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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Aug. 26

Tue, 2014-08-26 08:30
The Daily Numbers: 2 gunmen who exchanged half a dozen shots in Darby Borough Sunday night.

1 stray bullet that came within inches of a sleeping toddler a block away.

1, as in ‘We’re No. 1.’ That’s the chant in Ridley this morning as kids uphold the district’s tradition of being the first to return to school in Delco.

58, age of man in Upper Darby charged with letting 8-year-old sit on his lap and steer car. He faces DUI charges. Police found him holding 25-ounce can of beer. A 9-year-old was in the back seat.

59, age of man doused with gas and set on fire after he tried to intervene in an altercation in Chester.

1.2 million dollars in stolen funds that was the basis of charges filed against the president of NP Precision. Kenneth Narzikul pleaded guilty in fed court yesterday.

9, as in the No. 9 ranking when it comes to bad drivers. That is the dubious honor awarded to Philly drivers in a study done by Allstate.

6.2 years, how often a Philly driver can expect to be involved in a crash.

61.2 percent more likely to be in a crash than any other place in the country.

1 billion dollar in damages racked up by that 6.0 earthquake that rocked the Napa Valley in California early Sunday.

6 Emmy Awards for ‘Breaking Bad,’ including best actor again for Bryan Cranston.

7 Emmys for “Sherlock: His Last Vow.”

5 times ‘Modern Family has been named Best Comedy.

3.47, average price for gas at the pump in Philly region. That’s the lowest price of the year.

3.79, the high prices set on June 28.

5 cent dip in the price for gas here in the past week.

755 new hotel rooms coming to Philly with opening of 2 new hotels.

500 jobs being added by Xerox in Cherry Hill, N.J.

72 percent of Pennsylvanians who underestimate how much money is spent on education, according to a new poll done by the Commonwealth Foundation.

82 percent underestimate teacher salaries.

12 strikeouts for A.J. Burnett as the Phillies took down the Nats, 3-2.

1 run on 3 hits.

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

The Taney Dragons are getting their parade, just don’t ask me to attend. I love the team and everything they did, but you don’t get a parade unless you win the whole thing.

I Don’t Get It: I know it’s tradition but something still just rubs me wrong about kids going back to school before Labor Day.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Michael Vick. He just keeps on saying all the right things. Quote Box: “If he’d have been standing up, we’d probably have a murder.”

- Darby Borough Police Chief Bob Smythe, on stray bullet that just missed sleeping child.
Categories: Pennsylvania

One vote against the parade for Taney Dragons

Tue, 2014-08-26 07:38
So much for the clout of the Heron's Nest.

As readers of this blog - yeah, both of them, not counting my wife - know, in this space yesterday I indicated I did not think it was a great idea for the city of Philadelphia to throw a parade for the kids from the Taney Dragons Little League team.

Of course, city officials yesterday promptly announced they would do just that.

Guess what? I still don't think it's a good idea.

Again, let me stress this. I love the Taney Dragons story. Mo'ne Davis and her teammates provided the perfect tonic at a time when the region and nation were beset with bad news.

I even editorialized on the lesson that could be learned from this racially diverse group of kids in light of the unrest that seized Ferguson, Missouri, and the national spotlight.

But the fact is that after Mo'ne appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for doing something no other girl has ever done, namely throw a shutout in the Little League World Series, they didn't win another game.

Now I know that this is not just about winning. That's why I was all in favor of the nice homecoming celebration the city threw for the team on Sunday.

That apparently was not enough.

This smacks of the kind of thinking that demands every kid get a trophy. They don't. That's not the way the world works. That's why we keep score, why there are winners and losers.

The sooner kids learn that lesson, the better off they'll be.

The tradition of a parade should be reserved for a championship. That doesn't mean we're not enormously proud of what the Taney kids accomplished. We are.

After rushing up the Jersey Turnpike for an appearance on the 'Today' show Monday morning, the kids will be back in Philly and feted with a parade from Center City to a park in South Philly on Wednesday. They also will be honored before that night's Phillies game.

In the meantime, the kids from Broomall-Newtown have been going about their business in relative anonymity on the way to capturing the national Babe Ruth 3 Prep World Series. They took the title last week in Glen Allen, Va. Here's some background on their amazing trek to a national title.

And they're not alone. The Broomall-Newtown 13-14 Babe Ruth team is also seeking a national title out in Washington state.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Summer's over - at least in Ridley

Tue, 2014-08-26 07:17
It's official.

Summer is over.

At least it is if you live in Ridley Township.

That's because kids who live in Ridley head back to class today.

The district continues its tradition of being the first public school district to go back to class.

I have to admit I'm not a big fan of this trend. And I am guessing most kids would agree with me. There's just something about going back to school before Labor Day that seems wrong. Of course, there isn't much I won't do to cling to those final days of summer.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Emmy? I think I dated her once

Tue, 2014-08-26 06:47
I do not watch a lot of TV. If you rule out an occasional movie on Friday or Saturday night, sports and the news, I probably would never turn the damn thing on.

That puts me at odds with my wife, who uses the TV for company. She turns it on when she wakes up, and if she's in the house, it's a pretty good guess the TV is on.

Her tastes run toward old black-and-white movies on TCM, and westerns such as 'Bonanza' and 'The Big Valley.'

That usually translate to her sitting in the kitchen watching the tube, and me outside on the deck listening to music and reading.

Have I mentioned recently that Spotify and Pandora might be the world's greatest invention? Of course, that probably does not bode well for local FM music stations. I might never tune in again.

Now all I have to do is fire up my iPhone and I can hear a Playlist of my favorite tunes. Sure, I have to listen to an occasional ad (I'm too damn cheap to pay for the premium service).

I'm wondering if Spotify is going to do to radio what the Internet did to print newspapers. In other words, steal a lot of customers.

But that's another blog item. This one is about TV, and the fact that they handed out the Emmys again last night. It got me to thinking about my life, or what passes for it these days.

As I went down the list of winners, it dawned on my that I have never seen one minute of 'Breaking Bad.' Is that possible.

Not only possible, but it has a lot of company.

I also have never been exposed to the night's other big winner, the comedy 'Modern Family.' Ditto for 'The Big Bang Theory.' The Good Wife? Well, I married one, but I've never seen the show.

Every night when I trudge into the house, I collapse at the kitchen table, swallow something that passes for dinner and then head to bed.

My wife usually is entranced with the reruns of 'MASH.' She just might follow that up with 'Bewitched.'

I can tell you all about Hawkeye, Col. Potter, Radar and Houlihan.

Bryan Cranston? No clue.

I guess I could go on one of those binge sessions that you can get On Demand.

About the only thing I'm demanding these days is better movies on HBO.

Just in case you're wondering, here's the rundown on who won what.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Aug. 25

Mon, 2014-08-25 07:52
The Daily Numbers: 3 more group homes for residents of Don Guanella being proposed for the Notre Dame de Lourdes grounds in Ridley.

230 acres in Concord Township known as Beaver Valley that is at center of dispute between those looking to develop the tract and those seeking to retain it as open space.

5,500 signatures on petition that opposed the original plan. The number of houses has not been reduced and it is being submitted.

16.9 acre parcel in Concord known as the Hall property that also is looking at changes.

12 residents who protested in Brookhaven Sunday. They’re also upset about the loss of open space and the possible development of 30 acres of the 55-acre Chester Water Authority property at Edgmont and Coebourn Boulevard in the borough.

83 pounds of pot worth $360,000 along with $8,473 in cash seized in a raid on a home in Upper Darby.

460,250 in contributions accepted in 2013 by Joe Sestak without filing a needed statement of candidacy, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

1 person killed in motorcycle accident on I-95 in Ridley Sunday morning.

2 women found shot to death in home in Holmesburg section of Philly Saturday.

6.0 earthquake that rattle the Napa Valley outside San Francisco early Sunday morning.

30 aftershocks reported, with the biggest weighing in at 3.6 on Richter Scale.

3 people who suffered serious injuries in the quake.

4-2 win for the Union over Earthquakes at PPL Park Sunday.

7-1 win for Phillies over Cardinals.

8 strong innings for starter Jerome Williams, scattering 5 hits and giving up just 1 run.

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

Maybe it’s just me. I agree that it was nice to have that homecoming yesterday for the Taney Dragons. But that’s it. Why exactly are they getting a parade, usually reserved for teams that have championships. Time to leave these great kids alone and just let them be kids.

I Don’t Get It: Must be nice living in the San Francisco area, rocked by a 6.0 earthquake early Sunday, and wondering when exactly the ‘Big One’ will arrive.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the kids from Broomall-Newtown Babe Ruth. Their 13 team won a national title and the 13-15 team is seeking one this week. Kudos to all involved!

Quote Box: “We feel for the men of Don Guanella, but we feel that we have done our part.”

- Ridley Commission Tom Donovan, on word that three more group homes are being proposed for the Notre Dame de Lourdes parish site in the township.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A community rallies around softball

Mon, 2014-08-25 07:02
Never underestimate the resolve of the people of Delaware County.

That would be particularly true to those devotees of that summer tradition in these parts - softball.

Our annual Champs 'N' Charity softball tournament was in danger of taking a sabbatical this year. For a lot of reasons, the tourney we've run for more than a quarter century to benefit the American Cancer Society was in danger. That's when the community got involved.

It's not the first time the people in the lower end of the county have rallied to preserve something that is at the essence of their lives.

It's in today's print column.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Taney celebration continues; Broomall-Newtown has champions as well

Mon, 2014-08-25 06:46
The Taney Dragons bandwagon marches on.

Good for them.

Yesterday the champion Philly Little League team were welcomed home with a huge block party at LOVE Park in the city as they returned from Williamsport.

This morning they're in the Big Apple for an appearance on the 'Today' Show.

All of that is well and good.

But Mayor Michael Nutter has now gone once step further, saying the city will throw a parade for the Taney kids on Wednesday.

Am I the only one who believes this is now teetering on the brink of overkill?

Perhaps saddled with the Sports Illustrated curse after star pitcher Mo'ne Davis became the first Little Leaguer to appear on the cover of the sports mag, the Dragons promptly fell to Vegas, and then were elminated in a gut-wrenching loss to another urban team, from Chicago.

The Jackie Robinson team from Chicago in turn fell to South Korea in the championship game on Sunday.

I'm all for Taney. They were the feel-good sports story of the summer at a time when we direly need some good news.

I'm just not sure I'd be throwing them a parade.

In the meantime, overlooked in all this focus on Little League is the fact that the region does in fact have a national champion youth baseball team.

That would be the Broomall-Newtown team that captured the Babe Ruth 13 Prep World Series last weekend in Glen Allen, Va. And Broomall-Newtown is not done.

They'll be going for a twin-killing this week when their Babe Ruth 13-15 team looks to capture a second national title this week. They're playing on the left coast, out in Longview, Washington. You can read about their exploits here.

The town is planning a celebration for both teams next weekend.

You can bet we'll be there.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Aug. 22

Fri, 2014-08-22 07:51
The Daily Numbers: 6-5 loss for the Taney Dragons to kids from Chicago, ending their run at the Little League World Series.

3 women who have come forward with complaints of harassment against a Community Services supervisor.

15,000 dollars in debt that threatens the future of the oldest public library in the country, right here in Darby Borough.

7,000 dollars in electrical work that the building also needs.

271 years, how long the Darby Library has been in operation after setting up shop in 1743.

1.292 million, how much the Ridley School District spent to replace the bleachers at Phil Marion Field.

1972, when a Broomall woman was told she would not be allowed to compete in the Little League World Series with her team of all boys. Yes, we’ve come a long way.

200 freshmen who arrived on the Widener University campus to start their college careers with a day of service. 60 point hike for the stock market yesterday to close at 17,039.49.

4 straight months that existing home sales have risen.

67.9 million dollars in gifts for Temple University in the fiscal year ending June 30. It’s the 2nd straight year the North Philly school has shattered its own record.

19 of 29 for Nick Foles in the crucial Game 3 of the exhibition season vs. the Steelers last night.

31-21 win for the Birds as both the 1st team defense and offense looked to be firing on all cylinders.

17-0 lead for the Birds at halftime.

31 yard field goal missed by Alex Henery, after he made a 36-yarder. That’s not a good sign.

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

That giant hissing sound you heard last night was a huge sigh of relief from Eagles fans. Nick Foles and the first-team offense were sharp in dominating Steelers. So was the defense. Bring on the regular season.

I Don’t Get It: Why do we still have to sit through another pre-season game?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons. Hold your heads high. You’re winners in our book.

Quote Box: “He used his position to take sexual advantage of these women. That type of conducts is outrageous and intolerable.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan, on charges filed against supervisor at Delaware County Community Services.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Extraction tax fight making for strange bedfellows here in Delco

Fri, 2014-08-22 07:12
There will be a delicious bit of political irony on display here in Delaware County today.

A group of Democrats - including unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty - will gather in Norwood to turn up the heat on Gov. Tom Corbett to enact a severance tax on the state's Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations, with the revenue being funneled into Pennsylvania schools.

McGinty is heading the Campaign For a Fresh Start for Democratic standard bearer Tom Wolf. She'll be joined by several other Democratic candidates, including Vince Rongione, who is seeking the seat held forever by state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, in Upper Darby, and John Kane, who is running for the open state Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Ted Erickson, R-26.

To the best of my knowledge, Tom McGarrigle will not be there.

That's too bad. McGarrigle would fit right in - at least when it comes to the push for an extraction tax. McGarrigle, the chairman of Delaware County Council, is the Republican looking to keep Erickson's seat in GOP hands, and in the process helping them keep control of the state Senate. His race again Kane is expected to be one of the most high-profile state Senate races in the state. Half of the seats in the Senate will be up for grabs on the November ballot.

McGarrigle actually has beaten the Dems to the punch.

He's already on the record as saying he wants to see a 4 percent levy slapped on gas drilling, with all that revenue ticketed for education funding.

I have an op-ed piece from him that likely will run this weekend. In it he laments what he calls "a summer of missed opportnity in Harrisburg."

It's interesting because the guy at the top of the GOP ticket in Pa. this fall, incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, has made it clear he is not in favor of an extraction tax. He is standing by his push for an impact fee instead, noting that the often-heard claim that Pa. is the only state not to do so rings hollow because other states don't have the high business taxes that the Keystone State inflicts on business.

Corbett rode to office four years ago on a pledge not to raise taxes - or put any new ones in place either for that matter.

This week he gave an interview saying he likely would not make that same pledge as he runs a decidedly uphill re-election fight.

Maybe both he and McGarrigle will show up this morning to talk to their Democratic brethren about the idea of a gas tax.

For some reason, I don't think that's going to happen.
Categories: Pennsylvania

I now how you feel, Mo'ne & Taney Dragons

Fri, 2014-08-22 06:39
Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are not going to win the Little League World Series.

Their thrilling run came to a screeching halt in Williamsport this week, when they got walloped by the kids from Las Vegas, and then last night lost a heartbreaker to Chicago.

The Dragons actually sprinted to quick 2-0 lead before the kids from the Windy City erupted to take a commanding 6-2 lead. The Philly faithful watched as their kids scratched their way as close as 6-5, but that was as close as they got. You know what? There are greater tragedies in life.

I know a little about losing. I did a lot of it as a kid. I was the losing pitcher in a Little League championship game. I was the quarterback of a high school football team that sported a perfect record. We were 0-10. The QB did not exactly help. I was promoted to the varsity baseball team from the J.V. as a sophomore, not necessarily because I was that good, but because our team was not great. Yes, we lost a lot.

I like the way Mo'ne and her teammates reacted to last night's dispiriting loss. They held their heads high. Davis, who rocketed to fame and the cover of Sports Illustrated by becoming the first girl to toss a shutout in the Little League World Series, was incredibly poised as she talked after the loss.

It will serve her - and her teammates - well in the future.

Here's a tip I always tell young people.

Life is hard.

You don't always win.

One of things I detest about youth sports today is the growing movement that everyone should get a trophy. That's not the way life works, and I don't think we're preparing our kids for what lies ahead by constantly telling them otherwise. That's why we keep score.

Every time we select an All-Delco team for our local high school athletes, I know that I will field any number of phone calls from angry parents who want to argue about our selection, incredulous that their son or daughter was not named to the team, or selected as the Player of the Year.

I hope the Taney kids are allowed to return to their everyday lives now.

They don't need a parade.

They didn't reach their ultimate goal.

But they're still winners. The way they reacted and handled themselves after a heart-breaking loss should tell us that.
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Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 21

Thu, 2014-08-21 07:52
The Daily Numbers: 8-1 loss for Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons to Las Vegas last night in Little League World Series. They’re not done yet. If they win tonight they will get a rematch.

3 runs and 6 hits given up by Davis in just 2 1/3 innings of work. She would be eligible to pitch again on Saturday.

34,128 fans who jammed all the seats and the grassy outfield slope to watch the Taney Dragons.

25,157 people who went through turnstiles yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank park to watch Phillies.

29, age of man busted in ‘Ninja’ attack on his former boss in Upper Providence.

19, age of volunteer firefighter who waived his preliminary hearing on arson charges yesterday. He’s charged in connection with 3 fires.

2 brothers charged in different slayings in Darby Borough and Chester.

15, age of teen a 57-year-old Del. man thought he was going to meet in Delco. Instead he wound up being stung by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

2 year minimum prison term being sought by local DAs for possession of illegal guns.

75,000 dollar fine for theft of $200 in casino chips tossed out by court in Pittsburgh.

17 billion dollars to be paid by Bank of America in connection with mortgage fraud.

51 UPS stores that say their computers were breached by malware, making some customers’ information vulnerable.

4.5 million patients of hospital in Community Health Systems, including 20 hospitals in Pa., that were breached by computer hackers.

59 point boost for the stock market yesterday.

4-3 come-from-behind win for Phils on day when Cole Hamels was not at his best.

3 runs on 9 hits in just 5 innings for Hamels.

1.75 million dollar value put on the Philadelphia Eagles franchise by Forbes magazine.

185 million, what Jeff Lurie paid for the team 20 years ago.

7th, where Birds rank in terms of NFL franchises.

11 million dollar deal for Bimbo Bakeries to continue as jersey sponsor of the Philadelphia Union.

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

The kids from Taney Dragons are not perfect. They lost last night. But they’re not done. It’s a double-elimination tourney and they get another shot to stay alive by winning tonight. If they do they will get a rematch with those kids from Vegas.

I Don’t Get It: Yes, those are the school openings we are listing in the paper today. Summer is coming to an end. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby police and Mayor Tom Micozzie for throwing a party for local kids with free water ice and a movie. Well done.

Quote Box: “This was a targeted attack. He was lying in wait for this man.”

- Upper Providence Det. Michael Langdale, on ‘Ninja’ attack on township resident.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Yes, the editor is all wet! 'Live From the Newsroom' takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thu, 2014-08-21 06:54
It was a dream come true last night for County Councilman John McBlain.

The Republican pol could not resist the opportunity to confirm what local Republicans have suspected for some time - the editor of the Daily Times is all wet.

Actually I was a lot wetter after McBlain joined Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood and former Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young soak me as 'Live From the Newsroom' took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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

Before we got to the chilly finale - yes, folks, even on a muggy August night, buckets of ice water are indeed cold - I wanted to take the opportunity to shed some light on this dreaded disease, and the people who are involved in the fight against it, especially here in the Philadelphia area.

It was my honor to be joined on the show by Lauren Stevenson, a board member with the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Lauren shed some light on the astounding success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has already raised over $31 million. She was also able to explain to our viewers just what ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is and how it attacks the body's muscles, incapacitating its victims in a slow downward spiral.

Stevenson noted that it's ironic how this summer, amid the astounding success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, we also are marking the 75th anniversary of baseball great Lou Gehrig's famous retirement speech, in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." ALS is now often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, after one of its most famous victims. Three-quarters of a century later, the search for a cure to this killer goes on.

We also got a very special look at the face of ALS. We were joined by Nina Kelly, and her husband, Mark, who is battling the disease. Nina and Mark provided a moving look at the devastating effects ALS has on families, and the lift provided this summer by the publicity surrounding the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The whole thing got Young, who saw first-hand the issues some of our local school districts have every year amid crushing budget constraints, to suggest maybe an Ice Bucket Challenge for Schools.

Sign me up.

My thanks to all involved last night.

If it would mean a cure, and a light at end of the tunnel for families like the Kellys and hundreds of others, I would let every Republican in Delaware County line up and dump ice water on my head.

Don't take that literally, John!

P.S.: By the way, if you want to join in the fun, you can make a donation to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, by going to their website here. And the person who makes the biggest donation and mentions the Daily Times and ‘Live From the Newsroom’ will win four great tickets to an upcoming Philadelphia Union game at PPL Park in Chester, along with a parking pass, courtesy of Delaware County Council!
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Some good news out of Upper Darby

Thu, 2014-08-21 06:21
There are not many days that you can't pick up the newspaper and find all manner of bizarre crime stories emanating out of Upper Darby.

Part of that is because the superintendent of police, Mike Chitwood, is probably about as media friendly a guy with a badge as you'll find.

Last night he even found the time time to join me as I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

But the day before, he had called me with a different kind of request.

He was looking for some coverage of an event the township was doing for local kids. What it amounted to was free water ice and a movie, offered by Chitwood and Mayor Tom Micozzie.

I get requests like this all the time. The truth is we often are unable to cover them.

But I can admit that I wanted to cover this story. You'll find it here today.

It would be easy to get the wrong impression about Upper Darby from all the crime stories we run out of there. The same thing often happens with our coverage of Chester.

I know I have an obligation to show that there is another side to these towns, and in fact every town in Delaware County.

It's not easy.

Did these smiling kids make Page 1? No. But they are right there today in all their glory on Page 4.

It was a nice thing for the township to do. And it deserved to be covered by the local paper.

I was glad we were there.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A setback for Taney Dragons, but a big step forward on race relations

Thu, 2014-08-21 06:06
So Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are not perfect.

Actually, these Philly kids who have rocketed to fame - and the cover of Sports Illustrated (yep, rack up another one for the jinx) - have taught us something very important in the process.

Mo'ne did not have her best stuff last night, and the Dragons hit into some tough luck and great defense as they fell Vegas, 8-1.

It's the things that Mo'ne and her teammates do off the field that we will most remember.

In fact, we'd go so far as to say we could learn a lot about race relations from the Taney Dragons.

We're doing so today on our editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Aug. 20

Wed, 2014-08-20 08:38
The Daily Numbers: 100,000 dollars cash bail for man charged in Upper Darby bank heist. He was caught in traffic counting his money.

100 educators who worked on a technology-based new education program that was rolled out by state officials at Garnet Valley .

6, age of boy who took stand at start of trial for Philadelphia man in connection with an attempted luring in Upper Darby.

20, age of man charged with slashing another patron at the library in Ridley Township.

1, as in No. 1, ranking for Radnor School District in statewide testing.

22 children who heard all about the advantages of early education services yesterday in Upper Darby.

70 percent of kids in Delco ages 3 and 4 do not have access to early education programs.

1 graze wound suffered by a Philly officer in a street confrontation early Tuesday. The suspect was shot dead.

1,200, death toll now from Ebola virus in West Africa.

96, age of longtime Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who died this week.

80 point jump for the Dow yesterday, closing at 16,919.59

31 of August, when Showboat Casino in Atlantic City will close its doors.

3 A.C. casinos that either have closed or soon will be.

2,133 people out of work from the Showboat move.

3,100 more getting pink slips from the nearby Revel Casino, which is closing the same week.

65,000 dollars divided among 6 youth groups in settlement of bias claims against the now-closed Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley.

0, total number of losses of both Taney Dragons and Las Vegas, who collide tonight in Little League World Series.

13, age of female phenom Mo’Ne Davis, who will be on the hill tonight for Taney. She also just happens to be on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

5-2 loss for the Phillies to the Mariners last night.

5 runs on 6 hits over 7 2/3 innings surrendered by A.J. Burnett.

4 hits, 0 runs surrendered by Mariners’ starter Hisashi Iwakuma.

0 for 4 to cool off Ben Revere, dropping his batting average to .313.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan. Ruben Amaro Jr. yesterday actually placed Dom Brown in the same sentence with Mike Schmidt. Enough said.

I Don’t Get It: ‘Outside agitators.’ It’s the same old story being played out in Ferguson, Mo. They are not helping the situation.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Taney Dragons as they seek to move forward tonight in the Little League World Series.

Quote Box: “I don’t think he’ll ever play again."

- A joking Chip Kelly, when asked about the turf toe injury LeSean McCoy is dealing with. He was joking, right?
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Your chance to prove the editor is all wet: 'Live From Newsroom' takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Wed, 2014-08-20 07:59
The guess here is that there are more than a few people who believe the editor of this newspaper and website is all wet. Their wish will come true tonight.

And there probably is no shortage of people who would like nothing better than to dump a bucket of ice cold water over me head.

Again, tonight is your night!

That's my way of saying that I will be offering myself up to that social media phenomenon, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, tonight on our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom.' It's all a fundraiser for the war on ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, probably better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

It's a debilitating disease that robs the body of its muscle control. Unfortunately, it always ends the same way.

First we'll talk to some folks from the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia. They'll tell us how this wildly popular event got started, and just how much money has been raised so far.

Philly ALS Board Member Lauren Stevenson as well as staffer Patti Lake Quinn will join us for the show to talk about their efforts in battling this killer disease.

Then it will be on to the main event.

Yes, I will be standing outside the Daily Times building tonight about 7:30 having a bucket of ice cold water dumped on my head.

If you would like to get involved and get in line to soak the editor, all you have to do is pony up $25 for the ALS Society of Philadelphia. You can make a donation by going to their website here.

I'll be kicking in $25 of my own - as opposed to the $100 you're on the hook for if you chicken out and don't take the challenge.

Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood is already committed to being first in line. County Councilman John McBlain also will be on tap to douse this grizzled scribe.

I'm sure there are a few more local police chiefs out there who don't think quite as highly of what we do here at the Daily Times. Line up for your shot at the editor, folks.

Maybe McBlain will bring GOP chief Andy Reilly with him. I'm sure Andy would love to get some revenge for all those times we've referred to him as the GOP 'boss,' which he hates. If you want in on the fun, shoot me an email.

Or if you'd just like to be part of the spectacle, drop by for our live show Wednesday night at 7. We'll be right in front of the building in beautiful downtown Primos.

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Mo'Ne Davis and Taney Dragons: Feel-good sports story of the year

Wed, 2014-08-20 07:20
I need to make a correction.

Yesterday in this space I asked if sports fans would be tuned to the Phillies or the Taney Dragons as they continue to seek the crown in the Little League World Series.

A reader reminded me that fans actually don't have that dilemma, not that it was much of a problem.

The Phillies play this afternoon, and will then clear the stage for the feel-good story of the year so far in sports.

I am trying to remember what I was like as a 13-year-old Little Leaguer.

I assure you I was a knucklehead, full of myself and thinking I was all that and a bag of chips as a baseball player. I made our all-star teams and went on to play varsity baseball in college.

And I am here to tell you I could not carry Mo'Ne Davis' j---, uh, never mind. That metaphor won't work.

Let's just say I am in awe of this young woman's poise as she has exploded on a national stage.

Yes, that is Mo'Ne Davis gracing the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.

She done and said just about everything right.

And that is before she steps on the field.

Tonight she will once again rear back and unleash that nasty 70 mph fastball on a very good team, undefeated team from Las Vegas.

I will be rooting for her and the rest of the Taney Dragons.

We certainly could use a winner.

Mo'Ne and the Dragons have delivered.

Go get 'em, guys.

And girl!
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Aug. 19

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:30
The Daily Numbers: 5 years probation for an Upper Darby mom who was charged with beating her 11-year-old son with a belt.

3 people injured in a nasty accident outside Delaware County Memorial Hospital Sunday. One of the drivers faces charges of driving under the influence.

230 acres of a 318-acre tract in Concord Township that is known as the Beaver Valley that is targeted for development.

5,500 people who signed a petition opposing the original plan to develop the tract, which called for 314 single-family homes, 120 active adult residences and 180,000 square feet of open commercial space.

171 homes in the new plan

117 acres of land would remain undeveloped.

19.9 acre site of the Penns Woods Winery would not be involved in the development.

2 years, how long Edward Mokshefsky has been serving as interim chief in Eddystone. Last night council gave him the title on a full-time basis.

6.8 acre home of the Delaware County SPCA that is targeted for a total redesign.

35 mph speed limit put in place for a portion of busy Route 252 in Upper Providence.

31 years, how long we’ve been running the Champs ‘N’ Charity Classic. Our thanks to Sunoco Logistics in helping us keep the (soft)ball rolling.

2 crowns handed out in the Hook last night. Kudos to the women from Guaranteed Plumbing and the men from E.J. Hosbach/UBBIBC, who proved to be the ‘Best by Test.’

4-1 win for the Phils over the Seattle Mariners last night

1 run on 3 hits surrendered by Phils starter Jerome Williams in his 2nd start with the team. That opened a few eyes.

2.19 ERA for Williams in 12 and a third innings with Phils.

3 run homer for Andres Blanco, getting a start at shortstop for the slumping Jimmy Rollins.

29th save in 32 tries for Jonathan Papelbon.

2 for 5 night for Ben Revere, raising his batting average to .315

.323 for Justin Morneau, who leads the NL.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Has anyone considered the possibility that Ben Revere just might win the NL batting crown? Then what do the Phillies do with him?

I Don’t Get It: I don’t get all this dumping ice water on yourself for charity. But that does not mean I won’t step up to the challenge Wednesday night on our ‘Live From the Newsroom’ show.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to everyone who helped us raise money in the fight against cancer at the 31st annual Champs ‘N’ Charity Classic.

Quote Box: “It’s been an honor to serve the borough as a police officer and I am looking forward to serving the residents as police chief.”

- Edward Mokshefsky, after being named police chief by Eddystone Council.
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'Live From the Newsroom' takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Tue, 2014-08-19 07:47
I had a bad feeling this was going to happen.

You can't move these days without tripping over someone doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. It has literally taken over the Internet.

People everywhere are dumping a bucket of ice cold water over their heads - and for a very good reason.

It's all a fundraiser for the war on ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, probably better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

It's a debilitating disease that robs the body of its muscle control. Unfortunately, it always ends the same way.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of these kind of social media stunts. However, I would like to help the war in ALS in any way I can.

And thanks to my intrepid courthouse reporter and science columnist Alex Rose, I am getting in on the Ice Bucket Challenge.

I've decided to make it part of our weekly live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom.' So yes, I will be standing outside the Daily Times building tomorrow night about 7:30 having a bucket of ice cold water dumped on my head.

Once I thought about it a bit, it dawned on me that there's probably a lot of people in Delaware County who would just love the chance to dump a bucket of water on the head of the editor of the Daily Times.

Well, this is your chance.

Looking to get back at the editor? All you have to do is pony up $25 for the ALS Society of Philadelphia. You can make a donation by going to their website here.

I'll be kicking in $25 of my own - as opposed to the $100 you're on the hook for if you chicken out and don't take the challenge.

Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood is already committed to being first in line. 'Media Mike' was an easy choice. But I'm sure there are a few more chiefs out there who don't think quite as highly of what we do here at the Daily Times. Line up for your shot at the editor, folks. I also have a pitch out to County Councilman John McBlain. Maybe he can bring GOP chief Andy Reilly with him. I'm sure Andy would love to get some revenge for all those times we've referred to him as the GOP 'boss,' which he hates. If you want in on the fun, shoot me an email.

Or if you'd just like to be part of the spectacle, drop by for our live show Wednesday night at 7. We'll be right in front of the building in beautiful downtown Primos.

I'm also hoping to have someone on from ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter to talk about the success of this phenomenal fundraiser and how it all got started.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Why do I think this was a bad idea?
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The tradition continues in Marcus Hook

Tue, 2014-08-19 07:04
I didn't make it down to Marcus Hook last night. But, thankfully, the Daily Times did.

I'm not talking about the newspaper. We always deliver the goods to the Hook, which is in the heart of our circulation area.

I'm talking about softball.

For the last quarter century, it has been one of the unshakable signs that summer was drawing to an end. That's when the boys - and girls - of summer would arrive in the Hook to settle the burning question of just who the best softball teams in the county were.

Or, as we used to call it, "The Best by Test."

For the 31st consecutive year, we delivered the Champs 'N' Charity Classic. This year we were joined by Sunoco Logistics. They're the people who are trying to breathe new life into the old Sunoco refinery which now sits as forlorn in the borough it once defined. Sunoco Logistics is looking to bring a number of offshoots from the state's Marcellus Shale boom to the old refinery.

Along the way they managed to breathe new life into our charity softball tournament as well. The key word in that sentence is charity.

That's been the heart of our endeavors since we started this little shindig more than 25 years ago. It almost didn't happen.

In fact, we announced earlier this summer that the tournament would be taking a sabbatical. There were a lot of reasons for that decision. Let's just say these are challenging times for the newspaper industry and leave it at that.

To say the news was not well received would be an understatement.

It wasn't that people were upset that there would be no tournament. They could live with that. They were ticked that a charity close to their heart - the battle against cancer - would miss out.

As one reader informed me in a Facebook post: The battle against cancer doesn't take a year off.

He was right. That same sentiment was echoed for several days.

That's when a lot of people put their heads together and managed to salvage a very important event in this county. It's one of the rites of summer.

And even though a family commitment kept me from my annual trek to the Hook, I'm glad the Daily Times - and the Champs 'N' Charity Classic - made it one more time.

By the way, kudos to E.J. Hosbach/UBBIBC, which pulled off a sweep of Dolan's to rise from the loser's bracket to take the men's crown. You can read all about it here.

And also to the ladies from Guaranteed Plumbing, which took the women's title.

I promise to be back next summer.
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