RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:47:24 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Prison release rarely an option for dying state inmates]]> Leon Jesse James was supposed to die in prison.

As a convicted murderer, Pennsylvania gave him no possibility of parole, meaning he'd spend nearly his entire adult life incarcerated for a 1971 fatal shooting in Philadelphia.

Barely 18 at the time, he was angry and immature. Over four decades, his family watched him grow up and then grow old in prisons across Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[N is for Neufchatel, naan and nectarine]]> Neufchatel cheese and cream cheese are often mistaken for one another. In looks and taste they are very much alike. The difference may lie on where you live or where you buy these soft creamy white cheeses. A true Neufchatel cheese is made from whole milk and not cream. This type of cheese made in the United States combines cream and pasteurized milk.

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<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Nina (dog)

Nina is a 2-year-old bassett hound/bull terrier mix. She likes going for walks and visits to the dog bark. Nina needs to be in a home with dogs larger than her and a cat free home. For more information on this sweet faced girl, please visit our website at or call us at 610-279-9714 or email spayandsavedogs@comcast.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: Reflections on a great writer]]> "Surprisingly, often a difficult problem in a sentence can be solved by simply getting rid of it." -- William Zinsser

I will always be grateful for William Zinsser and his influence on my life. I don't remember when I first heard about him but when I read his popular book, "On Writing Well," over a decade ago, I was hooked.

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<![CDATA[Sixers' Embiid suffers apparent setback in recovery]]> Nearly one year after the Sixers took him with the third overall pick in the draft, Joel Embiid seems no closer to playing.

According to a statement by Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, Embiid's right foot, part of his run of injury luck that moved the team to sit him out his entire rookie season, was found to have "less healing than anticipated" in a recent medical examination in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Giles goes into orbit, Phils fall again]]> PITTSBURGH >> The Phillies got a quality start from the new guy, a yeoman's effort from a beleaguered bullpen, and a lot of stranded base runners from a punchless lineup in their 1-0, 13-inning loss to the Pirates at PNC Park Friday night.

But what stood out most in a game that tried to test the theory that, unlike a women's World Cup soccer game, baseball does in fact keep going until someone scores, was the night their most prized reliever had on the mound and on the bench.

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<![CDATA[With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children]]> Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school's Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown's Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

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<![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: Stuff to do with kids this summer]]> School's out, so it's time to start thinking about how we're going to pass the time and make some fabulous summertime memories for our families. While I know I'm definitely going to catch a few movies with my kids; I saw ET and the Goonies as a child of the 80s, I also want to make sure they experience the world around them.

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<![CDATA[Phillies Notebook: Sandberg wants to see more of Rupp]]> PITTSBURGH >> The Phillies played an afternoon game Wednesday in Cincinnati before making a puddle-hop to Pittsburgh before sunset, then had a full day off Thursday before getting back to business Friday night at PNC Park for the start of a weekend series against the Pirates.

That's a nice respite for the regulars as the dog days of summer start to crank up.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: 562 students graduate from Spring-Ford Area High School]]> Members of Spring-Ford Area High School's graduating class listen to speakers Thursday evening during an outdoor ceremony at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford. A total of 562 students graduated as part of the Spring-Ford High Area High School's 60th commencement exercise. It was one of the largest graduating classes in Montgomery County.

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<![CDATA[Senate committee votes to delay Keystone Exams]]> The Senate Education Committee Tuesday unanimously approved legislation to delay the graduation requirement associated with the Keystone Exams for two years.

"This marks a crucial first step in reevaluating and rolling back the make-or-break graduation exams that were put in place by the previous administration," Sen.

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<![CDATA[Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission delays recommendation for funding formula]]> NORRISTOWN>> The Basic Education Funding Commission announced Wednesday that it will not be making a recommendation to the Pennsylvania legislature for a fair funding formula for public schools by the June 10 deadline.

The commission announced Thursday that it will take another week to finalize a recommendation.

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<![CDATA[Officials: Route 23 bridge could open by September]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville area officials say they're working hard to get the Route 23 bridge open by September.

That was the message from Borough Manager Jean Krack during Tuesday night's borough council meeting. He and Mayor Michael Speck have been attending regular meetings with PennDOT officials to find ways to speed up the process and get traffic flowing again throughout the area, he said.

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<![CDATA[Bills on the move in Pennsylvania to end municipal pensions]]> A month after Republican lawmakers advanced a plan to end the traditional pension for new state workers, they've set their sights on doing the same for future municipal employees in Pennsylvania.

The cited reason for the change has been repeated in most debates over public pensions: People are living longer, and the annual pension payouts for city retirees are getting harder for municipal governments to afford.

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<![CDATA[Good food and nice weather bring people out for rib cook-off on Phoenixville]]> Phoenixville >> Several hundred people turned out Saturday for the second annual Pork Rib Cook-Off hosted by Pepperoncini Sotto in Phoenixville.

Pepperoncini's "Pizza" Dave Griffith said that while a couple of the contestants had to back out of the event, there was plenty of smoke and grilling and plenty of ribs to be tasted.

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