The Daily Numbers for Friday, Oct. 31

Heron's Nest - 13 hours 21 min ago
The Daily Numbers: 48 days, how long Eric Frein eluded capture in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania after police say he fatally shot a state troooper and wounded another. He was captured Thursday.

1st degree murder charge filed against him in the ambush murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson.

31, age of survivalist Frein.

750,000 grant that will be used to install hundreds of security cameras on Chester streets.

300,000 dollars being put up by Widener University for the project.

50,000 dollars from the city, bringing the total for the project to $1.1 million.

15 square blocks in the city that will be covered by the cameras.

234, union that could strike SEPTA as early as Monday, crippling mass transit in the city.

903,100 people who ride SEPTA buses every day.

71,700 who use SEPTA’s 2 suburban divisions, Victory and Frontier.

126,800 people who ride regional rails every day. They would not be affected by a strike.

1 billion dollar facility proposed at Delaware City being abandoned by PBF Energy, but they will consider a $100 milllion new unit to support cleaner fuel

2 men being sought for high-dollar thefts at CVS stores in 2 counties.

27, age of former AMC Theater employee who pleaded guilty in a robbery at the Marple complex.

2 a.m. Sunday, when we ‘fall back’ to standard time.

1 extra hour of sleep for us Saturday night.

6.2 billion dollars contributed to the Pa. economy by its casinos.

30,000 jobs tied to legalized gambling.

2.4 billion dollars in tax revenue.

12, age of Chester County girl charged with making threats against her school in Kennett.

2 anti-violence activists charged in a brutal attack on a colleague in which the man was beaten.

4 people killed when a small plane slammed into a building shortly after takeoff from an airport in Wichita, Kan.

221 point spike for the Dow Jones yesterday.

3 months on house arrest, 57 months on probation and $200,000 in restitution for state Sen. Leanna Washington. She will resign her seat today, but she gets to keep her pension.

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

Larry Brown vs. Scott O’Neill might be the most entertaining thing about this Sixers season.

I Don’t Get It: Still kind of amazed that it took 48 days to track down Eric Frein. I hope he enjoyed his freedom. It’s going to be a long time before he walks free again.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the move to bring surveillance cameras to the city of Chester. They’re desperately needed.

Quote Box: “He did not just give up because he was tired. He gave up because he was caught.”

- State Police boss Frank Noonan, on capture of Eric Frein.
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Our choice in the 26th District state Senate race

Heron's Nest - 14 hours 5 min ago
We've made our choice in the hotly contested 26th District state Senate race.

I knew early on this was going to be one of the most bitter elections in recent Delco history. Control of the state Senate, which currently sits in the hands of the GOP due to a 27-23 margin, was in the balance as half its members sought re-election.

But what made the 26th District race distinct is that it amounted to an open seat, because of the retirement of longtime Sen. Ted Erickson.

Republican Tom McGarrigle and Democrat John Kane went negative early and have not relented.

To steal a line from one ad, the whole thing was just "ugly."

For our pick, CLICK HERE.

We'll offer our choice in the race for governor of Pennsylvania, pitting incumbent Republican Tom Corbett vs. Democrat challenger Tom Wolf, on Sunday.
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Chester gets a little safer

Heron's Nest - 14 hours 13 min ago
Chester is about to get a little bit safer.

I can't think of a town that needs it more.

Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester yesterday announced a $750,000 grant for the city that will be used to install more than 100 security cameras to be mounted on Chester streets.

You can get all the details here.

I know this is something Mayor John Linder has long sought as the city battles to quell the persisten random gun violence that continues to stain too many city streets.

The move is being coordinated by the city, Widener University and the Institute for Economic Development in Chester. Widener is contributing $300,000 and the city will kick in another $50,000, bringing the total tab for the project to $1 million.

Linder stressed this is just one part of a multi-faceted program to make city streets safer. He said plans are underway already to expand the camera program into other parts of the city.

They can't do it quick enough.
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Giving Halloween the cold shoulder

Heron's Nest - 14 hours 22 min ago
Somewhere along the line I fell out of love with Halloween.

I used to love Trick-or-Treating when I was a kid. I think it's different when you grow up in a small town. We used to hit just about every house, filling up a pillow case with candy, no doubt to the delight of the dentists in town.

The only thing that slowed us down was several neighbors who insisted on inviting us into their homes as they tried to figure out who we were.

Back then we almost never had store-bought costumes. With a little bit of burned cork, mom would magically turn us into 'hobos' and off we would go.

There's something else that was different back then. We never had adult accompaniment. As usual, mom figured we were in town somewhere, but in reality she had no idea where we were - or what we were up to, which is probably a good thing.

But now Halloween doesn't do a thing for me.

Oh, I will still man the door tonight and hand out candy. But the day has lost its magic for me.

Maybe it's because every kid is accompanied by an adult. Or maybe it's the high schoolers who insist on pushing the age limit.

Actually, I think I know what it is.

I can feel it in the air.

It's not so much tonight, it's what is coming.


Four long months of cold, dreary weather.

We "fall back" this weekend, gaining an hour of sleep Saturday night. The trade-off is that I now get the privilege of driving to work in the dark, and doing the same on the ride home.

Call me in April.
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new rules? are halloween ordinances next?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:57

Gone are the days of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” Halloween innocence….now there are new rules. Will Bill Maher weigh in?

Maybe I have been Captain Oblivious, but does government regulate Halloween now?

First I saw this article on Main Line Media News’ website about Halloween in Radnor Township (and I quote):

From a press release:

Radnor’s Township Manager has set the Township’s residential Trick-or-Treating hours for 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, October 31, 2014. Radnor Township asks parents to follow….

Malvern Borough is even more restrictive as per their Facebook page:

Trick or Treat is tomorrow night, Friday, October 31st, from 6:00-8:00 pm for ages 12 and under. For safety, carry a flashlight and make sure your children are visible through either bright colors or reflective tape on their clothing. Please check their bags. Enjoy!!

I know lots of places where it isn’t so safe to trick or treat they do things like trunk or treats, or Halloween at centralized location but we aren’t talking inner city, we are talking Malvern Borough and Radnor Township.

There are actually two articles about this which are interesting:

Huffington Post: What You Need to Know About 6-Foot Trick-or-Treaters


Washington Post: On Parenting Yes, that might be my teen at your door on Halloween

So yes, as teens get older they generally stop trick or treating, but this whole local government decreeing hours of operation and age restrictions just sits oddly with me. I get and appreciate the common sense tips about escorting small children, flashlights, reflective clothing, and checking candy but when were Halloween Ordinances passed?

So these townships are all dictating 6 pm to 8 pm only. The funny thing is all the parents I know with really little kids start around 4:30 pm and are basically finished by 6 pm.

Now I know that sometimes giant trick or treating teens can be not the best thing. When my sister and I were growing up one year a bunch of teenagers tried to mug my mother at the door. You see my mother had this silver bowl she put the candy in. They tried to steal the bowl. And it was the north side of Haverford in Lower Merion Township on the Main Line – not the inner city. We chalked that up to just punks.

When we were elementary school and kindergarten age young we lived in Society Hill. The costumes that year were from Creative Playthings I think. That was when we would also collect money for UNICEF in little cardboard boxes. We got jumped and mugged for the UNICEF boxes carrying minuscule amounts of change. And we were little kids being escorted by adults too.

I also know that parents will take kids to neighborhoods other than their own if there is no real trick or treating where they live, but known to be better in the neighborhood next to theirs. I also know that will freak out a lot of people if they see too many strange costumed and non-costumed faces, and not just their neighborhood folks. You are, after all opening your door, unless you just leave an honor bowl of candy set out. I think back in the day we trick or treated until 9th or 10th grade.

So I get Halloween can be problematic, and we live in less innocent times and all. But I have to ask : are we so far gone that local governments have to legislate a traditional holiday?

Thanks for stopping by.

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end of october in the garden

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:24

It really is turning into late fall in the garden. The weather has been warmer than it normally is this time of year, but colder weather is just around the corner and plants are starting to show that.

The hydrangea leaves are turning color on the various plants. Some leaves are yellow and green, some a veiny red and green, and one bush is turning a lovely bronze red purple shade.

Other plants are going dormant, the viburnum leaves are turning red on a couple of my bushes, and the deciduous shrubs are all shedding their leaves like mad. The roses have gotten their fall haircuts, and hopefully they won’t have any other unexpected growth spurts before winter is here.

The farmer has taken in his field next-door, and our viewshed is filled with the splendid colors of fall on the trees. This year the trees are more of a golden color. There are some beautiful red hues mixed in, but it’s not as abundant as it has been some other years.

As I walk around my garden I’m proud of what I have accomplished this year. I worked darn hard on it. I had my doubts when the season first began because Mother Nature had wrought such damage in February. I’m guessing as we are almost out of October, that somehow the garden ended up just the way it was supposed to be. I will admit that I am kind of sad the growing season is drawing to a close.

The finality of the growing season was further cemented today when I planted the bulbs I had ordered in the summer. But they are all tucked into various flowerbeds and I look forward to seeing them next spring.

Now it is left to spread more mulch, empty pots, and tidy up. That will be my ongoing project over the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Don’t Carve Philly Out of Uber Legalization

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-10-30 09:57
We got pretty close to legalizing Uber X and Lyft-type ride-sharing services this session, but the clock ran out and the fight has been pushed into next year. That’s why it’s so important...
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Oct. 30

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-10-30 07:21
The Daily Numbers: 25, age of West Chester man charged in hit-run after 75-year-old woman was struck on the Conchester in Upper Chichester.

75, age of man killed when the motorcycle he was driving crashed on the Blue Route in Marple.

50 bucks swiped from a woman who had just used the ATM at a Wawa in Upper Chichester.

829,000 dollars, what Wallingford-Swarthmore is looking to trim from its budget.

7-0 vote in Middletown to OK improvement plans on tap at the 650-acre Tyler Arboretum.

1,022 students enrolled at Cheyney University in Thornbury.

22 million deficit at the historically black university. Its backers are filing a racial bias suit against the state.

2 years since Hurricane Sandy battered the Jersey shore.

13,000 employees affected by proposed merger of Abington Health and Jefferson Health System.

300 students at Palmer Charter School in Philly now looking for a new school after Palmer closed its doors.

77 of those kids are seniors.

200 dollar a month cash stipend for the poor that Pa. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he will restore if elected.

21 day quarantine for troops who do a stint in the Ebola-ravaged regions of Africa, according to ruling by Pentagon.

1 loss for the Sixers, who dropped their opener last night to the Pacers, 103-91.

22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 blocks for Roy Hibbert to lead the Pacers.

22 points for Tony Wroten to lead the Sixers.

6 points, 10 rebounds for Nerlins Noel in his Sixers debut after missing all of last season.

3-2 win for the Giants over the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.

3 titles in 5 years now for the Giants.

60, age of Chester hoops legend Coach Fred Pickett, who died yesterday after a battle with cancer.

331-80 mark compiles by Pickett’s Chester Clipper teams.

3 state AAAA titles.

5 appearances in the AAAA state title game.

9 District One titles.

8 straight from 2001 to 2008.

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

It’s unlikely anyone will ever surpass the coaching records compiled by Fred Pickett at Chester High. It’s certain no one will do more for the kids of Chester off the court.

I Don’t Get It: Some people insist on taking shots at Chester even in the midst of the passing of an icon such as Fred Pickett. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those remembering the coach today for all the right reasons.

Quote Box: “Basketball was only a small part of who he was.”

- Chester assistant basketball coach Derrick Spence, on Fred Pickett.
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Another odd claim in an increasingly bitter election season

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:17
Have you heard that the Delaware County Daily Times believes Republican state Senate candidate Tom McGarrigle is a 'hypocrite.'

Yeah, I was a little taken aback at that claim myself.

Let me try to explain.

Earlier this week Democrat John Kane rolled out a new ad bemoaning the nasty tone that has defined the race for the open state Senate seat in the 26th District. I was watching the ad when I was surprised to hear that claim attributed to the Daily Times.

First a voice in the background booms, "Ugly," with that adjective attributed to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Then it's our turn. "He's a hypocrite, slams the Delco Times," according to the narrator. At the same time a single word appears on the screen, in quotes.

"Hypocritical." It's attributed to the Delco Times, dated Oct. 10.

Since I couldn't remember us ever making such a claim, I went back and checked that days' newspaper.

They're right, there was a claim that McGarrigle was being hypocritical in that day's paper.

But it wasn't made by us.

It was part of our reporting on a press conference held in Philadelhpia by union leaders blasting McGarrigle for attacking Kane for accepting money from a union that was in hot water connected with some intimidation tactics.

It certainly did appear in the Daily Times. But it was not anything we said. It was us reporting what the union leaders said.

That suddenly becomes "Hypocritical, slams the Delco Times."

Yes, I think that's misleading.

Yes, I would like the Kane campaign to stop making that claim.

No, I don't expect them to pull the spot.

That's the way politics works these days.

They're not the only ones.

Earlier in this campaign I was taken aback by a TV ad that proclaimed "Vince Rongione is the right man for the job." That also was attributed to the Delaware Count Daily Times.

I didn't recall us offering such an endorsement, at least not yet. Rongione, a Democrat, is locked in a tight battle with Republican Jamie Santora. It also came as news to several county Republican leaders who called and asked if they had missed the endorsement.

They did not.

This also was taken from a story that appeared in the paper in which a group was offering its endorsement for Rongione. Yes, it appeared in the Daily Times. No, it was not us saying that, it was us reporting it.

During his recent interview with our editorial board, I told Rongione I thought the ad was misleading.

I would tell Kane the same thing.

If you are interested in our endorsements, we kick them off today with our picks in the state legislative races, along with our two Congressional races.

And an early confession. I made a glaring typo in the print edition. I said Jamie Santora, the Republican squaring off with Rongione in the 163rd District race to replace Rep. Nick Micozzie, had worked for Joe Sestak. Obviously I meant that reference for Rongione. I know that. Luckily I corrected the online version.

I can admit my mistake.

I wonder if candidates would do the same when they misrepresent what the paper has said?
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Fred Pickett: A Chester legend on and off the court

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:37
Fred Pickett won a lot of basketball games.

But if he had not won any, he would still be an icon in Chester for the things he did off the court.

Pickett, the legendary hoops coach at perennial power Chester High, died Wednesday at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer.

But it is his battle off the court - as a mentor and molder of young lives - as a beacon for the children of Chester, for which he will be most remembered.

There are very few people who touched as many lives or did as much good in the city of Chester than Fred Pickett.

That certainly does not diminish what he and the Clippers accomplished on the court.

Pickett's teams won three PIAA AAAA state titles, in 2000, 2005 and 2008. After that final crowning achievement, Pickett retired. Some of the other numbers his teams put together likely will never again be matched. Under his tutelage, Pickett's teams won an astounding nine District One AAAA titles, including eight straight from 2001-2008.

In total his teams won 331 games in 13 years.

Yet those who knew him will tell you that was only a small part of who Fred Pickett was, and the legacy he leaves behind. Assistant Coach Derrick Spence knows that.

"Basketball was only a small part of who he was," Spence told our Terry Toohey. "People have no idea how many lives he touched."

Columnist Jack McCaffery points out that behind the frenzy that always accompanies Clippers basketball, there was the quiet dignity and calm of Fred Pickett.

In a city that demands excellence on the basketball court, Fred Pickett always delivered.

On and off the court.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 29

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-29 07:03
The Daily Numbers: 49, age of Richard Plotts, charged in the fatal shooting of a worker at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital 3 months ago. He was held for trial on 1st degree murder charges yesterday.

39 additional bullets, what police say Plotts had in his possession when he went to the hospital.

53, age of hospital worker Theresa Hunt, who was killed in the attack.

100 million dollar rebirth in the works at the Granite Run Mall.

319,000 square feet of bnew space in the proposed retail/residential plan to creat a ‘town center’ like atmosphere.

2 luxury apartment buildings in the plan.

225 one-bedroom units, 163 two-bedroom units in the buildings.

1,600 dollar average rentals for the units.

3 anchor stores will remain, but much of the rest of the existing mall will be razed.

17-9 vote by the Penn State Board of Trustees not to take a new look at the Freeh Report that was critical of the school’s role in the Jerry Sandusky saga.

13 point edge for Tom Wolf over Tom Corbett in the latest Franklin & Marshall poll out this morning. They have it at 53-40, with 5 percent saying they don’t know.

18 point lead (50-32, for Wolf among registered voters.

25 percent who say eduction remains the most important issue, with taxes up next at 16 percent.

61 percent of registered voters in Pa. who believe the state is on the wrong track.

30 percent of voters who believe Tom Corbett is doing an ‘excellent’ job.

6 seconds after launch, when an unmanned rocket exploded last night in Virginia.

0 injuries reported in the incident.

5,000 pounds of equipment and experiments lost in the blast that was headed for the manned International Space Station.

7 year high for consumer confidence, which sits at 94.5, not seen since October 2007.

2:36 into overtime, when Brayden Schenn lit the lamp to give Flyers 3-2 over the Kings last night.

38 saves for Flyers goalie Ray Emery.

9 interceptions and 3 lost fumbles so far this year for Eagles QB Nick Foles.

59.2 completion percentage.

80.7 passer rating.

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

The Sixers start their season tonight. They should make it free to get in and charge people to get out.

I Don’t Get It: It’s beginning to look more and more like a rush to judgment at Central Bucks West High School.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Mother Nature for a few final glorious days of beautiful weather. The cold is due to arrive in time for the weekend.

Quote Box: “It’s clear from looking at the evidence that he acted with specific intention to kill.”

- District Attorney Jack Whelan, on the case against suspected Mercy Fitzgerald shooter Richard Plotts.
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#PAGov: “Every Corner of the State”

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-10-29 06:56
That’s all, folks! Now make sure to get out there and vote, and drag about ten of your least-likely-to-vote friends out too.
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The Delco GOP vs. Vince Rongione

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-29 06:15
The Delco GOP must really loathe the thought of losing Upper Darby's other seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

They already saw the 164th, manned for decades by Mario Civera, fall into Democrats' hands when Civera left the House to run for County Council. Margo Davidson captured that seat.

Now much the same scenario is playing out in the wake of the decision by longtime state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, to retire. He represented the 163rd for more than three decades.

Democrat Vince Rongione is facing off with Republican Upper Darby Councilman Jamie Santora for the seat.

Both are solid candidates.

But much of the talk in the race has veered away from the key issues facing the district, and instead have zoomed in on Rongione's residency. The county Republican Party has for months now blasted away at Rongione for moving into the district solely so he could run for this seat.

But this week they turned up the heat.

They hired private investigators who have turned up what the GOP claims is evidence that - before he actually moved into his current residence - Rongione actually registered to vote from a house where he didn't live.

They went so far as to accuse Rongione of engaging in voter fraud.

We'll let the courts figure that one out, if they in fact find there is reason to pursue the case.

But it does tell you that the Delco GOP, which was once nearly invincible in Delaware County, is starting to sweat. They've already seen overall Democratic registration numbers overtake their once insurmountable nearly 3-1 edge.

They've seen towns and school boards in what were once solidly Republican areas start voting for Dems.

And they have seen the county consistently going Democratic in statewide and national races.

The next thing you know a Democrat is going to be elected to County Council.

Uh, maybe not. Things probably haven't changed that much.

At least not yet.
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A 'rush to judgment' at Central Bucks West

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-29 05:45
An overzealous, knee-jerk overreaction.

That's the way legendary Central Bucks West football coach Mike Pettine is now summarizing the actions of the school board there after they quickly scrapped the remainder of the football season in the wake of allegations of hazing of rookie team members that took place during summer practices.

I can't say I disagree with him.

I'm not alone.

Last night hundreds of people packed a school board meeting to show support for the football team, head football coach Brian Hensel and his staff, and slam the school board for what many are calling a rush to judgment.

It's been awhile since I've been in a locker room, but I am guessing things have not changed all that much.

What happened at CBW - guys grabbing other guys genitals over their pants; a towel being placed over a player's head and then putting him in the shower (by the way, I would hardly describe that as 'waterboarding'); and something called "sugar cookie," where fully clothed players were first soaked, then covered in powder.

The events occurred at a summer picnic for the team. It likely was something of a tradition where upperclassmen "welcome" new members of the team. It's part of the special bonding experience that comes with participation in high school sports.

When I first heard about this story, I have to say I was not surprised. In fact, it brought a smile to my face. It's kind of comforting to know - in a world that rarely resembles the one I grew up in - that some things don't change.

It's part of the bonding experience of being a member of a high school sports team.

I know a lot of people are not going to agree, that will believe this is a troubling event that has to be eradicated.

And I will tell you that it has been going on forever, and likely will continue to do so.

It does not appear there were any serious injuries suffered in this incident. The district attorney in Bucks County is asking anyone who believes they were the victim of a criminal act to come forward. I doubt anyone will.

In fact, I will tell you that I doubt that any freshman who went out for the team was surprised at some of the acts they were asked to perform. They probably knew it was part of the team's tradition, the bonding experience.

If you want to brand me a neanderthal, be my guest.

But I'm telling you first to ask any guy who participated in high school sports. I think they will tell you this kind of ritual has been going on forever.

And if they're like me, they will admit they do not see what all the fuss is about.

Instead, they will likely shake their head at the way we react to these kinds of incidents today. School boards now live in fear that someone will file some type of complaint - or even worse a lawsuit - over such conduct.

No doubt someone just might.

That's another thing that has changed.

Parents play a huge role in youth sports these days. That's not always a good thing.

Ask yourself this: When's the last time you saw a group of kids in a field playing sports. No adults, no uniforms, no trophies. Today everything has to be organized and regulated.

The result is the kind of saga that is now playing out at Central Bucks West.

The school board president at Central Bucks West told last night's crowd that he backed the quick decision by school Superintendent David Weitzel to pull the plug on the remainder of the season. He referred to the hazing rites as "intimidating and humiliating." Two other school board members agreed with him.

I'm not going to defend what the kids did. Was it stupid and immature? Sure. Do I think it was a tradition that has been going on forever? Absolutely.

So what makes this different?

I understand that bullying is a problem, in particular among high school kids.

I don't think this was bullying. This was part of the unique experience that goes into forming a football team. There is a bonding that goes on that is often forged in just this kind of hijinks.

Should these kids have been punished for what they did? Maybe.

I haven't heard a word from any of the so-called victims? Do any of them believe the season should have been cancelled?

It's the same problem I have with so much of youth sports today. It's not the kids. They can usually deal with these things just fine. It's when adults get involved that things usually get messy.

And it doesn't get much messier than what occurred at Central Bucks West.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 28

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-28 07:29
The Daily Numbers: 163rd District state House race, where Republicans continue to lob grenades at Democrat Vince Rongione’s claims to residency.

40-room hotel that will be part of a new development in Swarthmore that will require a roundabout on Route 320. A petition opposing the measure has been withdrawn.

18 age of Glenolden teen and former student at the Haverford School who has admitted his role in pot-selling ring based at the school.

32-2-54, that’s the district court in Springfield, where new Magisterial District Judge James Merkins now presides.

6 month search process under way in Springfield School District to find a new superintendent to replace outgoing boss James Capolupo.

2 handguns, 2 rifles and $100,000 in cash seized in drug raid in Drexel Hill over the weekend.

2 million dollar grant for SAP in Newtown Square. It will upgrade the firm’s data center and help retain 375 jobs.

4,700 SEPTA trolley, bus and subway operators who have authorized their union to call a strike. No work stoppage is planned this week.

1.86 billion dollar sale of Philadelphia Gas Works that has been nixed by City Council.

1,150 PGW workers who are members of Utility Workers Union of America Local 686 opposed the sale.

3.5 million dollars raked in by the city of Philadelphia from its red-light cameras.

6 vehicles operated by the new Uber ride-sharing service seized by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

64, age of Pa. Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, who is retiring from the court in the wake of a porn email scandal.

66, age of actress Marcis Strassman, who starred as the wife in the TV sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter” with Gabe Kaplan. She died after battling breast cancer.

20-17 win for the Washington Redskins over the Dallas Cowboys in OT on Monday Night Football.

6-2 mark for the Cowboys, one game up on the 5-2 Eagles in the NFC East.

2 yards and 6 inches, the difference between the Eagles being 5-2 and 7-0. They failed to punch it in from inside the 2-yard-line against both the 49ers and Cardinals. They lost both games.

3-0 mark for Eagles with Jason Kelce at center. They’re 2-2 with David Molk filling in. The Eagles are hoping to get Kelce back in the lineup this week.

3-2 win for Carroll girls over Bonner-Prendergast in Catholic League field hockey playoff tilt. They will face O’Hara for the title.

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

If anyone can figure out what the Knicks and Sixers were doing with that trade yesterday, please let me know.

I Don’t Get It: That kid who opened fire on his classmates at a high school outside Seattle actually invited them to lunch, then sprayed the table with bullets. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to some good folks in Media who banded together to build a ramp for a handicapped neighbor. Well done.

Quote Box: “This is extremely important. This is the Constitution, something we are supposed to uphold and use to make laws.”

- Republican Jamie Santora, on questions about the residency of his opponent, Democrat Vince Rongione, in the 163rd House seat race.
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Gerry Lenfest Won’t Let the Philly Inquirer Make the Most Obvious Endorsement in Pennsylvania History

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:41
For the past four years, Philadelphians have gotten an up close and personal look at what happens when a Governor and his party caucus govern like they fucking hate a city. On education particularly,...
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They're all talk - but no debate - in the bitter 26th District state Senate race

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-28 06:22
Don't hold your breath waiting for a debate between the candidates in the bitterly contested race for the open 26th District state Senate seat.

It doesn't look like it is going to happen.

Republican Tom McGarrigle has been pushing Democrat John Kane for weeks to debate him. After an initial offer to appear before at a forum hosted and moderated by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce was rejected by the Dems because the group already had indicated they were endorsing McGarrigle, my name got floated out there as a possible moderator.

I made my role - if any - clear.

I would be happy to serve as moderator, but the ground rules and other parameters would be up to the candidates. To be honest, I had a somewhat selfish motive.

I wanted to have the two men sit down with me last Wednesday for our weekly live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom.' But the two sides could not agree on that date.

More emails ensued. (Anyone else wonder who we communicated before email?).

I actually enjoyed the back and forth between Caitlin Ganley, from the McGarrigle camp, and Dylan McGarry, representing Kane. They took turns accusing each other of ducking the debate.

But they still have not agreed to meet, and now it looks like it may not happen.

So in the interest of democracy - and of course of promoting my show - I will make one final offer.

Gentlemen, I am more than willing to host the two of you this Wednesday night for my 'Live From the Newsroom' show. We can do it here in our offices in Primos, or if you can agree on a potential site, just let me know where.

We'll go for a half-hour, or as long as the two of you think you need.

Aside from the governor's race, this is likely the most high-profile, hotly contested race in the state. The people casting their ballots in the 26th District deserve the chance to see the two of you debate the crucial issues, instead of lobbing negative ads at each other.

I await your reply.
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How 'bout dem Cowboys!

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-28 05:53
Call this one the agony & the ecstasy.

Sort of.

Every year the Eagles have at least one - and sometimes more - games that they have no business losing. Sunday's gut-wrenching defeat in the Arizona desert qualifies as this year's contribution to Birds' fans endless misery.

The die-hards were still trying to digest some of the oddities in that brutal loss when they got a gift from a most odd source.

The Dallas Cowboys.

The lowly Redskins went into Jerry Jones' palace Monday night and knocked off the Cowboys in overtime, 2-0-17. And they did it with their third-string quarterback, Colt McCoy.

I think we can hold off on that stampede by the national media to crown the Cowboys. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden must have been torn last night as he talked glowingly of the Cowboys in the buildup to the game, even though they were facing a team coached by his brother.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo spent much of the second half in the locker room after taking a knee to his surgically repaired back. He returned late in the 4th quarter but still could not rally the Cowboys to victory.

The Cowboys are now 6-2, a game ahead of the Eagles at 5-2.

Almost makes that loss to the Cardinals bearable.

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politics + non-profit nature conservancy = ?

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2014-10-27 18:17

Saw this on a friend’s Facebook page with this comment:

“Like if you think Political Signs should NOT be installed in a beautiful view shed. PS this property is owned by the Brandywine Conservancy and I bet the Politicians did not ask permission.”

Thoughts? And anyone else tired of all the robo-calls and political mailers and the ads on television?

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#HD102: Weirdo Republican Russ Diamond Says “Every Cop is a Pig and a Liar” (VIDEO)

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 13:39
This silent saddo treatment that Rep. Russ Diamond is pulling on his wife here is pretty gross and calls his temperament for leadership into question, but it’s the end of the video that’s...
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