September 6, 2015 |
The president of West Chester University will lead a national contingent of state university presidents on a one-week trip to Cuba to foster student and faculty exchange programs, research collaboration, and other partnerships. "This is a really unique opportunity to open those doors, with the opening of diplomatic relations between our countries," said Greg R. Weisenstein, who will fly to Miami on Saturday and Havana on Sunday. Weisenstein is one of 18 presidents and chancellors from New Jersey, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, New York, Mississippi, Colorado, and California making the trip.
September 4, 2015 |
You don't get an email like this too often. West Chester University's all-American tight end, Tim Brown, was declared ineligible by the NCAA last week, basically out of eligibility. Here's the part you don't see. "This is my fault as his coach," West Chester football coach Bill Zwaan said in the email. "I have been coaching at the Division II and III level for 23 years, and this is one of the worst mistakes I have ever made because of the effect this may have on [Brown's] life. " Talking on the phone this week, Zwaan said he'd explained to the NCAA that this was his fault, a misunderstanding solely on his part of whether Brown had been a full-time student at a community college before coming to West Chester.
August 29, 2015 |
The shooting of a knife-wielding attacker by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse this week was justified, the district attorney ruled Thursday, declaring the assault to be an unprovoked attack by an obviously troubled man and closing the case without finding a motive. In releasing new details, District Attorney Thomas Hogan also disclosed that the assailant, Curtis W. Smith, had not stabbed a deputy before he was shot during the lunch-hour incident in West Chester, as the prosecutor first reported.
August 28, 2015 |
The Chester County deputy sheriff slashed by a knife-wielding man at the courthouse remained hospitalized Wednesday, as investigators continued their review of the attack and another officer's decision to fatally shoot the assailant. The county District Attorney's Office postponed plans to release its findings Wednesday, saying the investigation into Curtis W. Smith's attack and death was not complete. In interviews, relatives told The Inquirer that his downward spiral, which included a high-profile arrest in March for trespassing at the White House, may have started when his brother murdered their father three years ago. One said she believed Smith wanted to die. Around noon Tuesday, the 34-year-old Coatesville man ran into the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester and stabbed Kevin Brough, a 22-year-old deputy, in a hand and arm. He was shot by another deputy and died that afternoon.
August 27, 2015 |
A Chester County deputy sheriff shot and killed a knife-wielding Coatesville man inside the county courthouse Tuesday after the man barreled into the building and slashed another officer. The attack and shooting occurred around noon, sending the bustling Justice Center, in the heart of West Chester, into lockdown. By late Tuesday, investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the attack. They noted that the man, Curtis W. Smith, had domestic problems and in March had been arrested after scaling a wall at the White House.
August 26, 2015 |
The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease were found in the hot-water systems of buildings at West Chester University last week, causing hot water to be shut off to nine buildings over the weekend until the systems were sanitized. It was the second time this summer that the bacteria have been found on the campus. On Monday - the first day of classes - the remediation company hired to handle the problem reported that the systems had been successfully sanitized, a university spokeswoman said.
August 23, 2015 |
Police arrested four men Friday who they say set up a fake drug deal with a 17-year-old boy, robbed him, fatally shot him in the chest, and left him on the side of a deserted road in Chester County on Thursday. Three of the men stole a quarter-ounce of marijuana and $30 from Cristian Santiago of West Chester, police said. The fourth man was Santiago's friend and arranged the drug deal knowing he would be robbed. A passing motorist found Santiago's body and called police, who arrived at the 700 block of Hillsdale Road in East Bradford Township around 10:20 p.m. Thursday.
August 6, 2015 |
Robert D. Lukens, 42, of West Chester, president of the Chester County Historical Society and a distant relative of the 19th century iron-mill owner Charles Lukens, died Sunday, Aug. 2, of cancer at his home. Mr. Lukens was a graduate of Delaware County Christian School, and received his bachelor's degree and doctorate in history from Temple University. He also held a master's degree from the University of Tennessee, in American history. Mr. Lukens began his work with the historical society in 1993 as a museum volunteer while an undergraduate.
August 2, 2015 |
HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. - If California's Venice Beach is known for its drum circles and stoner sunset gatherings, and Florida's Key West for its Mallory Square theatrics, then what is to be said about the sunset ritual in Harvey Cedars? That you can follow the sunset as it moves from right to left over the course of a summer, ending up almost over the bridge by Labor Day? That the wind tends to die down as the beach day settles into evening, and kids on bikes and dogs on leashes become silhouetted at every street end on the bay side?
August 1, 2015 |
When Ikea and federal regulators announced last week that millions of the company's dressers, if not properly secured, could pose a serious risk to children, they took pains to call it "a repair program" - not a recall. But in the bureaucratic parlance of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a repair program is a recall. The word choice has riled safety advocates and former regulators, who say the decision goes beyond semantics. A recall gets more attention from consumers, they say, and avoiding the word deliberately downplays the danger of a product that has killed two toddlers, including a 2-year-old from West Chester.