April 25, 2016 |
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.
April 24, 2016 |
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.
April 14, 2016 |
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.
April 11, 2016 |
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.
April 9, 2016 |
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.
April 3, 2016 |
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.
March 31, 2016 |
After playing understudy for the last two seasons, the time is now for Radnor junior goaltender Tucker Ballbach. Last year, senior goalie Alex Andersen, a 6-foot-2, 270-pounder now playing football at Penn, led the Red Raiders to their first PIAA lacrosse championship. This year, however, the 5-9, 160-pound Ballbach stands between the pipes. And in Tuesday's 9-3 victory over visiting West Chester East, Ballbach stood tall, stopping 11 shots and seizing an opportunity he's long awaited.
March 29, 2016 |
AT AGE 60, Earl Rice Jr. is living for the future. "I train myself to get up at 4 every morning," he said, "just so when I go home, I'll be up before the sun rises and ready to go. " Rice has served 43 years toward a life sentence at Graterford state prison for a purse-snatching gone wrong at age 17. Now, for the first time, he has a chance at release. "There's a lot of people I want to spend time with and things I want to do," said Rice, now a great-grandfather. There's a trip to Disney World with his daughter that's decades overdue.
March 28, 2016
ISSUE | BRUSSELS This is not Islam My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the tragic attacks in Brussels. How pathetic that the alleged mastermind is Salah Abdeslam, whose name means "servant of peace," a drug dealer and bar owner who now claims to be a religious extremist. He and others who perpetrate violence in the name of Islam are impostors who don't even know the basics of the faith. |Madeel Abdullah, M.D., Newtown Square, firstname.lastname@example.org War is the answer Enough of the infuriating "thoughts and prayers" response from President Obama and other leaders following another cowardly attack on civilians by Muslim fanatics.