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Morning Briefing: Eagles have a stinker in Minnesota; West Chester shows off; HS connection helps cancer survivor

Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.


A bit of fog to start us off out there today, but it turns into a pretty nice day. Expect some sun mixed with clouds as we hit a high of about 77 degrees.

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This time, nothing goes right for Eagles in Minnesota

The Eagles didn’t do much of anything right Sunday. Even a trick play near the end of the half blew up in their faces in a 38-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, the venue where they introduced Bill Belichick to Philly-Philly. The Eagles were so full of themselves they thought kicker Jake Elliott could get them a first down and another shot at the end zone even though they had no timeouts remaining and there was just 20 seconds left in the first half. SMH.

Eagles Notebook: Injuries continue to pile up for Birds

The Eagles continued to be hammered by injuries, losing the services of offensive tackle Jason Peters and linebacker Nigel Bradham in their 38-20 loss to the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Peters hobbled off twice in the first half with an ailing right knee. He didn’t return for the second half. Rookie first-round pick Andre Dillard got run over by defensive end Everson Griffen on the first play in place of Peters, quarterback Carson Wentz somehow escaping the rush and throwing a three-yard completion.


Upper Darby zoners nix already-existing fence

The Upper Darby Zoning Hearing Board members voted thumbs down on a variance to allow a fence extend into the front yard of a house in Drexel Hill. Jean Yonel Cadet, of 324 Windermere Ave., sought the variance for the fence already erected on the property in the front yard to the end of the driveway in the R-1 residential district. Regulations specify the fence should not exceed past the building property line.

Chester County grants help to polish its gem in West Chester

While strolling through West Chester, it’s not difficult to see why the Chester County seat continually receives accolades for its bustling small-town charm. This square-mile gem of a borough has received several awards and recognitions over the years, including the Great American Main Street Award from the National Main Street Center and as a Distinctive Destination from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Juvenile Justice honors change, constants

Change can be good, but some consistency can’t hurt. That was a message delivered at the Chester County Juvenile Justice Recognition Ceremony held Thursday in stately Courtroom One of the Justice Center. Honors and recognition were bestowed on both county Juvenile Probation officers and their charges as a full courtroom watched. And the personification of the change/consistency standard appeared in the form of Mary Lynn Bolla, the 32-year-veteran of the department who was initially supervised by the man in whose honor the Juvenile Probation Award – which she was given – was named: the late George M. Bratcher III.

Kenrick connection made the difference for cancer survivor

The relationships Machiall DeCicco-Scannapieco formed through her years at Holy Saviour Grade School and Bishop Kenrick High School didn’t vary all that much from the norm. As girls, she and her friends enjoyed slumber parties and dabbled in talk about boys. As teenagers, they hung out at the mall and discussions about boys became more serious. Approaching senior year, they anticipated the day they’d meet each other’s husbands and children. Through all their “girl talks,” not once did anyone say, “When we reach our 50s, one of you will recommend a cancer hospital and totally change my life.”

SMALLBIZ SMALL TALK: Vaping fallout – Small stores suffer as vapers turn away

The thousands of shops that sprang up in cities and towns across the country over the past decade to sell vaping products have seen a stunning reversal of fortune, with their sales plunging in just two months amid news reports that vaping has sickened nearly 1,300 people and killed 26. People who turned to vaping products to help them quit smoking have been turning away, even teenagers who used the products illegally, although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says most of the people who suffered lung injuries from vaping were using products containing THC, a component of marijuana.


Poise helps Penn State cap strange week with win

What a long, strange week it was for the Penn State football team. While preparing to face Iowa on the road, the Nittany Lions dealt with an older fan who criticized a teammate’s hair, the airing of an HBO special on them and then one of the most peculiar game sequences you’ll ever see. It ended with their bruising, hard-fought 17-12 victory Saturday night, which gave coach James Franklin his first road win over a ranked opponent in his time at Penn State.


Television: ‘El Camino’ is a perfect follow-up to ‘Breaking Bad’

The second movie based on a popular and acclaimed television series has now been released. “El Camino: The Breaking Bad Movie” is far more single-minded than the original 62-episode series that peppered its intrigue, violence, and nail-biting moments with shots from domestic life and Walter White having an intellect other than the criminal. This movie, released in selected theaters but available since Friday on Netflix, does not go far afield from its basic story, the desire of Jesse Pinkman, the one-time student turned partner then adversary of Walter White, to be rid of his past and start over elsewhere, an elsewhere he can name.

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