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


It’s going to be a rainy, cool day. Which seems just perfect for a Monday. The high will only hit about 63 degrees.

CLICK HERE to check your local forecast.


Chester police seek leads in two homicides

Police are seeking leads in two homicides in the last week. On Saturday, at approximately 2:41 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of the 2200 block of Crosby Street for a report of shots fired. Moments later the call was upgraded to a shooting. Upon arrival to the area, police found the victim, identified as Balir Starkey, 34, lying on the sidewalk across from 2218 Crosby St. He appeared to have suffered numerous gunshot wounds, and was bleeding profusely. Paramedics were on location and began to treat the victim. He was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he received further intense treatment. A short time later, he died from his injuries.

More people appear willing to return to indoor dining

Restaurants, on average, laid off 91 percent of their hourly workforce and 70 percent or salaried employees due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. And the restaurant industry expects to lose up to $240 billion by the end of this year, in an industry in which 71 percent of all restaurants have a profit margin of just 10 percent, according to the National Restaurant Association. But it appears people in Chester County are slowly returning to restaurants, though it’s still far from the numbers they were seeing in January. Governor Tom Wolf recently ordered that restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent The orders apply to all restaurants, private social clubs and food service businesses that serve dine-in, sit down food in a regular, non-event capacity.

From food to flu shots to new voters, outreach had a lot to offer

More than 5,000 pounds of free, fresh food, two dozen new voters and all other kinds of help and assistance on hand Saturday during a community event held in Smith Family Plaza. The majority of the food was provided by Philabundance of Philadelphia. Those who got there early enough, also got free flu shots. Additionally, those who came to get help, a form, or to lend a hand were treated to free hot dogs and water ice as well. “Our goal was to make sure we gave away all the food,” said Johnny Corson, president of the Pottstown chapter of the NAACP, which was just one of the groups helping the organize the event.

Supreme Court nominee Barrett faces Senate despite virus

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin as a divided Senate charges ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court majority before Election Day. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that she is “forever grateful” for Ginsburg’s trailblazing path as a woman. But she is resolved to maintain the perspective of her own mentor, the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and “apply the law as written,” according to her prepared opening remarks for the hearings, which start Monday as the country is in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic. “Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” Barrett says in the remarks, which The Associated Press obtained.

Schuylkill Greenway hosts drive-in International Paddling Film Festival on Oct. 22

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is bringing the International Paddling Film Festival to the region for the first time this year as a unique and socially-distant drive-in theater experience at The Sunnybrook Ballroom Oct. 22. People have been spending more time outdoors since the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a greater appreciation for nature. The film festival celebrates the outdoors through adventurous paddling stories along scenic oceans, rivers and lakes. Families and friends can enjoy the film festival on a big outdoor movie screen, while still following COVID guidelines for social distancing. Groups will remain in their own cars for the event.


Eagles Analysis: With a defense like this, Pederson shouldn’t be defensive

The Eagles didn’t play defense Sunday until they were barraged with questions about failing to do it in a 38-29 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Head coach Doug Pederson was slightly less dismissive than Bill Belichick as he provided a handful of unnecessarily guarded answers, and not just about the lack of defense. Pederson turned to the old “Until I look at the film it’s hard to really comment” refrain and when offered a multiple-choice question, a shallow multiple-choice answer. The Eagles shouldn’t have been at a loss for words. This is the second time this season they’ve been bombed for 37 or more points.

McCaffery: Eagles shortcomings make it Hurts so bad for Wentz

At some point in any football game, in any season, in any career, a quarterback will be asked to do something that could be a little painful. That time has arrived for Carson Wentz. That time has come for him to hang in there, literally and otherwise, and absorb every beating, criticism and bruise. He’s a placeholder now, on the clock for the inevitable, around to wait it out until it is safe for Jalen Hurts to give it a try. He’s good enough, Wentz is, to keep the Eagles involved in games despite a tattered offensive line and creaky and unavailable point-producers. But a 38-29 loss in Pittsburgh Sunday showed that the Eagles are too far from NFL relevance to do anything for the rest of this season but hope that the other three teams in their division prove to be even worse.

Ilsinho’s two assists helps Union give a few fans a thrill

The Union accomplished a previously insurmountable franchise feat Sunday evening. For the first time in the club’s 10-year history, the Union won a sixth straight home game with a 2-1 decision over the Montreal Impact. And for the first time in months, fans were able to celebrate the Union’s dominance at Subaru Park. A minimum number of spectators — about 15 percent stadium capacity — were on hand to watch the Union improve to 10-3-4 and 6-0-0 in Chester. The Union are in second place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind front-runner Toronto FC.

Geoghegan: Aronimink’s popularity with the pros keeps growing

It’s pretty clear, at this point, that a sort of simpatico has been building between Aronimink Golf Club and the PGA of America. Golf’s governing body can’t seem to get enough of the Donald Ross designed gem that not long ago seemed to lurk in the shadow cast by iconic Merion Golf Club, just seven miles down the road. “I was just up on the first tee and the dramatic sightlines and the beautiful tree-lined greenery … I just can’t say enough about this facility,” said Suzy Whaley, the president of the PGA of America.


Television: ‘Saturday Night Live’ hit all the right notes in debate parody

A fly has entered American history. While I found several takeaways in last week’s debate between Vice Presidential candidates, incumbent Mike Pence (R) and challenger Kamala Harris (D), enough to confirm my decision about how to vote Nov. 3, the most memorable and lasting element of the generally dull affair will be a fly that landed on Mr. Pence’s hair three-quarters of the way through and stayed there for two minutes. The instance was so remarkable, and funny, it has given comedians more fuel than mimicking Sen. Harris smiling, pointing to herself, and emphasizing “I’m speaking” and serious commentators an opportunity for levity amid thoughts about the Senator joining ticket topper Joe Biden in refusing to say whether Democrats will pack the Supreme Court with additional justices if current nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed or Vice President Pence attempting to rationalize the current administration’s response to the top story of 2020, the coronavirus.

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