, a country slightly larger than Pennsylvania on the Horn of Africa.
February 22, 2015 |
A violin career that began when she was 3, playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" at home outside of Seoul, South Korea, has led a Chester County teenager to deliver award-winning classical performances at venues in Florida, California, Ohio, North Carolina - and Romania. On Sunday, Sein An is set to perform in Bryn Athyn. An, 17, of West Chester, said her success is the result of early support by her musical family. "I could actually make people happy by playing that little song," An said.
February 11, 2015 |
The Fairmount Park Welcome Center - the 1960 flying-saucer-shape building in John F. Kennedy Plaza, a favorite of mid-century design enthusiasts - leads a list of seven endangered sites issued Monday by the statewide educational and advocacy group Preservation Pennsylvania. The round building, at the southwest corner of what is known as LOVE Park, is threatened by a planned city redesign of the plaza. No design decision has been made, but the Welcome Center's precarious place in the city's future prompted the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia to name it one of four "Places to Save" last year.
February 10, 2015 |
Charlie Vogel is a familiar face - a celebrity of sorts - in the Hershey's Mill retirement community in East Goshen, Chester County. In a dozen years or so, he has done more than 100 interviews for the community's Channel 20 TV station, which reaches 1,700 homes. Among his most memorable guests were former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Phillies' Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, and TV weather forecasters Herb Clarke and Cecily Tynan. Vogel also interviewed Bill Campbell, the famed Philadelphia sports broadcaster who called Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
February 8, 2015 |
Donna Talis has lived in her beloved West Chester townhouse for a quarter-century, and has spent the last dozen or so years transforming the 1980s-era residence off West Chester Pike. A little patience in purchasing exactly what she wanted, plus some do-it-yourself gumption, helped her cap off the work in the fall with a new master bathroom that incorporates elements of universal design such as a low-barrier shower and open shelving. Working with the same contractor, James C. Schell, Talis did the renovations on a modest budget but made a big impact on the quality of her living space.
February 8, 2015 |
A man who coached basketball in West Chester and taught English in Coatesville was arrested Thursday night for having a sexual relationship with his 17-year-old student in 2008. Mark V. Hostutler, 35, of East Goshen, an assistant boys' basketball coach at West Chester East High School and an English teacher at Coatesville Area High School, was charged with four counts of corruption of minors and four counts of endangering the welfare of children. The victim told police that as a 17-year-old student in the Coatesville school district, Hostutler gave her alcoholic drinks - Amaretto and Coke - and had sex with her three different times in June 2008 at his home.
January 21, 2015 |
A Chester County man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his stepfather in a June 2013 argument. After a weeklong trial in West Chester, the jury also convicted Deviane Scott, 21, of Caln, of aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Durham. Jurors deliberated for about five hours Friday night before returning the verdict after 10 p.m.In reaching its decision, the jury rejected the prosecution's recommendation of a first-degree murder conviction and the defense's request for an acquittal.
January 15, 2015 |
Roosevelt Jones scored a season-high 23 points, Kellen Dunham added 21 and Butler upended No. 21 Seton Hall, 79-75, in overtime on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J. Dunham and Jones scored nine of the first 10 points in the overtime for Butler (13-5, 3-2 Big East), which blew a late seven-point second-half lead. Sterling Gibbs led Seton Hall (13-4, 3-2) with 30 points before fouling out with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in overtime in the Pirates' first loss at home. Miami 90, Duke 74 - Angel Rodriguez scored 24 points and the Hurricanes (12-4, 2-1 ACC)
January 5, 2015 |
Kellen Dunham scored a season-high 28 points, including a pivotal three-pointer with just more than 2 minutes left that helped Butler (11-4, 1-1 Big East) hold off No. 15 St. John's, 73-69, Saturday in New York. Shorthanded St. John's (11-3, 0-2) played its first game since second-leading scorer Rysheed Jordan left the team to deal with "personal and family matters" back home in Philadelphia. Swarthmore 81, Roanoke 79 - Sam Lebryk scored a career-high 24 points and set up teammate Andrew Kaufmann's game-winning shot from downtown with five seconds left as Swarthmore (6-5)
December 31, 2014 |
Nine-year-old Alex Collins sent his mother into the office of Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh in West Chester earlier this month for what he thought was the last step in applying to win a hunting and fishing trip with a sheriff. But there was a problem. The contest was for kids almost 600 miles away, at the sheriff's office in Chester County, South Carolina. "He was very upset when he realized it was the wrong Chester County," said Alex's mother, Leslie. The family saw the contest on the Chester County Sheriff's Office Facebook page and assumed it was the Pennsylvania county.