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May 16, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Colleen Bradley said she was fired for speaking out about the university's "misuse and waste of public funds by high-level state government officers.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Horace Pippin died in West Chester in July 1946 at age 58, the New York Times obituary praised the painter as a "noted Negro artist, who taught himself to paint. " The Times then reported that "the simplicity of the primitives he produced" had led Chester County critic Christian Brinton to compare Pippin to "Pittsburgh road digger John Kane, famed housepainter artist. " Even in death, Pippin was presented not on his own terms, but in relation to a white artist in a comparison made by a white critic.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing in front of about 100 people - black, white, Latino, Indian, male, female, young, old - Lisa Croft talked about the elephant in the room. "It's not just there to sit and look pretty," she said. "Sometimes we need courageous people to . . . say what that elephant is. " That was the essence of the discussion at the daylong "Courageous Conversation" at West Chester University on Saturday. The diverse crowd talked about "implicit" biases: ingrained beliefs that can influence behavior, often subconsciously.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time Olivia Rogers remembers facing against Avon Grove's Maggie Balint, it was snowing. Rogers and the West Chester East softball team saw Balint staring down at them again on the pitcher's mound Tuesday. It was a balmy 70 degrees. Twenty-four hours later, in conditions closer to their first meeting, the Ches-Mont League foes met again. Wednesday's weather didn't make a difference. For the second time in as many days, West Chester East defeated host Avon Grove, beating the defending District 1 Class AAAA champions, 2-0, in dramatic fashion.
SPORTS
April 8, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia Cox hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth Monday to send West Chester Henderson to a 4-2 win over Bishop Shanahan in a Ches-Mont National softball game. Also in the National, Amanda Violante had four hits and five RBIs as Downingtown East won, 12-10, at West Chester East. Ches-Mont American. Maddie Bowe struck out 10 in a four-hitter to pitch visiting Kennett past Sun Valley, 9-1. Catholic. Alessandra Messina went 4 for 5 with four runs and an RBI in Lansdale Catholic's 16-6 win at Archbishop Wood.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meade Barner Jones, 89, of Kennett Square, a mother and community volunteer, died in her sleep Saturday, March 28, of causes related to aging at Kendal at Longwood, where she had lived for five years. Born in Richmond, Va., and reared in Norfolk, she was the daughter of David Meade and Nelle McClendon Barner. Mrs. Jones enjoyed success in a number of areas. An accomplished vocalist at 16, she was invited to audition for a lead role in the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky . "She got the part but was told [by her parents]
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kenneth Rowen Heimlich, 82, of West Chester, former director of research for Merck, Sharp & Dohme, died Tuesday, March 17, of Alzheimer's disease at his home. Born to Herman and Lula Heimlich in Rockford, Ill., Dr. Heimlich grew up in Indiana. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1954, a master's degree in 1956, and a doctorate in 1958, all in pharmaceutical chemistry from Purdue University. Dr. Heimlich was director of pharmaceutical research and development for Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories in West Point.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
THANKS TO best-selling books and TV documentaries, as well as the personal recollections of millions of baby boomers, the 1960s have been forever cemented in our collective consciousness. But out in West Chester, those epochal times are being celebrated in a way that not only pays homage to unforgettable, society-altering movements and events, but also to an unforgettable local broadcaster. Through Aug. 29, the Chester County Historical Society is hosting "The 1960s Pop Culture: Movies, Memorabilia and the Media," a fascinating exhibition that looks at the decade through the film and TV memorabilia amassed by the late Steve Friedman, a longtime Chester County resident known to his fans as "Mr. Movie.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2015
Clay Thorp has been named executive chairman of the board of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals Inc. , a Malvern developer of biopolymer-based drugs. Thorp is general partner at Hatteras Venture Partners and a member of the founding team for research informatics company Synthematix, genomic biosensor company Xanthon, and Novalon, a drug-discovery company. He is co-founder and former chairman of PhaseBio. The Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County , West Chester, has elected Kristin Molavoque president of the board, succeeding Beverly Moyer.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of the 22 young women who founded the nation's largest predominantly African American sorority, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor was very much a mystery. The life of the Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate, who founded the sorority with fellow Howard University students in 1913, was a jumble of often disconnected parts. Minor was valedictorian of her college class. She taught school in West Chester, wrote two books, and was an accomplished singer. And yet, Delta Sigma Theta members only recently confirmed, she died as a housekeeper in Philadelphia and was buried in a place seemingly unfit for her accomplishments: with three other bodies in a pauper's grave in Delaware County.
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