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SPORTS
May 13, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Brian Verratti showed why he's been a four-year fixture in Neumann-Goretti's starting lineup in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Catholic League game against Bonner-Prendergast. Following his two-out RBI single, the centerfielder stole second base and then, when he noticed the defense sleeping on a throw back to the pitcher, raced to third. "Honestly, he's one of the toughest kids I've ever coached," N-G third-year manager Kevin Schneider said. "He's a true, hard-nosed kid from South Philly.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
George T. Ekdahl, 96, of West Chester, an avid dog breeder, owner, and trainer of dogs for field trials, died Monday, April 25, of pneumonia at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Ekdahl was born in Chicago and reared in Columbus, Ohio. At age 14, he bought his first bird dog and entered it in a field trial, beginning a lifelong fascination with the sport, according to American Field, a magazine about sporting dogs.In the 1950s, Mr. Ekdahl bred, showed, and trained champion Weimaraners, but he found his calling in breeding and field-training English setters.
NEWS
May 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak principles My dad taught his children to stand up for what they believed, no matter how uncomfortable. None of the accomplishments of my brother, Joe Sestak, have made me more proud than his journey this year. My hope is that Joe and people like him give others hope and encouragement to stand for what they believe. And, just as important, may those beliefs always be spoken with truth. |Ann Sestak Bielli, West Chester
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
SHE WAS MAYBE 4-foot-10 when she stood on the curb on her tippy toes, this wispy 19-year-old West Chester University sophomore named Caitlin Renner, who sported a couple of nose rings, clear-framed glasses, a bright floral skirt. Looking across a narrow asphalt demilitarized zone at a seemingly endless stream of Donald Trump supporters, she made the classic peace sign with her left hand while shouting the slogan on the blue placard she clutched in her right: "Love over hate!" She also held a few tiny flower buds at the end of her fingertip.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
This particular Thursday night in April, cold beer and thin-crust pizza were plentiful. Desks had been rolled out of the way, replaced by rows of chairs filled with mostly twenty- and thirtysomethings drinking, eating, and generally having a good time. By coworking-space standards, it seemed like a run-of-the-mill happy hour at Benjamin's Desk on 17th Street in Center City. Routine, that is, until the first name was called, a woman rose from her chair and stepped to the microphone, and the storytelling began.
SPORTS
April 24, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
The PIAA boys' and girls' lacrosse championships, typically held at Hersheypark Stadium, will move to West Chester East High in June to accommodate a Beyoncé concert, according Melissa Mertz, associate executive director of the PIAA. Beyoncé, the internationally renowned singer and performer, was booked for June 12 in Hershey. The lacrosse finals were slated for June 11. "I just joked around saying, 'What lacrosse isn't as sexy as Beyoncé?' " said Mertz, laughing. As first reported by Lancaster Online, the lacrosse finals will still be held on June 11 in West Chester East's Zimmerman Stadium.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Some of those who claimed to have seen the shooter described him as being heavier and taller than James Dennis, the man who was convicted. While legal battles raged, Dennis spent more than 20 years on death row. Then, in 2013, a federal judge overturned his conviction in the 1991 slaying of a high school student for her earrings at a Philadelphia subway station. In issuing the ruling, Judge Anita B. Brody described the eyewitness identifications of Dennis as "shaky. " Historically, false identifications have been a bane of criminal investigations.
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, head of the U.S. Africa Command, the nation's former deputy commander in Afghanistan, and the leader of many other campaigns in combat and in peace around the world, was honored at home Saturday. Rodriguez, now based in Stuttgart, Germany, came to Center City to accept an award befitting his august, 40-year career: He was this year's recipient of the Alexander Haig Guardian of Liberty Award, bestowed by the West Point Society of Philadelphia. Past honorees include retired Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, a former Army chief of staff; former Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White; and Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor and first secretary of Homeland Security.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A 23-year-old West Chester University student has been charged with raping a student in a parking garage last week, officials said Thursday. Austin Eaddy, of Philadelphia, allegedly assaulted a female student around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Eaddy, who was also charged Wednesday with theft and related offenses, was identified through video surveillance, officials said. He was unable to post $100,000 bail and remained in custody. In a statement, interim university president Christopher Fiorentino said: "Every student on West Chester University's campus should know that the university treats sexual misconduct and violence with the utmost seriousness.
SPORTS
April 3, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
For the first two innings of Friday's baseball game, West Chester East's bats were asleep, trailing Ches-Mont rival Avon Grove, 4-0. The alarm went off in the bottom of the third when the Vikings scored five runs, lifting the hosts to a 6-4 win. Pat Kelley drove in a pair of the Vikings' runs in the inning, thanks to a double. Tom Luckner started the game on the hill for West Chester East, surrendering four runs, but still earned the victory. Ben Foti took the mound for the Vikings in the fourth and tossed two innings of shutout ball to shut the door on any potential comeback that the visitors had planned.
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