Virtual school time might have enhanced education; Reward offered to the man accused of having killed a woman at the KOP; Phillies rally to beat Mets

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Back and forth between online and in-person learning has strengthened school districts in the long run, they say

As educators across the region prepare to complete their third consecutive school year impacted by COVID-19, districts in all settings – suburban, rural and urban – eagerly await lessons learned from the pandemic. One area that is seeing lasting change is virtual instruction, as districts have witnessed shifts from in-person to online instruction, back to in-person instruction, and are now seeking this who will follow.


Volunteers from the Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church load donated items to be shipped for relief efforts in Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church Presentation)

Montgomery, Bucks Church Donations Loaded for Ukraine Trip

Items collected at the Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Towamencin for relief programs in war-torn Ukraine are directed there. About 30 volunteers, including parishioners, community members and people from other churches, loaded the materials onto two 53-foot trailers on the morning of April 10, said Ellen Kostrubiak, communications coordinator for the Presentation of Our Lord. In total, it was 1,804 boxes plus 93 mobility items that could not be packed, such as walkers, crutches, commodes and wheelchairs.

Delaware man sent to jail for role in fatal overdose of Lower Merion woman

A Delaware man is heading to state prison after admitting he acted with gross negligence when he delivered what he believed to be cocaine, but which turned out to contain the dangerous drug fentanyl, to a Lower Merion woman who later died after ingesting the substance. Darryl Wesley Brown Jr., 33, of the 3400 block of Broom Place, Wilmington, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Monday to 1½ to 3 years in a state correctional facility after pleading guilty to charges of manslaughter and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances in connection with the August 2020 death of Emma Allen, 23, in the Haverford section of Lower Merion.

Reward for information leading to arrest of man wanted for shooting woman at King of Prussia gas station

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Upper Merion Police Chief Thomas Nolan announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 38-year-old Rafiq Thompson , from North 47th Street in Philadelphia. Thompson is wanted for the murder of Tamara Cornelius, 31, at a King of Prussia gas station. Cornelius’ murder happened on Friday, April 8. At 10:22 p.m., Upper Merion Township police were dispatched to the Exxon station at 113 N. Gulph Road for a report of gunshots. They arrived to find Tamara Cornelius lying in the gas station parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to Paoli Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:09 p.m.

Serial intruder gets 27 to 74 months in state prison

A media man who pleaded guilty last month to robbery, possession of a weapon and three counts of criminal trespassing was sentenced Friday to 27 to 74 months in state prison. John Cameran Jacobs, 34, of the 500 block of Washington Avenue, was also ordered to serve two years probation and pay $3,444 in restitution to one of his victims.


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Philadelphia Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins cheers in the dugout after scoring on an RBI double by Didi Gregorius in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, April 11, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Phillies offense bursts for five runs in eighth to stun Mets

Shut out in seven innings, the Phillies stormed in for five runs in the eighth for a 5-4 win over the New York Mets on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. The result made the Phillies 3-1 this season and made Mets manager Buck Showalter prophetic. More on that after the rally facts. Third baseman Alec Bohm, who had three pitching errors in the first three innings, started the eighth with a walk. Bohm would later concede that after being acclaimed for successfully performing a play, television cameras did indeed catch him verbalizing something along the lines of “I hate this place”.

Acceptance of roles and rotations quietly a strength of the Sixers

If there was a complaint, it was silenced. If there was a malfunction, it did not appear. Whether there was stress in the locker room, a spread of work misery, or any lingering evidence of work disgust, it wasn’t evident in the results. The 76ers may not have been the best team in the NBA in 2021-22, but they never showed lack of motivation. They accepted roles, roster changes and rotational demotions. They quickly adapted to the upheaval of the trade deadline in the starting lineup. They made it work. One reason: they are tired of it not working.

U.S. women’s soccer team welcomes Uzbekistan to Chester

Uzbekistan is not an opponent designed to dazzle neutrals and attract ticket sales for the United States women’s soccer team. But that’s not coach Vlatko Andonovski’s concern when his side take on the Central Asian Republic on Tuesday night at Subaru Park (7pm, FS1). The result probably isn’t worrisome either, if Saturday’s 9-1 decision at Columbus is any indication. But even facing the cannon fodder of a team ranked 48th in the latest FIFA world rankings, Andonovski is looking to glean information about his squad before tackling the CONCACAF Women’s Championships this summer.


The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University has designated 2022 as the year of water. (Photo by Ramón Torres/ANS)

Roll into the depths at the Academy of Natural Sciences

There’s a world here on earth that just might be the final frontier, despite what Captain Kirk might say. The deep ocean holds secrets, animals, and other natural and man-made features never seen until recently. Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences brings it all to the surface with “Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss.” The Philadelphia Museum’s latest special exhibit runs through July 24.

Perry A. Thomasson