The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Oct. 27

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-27 07:14
The Daily Numbers: 51,000 videos and images seized from Marple teen at center of upskirt controversy.

19, age of Vincent Kane, who now faces a slew of charges.

1947, as in House Bill 1947, which never made it to the House floor for a vote yesterday.

10 days, how long after he was initially charged and placed on leave, before John Nagl was reinstated as headmaster at the Haverford School.

1 of October, when SEPTA’s unions are vowing to hit the bricks, sidelining all bus, trolley and subway service. The Market-Frankford El also would go down, but regional rails would remain in service.

350 million dollar budget still being put together by Delco officials, who are trying to figure out what to do about $4.3 million in casino revenue that might not be replaced.

34 dollar tax hike in the works out in Chester County.

1 woman and 2 pets who died when fire hit her home in Birmingham Township.

1 person killed in fire in a Lansdowne apartment.

401-k style retirement plan for new state employees under considered in Harrisburg. The House never took action on it.

2.6 billion dollars over 32 years, how much the plan was predicted to save in the state’s public employee pension crisis.

845 dollars in restitution and probation for woman linked to Philly D.A. Seth Williams who slashed the tires on several city cars.

15 percent boost in profits at Comcast.

3 percent decline in the company stock.

50,000 SEPTA workers in the city who could go on strike Oct. 1.

0 buses, trolleys and subways that would operate in the city. Market-Frankford El also would go down. Suburban service and regional rails also would keep running.

103-97 loss for the Sixers in their opener to the Thunder.

20 points in 22 minutes in a spectacular debut for Joel Embiid in the loss.

32 points and 12 rebounds for Russell Westbrook to lead the Thunder.

3-1 loss for the Union in playoff tilt vs. Toronto last night, ending their season.

win for the Cubs over the Indians in World Series last night.

1-1 deadlock as the Series heads to Chicago.

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

Joel Embiid had a great night, but everyone is talking about the pre-game rendition of the National Anthem, who sang it , who did not, and why. Swell.

I Don’t Get It: Another ugly scene from a fan at court side last night who decided to give Westbrook a double-finger salute. Nice.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Haverford School, for doing the right thing and reinstating headmaster John Nagl.

Quote Box: “I am not quitting.”

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, after another setback for House Bill 1947, to give victims of sex abuse their day in court.
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No day in court for victims of abuse

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-27 06:35
Forget House Bill 1947.

The measure that would give victims of sex abuse the opportunity to meet their accusers in court never made it to the House floor for reconsideration yesterday.

You can get all the details here.

You might remember the quite controversial history of this bill, which astoundingly was passed 180-15 last spring by the House, with the support of many in the Delco delegation, after still another extremely troubling grand jury report on the sexual abuse of children in the Johnstown-Altoona diocese, along with another subsequent massive cover-up.

The bill included controversial language in an amendment from state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, that would not only expand the window for victims to file civil suits from age 30 to age 50, it would allow victims from decades ago to come forward with civil suits now.

That did not sit well with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the National Catholic Conference and the insurance industry. They turned up the heat as the Senate considered the bill. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote a letter that was read or handed out at every parish urging the faithful to contact their legislator to vote against the measure, warning of dire consequences for churches, schools and social work if it were to become law. He called it no less than an attack on the church. Several Delco legislators felt serious heat from the archdiocese. Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, actually had his name casually dropped into the parish bulletin with a reminder that he had supported the bill. Rep. Jamie Santora, R-163, of Upper Darby, said the archdiocese's actions came dangerously to electioneering.

The Senate eventually passed the bill - but without the controversial retroactive language.

That meant it had to work its way back through the Legislature again.

Not going to happen.

Rozzi yesterday admitted it was not even going to make it back out onto the House floor, let alone get a vote.

Rozzi ripped several Harrisburg leaders he believes are unduly influenced by opponents of the bill.

But he vows he's not going away. He says he will be in the new year, with a new effort to push the bill through, complete with the retroactive legislation.

As for the victims, they continue to wait for their day in court.
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A good ending for John Nagl

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-27 06:09
Every once in awhile, a sad story we report has a good ending.

That appears to be the case with John Nagl. He's the headmaster at the prestigious Haverford School on the Main Line.

Nagl was charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault after an altercation with his son.

The school placed him on leave after what all involved labeled a "deeply personal" situation. One, of course, that made its way into the news.

But the Delaware County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case and decided to withdraw the charges.

Now Nagl is getting his job back.

He's return to his role as headmaster Friday.

Good for him.

Get all the details here.
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A 'wintry mix' Halloween fright

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-27 05:53
Our fearless local weather forecasters are offering their own version of a Halloween fright this morning.

And they are sprinkling it with a certain four-letter word. No, not the one that starts with the same letter as "flurries."

I'm talking about snow.

Apparently there is a chance of a 'wintry mix' this morning.

In the Poconos.

Which of course is about 2 hours and change from here.

But if it means a chance to jump the gun on winter weather, that means they have now become part of the Philly suburbs.v I guess I can now add it to the list of why I hate winter. Now that I think of it, I'm not all that keen on Halloween either.

It's dark when I drive into the office. Now it's practically dark when I leave. It's cold. I am struggling to honor my annual pledge not to don a winter coat before Thanksgiving.

It is expected to rain here this afternoon. That won't exactly brighten the mood.

But, hey, it could be worse. It could be a 'wintry mix.'

I think we'll survive without stocking up on bread and milk.

How many days until Memorial Day?
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 26

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 07:20
The Daily Numbers: 34 degrees when I got in the car this morning. Frosty!

28 years in prison for former volunteer firefighter for inducing kids to pose for porn.

1 person killed when fire hit a home in Birmingham, Chester County, last night.

4,000-square-foot addition set for Paxon Hollow Country Club in Marple.

10 million dollars, how much Chester stands to lose under court ruling that knocked down host tax agreements with Pa. casinos.

4.3 million, how much Delaware County stands to lose.

4 percent tax across the board, what one of the smaller casinos would like to see put in place.

47-1 vote by Senate to extend the current deal until the spring.

4 years, how long a Darby lawyer has had his license suspended for by the state.

25,000 dollars in renovations at the Darby Library unveiled yesterday.

1, as in the nation’s first library, dating back to the 1700s, right there in Darby.

50,000 Lego pieces rolled out as part of new Legoland park in Plymouth Meeeting Mall.

24-hour, 7-day a week beauty channel being rolled out by QVC out in West Chester.

17, age of teen charged in shooting on Rittenhouse Square.

401k style retirement plan being pushed for future state hires.

45,000 dollars in merchandise ripped off from Boyd’s in Philly by smash-and-grab burglars.

754,000 dollars paid for the childhood home of Grace Kelly in the East Falls section of Philly by her son, Prince Albert on Monaco.

1,537,778 dollars for 19,134 violations for unpaid tolls on the Pa. Turnpike.

24 companies that owe more than $20,000 in unpaid tolls, according to Pa. Turnpike Commission.

678,483 dollars owed by Green Coast Logistics of South Plainfield, N.J.

15 billion dollar settlement in VW emissions scandal.

4-3 win for the Flyers over the Sabres after they trailed, 3-0.

20 minutes, how much Joel Embiid is expected to play in tonight’s Sixers opener.

6-0 win for Indians over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series

9-0 record for Indians manager Terry Francona in World Series games.

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

How ‘bout that Terry Francona. The former Phils’ skipper is unbeaten in 9 World Series, including 2 sweeps with the Red Sox.

I Don’t Get It: Frost. I don’t get it. Anyone know where I put my scraper?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the residents who came to the aid of an Upper Darby police officer. We saluted them on our editorial page.

Quote Box: “We would be in a very delicate and detrimental situation to lose any dollars from Harrah’s.”

- Chester Chief Financial Officer Nafis Nichols.
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No joke: Daylin Leach is funniest guy in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:48
Who says no one in Harrisburg has a sense of humor?

Obviously they have not met our own Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, who represents parts of Haverford and the Main Line.

Leach took top honors when it comes to the funnybone in a poll done by the Pennsylvania Legislative Services. His Republican couunterpart Rep. Jeff Pyle of Armstrong County also was honored.

Each year the legislative online research and media service firm polls the folks in Harrisburg and comes up with a list of "the best of Capitol."

Here are the winners of this year's polling, which took place over several weeks at the end of September and early October, highlighted by a day of in-person voting in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda:

Most effective legislator: Representative David Reed

Best legislator to work with (Democrat): Senator John Yudichak

Best legislator to work with (Republican): Representative Bryan Cutler

Best debater (House): Representative John Maher

Best debater (Senate): Senator Jake Corman

Best sense of humor (Republican): Representative Jeff Pyle

Best sense of humor (Democrat): Senator Daylin Leach

Best House staffer to work with (Republican): Karen Coates

Best House staffer to work with (Democrat): Miriam Fox

Best Senate staffer to work with (Republican): Joe Pittman

Best Senate staffer to work with (Democrat): Stephen DeFrank

Most effective executive branch staffer: Nate Spade

Most effective lobbying/PR firm: Greenlee Partners

Most effective private lobbyist: TIE! Andrew Ritter & Stan Rapp

Most effective association lobbyist: Gene Barr

Rising star: Noah Karn

Best dressed: Representative Jim Christiana

Best hair (Man): Representative Flo Fabrizio

Best hair (Woman): Katrina Anderson

Best session day hangout in Harrisburg: McGrath’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.
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A salute to Drexel Hill residents

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:29
There's been no shortage of confrontations between communities and their police forces in recent months. The nation has been scarred by a series of fatal shootings between police officers and citizens, leading to questions of deadly force and a lack of mistrust between law enforcement and the people they are expected to protect.

This week that story got stood on its head in Upper Darby.

It's not every day you get to report on a group of citizens coming to a struggling officer's aid - let alone doing it with a golf club.

But that's what happened during a violent struggle between an Upper Darby officer and a suspect on a Drexel Hill street. We think that kind of action deserves a salute.

And we did so on today's editorial page.
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Chill out, fans: How 'bout that Terry Francona!

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:09
Here's something to chew over while you're trying to figure out where you left the scraper.

Yes, that substance on your windshield this morning is frost. My dashboard thermometer checked in at a less than toasty 34 degrees this morning. One of these days I will go through with my threat to simply keep driving until I hit Key West. Call me on Memorial Day.

In the meantime, anyone else remember Terry Francona?

Yep, he used to manage the Phillies. Back then the team was a perennial loser.

But after he left Philly, 'Tito' hooked up with the Boston Red Sox, where he led the Sox to their first World Series title in years.

Now he's doing his magic with Cleveland. That's right. Our old pal is now the Indians' skipper. All they did last night was toss cold water all over that Cubs Karma with a 6-0 win in Game 1 of the World Series.

It was quite a night in Cleveland. Just up the street the LeBron James and the Cavaliers kicked off the NBA season by rolling out their championship rings and unfurling a banner in the rafters.

As for Francona, last night's win pushes his World Series record to a perfect 9-0. That includes sweeps by the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Then a win in last night's opener with the Indians.

Stay warm Philly fans.

Geez, bring on Dallas.
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blueberry fig preserves 

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-10-25 13:42

I was given the gift of figs off of a friend’s fig tree yesterday, so even though I wasn’t sure I was going to be putting anything up this fall, this morning I made blueberry fig preserves.

2 teaspoons baking soda 

8 cups fresh figs stems removed or 2 pounds of fresh figs 

2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider

1/2 cup water

1 cup turbinado sugar

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

5 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract – pure only

1 lemon thinly sliced into rounds seeds removed

Juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

Half teaspoon ground cloves

Half teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Healthy pinch of salt

Three cinnamon sticks

First dissolve the baking soda in about 2 quarts of cool water and immerse the figs in the treated water either in one half of your kitchen sink if you have a double sink or in a really large bowl. Gently stir to wash the figs using your hand in the water.

Drain the figs and remove all stems and cut in half and place in a bowl.

In a big stewpot or jam pot (depending on what you have) slowly dissolve the sugar, maple syrup, butter, vanilla extract, water, apple cider, spices and a pinch of salt.

Now that you have created a sort of syrup add your fruit – figs, blueberries, lemon slices.

Toss in the cinnamon sticks. Add the lemon juice. 

Bring up to a boil over medium heat and stir a lot because the stuff will stick to the pan. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir gently occasionally and cook down until the figs are golden brown and the blueberries are so deep they almost appear a purple black.

As the figs are reaching the right color, I use an immersion blender to break everything up while continuing to cook down. I have friends who don’t do this at all and the reason I do it is because I like to serve fig preserves with cheese when company comes over and when there are big chunks of fig it makes it clumsy.

Truthfully this all cooked a couple of hours. 

While your jam is cooking sterilize your jars and lids in your canning pot. I actually broke down last year and bought a real big canning pot – black granite ware.

When your jam is ready to jar ladle it into your jars, leaving about a quarter inch at the top of room. Put your lids and rings on completely seal super tight and put them in your boiling hot water bath for 10 to 15 minutes. I will note that I looked at several recipes when developing my own recipe and people were processing anywhere from six minutes to 15 minutes in the hot water bath. I would say I processed mine about 10 minutes maybe a little less.

Pull your jars out and place on a cloth covered or wooden surface several inches apart until they are cool. Once the jars are completely cool press in the center to make sure they are sealed. Store in a cool dark area and wait at least two days before opening. I personally like to let my preserves said a couple of weeks before I try them.

Another important note is this is a recipe without using pectin. So it will probably be more loose than a jam made with pectin. You can make it both ways. I have always made fig preserves or fig jam without pectin. This is also the first time I’ve actually ever written down or looked at recipes for the jam – I’ve just always winged it and it’s turned out fine

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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 25

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 07:23
The Daily Numbers: 10 to 23 months in county prison for former Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

75,000 bail she later posted to get out of the slammer while she appeals her conviction.

4 years ago, when she became the 1st woman and 1st Democrat ever elected top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania.

4 tractor trailers in crash blocking all lanes of the northbound Northeast Extension of the Pa. Turnpike this morning.

4 Drexel Hill residents honored for coming to the aid of an Upper Darby police officer during a violent scuffle with a suspect.

5,000-square-foot Wawa with 50 parking spaces and 8 gas pumps coming to Baltimore Pike and Jackson Avenue in Clifton Heights.

2,500 dollar reward still up for grabs for information on suspect in home invasion in Ridley Park.

64, age of Chester man charged with criminal homicide in stabbing death of a friend in Upper Chichester.

4 teens charged in flash mob attack on groups of Temple students.

52nd annual Halloween Parade on tap Saturday in Media.

6 packs could be sold by beer distributors under bill passed by state Senate Monday.

2nd debate between Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty in bitter U.S. Senate race last night.

4 percent taxing host agreement now being proposed by Mount Airy Casino to settle legal issue with the state.

4.3 million dollars, how much Delco is missing from their budget without the host agreement revenue.

0 meetings between SEPTA and workers who might strike next week.

5,000 SEPTA bus, trolley and subway workers who could hit the bricks. Regional rails would not be affected.

3-1 loss for the Flyers last night in Montreal.

1st playoff appearance in 5 years for Union.

1st World Series game on tap tonight in Cleveland pitting Indians vs. Cubs.

50,000 dollars and up, what box seats to a game at Wrigley Field are going for.

174 combined seasons, how long it’s been since Cleveland and Chicago’s Cubs have made a World Series appearance.

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

MVP of the Eagles big win over the Vikings. I’ll cas a vote for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

I Don’t Get It: That’s a long, ugly fall for Kathleen Kane.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those four Drexel Hill residents who came to the aid of an officer in trouble while struggling with a suspect.

Quote Box: “Your willingness to get involved and come to the aid of an Upper Darby police officer in a struggle with a defendant saved this officer from serious injuries.

- Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie.
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4.3 million reasons Delco needs action from Legislature

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 06:50
We used our editorial page today to note that Delaware County has a very big problem.

In fact, you might say they have $4.3 million of them.

That's how much revenue is now missing from the Delaware County budget. That revenue stems from the 'host agreement' between Harrah's Casino down in Chester and the city and county.

A recent state Supreme Court ruling KO'd the agreement, agreeing with smaller, boutique-style casinos who argued that the host agreements in effect set up unequal playing fields in terms of taxation.

Funny, that never seemed to bother the state or the courts when it comes to education funding, but that's another story. In the meantime, Delaware County Councilmen John McBlain and Mario Civera took a road trip to Harrisburg last week to testify before a House committee and express just how dire the situation is.

The county uses that money to fund a lot of very good social programs, and that money is now MIA.

Adding to the problem is the fact that the Legislature has only a couple more days left to address the problem.

You can read the editorial here.
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Kathleen in Cuffs: The final chapter in the Kane Scrutiny

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 06:36
It's the final chapter of the Kane Scrutiny.

You don't need words. All you need is the picture that appeared on the front page of today's paper.

Yes, that is Kathleen Kane, the one-time top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania, leaving a Montgomery County courtroom in handcuffs.

Despite a plea from family - including her kids - and friends for leniency, Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy sentenced the one-time rising star of Democratic politics to 10 to 23 months in county prison.

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat ever elected attorney general in Pennsylvania, was whisked from the courtroom to prison, where she was booked. She was later released on $75,000 bail while she appeals.

The judge acknowledged the pleas for leniency, including an impassioned plea from Kane herself to stay out of the slammer, then dropped the hammer on the former A.G.v Kane wiped away tears as she told the judge she could not imagine being separated from her sons.

Demchick-Alloy was not swayed, noting that Kane was not thinking of them when she placed her hand on the Bible and lied to a grand jury.

None of this had to happen.

The reason it did was because of Kathleen Kane, and her hellbent push for revenge against a former prosecutor she believed was responsible for leaking a story that portrayed her in a light considerably less glowing that what she had become used to in her meteoric rise to power.

Along the way she created what one former aide described as a 'terror zone' inside the attorney general's office. It was left to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steel to remind Kane - and all of us - of a simple rule.

"Nobody is above the law."

Not even Kathleen Kane.

Get all the details here.
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Toomey again feels the elephant in the room

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 06:06
They held the second debate in the contentious Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race last night.

Pat Toomey went toe to toe with Katie McGinty - and her running mate.

Yes, once again the incumbent Republican found himself boxed in on the elephant who was not in the room - but was on the mind of everyone who was.

Toomey once again was asked point-blank if he will support his party's nominee, Donald Trump.

And once again Toomey squirmed in what is clearly an uncomfortable position for him.

He repeatedly tried to link McGinty with the "failed programs" of the Obama Administration.

But they don't have the same sticking power as the one question he failed to answer: Doesn't he think his constituents have the right to know if he is going to vote for Trump.

He's in a no-win situation. He needs ever Republican vote he can get, and a bunch of ticket-splitters in order to keep his seat in a state that is increasingly tilting Democratic.

Toomey originally wanted four debates, but McGinty only agreed to two.

It might not be the worst thing that ever happened to Toomey not to have to keep answering the only question anyone wants him to answer. I don't think he's going to answer it anytime soon.

You can get all the details on last night's debate here.
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fa la la la la…pssst! want to help sponsor something awesome?

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-10-24 21:16

No, they did not ask me to post this and truthfully they won’t know until they see it. BUT Malvern’s Victorian Christmas is a little slice of old-fashioned awesome!

So I hear they are looking for sponsors:

Here is the link you can follow for the sponsorship form.

Me personally? I am thinking of sponsoring a Lamp Post Christmas Tree!

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thieves destroy staircase at union league

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-10-24 15:01

A friend of mine just posted this photo taken today in Philadelphia at The Union League.

What is WRONG with people? Would they get so much money selling metal for scrap that they had to destroy the iconic sweeping outside staircase at Philadelphia’s Union League? I hope police release the video showing the theft soon.

Disgusted with humanity. This will be VERY expensive to replicate properly.

Metal thief topples staircase rail at the Union League

Updated: OCTOBER 24, 2016 — 2:39 PM EDT

by Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer @MariSchaefer

Police are looking for the thief who removed a brass handrail from a curved staircase at the iconic Union League of Philadelphia early Monday, toppling the its stone balustrade in the process.

A surveillance camera captured the deed as it unfolded at 3:02 a.m. on the north stairway to the leagues main entrance on Broad Street.

“As a result of ripping the brass railing, most of the stone staircase fell,” the league said in a statement. “We will work to restore the staircase to its original condition as soon as possible.”


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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Oct. 24 (Eagles Edition)

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-10-24 07:19
The Daily Numbers: 5-0 record sported by the Vikings when they arrived at the Linc yesterday?

5-1 when they left.

4-2 mark now for Eagles.

21-10 win over Sam Bradford and the Vikings for the Eagles.

19 hits the Eagles laid on their old pal Bradford, who was harassed into a miserable day.

6 sacks of their former starting QB for the Birds’ defense.

1 interception for Bradford, his first of the year.

2 lost fumbles.

24 of 41 for 224 yards for Bradford.

16 of 28 with 2 interceptions for 138 yards for Carson Wentz.

52.4 QB rating for Wentz.

5 consecutive series in 1st quarter in which the teams traded turnovers.

98 yard TD return on kickoff for Josh Huff.

2 straight weeks Eagles have had kickoff return for TD.

1st time in franchise history they’ve done that in consecutive weeks.

86-26 margin for the Eagles in second half scoring so far this year.

1 catch for Zach Ertz for the 2nd straight week

20 sacks for the Eagles so far this year.

14 straight field goals made by Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis.

3-0 record for the Eagles at the Linc this year.

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

Make Jim Schwartz the MVP of this ugly game. His scheme and defense rallied from a horrible effort vs. the Redskins to hound Bradford mercilessly. Schwartz went to blitz constantly to keep Bradford off stride.

I Don’t Get It: That was a 5-0 team? The Vikings could have fooled me.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Eagles. Their vision in flipping this team and installing Carson Wentz as their starter and future continues to look good.

Quote Box: “I thought we played embarrassing in two phases. I’m very disappointed in the performance.”

- Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
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The final chapter of the Kane Scrutiny

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-10-24 06:49
Almost exactly four years ago, Kathleen Kane was a rising Democratic superstar.

Today she will be in a Norristown courtroom trying to stay out of jail.

The convicted former attorney general is due in court to be sentenced for lying to a grand jury concerning materials she leaked in a bitter, personal vendetta against a fellow prosecutor.

It's hard to believe that just four years ago Kane received more votes in Pennsylvania than Barack Obama. In the process she became the first woman and first Democrat ever elected attorney general. People were talking about her as possible gubernatorial or U.S. Senate candidate.

It didn't take long for all that to collapse in a wicked stew of petty, personal feuding.

Kane was irate about a story that made her look bad. And she blamed her longtime foe and fellow prosecutor Frank Fina for it. She plotted her revenge, leaking material to the Philadelphia Daily News on a Fina investigation of then Philly NAACP leader Jerry Modesire.

It didn't seem to matter much to Kane that Mondesire was never charged with any wrongdoing. She only saw a venue to attack Fina. It didn't matter to her that Mondesire was damaged in the process.

Kane is asking the court not to send her to prison for her offenses. The prosecution begs to differ. They want significant jail time for the disgraced former attorney general.

We'll be there to bring you all the details on one of the most stunning falls from grace in Pennsylvania political history.
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It's the race to watch in Delco

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-10-24 06:32
I've been thinking about those new voter registration numbers that were released last week.

The numbers show Democrats are expanding their lead over Republicans here in Delco in terms of registered voters. The Dems, who for decades looked up at the mighty Delco GOP and what at one time was a nearly 3-1 voter registration edge, have more than turned the tables.

There are now 16,000 more registered Democrats here in Delaware County than Republicans.

Excuse me if I'm not impressed.

In fact, I said as much in today's print column.

Here's what would impress me. I'd like to see the Delco Democrats win a tough local race. Here's one to watch. Keep your eye on the 161st state House race. That's the one where incumbent Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky is being challenged by Patti Rodgers Morrisette.

Krueger-Braneky won the special election for the seat that was held after Joe Hackett hit a few potholes in Harrisburg and decided it was time to return home to Delco.

Republicans endorsed local labor leader Paul Mullen in the race. That did not sit especially well with Tea Party conservative Penn-Delco School Board member Lisa Esler. She ran a very effective third-party race, in the process costing Mullen and the Republicans just enough votes to swing the election to Krueger-Braneky.

That won't be the case on Nov. 8. It will be Republican Rodgers Morrisette vs. the Democrat Krueger-Braneky. Democrats have had success in this district before, most notably with Bryan Lentz.

The district accounts for Brookhaven, Aston, Nether Providence, Swarthmore, Rose Valley and parts of Ridley.

Win this one--on-one battle and maybe I'll start believing there is something to these numbers.

Dems already have several built-in advantages in this race, most notably that it is coming in a presidential year when turnout is expected to be heavy. If Dems continue their recent pattern of winning the county in statewide and presidential races, that means Rodgers Morrisette will need a lot of ticket-splitting to get the win.

As we said on Sunday's front page, as far as Delaware County goes, this is the race to watch.
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Tough day for the Sam Bradford Fan Club

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-10-24 06:07
And now a message from the president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club.

Well, that was ugly.

The Eagles jumped all over Bradford and his undefeated Minnesota Vikings Sunday, leaving the former Eagles' signal caller battered and confused en route to a 21-10 Eagles win at the Linc.

You know Bradford wanted nothing more than to be able to stick it to Howie Roseman, Jeff Lurie and all the others who kicked sand in his face repeatedly during his stormy stay in Philly.

Instead, it was Jim Schwartz's defense that did the kicking, harassing Bradford into a 24 of 41 day passing, including his first interception since donning purple.

Schwartz dialed up a mix of blitzes that constantly put pressure on Bradford. He was sacked six times, and banged around seemingly every time he dropped back to pass. The Eagles defense focused on the guy who just a few weeks ago was their leader and starting QB, knocking the ball out of his hands and leaving Bradford looking thoroughly confused and not particularly interested.

So harassed was the Vikings' signal caller that he was forced to offer up a classic Andy Reid-style dink and dunk attack in the fourth quarter, unable to throw the ball down the field, using up valuable clock while the Vikings were two scores down.

For those who hammered away at Bradford's preference for constantly checking down and throwing to his underneath receivers, this was validation.

The Vikings, coming off their bye, seemed to suffer the same malaise as the Eagles did after their week off, sleepwalking for most of the first half. This was the most mediocre 5-0 team I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, the Eagles were not a lot better.

The Vikings' defense certainly played better than their pathetic offense, hounding Carson Wentz into another mediocre day. The rookie signal caller did not help matters a lot by making a couple of bad first-half decisions, leading to two more interceptions.

At one point, it got so ugly that the teams traded turnovers on five consecutive possessions.

This morning, no one remembers any of that.

What they remember is that the Eagles dominated Bradford and the Vikings, dumping them from their perch as the NFL's last undefeated team.

So what if Wentz and the Eagles' offense was equally inept. Wentz is a rookie and is going to have games like that. What is Bradford'd excuse.

The president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club hereby resigns his position. I wish him well. I hope he takes the Vikings deep into the playoffs. But his performance yesterday, as well as his team, only reinforced what his detractors had been saying all along. There is, however, this final thought.

Given all that has happened in the last few weeks, remember that if Teddy Bridgewater's knee does not explode, none of this likely occurs.

Bradford is the Eagles' starting QB, checking off and dinking and dunking away. Would the Eagles be 4-2 under Bradford? Maybe. Probably not. Carson Wentz would not even have made an appearance if things had gone according to the Eagles' plan. Veteran Chase Daniel would be the backup. Wentz would be holding a clipboard.

Hard to believe that was just a few weeks ago.

This is now Wentz's team, and his town.

It was never really Sam Bradford's.

Yesterday only confirmed that.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:00
If I had told you back in the summer what awaits at the Linc Sunday, you would have rightly thought I had lost my mind.

It wasn’t that long ago that Sam Bradford was penciled in as the Eagles starter. Carson Wentz? He was supposed to be on the sidelines holding a clipboard this season.

Then Teddy Bridgewater’s knee exploded, radically changing the course of two franchises. Sam Bradford was shipped to Minnesota, in the process Howie Roseman got back the No. 1 pick he traded away in order to move up to get Wentz.

Then he and rookie head coach Doug Pederson went all-in. They decided to bypass backup Chase Daniel and install Wentz as the starter. The Birds got off to a sizzling 3-0 start, including a most impressive, dominating win over the Steelers, who some experts had ticketed as the AFC rep in the Super Bowl.

Then came the bye, and the Birds’ mojo went bye-bye as well. They stumbled in Detroit, losing a game they should not have - and could not afford to - to the Lions. Then they got dominated in Washington last Sunday.

Suddenly, Wentz looks mortal behind an offensive line that is without its best player, right tackle Lane Johnson.

Rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai struggled mightily right from the Birds’ first snap, setting a tone the Eagles never did shake.

And hold off on all those head coaching offers for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. His Wide 9 defensive alignment suddenly is looking a lot like the system that was repeatedly gashed under old coach Jim Washburn. The Redskins rumbled for 230 yards on the ground, and failed to get much in the way of pressure on QB Kirk Cousins.

On the other side, things could not look much better for Bradford and the Vikings. Even without All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, ‘Sammy Sleeves’ has guided the Vikings to a perfect 5-0 start.

Bradford is playing well, and the Vikings’ defense is among the best in the league.

The Eagles will have their hands full on both sides of the ball. Maybe the Vikes will suffer the same malady the Eagles did coming off the bye. I’m not going to bet on it.

Bradford no doubt would like nothing better than to shove another loss down the throat of Howie Roseman and Jeff Lurie. The guess here is that there may have been a bit more to his hurt feelings when the Eagles moved up to get Wentz, in the process discarding a lot of picks that could have been used to help Bradford’s offense.

Wentz is now saddled with the same issues Bradford faced. The Eagles have little in the way of weapons or anything that is going to scare the Vikings.

The scariest thing about this game is what the Vikings might do to the Wentz and that porous offensive line. Better learn how to duck, kid.

I’d love to see the Eagles pull out another improbable win here. I don’t see it. This one could get ugly.

The Pick: Make it Vikings 26, Eagles 13.

Last Week: Actually when I think about it, this is probably about where I thought this team was going to be. Then again, the Lions game could be passed off as a bad week; the Washington game cannot. The Eagles got manhandled, beaten physically on both sides of the ball. That’s a problem. Of course, I never foresaw the whole Bradford-Wentz monumental shift, the Eagles’ 3-0 start including the stunning thrashing of the vaunted Steelers, nor the loss they had no business losing to the Lions, and finally an always tossup NFC East game against the Redskins, which they lost. That brings Doug Pederson and his Birds 3-2 and facing a very tough task against the Vikings.

Game by Game: Eagles 29, Browns 10 (My Pick: Eagles 19, Browns 13)

Eagles 29, Bears 14 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Bears 16)

Eagles 34, Steelers 3 (My Pick: Steelers, 26, Eagles 23)

Lions 24, Eagles 23 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Lions 10)

Redskins 27, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Eagles 242, Redskins 23)
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