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Elections and security officials outlined security measures to protect Delaware County elections. Delaware County Elections Director Jim Allen, Chief Registration Clerk Crystal Winterbottom, and cybersecurity expert Kevin Skoglund, executive director of Citizens for Better Elections, presented protections already in attendance at a Hot Topic forum hosted Friday by the League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County, titled, “Delaware County Elections: Are They Free, Fair, and Safe?” Issues addressed included the voting process itself, the ballot submissions and the chain of control in the electoral process for the province’s 410,000 registered voters.
Critics of the postal voting procedures in recent elections have filed suit in Chester County Court asking for officials to change security measures at two “24-hour” drop-boxes used in the last election, with the arguing that people have multiple ballots in those locations, in violation of rules that state that each voter can deposit only one ballot — his own — at a time. The complaint, filed in Common Pleas Court, was filed on behalf of four registered voters from the county, assisted by two attorneys from a leading conservative law firm in Villanova and an organization led by former Trump executives, the America First Legal Foundation.
Coupled with applause and cheers, there was a thunderous motorsport roar from start to finish during Saturday’s sixth annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix. Vintage and historic race cars and motorcycles competed individually through a 3.5-mile course through the town of Coatesville. This was the sixth annual event. During the opening ceremony, the registered vehicles and motorcycles took part in a parade along Lincoln Highway accompanied by Coatesville City Police Department. A member of the South Coatesville Police Department sang the national anthem as the National Guard stood guard with flags raised.
The site formerly known as the GSB Building in Bala Cynwyd is about to undergo major changes. This week, the Lower Merion Building and Planning Committee recommended approval of new construction in the One Belmont Avenue parking lots along Belmont Avenue and St. Asaphs Road. The plan for the seven-acre site requires the construction of two new buildings in the front and side parking lots along Belmont Avenue and St Asaphs Road. The buildings are connected by an elevated pedestrian bridge.
More information was released Friday about an explosion that occurred Thursday morning during explosive ordnance disposal training at SCI Phoenix in Skippack Township. “Everyone sank when we got the news,” Montgomery County Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny said at a news conference Friday afternoon, thanking the public for the prayers, wishes and thoughts the department has received over the past 36 hours. Five bomb technicians were injured, including three deputies from Kilkenny’s office, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and an FBI Philadelphia special agent.
Ronald Acuna Jr. homered and drove in four runs off of Aaron Nola and flashed a fine defense into rightfield to give the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night. The Braves’ victory was tempered by a broken right pinkie sustained by second baseman Ozzie Albies, who appeared to be injured and slid his head safely into second base in the fourth inning. Albies, a two-time All-Star, could be out for several weeks. He just came back from an 81 game absence on Friday due to a broken left foot.
Jalen Reagor will have revenge on his mind when he checks in at Lincoln Financial Field with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Take that as a warning, Eagles secondary. In any case, be a little concerned if Reagor, a first-round failure with the Eagles, gets an offensive attack this week. Last week, the wide receiver, who was supposed to revolutionize the position when the Eagles took him off the board with the 21st overall pick in the 2020 draft, returned one punt seven yards and passable two others in a 23-yard pick. 7 win over the Green Bay Packers.