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Archive: March, 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 10:53 AM

In honor of the First Day of Spring - now habitually referred to as Free Rita's Day - below are the locations where you can pick up your mini-cup of flavored frozen water in Bucks County, according to a Google search.

(BucksInq would recommend going with Mint Chocolate Chip, but welcomes alternative suggestions)

You can also search by zip code on the Rita's site, by clicking here.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 4:00 PM

The United Way of Bucks County, Comcast and Charming Shoppes, Inc. are awarding netbooks and a year of free Internet access to 60 eligible Bucks families.

The goal is to help provide internet access to families in the area who do not currently have the ability to access the web, according to a press release from the organizations.

Twenty netbooks - small and generally lightweight computers - were given away on Tuesday night, meaning there are still 40 available. Interested individuals must apply, according to a press release, and must fit the following criteria:

  • Reside in Bristol Borough, Bristol Township or Bensalem. 
  • Do not currently have Comcast internet in the home.
  • Be caregivers for a free or reduced-price lunch-eligible student (you can particpate even if your school does not offer free or reduced-price lunches, but your child must meet criteria set by the National School Lunch Program).
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POSTED: Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:14 PM
Andrew G. Cairns, 49 (inset), was charged with homicide after a standoff and shootout with police Feb. 19 - 20 at the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex in Warminster that left an 89-year-old neighbor dead. (Emily Babay / Staff)

Yesterday, Bucks Co. District Attorney David Heckler said that police fired the shot that killed 89-year old Marie Zienkewicz during a February shootout with Andrew Cairns. But Cairns, Heckler said, was being charged with homicide because his shots at police instigated the incident.

The full story can be read here.

Bonus material: below are links to two excerpts of the 911 call that Heckler said was made by Cairns' girlfriend, Deborah Silva. Silva, who Heckler said was intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, called 911 to report that Cairns was trying to shoot himself. When police responded, Heckler said, Cairns began firing out the window at the officers.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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