Good morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.
Warming up a bit today, but certainly not as bad as last week. The temperature is expected to be around 85 degrees with mostly sunny skies.
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A Delaware County man showed no visible emotion as a judge ruled that he acted with the specific intent to kill when he fatally shot another man during an argument in Norristown on New Year’s Eve 2020. Nigeo Jerome White, 29, of the 300 block of Windermere Avenue. Lansdowne, was found guilty in Montgomery County District Court on Wednesday of charges of first-degree murder, which is manslaughter, being a person not in possession of a firearm and possession of an instrument of crime in connection with the Dec. 31, 2020, fatal shooting of Rasheed ” Sheed” Bundy in the 1200 block of Markley Street in Norristown.
East Goshen Township mother Tammy Mayer is leaving no stone unturned in her fight to find a compatible living donor to donate a kidney to her son Oliver. Oliver Mayer, 22, was born with chronic kidney disease and his mother said he needed a kidney transplant to live. Dialysis is a temporary, not a long-term, solution for HVAC workers, whose kidneys are now at 11 percent function. At Jack’s Plaza at 44 West on Wednesday, a teary-eyed Tammy Mayer said she would do anything for her son.
Delaware County’s first responders dealing with problematic radios will be a thing of the past as the Delaware County Council approved the first emergency communications system upgrade in 50 years. The council unanimously approved the $38 million purchase of an Atlas P25 radio system from JVCKenwood, which will provide the county with 3,700 emergency response radios and transition the system to 700 MHz operation.
State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced $150,000 in state funding to Historic Philadelphia Inc., which will allow programming to continue at Valley Forge Park. Every $1 spent on tourism brings $3 back to Pennsylvania and its economy, said Shusterman, who serves on the House Committee on Tourism and Recreational Development.
Nothing is finalized yet, but the recent passage of the new 2022 state budget could mean a boost to North Penn’s school safety efforts. Last week, county officials released an update on the new grant funding that is now available, as well as the timeline for when the county will need to apply to use it. “I wanted to mention some of the school safety-related things that were addressed in this legislation,” said District Safe Schools Coordinator Chris Doerr.
On Thursday morning, the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship will begin on the South Course at Wilmington Country Club. No one would argue that the four-day, 72-hole event is anything but a vital tournament at the heart of the three-series FedEx Cup playoffs. But there is a strong undercurrent vying for attention: The only player meeting was held on Tuesday to discuss the fallout from the first year of the Saudi-sponsored LIV Tour. “I think there’s no question the fields have weakened here, not enough of those (LIV Tour) guys,” said Patrick Cantlay, number four in the current World Golf Ranking.
On a sweltering night in Texas, the Union’s attack led to precious little Wednesday, falling 1-0 to FC Dallas thanks to a first-half goal from Jesus Ferreira. The American forward scored in the 34th minute, taking a pass from Paul Arriola and defender Jakob Glesnes making a mistake to create a streak at the top of the box and bury his 15th goal of the year. Ferreira is tied for second in MLS goals.
Jose Barrera hit the final RBI hit off Serantani Dominguez with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Phillies 1-0 on Wednesday. Albert Almora Jr. helped set up Barrera’s game-winning hit with a one-out single. Almora moved to second on Alejo Lopez’s third strike, then raced home on Barrera’s single to center.
The regional theater scene is about to turn up to 11. Uptown! The Knauer Center for the Performing Arts in West Chester is fully committed to bringing live theater to the region with the hiring of Carmen Hahn as its new artistic director. “We’re looking to expand,” Hahn said. “We want our audience to leave each performance feeling like the world is a little bit bigger than when they came; to expand the theater’s reach, significance and influence in society; expand West Chester’s imagination of what is possible; what kind of city can we be. I see Uptown! The Knauer Center for the Performing Arts as a vibrant arts institution and center for community and culture in the region.”