Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.
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Three people – including two from Delaware County with ties to the Mummers – were killed in a head-on crash in South Philadelphia overnight, authorities said. Two other people were critically injured. The horrific accident occurred about 1:45 at the intersection of Seventh Street and Packer Avenue near the South Philly sports complex when one car went out of control and slammed head-on into another, according to police reports.
State Sens. Andy Dinniman, D-19, and Tom Killion, R-9, announced Wednesday that they have introduced a comprehensive legislative package aimed at reforming Pennsylvania’s pipeline regulatory process to improve safety at schools and in local neighborhoods and communities. “For years, I’ve been working to protect our communities from the potential safety risks of the Mariner East pipeline project. Along the way, I’ve identified several areas that are in dire need of improvement in the Commonwealth,” Dinniman said. “These bills are a result of that ongoing effort and a necessary starting point to refocus and re-energize our efforts in the new year. I am committed to working in the spirit of bipartisanship and for the sake of Chester County residents and families to achieve real and lasting pipeline safety reform in the 2019-2020 legislative session.”
The U.S. video game industry generated more than $30 billion in revenue last year, according to the Entertainment Software Association, and two-thirds of all households have at least one member who plays three or more hours per week. Kevin Mash is hoping to cash in on the growing trend with the opening last week of Level13, a 35-station computer gaming center on High Street, next to Barnaby’s Restaurant. “The excitement level and the energy here is explosive,” said Kevin Mash, 42. “It’s just so much more fun to be able to do this relatively anti-social activity with other people. This is a new way to think about playing games.”
Norristown officials announced today the debut of a new dual purpose engine and ladder that went into service on December 31, 2018. The new 2018 Emergency One 78 foot Quint was purchased for approximately $837k through the Municipality’s first Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The 10 Million dollar plan kicked off in 2017, focused on fleet acquisition, facility renovations and economic development. The new truck, built at the Emergency One plant in Ocala, Florida, was specifically designed to navigate Norristown’s tight and narrow streets. It replaced the ailing 2001 75 foot American LaFrance Quint that had over 90,000 miles on it. The fully loaded truck has an assortment of ground ladders, a 500 gallon water tank, 78 foot aerial ladder, it also carries a variety of saws, and other rescue equipment ready to serve the community.
Plans to revive a shopping center in Towamencin could take another step forward in January. The board held additional talks in late December about changing the zoning adjacent to the Towamencin Village Shopping Center, and could resume talks in January about a tax incentive a developer is seeking on that property, according to Township Manager Rob Ford. “He presented the draft ordinance for the overlay district to allow the residential use there, to have a residential sector within the overlay,” Ford said.
A few weeks after winning the Super Bowl in February, Doug Pederson took calls from a couple of rookie head coaches seeking advice about the all-encompassing responsibilities ahead. Practice schedules, meeting times, news conferences, player committees; you name it, Pederson was there for them. It’s no coincidence that all of them made the playoffs.
Even on an off night, Villanova’s Phil Booth found a way to make a difference. That’s what seniors do. They find a way to contribute even when it’s not their night. Booth found his offensive mojo in the final eight minutes of the game, scoring 11 of his 15 points to rally the Wildcats to an 73-68 victory over feisty DePaul in their Big East opener Wednesday night at the Pavilion. Villanova (10-4 overall, 1-0 Big East) never had the lead until Booth buried a 3-pointer from well beyond the top of the key with 7:55 to play in the game. He followed that up 54 seconds later with an assist to freshman Saddiq Bey to give the Wildcats a three-point cushion.
The 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them. Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers blew most of a 30-point lead before holding on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night. Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J. Redick 27 for the 76ers, They were without Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, both due to an upper respiratory infection.