If this guy’s costume was “Drunk mailman,” he nailed it.
According to police, an [18-year-old] man dressed as a postal worker was lying between two postal trucks in the lot [in Bryn Mawr]. Police said officers believed the man was dressed for Halloween. The ground was wet so police checked on him. As police approached the man, officers found vomit on the man’s clothing.
Another young man, dressed as “Villanova Student Urinating on Lancaster Avenue” was also cited by police in the wee morning hours of November 1st. [Main Lines Times]
It’s November and the War on Christmas season has already begun? GROAN! Have no fear, brave crusader Sarah Palin is here–literally here, in Bethlehem, to wage war on this war. Palin’s rolling into the local Barnes and Nobles there on Tuesday, November 12th to hawk her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
Urban Outfitters co-founder Scott Belair, Lehigh U ’69, is giving his alma mater a $20 million grant (with more to come, apparently) to create a sort of satellite campus/”innovation incubator” on top of a hill where students will roam around dreaming up genius ways to change the world, with little to no guidance from anyone else. They call it…”The Mountaintop Project.” Really.
Operating much like a study-abroad program, Lehigh students will head to Mountaintop for an entire semester to focus on nothing but their big idea to change the world. They’ll get guidance from their professors and colleagues — if they want it — but the concept, process and solutions will be all theirs. ”We need to breed a new generation of risk-takers,” Lehigh University President Alice Gast said Wednesday. “Our current system of education rewards the risk-averse: It’s listening to lectures and passing tests. This is an effort to break through and show what education can be.”
If they don’t change the world, do they pass the class? The new campus will be located in a few former Bethlehem Steel factories. [Morning Call]
International Business Times has a piece out arguing that Bucks County is the global epitome of suburban sprawl, homogeneity, and paved-over natural beauty. Here’s their case, in a nutshell:
“The cost of all this growth, prosperity and success has been high — that is, the gradual and perhaps irreversible destruction of Mother Nature in favor of housing developments, shopping malls, subdivisions, parking lots and office complexes.”
“By the 1970s, tract housing, shopping centers and other monuments to commercial progress proliferated across Bucks County – in the process, wiping out thousands of acres of farms and forest lands.”
“Between 1990 and 2009, “agricultural” lands alone lost 7 percent, or about 27,000 acres, while “undeveloped” land lost 6 percent, or almost 24,500 acres.”
“By 2030, when Bucks’ population is expected to reach between 678,000 and 692,000, the number of residences could amount to up to 280,000 units, up from about 246,000 in 2010. Of course, all these new housing units will require more precious space.”
*And by epidemic, I mean two car-jackings in a week! Hey, it’s all relative. This Tuesday, a woman was sitting inside her 2009 black Porsche Cayenne at the Villanova SEPTA station, when a dude wearing blue jeans and a dark brown hoodie (c’mon Main Line Times, you’re giving yourselves away: It’s not spelled “hoody”) opened her passenger door, ordered her out, and drove off with the car. This after last week’s theft, in which a man in a Bryn Mawr retirement community was held up and ordered out of his car. Alright suburbanites, party’s over. Time to pack up and move back to the city. [Main Line Times]
18-year-old sophomore Villanova business student Kinara Patel, from North Jersey, was found dead in Sullivan Hall, a residence hall, on Thursday morning. Police have all but ruled out foul play, but are investigating whether alcohol played a role.
Radnor Township Police Lt. Andy Block says investigators believe Patel died overnight after spending a night out with friends in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Her body was discovered by a friend. Police are investigating whether alcohol played a role in Patel’s death. When asked if police believed she was drinking in a bar Wednesday night, Lt. Block said that was one possibility police were looking into.
An autopsy is being performed this morning. [NBC 10]
After the couple was separated, Jon illegally hacked into Kate’s email account, and her phone, and bank accounts. Jon also stole a hard drive from Kate’s house, which contained private and confidential material…Hoffman used the illegally acquired data to publish a defamatory book about Kate called “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.”
The book has since been pulled from large distributors, but Kate says the damage has already been done: The book alleges that she, among other things, sometimes became violent towards her own children, according to personal journals. Kate’s being represented in part by Fishtown-based lawyer A. Jordan Rushie; the federal case is being argued in Philadelphia.