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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 23

10 hours 10 min ago
The Daily Numbers: 15-30 years for 1 of 2 Chester brothers charged in the fatal shooting of a man in Darby Borough.

16,000-square-foot rail transfer box a company wants to build in Chester as part of its trash-burning expansion plans. The plan will not be voted on tonight by Chester City Council.

500,000 tons of municipal garbage Covanta wants to bring to Chester from New York City.

80 megawatts of electricity created from the trash burning.

0.2 general fund surplus for the county that led Standard & Poor’s to affirm its AA credit rating.

3rd DUI charge for a Philadelphia man after he was involved in a crash in Upper Darby.

34, age of Philly man charged in a road rage incident in Collingdale that police say escalated into a stabbing.

11 a.m., when a teen walking on Providence Road in Nether Providence reports a man tried to get her to get into his car.

2 hearings set Wednesday and Thursday on plans to construct pipeline to get oil being delivered by train to Eddystone to the Monroe Energy plant in Trainer.

7th death now being attributed to last summer’s deadly building collapse in Philly. A man who died several weeks later has filed suit.

0 flights from the U.S. to Tel Aviv yesterday after the FAA placed a 24-ban because of the fear of rockets near the airport.

61 point gain for the stock market despite international turmoil yesterday.

15 percent boost for Comcast revenue.

14 innings, how long it took for the Phils to fall to the Giants last night.

3rd blown save for Jonathan Papelbon, who surrendered a lead in the 9th to send the game to extra innings.

6-7 mark for the Phillies in extra inning game this year.

43-57 overall record for Phils, an ugly 14 games under .500

2 days until Eagles report to training camp

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Eagles Training Camp can’t get here soon enough.

I Don’t Get It: How does someone who already has 2 DUI convictions get back behind the wheel while impaired? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Delco, which had its AA credit rating affirmed by Standard & Poor’s

Quote Box: “I just want to say sorry to his mom.”

- Jermaine Roberts, after being sentenced in fatal shooting of Darby Borough man.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A pizza question for Delco history buffs

10 hours 55 min ago
Today we have a question from a longtime reader.

I didn't know the answer so I thought I'd put it out there for our readers.

Pat Lane is trying to get some information on an old pizza shop in Chester. She believes it was on either Seventh and Morton or maybe Ninth and Morton in Chester back in the mid-'60s. It was called ReDavid's and may have had a bar attached.

Here's the kicker. Pat's mouth still waters for intoxicating mix of cheeses they used on their pies.

"To this day, I have never had a pizza as good as those from ReDavid," Par said.

I know how she feels. I'm a dedicated Grotto fan. Every time in Rehoboth (which is not nearly enough) I have to get my Grotto slice. Their pizza has a distinctive 'zing' to it from the combination of cheese they use. For some reason, it always tastes better at the beach. It doesn't seem as good in Wilmington or Newark.

Any how, can someone help Pat out? Post a comment and I will try to relay it to her.
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'Live From the Newsroom' previews Eagles training camp

11 hours 13 min ago
You can stick a fork in the Phillies. Last night's 14th inning loss was almost too painful to watch.

Even Jonathan Papelbon, who has beeen Mr. Dependable this year, coughed up a lead in the 9th and the Phils eventually fell in 14.

Luckily, we bring relief to suffering Philly fans.

The Eagles report for training camp in just two days.

That's right, Year Two of the Chip Kelly Era is on the horizon.

To celebrate, we’ll have our Eagles beat writer Bob Grotz join us tonight to preview the Birds Training Camp. Also on our Birds panel will be local sports radio talk show host Billy Werndl, a longtime presence in Philly sports media who hosts Sports Talk of Chester Couty on WCHE-1520 AM in West Chester, as well as a longtime season ticket holder, Bob Ristron.

We'll also tell you which practices will be open to fans, and whether or not you need tickets. Longtime fans will want to get the details on a special open practice the team will hold at their old home on the Penn campus. That, of course would be Franklin Field.

In the meantime, if you have a question you'd like answered about the Birds, email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com and I'll put it to our Eagles authority, Bob Grotz.

Then tune in at 7 and take part in our live chat.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, July 22

Tue, 2014-07-22 08:05
The Daily Numbers: 6 months, that’s how long a group has in Darby Borough to save a 25-year-old home many believe has significant historical ties.

75,000 dollars, how much the group needs to acquire the site from the developer.

35 residents who showed up last night for a public hearing on the planned demolition of the old Kent Mills in Clifton Heights.

15-1 margin when it comes to fundraising. That’s how much more U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan has raised compared to his Democratic challenger Mary Ellen Balchunis.

243,600 dollars raised in the period May 1 to June 30 by Meehan.

15,310 raised by Balchunis.

72, age of woman doing tutoring in her home who is being targeted by zoning officials in Upper Darby.

2.2 percent salary hike for administrators in the Upper Darby School District.

11:30 p.m., when a woman says she was held up at gunpoint as she got off the trolley in Aldan.

34, age of Marple man who entered plea in child porn case this week.

120 dollars and a gold necklace, what 2 men got during burglary in which they strangled a Philly couple to death.

4 state legislators who now face an ethics probe tied to allegations they accepted cash gifts.

190 million dollars, how much Johns Hopkins Health Systems in Baltimore is paying to settle suits brought by patients who were unknowingly videotaped by rogue doc during procedures.

25 Israeli soldiers now killed in the ground incursion into Gaza.

48 point decline for stock market yesterday.

14 hits last night for the Phils. Every one of them singles.

7-4 loss to the Giants.

6 runs on 12 hits in 5 2//3 innings for Cliff Lee in his return to the hill.

3 days until Eagles report for training camp.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Phillies are now using metal detectors on fans entering the park at one gate. If they’re looking for weapons of mass destruction, I think we can rule out the Phils’ bats.

I Don’t Get It: No one should have to deal with the grief heaped on the families of the victims of Malaysia Flight 17. The fact that they now can’t get the bodies of their loved ones back from Russia is almost beyond belief. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the community in Yeadon, Darby and Sharon Hill who are rallying to aid the victims of the fatal fire that took the lives of 4 children a few blocks away in Southwest Philly.

Quote Box: “I don’t want people to think I’m a coldhearted developer who does not care about the town and a history of that building.”

- Developer Davoud Baravordeh, who owns the historic property on Darby Terrace in Darby Borough. He’s going to give the community six months to raise the money to save the structure.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Long & 'shorti' of it: Delco losing a little piece of its history

Tue, 2014-07-22 07:22
There's something incredibly comforting about Wawa.

It's not a convenience store, it's a way of life. At least it is in this area. I'm sure the people out in the central part of the state feel the same way about Scheetz (even if we all know that Wawa is far superior, with perhaps the one asterisk being that you can actually buy beer in some Sheetz stores, at least the ones I hit when visiting my son in West Virginia).

It seems like every neighborhood has its own Wawa.

It becomes part of our daily routine, a part of our lives. I know that when I visit our little Wawa here in Primos every day at lunchtime, I see many of the same people. I'm greeted by name by the manager.

For some reason, other stores just don't have the same feel.

Maybe that's why there was such a reaction to the news that Delaware County is losing a little bit of its history, and that of Wawa as well.

The historic store No. 1, the very first Wawa outlet, on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley, is going to bite the dust. Last week we reported that a proposal for a new "super" Wawa has been given the green light for the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Route 420.

When it opens, old No. 1 will close.

It was just a few weeks ago that company executives gathered at the old Folsom store to mark the 50th anniversary of its opening. The store opened its doors on April 16, 1964.

I thought the passing of the historic store merited a little more attention. So we did a follow-up story and splashed it all over Page One on Monday. The overline noted the end of an era: End of the line for historic Wawa store. I was responsible for the lead head: 1 ... & done. That's a play on words to denote the fact that the original No. 1 Wawa will close its doors. I also liked the head we used inside on the story on P. 3: "What's good for the goose: Wawa closing first store."

That of course is a reference to a question that always puzzles newcomers and visitors to the region: What the hell is a Wawa anyhow. We locals of course know Wawa is the native American word for the Canadian goose that was found in this area.

Of course once the story graced our front page, everyone jumped on it. It was all over TV and radio yesterday. The Inky also noted its passing.

Old No. 1 will remain open until the new super store opens.

Wawa spokesperson Susan Bratton put a good spin on it: "It will still be store No. 1 for us, even if it's a new store." She's the regional real estate manager for Wawa.

I have to admit I'm partial to the old Wawas. I wonder how long our little Wawa a block away here in Primos will be able to hold out.

I guess that's the price of progress.

Maybe you can call it the long and 'shorti' of it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

No weapons of mass destruction in this Phils' lineup

Tue, 2014-07-22 06:47
The Phillies are now utilizing metal detectors on fans as they enter Citizens Bank Park. Before they go through the gates, fans are scanned by the metal detectors at the right-field entrance to the park.

It's part of a security move by Major League Baseball. Next year all fans will be screened as they enter stadiums. The Phillies decided to get a jump-start on things and are testing the program at one gate, starting last night.

If they're looking for weapons of mass destruction, I think we can safely rule out the Phillies' bats.

Last night they rapped out 14 hits - every one of them singles.

Add to that a less than stellar outing by Cliff Lee in his return from the disabled list - and apparently in front of a slew of major league scouts in town to check him out as the trade deadline looms next week, and it was a not a good night for the Phils.

Lee was not sharp, just as he was in his last rehab start in Clearwater. The lefty got dinged for six runs on 12 hits in going just five and two-thirds innings. Just to rub a bit of salt in the wounds, three of those hits were by Hunter Pence, who once patrolled right field at Citizens Bank Park.

The Giants rolled, 7-4.

Where does this leave the Phils, and embattled GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Without a lot of options. There are reports out there that the Phillies have taken ace Cole Hamels off the market. That's probably a good thing. Pretty much everyone else on this roster is potential trade bait.

The problem is none of them is likely to bring much in return.

Lee didn't seem especially concerned about the idea of all those scouts in town to check him out.

"I could care less about the scouts in the stands or trade rumors or anything like that," Lee said.

Ruben Amaro doesn't have that luxury.

He's got to try to salvage this mess.

And he has nine days to do it.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, July 21

Mon, 2014-07-21 08:09
The Daily Numbers: 50 years ago, when Wawa opened its 1st store on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley. The store will soon be closed when Wawa constructs a new Super Wawa.

12 kids from the Chester Boys and Girls Clubs who got the opportunity to try the country life on a visit to a horse farm in Garnet Valley.

1,000 jobs that will be coming to Concord with the building of a new shopping center and Wegmans supermarket at Routes 1 and 202.

187,000 square foot Wegmans story being planned, including a 5,900-square-foot patio for outdoor dining. 50 years marked this weekend by Karakung Swim Club in Haverford.

2 tenants in the Radnor Court complex, which is going on the market.

65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers dead in Gaza strife.

86, age of TV and movie icon James Garner, who died on Sunday.

5.2 billion dollars, how much Atlantic City casinos made in 2006, just before legalized gambling came to Pa.

4.286 billion, what they took in last year.

36 years, how long gambling has been legal in Atlantic City.

1 casino, The Atlantic Club, shut down; 2 others, Showboat and Trump Plaza, that will close later this year.

1, Revel, seeking a buyer.

8-2 loss for the Phillies in Atlanta yesterday.

1 hour, 39 minute rain delay in the game.

5 innings for Kyle Kendrick, who gave up 6 runs on 5 hits.

2 walks and 2 hit batters for the shaky Kendrick, who saw his ERA rise to .487.

4-10 mark for Kendrick, whose spot in the starting rotation now seems to be in jeopardy.

4 days until the Eagles report to training camp.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

After spending much of the afternoon listening to the travails of Kyle Kendrick I can safely say this: Eagles training camp can’t start soon enough.

I Don’t Get It: Everybody who does not think Russia was involved in shooting down that airline, raise your hands. I thought so. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the staff at All Riders Up, the horse farm in Garnet Valley which hosted a group of kids from Chester last week.

Quote Box: “It will still be store No. 1 for us, even though it’s a new store.”

- Wawa spokesperson Susan Bratton, the move to shutter the chain’s historic 1st store when it opens a new super store.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Delco's history in pictures

Mon, 2014-07-21 07:04
When it comes to Delaware County history, not many people know more than Keith Lockhart.

The retired police officer and lifelong Delco resident first became interested in the history of this county in his late teens.

A graduate of Penn State he has been collecting and researching the county's history for the last 40 some years. From maps, books and pictures he has put together one of the largest private collections of Delaware County History. He has written on the county's history in books, booklets and had a history column for Town Talk for over 15 years.

Lockhart serves on the board of the Colonial Plantation and the Delaware County Historical Society. He also gives lectures and presentations to numerous groups in the county.

With the county about to celebrate its 225th birthday in September, we decided to feature some of Keith's treasure trove of historical photos.

You can see a gallery of his images here.

We'll have more of them in the weeks leading up to what promises to be a bang-up 225th birthday celebration.
Categories: Pennsylvania

When it rains it pours for this Phillies team

Mon, 2014-07-21 06:46
I don't think it is a stretch to say this is not the way the Phillies wanted to start the second half.

Take away Cole Hamels' gem Saturday night in which he was almost unhittable, and the Phils went 0-for-Atlanta.

Yesterday things got ugly as the Braves battered Kyle Kendrick en route to an 8-2 win. And is there anything quite as frustrating as a one hour, 39 minute rain delay when you getting your behind kicked?

Kendrock was dreadful again. He went 5 innings, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits, in the process raising his ERA to 4.87 as he collected his 10th loss of the season. He also walked two and hit two other batters.

As Ruben Amaro Jr. decides which pieces he might want to try to move as the trade deadline looms in two weeks, you have to think Hamels is now off that list, unless somebody just overwhelms the Phils with an offer.

One name that might be on that list gets back on the hill tonight. Cliff Lee will be the starter as the Phils kick off a home stand against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

It would be nice if Lee used these next couple of starts to show people he's fully recovered from the elbow strain that put him on the shelf. The problem is he got roughed up in his last rehab start in Clearwater.

The Phillies are 12 games under .500 at 43-55, 11 games out of first place in the NL East.

The only player they have who would command a king's ransom is Hamels, and he's probably the one player they should not move.

Amaro's task is not an easy one. He has an aging core of players who are starting to look every bit their age, and a young crew who have not played up to expectations. The minors? Forget about it, there's little help there.

Good thing the Eagles start camp later this week.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, July 18

Fri, 2014-07-18 08:24
The Daily Numbers: 298 people on board Malaysian jet believed to have been shot down over the Ukraine.

2 air catastrophes this year involving Malaysian Airlines. There has still been no sign of jet that disappeared months ago.

1.2 million dollars, what the feds say the government was ripped off for by the head of a Folcroft business.

26 years practicing law for new Delco Common Pleas Judge Anthony Scanlon, who took the oath Thursday.

19, age of suspected carjacker who got more than he bargained for and wound up shooting himself while struggling with the victim.

90,000 cars a day that use I-495 in Wilmington, which has been closed for bridge repairs. Before his speech, he stopped for lunch at the Charcoal Pit on Route 202.

4 acre site on Route 420 at MacDade Boulevard that is being proposed for a new Super Wawa convenience store.

600 dollar hike in tuition for students at Temple University

18,000 jobs being cut by Microsoft.

161 point plunge yesterday for the Dow.

4.13 percent, average rate on 30-year mortgage.

89, age of Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who died.

42-53, Phillies record as they kick off the 2nd half tonight in Atlanta.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Raise your hand if you’d like Tiger Woods to be in contention Sunday in the final round of the British Open? Yeah, me too.

I Don’t Get It: We now apparently live in a world where people actually will not think twice about shooting passenger planes out of the sky. Swell.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those diners who were treated to a special lunch guest yesterday when President Obama decided to drop by the Charcoal Pit on Route 202 outside Wilmington.

Quote Box: “I thought I was on MSNBC-Live.”

- Diner at the Charcoal Pit amid the commotion of presidential visit.
Categories: Pennsylvania

No shortage of beefs with Obama - it's the 'Pits'

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:41
There are very few things I can count on in this business.

This is one of them.

There are a lot of people in this country who really, truly, deeply dislike the president.

A lot of them simply disagree with his policies. Others don't like him for other reasons.

An anonymous gentleman who leaves me a voice mail overnight several times a week made it clear this morning of his disgust with the president.

He believes we should apologize for our endorsement of Obama, and wonders if we're embarrassed.

I will admit that his second term has been disappointing. I have serious concerns about what happened at Benghazi as well as that IRS debacle. But I'm not about to go where this gentleman immediately went.

He said he understood "the demographics," and that we had to endorse Obama because our readership is largely black. This is the kind of sentiment I deal with every day.

I fear that we have lost respect for the office of the president. There was a time when no matter what you thought of the person residing in the White House, he commanded a modicum of respect. Every time I bring up that matter these days, Republicans remind me of the way the media went after and often mocked George W. Bush. I didn't, I tried to be respectful, but a lot of people did not.

On Thursday the president was due to come to Delaware to make a pitch for increased transportation funding, using the closed I-495 bridge in Wilmington as a backdrop.

On his way, his motorcade made a slight detour. He stopped at a place I've been many times, The Charcoal Pit down on Route 202, for lunch.

I immediately cobbled together a story and posted it on our website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

The reaction was about what you might expect. The story exploded. It didn't take long for the comments to go where all too much of what is talked about with Obama wind up.

Look, I'll be the first to admit that I raised an eyebrow that the president did not change his plans after hearing of the Ukraine jet disaster.

If you want to disagree with him on those grounds, I have no problem with that.

But as usual, this kind of stuff went way beyond that, and simply devolved into name-calling and worse.

This is the world we live in.

Then again, I suppose you could say that in a world where 295 people were just shot out of the sky, Israel was launching a ground incursion into Gaza, and Microsoft was laying off 18,000 people, why the hell do we care about where the president went for lunch?

Welcome to my world.

It is Friday, isn't it?
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Things to be thankful for: Growing up before there was an Internet

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:10
Two recent events remind me of something I am eternally grateful for - that I grew up before there was an Internet, and before capturing events on video was as simple as picking up your phone.

It is in that spirit that I am saddened by the death of one of my favorite rockers, blues legend Johnny Winter.

It reminded me again how old I am. I had a lot of music by both Winter and his brother Edgar. Unfortunately, they were all on 8-tracks. Yeah, I'm old.

It also reminded me of a stunt I pulled with a few friends in high school. It was pretty widely known in our circle that I did something of a mean Johnny Winter imitation. We once locked the doors to the high school auditorium while I did a hellacious imitation of Johnny Winter and his classic Rock 'n' Roll Hootchie Koo on stage, with the PA system cranked all the way up.

Mrs. McClure, the music teacher whose class we were supposed to be gracing, was not amused. Neither was the principal. Thankfully, there is no proof that we were every bit the knuckleheads we were rumored to be.

Just one more of my finer moments. Lawdy, mama, light my fuse!

Then just a few weeks ago, my daughter got married on a glorious Saturday.

You may not know it to look at all this gray hair, but I fashion myself as something of a great dancer.

My daughter had already warned her in-laws about me, and she banned me from the microphone, fearing what her old man might blurt out.

But she couldn't keep me off the dance floor.

As the festivities began to heat up, I approached the DJ and made my one request of the day.

Maybe you'll recognize it. If you were one of the faithful who used to flock to the best disco in the area back in the early '80s, I'm sure you will. Right around midnight they would crank this baby up at The Library on City Line Avenue and the place would go bonkers.

What the heck, it is Friday, and we could all use a little levity in our lives.

Thus, I give you the best dance song ever recorded. Enjoy.

So far, no video evidence of my performance at the reception has surfaced. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Categories: Pennsylvania

How I managed to get a parking ticket in the Daily Times lot

Fri, 2014-07-18 06:40
I've been pranked, or I guess today they refer to this as punk'd.

And I have to admit it was a pretty good one, pulled by my own staff, with the help of one of Upper Darby's finest.

This all started Tuesday afternoon as I was leaving the office. Naturally, just as I decided to head for the car, the skies opened up and it started to pour.

So I trudged back to my office, grabbed an umbrella, then braved the elements as I dashed to my car for what promised to be a soggy ride home.

That's when things took a decided turn for the worst. There was no mistaking the bright orange envelope stuck under my windshield wiper. Not much doubt about it, I had gotten a parking ticket.

Which was kind of interesting seeing as how my car had not left that parking spot in our company lot all day.

I juggled the umbrella and my brief case and snagged the envelope, which now was soaking wet.

It sure looked real, and it appeared I had received a parking ticket in the Daily Times parking lot.

Let me explain. Our parking lot is not in the best of shape. My personal parking spot (yeah, one of the perks of the job) happens to have a large depression right where my left front tire would sit. To avoid this I have taken to actually straddling the white line in the parking spot next to mine, which is not a problem since it's usually empty anyhow.

On Monday one of my staffers was taking a break in front of the building at the same time one of Upper Darby's finest was visiting the office.

As the officer exited, he was approached (notice there is no allegedlys being used in this saga)and agreed to take part in the ruse - a bogus parking ticket for the editor who was clearly double-parked.

Of course, no one bothered to let me in on the joke. So the next morning, with the ticket now dried out, I could make out that it was issued at 13:15 p.m. at 500 Mildred Ave. for double-parking.

Since I know that Mike Chitwood's guys are now active on social media, I fired off a tweet of my own: Very funny, @UDPolice, @ChiefMChitwood! I get a ticket for double parking in my own spot in the Times' parking lot? Tell me this is a prank!

It didn't take long for them to respond. It was news to them.

Later in the morning I got a call from Dave Madonna asking me to call him about this 'insane' parking ticket.

It was about that time that my staff came clean and admitted the prank. I quickly gave Madonna a call back and let him know.

The name of my staffer - and the officer - will not be released to protect the guilty.

Nice one, guys.

But you've been warned: I owe you one.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, July 17

Thu, 2014-07-17 07:42
The Daily Numbers: 24, age of suspect who will face trial for pushing a gun in the fact of the wife of Chester Mayor John Linder during a carjack attempt.

4-10 years in prison for a Chester Township man in the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man.

15, age of teen who took stand yesterday in the trial of a Chester man on trial for sexually assaulting him.

50 middle and high school kids from abroad who are spending some time in Delco as part of the Delco IU’s English Language Learners camp.

21 and 15, age of 2 suspects who face charges in armed holdup of a Dunkin Donuts in Concord.

52 million dollars, assessed value of the Granite Run Mall for 2013. That will be reduced to $42 million this year and $32 million next year.

1 more mosquito that tested positive for West Nile virus in Delco.

2 men shot in an ambush attack in the Fairhill section of Philly.

3 percent overall boost in revenue recorded by Pa. casinos this fiscal year, sparked by surge in table games play.

4.5 percent dip for the numbers for slot machines.

1.5 million dollars that will be saying in the pockets of Philly strip club owners now that a judge has nixed an attempt by the city to tax lap dances.

22, age of man charged with killing a recent college grad in Philly and then stuffing her body in a duffel bag. He lived in the same building.

27.4 billion dollars, how much tobacco firm Reynolds American is paying to acquire rival Lorillard.

77 point surge for the stock market yesterday.

1.3 billion dollars, what the Philadelphia Eagles are worth, according to Forbes Magazine.

17th place, where Eagles rank in terms of the world’s most valuable sports franchises.

37th place for the Phillies, with a value placed at $975 million.

3.4 billion for Real Madrid soccer team to claim the top spot.

2.5 billion for the Yankees, the highest-ranked American team, good for 4th place.

3-1 win for the Union over the Red Bulls in MLS action last night.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Don’t expect a miracle in the 2nd half from the Phillies. That’s the word from beat writer Dennis Deitch. And don’t expect an easy turnaround via trades at the trade deadline either. Ouch!

I Don’t Get It: A recent college grade walks in on an apparent burglary in her apartment in Philly and pays for it with her life. A man who lived in the building is now charged with her murder. His mother says he had “issues.” Ya think?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the 30 kids who performed last night in ‘The Vocalist’ competition at Media Theatre. Outstanding!

Quote Box: “I started to back up, then I ran and I started screaming for help.”

- Jourdeana Linder, wife of Chester Mayor John Linder, detailing her carjacking ordeal in court yesterday.
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Your tax dollars at work

Thu, 2014-07-17 06:57
Ever wonder where all that money from that $2.3 billion transportation package passed by the state Legislature is going? Have you driven past Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence lately?

I suggest you do it - preferably in the early-morning hours when I roll through. You can really see how the project to remake this longtime traffic bottleneck is taking shape, widening the intersection to allow better access and turn lanes at the intersection with Rose Tree Road.

It's a $5 million project.

On our editorial page today, we note that while no one wants to pay more for gas and fees, the result is worth it. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.

President Obama will get in the act today. He will pay a visit to the closed I-495 bridge in Wilmington as he makes a push for a huge infusion of new federal transportation funding to attack the nation's crumbling infrastructure.
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Delco's got talent! My night as a judge at 'The Vocalist'

Thu, 2014-07-17 06:35
People are quick these days to put down young people, from the way they dress, to the way they talk, and the way they act.

I got another view last night.

I was a guest judge for Week 2 of the Media Theatre's summer talent competition, 'The Vocalist.' I got a first-hand look at just how talented a lot of our young people are. I saw 30 young people walk out on a stage and sing their hearts out in front of a packed house.

For some reason, Roger Ricker from Media Theatre asked me if I'd like to serve as one of their weekly volunteer celebrity judges. I'm not exactly sure I qualify as much of a celebrity, but I was more than happy to take part. I was joined by County Councilman Dave White.

They got a little more star power from the show's emcee, popular Fox-29 weather anchor Sue Serio, who is no stranger to the Media Theatre stage. She and her hubby, sports guy Bill Vargus, did the two-person show 'Love Letters' there last year.

Last week Delco rocker Debbi Calton, the stalwart DJ who just marked 20 years at classic rock station WMGK, was a celebrity judge.

This week they lowered their standards with a newspaper editor.

We used the occasion to take our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' out to the theatre as sort of a warm-up act. Media Theatre Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who also serves as the chief judge for the competition, joined us and talked about how the show has grown from its origins as 'Delco Idol,' and the deep talent pool evidenced here in Delaware County. Many of the kids involved in the competition also are studying music as part of the theatre's education plans.

If you missed the show, you can see the replay here.

And if you're looking for a great night of entertainment, I highly recommend checking out the competition, which continues for the next three Wednesday nights.

Media is certainly a jumping place mid-week. State Street is packed with diners who show up for 'Dining Under the Stars,' when local restaurants shut down the main thoroughfare and set up their tables al fresco.

It's one of the county's summer highlights.

Our thanks to everyone at Media Theatre for welcoming us and the show again this year.

And best of luck to all the talented kids taking part in 'The Vocalist.'

I was impressed!
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A grim outlook for Phillies

Thu, 2014-07-17 06:11
If you're one of those clinging to the notion that Messrs. Rollins, Utley, Howard et al - otherwise known as your 2014 Phillies - have one more bit of glory in the tank, I have some bad news.

Take a deep breath, then read beat writer Dennis Deitch's stark review of the first half and the bleak outlook for the rest of the season.

Maybe worse, for those who have already come to the conclusion that the Phillies need to blow this thing up and start over, Deitch notes that is not going to be that easy.

Ruben Amaro Jr. does not have a lot to offer teams as he seeks young prospects that might turn the franchise around. Are you depressed enough?

Hey, cheer up. It's going to be beautiful out today, with no hint of humidity and temperatures in the low 80s. Of course, if you're like me and prefer things hot and humid, the thicker the better, you may not necessarily be a happy camper.

If none of that works for you, there is always this.

The Eagles open training camp in eight days.

All together now: E-A-G-L-E-S!
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 16

Wed, 2014-07-16 08:23
The Daily Numbers: 14, age of Glenolden teen who was struck by lightning during Monday night’s wild storm. He’s going to be fine.

1 in 1.9 million, odds of being struck by lightning in any 1 year.

261 people killed by lightning in U.S. from 2006-2013.

7 people killed by lightning in Pa. during same time period.

37, age of suspect who turned himself in to police in Collingdale yesterday to face charges in hit-run case.

8-0 unanimous vote in Haverford to appeal a ruling that gives the green light for a 6,880 foot Walgreens on Darby Road.

50s, what our low temperature could be tonight as a cold front rumbles through, chasing all the storms and humidity. No, it’s not a return of the ‘Polar Vortex.’

6 month contract for Paula Brown as manager of Colwyn that is expiring.

22,500 dollars, how much Colwyn is paying the former Darby Borough mayor.

19 of August, when Ridley Park Borough Council now will take up that new ordinance regulating yard sales. Last night’s meeting had to be postponed.

23, age of recent college grad Laura Araujo, whose body was discovered stuffed in a duffel bag in Philly.

82, age of Pittsburgh conservative millionaire banker Richard Scaife, In his will he’s leaving much of his art collection to the Brandywine River Museum.

52, age of woman seriously injured when a rock dropped by teens from a bridge overpass in western Pa. went through her windshield and struck her in the face.

5 point increase for the stalled stock market yesterday.

1 hit for Chase Utley in last night’s All-Star Game. He came close to a homer but settled for a double. He also was hit by a pitch.

2 for 2 for Derek Jeter.

5-3 win for the AL, powered by two big hits by Millville’s Mike Trout.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Let me be the first to cast a vote against the Phillies dealing Cole Hamels. I know they need to rebuild. Trading their best pitcher is not the way to go about it.

I Don’t Get It: Game time temperatures in Minneapolis for last night’s All-Star Game were in the 50s. The cool front is headed here? Is this summer? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to David Bodkin, who will have quite the tale to tell his classmates when he goes back to school. He survived being struck by lightning.

Quote Box: “Right now, I’m, in limbo.”

- Paula Brown on her status as Colwyn borough manager.
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Delco teen survives being struck by lightning

Wed, 2014-07-16 07:35
David Bodkin might need a new nickname when he heads back to school in September.

We'd suggest 'Lucky.'

The 14-year-old will have quite the tale to tell, after he survived being struck by lightning as he walked toward a care in Glenolden during the wild thunderstorm that rumbled across the region Monday night.

It was just around 8 p.m. when Bodkin and a friend made a dash for the car as they prepared to head home to Prospect Park.

Bodkin didn't get that far.

He got hit by a lightning bolt between his wrist and thumb.

He was rushed to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and then transferred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington.

He's going to be fine.

The odds are being struck by lightning are one in 1.9 million. Bodkin should be good for the summer.

He's still one lucky kid.
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'Live From the Newroom' takes on 'The Vocalist'

Wed, 2014-07-16 07:09
Excuse me while I limber up my vocal cords.

We'll be out on the road again tonight as we head back to Media, which is not only the county seat but the county hot spot on Wednesday nights.

We were there a couple of weeks ago to kick off their Wednesday night tradition of 'Dining Under the Stars,' when they shut down State Street and borough restaurants set up their tables in the middle of what just a few minutes before a main thoroughfare. It was a blast.

Tonight we're headed back to Media for another great summer tradition in the borough.

We'll be at the Media Theatre, serving as the opening act for Week 2 of their summer talent competition 'The Vocalist.' You might remember this contest by its former name, 'Delco Idol.'

It showcases some of the most talented singers from the region.

We'll be joined by some of the Media Theatre stalwarts, including Jesse Cline, the theatre's artistic director who serves as the primary judge for the competition, as well as a very familiar face. Sue Serio, the weather anchor from Fox-29, serves as emcee for the show. Sue knows all about the treasure of the Media Theatre. She and her husband, TV sports guy Bill Vargus, have starred in shows there.

We'll also talk to some of the kids set to perform.

After the show, it will be my honor to serve as one of the guest judges for tonight's competition.

Note that because 'The Vocalist' competition starts at 7, our 'Live From the Newsroom' show will air at a special time. We'll be live on DelcoTimes.com from 6:30-7.

Join us!
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