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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Feb. 9

Tue, 2016-02-09 07:05
The Daily Numbers: 1 dead, 1 wounded in early-morning shooting involving police in Chester.

8 juveniles facing charges after post-school brawls near Upper Darby High.

2 police officers injured in 1 of the incidents.

1, as in No. 1. That would be the Springfield High cheerleaders, who won a national competition.

8-foot-wide trail coming to Haverford property known as Willowstreams.

.2 mile trail will connect Haverford Reserve to Darby Road.

5 to 10 months in jail for a Bucks County woman for an attack on a gay couple on a Philly street.

2 men charged with her got probation in plea deals.

4 football players, including former Eagle LeSean McCoy, involved in a fight with 2 off-duty police officers at a Philly nightspot over the weekend.

2:45 a.m. Sunday, the time of the brawl at Recess Lounge.

1, as in No. 1 ranked men’s basketball team in the country for Villanova.

169 catches for 2,418 yards and 18 TDs for receiver Riley Cooper, who was cut by the Eagles yesterday.

19 point lead blown by Sixers on way to 98-92 loss to the Clippers.

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

LeSean McCoy is gone, but he’s still making headlines in Philly. That’s not always a good thing.

I Don’t Get It: Some kids in Upper Darby insist on fighting after school. In a recent incident, two police officers were injured.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Springfield High School cheerleaders, who won a national competition this weekend.

Quote Box: “Sometimes it gets out of control. Our whole goal is to make sure they get home safe. Most kids just go home. It’s only a handful that creates a problem.”

- Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood, on most recent fight involving young people after school was dismissed.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Justice for Kathryn Knott

Tue, 2016-02-09 06:30
Kathryn Knott decided to roll the dice.

She lost, big time.

Knott, you might remember, was one of a group of people implicated in an attack on a gay couple on a Philadelphia street back in September 2014.

Words were exchanged. A few homophobic slurs grew into punches.

Charges were filed against Knott and two men in the group of 15 who had been out for dinner in Philly.

The two men charged took plea bargains and avoided jail time.

Knott decided to go to trial. She was acquitted of the most serious charges against her, but convicted of four misdemeanor counts, including simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment.

Knott had steadfastly denied hurling any insults at the gay couple, and denied she was part of the physical attack.

A jury didn't see it that way.

Yesterday was sentencing day.

The prosecutor wanted serious jail time. Knott's attorney argued for probation. Knott herself apologized to the two victims. Then it was left to Judge Roxanne Covington.

She sentenced Knott to five to months in jail, followed by two years of probation. And she ordered Knott taken into custody immediately.

Knott collapsed into tears at the defense table. She then hugged her mother and father, the chief of police in Chalfont, Bucks County, and was led away.

No, it does not seem fair that the two men involved in this incident are free on probation while Knott is headed to jail.

That is the risk that Kathryn Knott took when she eschewed the same deal they got and decided to go to trial.

She'll have five to 10 months to think about it, as well as the incident that led to all this, what most people have described as a nasty attack on a gay couple.
Categories: Pennsylvania

LeSean McCoy still making headlines in Philly

Tue, 2016-02-09 05:58
Shady doings?

LeSean McCoy may have shuffled off to Buffalo, but the former Eagle continues to make news in Philly.

McCoy is being investigate in connection with a brawl that injured several off-duty Philadelphia police officers.

It happened over the weekend in Recess, a club in the Old City section. Here are the latest details.

McCoy is believed to be part of a group of football players who were in the club. The players and the off-duty cops got involved in an altercation. It is believed the fight may have been over a bottle of champagne.

The off-duty officers suffered serious injuries. It's not clear at this point if McCoy or anyone in his group suffered any injuries. No charges have been filed, but the incident is under investigation by the Philadelphia police department.

McCoy's current employer, the Buffalo Bills, put out a statement indicating they were "aware of the reports involving Le Sean McCoy and are in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time."

McCoy is the all-time leading rush in Eagles' history.

He also has a history of making news off the field.

He took a lot of criticism back in 2014 when he left a 20-cent tip on a tab that came to $61.56 at a local burger joint. McCoy said it was because he received bad service.

He was sent packing to Buffalo by then-Coach Chip Kelly in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. At the time, McCoy made comments that raise eyebrows across the league indicating Kelly did not relate well to black players.
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Your early morning report from the roads

Tue, 2016-02-09 04:52
Here's an early morning report from the roads.

One word: Relax.

You won't have any problem with your morning commute.

I just drove in and I didn't encounter any problems. The roads were wet, but I didn't hit any slick spots, and it wasn't really snowing during my commute.

The biggest issue you will have is brushing off a dusting of snow that fell overnight.

As far as the rest of the day is concerned, it sounds like we are going to be dealing with on and off snow most of the day, with the possibility of another accumulation coming after dark tonight. There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

But these forecasts of 3-6 inches?

I'm doubtful.

I go by feel. And this just doesn't feel like snow today.

Of course we got the press conference from PennDOT and others talking about how they were ready for the storm, and that they had plenty of salt on hand.

What? You were expecting them to say they're unprepared?

Here's what the National Weather Service is saying about today's forecast:

Overnight: Periods of snow. Low around 28. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday:Periods of snow before 1 p.m., then rain and snow likely between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., then snow after 2 p.m. High near 35. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tuesday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 10 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wednesday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. West wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday: A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. You can get the full forecast here.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Feb. 8

Mon, 2016-02-08 07:24
The Daily Numbers: 24-10 win for Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

2 Super Bowl rings for Peyton Manning.

13 for 23 for 141 yards for Manning.

2 fumbles cause by Vonn Miller, who was named the game’s MVP.

194 yards gained by the Broncos, least amount ever for winning team in Super Bowl.

3 field goals from Brandon McManus, from Lansdale, North Penn High and Temple.

3 proposed locations being looked at in Aston for new home for fire department.

500,000 price tag for renovations at the municipal complex.

750,000 dollars to acquire site on Concord and Red Hill roads.

450,000 in improvements needed at Green Ridge location.

2 local parishes that will undergo review for possible closure or merger. They are Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton Heights, and Saint Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill.

3 teens rescued after falling through ice on pond in Bucks County.

74, age of Dan Hicks, of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, music fame. He died over the weekend.

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

Let’s hope that ESPN report that Eagles are not going to use franchise tag on Sam Bradford is wrong. And the team is interested in bringing back Nick Foles. Say it ain’t so.

I Don’t Get It: Cam Newtown didn’t do himself any favors with that act after the game. He’s better than that.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to St. John Chrysostom Parish, which yesterday collected a national award for inclusion of those with physical and mental challenges.

Quote Box: “In an effort to be more efficient and cost effective, a new fire station needs to be built.”

- Aston Township Commissioner Jim Stigale.
Categories: Pennsylvania

How far have we come on race relations?

Mon, 2016-02-08 06:55
I always hear about how far the nation has come in terms of race relations.

Some days I wonder.

Yes, we are light years from some incidents from the early '60s.

But in other ways I believe even today some of the things that happen every day show us just how far we still have to go.

I used my Monday print column to talk about it.
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Not a super day for quarterbacks

Mon, 2016-02-08 06:43
It was a 'super' ending for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but it was less than a super day in general for quarterback play. Both defenses dominated as the Broncos smothered the Panthers for a 24-10 win.

Broncos linebacker Vonn Miller won the MVP, one he easily could have shared with the rest of his defensive teammates and coordinator Wade Phillips, who devised a great game plan to shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers. They scored one touchdown on defense and set up another with a fumble recover at the Panthers' 5-yard line.

Manning was pedestrian, ending up 13 for 23 for 142 yards. The Broncos' anemic offense put up one of the feeblest efforts in Super Bowl history. No one will remember that, however. They will remember that the Broncos won. And that it marked a likely glorious ending to Manning's illustrious career, allowing him to match little brother Eli's two Super Bowl crowns.

I could have done without his post-game plugs for a sponsor, Budweiser beer.

As for Newton, it will provide a tough lesson, maybe as much for what happened after the game as his struggles during it.

Newton was battered by Phillips' defensive game plan. He was under constant pressure.

Newton had won me over this week. I wondered just how good he and the Panthers really were. That was especially true after I saw the Eagles blow an early-season game they should have won. But every week they posted another win, and Newton seemed transformed by an accident last season during which he likely saw his life pass before his eyes.

Newton came under fire for a lot of his antics while the Panthers were rolling to a 17-1 record. Let's just say he enjoys himself on the field. Whether or not his opponents always like his antics is likely another matter.

But if Newton is going to be a star when his team is winning, he shouldn't turn a cold shoulder when that's not the case.

His behavior and surly act after the Panthers' loss was disgraceful.

But none of this was the worst quarterback news I heard yesterday. I almost ran off the road when I heard a radio report indicating that ESPN was reporting the Eagles did not plan to use the franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford, and that they actually were interested in reacquiring Nick Foles.

Thankfully, this morning lots of people are questioning that report.

I hope so.

For some reason, not many people have joined me on the Bradford bandwagon. Maybe it's because of the injuries. He did moss almost two full seasons with ACL injuries.

But he did not have any issues with his knees this season. He did miss a couple of game with a concussion and shoulder problem. He had more problems early with Chip Kelly's offense.

But at the end of the season he was playing as well as an quarterback in the league.

This should be a no-brainer. Bradford should be the Eagles QB next year. He's their best shot at making a playoff run. If they let him walk, it's a sign that they are going back to a major rebuilding plan. That means you have forget about the playoffs.

I'll admit I was never a Nick Foles guy. I just don't think he's that good.

Sam Bradford was the No. 1 pick in the draft. No a No. 1 pick. THE No. 1 pick.

I don't think anyone is going to say that about Nick Foles.
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About those Saturday horoscopes

Mon, 2016-02-08 06:16
There was a time when I could recite you several passages in Latin.

Yes, I was an altar boy. I used to know the Confiteor by heart.

I also studied Latin in both high school and college. I always tell young people who are interested in writing that they would do well to do the same. It is the basis of our English language, with so many of our words having roots in Latin.

A lot of people turned on Latin, mocking it as a 'dead language,' simply because it is not spoken anymore.

I disagree.

None of that, however, explains what all that Latin was doing on our Horoscopes page on Saturday.

Yes, in case you didn't notice, we managed to run the horoscopes in Latin.

I hope we didn't send any readers into astrological shock.

I got several calls and emails from readers asking for an explanation.

Reader Bob Anderson chimed in:

"Well you gave me a good laugh today when I went to the Horoscope on Page 16," Anderson said. "Apparently someone decided itwould be a good idea to write the column in Latin. It has been many years since my high school Latin class so I decided to skip this column for today."

They're certainly entitled to an explanation. I wish I had a good one.

Let's just say this was a failure on both a human and technological levels. Those Latin passage are simply text that is supposed to be replaced with the correct files. Obviously, that did not happen on Saturday. The page also is supposed to be proofed by a human editor.

That one clearly went by the boards as well.

I can tell you my horoscope for Saturday, with or without Latin. Don't mess around with people's astrological signs. I never put much stock in it, but for a lot of people, this is one of the first things they turn to in the newspaper.

I'll take the hit for this one. And I pledge - at least I hope - that this won't happen again.

Bless me father, for I have sinned.

Now if only I could remember how that went in Latin.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Your early morning report from the roads

Fri, 2016-02-05 04:59
Several Delaware County school districts are opening two hours later this morning in the wake of an early morning snow storm that is sure to make for a messy commute.

Here’s the list so far:

Haverford.

Garnet Valley.

Penn-Delco.

Radnor.

Rose Tree Media.

Springfield.

Marple Newtown.

Upper Darby.

Cardinal O’Hara.

Delco Christian.

Wet, heavy snow flakes started falling about 4 a.m. and has picked up intensity in the last couple of hours. Main roads continue to be mostly wet, but side roads are starting to be covered.

Here’s the quick forecast: Snow will continue until 10 a.m. and then taper off. We’ll actually see some sun this afternoon, but it will be blustery with a high of 44.

We have a warmup for the weekend, with sun and clouds Saturday and a high of 47, and then close to 50 on Sunday.

Enjoy it while you can. The forecast sees another chance of snow Monday night into Tuesday.

• In the meantime, here’s your early morning report from the roads.

So much for Punxsutawney. Winter is back.

Yes, it is snowing. Heavily.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the roads at this point are only wet. I had no problems on my morning commute.

Snow was just starting to fall as I left the house, then was snowing heavily as I made my way to the office. I really only saw a coating on a couple of spots on Providence Road. Other than that the main roads are just wet.

The forecast calls for a coating to maybe at most a couple of inches across the region, more in South Jersey and down the shore. But it should not be a huge factor on the roads.

Of course, that does not take into account a rush-hour Friday morning traffic.

The lawns and sidewalks are another matter. They are being covered quickly.

And you will likely have to brush the snow off your car this morning.

Take your time and you should be fine.

As usual, it’s one of the few times I’m grateful for the early hours I keep. There was no one on the roads.

* Get the full TRAFFIC REPORT here.

* Get the full WEATHER REPORT here.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Feb. 4

Thu, 2016-02-04 07:38
The Daily Numbers: 1st anniversary of the death of 2-year-old Mason Hunt. Dozens gathered last night for a vigil for the little boy. His mother and boyfriend still face trial in connection with his death.

21 stipulations that Concord Township imposed on Wawa before allowing the convenience store chain to sell beer from a store on Naamans Creek Road. Wawa objected. This week the two sides resolved their impasse.

2 six-packs at a time, what customers will be allowed to buy, or 192 ounces.

1 beer per day, what customers can actually consume on the premises.

4-foot high wall that will separate this area from the rest of the store, with a separate cash register.

1.1 million dollars coming to Delco from Pennsylvania for a variety of park projects.

2 legal setbacks in court for Bill Cosby yesterday. He lost his bid to have sex assault charges dismissed. He now faces trial.

2 year delay in implementing Keystone Exams as prerequisite for graduation from high school in Pennsylvania.

2 years probation for the buddy of Chip Fattah on fraud charges. The congressman’s son got 5 years in prison.

47 million dollars in that 5-year deal signed by Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry.

10 million dollar signing bonus and $23 million guaranteed.

124-86 blowout loss for the Sixers at home vs. the Hawks.

40 point margin at one point.

83-58 win for No. 3 Villanova over Creighton.

83-73 loss for Saint Joe’s to St. Bonaventure.

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

Still no word from Eagles on quarterback Sam Bradford. Make no mistake. If they don’t resign him, they are going back to Square One.

I Don’t Get It: Bill Cosby. He’s now using legal arguments to explain his conduct. Sad.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who gathered last night in Norwood to honor the memory of little Mason Hunt, and also to shine a light on the problem of domestic and child abuse.

Quote Box: “You have to keep people aware that child abuse is real.”

- Barbara Baltuskonis, Mason’s paternal grandmother.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Cliff Huxtable is going to trial

Thu, 2016-02-04 06:59
Cliff Huxtable is going to trial on sex assault charges.

Bill Cosby may very well have had a deal with former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor. In fact, Castor took the stand at a hearing in Montgomery County Court and said exactly that. Castor argued he did not think he could win the case involving the charges being lodged against the famous comedian by a former female employee at Temple University, so he made the deal that he believed would force Cosby to answer questions in a deposition in a civil case Andrea Constand brought against him.

But he offered his word that the information Cosby divulged would never be used against him, and that Cosby would never be charged criminally.

"Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted ever, as far as I was concerned," Castor told the court.

Castor argued he alone had the 'sovereign' power to make such an offer.

Yesterday a Montgomery County judge disagreed, rejecting Cosby's request that the assault charges against him be dismissed because of that promise from Castor.

Judge Steven T. O'Neill then handed the Cosby legal team a second setback, ruling against a request to have current Montco D.A. disqualified from the case because of a campaign ad used in the fall election - in which Steele beat Castor - suggesting a promise to prosecute Cosby.

You can get all the details on the rulings here.

No doubt the Cosby team will appeal.

"There was a promise made 11 or 12 years ago upon which (Cosby) has relied and that sovereign that made that promise is obligated to live up to it. When a prosecutor gives his or her word, that something that's enforceable," Cosby lawyer Christopher Tayback said.

O'Neill didn't see it that way.

Andrea Constand was the first to allege improper sexual advances from Cosby. She was not the last. Dozens of women have come forward to say he took advantage of them as well. This is the first time the 78-year-old Cosby has faced criminal charges.

In that now-infamous deposition, Cosby admitted he obtained Quaaludes to give to women with whom he hoped to have sex.

Cosby now appears just a shell of the man welcomed into our homes every week as everyone's favorite dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

He appears frail, shuffling in and out of court, leaning on his lawyers for support.

Yesterday he waved and acknowledged those who yelled support for him as he entered and exited court.

The image Cosby perfected is long gone. What's left is a man looking for a legal way out of his actions. Cosby contends the sex was consensual.

He settled the civil suit filed against him by Constand.

He thought he had a get our of jail card against any criminal charges through that deal with Castor.

Yesterday that deal, which apparently was never put down on paper, disappeared.

The criminal case against Bill Cosby will go forward.

Cliff Huxtable will go on trial on sex assault charges.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Coming Friday: It's your 'Ticket' to a good time

Thu, 2016-02-04 06:33
The Beatles once lamented they did not have a 'Ticket' to ride.

You're not going to have that problem, so long as you pick up a copy of the print edition of the Daily Times Friday.

We'll be unveiling our new weekly entertainment section.

Welcome to 'Ticket.' Consider it your 'Ticket' to a great weekend and the best in the arts and entertainment all across the Philly suburbs.

This is your chance to get in the middle of all the action — happening right here — in our region. Ticket will introduce you to destinations near and far. Read about upcoming concerts, latest trends, art exhibits, family events and much more.

Have a story idea? Share with us — email ticket@digitalfirstmedia.com. If you know of a local artist who’s making a statement in his or her craft, let us know and we will spread the word. Got the scoop on an awesome venue dishing out great entertainment? We all want to be there, so tell us about it.

Stay in touch 24/7 through our website at www.tickettoentertainment.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Ticket2Entertainment and on Twitter @TicketEnt.

And, don’t miss the print Ticket every week. It’s the guide to entertainment you need to start your weekend.

And it all starts Friday in the Daily Times.
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Your morning roads report: Beware of fog, impatient drivers

Thu, 2016-02-04 05:11
Welcome to London.

Be prepared to battle some thick fog out there.

I just made the jaunt into the office and I can tell you it's thick as pea soup in some spots, with visibility next to nothing in some spots.

The good news is that the rain seems to be relenting and the expected flooding from yesterday's rain never seemed to develop. But the warm temperatures, rising to near 50, have created some serious fog issues.

Here's the full regional traffic report.

But here was my real dilemma from this morning's commute, and this one is on me.

I can admit to the fact that patience is not a virtue I possess in any great amount. In other words, I have a pretty short fuse.

This morning because of the fog I decided to alter my route. I took Route 352 from Westtown to Granite Run instead of my normal route taking Route 3 all the way down to Edgmont, then Providence Road over to Rose Tree Park. I didn't feel like adding fog to the morning ritual of dodging the deer on Providence Road.

What I didn't count on was getting behind a potato chip truck shortly after I got onto Route 352. Obviously he was concerned about the fog as well, because he insisted on going 25 mph all the way to Lima.

I'm guessing he could probably hear me ranting and grinding my teeth behind him.

If you know the road, you know there is really not many spots where you can pass, even on a clear morning, let alone one where you can barely see your hand in front of your face.

I thought maybe since I was right behind him he might pull over and let me go by. No dice.

Eventually he took a right on Route 452 and I roared past headed for the Media Bypass. It made me a few minutes late. Was it worth all the faux outrage. No. I'll add that to the list of things I need to get a better grip on.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Feb. 3

Wed, 2016-02-03 07:05
The Daily Numbers: 23, age of convicted home invader who is back in trouble again, facing human trafficking charges in Upper Darby.

2,700 dollars believed stolen from a woman’s apartment as part of the ordeal, which started when she placed an ad with an online dating service.

7,000 dollars OK’d by Swarthmore Council as reimbursement for repairs on a fire truck.

20,000 dollars being spent by Springfield School District for website services.

2005, when then Montco D.A. Bruce Castor gave his word to Bill Cosby that he would not be prosecuted for any information provided in a deposition in a civil suit.

5 years in jail and $1 million in restitution for Chip Fattah, son of Philly Congressman Chaka Fattah, on fraud charges.

18 times, how many times Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring. He’s seen his shadow and called for 6 more weeks of winter 102 times.

1 case of the Zika virus that has now popped up in Texas. This one was transmitted by sexual activity.

1,700 jobs being eliminated at Yahoo.

10,000 pieces of undelivered mail found in a mail room in Philadelphia.

200 million dollars more that will be sought for education by Gov. Tom Wolf in his budget address next week.

60 million dollar pricetag for the universal Pre-K education program being sought by new Philly Mayor Jim Kenney.

0, how much in campaign donations Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she’s pulled in amid her legal woes while running for re-election.

1 woman, 2 children struck by hit-run driver in South Philly yesterday.

4-2 win for Flyers over Canadiens to kick off the 2nd half of NHL season.

72-57 win for Chester High over Academy Park in boys hoops last night.

5 year extension for Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry.

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

The Eagles increasingly are looking like Howie Roseman’s show. Not real sure how I feel about that.

I Don’t Get It: Gov. Wolf will be asking for $200 million more for education in his budget address next week. Which would be nice if the state actually had this year’s spending plan in place. Hard to believe.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Punxsutawney Phil. Hey, maybe it’s not scientific, but we’ll take it.

Quote Box: “Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted, ever, as far as I was concerned.”

- Former Montco D.A. Bruce Castor, on deal he offered Bill Cosby.
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Record warm temps, rain, melting snow may create flooding mess

Wed, 2016-02-03 06:22
Maybe Punxsutawney was right.

One day after Pennsylvania's most famous rodent predicted an early spring, we're headed for near-record temperatures today.

Many forecasts believe we'll surpass the record high of 62, which was set back in 2006.

So much for the good news.

The warm weather is going to be accompanied by a day-long rain, including some heavy downpours later this afternoon and tonight. Coupled with melting snow from our recent blizzard, flooding is likely.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire region from noon until 5 p.m. Thursday. That could mean problems for the usual trouble spots, including Darby Borough, and areas along Chester Creek.

The city of Chester already has issued a warning to residents along Chester Creek that they may need to evacuate their homes. The city put out an advisory warning residents of Parker Manor to be prepared to evacuate, move motor vehicles as far away from Chester Creek as possible and find shelter with family or friends until the threat has passed.

Residents with questions are asked to call the Chester Fire Department, Station 81, at 610-447-7844, or Station 82 at 610-447-7842. In the meantime, AccuWeather's extended forecast is calling for the possibility of cold and snow extending into early March, but then a quick warm-up.

Here's what they have to say:

AccuWeather reports Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Feb. 2, 2016, indicating an early start to spring for the United States. The decision marks only the 18th time Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog hasn't seen his shadow since the tradition began in 1887.

For the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned for just the opposite, as cold air and the potential for snow will linger into the start of March. Elsewhere, springlike severe weather isn't predicted to become widespread until April.

Cold air and snow possible for mid-Atlantic, Northeast into March; Drought may develop for Great Lakes, Ohio Valley Warm weather lovers in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will have to be patient, as winter plans to linger into March across both regions.

Cold air and stormy weather will take the stage from late February into the start of March, opening the door for a potential late-winter snowstorm.

"There could be a last surge of winter before we see the transition into spring," AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. "For the Northeast, there's still an opportunity for some snow, although there's a higher chance that we'll see a cold snap rather than a big snowstorm."

A quick warmup will follow, however, allowing milder air to arrive faster than it has in the past two years for both regions.

"A lack of arctic air in the region and the sun getting higher and higher in the sky will make it feel pretty nice, I think, by mid-March in the Northeast," Pastelok said.

Through April, the weather pattern will lend itself to the occasional damp and dreary day before a turnaround in May.

May could also yield drought concerns for the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, prompting some early season heat. During the same month, the threat for severe weather will loom for the mid-Atlantic.

For the complete local forecast, click here.
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Eagles enter the Howie Roseman Era

Wed, 2016-02-03 06:03
Welcome to the Howie Roseman show.

Remember all that talk from Eagles owner Jeff Lurie about how the team was putting on a full-court press to hire a personnel guy.

The Birds Boss played it very close to the vest in terms of who is calling the shots at the press conference where he rolled out Andy Reid acolyte Doug Pederson as the Eagles new coach. He consistently dodged questions about Roseman's role, saying only that once the team had their personnel guy, there would be "100 percent accountability."

Well now we know what he meant by that.

The Eagles apparently have put the search for their personnel guru on hold until after the draft.

This looks like Howie Roseman's show now.

That means Howie will likely be the loudest voice in the room on Draft Day. Sure, Pederson will have something to say on that, but it sure sounds like Roseman will be in control.

That's quite a turnaround from the guy who was unceremoniously demoted when Chip Kelly forced Lurie's hand and got full control over personnel and the roster.

But Roseman was merely sent down the hall. He was not jettisoned. And when Kelly was shown the door by Lurie before the end of the season, there was Roseman's carcass washing back up on the beach.

Maybe Roseman will knock it out of the park. He's already done some great work in signing severla of the team's young nucleus to contract extensions, including tight end Zach Ertz and defensive lineman Vinny Curry.

The team has a press conference set this afternoon at which they are expected to formally announce the Curry deal.

But don't be surprised if most of the questions focus on Roseman's role and where the team stands in its search for a personnel guy.

That's what happens when you use a No. 1 draft pick on Marcus Smith.

No, Howie & Jeffrey, no one has forgotten that debacle.
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Winners & losers in the world of politics

Tue, 2016-02-02 06:16
Here's something for Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton to keep in mind as they celebrate victory in the Iowa Caucuses.

Know who won the last two Republican gatherings in Iowa?

That would be Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

I'm thinking maybe more important than the winners in Iowa are the big losers.

On the Republican side, that would have to be Donald Trump, whose showing did not live up to the bluster.

Also keep an eye on Marco Rubio. The Florida senator made a late charge and almost overcame Trump as well. I still think he winds up as the Republican nominee.

On the Democratic side, early this morning Clinton was claiming victory. This still has to be seen as a stinging setback for the woman who was expected to cruise to victory - and the nomination. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be emboldened by his showing in Iowa - nearly dead even with Clinton.

Here in Delaware County, keep your eyes on the Democrats in the state House 164th District race.

This one is going to be a bare-knuckles, bruising affair.

Incumbent state Rep. Margo Davidson was successful Sunday night in her desire for an open primary. She didn't win the endorsement from the party faithful, but that's not really the point. What she really wanted was to be sure they did not back her opponent, Upper Darby Township Councilmember Sekela Coles.

Davidson managed to do that, and mocked Coles' claim of a win by way of the 39-34 vote. It wasn't enough to win an endorsement, but Coles still claimed victory.

There was some good news for Joe Sestak as well. While Katie McGinty was collecting another key labor endorsement, he managed to snag the backing of Delaware County Democrats, something he did not get back in 2010. You might remember that's when Sestak decided to spit in the face of party leaders who had lined up behind party-switching incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak flew if the face of party decorum and KO'd Specter in the primary, only to loses a tight race to Republican Pat Toomey in the November general election.

Sestak wants another shot at Toomey, but once again is getting little in the way of love from Democratic party leaders, who are lining up behind McGinty.

But Sunday night Sestak got the endorsement of Delco Dems.

Statewide polls show him with a slim lead over McGinty. He'll need all the local support he can get.
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All eyes on Punxsutawney - except mine

Tue, 2016-02-02 05:48
Sure, we share a name, but the truth is I've lost my taste for Punxsutawney Phil.

I'm told you should take in the antics surrounding the famous prognosticating groundhog at least once. Apparently they hold a hell of a party out there at Gobbler's Knob.

I'll pass.

Then again, I don't think even Punxsutawney could come up with this forecast. Just a week after we got nearly two feet of snow, we're expecting record-high temperatures in the mid-60s Wednesday.

Unfortunately, that is going to be accompanied by some heavy rain, and that means the distinct possibility of flooding.

I don't think ol' Phil is going to predict that either.

February is one of my least favorite months of the year. Spring remains pretty much a rumor, even if we are expecting spring-like temperatures this week.

I have noticed that it is staying light out longer, but it's still dark when I leave the office.

Let's see, Friday is Wing Bowl, Sunday is the Super Bowl and then next Wednesday marks Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Shorts and T-shirts are still a long way off.

Here's my prediction, Punxsutawney be damned.

Don't put away the shovel just yet. We'll get at least one more big snow.

And I will continue to grumble about winter like broken record.

If you're interested in the antics surround my pal Phil, go here.If you just want the forecast, you can get that here.
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Your early a.m. report from the roads

Tue, 2016-02-02 04:52
Here's a couple of early warnings after my morning commute:

First, be prepared to do some scraping. The temperatures dipped just enough to freeze everything that was sitting on your windshield and windows. Unless you start your can and let it warm up, you're going to be doing some serious scraping.

I also quickly discovered that 26-degree temperature mean that a lot of that melted snow on the roads had frozen over. It didn't take me long to head into my first curve and get that sickening feeling that my car was sliding. Luckily, there was no one else on the road at that time and I was able to recover fairly easily.

Here in Delaware County, I'm not really sure it got cold enough overnight to freeze. But the farther out you are, the more likely you are to encounter some slick conditions.

Be careful out there.
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Dems vote for open primary, setting up primary battle between incumbent Rep. Margo Davidson, challenger Sekela Coles

Mon, 2016-02-01 07:15
Delaware County Democrats met for their endorsement meeting last night, and the big news of the night was a snub for incumbent state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164. Davidson was successful in stopping an endorsement for her primary foe, Upper Darby Council Member Sekela Coles, but saw a vote show more supporters for Coles. Delco Democrats voted 69-64 in support of Coles and against Davidson, who is seeking a fourth term representing Upper Darby in Harrisburg. It’s not the first time Davidson has been challenged from inside the party. After winning the seat to succeed longtime Upper Darby Republican Rep. Mario Civera, who gave up his seat to run for a seat on County Council, Davidson was endorsed by the part in 2014, but still faced a challenge. She staved off attorney Billy Smith in a bitter primary fight. Smith had attacked her for her pro-life stance and women’s rights issues. Sunday night the county Dems voted 39-34 to back Coles. “Today’s vote sends a clear message that Democrats in Delaware County do not stand behind Rep.Davidson’s record of failing to fund schools, failing to pass a budget and failing to support a woman’s right to choose,” said Daniel McNamara, Coles’ campaign manager. “It shows that Delaware County Democrats are ready for new leadership that will fight for progressive values such as fully funding and equitably funding public education, standing up for women and spurring economic growth in the 164th legislative district.” For her part, Davidson this morning said she considers this a victory, since this was not a formal endorsement, and she had indicated the vote means an open primary, which is what she has wantedfrom the time that Coles announced her candidacy. She also claims to have the backing of several mayors in the district. Davidson seemed to downplay the importance of the backing for Coles, blasting the move and saying that “committee people are a bunch of party insiders.” Coles has represented Upper Darby’s 7th District on township council since 2014. She holds a Ph.D. from Walden University and is an adjunct business professor at Harcum College and Delaware County Community. She has served on Bywood Elementary’s Parent Involvement Program, Governor Wolf’s Transition Committee on Drugs and Alcohol, and the Advisory Board of Delaware County Community College’s branch campuses. Keep an eye on this one. Davidson has beaten back challenges before - including one launched by those in her own party. It’s clear her staunch pro-life beliefs rub a lot of people in the party the wrong way. This one should be a barn-burner.
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