Morning Briefing: Relief comes to region after guilty verdict in Floyd killing; Ursinus student arrested at protest; Phillies watch Giants come back

Good Morning. Here are some of the top headlines from around the region.


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Guilty verdict in Floyd killing brings relief, cheers

Seconds after the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on three charges of killing George Floyd, local elected and community leaders responded to the verdict. “Guilty!” state Sen. Joanna McClinton, D-191 of Philadelphia, whose district covers Yeadon and Darby Borough, tweeted. She also serves as the House Democratic Leader. Those in the 69th Street area reported hearing cheers after the verdict was read. Less than a year ago, during the last weekend of May, almost 1,000 converged on the area, looting, smashing windows and stealing items after Floyd was killed.

Royersford murder suspect awaits return to Pennsylvania

It may be several weeks before the Royersford man who is accused of stabbing his former girlfriend to death in front of her two young children is returned to Chester County to face homicide charges, according to prosecution officials. Danelo Cavalcante is being detained in Virginia after being apprehended and arrested on a warrant from the Chester County Detectives and Schuylkill Township police for the Sunday murder of 33-year-old Deborah Brandao. He is charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, aggravated assault, and related offenses. According to a spokeswoman for the county District Attorney’s Office, Michelle Bjork, the process for extraditing a criminal defendant from Virginia is complex and does not give a defendant the opportunity to either waive or refuse extradition.

Ursinus student arrested opposite hate protest near campus

One Ursinus College student was handcuffed and arrested by borough police during a protest by members of the Philadelphia-based religious group whose members shouted “hate-filled verbal assaults” outside the campus. According to a statement posted on the Collegeville Borough website, the incident occurred April 9 on the Main Street sidewalk near the 6th Avenue traffic light, adjacent to the college campus.

Leaders, advocates pledge support for victims’ rights and Marsy’s Law

A proposed crime victim rights amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution was the focus Tuesday as state and local authorities and victim advocates gathered to pledge their commitment to victims’ rights. During a news conference on the plaza of the Montgomery County Courthouse, the elected leaders and advocates voiced their support for passage of the so-called Marsy’s Law constitutional amendment. The event was held in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. “Oftentimes people are forgotten, they are left out of our process. Oftentimes, those people are the victims of crime. They’re ignored in our justice system by some. Anyone can be a victim of a crime and each and every victim deserves the support of our institutions of justice…because the voices of victims matter in our process,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said during the news conference.

Knoll Inc. to combine with Herman Miller in transaction valued at $1.8 billion

Knoll Inc. will be acquired by Herman Miller Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at $1.8 billion. The design companies announced Monday they have entered into a definitive agreement on the deal, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies — and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2021. Under the terms of the agreement, Knoll shareholders will receive $11.00 in cash and 0.32 shares of Herman Miller common stock for each share of Knoll common stock they own. Based on Herman Miller’s five-day volume weighted average price of $43.94 per share, the transaction terms imply a purchase price of $25.06 per share, representing a 45% premium to Knoll’s closing share price on April 16, 2021, according to a press release. Once the transaction is completed, Herman Miller shareholders will own approximately 78% of the combined company and Knoll shareholders will own approximately 22%.


Phillies Notebook: Chance to split aces goes bust for Girardi

Joe Girardi may or may not be a seasoned blackjack player, but he can appreciate the value of splitting aces. Though his bullpen failed to support the strategy Tuesday in a 10-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants, Girardi was content that separating Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler in his rotation would eventually have value. “On a regular basis, you assume your starters are going to give you more distance,” he said. “That’s kind of the assumption going into every week. So if you can separate them so they’re not next to each other, sometimes it can be helpful.”


Latest from Tom Jones — yes, that Tom Jones — tops new album releases

Welcome to Seven in Seven, where each Thursday in this space we would typically take a look at concerts coming to the region over the next week. With most shows on hold due to the pandemic, here’s a look at seven of the best albums being released April 23

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