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NEWS
May 30, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
GARTH GITTENS, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, told a federal jury yesterday that after his wife got a ticket for speeding in July 2010, he called then-Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary, who was a fellow pastor in the city. "I thought it was unfair," Gittens testified of the ticket at the trial of six former Traffic Court judges and one businessman who are accused of participating in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme. "My wife said it was an unfair ticket.
SPORTS
May 24, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Neshaminy High graduate Erin Quense homered, but that was all the scoring for West Chester in a 5-1 loss to 19th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State in the opener of the NCAA Division II national softball finals Thursday at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. West Chester (41-21) will face LIU-Post (50-10) in an elimination game at noon Saturday. Armstrong Atlantic (36-13) enters the winners' bracket. The Savannah, Ga., school will face top-ranked West Texas A&M (57-7) at 4 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A number of communities in the region's Pennsylvania suburbs, notably in Chester and Montgomery Counties, grew substantially between April 2010 and July 2013, Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show. In Chester County, there were noteworthy upticks in municipalities such as Malvern, West Chester, East Brandywine, and West Goshen, and the same was true in Chester/Delaware County border towns such as Bethel and Chadds Ford. In central Montgomery County, Upper Hanover, Towamencin, and Salford were among the burgeoning towns.
FOOD
May 23, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Nicole Marquis, owner of the quick-service HipCityVeg shops, has gone all fancy and typographically cutesy for her next act: the vegan bar Charlie was a sinner. , which opened last week at 131 S. 13th St. (267-788-1736), smack in the white-hot strip of 13th Street that also houses Lolita, Barbuzzo, Sampan, El Vez, and Vintage. She had Canno Design go for a Jazz Age aesthetic: plush seating, lighting from chandeliers, candles, and the bluish light of black-and-white videos projected on a 23-foot wall covered in drapery.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Chester man was sentenced Monday to at least nine years in prison for shooting a former professional soccer player outside a borough bar last summer. Chester County Court Judge Patrick Carmody said Curtis Zebley committed a "pure, idiotic, callous act" when he fired on a man who was running away from him. "Before you even met the victims, you're walking around drinking with a loaded gun," Carmody said. "Guns and booze don't mix. " The August 2013 shooting left 35-year-old Jason Hotchkin, a former player for the Harrisburg City Islanders who had been in West Chester coaching a travel youth soccer team, in critical condition.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Senior Kim Murl scattered five hits over seven innings Sunday to lead West Chester's softball team to a series-clinching, 3-1 victory over visiting West Virginia Wesleyan in Game 3 of their Atlantic Super Regional series. West Chester advanced to the NCAA Division II finals for the first time. The Rams will open the tournament against Armstrong Atlantic State on Thursday at noon in Salem, Va. Kim Begley (Abington), Jess Schuck (Council Rock South), and Jill Murray (Neumann-Goretti)
BUSINESS
May 20, 2014
Esther McGinnis has been elected to the board of Gannett Fleming Inc. , Harrisburg provider of construction management service. She is a senior vice president and director of the firm's Eastern Pennsylvania Region, which includes its Valley Forge and Philadelphia offices. Stradley Ronon partner Lisa Duda has been appointed to the board of directors of Drueding Center , Holy Redeemer Health System's transitional housing and comprehensive counseling program for homeless women and children.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Patrick, who grew up in West Chester, had been living and teaching English in Korea for just two months when he posted his profile on a website for English speakers. That's where he met Erica. She grew up in Busan, Korea, studied hospitality at the University of Delaware, and interned and worked at hotels in South Carolina for two years before moving to Seoul, where she worked as a project manager for Rosetta Stone. They were amazed that Erica, now 29, was at Delaware when Patrick lived less than an hour away in West Chester, and that she was in South Carolina when he was studying history at the University of South Carolina.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from her employer by making payments to a bogus company she set up under her daughter's name, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Monday. Joyce Hawkins, who was paid a salary of more than $200,000 at Berwyn-based ModSpace, used the stolen money to help support a lavish lifestyle, including a vacation home on the Eastern Shore and a recent trip to Puerto Rico, officials said. "It seemed like she could get away with it," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2005, the founders of Sankofa Academy convinced a skeptical school board of the need for an African-centered charter in West Chester. Nearly a decade later, that charter was revoked Monday night without a word of protest from Sankofa's director, board members, teachers, or students. As the West Chester Area school board voted unanimously to close the school at the end of the academic year, only two members of Sankofa's community sat in the audience. "We didn't do a good job," Sankofa board president Fred Franklin said, shaking his head, as he left the meeting with his wife.
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