Student saves choking friend by using Heimlich maneuver — New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A Wisconsin freshman is being hailed a hero after he sprung into action and saved his choking classmate.

Ian Brown was eating lunch with his friends Wednesday at Central High School when his friend started coughing and motioning that he was choking.

Central school nurse Kim Mahlum told police that several of the teens at the table thought the student was joking.

When Brown noticed that the victim’s face and neck began changing color, he realized the student was in trouble.

 

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Upper Darby’s Barney Boyce named Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshal

UPPER DARBY>> Long-time Delaware County resident Barney Boyce, 82, has been named the Grand Marshal of Sunday’s 247th Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Boyce is originally from Donegal, Ireland, before coming to Upper Darby.

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Barney Boyce, 82, has been named the Grand Marshal of the 247th Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade, which will be  held on March 12.  Boyce, a resident of Upper Darby, is originally from Donegal, Ireland.

Plan To Put PennDOT License Center Wait Times Online — CBS Philly

The state transportation secretary says PennDOT plans to put the wait times for its 71 license centers online.

Secretary Leslie Richards says by the end of 2017, and possibly as soon as this summer, wait times at license centers will be available on PennDOT’s website.

“So that if you need to go one of our license centers – whether to get a photo or renew something – you can take a look at the driver license centers that are closest to you, and you can decide which one to go to,” Richards said. “And that will also help us distribute the crowds that come to different centers.”

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Ransomware attack hits Pennsylvania Senate Democrats

Pennsylvania’s Senate Democrats say they are in contact with the FBI after a “ransomware” cyberattack shut down their computer systems.

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Pennsylvania’s Senate Democrats say they are in contact with the FBI after a “ransomware” cyberattack shut down their computer systems.

The attack Friday left lawmakers and staff in the caucus unable to access their computer network or data.

Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa says the ransomware attack was discovered early Friday morning. Citing the ongoing investigation, caucus officials aren’t saying whether any sort of ransom has been demanded in exchange for access to the network.

Funding for Penn’s Landing Park Project Just Shy of $10M — CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—A $225 million project that aims to connect the Philadelphia to the river’s edge is closer to becoming a reality. On Thursday, the William Penn Foundation announced a commitment of up to $15 million to the Penn’s Landing Park Project leaving the final project just $10 million short of funding.

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“This project will not only transform the waterfront but it will transform our entire city by allowing residents and visitors to reclaim the Delaware riverfront as a new public space destination,” said Shawn McCaney, Executive Director of the William PennFoundation.

“Significant progress has been made to activate the riverfront over the last several years, including new parks, trails, and programming – such as Spruce Street Harbor Park that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The redevelopment of Penn’s Landing will be the centerpiece of a long-term effort to bring people and new economic activity to the river’s edge.”

In 2014, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation studied the planned project, which they say could generate roughly $1.6 billion in returns to the City, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the School District of Philadelphia.

“It will be truly transformative,” said Tom Corcoran, president of the Delaware River Waterfront, the agency planning the park.

Just this week, Mayor Jim Kenney announced a $90 million commitment from the city. PennDOT put forward $10 million for a study and will put forward another $100 million.

“I think it’ll be good for the city. I think it’ll be good for the community. I think it’ll be good for the kids and families,” said Jenna Epstein, who lives in Old City.

The planned project will put a four-acre highway over I-95 and connect Center City with the waterfront.

The DRWC says the project will feature 11 acres of public space, a new park for the Great Plaza and opportunities for 1,500 new residences, 500 new hotel rooms, and 75,000 feet of retail space.

More renderings show a plan to make the new space seasonable–adding ice skating in the winter and plenty of green space in the summer.

“It’s always great to have more things like this,” said Kurt Schmucker, who lives in Havertown.

Construction could take about five years but officials tell CBS 3 some initial work on the project will start by the end of the year.

For more information visit http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/

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Gov. Wolf Says State Lawmakers Getting Serious About Local Tax Reform

wolfPHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he is encouraged the state legislature may finally be ready to tackle tax reform, a move he says could benefit local property owners who are footing the bill for schools.

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Speaking at a senior forum in Philadelphia, Gov. Wolf says there is growing, bi-partisan interest in doing something about property taxes – the foundation of school funding in most counties in the state, including the suburban counties here.

“I ran on trying to make sure that local taxpayers get a break, especially property taxpayers, because that’s a really particularly regressive and onerous tax on, especially seniors who are on fixed incomes and can’t afford to see their property tax rates go up every year.”

The governor says if the legislature finds a path to tax reform, he’s willing to work with lawmakers to try to make the numbers work.

Wolf’s current budget proposal includes no personal or sales tax increases. It relies instead on consolidating cabinet departments and realizing savings through more efficient government operations.