Neshaminy School Board Member Wanted Newspaper Editors Prosecuted

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We’ve told you before about the administrators at Neshaminy High School in Bucks County. Last year, student editors at The Playwickian banned the word “Redskins” from the newspaper. That’s the school’s nickname, and previous editors of the awesomely-named paper had banned it with little controversy.

Not this time. The school board has consistently attempted to force the newspaper to print the nickname, eventually settling on forcing the paper to print the word in op-eds. The district even suspended a faculty member who advised the paper, and suspended the paper’s editor from her gig for a month.

At least one board member wanted more. According to an email posted by VICE Sports this week, board member Stephen Pirritano wanted the student editors arrested and prosecuted.

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On the Market: Sprawling $9.2 Million Twin Silo Estate in Doylestown

5727 Twin Solo Rd, Doylestown, PA, 18902

5727 Twin Solo Rd, Doylestown, PA, 18902

One hundred acres. That’s how much land the Twin Silo estate covers. But, it’s not necessarily the meticulously designed grounds (there’s even a hedge maze!) that will lure potential buyers to consider the Bucks County property–though, the pool, private tennis court and kitchen-equipped entertainment pavilion make an enticing argument.

To begin, the a stone house built circa 1710 serves as the main residence and has solid mahogany flooring throughout. The slate roof is 100 years old and a stone barn (constructed sometime in 1783) with two silos reside nearby. Other outbuildings include a 4-car garage and restored guest house with three bedrooms.

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Morning Headlines: Home Buyer Tries to Burn Down House Before Finalizing Deal

Photo credit: Newtown Township Police Department's Facebook page.

Police officers (maybe even this guy?) found the man hiding out in his car near the home.
Photo credit: Newtown Township Police Department’s Facebook page.

In news that sounds like something out of a movie (starring Jim Carrey perhaps?), an Allentown man in the final stages of buying a home in Newtown Township tried to set the property on fire hours before finalizing the deal, among other things.

According to Jo Ciavaglia of the Courier Times, police found John Pfeiffer Jr. hiding out in his car after the sellers (who were spending one last night in their home) overheard him trying to break in: Read more »

Highest Bidder in No-Reserve Auction Gets Crosscreek Farm

6536 Meetinghouse Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

6536 Meetinghouse Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

Unlike reserve auctions where sellers reserve the right to refuse a lousy winning bid, no-reserve auctions give the item in question to the highest bigger whether the seller is happy with the price or not. Thus, in the off chance that few people go to this auction (and start off with a very low bid), someone could get Cross Creek Farm for a bargain.

And what a bargain it would be! The New Hope estate is a smart home (iPad and Sonos controls, among other amenities) situated on 93 acres and is set far off the road. A private driveway, which will probably make you feel like you’re in a car commercial if this promotional video for the property is any indication, leads to the house.

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Rally in Bucks County Hears Emotional Statement from Gay-Bashing Victims

There was a “Love Over Hate” rally held at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown on Wednesday. The event drew around 200 supporters who were there to lend support to the two gay men who were beaten in Center City on September 11th, and offer a platform for gay high school and middle school students to talk openly about the bullying they face at school.

The emotions didn’t stop there. At one point someone read a statement written by the 26- and 28-year old victims of the Center City attacks. It’s one of the first times we’ve heard from the victims, who continue to protect their identity. According to slgdn.com, the statement read as follows:

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Restored Barn Makes the Switch to Beautiful Loft Home

1645 Aquetong Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

1645 Aquetong Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

There are multiple spaces suited to showcasing artwork throughout this New Hope home, but none more so than the blank expanses in the artist’s studio. Other bonus areas include the media room with a 10-foot screen, guest suite, and a third floor loft with a sitting area.

The residence, which was once a barn built in 1814, now enjoys life as a six-bedroom property with a slew of attractive appointments: central floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace (which can be seen from most of the rooms), exposed wooden and steel beams, pine floors, high ceilings, and track lighting. There’s also a wet bar.

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Kentucky Derby Winner Racing at Pennsylvania Derby

Exercise rider Willie Delgado rides California Chrome along the track during a morning training session at Los Alamitos Race Course Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Los Alamitos, Calif. California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, is scheduled to run in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Exercise rider Willie Delgado rides California Chrome along the track during a morning training session at Los Alamitos Race Course Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Los Alamitos, Calif. California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, is scheduled to run in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

In what Daily News horse guru Dick Jerardi is calling “the most important race in the history of Pennsylvania racing,” Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is running in the Pennsylvania Derby. He’s the first Kentucky Derby winner to run in the Pennsylvania Derby the same year.

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NY Firm Buys LEED Gold Building in Bucks County

Photo courtesy of Elysha Chang at Meelo and Chloe.

Photo courtesy of Elysha Chang at Meelo and Chloe.

Ten minutes north of the Oxford Valley Mall is an unobtrusive building recently acquired the Advalurem Group, a New York-based real estate investment firm. The property, located at 1000 Floral Vale went for $19 million.

Built in November of 2009, the 89,000-square-foot office building in Bucks County holds a LEED Gold certification for “meeting energy efficient and environmentally safe design standards”. The construction, which has 80 percent of its space leased, caught the firm’s attention upon realizing its location would prove advantageous.

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2 Students in Fatal Crash Weren’t Wearing Seat Belts

Family and friends in Bucks County are still mourning the deaths of three Council Rock South students who died in a car crash in the Poconos. Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher — all 15-year-olds from Northampton — died when the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban they were riding in rolled over in Wayne County near Lake Wallenpaupack.

The driver, a 15-year-old girl from New York, will be charged. The charges will not be announced, however, due to her age.

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‘Crown Prince Emperor’ Found Guilty of DUI of ‘Botanicals’

guy-1024px Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bagby was found guilty on Tuesday in Bucks County for driving under the influence of botanicals.

Let’s back up.

Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bagby is known legally as William McRae. The botanicals are marijuana. In 2009, a Lower Makefield police officer pulled over the Crown Prince — I’ll play along here, unless my editor decides I’m not allowed to — for driving a vehicle with a temporary, hard-to-read tag. The officer said he spotted blunt guts in El Bey Bagby’s car — which reeked of marijuana. Judge Wallace Bateman found McRae, 41, guilty of the DUI.

Simple, and not really much of a story except that El Bey Bagby asserts he has the rights to 689,000 acres of the United States, including most of the area that made up the Louisiana Purchase. “We would ask him things and he would go off into pretty much nonsense,” Richard Meehl, a Lower Makefield police officer, testified. In court yesterday, the Crown Prince said he wouldn’t say “marijuana,” calling it a copyrighted word. He said he used “botanicals” for his blood pressure.

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