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March 17, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ash trees are the pride of West Chester's public parks. One majestic specimen may be a state champion. Falls Township's Lesha Drive is lined with ashes. When the houses were built, ashes were planted in every front yard. When Mark Bayer built his Buckingham Township house, he took care not to disturb the ash, so big he and his wife together can't get their arms around it. All are in jeopardy, as is every other ash tree in the region, thanks to a half-inch-long, glitter-green insect from Asia that kills nearly every ash tree in its path.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Fred VanVleet scored 22 points, and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation's lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State, 83-69, in St. Louis on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. Wichita State (34-0) matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season held by UNLV in 1990-91 after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State (23-10). Maryland 75, Virginia 69 - The host Terrapins (17-14, 9-9)
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Patric Young scored 18 points to lead No. 1 Florida Saturday to an 84-65 rout over No. 25 Kentucky (22-9) - and a perfect 18-0 record in SEC play. The Gators (29-2) have won 23 straight. Only two SEC schools have managed a 17-1 mark: Kentucky did it twice (1970, 1986), and LSU did it in 1981. But no one had gone 18-0 until now. Oregon 64, Arizona 57 - Playing at home, the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-10) won their seventh straight, knocking off the No. 3 Wildcats (28-3, 15-3) to improve their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER When West Chester's Sankofa Academy opened in 2005, its founders touted it as an African American charter school where students would excel under a curriculum infused with their history and culture. Though some in the district harbored concerns about segregation, those at Sankofa saw an opportunity to close the racial achievement gap - starting with 400 students they predicted would enroll in the first five years. Nearly a decade later, those numbers haven't materialized.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal that would allow West Chester University to withdraw from the state's financially strapped higher-education system could hit students and parents in the pocketbook, the system's chancellor warned Thursday. Were West Chester to become a "state-related" school like Pennsylvania State University, it would most certainly mean higher tuition, fees, and other costs, said Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Students at Penn State's main campus pay $26,362 annually in tuition, fees, and room and board, compared with about $17,000 annually on average at the 14 state system universities.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Montgomery County lawyer Gregory Noonan, arrested in December on drug charges, has been disbarred and will be seeking treatment for an addiction problem, his attorney said. Acting on a request by Noonan and the board reponsibile for disciplining lawyers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court signed an order last week accepting Noonan's resignation from the bar. Samuel C. Stretton, Noonan's attorney in this proceeding, said his client was trying to address problems in his life, beginning by seeking his own removal from the bar. "That was the right thing to do," Stretton said.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THERE ARE certain dates that Sigitas Sleckus will never forget. One is Feb. 10, 2011. That's when doctors gave him the news nobody wants to hear. Sleckus, who lives in suburban Chicago and goes by Iggy, was told that he had a "very aggressive" form of leukemia. He was 29 years old. His wife Mante was 8 months pregnant with their first child. They both came to this country from Lithuania - Sleckus had arrived a decade earlier - but they didn't meet until they were over here. "When you're thinking it might be the last days of your life, it's not that you're scared to die," Sleckus remembered.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
In a Big East tournament preview, Emily Leer and Devon Kane each scored 23 points, and Villanova closed out its regular season with an 81-64 victory over Marquette at the Pavilion. The teams will play again Sunday in the first round of the tournament in Rosemont, Ill. Villanova (22-7, 12-6 Big East) is the No. 4 seed, Marquette (20-9, 11-7) the No. 5. The Wildcats shot 64.0 percent (16-25) from the floor and hit eight three-point baskets. West Chester 86, Kutztown 74 - Brittany Sicinski (Downingtown West)
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Carolyn Davis, and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
As another winter storm rumbled toward the region Sunday night, schools closed, officials declared emergencies, plow trucks rolled - and winter-weary residents searched for salt, all the while yearning for signs of spring. Philadelphia public and Archdiocese schools announced they would close Monday. So did Lower Merion, Radnor, Upper Darby and other suburban districts. Several in Chester County announced two-hour delays. In South Jersey, the list of Monday closures included Cherry Hill, Lenape, and Washington Township schools.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill in the works that might allow West Chester University to pull out of the financially struggling State System of Higher Education might come with a steep price of its own, the head of the university's faculty union warned Thursday. If West Chester became state-related, rather than being part of the 14-school system, tuition could go up and less money might be available to retain full-time faculty, said Lisa Millhous, a professor and president of the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
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