Coatesville’s Racist Texting Scandal Yields Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit


In case you’ve forgotten the text messaging scandal that erupted in the Coatesville School District in 2013, allow us to give you the Cliffs Notes version: Coatesville School District Superintendent Richard Como and Coatesville High School athletic director Jim Donato were forced to resign after they were caught trading inexcusably offensive text messages using their district-supplied cell phones, leading to national headlines like “Pennsylvania School Officials Sent the Most Racist Texts Ever.” (Thanks, Gawker.) And now, two years later, the chickens have come home to roost in the form of a federal whistleblower lawsuit. Read more »

Historic Octagon House Hits the Market in Coatesville


It’s not surprising that a home originally built in 1856 would have a slew of aliases. The Lukens Pierce House, named for its builder and original occupant, is also known as Octagon House (servicey!), Fallowfield (Austeny!), and Towerville (Timberlakey!). “Lukens” seems to have stuck, perhaps because the builder was — as the leading octagon house cataloguer describes him — “one of the largest nurseryman in the country at that time.” The home, which is on the National Historic Register, is well-known in what one imagines is the rather insular octagonal-house enthusiast community.

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