A Montco drug dealer has been charged with criminal homicide for providing a fatal dose of fentanyl, a drug even deadlier than heroin.
The Daily Numbers: 2, age of little Mason Hunt, who died of abuse. His mother and her boyfriend are on trial in his death. 2 charter schools seeking the OK to set up operations in Upper Darby.1993, when Darren Alston joined the Chester Police Department. He announced his retirement this week.89 bed Hilton Candlewood Estates hotel set to break ground in the city next spring.39 years, how long they have been holding their special holiday celebration at the Schoolhouse Center in Nether Providence.16 employees being laid off at Valley Forge Military Academy in Radnor.275 person sales force getting the ax at Endo in West Whiteland.700 jobs being eliminated in North America by Astra Zeneca, including some at its Wilmington HQ.95, age of American hero, astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, who died Thursday.69, age of rock icon Greg Lake, who formed King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He also died, continuing a horrific year of losses in the music biz.35 people now believed killed in heroin overdoses in Philly in the past 5 days.11-22 years in jail, what prosecutors are seeking for former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.143 of 228 precincts in Chester County where they will recount paper ballots.190,462 ballots that will be recounted.7 straight wins for the Flyers.6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night.2 times the Flyers scored 3 goals in a row to rally for the win.1:20 to go, when Mark Raffl scored the game winner, capping rally from 2 goals down.23 game road losing skid snapped by the Sixers.99-88 win over the Pelicans in New Orleans.11 months ago, the last time the Sixers won on the road.14 points and 4 blocks for Joel Embiid. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Break up the Flyers! I Don’t Get It: Donald Trump has announced he is going to say on as boss of ‘The Apprentice’ TV show ever after he becomes president. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Darren Alston, who announced his retirement as Chester’s top cop. Quote Box: “Throughout my career I hope and pray that I have helped people along the way, hopefully more than I have arrested.”- Darren Alston, on retiring as Chester Police commissioner.
I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a long-time Delco pol who made a point I had not thought of. He was commenting on the election of Donald Trump, and then segued into yesterday's big news of the day in these parts, the deal that was struck to keep money flowing from Harrah's Casino in Chester to both the county and city of Chester's coffers.One of the key players in the deal was state Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield.The pol was talking about Trump's flurry of actions in his first couple of weeks as president-elect when he made a comparison to McGarrigle."That's what happens when you elect businessmen," he said. "They get things done."He went on to specifically say we could use more businessmen in office, as opposed to lawyers. McGarrigle had lots of help from Sen. Tom Killion and others in the Delco delegation.McGarrigle for years operated a service station in Springfield before running for township commissioner. From there he pole-vaulted to County Council, eventually becoming chairman. He ran and won the 26th District state Senate seat that was vacated by the retiring Sen. Ted Erickson. On our editorial page today, we talk about just how important the deal with Harrah's was to the county, and even more so to the city of Chester.When you get your county tax bill next year, you will notice it's the same as last year.That would not have happened without the deal with Harrah's, which means that $4.3 million will continue to go to the county, while Chester will continue to receive $10 million, a quarter of its annual revenue.In deference to the president-elect, I guess you could call this Delco's version of The Art of the Deal. Nice work, guys.
We have breaking news! It's December - and it's cold out.We can report exclusively that it was brisk when we left the house this a.m. It's been awhile since I've seen the car thermometer register in the 20s, but that's what it said.Brace yourself, not for the cold, but for all the hot air coming from TV this morning as they breathlessly inform us of a cold snap that is going to put us in the deep freeze all weekend.Attention Eagles fans, dress warmly for that Sunday date vs. the Redskins at the Linc. The temperature is not expected to climb out of the 30s either Saturday or Sunday.Lows will be in the 20s.And just to top it off, we have a chance for a dusting of snow Sunday night into Monday morning.I can hardly wait for the Monday morning TV newscasts.Where did I leave my ruler? Need to be able to stick it in the snow, of course.You can get the full forecast here.
Here's a little sports trivia to warm your heart on a cold Friday morning. When is the last time two Philly pro sports teams won on the same day?Someone get a hose and put out the Flyers - they're on fire.The orange and black remained red hot last night, rallying to win their seventh straight game by overcoming Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, 6-5, in a classic at the Wells Fargo Center.Rob Parent has all those details.And speaking of streaks, the Sixers snapped a 23-game road skid by topping the Pelicans, 99-88, in New Orleans. Now if only the Eagles could get on board.
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The Daily Numbers: 14 million dollars in casino revenue that will continue to flow to both the county and city of Chester under deal reached yesterday. 4.3 million for Delaware County.10 million for the city of Chester26 percent of the city’s budget.0 tax hike in the Delaware County budget, something that likely would not have happened without this deal.61.2 million dollars in unfunded liabilities in Chester’s city pension plans.9 million dollars the city owes in employer contributions to the police fund.6 million dollars owed to 3 other employee plans for 2016.3,500 hours of overtime worked by one officer in a single year.15.3 hours a day for 365 days a year, what that works out to.25,000 dollar reward posted for information leading to suspect in Chester post office robbery.1,940 given to the Merry Christmas Fund yesterday. 6,670 total for the fund toward our goal of $50,000 so far this year.100 bruises found on the body of little Mason Hunt. His mother and boyfriend are on trial in connection with his death3.5 million dollar fine slapped on Pa. gas driller Rice Energy Inc.297 point jump for the Dow Jones yesterday.19,549.62 close for the markets.66-63 loss for Temple to George Washington last night.81-52 win for Penn over Lafayette1, as in the UConn women, who turned back Notre Dame, 72-61. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Eagles should be preparing for the Redskins, a team that dominated them earlier this year. Instead the conversation is being dominated about the effort the Birds gave Sunday in a dismal loss vs. the Bengals. This team could go one of two ways: Unite & fight; or throw in the towel and mail it in for final 4 games. I Don’t Get It: There is almost nothing worse than reading the testimony in an abuse case involving a child. Just heart-breaking. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Sens. Tom McGarrigle and Tom Killion for crafting a deal that will keep money flowing from Harrah’s Casino in Chester. Quote Box: “They know how important these revenues are to the county and the city of Chester and they agreed to continue these payments.”- County Councilman John McBlain, on Harrah’s actions to keep money flowing to county and city of Chester.
Any way you look at it, $14 million bucks is a big number. Unlike professional athletes or big-time entertainers, when you start dealing with municipal budgets, this starts adding up to real money real fast.Back in September, the state Supreme Court sent shock waves across Pennsylvania, at least those areas that play "host" to one our new-fangled casinos.Here in Delaware County, that means Harrah's down on the waterfront in Chester.The court ruled in favor of one of the state's smaller, so-called "boutique" casinos who had filed suit, saying the host agreements with casinos was unfair. Naturally, this was all about money as well. The way the deals were set up, the little guys in the casino biz made the argument that thet paying more than they should. The court agreed, and blew up the deals.That left Delaware County and the city of Chester in a bit of a panic.Those host agreements mean big bucks to both the city and county. Delaware County gets $4 million from Harrah's. Chester is even more dependent on gaming revenue, owing as much as a quarter of its annual budget from the gaming mecca along Route 291.Yesterday, state Sens. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, and Tom Killion, R-9, of Middletown, announced a deal that will keep the money flowing.That means the county will continue to get its annual $4.9 million haul, and Chester will not have to due without its $10.5 million payment.Delaware County Council unanimously signed off on the deal at yesterday's meeting.You can get all the details here.
The battle for 'Nick's House' is not over. The Swarthmore neighbors who opposed the HEADstrong Foundation's request to use an old home as a temporary residence for cancer patients and their caregivers are planning to appeal the unanimous ruling from borough council in favor.Meanwhile, on our editorial page, we take a look at this most controversial story.I say controversial story from the point of view that most people took, incredulous that anyone would oppose this request.That's not the way the neighbors viewed it.It all made for a textbook example of democracy and civics in action.You can read the editorial here.
Doug Pederson and the Eagles are entering very dangerous territory. The coach, who has a tendency to speak his mind, unlike most big-time coaches, may have bit off more than he can chew at his Monday day-after presser following that dreadful performance against the Bengals.In response to a question about his team's effort from longtime radio and TV guy Howard Eskin, Pederson stunned just about everyone with his response to whether he believed everyone gave maximum effort in Cincinnati."Not everybody."It did not take long for that heat-seeking missile to hit the locker room.Two players seem to be the focus of much of the talk.Zach Ertz is taking heat for passing on a block as his quarterback Carson Wentz scrambled for the sideline. Safety Rodney McLeod has been questioned about his effort on a Bengals' score at the goal line.I like Doug Pederson.That does not mean I don't think he has made mistakes. Actually, I think at least two Eagles losses are directly attributed to some of his actions.I especially like his outgoing nature and honest answers when he's asked a question.That's even more so after more than a decade of Andy Reid, who simply never gave you anything, and a couple of years of Chip Kelly, whose arrogance did little to hide his dislike for the media and actually being asked questions.The Eagles should be preparing for a team they do not match up well against. That would be the Redskins.Instead of putting the wagons in a circle and hunkering down for one last stand in these final four games, the Eagles are trying to patch up internal squabbling.They can either bond, unite behind Pederson, and lay it all on the line.Or pack it in.Of course, some people think they already did that last Sunday.Bob Grotz has the latest on the Eagles drama.
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