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Brace yourself for Beer Wars. Count me in.Yesterday Gov. Tom Wolf weighed in on one of the state's longest lasting 'brew'-hahas. That would be the archaic way Pennsylvania handles the sale of alcohol.That, of course, falls under the purview of the state Liquor Control Board, which has set up a maze of different hoops people in this state have to jump through to buy booze.Yesterday Wolf supported the notion of allowing gas stations to sell six-packs of beer.Can you say Wawa?The Delco-based convenience store chain is in the business of setting up an area in one store - out on Naamans Creek Road in Concord - for beer sales.But state law currently bans the sale of alcohol at any location "where the sale of liquid fuels or oil is conducted."Sheetz, the Wawa of the convenience store world in the middle part of the state, is challenging that ruling in a location concerning a store in Shippensburg.They're not the only interested parties. The state Malt Beverage Distributors Association, which represents private beer distributors, opposes the measure. One court backed the PLCB's ban on sales at gas stations, but the matter now sits with the state Supreme Court. The PLCB is currently in the process of weighing nine other applications.Wolf is urging them to "free the six-pack"Imagine that, being able to duck into your local convenience store on the way home to grab a cold six-pack.Ask anyone who lives in another state about our laws.They think we're living in the Dark Ages.I'm not sure they're wrong.In another lifetime, I lived for a few years in Colorado. In the supermarkets there, you had several aisles of the store devoted to anything you might want - beer, wine, or liquor. And you put it in your cart and pay for it with all the rest of your groceries.Every 7-Eleven had a cold case where you could grab a six-pack. In West Virginia, where my son lives, every Sheetz store has the same thing. But here in Pennsylvania? Let's review.Beer? You want a six-pack. You have to go to your local deli or tavern and likely pay through the nose. Or a supermarket that has beer sales. But you can't pay for it along with the rest of your groceries. That's a separate part of the store.So much for convenience.You want a case, instead of a six-pack? That's another trip, this time to the beer distributor. He can't sell you a six-pack by the way, but he can now offer a 12-pack. A bottle of wine for dinner? That means a third trip, to your friendly state store. But you can't buy beer there.I have long been a proponent of Pennsylvania getting out of the booze business.I understand it means revenue and jobs.I also think the state has no business sticking its nose into what is really private enterprise.But I don't expect it to change anytime soon, despite seemingly constant attempts to change the system in Harrisburg.My offers still stands. The day they are finally going to blow up this system and turn the whole thing over to private enterprise - can you say Total Wine? - I'm available to push the plunger.
The Upper Darby School Board was good to its word. Last week they rolled out a $189 million dollar budget that did something school board members are always talking about - but very rarely ever actually do.That would be holding the line on taxes.After several years of property tax hikes, Upper Darby this year decided to bite the bullet and not raise taxes.Tuesday night the school board gave preliminary approval to the plan.You can get all the details here.It's not as if the district is flush with money. In fact, they are staring at a $6.5 million deficit.But instead of simply reaching into home owners' wallets, the school board instead will tap into their fund balance, and keep their fingers crossed that an expected uptick in revenue holds up.Officials made clear that this is a "one-time opportunity" to provide relief to local taxpayers.We hear that. Aside from crime, property taxes without question generate the most complaints we hear from residents.This is where the Legislature should step in and take action.Unfortunately, they don't exactly see eye-to-eye with Gov. Tom Wolf when it comes to spending, in particular the Democratic governor's plan for a huge increase in education spending, and the hefty tax hike to pay for it.We don't expect that is going to change anytime soon. The two sides are about to start up the budget negotiations again. As usual, they face a July 1 deadline to have a spending plan in place. And as usual, most people expect them to blow right by that deadline. Last year the standoff dragged on for nine months.There is something the Legislature can do in the meantime.They can make permanent the fair funding formula suggested by a Basic Education Funding Commission.Today, on our op-ed page, we hear two voices in favor of just such a move.Larry Feinberg is a longtime member of the Haverford School Board. He's also the founder and co-chairman of the Keystone State Education Coalition.He knows his stuff. And he knows the state - one of only three in the nation that does not have a statewide funding formula - has been lax in this area for far too long.Also joining in the calls for making the measure permanent is newly minted state Sen. Tom Killion, R-9.It's time. Pennsylvania has operated in the dark ages in terms of education funding long enough.Just ask the folks in William Penn and Interboro. They also are struggling with red ink there, but it's likely they instead will again be enacting tax hikes, job cuts, or both.The residents of Upper Darby dodged a bullet. But that light at the end of the tunnel is actually a train.It's up to the Legislature to derail this annual funding debacle.
In Chester, the question remains the same: Who fired the shots that killed 14-year-old Zenas Powell. It's the question that has possessed police - and much of the city - since gunfire rang out Saturday night, hitting Powell, his 16-year-old cousin Quamar, and another woman.Police believe they were innocent bystanders, in the wrong place at the wrong time.The hunt for suspects goes on.In the meantime, the community is rallying around the Powell family. That includes his "school family."Zenas attended Chester Community Charter School.The school's founder, Vahan Gureghian, and his wife, Danielle, are picking up the tab for Zenas' funeral expenses. They also have matched the $5,000 reward being offered by the city for information in the case.It's fair to say that this newspaper has not always seen eye to eye with Vahan Gureghian. We have often questioned operations at Chester Community Charter, the largest charter school in the state, and its effect on the Chester Upland School District. Roughly half of the kids in Chester now attend Chester Community Charter. We have gone to court in an effort to get Gureghian to open his books about the school's operation. Gureghian has steadfastly argued that as a private entity he is not required to do so.As I said, we've had our disagreements before. Not now.A school has a special relationship with its students. Its clear from the reaction that Powell's tragic loss has deeply affected those at the school. That includes Gureghian.What he is doing is a good thing.What is happening elsewhere in Chester is not.The Powell case was barely 48 hours old when Chester recorded its next homicide. Police say a man was gunned down Monday night in the 11 block of Carla Lane in the Ruth L. Bennett Homes.There have been no arrests in that case either.It marks the 11th homicide this year in Chester.The city's sad saga continues.
The Daily Numbers: 85, expected high today, with lots of sun. Ahhhhhh! 0 tax hike in the budget given preliminary OK in Upper Darby last night.189 million dollar spending plan.6.5 million dollar deficit.2 million dollars being tapped from district’s fund balance.3,521, tax bill for average Upper Darby home assessed at $100,000.94 million dollar budget in William Penn. They likely are looking at a tax hike.4.5 million dollar shortfall.2.5 million being used from their fund balance.541,660 shortfall in the Radnor School District budget6,682 in casino winnings police say a man stole from a woman in Secane after he followed her home. He was arrested and she got the money back.11th homicide recorded in Chester Monday night.2 people now facing charges on May 2.22, age of Erikk Wright, a former All-Delco hoops player at Chester High, who has been charged in the fatal shooting.1 person struck and killed by a train on the Market-Frankford Line at the 13th Street station.6 packs of beer at gas stations. That’s what Gov. Tom Wolf came out in favor of yesterday.3-1 loss for Phils to Tigers.2 straight losses and 4 of last 5 for the Phils.10 strikeouts for Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander in 8 scoreless innings.8 of 9 won by Tigers after losing 11 of 12 earlier this season. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Phillies continue to be betrayed by their impotent bats. I Don’t Get It: Has anyone ever suffered a more precipitous fall than Bill Cosby. This was Cliff Huxtable. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby School Board. Good to their word, they held the line on taxes. At least for now. Quote Box: “I don’t want to raise taxes ... but I’m seriously concerned about providing a thorough and efficient system of education and advocating to our state when we’re about to say we have enough.”- Upper Darby School Board Member Heather Boyd.
As usual, it is the photo that grabs you by the throat. And twists that knot in your stomach.The photo that graces today's front page is of a beaming Zenas Powell. It captures the 14-year-old decked out in his finest last Friday night as he headed off to his eighth-grade formal. He's wearing a dapper blue shirt, dark vest and smart bow tie, along with a 1,000-watt smile.Just 24 hours later, the teen was dead, the latest victim of the senseless gun violence that continues to grip Chester in its deadly tentacles.While his family searches for answers, the police are searching for suspects.On our editorial page today, we again take up the issue of violence in Chester, as well as any number of other Delaware County towns. I don't expect everyone to agree with the opinion stated there.It seems pretty simple. There are too many guns on our streets, in the hands of too many people who should not have them. The answer to gun violence is not going to be found in Harrisburg, nor in Washington, D.C.It's going to be found on the streets of Chester, Upper Darby, Darby Borough and every other town that battles this problem. It's almost beyond belief that the smiling countenance of Zenas Powell the jumps off that front page today could be so easily and quickly snuffed out.Maybe the first step is to simply talk about it.Nothing else seems to be working.Why do I say that. Police in Chester are investigating another fatal shooting in Chester that took place Monday night. That's right, another life lost just about 48 hours after Powell was gunned down.Maybe someone smarter than me has a solution for this.I know this. I'm getting tired of seeing great young faces like that of Zenas Powell snuffed out in an instant.
That sigh of relief you hear in Upper Darby tonight likely will be coming from the area of the high school. The school board is expected to vote tonight on the budget plan they first unveiled last week.Despite a hefty deficit, the board is vowing to hold the line on taxes. Instead of reaching into residents' wallets with still another increase in local property taxes, the board instead will tap their fund balance to the tune of $6.5 million. That along with a hoped-for increase in revenue will allow the board to keep the current tax rate.Officials make it clear this is a "one-time only" deal. Without help from Harrisburg, property owners likely will be looking at an increase in the future. But at least for this year, they are avoiding a tax hike.The meeting starts at 6:30. After several committee meetings, the board is expected to hear public comments on the budget and then offer their preliminary vote. It will not become final until a board vote in June.You can get all the details here.
The more you see of Pete Mackanin, the more you have to like him. Nobody expected the Phillies to be where they are, with a 25-20 record, just two games behind the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East.Most preseason predictions pegged the Phils to be one of the worst teams in baseball.The best person in Mackanin's lineup has been Odubel Herrera, who has taken command of the leadoff position and is a constant on-base threat. Last night he went 3-for-4 to raise his lusty batting average to .335.But he also did something else in what would become a disappointing 5-4 loss in the series opener with the Tigers in Detroit.In the seventh inning, Herrera, who has been battling some bumps and bruises, failed to run out a grounder.It did not escape Mackanin's notice.He promptly pulled his best player."He knows he should've run," the skipper said after the game.Message delivered.Herrera likely will be back in the lineup tonight.But for a young team just starting to tape into the potential of what they might be, Mackanin's actions stand out.There is a right way and a wrong way to go about things. Not running out a ground ball is the wrong way.And that will not stand with Mackanin.That has not always been the case with the Phils.It's nice to see for a change.
The Daily Numbers: 10,000 dollar reward now being offered in fatal shooting of Chester teen. 5,000 dollars put up by Vahan Gureghian, founder of Chester Community Charter School, where 14-year-old victim Zenas Powell attended classes.1 person shot and killed on streets of Chester Monday night.26, age of man charged in May 1 homicide in Chester.10 homicides so far this year in Chester.17 homicides so far this year in the county.6.5 million dollar deficit in the Upper Darby School District budget.0 tax hike that will be voted on tonight.51, age of Cabrini College professor who was struck and killed while attempting to cross Lancaster Avenue in Wayne Saturday night.19, age of teen who entered a guilty plea in a wild police chase that left 1 person injured in Glenolden.3 people who entered guilty pleas for intimidating a witness in a Delco murder case.63, age of woman in North Wales who faces a murder charge in the fatal shooting of her ex-husband.2 and 4, age of kids left unattended in a Chester County home while their mother and her fiance went shopping at the local Wal-Mart.5-4 loss for the Phils to the Tigers in the series opener in Detroit last night.2 home runs for Miguel Cabrera.4 solo homers total for the Tigers.2 games back of the Nats now for the Phils.3 hits for Odubel Herrera, who was still benched by skipper Pete Mackanin for not running out a ground out. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Odubel Herrera has been the best player in the Phils’ lineup. That’s why it was so impressive that Mackanin benched him for not running out that ground ball. That sends a clear message to a young team. I Don’t Get It: About 48 hours after Zenas Powell was gunned down, Chester police are reporting another fatal shooting in the city. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chester Community Charter School and founder Vahan Gureghian. They are paying for Powell’s funeral as well as matching the $5,000 reward in the case. Powell attended Chester Community Charter. Quote Box: “I can’t believe something like this could happen.”- Twitter post reacting to shooting death of Zenas Powell.
Last week hundreds of people left Chester in buses to make the trek to Harrisburg to support a proposal that would make some commonsense changes to Pennsylvania gun laws, in particular when it comes to background checks. It did not take long for them to realize - once again - when they arrived back home that Chester is awash in guns, many of them in the hands of people who should not have them.Gunfire once again was heard on the streets of Chester Saturday night. This time the target apparently was a group of people in an SUV. They weren't the ones hit in the hail of bullets, however.Two young cousins were caught in the crossfire. Police believe they were innocent bystanders.Zenas Powell, 14, was killed. His cousin, Quamar Powell, 16, was seriously wounded and remains in critical condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. A third person was wounded, but luckily escaped serious injury.There are not a lot of lucky people on the streets of Chester these days. Residents are far too used to the sounds of gunfire. What was once a rarity too often now is simply explained away as part of everyday life.That should not be the case.Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland again yesterday reiterated that this kind of senseless violence will not be tolerated. A $5,000 reward for information has been offered in the hopes that it will turn up information on the shooters.I'm not sure the answer to gun violence is going to be found in Harrisburg. Sure, some of those measures being considered will help. There are simply too many guns out there, in the hands of people who should not have them.I'm not sure that is going to change.There is one other thing that won't change either. None of that is going to bring back Zenas Powell, the latest innocent victim of street violence in Chester.You can read our full story on the shooting here.
I used my weekly print column today to talk about leadership. Yeah, I know, I was wondering why a group would select me to sit down with several groups of young people to talk about leadership.I was part of a media panel that took part in the annual Delaware County Youth Leadership Academy out at Penn State Brandywine.I've been going to this event for several years. I always appreciate the opportunity to sit down with some of the brightest kids in Delaware County. I can assure you our future is in good hands.I always tell them about what I consider the seminal events in my life, things that shaped who I am and what I do for a living.That's one of the reasons I told them about Lincoln University.Why? You can read it here.
Forget the Phillies for a moment. It's probably not all that hard to do after they lost a series at home to the Braves this weekend. They're not the most important sports story out there today.They're not even the most important baseball story.You want a little inspiration on a Monday morning? Meet Andrew Austen. The pitcher is leading his Radnor High baseball team into the District One Class AAA tournament. The Raiders were struggling to start the season, sporting an 0-5 mark when Austen stepped into the breech and gave the team - and its sagging pitching staff - a much-needed boost.Andew is just like any other high school kid, except for one thing. He only has one arm. It hasn't stopped him from excelling on the field - or off it for that matter. If you do nothing else today, make sure you read Matt DeGeorge's profile on Austen. You can't help but root for this kid.
The Daily Numbers: 3 people shot, 1 killed on streets of Chester Saturday night. 14, age of Zenas Powell, killed in the shooting. He and his cousin Quamar, 16, are believed to be innocent bystanders.30 bullets that police believe were fired in the incident.5,000 dollar reward posted for information in the case.1,600 people who use the Media/Elwyn regional rail line who likely will be boarding shuttle buses this summer when the line ends at Swarthmore going west for renovations of the Crum Creek Bridge.915 feet long, 100 feet high for that span.1895, when it was built.1983, when emergency repairs were made to the span, with more done in 2002, 2013, and 2014.55.5 million dollars in state funding for the project.33, age of man facing charges that he took upskirt photos of several women in the county.1 person killed, several others injured in fatal crash on Route 30 in Chester County.21, age of coed at Penn State who was electrocuted when she grabbed a high-voltage wire when she and some friends were on the roof of their house.67, age of man shot and killed in what police are describing as a domestic incident in North Wales.51, age of Cabrini College professor who was struck and killed as he crossed Lancaster Avenue in Wayne.5.8 cent per gallon hike in price at the gas pumps last week.2 of 3 dropped by Phils to Braves over the weekend.5-0 win yesterday to avoid being swept.5 hits and 0 runs over 7 innings for starter Jerad Eickhoff.5-0 score was biggest margin of victory for the Phils this year.7 shutouts this year for Phils’ pitchers, tops in majors.6 game road trip on tap. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Want to read a great, inspirational sports story today? Check out the saga of Radnor pitcher Andrew Austen. It’s a winner. I Don’t Get It: More gun violence in Chester. More innocent victims. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Andrew Austen. He’s Delco’s very own version of the Jim Abbott story. Quote Box: “You realize, not just in baseball but in everything else, you’ve got to teach yourself how to do things.”- Radnor pitcher Andrew Austen, on overcoming being born with one arm.
Call it a tale of two school districts. Both are facing massive deficits. But they're taking different approaches to solving their financial woes.In the Upper Darby School District, they are resisting making cuts or raising taxes in the wake of a $6.5 million shortfall.They rolled out a spending plan this week at a packed meeting and received a standing ovation when they announced they would not hike taxes, nor would they be cutting jobs or programs.We even went to bat on our editorial page today for the district for their efforts in not hiking the levy on property owners who have been hit with one increase after another on that bane of Pennsylvania home owners - the property tax. Things didn't do quite so well down the road at the Interboro School District.Once again there was a packed meeting.But residents in Interboro learned the district is considering both cutting jobs - and raising taxes.The district is $3 million in the red, and they say eliminating more than 20 jobs, including both teachers and support staff, along with the tax hike, still won't balance the books.They are vowing to try to whittle the cuts before the final budget is adopted.In the meantime, out in Harrisburg, our elected leaders are once again starting to prepare for another budget standoff.We all know how the last one went.But the problem remains the same. School districts - and taxpayers - are drowning in red ink.I wonder if our leaders in Harrisburg are paying attention to what happened in Delaware Count this week.
My one-man campaign to get Pennsylvania out of the booze business, blow up the state stores, and turn that entire operation over to private enterprise continues to spin its wheels. Yes, I am the state's leading proponent of allowing Total Wine or some other private entity dip their feet into the waters of Pennsylvania's alcohol biz. I want to be able to grab a six-pack at Wawa. I'd love to be able to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner while I'm getting my groceries, although I don't want to have to do it in a separate part of the store. I'd like to do what people in most sane states do, put a bottle of wine or case of beer in my cart with the rest of the groceries.Yes, I know, I'm dreaming. This is Pennsylvania, after all.So instead I embark today on a new mission: I'd like to suggest a new state slogan:"Welcome to Pennsylvania, world's worst weather, 365 days a year."Granted, I'm picking the wrong day to do this. It's going to be gorgeous today, with lots of sun and highs in the mid-70s. Don't get too excited. The rain is coming back, just in time to drench our Saturday.Yes, it's been a wet, miserable spring. It's enough to drive a man to drink. Which means, of course, that he has to drive to a state store first.Swell. Or should that be swill?
I'm happy for the Sixers. I really am. The ping-pong balls and the basketball gods smiled on them this week, giving them the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.A lot of people are saying this is evidence that "The Process," former GM Sam Hinkie's much-ballyhooed method of getting bad enough to garner all those high picks, was the right way to go.I'm not so sure.The whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth.Yes, I know that's the way the NBA is constructed, that it's really the only way to get back among the league's elite.That doesn't mean I have to like it.I don't.I lost my interest in the Sixers over the last three years. What they did is referred to as "tanking," losing on purpose for the sole purpose of increasing their odds of getting the top draft pick.It was not a lot of fun to watch.You almost have to feel sorry for Hinkie, the man who conceived this plan, only to be axed once the NBA bosses put pressure on the Sixers' owners to end the charade.They promptly brought in the Colangelo family to run things, and the writing was on the wall for Hinkie.Now the biggest question the Sixers face is whether to take LSU star Ben Simmons, or Duke's Brandon Ingram with that top pick.Oh, and one other thing, just in case they ever win something.Should their accomplishment be complete with an asterisk?
The Daily Numbers: $3 million dollar deficit in the Interboro School District. 20-plus jobs on chopping block.3.2 percent tax hike planned.2.3 million dollars in savings projected.15, age of teen charged as adult in a Chester home invasion.16, age of missing teen Breanna Watson, who has been reunited with her family.1,700 students who picked up diplomas from Delaware County Community College yesterday.3 young girls all under the age of 10 who police say were sexually abused by a Chester County man.3 people involved in an attack on a gay couple on a Philly street who are now being sued.84, age of veteran CBS newsman and longtime ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Morley Safer, who died yesterday, just a week after retiring.61-year career in the news business. 2 of 3 Americans who say they would have trouble paying for an unexpected $1,000 expense.7-5 win for Springfield over Haverford in boys lacrosse. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Phils get back at it tonight, kicking off a 3-game homestand with the lowly Braves. Can you say sweep? I Don’t Get It: They found another gun inside a school in Delco. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to all the grads from Delaware County Community College who picked up diplomas yesterday. Quote Box: “No one wants to be in this position of eliminating any staff members.”- Interboro Schools Superintendent Bernadette Reiley
It's got to be one of the most thankless, unappreciated jobs out there. Why would anyone run for their local school board.You never hear about these people when things are going smooth. The public stays away in droves from their meetings - until they start talking about raising taxes, or cutting jobs or course offerings.Then, suddenly, they find themselves in the crosshairs.Especially these days in Pennsylvania, where our governor and Legislature do not exactly see eye-to-eye on spending and budget negotiations drag on for months, local school board members are left hanging in the wind, pretty much to fend for themselves when it comes to their budget.All of which makes what happened this week in the Upper Darby School District all that much more important.That's why it landed on our front page this morning.Upper Darby schools are facing a $6 million shortfall. But they're not raising taxes.Instead, they will simply tighten their belts, tapping into their fund balance as they await word from Harrisburg on much much state aid they can expect.Good for them.You can read about it here.
Incredibly dumb. Insensitive. Selfish." Uh-oh, Ed Rendell is in the news again.The former mayor and governor was working overtime yesterday to extract his foot from his mouth after some less than amusing musings on Donald Trump's relationships with women.Speaking with the Washington Post, Fast Eddie said the reality TV star turned leader of the Republican Party will have trouble with women voters, in particular in the Philadelphia suburbs, because of his comments about women.Then he managed to out-Trump The Donald."Will he have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure," Rendell said of Trump's often belittling, combative comments about women. "For every one, he'll lose one and a half, two Republican women."Rendell suggested Trump's comments will come back to haunt him at the polls."There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women," the former guv quipped. "People take that stuff personally." Yes, they do, Mr. Mayor.Rendell was quick to apologize after the comments went viral yesterday.He fell on his sword - or maybe his tongue - lamenting his comments as "incredibly dumb and selfish."Rendell was one of the key Democratic power brokers who helped lift Katie McGinty to the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Pat Toomey.And he's a Hillary Clinton booster.It's not the first time Rendell's has made headlines with his mouth. He's known for saying what's on his mind. This time, while shooting from the lip, he managed to shoot himself in the foot.
For a few hours yesterday, something happened in Philly that has not happened since 2011. No, the Sixers did not win again. You should be satisfied with getting the No. 1 pick in the draft.But those guys in pinstripes across the street? They look more and more like they are for real.With yesterday's 4-2 win over the Marlins, the Phils actually climbed a few percentage points ahead of the Mets to take first place in National League East. It was the first time since 2011 that the Phils have sat atop the division. No, it didn't last long. The Nats beat the Mets last night to inch back into first. They now have a winning percentage of .590 at 23-16. The Phils are right on their tails at .585, sporting the most unlikely record in sports at 24-17. As it is the Phillies are in second place, ahead of the Mets. No one saw this coming.Most people had the Phils pegged as being one of the worst teams in baseball.Not exactly.They continue to ride good pitching and timely hitting to efficient wins.This is not Murderers Row. They don't scare anyone at the plate. Their best hitter, Maikel Franco, has yet to really warm up. But as long as they get the kind of dynamic starting pitching and off-the-charts bullpen work they've been getting, they aren't going to go away.Yesterday it was Jeremy Hellickson's turn again. He allowed two early runs, then sailed through the sixth inning. He allowed just five hits and at one point retired 11 in a row. That's when he turned things over to the Phils' trusty bullpen. Bang!David Hernandez, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez took turns blowing away the Braves in the 7th, 8th and 9th. Gomez picked up his 16th save in 17 tries.Tyler Goeddel provided some timely hitting, going 3-for-4 with a home run. After a rough start, he's hitting over .300 in the last few weeks.How long can it last. Well, take a look at the schedule. After a day off today, the Phils will entertain the cellar-dwelling Braves for three, followed by the struggling Detroit Tigers, who are two games under .500. And all six games are at Citizens Bank Park. First-place Phils?We might need to get used to it.
The Daily Numbers: 6.5 million dollar shortfall in the Upper Darby School District. 0 tax hike.3,521 dollar tax bill for average home assessed at $100,000 in the township.30 million dollar transformation slated for Terminal B at Philly International Airport.8 new restaurants that will greet travelers.23 people facing charges in a check fraud probe in Upper Darby.16, age of Breanna Watson, who remains subject of search in Clifton Heights. She’s been missing since Saturday.12 million dollars for traffic signal upgrades coming to Delco. 2 Delco natives who will be ordained as priests this weekend.1963 Bonner grad William Atkinson, who will be focus of an assembly and presentation at the school today. The Rev. William Atkinson is being pushed for sainthood.88 years of service among 3 recent retirees from the Upper Chichester Police Department.$1 million dollar lottery ticket sold in Marcus Hook that has yet to be claimed.20 years in federal prison for a Montco man convicted of taping kids while they were using the bathroom.66 people aboard an EgyptAir flight heading from Paris to Cairo that vanished this morning. It is believed to have crashed.0.10 or higher blood alcohol content for a 1st time DUI offender that would mandate an ignition interlock device, under new state law that Gov. Tom Wolf said he will sign.4-2 win for the Phils over the Marlins yesterday..585 winning percentage for Phils..590 mark for the Nats.24-17 record now for Phils.24-13 since starting out 0-4.6 strong innings for starter Jeremy Hellickson, who gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.19 in a row he retired at one point.Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.For a couple of hours after their win yesterday, the Phils actually were in 1st place. The Nats edged past them with a win over the Mets. I Don’t Get It: Ed Rendell. Really, gov? Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Upper Darby School Board, which will hold the line on taxes despite facing a $6.5 million shortfall. Quote Box: “There are probably more ugly women in American than attractive women.”- Ed Rendell.