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April 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William B. Wilson, 92, formerly of Bryn Mawr, developer of the Brandywine Airport, died Friday, April 11, of respiratory failure at an assisted-living facility near his home in Menlo Park, Calif. Mr. Wilson saw action during World War II. He was enrolled at Williams College when he enlisted as a lieutenant in the Navy on Dec. 8, 1941. He became a pilot, teaching aerial photography. Toward the end of the war, he was based on the aircraft carrier Intrepid. After his military service, Mr. Wilson returned to Williams to graduate.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
Like too many other motorists, Robert Landis didn't let a conviction for drunken driving keep him from drinking and getting behind the wheel again. For three decades, he did it with shocking regularity - until last spring, when he rammed his truck into a motorcyclist, killing him. Landis' admission of guilt has landed him a lengthy jail term that should keep the West Chester man off the road for many years to come. But the case against what one prosecutor called Chester County's worst drunken driver hardly stands as a victory.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The coaches at West Chester University are not looking to upgrade to Division I or to leave the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. What they are doing as a group is supporting legislation that would take West Chester out of the state's higher education system. The real hope for the coaches is that West Chester gains autonomy in making decisions regarding athletics, and maybe that could result in more resources. Almost every Division II college, and the vast majority of those in Division I, could use more athletic revenues.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman convicted of Medicaid fraud and stealing money meant for her 22-year-old autistic daughter was sentenced to 12 years on probation Tuesday and must pay back about $180,000. Michelle Cohen, 52, will have to pay more than $160,000 to the state Department of Public Welfare and $19,400 to the West Chester Area School District, as well as more than $20,000 to the state for the cost of prosecuting her, Judge Jacqueline C. Cody said. Cohen will serve the first six months of her sentence under house arrest and do 250 hours of community service after that.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
One prosecutor put it bluntly: Robert Landis is the worst drunk driver in Chester County. He's been arrested eight times since 1981, half with his blood-alcohol triple the legal limit. In 2010, Landis promised a judge he had found sobriety through prayer. "This disease," he said, "is out to kill me. " But first, it led him to kill someone else. On Monday, Landis admitted causing the death of a motorcyclist last year in Westtown Township. Prosecutors are seeking up to 17 years in prison.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Chuck Lindsay lovingly calls the members of his West Chester East girls' softball team "goofy. " The coach's characterization isn't off base. Sophomore second baseman Olivia Francomano laughed before admitting that the description fits. Freshman Amilia Andraos is pretty good at mimicking Lindsay, according to Francomano, and the whole team in general has a loose and comfortable demeanor. "They are goofy in the greatest way possible," Lindsay said. "Nothing bothers them. " But the laughing and joking isn't all that the Vikings (5-1, 4-1 Ches-Mont National)
NEWS
April 13, 2014
Turned away, so they won't burn The legislative momentum building in Harrisburg behind new rules to prohibit teens under 17 from using tanning beds and booths, and to require parental consent for 17-year-olds, is encouraging. In addition, lawmakers would require operator training, posted health warnings, and that new customers sign forms acknowledging the risks. Indoor tanning increases by 75 percent the risk of melanoma, a potentially deadly skin cancer. Dr. Bruce Brod of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, cochair of Melanoma International's Scientific Board, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, calls indoor tanning both dangerous and unhealthy, especially for young women.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chancellor of Pennsylvania's higher education system on Wednesday promised more autonomy for its 14 universities, giving two state senators hope that their proposed legislation to break up the system won't be necessary. "I'm very optimistic that we can accomplish the bill's aim without having to do it," said Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester), who, along with Sen. Robert "Tommy" Tomlinson (R., Bucks), proposed a bill that would allow some state universities to exit the system. Frank T. Brogan, who six months ago became chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, used his formal installation speech in Harrisburg to tout a range of plans, including a "fast-track approval process" for new programs and more say at the local levels on selecting presidents.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
  'Dear Sophie . . . " The man who is arguably the nation's best-known climate-change scientist was writing to his granddaughter. The letter was about monarch butterflies and a bullfrog, to be followed by others sounding environmental themes. James E. Hansen - "Bopa" to Sophie - wanted to teach her "how science works, how we investigate cause and effect," he said recently. Explaining it to her - in letters he plans to turn into a book called Sophie's Planet - "will help me put the climate story in a language that a broader audience can understand.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Tuesday night, Nashville will shimmer like a country singer's wardrobe. Down in Music City, 20,000 fans will fill Bridgestone Arena to see, for the first time in NCAA basketball history, two unbeatens, Connecticut and Notre Dame, vie for the women's national championship. Meanwhile, 684 miles to the northeast, Tuesday night figures to be an unremarkable one in West Chester. The old college town's leafy residential streets will be slumbering. Gay Street's bars and restaurants will be enjoying a midweek calm.
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