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Weighing the good & bad in the news

Mon, 2016-05-02 06:55
Every day I struggle with a common theme. It is this notion of "good news" vs. "bad news."

It's probably the question I get asked more often than any other.

Readers always want to know why there is so much bad news in the paper.

I try to bite my tongue and not answer in the plainest way possible: That's what people read.

It's true. There is a mechanism on our website at DelcoTimes.com that tells us which stories on the site are drawing the most eyeballs. Crime rules almost every day.

That does not mean there is not a lot of good news in the paper as well. Every day we list tons of community events.

But I understand why some readers feel we are portraying a negative view of life here in Delaware County.

I got that feeling again recently when we reported an incident that occurred at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School.

But it was a phone call from a reader that made me look at the story in the different way.

I used it as the basis for this week's print column, my Letter from the Editor.
Categories: Pennsylvania

How sweep it is for Phils

Mon, 2016-05-02 06:44
While most Philly sports fans were debating the merits of Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz, the Phillies pretty much remained under the radar.

That is going to be increasingly difficult for this team to do.

The Phils dodged some raindrops and a couple of jams in route to beating the Indians yesterday to take their sixth straight win - as well as their second consecutive sweep.

Pete Mackanin's crew is not 5 game over .500 at 15-10, as they head out on a road trip.

Raise your hand if you predicted this. I thought so.

After that 0-4 start, I wondered in this blog if the Phils would ever sniff .500 again this year.

They've done a little better than that. They're now breathing down the Nationals' backs. You know, that other team they swept - in D.C. - earlier last week.

This still is not a juggernaut. The Phils likely will continue to struggle to create runs, playing small ball. They are getting almost no power numbers from their outfield.

But if pitching is 90 percent of the game, then this team has a chance. They continue to get great starting pitching, as well as very effective work out of the bullpen.

In other words, this might be a very interesting summer.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Shining spotlight on good things kids do

Fri, 2016-04-29 06:34
I got that rare opportunity last night - at least for a newspaper editor.

I stood in a banquet room at the Drexelbrook packed with more than 600 people - almost all of whom were showering praise on the newspaper.

Unless you do what I do for a living, you don't know just how unusual that is.

The occasion was the annual Partners in Education Dinner, put on by the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

At the banquet, the All-Delco Hi-Q team is honored, as well as all the great kids who take part in the nation's oldest scholastic quiz competition. That would include the Garnet Valley High School Hi-Q team. They weren't satisfied with winning the county crown. They went on to take the national title as well.

Also honored are the 19 teachers honored with the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

We had featured the two groups in the newspaper on Sunday and Monday, including the lead spot on our front page.

As I do almost every year, I planned to talk about one of the biggest struggles I have in this job, that being this notion of good news and bad news.

So of course the very first person I encounter when I walk into the room was Ridley Superintendent Dr. Lee Ann Wentzel, who was chatting with Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union boss John Unangst.

Nothing like putting my words into practice.

I wondered what kind of reaction I was going to get from Dr. Wentzel. After all, Ridley had found itself on the front page of yesterday's newspaper, and not in a positive way.

As usual, Dr. Wentzel could not have been nicer. She even quipped that we used a different photo of the high school than the last time we visited this story.

"We knew what day it was, we knew it was coming," she said. Wentzel understands what many people do not, that I have a job to do, and that includes showing both the good and bad in our communities.

During my speech, I also talked about last week's incident at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School, in which several student wound up facing drug charges, and a loaded gun was found inside the school.

The following day, I wrote an editorial saying the story actually had a silver lining, that being the actions of a student who informed school officials that the student had returned to the building - with the gun.

Later that afternoon, I got a call from a parent, a Bonner alum and a father who would be sending his daughter to Prendie next year. He had a very interesting question. First, he suggested we used the wrong word when referred to "several" students facing drug charges after contraband was found in their lockers. There were in fact two.

Then he mentioned something that I can admit I had not thought of.

He wondered why the story focused on the two lockers where drugs were found, instead of the fact that nothing was found in the rest of the student lockers after a sweep by police and K-9 crews.

It's a good question. The answer is one a lot of people don't like to hear. When people are doing what they are supposed to do, that isn't news. It becomes when they do something they aren't supposed to do.

But I respected his opinion, and it certainly gave me food for thought.

So did last night.

It's one of my favorite nights of the year.

I will forever be grateful to Unangst and Harry Jamison, the longtime head of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. They are the ones who first approached me 12 years ago with the idea of an All-Delco Hi-Q team fashioned after the popular All-Delco teams we name after every high school sports season.

There are good stories out there. You just have to look for them.

I met about 600 of them last night.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Democracy in action in Marple

Fri, 2016-04-29 06:08
On our editorial page today, we talk about this notion of democracy, what is involved, and what citizens' responsibility to take part in the process is.

Yes, a lot of people showed up at the polls Tuesday. That is a good thing.

But it does not mean much if citizens don't follow up with action in their communities.

Kind of like what happened last night in Marple.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Eagles get their man, but what about Bradford?

Fri, 2016-04-29 05:53
Let the Carson Wentz era begin.

Right after the end of the Sam Bradford Era.

Only problem is, Bradford is still here.

The Eagles rolled the dice and got the guy they apparently want, with the blue-chip quarterback prospect from North Dakota State. But the Eagles still have not reconciled just what they are going to do with Bradford, who has indicated he wants a trade and will not report for the team's voluntary workouts.

So far Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson are sticking to their story, that Bradford is the Birds' starter and Wentz is the face of the franchise in waiting.

If that sounds familiar - especially to Pederson - it should. It was exactly the same situation then-QB Pederson faced back in 1999, when he was the Birds' starter while Donovan McNabb carried a clipboard on the sidelines.

That lasted all of nine games.

I don't expect the Bradford saga to last that long.

Don't be surprised if Bradford gets traded today.

As for the draft, here's what Bob Grotz had to say.

And at least one other person is trying to figure out exactly what the Eagles are doing. That would be columnist Jack McCaffery.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Friday, April 29

Fri, 2016-04-29 03:03
The Daily Numbers: 86 people in custody, 20 more still being sought in massive drug raid in Darby Borough.

7 teams of 20 officers each that fanned out across the borough before dawn Thursday.

188 undercover purchases made by officers.

61 suspects with marijuana.

43 with heroin.

38 with crack cocaine

14 with pills.

48,000 dollars, values of drugs seized.

61 townhouses eliminated in revised plan for proposed Cardinal Crossing development in Marple. Also gone are plans for a rec facility and hotel, replaced by 145,000-square-foot office building

9 acres on the 213-acre tract slated for a recreation complex.

2 baseball fields in the plans, as well as 2 mini field, 6 developmental fields, refreshment stand and parking for 150 vehicles.

5-10 years in prison for an 39-year-old Eddystone man convicted in the rape of a girl 10.

2 more V-22 helicopters whose funding may be restored, according to U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan.

260 new jobs in Glenolden with opening of new ShopRite supermarket.

2 fatal gunshots fired before church service last Sunday in Montgomery County. The shooter was charged with voluntary manslaughter.

3.55 billion price tag for DreamWorks, which was bought by Comcast yesterday.

2, as in the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, used by the Eagles last night to select QB Carson Wentz, from North Dakota State. 3-game sweep of the Nats for the Phillies.

2 games over .500 for the Phils, who now stand a 12-10.

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

Carson Wentz and a 3-game sweep of the Nats. Not a bad night for Philly sports fans.

I Don’t Get It: I think it’s time people came to grips with the notion that Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for president.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all the students and teachers honored at last night’s Partners in Education Dinner at the Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill.

Quote Box: “Our gang is bigger than your gang.”

- Darby Borough Police Chief Bob Smythe, issuing a warning to those who want to sell drugs on the town’s street corners.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Cardinal Crossing on agenda tonight in Marple

Thu, 2016-04-28 06:22
No doubt it will be another full house tonight in Marple as the township once again digs into the proposed Cardinal Crossing development.

A revised plan for the development being planned for the site that was home for years of the Don Guanella School - and one of the largest open tracts remaining in the county - will be on the agenda.

The initial plan earned a thumb's down from both the township and county planners.

Developer Goodman Properties has an agreement of sale for the property with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the 213-acre tract. Their original proposal would have turned the wooded site into a huge development of retail, residential and office uses. It would include a new Wegmans supermarket, as well as a movie theater, convenience store/gas station and in the rear part of the tract, as many as 237 townhomes and age-related carriage homes.

As you might expect, this is not sitting all that well with a lot of neighbors and township residents.

Make no mistake, not everyone is opposed to this development, but those opposed certainly have been louder, packing township meetings and even forming their own group, Save Marple Green Space.

The group has gone so far as to seek the intervention of Pope Francis in a letter to the editor this week. They believe the sale of the property by the archdiocese and the planned development runs contrary to the beliefs professed by the pontiff in his encyclical 'Laudato Si," in which the pope argued against over-development of resources.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Marple Newtown High School.

We'll be there to bring you full coverage. We don't think we'll be alone.
Categories: Pennsylvania

What's going on with Upper Darby High's drumline?

Thu, 2016-04-28 06:01
Something is going on with the national champion drumline at Upper Darby High.

I'm just not sure what.

We initially got word that changes were in the works, with some people actually suggesting that the group was being disbanded.

But when our reporter Kevin Tustin took that information to the school district, they put a different spin on it.

District spokesperson Dana Spino denied that rumor, and instead said the program actually was being expanded, becoming part of a new percussion ensemble program that will allow more kids to take part in the award-winning group.

Anything that sounds like a "cut" causes waves in Upper Darby, where a few years ago parents were in full revolt when the district mulled the elimination of much of the music program because of budget cuts.

Drumline actually is funded by the Upper Darby Band and Orchestra Parents organization.

So all is well, right?

Maybe not.

Late last night I received an email from a reader who noticed the story we posted online yesterday afternoon.

He suggested we take another look at the story, insisting the group - at least in its present form - is being eliminated. He suggested the new group is more of a percussion ensemble, but it is not competitive drumline that won a world championship just three years ago. He also mentioned that this year the drumline went to the national championships held every year in Dayton and took first-place honors, beating out 43 other bands.

He believes there isn't a single member of the drumline who is in favor of this new organization.

So which is it?

We'll try to find out today.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The biggest winner in Tuesday's Primary Election

Thu, 2016-04-28 05:45
We used our editorial page to point out the real winners of Tuesday's Primary Election.

Oh, sure, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had pretty good nights.

As did Pat Meehan, Mary Ellen Balchunis and Margo Davidson here in Delaware County.

Katie McGinty certainly had reason to smile at the end of the night, less so for our home boy Joe Sestak.

But none of them was the biggest winner?

So who was that title reserved for?

You'll have to read our editorial to find out.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Forget Carson Wentz - how 'bout dem Phils!

Thu, 2016-04-28 05:33
We interrupt Carson Wentz mania and the circus-like atmosphere of the NFL Draft to bring Philly sports fans this public service announcement.

Check your calendars. Then check the Phillies' record.

The Phils are over .500 on April 28. Raise your hand if you did not think that was going to happen. Thought so.

The Phils got another impressive starting pitching performance from Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed just two hits over seven innings. A Carlos Ruiz home run provided the offense and the Phils' bullpen slammed the door, with Jeanmar pitching a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save.

The last time the Phillies were over .500 was April 11 of last year. They were 2-2 when they beat the Nats. That streak lasted all of one game. They did not get back to the .500 mark all season.

To find the last time the Phils were over .500 this late in the season, you have to go back to May 4, 2014.

The Phils now sit at 11-10.

A win tonight would give the Phils a sweep over the first-place Nats and leave the Phils just 3.5 games out of first place in NL East. Go ahead, pinch me.

OK, now we can go back to NFL Draft mania.

How 'bout that Sam Bradford!!!!
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, April 28

Thu, 2016-04-28 03:13
The Daily Numbers: 2, as in the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft tonight for the Eagles. They are expected to take a QB, likely Carson Wentz of North Dakota State.

1, where California QB Jared Goff is expected to go to the L. A. Rams.

8:20 p.m., when Eagles should be on the clock for their pick.

79, where the Eagles will take their next pick, in the 4th round. They traded 2nd and 3rd round picks in the deal with the Rams.

52, age of Ridley High teacher and coach Gregory Stanczuk, who faces trial on charges of having sex with a former student.

60, age of Villanova professor Chris Haas, who faces trial on child porn charges.

13 million dollar bank fraud scheme, what former ‘Nova and Archbishop Carroll hoops star Barry Bekkedam and an associated were convicted of in federal court.

20 percent showing from Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, which likely cost Joe Sestak any shot at the Dem nomination in the U.S. Senate race.

46,500 vote deficit for Sestak to Katie McGinty in Philadelphia didn’t’ help.

2 cities, Philly and Pittsburgh, proved fatal to Sestak.

15 months in prison for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted in a hush money scam to cover up child abuse allegations.

3-0 win for the Phillies over the 1st place Nats last night in D.C.

2 straight wins for the Phils over Washington. They go for the sweep this afternoon.

2 hits, all that starter Jeremy Hellickson surrendered.

3.81 ERA for Hellickson.

6 saves for Jeanmar Gomez.

5 wins in 6 games for the Phils.

11-10 record for the Phils. Last time they were over .500 was April 11 of last season.

4 of May in 2014, last time they had a winning record this late in the season.

18 straight games in which Odubel Herrera has been on base.

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

Forget Carson Wen

tz. How ‘bout those Phillies! I Don’t Get It: Dennis Hastert. The guy was House Speaker, 3rd in line for the presidency, is going to jail for 15 months after pleading guilty to a cover-up scam connected to abuse of children.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to voters who jammed the polling places on Tuesday. Now don’t go away. Stick around for those less meaningful elections.

Quote Box: “A serial child molester.”

- How judge described Dennis Hastert.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Why Joe Sestak lost

Wed, 2016-04-27 06:40
There is only one thing that Joe Sestak - often described as the 'ultimate political outsider' - did not count on.

Another outsider.

Sestak, who once again thumbed his nose at his own party in seeking the Democratic nomination and a rematch against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, was trounced by a party insider, Katie McGinty.

But it was hulking outsider John Fetterman, the 6-foot, 6-inch mayor Braddock who may have cost Sestak this election. McGinty, the former state Department of Environmental Protection czar, one-time gubernatorial candidate and chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf, rolled to a convincing win.

This despite the fact that she consistently trailed Sestak in polling until the final week of the campaign, even while being propped up by none other than President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with other state Democratic heavyweights such as former Philly mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell, Gov. Wolf and the state's other senator, Bob Casey.

McGinty got 42 percent of the vote, to just 33 percent for Sestak.

But the real eye opener in this race was the strong late surge put on by Fetterman, who was the choice of 19 percent of Democratic voters across the state.

How ironic is it that Sestak, who infuriated party officials by rejecting their pleas to step aside six years ago and make way for party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter, to be toppled in part by another anti-establishment candidate, clearing the path to victory by a classic insider in McGinty.

Sestak dug in his heels six years ago, swimming against the tide of Democratic party leaders. He ended Specter's career with a stunning primary win, only to lose a close race to Toomey in the general election in the fall.

Those party leaders did not forget. They all shunned Sestak, who basically started running for the seat the day after his loss to Toomey. They put their names - and their money - behind McGinty.

Still, McGinty's campaign seemed to be sputtering, failing to connect with voters, as Sestak consistently held double-digit leads in polling.

Then two things happened. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made appeared in ads pushing the McGinty candidacy. A late big-money push also helped McGinty.

But it was the presence of Fetterman, who looks like anything but a candidate for U.S. Senate, who connected with a lot of voters as someone who understood their plight, based on his background on what he did for the struggling town of Braddock.

That late combination turned the tide in this fight, and proved fatal to Sestak's hopes for a rematch.

Meanwhile, McGinty and Democrats will now turn their sights on the incumbent, Toomey, who was unopposed in the GOP Primary. That means Toomey is sitting on a huge war chest, which no doubt will be used on an avalanche of TV ads.

Toomey, however, could be vulnerable on a number of fronts. First, there is his allegiance with Republican leaders in the Senate in denying President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, a hearing. That is the kid of obstruction that is rubbing Pennsylvania voters - the kind that backed Sestak and Fetterman - the wrong way.

But Toomey's biggest hurdle may appear at the top of both tickets.

He may be running on a Republican ballot with Donald Trump as it presidential candidate, and no one yet knows how Trump is going to play in a general election.

Then there is the likely Democratic nominee. McGinty will be aligned with the possibility of making history, electing the first woman to the White House.

In this race, it could be Pat Toomey who finds himself the outsider.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Eagles Soap Opera: As Sam Turns

Wed, 2016-04-27 06:04
Well, now that we have that trifling issue of selecting the candidates for president out of the way, we can get on with the serious news of the week.

That, of course, would be the NFL Draft.

Which brings us to the Eagles. As usual, they are a mess.

All of this is centering around Sam Bradford, who has made a mess of things by indicating he wants to be traded in the wake of the blockbuster move by Howie Roseman to move up in the draft, sending a boatload of draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the No. 2 pick in the draft. They are expected to use that pick to select their quarterback of the future, Carson Wentz, the wunderkind from North Dakota State. That is, of course, if the Los Angeles Rams play nice and, as expected, take Jared Goff of California, the other highly prized QB in this draft, No. 1.

All of which has, as you might surmise, rubbed Bradford the wrong way.

He claims to have been blindsided by the Eagles' move to move up in the draft. He says the team never bothered to tell him of their plans. I'm not exactly sure where it is written that they have to.

Where Bradford might have a better argument is in his belief that all those draft picks Roseman just shipped off to the Rams could have gone a long way toward helping Bradford - and making the Eagles a more logical playoff contender - this year.

I like Bradford. I think he has the talent to be a great quarterback, yes, even a franchise quarterback.

But I really hope he's not holding his breath waiting on a groundswell of public support rallying around him and his cause.

I think mine has been the only voice to speak up in his favor.

And now he's pushing his luck.

I think Bradford is a very good QB who could lead the Eagles back to the playoffs.

But he has not done that yet. He hasn't done much of anything. His time with the Rams was littered with blown-out ACLs. He struggled at the start of last year before playing very well down the stretch. Unfortunately, that came too late to salvage the Eagles' season. Bradford was an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He could have gone anywhere. He didn't go to Temple, but he did decided to return to the Eagles, I am guessing because he was not blown away by offers from other teams.

Bradford signed a two-year deal, believed to be worth $35 million, with $22 million guaranteed.

Then he watched Roseman go out and sign backup Chase Daniel to a longer deal, for a lot more money than is usually shelled out to journeyman QBs.

Then came the convulsive deal in which the Eagles moved up to the No. 2 pick in the draft.

The Eagles insisted - in fact Roseman is still insisting - that Bradford is their starter this year. That isn't assuaging Bradford's hurt feelings. He says he would like to be traded to a team where his future is secure.

This is not going to end well. I see a Draft Night deal coming, maybe sending Bradford to the Broncos. I still find it hard to believe John Elway is going to go into a season with Mark Sanchez as his starting QB.

But here's what I really think about this whole thing.

Yes, the Eagles probably were less than forthright with Bradford about their plans. So what? This is football. Grow up. Go out there and compete. Show everyone what I happen to think, that you're a very good quarterback, a franchise QB that can lead a team deep into the playoffs. Make the Eagles so damn uncomfortable that they have no choice but to keep you in their plans.

But here is my overriding thought on this latest Eagles soap opera.

Just once in my life I would like someone to offer me $22 million dollars to do anything. For some reason, I don't think I'd be turning my nose up at such an offer.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 27 (Election Edition)

Wed, 2016-04-27 03:08
The Daily Numbers: 5 wins in 5 states for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. A sweep.

4 wins for Hillary Clinton.

1 win for Bernie Sanders, in Rhode Island.

57 percent of vote in Pa. for Trump.

22 percent for Ted Cruz.

19 percent for John Kasich.

56 percent for Hillary Clinton.

44 percent for Bernie Sanders.

41,104 votes for Trump in Delaware County.

22,155 votes for Kasich.

12,699 votes for Cruz.

42,950 votes for Clinton.

28,766 votes for Sanders.

43 percent of votes for Katie KcGinty.

33 percent for Joe Sestak.

19 percent for John Fetterman.

47 percent of vote for Josh Shapiro in Dem Attorney General race.

37 percent for Stephen Zappala.

16 percent for John Morganelli.

64 percent of vote for John Rafferty in the GOP A.G. vote.

76 percent for Pat Meehan in GOP race in 7th District U.S. House race.

24 percent for Stan Casacio.

74 percent for Mary Ellen Balchunis in Dem 7th House race.

26 percent for Bill Golderer.

3,599 votes for 164th District Pa. Dem House Rep. Margo Davidson

3,031 for Dem challenger Sekela Coles.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Toomey casts a vote for Ted Cruz

Tue, 2016-04-26 11:35
11:30 a.m. Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has cast his vote for fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary. "He's a solid conservative," Toomey told the Morning Call in Allentown after voting in Zionsville. "We don't agree on everything, but having served with him in the Senate, I know Ted pretty well and I think he's got a real, real viable shot of beating Hillary Clinton in the fall." The Toomey voted prompted a reaction from a possible foe, Democrat Katie KcGinty: “Pat Toomey has spent the past six years in Washington looking out for the special interests, and his vote today for Ted Cruz is a stark reminder of the anti-middle class record Toomey’s built in Washington. "Together, Toomey and Cruz shut down the government so that Americans couldn’t access quality health care. Toomey and Cruz would both change Social Security and Medicare as we know it, drastically cutting benefits for Pennsylvania seniors. Both Toomey and Cruz have supported generous tax cuts for corporations that ship jobs overseas and paid for by the hard working middle class. “These policies may be good news for Toomey’s friends at the Club for Growth, which also backs Ted Cruz, but they hurt Pennsylvanians. It’s time for a champion like Katie McGinty, who will be a voice for the middle class and stand firmly opposed to the misguided policies of Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz and the rest of the special interests allies.”
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Join our coverage of Primary Day - use hashtag #vote2016

Tue, 2016-04-26 06:51
On our editorial page today, we have discovered something about Donald Trump for which we are more than willing to give the brash one credit.

No one can say we are going to sleepwalk through this primary.

Say what you will about him, but Trump has energized voters - both pro and con - and is driving people to the polls in record numbers. Read our editorial here.

Turnout could go as high as 50 percent in some places. As you might guess, Republicans numbers, with the sizzling debate surrounding Trump at the head of the ticket, is leading the charge.

Now we want you to join our primary day coverage.

Tell us what is driving you to vote. Describe the scene at your polling place. Are you standing in a long line? Take photos. Email any tips to me at editor@delcotimes.com.

And push your tweets into our live blog by using the hashtag #vote2016.

You can follow our live blog here.
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Welcome to Primary Day 2016

Tue, 2016-04-26 06:40
The time for talking is over. Thank God.

The ads are almost over.

Maybe we can even stop hearing Donald Trump describe John Kasich's eating habits. Yes, we've gotten to that point.

We are now less than 30 minutes away from the opening of polls in Pennsylvania.

Voters here in Delaware County will be casting votes both for candidates for president, as well as the crucial delegates tied to each candidate.

Democrats also will be selecting among three candidates in a battle to face incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. Among the trio is former 7th District Congressman Joe Sestak, who lost a close vote to Toomey six years ago.

Also on the ballot will be races contests on both the Democratic and Republican ballots for candidates for state attorney general, to replace troubled Kathleen Kane.

There are two races in Delco that should be noted.

Voters in the 9th District actually will be electing a new state senator. Republican Tom Killion, a longtime state rep, faces Democrat Marty Molloy, in a battle to fill the seat vacated by Dominic Pileggi, who left the Senate and won a seat on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. The two then will tangle again in the fall general election. Don't ask why, it's just the way it is.

If you're looking for maybe the most hotly contested race in the county, keep an eye on Upper Darby, where incumbent state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, is facing another challenge from her own party. Upper Darby Councilperson Sekela Coles is looking to knock out Davidson and advance to the November general election.

We'll be following what is going on all day long.

You can get in on the action as well by using the hashtag #vote2016.

Tell us what you see out there.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Sam Bradford calls audible on Eagles' QB plans

Tue, 2016-04-26 06:01
Sam Bradford is doing something he was never allowed to do under Chip Kelly. He's calling an audible.

With the Eagles now holding the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft and saying they have every intention of selecting their quarterback of the future, Bradford says he's not so sure he wants to be included in that plan.

Back into the confessional: I'm a Bradford fan. I think he has the potential to be good. Very good.

I think he demonstrated that in the second half of last season as the quarterback seemed to take control of the Eagles' offense, as well as a leadership role in the locker room.

Bradford's numbers in those last seven games tell me he was playing as well as any quarterback in the league. Then again his detractors will tell you that Bradford has never led a team to the playoffs and continues to be haunted by two ACL injuries that made him miss almost two full seasons. While his knees held up last year with the Eagles, Bradford did miss games with concussion and shoulder issues.

Apparently the Eagles see it another way.

First, they declined to sign Bradford to a long-term deal, instead opting for a two-year pact that really amounts to a one-year, "show us what you can do" kind of offer. Don't feel too bad for Bradford. He still stands to make $18 million this year.

Then Howie Roseman went out and signed Chase Daniel to an eye-opening deal, supposedly to be Bradford's backup.

But the real heat got turned up last week when Roseman pulled off one final blockbuster coup in this interesting off-season, sending a treasure trove of draft picks to the Browns to move up and snag the No. 2 pick in the draft.

It is widely expected that, once the Los Angeles Rams take Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick, the Eagles will follow suit by taking Norther Dakota State wunderkind Carson Wentz at No. 2.

None of which is exactly putting a smile on Bradford's face.

After an initial report that he was "mad," another report surfaced early yesterday that he would be in camp for Eagles' workouts and determined to show the team what he can do.

That apparently changed.

Now his agent is indicating Bradford wants a trade, to be moved to a team that wants him and is planning on him as part of their future.

"He wants to go someplace and be there and know that he's going to stay as long as he plays well and his situation now in Philadelphia is different," agent Tom Condon said on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Bradford has indicated he will not be attending this week's non-mandatory workouts.

As I said, I like Bradford. But he's making a mistake.

This is football. NFL football. Competition is part of the game. Bradford knew that when he signed that two-year deal. I think we can safely assume that Bradford and Condon surveyed the league and were not exactly overwhelmed with offers, thus settling for that two-year deal with the Birds.

Bottom line? You heard it here first: Sam Bradford holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy, wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.

I could be wrong. It will not be the first time. But I don't think the Eagles are going to want this kind of festering sore lingering and souring the locker room for first-year coach Doug Pederson.

Aside from everything else, football remains a business. A big business.

Bradford knows that. So do the Eagles.

My best guess is that we're about to see the end of the Sam Bradford Era, seemingly before it had a chance to really develop.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, April 26 (Primary Day Edition)

Tue, 2016-04-26 03:26
The Daily Numbers: 5 states, 5 candidates seeking nods in presidential primary today.

3,500 people who jammed into Hollinger Field House at West Chester University to hear Donald Trump.

4,500 who could not get in, left standing outside.

71 delegates up for grabs for Republicans in Pa.

189 delegates on the Dem side.

7 a.m. to 8 p.m., hours for polling in Pa.

610-891-4659, where to call in Delco if you are having a problem at polls.

4 other states voting today: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island.

4 Democrats seeking Dem nod to oppose U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

3 star admiral Joe Sestak, the former Delco congressman, among that trio, along with former DEP boss Katie McGinty.

2nd Congressional District, where Chaka Fattah is fighting for his political life while he awaits trial on corruption charges.

164th House District in Pa, here in Delco, where Rep. Margo Davidson is facing a heat challenge in Dem Primary from Sekela Coles, a member of Upper Darby Council.

1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination.

846 delegates right now for Donald Trump.

544 for Ted Cruz.

149 for John Kasich.

2,382 delegates needed for the Dem nomination.

1,444 for Hillary Clinton.

1,207 for Bernie Sanders.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, April 25

Mon, 2016-04-25 07:40
The Daily Numbers: 4 p.m., time of Trump rally in West Chester today.

40 percent turnout being forecast for the Tuesday primary.

846 delegates now held by Republican Donald Trump.

1,237, what he needs to lock up nomination.

1,444 delegates for Democrat Hillary Clinton, to 1,207 for Bernie Sanders.

2,383 needed for the Dem nomination.

2 GOP candidates, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who are teaming up to deny Trump the nomination.

18 winners of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards today.

20 All-Delco Hi-Q kids featured in the Sunday paper.

1 person shot to death at a Montgomery County church event Sunday.

79, age of Frolic Weymouth, head of the Brandywine Conservancy, who died.

81, age of Philly soul singer Billy Paul, who also died this weekend.

1-0 shutout loss for the Flyers to the Caps, as they are eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1:55 of two-man advantage for Flyers, but they still could not beat Caps goalie Brayden Holtby.

0 goals in the series for Flyers Captain Claude Giroux.

103 of 105 shots stopped by Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth in the series.

8-5 loss for the Phils in Milwaukee.

2 of 3 wins in the series for the Phillies.

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

The Flyers now have an interesting question atop their off-season decisions: Who is their starting goalie? Steve Mason or Michael Neuvirth?

I Don’t Get It: We now have arguments in church breaking out into gunfire. Swell.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to this year’s All-Delco Hi-Q students, as well as the winners of the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Quote Box: “Without always realizing it, I know I’m a role model for the boys.”

- John Pattinson, winner of Excellence in Teaching Award.
Categories: Pennsylvania