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The Daily Numbers for Wednsday, April 23

5 hours 13 min ago
The Daily Numbers: 4-1 loss by the Flyers in a poor showing at the Wells Fargo Center against the Rangers.

2-1 series lead now for the New Yorkers. If they want to advance, the Flyers now face the task of having to win another game in New York.

1,000 dollars, value of a rifle scope what apparently was missing from the evidence room of the Chester Police Department, and subject of search warrants issued yesterday.

37, age of Conroy Williams, who has been charged with running down man in Collingdale. He’s still at large.

18, age of teen bicyclist who was struck and critically injured in Ridley Park. Police are seeking the driver of a pickup truck.

80,000 barrels of crude oil that is set to start arriving in Eddystone, and the focus of safety sessions in the borough.

250 people who showed up at a meeting in West Goshen last night to ask questions and complain about a pumping station that Sunoco Logistics needs to get Marcellus Shale materials to the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook. They don’t much care for the idea.

100,000 dollars in scholarships doled out to Delco high schoolers by the Taylor Foundation.

0 liquor licenses in Swarthmore. That could change under a plan by Swarthmore College, which is being opposed by some in the borough.

40 room inn and bar at center of legal dispute pitting the school against some residents.

15 applications that have been received by the state from taverns for small games of chance. State officials initially thought they’d get 2,000.

3 people shot during funeral for shooting victim in Trenton yesterday.

700 homes at the Jersey shore that will be targeted for post-Sandy buyouts.

15 cities still in the running to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, including Philly.

65 point spike in stock market yesterday.

30 percent boost in profits for Comcast.

3 straight wins for the Phillies.

6 consecutive saves for Jonathan Papelbon, preserving 3-2 win for the Phils

22 errors committed by the Dodgers in 21 games. An dropped ball in the outfield led to the Phils’ winning run in the 10th inning.

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

So much for home-ice advantage. Flyers now must win another game in NYC to win this series.

I Don’t Get It: Gunshots broke out yesterday at a funeral in Trenton. The funeral was for a teen who was shot and killed last week.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who plan to take a stand against violence in Chester at a rally tonight.

Quote Box: “The Haverford School obviously does not tolerate such activities and is cooperating with authorities.”

- Headmaster John Nagl, in wake of drug probe centering on two graduates.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chester is back in the headlines again

6 hours 24 min ago
It's going to be a big news day in Chester again today.

First, there will be the fallout from yesterday's raid on the Chester Police Department. Officers from the Special Prosecution Unit of the county CID showed up at police HQ on Seventh Street armed with search warrants.

According to our Rose Quinn, the probe centers on a missing scope from a rifle that was part of a federal ATF investigation. CID officers were seen carrying items out of police headquarters.

It's not the first time there have been issues in the evidence room. We've written about it before.Chester Mayor John Linder is expected to speak about the issue at tonight's city council meeting.

The investigation by the D.A.'s office is believed to have been sparked by a complaint from an officer. One of the issues the department is dealing with is divided loyalties. Commissioner Joe Bail was brought in under Linder. He was out of town yesterday and unavailable to comment.

Linder and D.A. Jack Whelan both confirmed the probe and search warrants, but declined to divulge any other information. But the missing scope and how it came to be missing - and quickly returned - is not the only issue in the city. Tonight a group of ministers is planning a rally before the City Council meeting to protest the continuing violence in the city, as well as an unsolved murder.

They are inviting the city to come together to show their resolve and take a stand against violence at 7 p.m. at the City Council Room in City Hall.

I wrote last week about the growing exasperation of many city residents about what they now say is becoming a daily part of life in Chester - routine random gunfire.

Yesterday I had a call from a person very active in the city who said he believes both Mayor Linder and Commissioner Bail have been reluctant to bring in outside help, something that county officials said they would consider. We'll see if that comes up tonight.

For his part, when he was a guest with me two weeks ago on our 'Live From the Newsroom'show, Linder did not hesitage when I asked him flat-out, "Is Chester safe?"

"Yes," he quickly responded.

He might have a more difficult time selling that to city residents.
Categories: Pennsylvania

About that front page

6 hours 45 min ago
I hope all those who insist that this newspaper never misses an opportunity to portray certain people from certain areas of the county in a negative light noticed yesterday's front page.

It featured a major drug bust.

Not in Chester. Or Collingdale. Or Darby. Or Marcus Hook.

This one happened on the Main Line.

And it involved young people from some of the best schools in the region. The two ringleaders were graduates of the prestigious Haverford School, where they starred on the lacrosse team.

Some of their "employees," according to police, were pushing pot and other stuff in Radnor, Conestoga, Lower Merion and Harriton high schools.

They also had folks in local colleges, including Lafayette, Haverford and Gettysburg.

As we often do when we have an arrest that features a large group of people, we displayed their faces on our front page. Usually this is met with complaints that we are picking on minorities and disadvantaged people.

Inevitably someone will call me and complain that we always portray minorities in this fashion, but when it involves a non-minority, it goes not get the same treatment.

They say we routinely try to 'hide' those stories inside the paper.

I offer yesterday's front page as Exhibit A in my argument against that accusation.

Funny, I didn't receive one call about it yesterday.
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'Live From the Newsroom' talks student financial literacy

7 hours 26 sec ago
We're taking our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' back on the road tonight when we tackle the issue of financial literacy among young people with the good folks at the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.

Financial literacy among young people is becoming a big issue.

The Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union has been pushing this issue for years, starting with the opening of several branches inside high schools, and staffed by students.

They also use the famous Berenstain Bears to spread the message of financial literacy among young people.

Tonight I will be joined by Rick Durante and Mike Magnavita, from the credit union, to talk about their work, and I'll also have two very special guests.

Lexi Galantino carries the No. 1 ranking in her class at Springfield High School. She also just happens to be an intern at the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union's branch inside Springfield High as well as co-chairing the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union's Youth Advisory Board. Lexi is this year's scholarship winner. She's headed to Tufts Univesity next year.

Also with is will be Marple Newtown School District Superintendent Dr. Merle Horowitz. She's been named the credit union's 2014 Financial Literacy Advocate, given to a leader in education each year who demonstrates strong support for financial literacy.

We'll also use the show to preview next week's big Partners in Learning Celebration dinner, featuring the awards for the All-Delco Hi-Q team as well as the Delaware County Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Each year we are honored to feature the All-Delco Hi-Q team. Much as we do for each high school sport, each year we name an All-Delco team tied to the nation's oldest academic quiz competition. One team member is selected from each competing school.

Make sure you look for complete write-ups on the All-Delco Hi-Q team this Sunday in the Daily Times. On Monday we will do likewise with this year's winners of the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Make sure you tune in to DelcoTimes.com tonight at 7 for a very special 'Live From the Newsroom' on financial literacy among young people.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Flyers throw away home-ice advantage

7 hours 38 min ago
So much for home-ice advantage.

It did not take the Flyers long to relinquish what they had worked so hard to achieve. After wresting the advantage away from the New York Rangers Sunday in the Big Apple, the orange and black failed to show up last night at the Wells Fargo Center, falling 4-1 in a troubling, listless effort.

Ray Emery was not sharp. He had lots of company. The Flyers fell behind quickly 2-0 in the first period and never recovered.

Steve Mason, still suffering from the ever-mysterious "upper body injury" apparently was healthy enough to be on the bench as Emery's backup. He actually saw some mop-up duty late in the third period after the Rangers went up 4-1.

All of that is the bad news. The worse news is that Flyers fans will have an extra day to wallow in the bad vibe. No doubt thanks to the vagaries of TV, Game 3 is not being played in South Philly until Friday night.

No word yet on who will be in goal. Look for Mason to get that start.

Regardless, the Flyers now will have to win another game in New York. Before winning on Sunday, they had dropped eight straight there.

Rob Parent has the details on the Flyers' shaky effort.

And columnist Jack McCaffery notes coach Craig Berube is in a familiar pickle for a Flyers coach, a goaltending dilemma.

On the bright side, how 'bout dem Phillies. They won their 3rd straight last night to even their record at 10-10. And tonight they get Cole Hamels back as he takes the hill in a battle with Dodgers ace Zack Greinke.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, April 22

Tue, 2014-04-22 08:18
The Daily Numbers: 2 grads of the prestigious Haverford School charged with running a huge drug ring with the aim of taking over the illegal drug trade in high schools on the Main Line as well as several local colleges.

25 and 18, age of the suspected kingpins, both of whom were lacrosse players at Haverford and then dropped out of college.

9 others, including 2 juveniles, busted as their sub-dealers, who would push drugs in the high schools.

35,000 a year, how much it costs to attend Haverford School.

8 pounds of marijuana found during a search of the suspects’ homes.

3 grams of hash oil.

23 grams of cocaine.

11 grams of MDMA.

11,000 dollars in cash.

3 guns, including an AR-15 rifle.

0 rate hike being sought by SEPTA in their general operating budget for next year.

20 percent increase in ridership on Media/Elwyn regional rail line, one of the reasons it’s being targeted for upgrades by SEPTA.

11,000 passengers who use the line every day.

75 counts of harassment filed against a part-time Colwyn police officer charged in connection with stalking his ex-fiancee.

3.85 million dollar sale price for the landmark Upper Darby Professional Center on Market Street.

25,000 dollars in damages done by vandals on the Penn State York campus.

40.71 point hike for the stock market yesterday.

1 or 2 dollars a month fee hike being considered by Netflix.

3 straight starts for Ray Emery, who will be back between pipes tonight for Flyers, subbing for injured starter Steve Mason.

7-0 win for the Phillies behind Cliff Lee last night vs. Dodgers.

10 strikeouts recorded by Lee, who retired 21 of last 22 batters he faced through 8 innings of work.

38 strikeouts so far this year for Lee, with just 2 walks.

5 home runs for Ryan Howard, who went yard again last night.

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

Anyone know exactly what an “upper body injury” is. Whatever it is, it is keeping Steve Mason on the sidelines for the Flyers. It’s up to Ray Emery now.

I Don’t Get It: Not exactly sure what these Main Line hotshots were thinking in terms of running this drug enterprise. What? They didn’t think anyone would notice?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Montco D.A. and law enforcement for taking down this preppie drug magnates.

Quote Box: “We will crush it. Once you go tax free it’s hard to go back.”

- Suspected Main Line drug ring leader Tim Brooks, in text to his partner.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A Delco guy meets the president

Tue, 2014-04-22 07:24
One of the things I like the most about social media is the ability to make connections I otherwise would miss. It also allows me to 'connect' with people and places from my past.

That's how I 'connected' with Tina Zuzek. It turns out she grew up in the same little town I did out in Chester County. But she now lives here in Delco. Her son, a football player, attends the Naval Academy. We connected last year when she alerted me to her son's appearance in the Army-Navy game. Joe is a standout offensive lineman.

Here is a small confession. One of my great laments in my life is that I did not pursue the chance to go to the Naval Academy. We had a congressman, John Ware, who actually lived in our town and likely would have written a letter of recommendation. But I was a young knucklehead, and didn't think it was 'cool' to be a midshipman. What a dunce.

But I've always been a Navy fan, at least in part out of that missed opportunity, and the fact that my dad was a sailor.

Tina noticed that I was often wrote about Oxford in my column and blog, and we connected. That's how we wound up doing a story on her son.

Last week she contacted me again.

Joe was making news again.

That's him with President Obama in the picture accompanying this blog.

The Naval Academy team visited the White House and met with President Obama on Friday to accept the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in 11 seasons.

A couple of other Delco guys, Mike Huf from Drexel Hill, and Lonnie Richardson from Chester, also were on hand for the event. His family and friends apparently call Joe 'Jake.'

I hope he doesn't mind if I do as well.

He did Delco proud.

As well as his mom's - and a certain newspaper editor's - home town.

Well done, Jake.
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The Flyers, Steve Mason & dreaded "upper body injury"

Tue, 2014-04-22 06:28
What exactly is an "upper body injury?"

Inquiring minds - probably belonging to Flyers fans - want to know.

Starting goaltender Steve Mason will not be between the pipes again tonight when the Flyers return home to face the Rangers in Game 3 of their opening Stanley Cup playoff series. The Flyers, behind Ray Emery, evened the series and wrested home-ice advantage from the Rangers with a gutty come-from-behind 4-2 win on Sunday.

Immediately after the game the talk turned to who would be in goal when the series resumed tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

We didn't have to wait long. Mason announced Monday that he would not be able to go. Here's Rob Parent's report.

But exactly what is ailing the goaltender is not exactly clear.

As is their custom, the Flyers are keeping this kind of information top secret, announcing only that Mason is in fact suffering from the aforementioned "upper body injury."

Mason got involved in a pileup and banged his head on the ice during the last week of the regular season.

Is he suffering a concussion?

We don't know. No one is saying. Not the Flyers. Certainly not Mason.

There is the temptation to simply say that he is, then let the team deny it if they want.

Flyers fans are among the most passionate around. They simply live and die with this team. Year in and year out they fill the Wells Fargo Center, playoffs or no playoffs.

Seems like a lousy way to treat them when it comes to injuries.

The truth is they deserve better than what the Flyers are giving them.

For now, they will be to settle for the dreaded "upper body injury."
Categories: Pennsylvania

Daily Numbers for Monday, April 21

Mon, 2014-04-21 08:16
The Daily Numbers: 1-1 deadlock between the Rangers and Flyers after the Orange & Black rallied for 4-2 win yesterday.

2-0 deficit for Flyers early in 2nd period. Raise your hand if you turned the game off and focused on the Easter ham at that point?

3 people, a woman and two juveniles, charged in last week’s home invasion in Chester.

36, age of man intentionally run down early Saturday in Collingdale.

2nd hit-run case to make headlines in Collingdale in last month. An earlier fatal hit-run remains unsolved. 1 person of interest police want to talk to in connection with the latest incident.

2 suspects charged in rash of car-break-ins at Planet Fitness in Upper Darby.

1 year, how long Melissa Rodriguez has been missing. Her family continues to wait for answers.

76, age of former prizefighter Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, who died this weekend. He became famous for being wrongly convicted of murder.

10 percent tax on natural gas extraction being proposed by Pa. Dem guv candidate Rob McCord.

5 percent levy backed by GOP Senate candidate Tom McGarrigle.

5 million dollar tax bill now for Harrah’s in Chester now that it no longer enjoys tax-free status as part of Keystone Opportunity Zone.

218 million dollar assessment on their property on the Chester waterfront.

10 million dollars, how much Harrah’s gave to city of Chester last year under their licensing deal.

5 million to Delaware County.

2.9 cent increase in price of gallon of gas across the region last week.

22.9 cents per gallon higher than this week last year.

4/20, yes that was yesterday’s date. It’s also the date many celebrate the benefits of marijuana.

3 killed, 260 injured in last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.

100 video cameras now installed along the marathon route.

36,000 runners signed up for today’s race.

10-9 win for the Phillies yesterday.

4 hits for Ryan Howard.

5 saves in 6 chances now for Jonathan Papelbon.

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

Raise your hand in you had written off the Flyers after they fell behind 2-0 yesterday? Yeah, me too.

I Don’t Get It: Police now have a person of interest in a Collingdale case in which they say a driver was lying in wait, then ran down a man when he exited his home early Saturday.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Boston today. Still Boston strong.

Quote Box: “But we also don’t want to have it, you know, kind of a race through a militarized zone. So it’s about striking a balance, and I think we have struck that balance.”

- Mass. Gov. Delval Patrick, on preparations for today’s Boston Marathon.
Categories: Pennsylvania

All eyes on Boston

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:17
The nation will focus its eyes on Boston today.

As one public official stated yesterday, it likely will be the safest city in the world today. And with good reason.

It was one year ago that we were reminded that terror is in fact an every-day thing, something we now live with on a daily basis.

It's something I now think of when I'm in crowds, or when a I see someone carrying a backpack.

I don't live my life looking over my shoulder, but I am certainly aware of my surroundings in ways that I never used to be.

It's now part of our lives.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Confessions of a bad high school athlete

Mon, 2014-04-21 06:59
A lifetime ago, I was a high school athlete.

I have often said that I learned as much about life from my teammates and experiences on a bad football team than I did in any of my classes.

My thoughts on that topic haven't changed, although my aching body, including the fact that I can no longer throw a ball overhand due to one specific football injury, now questions the wisdom of playing football at 115 pounds soaking wet.

I collected more X-rays than victories in high school.

But I would love to be able to go back and revisit some of those games.

Luckily, kids here in Delco don't have that dilemma.

The reason why is revealed in today's print column. That's me, No. 12, seated front center.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Cast your vote now, Flyers fans: Ray Emery or Steve Mason

Mon, 2014-04-21 06:36
Raise your hand if you had written the Flyers. C'mon, you know who you are.

The losers of eight straight games in Madison Square Garden, the Flyers were looking up from a 2-0 hole early in Sunday's Game Two of their opening Stanley Cup playoff tilt vs. the Rangers.

Fans already were saying, 'See you Tuesday night' and preparing to tackle the Easter ham when a wondrous thing happened. The Flyers looked deep inside themselves and rallied for an improbably 4-2 win to even the series at one game apiece and swipe the home-ice advantage.

They play again Tuesday night.

You can get all the details on Game Two from Rob Parent here and columnist Jack McCaffery here.

The Flyers now face a most interesting dilemma. Steve Mason was held out of Game Two with lingering issues from the infamous "upper body injury," according to the Flyers, who keep their injury reports a lot more secure than all that data gathered by the NSA.

Ray Emery played well in Thursday night's Game One loss, but was outstanding in stopping 31 Rangers shots yesterday. So is there a goalie controversy? Mason may be ready to roll Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. But do the Flyers interrupt the mojo they are building behind Emery.

For Emery, this is a bit of deja vu, all over again, but in reverse.

Last year he went 17-0-1 for the Blackhawks but found himself on the bench in favor of Corey Crawford, who led Chicago to a Stanley Cup crown.

So let's see a show of hands. Emery or Mason? Post a comment with your vote.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, April 17

Thu, 2014-04-17 07:28
The Daily Numbers: 32, our low temperature overnight. Nice sense of humor, Mother Nature.

2 different fires that struck homes in Ridley and Folcroft yesterday.

1 hour of deliberations, how long it took a jury to acquit a Chester man charged in a gun incident outside Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

7,661 in additional funding set in Middletown Township to attack pothole-scarred roads.

58 percent increase in cost of college education, target of hearing yesterday at Cheyney University.

77 million dollars, price placed on auction block for Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. 67.9 million dollars brought in on table games at Pa. casinos last month. That’s up 1 percent from the same month last year.

6,964,862 in slots play at Harrah’s in March. That’s down from last year’s number of $7,265,244. And that’s with more tables in play this year, 126 as opposed to 121 last year.

4.2 percent overall decline in revenue at casinos in March because of a continuing slide in slots play.

3 children in her car when a New Jersey woman drover her van into the Delaware River. She now faces attempted murder charges. All 4 were rescued.

1,500 dollars worth of vandalism being investigated at Rowan University.

60 age of Montgomery County man who faces charges of supplying booze for a Sweet 16 party.

7.5 million in upgrades being given the OK by the PATCO transit board.

8 arrests on weapons and other charges for a woman who now faces charges in connection with death of her son. She left a loaded gun in her home that was used in shooting death of 2-year-old.v 290 still missing after a ferry packed with students capsized off Korea

162 point spike for the stock market yesterday.

2 wins to end the season for the Sixers. They started the season going 3-0.

20 points for Thaddeus Young.

13 strikeouts for Cliff Lee last night. He still go the loss despite tossing a complete game.

1-0 loss as Lee was outdueled by Braves pitcher Julio Teheran.

3 hits for the feeble Phils lineup.

1 as in Game 1 tonight as the Flyers face the Rangers in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. 8 straight losses for the Flyers in Big Apple.

28 appearances for Ray Emery, who will get the start for the Flyers with Steve Mason on the shelf. 9-12-2 mark for Emery, with a 2.96 goals against average.

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

Cliff Lee was mediocre on opening day and escaped with a win in a slugfest. He was great last night, striking out 13 Braves, and lost, 1-0. That’s baseball.

I Don’t Get It: What is with all the random gunfire in Chester. People are telling us it is now an everyday occurrence?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the good people at Apple Pie Day Care Center in Chester. They are raising money for the funeral of little Karder Hardy, who was struck and killed by a car last weekend.

Quote Box: “I couldn’t imagine losing a child like that.”

- Brookhaven resident Ray Delfera, while writing out a check to help the effort.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Focusing on gunfire in Chester

Thu, 2014-04-17 06:43
UPDATE: I'm starting to get some reaction to my call for citizens to sound off about gunfire in Chester. Here's what one resident emailed me:

"Seriously terrified. My in-laws refuse to move out of the city! My husband WORKS in the city. I pray for their safety. It makes me sick that someone can't declare Marshall Law and go in and clean house in Chester. It's always the warmer months that you see more action. The cockroaches stay indoors in the winter months."

And one more, with the often-heard response that the few give a bad impression for the rest of the city:

"I am a former city resident. I know there are many, many good people who live there. Of course I am concerned about the shootings; but I am also concerned for the good people in the city because they are getting short shrift because of these happenings. I think it's wonderful that you are doing a story on this. I read your post this morning in Heron's Nest and liked the focus of it. It sounds to me like you are also trying to make the point that many city residents are very concerned about this. That angle alone may help to change the perception of Chester's people as a whole Thank you. This is an important story."

This just in:

My mom and step dad just moved onto Clover Lane in Chester and they have heard gunshots five times in three weeks in their location. They met the man Derrick who was an innocent victim in the fatality a week prior to his wrong place wrong time. He was a barber down the street and even offered to cut their dogs hair for free because he knew they were broke and down on their luck. They heard those gun shots that unfortunately took his life, and when they found out it was the guy they met right after moving in, they felt so sorry for him and his family's loss. They visited his memorial and the day he was buried his poor 4-year-old son got hit by a van and died from his injuries. That's just one story, imagine all the thousands. They stay inside and close shade and lock windows afraid for their lives every day. You can't even walk up the street in broad daylight without fearing for your life.

"It's so sad. Broken homes, hurt families, poverty-stricken and broke. This city was once an OK place many years ago. Our local church is helping with Ninth Street youth ministry, and CitiTam but this city needs more than a few helping caring people. It needs a complete clean up and out and renovation to save these poor children from cycling the same lifestyle. It's so sad for them, they don't have any hope or a chance hardly. Get the word out. People need to help, officials, government etc."

Here's one more:

" I am 48 years old and I have lived in the City all of my life. It hasn’t been until this year that I have thought about moving out of the city. It’s just ridiculous any more, it seems like every other day there is an incident, and someone said when it gets warm the cockroaches come out?? That is not true, we have heard gun shots all winter so the cockroaches do not have a favorite season! My biggest concern used to be raising my children to be productive, thoughtful, God-fearing citizens. Now my biggest concern is my youngest making it off of the school bus stop without getting shot at or shot. Something has got to give the city cannot hold any many more teddy bear memorials.

I'll keep publishing them. Keep sending them to me!

It's easy to take potshots at the city of Chester.

Actually somebody is doing just that. Lots of people are firing guns in the city.

We're getting calls here in the newsroom that gunfire is now a routine occurrence in some parts of the city.

Earlier this week we reported on a random shooting where gunshots hit a truck driver as he drove down a city street. A recent homicide is believed by police to be a situation where an innocent victim was caught in the crossfire.

Of the 15 homicides recorded this year in Delaware County, seven of them have occurred in the city of Chester.

A Facebook post on a board hosted by a group of city residents complained about the situation in the William Penn Projects.

I have had one county law enforcement official indicate to me concern is growing about the situation.

This is the message that was delivered to me, after this person also joined a Facebook posting board for Chester residents:

"I've noticed that there are a lot of posts from Chester residents concerning people shooting guns all hours of the night in residential neighborhoods," this source said "Just reading the posts makes me afraid for the safety of the children and good people living in the city. It may be the usual break in the weather or something else going on. But, people are not safe and they are afraid.

"I know many Delco residents don't care about the people living in Chester, but I do. My organization has been trying to help as have others. We all try in our way to be a positive influence, especially for the children. Please keep reporting on Chester. I can only hope that things will change."

I'd like to think the newspaper can be part of the solution.

But first I want to detail the situation. If you'd like to go on the record and discuss the gun situation in the city, send me an email to editor@delcotimes.com.

We're planning a story focusing on the increase in gunfire in the city.

Is it just a sign of warmer weather? Is this different than other situations? Is it being blown out of proportion? I'd like to hear from the people who live there and have to deal with the 'pop-pop-pop' that sometimes seems like the soundtrack to their lives.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The secret behind the Wawa Way

Thu, 2014-04-17 06:29
Yesterday, Wawa threw itself a shindig to celebrate the 50th anniversary of opening its first store, on MacDade Boulevard in the Folsom section of Ridley Township.

The free coffee was a nice touch.

But Wawa has proved to be more than just a convenience store.

It's become part of our lives.

Ask anyone who has moved out of the area what they miss most and inevitably one of the first replies is, "Wawa." In our editorial today, I take a look at the secret behind the Wawa Way.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another rough day for Philly sports

Thu, 2014-04-17 06:13
On opening day, the Texas Rangers knocked Cliff Lee around pretty good. The Phils' left-handed ace gave up eight earned runs on 11 hits while going just 5 innings.

And he got the win.

Last night Lee pitched a gem, hurling a complete game and giving up just one run while striking out 13. And he got the loss.

That's because the Phils' feeble lineup managed just three hits against Braves starter Julio Teheran.

Hey, at least we were not treated to another miserable showing from the Phils' bullpen. This time it was the bats that went AWOL.

You know you're in trouble when one of your three hits is Ryan Howard beating out an infield single.

The Phillies now stand at 6-8 and continue to gasp for air.

So about those Sixers! They ended their season the same way they started it, by beating the defending champion Miami Heat.

The 76ers won their first three games of the season, and their last two. It's probably best to simply forget everything in between.

And the Flyers? Those are storm clouds forming above Madison Square Garden, where the orange and black have not won in their last eight appearances.

Tonight they go into their Stanley Cup playoff opening series without their starting goaltender, Steve Mason. He's out with an upper body injury. Ray Emery will be between the pipes.

All in all, just a swell day on the Philly sports front.

Next you'll tell me the Eagles released DeSean Jackson, getting nothing in return for a Pro Bowl receiver.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 16 (The Wawa Edition)

Wed, 2014-04-16 07:57
The Daily Numbers: 50 years in business today at Wawa.

1, as in Store No. 1 for Wawa, on MacDade Boulevard in the Holmes section of Ridley.

640 stories today.

25 new stores per year for the next 5 years, the company’s growth goal.

6 states where you can find a fix for ‘Gotta havva Wawa,’ including new stores in Florida.

380 of them that offer gasoline.

6,000 items you can buy at the Delco-based convenience stores.

22,000 employees

400 million customers annually.

195 million cups of coffee brewed each year.

60 million hoagies made annually.

1803, when Wawa started as an iron foundry in New Jersey.

1902, when Wood family started dairy farm processing plant in Wawa, Pa.

6 core values of the chain laid out in new book, ‘The Wawa Way.’

0, what it will cost you today to get a coffee at Wawa. They are offering free java all day as part of the celebration. 3.5 minutes, the time it takes most people to get in and out of the store.

5,000 dollar donation being made today at the original Ridley store to the Ridley United Soccer Association.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Look on the bright side. The Phils got rained out last night. We didn’t have to watch through our fingers when Ryne Sandberg went to the bullpen. And even better, the Sixers play the last game of their miserable season tonight. They should have made admission free.

I Don’t Get It: All those losses and the Sixers still don’t necessarily get the top pick. They don’t have as many ping-pong balls as the Milwaukee Bucks.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Wawa on 50 years of serving Delco and the region.

Quote Box: “Wawa has become more than just a retailer, it’s become part of our community and a part of our customers’ lives.”

- Howard Stoeckel, vice chairman of the Wawa Board of Directors and author of ‘The Wawa Way.’
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'Live From the Newsroom' tackles Flyers' chances in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Wed, 2014-04-16 07:09
There is good news, better news and some bad news on the sports front today.

The good news? The Phillies game vs. the Braves got rained out last night, so we were not treated to another gruesome look at what constitutes the Phils' bullpen these days.

The better news? The Sixers will play their final game in this God-forsaken season tonight at the Wells Fargo Center vs. LeBron James and the Miami Heat. If they had a conscience they'd make admission free. If they wanted to make money, they'd make the people then pay to get out.

And the bad news? Brace yourself Flyers fans.

We used our 'Live From the Newsroom' show last night to preview the Flyers first-round matchup in the Stanley Cup playoffs vs. the Rangers.

All three of our sports writers, Flyers beat writer and sports editor Rob Parent, Matt DeGeorge, who just covered the Frozen Four, and Bob Grotz like the Rangers.

Most believe the Flyers will fall in either six or seven games.

The key likely will be whether the Flyers can muster a win in Madison Square Garden, where they have dropped eight straight games.

It was left to me to stick up for the locals. I'm picking the Flyers in seven. And yes, I have my fingers and toes crossed.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.
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Celebrating 50 years of 'Wawa runs'

Wed, 2014-04-16 05:55
In a lot of places, they might visit their local convenience store.

Hit the 7-Eleven.

Slurp a slurpee.

In the Philly area, we don't do that.

We make "Wawa runs."

We've been doing it for 50 years.

In fact, it was 50 years ago today, that the store with the funny name first opened the doors to their original store on MacDade Boulevard in the Folsom section of Ridley Township.

And today they're throwing a party to celebrate. And that includes free coffee at all Wawa locations.

The party will kick off at 6 a.m. at what is referred to as Wawa Store No. 1.

Visitors will step back in time - a half a century in fact - to get the feel and experience of what it was like on April 16, 1964. There will be 50th anniversary decorations, photos and the original signage for the store. Officials also will unveil the original pole sign. Store workers will be dressed in vintage store uniforms.

Former Wawa President and CEO Howard Stoeckel will pour the ceremonial first cup of coffee to kick off the day.

Wawa Chairman Dick Wood will re-enact the first-ever store transaction and unveil a special plaque dedicated to Wawa founder Grahame Wood.

Customers also will have a chance to check out a Wawa parade through the ages retrospective, showcasing visual milestones of the past 50 years.

Stoeckel also will autograph copies of his book, "The Wawa Way." In it he talks about how the business came to acquire its funny name and he lays out the six core principles that have led to its success.

The event will conclude with a special ribon-cutting to commemorate Wawa's half-century in business.

And of course all day customers will be rewarded with free coffee at all Wawa stores.

Later this morning, a similar celebration will be held in Philly at the 17th and Arch location from 8-8:30 a.m. "Wawa Day" will conclude with a special reception at the Convention Center and announcement of The Wawa Foundation, a new entity founded by Wawa to support the company charitable giving and philanthropic activities.

All of this to celebrate a story with a funny name. Yes, Wawa is the American Indian name for the Canadian goose native to this area.

That single store on MacDade Boulevard has grown into a convenience store behemoth with more than 640 stores that stretch beyond the Philadelphia region down into Maryland, Virginia and now even Florida. The company has more than 22,000 employees.

Today's "super" Wawas feature gas pumps and a dazzling array of food inside.

But it's still the people - and their interaction with loyal customers - that remains at the heart of the "Wawa Way." It also helps when you have your own personal Wawa. At the Daily Times, we've been lucky to have one of those quaint old stores withing walkin distance just a block away.

That's why today, as we've been doing for 50 years, most of the region will be making a "Wawa run."

Happy 50th, Wawa.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, April 15

Tue, 2014-04-15 08:08
The Daily Numbers: 15 of April. Happy Tax Day!

32, expected low temperature tonight into Wednesday, with a freeze warning in effect.

51, our high for tomorrow. Some places in the Poconos or Lehigh Valley could get a snow shower.

30 residents who packed a recent Chester Heights Borough Council meeting to discuss possible development of the old Chester Heights Camp Meeting property and another large parcel as well.

10 percent of 150,000 bail posted by man charged in accident that took the life of Dante DeSimone.

18, age of teen shot and killed in Chester.

15 homicides in Delco so far in 2014.

7 of them have been in Chester.

8 DUI convictions for Chester County man, the latest involving a fatal crash in which a 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed.

15.6 violations for every 100,000 licensed drivers cited for texting while driving under new law.

22.4 and 20.6, the rates in Chesco and Montco, respectively. They’re tops in the state.

1 person shot and killed overnight after an argument outside a popular bar near the Penn campus.

5 years since incident that led to abuse charges against a Chester County state trooper. Yesterday he was acquitted of the charge.

77 million dollars, how much one investor says he’s willing to spend to buy out his partners in owning the Philly Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.

1 Pulitzer Prize captured by the Inky yesterday, to Inga Saffron for criticism for her architecture columns.

1.1 percent jump in retail sales in March.

146 point spike in the Dow Jones average yesterday.

9-6 come-from-ahead loss for the Phils to the Braves last night.

3 run homer by Dominic Brown that was wasted in the loss.

3 consecutive homers served up by Jake Diekman in relief.

2 more hits for Chase Utley, who is hitting . 489 and has a hit in all 11 games he’s played this year.

113-108 win for the Sixers last night against the Celtics.

18 wins against 63 losses for the Sixers with 1 game left in their miserable season.

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

Jonathon Papelbon was unavailable last night after pitching 3 straight nights. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the rest of the Phillies’ bullpen, leading to a disheartening come-from-ahead 9-6 loss to the Braves.

I Don’t Get It: A Chester County man was in court to plead guilty to his 8th DUI offense, this time involving a fatal crash that took the life of a 24-year-old. The judge called his record ‘absurd.’ Ya think?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chester County D.A. Tom Hogan and the family of Liam Crowley, who are vowing to seek harsher penalties for those involved in fatal DUI crashes who have a history of DUI charges.

Quote Box: “Mr. Landis, that’s almost to the absurdity level,isn’t it? And now it takes a life.”

- Chester County Judge Anthony Sarcione, to DUI driver Robert Landis.
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