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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick (Special Thanksgiving Edition)

Thu, 2014-11-27 06:08
Attention Eagles fans. Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast. I don’t think you’re going to like dessert.

The Eagles invade Jerry’s World for a special holiday clash with the hated Cowboys. Nothing quite gets Philly fans revved up as the sight of those guys with the star on their helmet.

Chip Kelly has constructed an 8-3 mark by beating the teams they are supposed to beat. Today they take a step up in class in playing the team with an identical mark that is tied with them atop the NFC East.

The key to this game will be the Eagles defense vs. Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense. If they can pressure Romo, knock his increasingly brittle body off his game a bit, they have a shot. The Eagles will score points. I’m just not sure they can stop Romo, DeMarcus Murray and Dez Bryant.

Throw in the mandatory couple of turnovers from Mark Sanchez and that’s a lot to overcome.

Also not working in the Eagles favor is their road record this year against three other solid NFL teams. Trips to Arizona, San Francisco and Green Bay all went into the ‘L’ column, the fiasco against the Packers including an exclamation point.

If the Eagles have an advantage, it might be on special teams. Another return touchdown would be huge in Dallas. The Birds’ best bet is to feed LeSean McCoy and try to keep Romo et all off the field, at the same time limiting the chance that Mark Sanchez would throw a pick. But Shady has been kind of spotty so far this year. Maybe the stars will bring out the best in him.

Then again, maybe Romo will once again revert to his old self, and turn the ball over in a crucial situation late in the game.

This one likely will be a shootout, but I think the Cowboys have more weapons.

The Pick: Make it Cowboys 29, Eagles 26. I hate to ruin your Thanksgiving, but I don’t see the Birds beating the ‘Boys on a day when we all feast on bird. I hope I’m wrong. The challenge for Chip Kelly and the Eagles now will be trying to figure out a way to rally and make the playoffs.

Season Record: I had a feeling a team like the Titans was going to struggle on the road coming off a short week following their appearance on Monday Night Football. They didn’t disappoint. Things get a lot tougher for the Eagles the next three weeks, at Dallas, home for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, and a home rematch with the Cowboys. The blowout win over the Titans raised the Eagles mark to 8-3, pretty amazing in light of the injuries they’ve had to overcome. I jumped on the Birds to push my season mark to 8-3 as well. One of us is going to fall today in Dallas.

Game by Game: Eagles 43, Titans 24 (My Pick: Eagles 34, Titans 23)

Packers 53, Eagles 20, 21 (My Pick: Packers 33, Eagles 24)

Eagles 45, Panthers 21 (My Pick: Eagles 33, Panthers 17)

Eagles 31, Texans 21 (My Pick: Eagles 29, Texans 19)

Cardinals 24, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Cardinals 23)

Eagles 27, Giants 0 (My Pick: Giants 31, Eagles 26)

Eagles 34, Rams 28 (My Pick: Eagles 35, Rams 19)

49ers 26, Eagles 21 (My Pick: 49ers 33, Eagles 29)

Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)

Eagles 30, Colts 27 (My Pick: Colts 29, Eagles 23)

Eagles 37, Redskins 34 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Nov. 26

Wed, 2014-11-26 07:40
The Daily Numbers: 2-4 inches of snow possible across the western suburbs. I’ll believe it when I see it.

6 inches possible up in the Poconos. At least the ski resort operators are happy.

8 p.m., when the snow is expected to move out of the region.

500,000 people expected to be traveling today.

3 home invaders who terrorized a Parkside couple.

1 person fatally shot in Chester.

41 homicides so far this year in the county.

26 of those in Chester. Those numbers likely will go to 42 and 27 later today with ruling in latest shooting.

290,000 dollars being put up by Wawa for traffic improvements for their proposed new store at intersection of Baltimore Pike and Providence Road in Media.

75,000 dollar grant for Ridley to study how to improve the look of MacDade Boulevard.

2 straight months that Rose Tree Media teachers have aired their complaints about the lack of a contract to the school board.

100 members of the teachers union were at the recent board meeting.

14, age of girl who was being held captive by sex trafficking ring in Philly. A 56-year-old Main Line lawyer has been charged with having sex with the girl.

98 jobs coming to the Wharf in Chester with the arrival of Day & Zimmerman, an engineering and construction firm now based in Philly.

17,500 square feet the firm will occupy at the refurbished former Peco power plant.

4:30 kickoff tomorrow for Eagles in Dallas.

4 traditional high school gridiron clashes on tap Thursday in Delco.

60-55 win for No. 12 Villanova over No. 19 Michigan. Nice win.

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

Have you moved your holiday feast to accommodate the 4:30 start of the Eagles game? Have to have your priorities.

I Don’t Get It: TV Weather. Again. Call me on Memorial Day.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who protested peacefully in the wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson. And serious jeers who simply used it as an opportunity to cause havoc.

Quote Box: “You can look at what the officer did in this case and be upset about it but when are we going to be upset with the killings we perpetuate against one another every day?”

- William ‘Rocky’ Brown III, longtime Chester pastor on the Ferguson shooting.
Categories: Pennsylvania

No thanks for this weather

Wed, 2014-11-26 07:00
Here's something else NOT to be thankful for this year.

TV Weather.

In case you were blissfully preparing tomorrow's feast and have not yet turned on the TV, there is nothing else happening today but the weather. And its possible effect on the busiest travel day of the year.

Of course, right now it's only raining. But it's what's coming that has our TV friends hyperventilating.

Yes, we stand a chance of seeing a coating of snow.

It is not going to paralyze the region.

But it will not stop all-day frenzy whipped up on your local TV station. Reporters have already been dispatched to the western suburbs to talk to people in the rain. Go figure.

Here's what most of the forecasters expect.

It will continue raining this morning, and gradually turn over to snow. Around here the ground might get a coating, streets likely will remain just wet or a tad slushy.

Of course, that could be different if you live in the infamous "northern and western suburbs." Just where those are, however, is a bit cloudy. When exactly did the Poconos become "suburbs." They are going to get snow up there. I'm sure the ski resort operators are thrilled.

At some point this morning the rain is expected to change over to snow. At the top end we're looking at 2-4 inches. A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 9 a.m.

Don't panic, this is not a major storm.

The roads are going to be packed anyhow, so make sure you pack your patience.

The airport and trains will be mobbed, but then you knew that was going to be the cast before the forecast took a turn for the worse.

Here's how Accuweather sees the day playing out.Want to be thankful? Hey, we don't live in Buffalo.
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The key to beating the Cowboys

Wed, 2014-11-26 06:33
Yes, there will be a 'Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick, even though the Birds are playing on Thanksgiving in Dallas.

I hope the game does not disrupt your holiday dinner.

I fear it may give you indigestion, however.

Here's the deal, at least as I see it.

This game comes down to the Eagles defense vs. Tony Romo.

If they can put pressure on him, make him uncomfortable in the pocket, bang his increasingly brittle body around a little, I like their chances. I'm just not sure they will be able to do that.

In addition, the Cowboys just might try to make Romo less of a factor by pounding away at the Birds with the league's leading rusher, DeMarco Murray.

We might as well resign ourselves to the fact that Mark Sanchez is going to turn the ball over a couple of times. That was his M.O. with the Jets, and not much has changed since he's opted for a different shade of green.

This game will be up to the Eagles defense.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 25

Tue, 2014-11-25 07:45
The Daily Numbers: 400 police vehicles in 42 departments across Delaware County that will be equipped with the overdose-reversing drug Nalaxone starting on Saturday.

1st law enforcement officers in the state that will be able to save lives by administering the drug.

320 percent increase in heroin deaths in Delco over the past 5 years.

325 people lost to ODs since 2007.

22, age of Aimee Willard when she was killed by Arthur Bomar in 1996. The state high court has rejected the latest appeal from Bomar, who faces the death penalty.

4-3 vote in Brookhaven to OK the proposed development of a tract on Edgmont Avenue and Coebourn Boulevard.

25 acres of the 55-acre tract that will be developed.

22 conditions slapped on the site.

0 tax increase in the preliminary budget for Media Borough.

0 tax increase in the preliminary budget for Ridley Park.

63, age of woman from Elkins Park killed in an accident on I-95 in rainy conditions early Monday.

5 hours, how long the northbound lanes were shut down.

4 inches of snow a possibility across the region on Wednesday.

72, record-setting high temperature that we hit on Monday.

17,817.90 close for the Dow yesterday, another record high.

0 wins so far for the Sixers this season.

0 goals scored by the Flyers last night in loss to Isles.

14 straight losses for Sixers, who fell to Portland last night, 114-104.

24 points for Michael Carter-Williams.

33 points for LaMarcus Aldridge to lead the Blazers

46 shots stopped by Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who finally allowed 1 to get by him in shootout.

5 losses in last 6 games for Flyers.

5 straight losses on road.

2-6-1 road mark this year for Flyers.

2 more days until Eagles-Cowboys.

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

Is the turkey done yet? It’s almost time for a Thanksgiving treat. No, not the holiday dinner. Eagles vs. Cowboys at 4:30.

I Don’t Get It: Still trying to figure out this weather. Record warmth followed by 4 inches of snow. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who took part in press conference yesterday with D.A. Jack Whelan to announce use of Naloxone by county police officers. It will save lives.

Quote Box: “David’s in heaven smiling down on us at what a good thing we did.”

- Lynne Massi, on her nephew David, for whom David’s Law is named. It will be crucial link in fight vs. heroin overdoses.
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A win for Lynne Massi & Tricia Stouch, and the battle vs. heroin

Tue, 2014-11-25 07:00
Lynne Massi was smiling.

So was Tricia Stouch.

It's something that comes easily for both women, despite being scarred by the heroin scourge that is taking a horrific toll on Delaware County and the region.

We were all in the Media Courthouse for a press conference at which District Attorney Jack Whelan announced the implementation of several crucial aspects of "David's Law."

That is the measure passed by the Legislatire this fall and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett. It will do two very important things: Offer limited immunity to a person who alerts authorities to a possible heroin overdose of a friend or acquaintance; and put the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone in every police car in Delaware County.

Lynne Massi had taken on the crusade for David's Law, named for her nephew, who died of a heroin overdose in 2013. She believes his life could have been saved if an acquaintance had been able to report it without fear of facing charges.

Tricia Stouch lost her daughter to heroin, and has been in the forefront of raising awareness to this dangerous new surge of opioid and heroin abuse. She founded a group that is going into school to tell young people of the dangers that are out there.

District Attorney Jack Whelan announced that this Saturday, Nov. 29, when the 'David's Law' goes into effect, 400 patrol cars across Delaware County will be equipped with a kit containing Naloxone.

I was invited to the press conference by the D.A.'s office. Whelan graciously noted our coverage of this issue over the past year. Reporter Rose Quinn did a series of stories based on the experience of the Massi family.

It is what community newspapering is all about.

I was proud to be a part of it.

I am even more proud of Lynne Massi and Tricia Stouch.

Here's our editorial in support of yesterday's rollout
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An early snow job

Tue, 2014-11-25 06:42
Here's one reason not to be thankful.

We were in the 70s yesterday, record-setting warmth. Today it's expected to push close to 60.

And tomorrow - on the busiest travel day of the year - we're going to get socked with a storm that could dump several inches of snow on the region and cause travel mayhem.

Here are all the details.Brave yourself for a blizzard of TV coverage.

How long until Memorial Day?
Categories: Pennsylvania

The fallout from Ferguson

Tue, 2014-11-25 06:36
I don't make any claim to know what is behind the outburst of violence that hit Ferguson, Mo., last night in the wake of a grand jury ruling that a police officer will not be charged in the shooting of an unarmed teen last summer.

The ruling touched off a wave of violence in the town, as well as more peaceful protests across the country.

What I do know is that I still wonder exactly how far this country has come in terms of race relations.

I am guessing that white people believe we have made great strides. I would think that many black people are not nearly as sure.

And it tells us - or it should - that we still need to have a serious conversation about race in this country.

Anyone else agree with me?
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The Heron's Nest: The Daily Numbers for Monday, Nov. 24 (Eagles Edition)

Mon, 2014-11-24 07:17
The Daily Numbers: 8-3 record for both the Eagles and Cowboys as they head into Thanksiving Day showdown.

43-24 win for the Birds yesterday as they bashed the Titans at the Linc.

130 yards on 21 carries for LeSean McCoy.

107 yard return for TD by Josh Huff with the opening kickoff.

17-0 Eagles lead at end of 1st quarter.

307 yards passing for Mark Sanchez.

2 more interceptions for the Birds QB.

6 in 4 games for Sanchez since replacing the injured Nick Foles.

345 yards passing for Titans rookie QB Zach Mettenberger against the Eagles’ defense.

12.5 sacks this year for Connor Barwin after he recorded 2.5 more yesterday.

5 sacks overall for the Eagles.

3 hours, 34 minutes, how long it took to play the game

9 return TD for the Eagles so far this year. That ties NFL record.

17 straight field goals for Cody Parkey, before he doinked one off the uprights.

4:25 kickoff Thursday in Dallas. Plan your Thanksgiving Day meal accordingly.

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

If Mark Sanchez continues to turn the ball over, the Eagles will not beat either the Cowboys or the Seahawks.

I Don’t Get It: How Sanchez can look so good on one plan, then make a horrendous decision on the next series.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chip Kelly and his staff for not allowing the Eagles to look past the lowly Titans.

Quote Box: “There’s no time to worry about it. There’s time to fix it this week.”

- Mark Sanchez on his interceptions.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A big step in the war on heroin ODs

Mon, 2014-11-24 06:48
Delaware County this morning will take a huge step in the war on the deadly uptick in heroin overdose deaths.

District Attorney Jack Whelan will hold a press conference to announce implementation of a key feature of "David's Law," which was passed by the Legislature earlier this fall and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Whelan will be joined by law enforcement officials from across the region in laying out plans to put nasal naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, in the hands of Delaware County police officer.

Naloxone reverse the effects of a heroin or opioid oversose.

The other aspect of the law is a a stipulation that provides limited immunity for someone who alerts authorities to a person suffering from an OD.

Rose Quinn reported all the details of the new law in the Sunday Times. The law is referred to as David’s Law, named in memory of David John Massi II of Upper Chichester who died on Jan. 27, 2013, at the age of 27 of a heroin overdose.

Whelan will be joined by Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, who pushed the David's Law through the Legislature; Delaware County Council, Lynne Massi, aunt of David, who started the push for the law; Delaware County Police Chiefs and EMS, Gary Tennis, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol, and members of the Delaware County Heroin Task Force. I also have been invited to the press conference because of the work the Daily Times did in highlighting the new heroin problem in the county, as well as the push for David's Law.

I've never been prouder of anything we've done.

This law, and putting this drug in the hands of first responders, will save lives.

It comes too late for David Massi, but through the tireless work of those who knew and loved him, it likely will prevent another family from suffering a similar heartache.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Bring on the 'Boys

Mon, 2014-11-24 06:29
Give the Eagles credit. While everyone else was looking ahead to the Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Cowboys, they took care of business yesterday, easily dispatching the Titans, 43-24.

But raise your hand if you were less than impressed by the Birds' effort? I thought so.

The Eagles continue to be buoyed above their bountiful mistakes by superb special teams play. Yesterday Josh Huff staked them to a 7-0 lead by taking the opening kickoff 107 yards to set a new Eagles record. It was 17-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, then the Eagles went to sleep and allowed Tennessee to claw back to within one score.

At the heart of the problem is the same problem the Birds have been bedeviled with all year. Turnovers.

Mark Sanchez again had an up-and-down day. He threw a TD pass to backup tight end James Casey off a bootleg and rollout that was a thing of beauty.

But he followed that up with an unexplainable heave into the middle of the field, which sailed over his receiver's head, right into the arms of a Titans' defender.

The Eagles' defense also did not set the world on fire. They still give up too many big plays.

As expected, the game featured the return to form of LeSean McCoy, who went off against a Titans' defense that has struggled to stop the run all year.

The Birds' season basically will come down to the next three weeks. They of course have the Turkey Day showdown in Dallas, Seattle at the Linc, then welcome the Cowboys for a rematch the following week.

The Eagles and Cowboys head into this stretch dead even at 8-3, atop the NFC East.

Right now nothing is certain. The Eagles could run the board and storm into the playoffs, or they could sputter and not make the post-season at all.

One thing is certain. They cannot continue to turn the ball over the way they are now.

They can get away with that vs. teams like the Titans. It would be fatal to continue that patter vs. the Cowboys and Seahawks.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A depressing look at casino biz

Mon, 2014-11-24 06:16
I've never been much of a casino fan. I find them to be overwhelmingly depressing.

Too often the people I see frequenting them are the last people who should be.

The casino business in this region also can be depressing for another reason, at least for the folks behind Harrah's in Chester. Last week they learned they were getting new competition, with a second casino license granted to a group that wants to put a casino in the South Philly sports complex, just a stone's throw up I-95.

Could Pennsylvania's casino biz be getting ready to mimic what is happening in Atlantic City, where four gaming halls have closed their doors in recent months.

It's not out of the question.

Delaware County and Chester has a huge interest in Harrah's. That doesn't mean it won't fail.

As I said, it's depressing.

It's in my weekly print column.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Sat, 2014-11-22 09:02
Chip Kelly is still picking up the pieces of his Eagles team that were littered all over the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

The question now is can Kelly put this wounded squad back together, shake off the effects of a thoroughly demoralizing beatdown by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and be ready to roll Sunday vs. the Titans at the Linc.

The answer, of course, is yes. Don’t forget that the Eagles went to Denver last year, got shellacked by Peyton Manning and the Broncos by almost the exact same score, 52-20, then righted the ship and sprinted to the NFC East crown and into the playoffs.

They have something else working for them this week, the exact same thing that worked against them last week. This time it’s the Titans who are going on the road after a Monday night game. That’s always a toxic combination.

Plus, this just might be the week Kelly decides to feed the beast, and unleash LeSean McCoy on the Titans, who don’t defend the run very well. McCoy has been on the verge of a meltdown all week, at one point walking out on reporters when asked if he thinks he’s the same back as he was last year.

Kelly needs McCoy to get on track if the Birds are to fare well in the following three weeks - two games with the Cowboys sandwiched around a visit from the Seahawks.

A couple notes of caution, coach. The Titans do one thing really well. That is put heat on the quarterback. They made Ben Roethlisberger’s life miserable Monday night. This isn’t the time to have Mark Sanchez dropping back 40 times, unless you happen to enjoy seeing your QB continue to turn the ball over.

And rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a big-league arm and nerves of steel in the pocket.

The Eagles need to climb on LeSean McCoy’s back and ride him to a win.

Lose this game, or struggle mightily against another sub-.500 team, and the phone lines will be overheating on Monday.

I think Shady goes off - and not on reporters - with his first huge day of the season.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 34, Titans 23. Mettenberger will have a good day, but the Eagles should be in control behind McCoy, and his partners in grime Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.

Season Record: I didn’t think the Eagles were going on the road to Lambeau off a Monday night game on the short week and beating the hottest quarterback in the league. But I was taken aback at the way Aaron Rodgers toyed with the Birds. It was a statement game, just not the one the Eagles had in mind. Any more efforts like that one, and serious questions about this squad will start bubbling to the surface. That ugly mess they left on the frozen tundra left the Eagles at 7-3, while I reluctantly pocketed the win to match their mark.

Game by Game: Packers 53, Eagles 20, 21 (My Pick: Packers 33, Eagles 24)

Eagles 45, Panthers 21 (My Pick: Eagles 33, Panthers 17)

Eagles 31, Texans 21 (My Pick: Eagles 29, Texans 19)

Cardinals 24, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Cardinals 23)

Eagles 27, Giants 0 (My Pick: Giants 31, Eagles 26)

Eagles 34, Rams 28 (My Pick: Eagles 35, Rams 19)

49ers 26, Eagles 21 (My Pick: 49ers 33, Eagles 29)

Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)

Eagles 30, Colts 27 (My Pick: Colts 29, Eagles 23)

Eagles 37, Redskins 34 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)

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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Nov. 21

Fri, 2014-11-21 08:03
The Daily Numbers: 10, age of boy missing in Sharon Hill since last night.

15 years, how long a Chester church has been honoring police and firefighters with an early Thanksgiving dinner.

9 months in prison for an Aston woman who entered a plea deal in the middle of her trial on charges she ripped off $600,000 from the business where she was a trusted employee.

13, age of youth who allegedly received pornographic images from a 29-year-old teacher’s aide.

1.6 percent cost-of-living pay hike for elected Pa. officials and some judges.

191,000 dollars a year, the salary for our governor.

3,000 dollar hike for appellate judges.

209,329 for the Supreme Court chief justice.

2 dead, 2 wounded in shooting inside home in Tabernacle, in South Jersey.

7 feet of snow in Buffalo that is causing roofs to collapse. Now they are expected rain over the weekend and fear widespread flooding.

21 years, how long it’s been since the Philly Fed recorded the kind of growth it reported this week.

4 straight losses for the Flyers.

45.4 seconds left when the Wild netted the game winner.

37 shots stopped by Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

27 saves for Ray Emery in goal for the Flyers.

72-65 win for Villanova hoops over feisty Bucknell squad.

16-game losing streak snapped by the Raiders, and they did it at the expense of Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

12-0 record for Springfield as they tangle with 11-1 Great Valley for the District 1 AAA football crown.

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

Nice to see Eric Lindros back in the Wells Fargo Center last night as he was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, along with Legion of Doom linemate John LeClair.

I Don’t Get It: Another family tragedy, this time in South Jersey. No, we don’t have too many guns.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Lindros and LeClair, throwbacks to a time when the Flyers challenged for the Stanley Cup every year.

Quote Box: “I think it’s an easy case.”

John LeClair, arguing for why linemate Eric Lindros should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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A new magazine in Chester - and the young people producing it

Fri, 2014-11-21 07:36
I got some new competition last night.

We took our live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom,' to the campus of Widener University in Chester to meet some young journalists.

They are the driving force behind a brand new magazine focusing on Chester.

It's part of the Magazine Writing course offered at Widener by adjunct professor Sam Starnes.

The kids were terrific.

They did all the writing, editing, photos and layout involved with this slick new mag. I was impressed.

My thanks to Professor Starnes, and in particular to the three students who joined us last night, Khlalil Williams of Chester; Maria Klcecko of Aston, and Devon Fiore, who hails from Lancaster.

Williams was especially impressive as he talked about what he hopes to accomplish with the magazine, shining a light on a side of the city where he grew up that does not often garner headlines.

Williams talked about the city's thriving arts community and what he sees as a bright future. He penned a column in the mag dealing with his belief in the city.

Klecko featured one of the great secrets of the city. That would be the Chester Children's Chorus.

Fiore wrote of one of the city's true icons, Crozer-Chester Medical Center and a very special fertility program that is helping young couples have children.

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

Journalism is in good hands with young people like this dynamite trio entering the field.

Thanks for a great night.
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Deer me - they're everywhere!

Fri, 2014-11-21 07:22
I've gotten pretty adept over the years at dodging my four-legged friends on my early-morning commute.

But this morning I saw something I have never seen before.

I know most of the trouble spots. Driving Providence Road from West Chester Pike to the Media Bypass can literally be like a slalom course many mornings, with deer seeming around every bend.

Thankfully there are a few tips I can offer. Your headlights are your best friend. When they hit the eyes of an animal - they can be seen far off in the distance.

Most important, remember this. If you see one deer dart across the road in front of you, by all means slow down or ever stop. Guaranteed there are several coming right behind the lead Bambi.

But none of that prepared me for what I saw this morning - on Bishop Avenue of all places.

I don't usually go down Bishop, from Baltimore Pike to Providence Road, but for some reason Oak Avenue, my normal route, was closed off by PECO trucks this a.m. So I had to circle back to Bishop. I was making my way down the hill and approaching the Media-Elwyn railroad tracks when what wanders out into the road? Yep, a full-grown deer, with a couple of pals in tow. They strolled across Bishop and ambled through a yard along the railroad tracks. Maybe they were headed for North Park nearby in Springfield. But I have never seen deer in this area of Upper Darby before.

If they were looking for the Bazaar of All Nations, they were a few years late.

Be careful out there.
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The return of Eric Lindros

Fri, 2014-11-21 07:00
I was just getting over the idea of playing second fiddle.

Last night it all came rushing back again.

That's what happens when you're married to the world's biggest Eric Lindros fan.

The Big E was back in town last night, along with his Flyers' Legion of Doom buddy John LeClair. They were inducted together into the Flyers Hall of Fame.

By every appearance - with the possible exception being the notable absence of Lindros' mother and father - the long, twisted tale of separation that led to one of the ugliest breakups in Philly sports history is just that - history.

Lindros spent the day doing interviews and TV spots, and then he and LeClair soaked up the adulation in an hour-long pre-game celebration.

Lindros suffered the same mythic fate as so many titans of lore, seemingly invincible, but with a fatal flaw.

Lindros possessed a rare combination of brute strength, finesse and skill, a mix rarely if ever seen in a superstar.

He was at times a bull in a china shop, and at others the deft, skilled passer who set up LeClair again and again as they tortured opponents.

But the bull in the china shop shared another tragic fate, a vulnerability to breaking.

Lindros became the early poster boy for the problem of concussion in sports.

The vision of him being laid out at mid-ice in a playoff game by Scott Stevens of the Devils haunts still.

Then there were the bitter accusations between Lindros, his parents, and the Flyers' organization, including the belief that his injuries had been mishandled.

Eventually he was banished to New York, of all places, to the Rangers.

But last night Lindros was back where he belonged.

So was my wife.

She never missed a minute of his games. And she has not watched a minute since he left. The bitterness was not carried just by the Lindros family.

I'm not sure my wife will ever forgive her one-time hero, the guy who Lindros so emulated, Bobby Clarke. She also has no great feelings for Flyers owner Ed Snider.

But she has remained true to Lindros.

Last night she was smiling as he watched her hero return to the building that was built largely on his shoulders.

Welcome back, Eric.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Nov. 20

Thu, 2014-11-20 08:26
The Daily Numbers: 90 pounds of pot delivered to a business address in Upper Darby. Police are investigating who sent it and who it was supposed to go to, because the business owner doesn’t know anything about it.

90,000 dollar streel value of the high-grade pot that was shipped from California.

18, age of man facing rape charge in connection with the rape of a 5-year-old girl. He also is alleged to have given the girl a sexually transmitted disease.

20, age of man in Upper Darby who faces charges for ripping off a delivery from the front porch of a neighborhood house. 2nd DUI charge for a woman who is facing trial in a fatal DUI incident.

2 deer hunts set for Ridley Creek State Park on Dec. 4 and 11.

20, age of Villanova student facing a sex assault charge connected to an incident that a woman reported happened last summer in Milwaukee, Wis.

2 more Dem names seeking to be next mayor of Philly. Those would be former D.A. Lynne Abraham, and Sen. Anthony Williams, D-8, who represents a part of Delco.

125 baggage handlers at Philadelphia International Airport who walked off job in 1-day protest this morning.

5.5 feet of snow that has paralyzed the Buffalo area.

8 deaths being blamed on the epic early snow storm.

110 million dollar deal to buy the Revel Casino in Atlantic City that looks like it has fallen through.

200,000 dollar fine against Valley Forge Casino for series of violations including allowing underage gamblers.

83, age of famed movie director Mike Nichols, who has died.

11 straight losses for the Sixers.

101-90 win for the Celtics, who raise their mark to 4-6.

2-0 loss for the Flyers, who got blanked by the Rangers’ backup goalie.

31 shots by Flyers that failed to find the net.

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

The Sixers continue to be perfect - a perfect 0-11 that is. I Don’t Get It: Let me see if I understand this. You are facing trial for a DUI crash and police say you have been involved in another DUI event. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the kids at St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield, who are celebrating their connection to the visit next year by Pope Francis.

Quote Box: “I did it.”

- suspect in theft of items delivered to front porch of home in Upper Darby.
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Chester has a new magazine!

Thu, 2014-11-20 07:28
The city of Chester has something new to read - besides of course its daily dose of the Daily Times.

The city has a new magazine, aptly named Chester, the work of students at Widener University.

They are taking the wraps off the glossy new mag this afternoon. Tonight, we will be on the Widener campus to do our live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom,' and we'll meet the people behind this new literary effort.

Before tonight's show, the Chester community will celebrate the debut issue of the mag, which is both an online and print publication about the city produced by Widener University students, during a public reception at Widener University’s Freedom Hall at 4 p.m.

Stories in the magazine include a photo essay about the city, profiles of the Chester Children’s Chorus, the Laran Bronze Inc. foundry, a fertility doctor at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Phatso’s Bakery and other Chester eateries, and a story about the city’s plans for a cultural corridor.

All of the stories were planned, reported, written, edited and illustrated by five Widener communication studies majors: Jason Bishop of Delran, N.J.; Devon Fiore of Lancaster, Pa.; Brittany Kade of Quakertown, Pa.; Maria Klecko of Aston, Pa. (double majoring in English); and Khalil Williams of Chester, Pa.

The students were all enrolled in Magazine Journalism, a spring 2014 class taught by Sam Starnes, editor of Widener Magazine, marketing writer for the university, and adjunct professor of the Magazine Journalism course.

Williams, who was born and raised in Chester, said the experience of working on the magazine gave him a new perspective on his home town. “I feel that Chester has the potential to grow, because there are people who are passionate and interested in seeing the city be better,” he wrote in a column for the magazine. “Between the opportunities that this city has to what’s available now, I feel that it can be full of life again.”

The project earned the support of Chester Mayor John Linder, who led the students on a tour of the city at the beginning of the project. Linder said Chester magazine can serve as a valuable marketing tool to attract businesses and investment in the city.

“The Widener students did an excellent job bringing to life some of outstanding businesses, organizations and culture that Chester has to offer,” Linder said. “We are excited about the future of the city, and this magazine helps us tell that story. This is a great example of the growth of Chester’s public private partnerships with our prestigious anchor institutions, such as Widener University.”

Over the summer, Autumn Heisler, a senior English and creative writing major, edited the copy for the magazine. Nathalie Franzini-Hidalgo, a senior communication studies and psychology major who studied graphic design with senior lecturer Tim Scepansky, designed the magazine under the guidance of Melanie Franz, a senior graphic designer at Widener.

The university awarded the class a $1,000 Schmutz Student Engagement Mini Grant to produce the magazine. The grant is distributed annually to support undergraduate student-led projects that focus on Ches­ter and are developed in collaboration with a Chester community partner to address the city’s needs. John F. Schmutz, Esquire, donor of the grant, serves on Widener’s Board of Trustees and is a retired senior vice president and general counsel for E. I. DuPont Nemours and Company.

The magazine is being printed in limited numbers, but it can also be viewed online at www.widener.edu/chestermagazine.

Klecko, Williams, Fiore, and Starnes will join us for tonight's show.

Join the conversation tonight at 7.
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A classic Ray Didinger-Daily Times story

Thu, 2014-11-20 06:54
I was in the presence of greatness yesterday.

There are not many people in this business I respect more than Ray Didinger.

First, I'm a die-hard Eagles fan. I can admit that as soon as the Eagles game is over I turn on "Eagles Post-Game Live" on Comcast SportsNet. I don't do that to hear Michael Barkann, although I admire the way he runs the show. I don't do it to hear former Gov. Ed Rendell, the voice of the fans. I don't do it to hear the insight of Brian Westbrook, a fairly adroit former player.

I do it to hear Ray Didinger break down the game.

No one knows more about the Eagles, or football in general.

I was a guest speaker at the monthly luncheon of the Delaware County Press Club. Actually I was second fiddle. I'm sure most of the people in the packed room came to hear Ray.

As I mentioned in the blog yesterday, Ray and I have one thing in common. We're both Daily Times veterans. That's right, Ray started what would be a Hall of Fame career at the Daily Times.

Yesterday he kicked off his comments with a great anecdote about his year at the Daily Times that kickstarted a career that would take him to the Evening Bulletin, Daily News, NFL Films and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Ray, just out of Temple, actually was hired by Art Mayhew for an opening on the news side. That didn't dull his dream of being a sports writer, so he would cover high school football games on the weekends.

As Ray explained it, he was covering some of the lesser games of the weekend for a few weeks when he thought he would push his luck and seek a bit more high-profile game.

He approached then sports editor Ed Gebhart (who still pens a Sunday column for the Daily Times) and asked if he might not be assigned a Ridley game, one of the best teams in the county.

Gebhart peered up and in his best crusty editor's voice intoned, "You're not ready for Ridley."

Some four decades later, after he entered the sports writer's wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he got home to a stack of congratulatory mail. The first letter he saw caught his attention because it had a Chester postmark.

Inside the card was this quote: "OK, I guess you're ready for Ridley."

It was from Ed Gebhart.

Thanks for a great afternoon, Ray.

The Daily Times is immensely proud of one of our finest alums.

CLICK HERE to get a piece of Ray's analysis of last week's Eagles fiasco vs. the Packers.
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