The Daily Numbers: 2, as in Debate No. 2 this morning for Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf. 27, age of David Massi II, for whom the new bill targeting help for people in a heroin OD is named. 1164, the Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Dominic Pileggi that will be known as ‘David’s Law.’17 other states that have similar laws, which allow someone accompanying a person ODing to alert first responders without fear of being charged, and will put the drug Narcan in hands of first responders. It can reverse the effects of an overdose.300 lives saved in the last 2 years by officers administering the drug in states where it is legal to do so.1st, as in Concord First, the citizens group which has lost another round in their bid for a ballot question to change the township’s form of government.76, as in Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate the property tax in Pa. Sen. Pileggi says it is unlikely to get a vote in the full Senate this year.1 case of Ebola virus now confirmed in the U.S. A patient at a hospital in Dallas is in critical condition. 26, age of state trooper killed in accident while training at Montco training facility in Conshohocken.98 billion dollar bid now offered for the Revel casino in Atlantic City.28 point dip for stock market yesterday.4-2 win for the Flyers over the Rangers in their final preseason tune-up.3 INTs for Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, tying him for league lead.1,173 yards passing for Nick Coles, which puts him 5th. He was the league leader.7 point favorites for the Birds over the Rams on Sunday, according to the Vegas line. 10 of 39 on deep passes for Nick Foles this year. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Lane Johnson is back. And not a minute too soon for the Eagles beleaguered offensive line. I Don’t Get It: There is now a confirmed case of Ebola virus in the U.S. Try not to panic. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Lynne Massi, the woman who pushed for and got a Good Samaritan bill passed by the Pa. Legislature that will help save heroin OD victims. Well done. Quote Box: “I’m so thankful to everyone who supported this bill.”- Lynne Massi, after ‘David’s Law’ - named for her nephew, who died of an OD, was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett yesterday
Change is hard. I hate change.
Which probably sounds odd from someone who delivers jolting changes every day.But I also know that our loyal, longtime readers of the print edition of the Daily Times are pretty much like me. They are fairly set in their ways.Well, if I can learn new tricks, I'm fairly confident our readers can as well.At least that is my hope.That's because once again we are changing their beloved print product.By now you've no doubt seen the ads, trumpeting our new print redesign. It will arrive on your doorstep and in the local Wawas next Tuesday.Relax, we're not changing any of the comics.But there are lots of other changes.It will look a bit different - I think for the better.It will be better organized.Yes, some favorite items will appear in different places.We'll get through it together.I will use my blog over the next week to get you ready for your new Daily Times. Then you can tell me what you think of it.Please be gentle.I hate change.
We have turned the calendar from September to October. The fall campaign is in full swing. Gov. Tom Corbett and Democrat challenger Tom Wolf will meet in just about an hour in the second of their debates.
The fall election is Nov. 5, just five weeks away. Tonight we'll take our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' and hit the campaign trail as we talk about the candidates and issues that will be in the spotlight for the next month.We'll be joined by Delaware County Republican Party Chairman Andy Reilly and and Dem leader David Landau as we run down the ballot.Right there at the top of the list will be the battle royal being waged for the governor's mansion between incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger York businessman Tom Wolf.We'll get to the bottom of one of the key issues in this campaign, who exactly is responsible for the brutal funding cuts that took place in the first couple of years of Corbett's first term. Democrats insist Corbett cut a billion dollars; the governor says that's a life, that it was the federal government that ended the federal stimulus funds that former Gov. Ed Rendell was using to hide his own cuts.We'll also talk about what likely will be the highest profile legislative race in the state, which will be waged right here in Delaware County. That would be the 26th District state Senate race between County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle and Democrat union leader John Kane. They are looking to fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Ted Erickson.Do you have a question about one of the races or another aspect of the Delco vote?Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put it to our panel.Then tune in tonight at 7 at DelcoTimes.com as we kick off the fall campaign.Don't sit on the sidelines. Join the conversation.
There are a lot of things about this job that drive me crazy. I am up to my neck in technology that I never dreamed would exist when I first got into this racket. I now deliver information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
I am all over social media. For some reason more than 3,628 people follow me on Twitter.Then there is the hours. They are long and brutal.There is, however, a silver lining to getting into the office at the ungodly hour I arrive each day. Every morning, I am pretty much alone on the highways. It is a beautiful thing. I am basically alone with my thoughts, bracing myself for the manic, breakneck speed of the day that lies ahead.I actually see some of the same people on the roads each day, delivery drivers, and clearly a few people who are on the same schedule as I am.All of which is to say if I were to be out on the roads a few hours later, I'm not sure I could do it.I get into the office, turn on my radio tuned to KYW, then the TV, then my laptop, in that order.It does not take long for the agony of the Delaware Valley's daily commute to commence.Why anyone in their right mind travels on I-95 of the Blue Route (I-476) is beyond me.For the past two days a construction project has caused huge backups on I-95 south near the Blue Route. They are repaving the road, which it direly needs. But the road to reconstruction is paved with commuter nightmares.The past two days, the work has gone long, extending into the morning commute. The result: Massive traffic backups.Today, I-95 is crawling southbound from the airport through the interchange with I-476.Of course, that also causes problems on the Blue Route, which is backed up southbound as people try to exit onto I-95.Me, I'm just sitting here in the bliss of my early-morning routine, thanking God for the small favor of being on the road when almost no one else is traveling.
New Corbett ad. It is rather astonishing to me that Wolf is running on a platform of raising taxes.
The Daily Numbers: 2 violence incidents last week involving Upper Darby High students that have led to increased security and police presence at the school and surrounding area. 7.25 minimum wage in Pa., which sparked a protest rally outside the courthouse in Media yesterday.2009, last time the minimum was was hiked in Pa. 38,000 people in Delaware County who would benefit from the push to hike the wage to $10.106 video cameras that could be installed on State Street in Media.33,000 dollars, how much borough council is spending on the cameras.15, age of alleged victim police say was raped by a 19-year-old in Upper Darby.30, age of Marple man who pleaded guilty to child porn charges.317,000 dollars, value of travel packages sold to fans by former local TV sports anchor Don Tollefson, who never delivered the goods. He pleaded guilty yesterday to fraud charges.37 years in prison, how much Tollefson could face. It’s unlikely he will get anywhere near that, although the prosecutor in the case indicated they will seek some jail time.200 victims who accused Tollefson of ripping them off, including the family of slain police officer Brad Fox.43-28 lead for Dem Tom Wolf over Gov. Tom Corbett in latest Pa. governor’s race poll. 41 point decline for the stock market yesterday.5 percent uptick in penalty charges for ATM machines over the past year.38 billion dollars in tax revenue from legalized gambling, according to industry survey.100 million dollars in tax reductions being sought by owners of Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The city is opposing the move.7 people from the Philly area who made the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.81.2 billion dollar worth for Bill Gates, who continues to top the list.4 games missed by Eagles OL Lane Johnson on drug suspension. He’s been reinstated and likely will start Sunday vs. Rams.41-14 blasting of Bill Belichick and the Patriots by Andy Reid and his Chiefs in Monday Night Football. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Chip Kelly and the Eagles can’t run, and they can’t hide it either. I Don’t Get It: There are a lot of good kids at Upper Darby High School. But as usual it’s a few bad apples who are making headlines. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby school officials and police for taking quick action to increase police presence and security around the school. Quote Box: “Those who want to be gangsters will have to deal with the police.”- Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood, on a couple of violent incidents involving Upper Darby students.
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Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood has a message for the troublemakers who are hell-bent on giving Upper Darby High School a black eye: Knock it off.
Responding to a couple of violent incidents last week, the plain-spoken Chitwood went to the school to deliver the message to kids in person.He was preaching zero tolerance - and he made it clear who was causing the problems."Our concern is that those kids who want to learn have a safe lace to learn," Chitwood said. Then the chief turned up the heat."Those who want to be gangsters will have to deal with the police."Last week a couple of students were involved in a fight not far from the campus that ended in a stabbing and criminal charges. In addition, a township mother faces charges that she egged on her daughter to settle what appears to have been a bullying incident by duking it out with another girl. In response, Upper Darby police have increased their presence both before and after school.It should be noted that this involves a small number of kids. Both Chitwood and school administrators stressed that.They also want it known that those hell-bent on causing trouble will be dealt with accordingly.Here's the full story.
Tom Corbett can't get a break.
A heavy blitz of ads taking on Democratic challenger Tom Wolf failed to move the needle on polls that show him trailing badly.Corbett got a bit of momentum off a good showing in the first debate that left many of us wonder, 'Where has this guy been the past two years.'Now Corbett has another problem.Apparently some of the guys who worked in his office when he was attorney general had a thing for porn.They received and sent a slew of emails with all kinds of inappropriate material.Here's the latest,
with state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille wondering if any judges were among those sharing these racy emails, and what kind of fallout could result if they were. And this at a time when his office was conducting the investigation - and being criticized for the way they were going about it - into the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.The issue came to light during new Attorney General Kathleen Kane's investigation of the way Corbett's office conducted the probe.The discussion of some of the images in the emails that have been released so far by Kane's office are enough to make even an old newspaper guy blush.And all this was being done on state computers.No one has been charged as yet, and it's not clear even if any rules were broken.Aside, of course, from the unwritten ones that apparently were not followed by some of Corbett's lieutenants.It's the last thing Corbett needed. He and Wolf will meet in their second debate Wednesday morning in Philly.Expect 'Porn-Gate' to be among the things discussed.Corbett would do well to make some kind of pre-emptive move today, to get out ahead of this controversy, before tomorrow's debate. He's running out of time to cut into Wolf's lead.And he's got a lot of Republicans across the state watching - and wondering how much longer they can stand by this guy.
Chip Kelly has a problem. Actually a big problem.
His team can't run, and now they can no long hide from the problem.For all its high-tech, up-tempo wizardry, Kelly's offense is based on a fairly old-school premise: He wants to run the ball.Hence Kelly's dilemma.The Birds' boss pretty much admitted it in his post-game comments after the Eagles lost a game they could have stolen in San Francisco. With the ball at the Niners' 1-yard line with just under 2 minutes left in the game, the Eagles had two opportunities to punch the ball in and seize the lead.But Kelly threw the ball on both third and fourth down, trying to get the immobile Nick Foles on the move. First the harried QB missed an open Brent Celek. On fourth down, he fired too high for Jeremy Maclin in the back of the end zone. The NFL's best back, LeSean McCoy did not get an opportunity to get the ball in the end zone. He did, however, miss a key block that forced Foles to rush a throw.After the game, and again in his post-day presser on Monday, Kelly pretty much admitted he was loathe to try to run the ball behind the patchwork offensive line he fielded after losing three starters, two to injuries and Lane Johnson serving the last of his four-game suspension.Asked to sum up the problems on the O-line, Kelly refreshingly did not mince words."We got whupped," the coach said matter of factly.The Eagles likely will have Johnson back in the lineup on Sunday when they host the St. Louis Rams at the Linc. That will allow Todd Herremans to slide back inside to right guard and at least solidify one side of the Birds O-line. Jason Peters will anchor the other. but the center of the line and left guard will remain question marks.The Eagles' inability to run does not bode well for them against the Rams. They will need production on the ground. The Rams are near the top of the league rankings in defending the pass, but trail badly against the run.If the Eagles want to jolt McCoy out of his funk, this might be the week to do it. But if they struggle to move the ball on the ground, none of Kelly's high-tech wizardry is likely to matter much.If the Birds aren't able to run, they won't be able to hide this offense's other limitations as well.It puts too much pressure on Foles, who increasingly looks like a guy who is running for his life behind this patchwork line.The Eagles need to run the ball and they need a big game from LeSean McCoy. So far the Eagles have managed to post a 3-1 record, despite consistently falling behind, and an offense that seems to take at least a half to get on track.Take away their special teams play, plus a Pick-6 from safety Malcolm Jenkins, and what you have left from Sunday's game is a zero for the Eagles' offense. That's how many points they produced.And that includes two crucial plays late in the game from the Niners' 1-yard line.That can't happen again.Here's beat writer Bob Grotz's take on Kelly's day-after press conference
The Daily Numbers: 213 total yards for the Eagles offense yesterday in 26-21 loss to the 49ers. 407 yards for the 49ers.232-73, the offensive numbers from 1st half in favor of San Fran.119 yards rushing for Frank Gore.2 special teams TDs, on blocked punt and punt return, how Eagles scored.53 yard Pick-6 from safety Malcolm Jenkins.22 yards on 12 rushes for the Eagles behind a battered offensive line.10 rushes for 17 yars for LeSean McCoy. That is not a misprint.21 of 43 for 195 yards for Nick Foles.2 straight incomplete passes from Foles on 3rd and 4th downs with less than 2 minutes to go from the Niners 1-yard-line when the Birds still could have won the game.3-1 record for the Eagles. Admit it, you’d take that before the season started.2-2 mark for the Niners.3-1 record for the Cowboys, now tied with Eagles atop NFC East.1992, last time the Eagles scored twice on special teams.9-9 mark for the Cole Hamels, who took the loss in Phillies finale.2-1 defeat for punchless Phils.73-89 mark for the Phillies, exactly the same as last year.14 years, how long ago the Phillies ended up in last place.3-1 loss for the Flyers against the Devils in preseason game. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Cary Williams is not a Philly kind of player. Very weak effort on a crucial third down that could have stopped the 49ers. I Don’t Get It: Ed Hochuli. I don’t get it. No one pays to see him and his crew litter the field with penalty flags. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Nick Foles, who took another brutal physical beating yesterday. Quote Box: “We got whupped.”- Eagles coach Chip Kelly on the play of his beat-up makeshift offensive line.
Raise your hand if you had the Eagles flying across the country and beating the 49ers in a national TV game before the season. Thought so.
Amazingly, despite not managing to get the ball into 49ers territory until late in the 4th quarter, the Eagles had a good chance to win.That is not a misprint. The Eagles did not get the ball across the 50-yard line on offense until the latter part of the fourth quarter.And they still could have won.With a beat-up offensive line that opened exactly zero holes and had trouble protecting Nick Foles.With another brutally sub-par performance from LeSean McCoy.With a defense that continues to have trouble getting off the field on third down.But thanks to their brilliant special teams, which provided touchdowns on a blocked punt and a punt return, as well as a Pick-6 from Malcolm Jenkins, the Eagles were in position to pull out a most improbable fourth straight come-from-behind win.They had the ball at the 49ers 2-yard-line with 1:50 left in the game.The 49ers had no timeouts left and the Eagles had two plays to punch it in.They failed to do so.And the fault lies with Chip Kelly.The Eagles coach is an offensive wizard - some insist on calling him genius - who for some reason struggles at the end of games.His frenetic, hurry-up offense is ill-equipped to use the clock.Even if the Eagles had scored in this crucial series, they still would have given the ball back to the Niners and Colin Kaepernick with plenty of time to score.Kelly does not seem to grasp the way to bleed the clock. That game should have ended with the Eagles running that 4th down play as the clock expired, either they win or time runs out. You don't give the ball back to the other team.His two play-calls are suspect as well.Instead of at a minimum running the ball on third down, then coming back with a pass on fourth down, Kelly opted to get Foles on the move and throw the ball two times.Two incompletions later, the Birds gave the ball back to the 49ers.Amazingly, the Eagles still managed to get the back.The Eagles are now 3-1, but they have lots of questions.For one, how much stock do you put in those three wins.Are they ever going to be able to get LeSean McCoy going.They will get Lane Johnson back starting today, but that offensive line is still bruised and battered.Speaking of bruised and battered, how long can Foles continue to take this kind of punishment. It's a long season. And this was just one of those frustating weeks Eagles fans have gotten used to over the years.
I love talking about journalism, in particular the way my job is changing. Take my word for, the changes have been seismic.
I always joke with people when I do public speaking engagements that I did not stop at a local watering hole before showing up to regale them with tales from the print world.But I do appear to be somewhat off balance.It is not an accident.I spend most of my waking moments these days pulled in two different directions - producing a print edition as we have always done, and the lightning fast online world where we deliver information in real time, 24 hours a day.I have one leg still firmly planted in the print world, and the other in the online world.Those two worlds have some distinct differences, one of which has been the focus of considerable online debate over the past week.I post on Twitter pretty much all day. It's one of the primary vehicles we now use to deliver breaking news and updates.I post under the 'handle' @philheron. I find it the easiest way to make sure people know where this information is coming from.I suppose I could have made up another handle, let's say @PrimosPhil.If you didn't know that was me, do you think it would hold the same authority.Twitter is full of these kinds of handles.That's the point. They are pseudonyms. There's a very good chance you in fact do not know who is posting that information. These two worlds collided recently when I received a letter to the editor submission from a person who wanted to be known only by his Twitter handle.In this instance, that handle is very well known. It is @FanSince09, the online sleuth who was crucial to identifying a group of people believed connected to an attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia. Several people now face charges in that case.@FanSince09 wanted to respond to an opinion piece that was penned by Sunday columnist Christine Flowers. In it she had some pointed things to say about the push for hate-crime legislation that this case has sparked, as well as the online work that pushed the investigation into the headlines.Our policy on letters to the editor is pretty clear. We require a name, town, and phone number for verification. The phone number is not printed. The name and town are.I still think it's a good policy. That does not mean we do not use anonymous material elsewhere in the paper. We feature an entire column called Sound Off, that is anonymous. But they are not letter to the editor. I would be happy to include a person's Twitter handle, and run it along with their name. But I remain unwilling to open our op-ed pages to anonymous pieces. I believe it is a recipe for disaster.I eventually explained my decision and ran his letter in my blog.
But the debate over our policy requiring a name to have a letter published continues. So what do the readers think?Please feel free to weigh in with your stance. As usual, I'm willing to listen to dissenting opinions. I'm just not always willing to print them, unless you are willing to put your name beside it.
Now comes the hard part. The Eagles have spent the first three weeks of this NFL season allowing teams to go up on them before rallying from behind for three straight wins.
That likely won't happen this week, when the Birds face the prospect of flying across the country to tangle with an angry 49ers team that finds itself sitting at a disappointing 1-2. You just get the feeling the Niners do not want to fall to 1-3, a huge hole to dig out of to start the season.Nick Foles likely will again spend much of the day being battered behind a makeshift offensive line that now will be without three starters.A big dose of LeSean McCoy would certainly help, but Shady has been MIA for the start of this season as teams are game-planning to take him out of the picture. McCoy also likely is feeling the effects of teams packing the box since they don't have to be wary of DeSean Jackson as a deep threat. The Eagles will live or die Sunday on Foles' right arm. He'll have another big day. Just not big enough. And Chip Kelly is going to have to start devising game plans that protect Foles, who took a hellacious beating all day vs. the Redskins.This wasn't one you had in the win column before the season anyhow.I have to go with Colin Kaepernick and the Niners in a shootout. The Pick: Make it 49ers 33, Eagles 29.
I just see the 49ers having more success against an Eagles defense that will once again be missing Mychal Kendricks than Foles and his crew have against San Fran. I could be wrong - I hope I am - but this does not look like the Birds' day. If Foles can fly across the country and lead the Birds to an upset win against an angry Niners bunch, he might finally dispel all those doubters who keep waiting for him to fall on his face. Season Record:
It's been a trifecta for the Eagles. Three straight weeks they haven fallen behind in the first half, only to come roaring back. They now sit at a lofty 3-0, while I still have a blemish at 2-1. One of us is going to fall again today. I'm going with the Niners. Game by Game:
Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)Eagles 30, Colts 27 (My Pick: Colts 29, Eagles 23)Eagles 37, Redskins 34 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)