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July 23, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County DJ who was charged with 300 counts of sexual assault and child pornography in April allegedly also raped and filmed a woman last September who thought she was being hired for a modeling job, the district attorney's office said Tuesday. Daniel Milowicki, 28, a self-employed photographer and disc jockey who uses the name DJ Dan Dub C, was out on bail when he was arrested for a second time on July 16 on rape and other charges, said District Attorney Tom Hogan. Milowicki routinely worked at events such as children's pool parties, birthday parties, and school dances, as well as at weddings, bars and other events, police said.
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July 23, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials from West Chester - both the university and the borough - are betting on something scientific to help ward off the divisions that have separated communities grappling with the resurgent issue of race. They are looking to DNA. In a new initiative called "One University, One Ancestry," the school will offer DNA testing to students, staff, faculty, and community members. They hope it will not only give participants insight into the origins of their ancestors, but awaken them to shared experiences and backgrounds revealed by a closer look at the gene pool.
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July 5, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert C. Heller, 94, of West Chester, a World War II pilot and prisoner of war who later became an executive at F.W. Woolworth Co., died Wednesday, July 1, of congestive heart failure. He died in hospice care at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough. Mr. Heller was a pilot in the Army Air Corps, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Squadron, when his B-17 Flying Fortress was shot down over Germany on Aug. 12, 1943. He was held as a prisoner of war for two years, before he and others at Stalag VII-A in Moosburg, Germany, were liberated by American forces.
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June 26, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Chester and Cheyney - two universities in the state's higher education system - are planning "a new level of collaboration" on academics and operations, their presidents announced this week in a joint e-mail to staff, students and alumni. Officials from both schools insist the move is not a precursor for a merger between Cheyney, a historically black university that has struggled financially, and nearby West Chester, which is growing and thriving. More than a year ago, West Chester officials had considered breaking off from the state system in part because they thought they were losing money to weaker schools.
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June 15, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Betty Ann Garnett was young, she and her friends were not allowed in the local YMCA, so the Star Social Club was one of their community hangouts. Her father, who was a member, would sit her in a booth and buy her a soda and potato chips. As a young woman, Garnett danced to the jazz of famous and local musicians at the West Chester club. Over the decades, its lineup was impressive: Count Basie. Fats Waller. Duke Ellington. B.B. King. "It was a jumpin' place, the Star," Garnett, 84, said.
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June 13, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
North Penn has been successfully living on the edge in the PIAA Class AAAA baseball playoffs. Kevin Manero's squad rallied to beat Pennsbury, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. It also overcame a 1-0 deficit against Shaler in the semis, tying things in the seventh inning and winning in the eighth, 3-1, on shortstop Mike Christy's two-run home run. As a result, the Knights are in position to claim their second title in three seasons and third overall. North Penn (22-4) will clash with District 2's Wyoming Valley West (17-1)
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June 6, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In recent seasons, North Penn has had several pitchers emerge from the shadows and become a frontline starter as a senior. Brian Maher, Mike Bradstreet, and Dylan Borowski are among that group. James Witner has continued that tradition. After previously toiling in relative anonymity, the 6-foot, 160-pound righthander is the ace for a Knights squad that is two wins away from its second PIAA Class AAAA state title in three seasons. In his second start in as many days, Witner twirled a complete-game five-hitter as North Penn nipped Suburban One League rival North Penn, 2-1, in a taut quarterfinal Thursday afternoon at Spring-Ford's Ram Stadium.
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June 5, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the starting outfield cemented for St. Joseph's Prep last season, Dan Schuhl had to wait to become a full-time contributor. "He sort of came out of the bullpen for us," Hawks coach Joe Falcone said. This year, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder not only earned a starting spot but also worked his way up from near the bottom of the batting order to the No. 2 position. "I went on a good streak during the regular season," Schuhl said. "I had, I think, eight straight hits and a few sacrifices.
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June 2, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County school district is ramping up the fight against the Keystone Exams, while more than half of Pennsylvania's state senators have signed on to a bill that would put a moratorium on using the tests as a high school graduation requirement. This week, a widely shared letter by Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District - which consistently ranks in the top 10 percent in testing statewide - put a spotlight on opposition to the tests, which have outraged hundreds of parents, students, and educators across the state.
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May 24, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Herion made a decision. It was 2013, and she was a sophomore on the Avon Grove softball team. The Red Devils had a freshman pitcher named Maggie Balint. But she wasn't the Maggie Balint yet. Not the ace who struck out 358 batters in a single season, becoming Gatorade player of the year in Pennsylvania. No, not yet. Back then, Balint was just a first-year varsity player who had a lot of potential but was at times erratic. Back then, the Red Devils didn't win many games, either.
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