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You Spoke! Voters pick Trump, Clinton and local officials

Politics took center stage Tuesday as voters in both Pennsylvania and Delaware went to the polls in what was described as heavy turnout throughout the day. Votes were cast for Republicans and Democrats vying for party nominations and convention delegate slots. As expected, Republican Donald J. Trump swept both states and three others, soundly beating Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Democrat Hillary Clinton was victorious over Sen. Bernie Sanders in Pennsylvania and Delaware. At press time late Tuesday night, Pennsylvania voters rejected amending the state constitution to extend the retirement age of Supreme Court justices and...

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Go ‘Nova, Fight Cancer!

Holy Family Regional Catholic School recently sponsored a college theme dress down day. Many students showed their support for the Villanova Wildcats basketball team by wearing t-shirts. Each student was asked to make a contribution to the Coaches vs. Cancer program and as a result, the students raised $410. ...

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Media bias against Islam proven in violence coverage

While sports fans were focused on the NCAA college basketball rivalries, new research revealed a more somber ranking of eight media sources that link violent extremism to a single religion. The study by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) found the number one source of quotes linking Islam to violence isn’t experts, but other journalists or media outlets. Beth Hallowell, AFSC communications research director, called that a dangerous equation.  “Part of the reason this was so disturbing to us was that we saw articles that even covered Islam when religion was not at stake,” said Hallowell. The study found that Islam is mentioned in media coverage of violent extremism more than 90 percent of the time. According to Hallowell, there is a similar bias in media coverage of the responses to conflict. “There was a five-to-one ratio in coverage of violent responses to conflict, versus nonviolent responses,” she explained. “So, there was a real imbalance in how conflict responses were...

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‘Lunch and Learn’ Officials schooled about EI benefits

Several state legislators recently attended a “Lunch and Learn” session at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit’s (DCIU) Marple Education Center to hear about preschool early intervention (EI) and the impact the program has on families and school districts. EI provides services to enable children with disabilities or developmental delays to make noticeable progress before entering Kindergarten.  The EI program faces state budget challenges and has been flat-funded since 2008, yet the number of children needing services and the level of those services continue to rise. The legislators, who also visited with some of the children and saw them in...

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Area colleges guarantee local student admissions

Officials at Delaware County Community College (DCCC) and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania signed an agreement Monday that guarantees admission to Cheyney for qualified DCCC students who earn an Associate in Arts (AA), an Associate in Science (AS), an Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The agreement also enables students who earn an AA or AS at DCCC to start as juniors at Cheyney, reducing their cost and time to baccalaureate degree completion. The agreement applies to DCCC full and part-time students. Cheyney has also agreed to waive its application fees.  “This agreement...

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