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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Jan. 29

Heron's Nest - 12 hours 24 min ago
The Daily Numbers: 3 candidates now in the race for Chester mayor. 2 Democrats, incumbent Mayor John Linder and challenger state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland will duke it out for the right to face former Republican Mayor Wendell Butler.

200 instruments donated to Upper Darby High School by Paul Nemeth.

300 more given to William Penn School District by the music lover.

57th annual Grammy Awards, which will feature the work of Upper Darby High sax man Immanuel Wilkins.

1 man shot in leg during drug deal gone sour, police said.

2 people killed in fire in South Philly row home early this morning.

3.57 percent tax hike hanging over Haverford School District home owners.

163 bucks a year, what the increase would be on the average property assessed at $160,000.

500 dollar check delivered to students at Chestnutwold School in Haverford by former Gov. Ed Rendell.

2 people being sought for a series of break-ins of cars in the parking lot of the Planet Fitness on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley.

10,000 dollars believed stolen from Girl Scouts by a former troop leader in Lansdale.

124 jobs being lost with closure of Stroehman Bakery plant in Montco.

31, age of woman who admitted having sex with one of her students in Montco.

4.1 percent dip in sales at McDonald’s last year, leading to the exit of the company CEO yesterday.

8 year backlog for 5,400 planes at Boeing worth $440 billion.

19 percent boost in profits for the airplane maker in 4th quarter.

195 point dip for the Dow as stocks slipped for 2nd straight day.

89-69 win for the Sixers over the Pistons. Didn’t know this team could beat anyone by 20 points.

51-48 win for Academy Park over Chester in boys hoops last night. A stunner.

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

David Montgomery is back, but make no mistake. He’s no longer running things. The team yesterday took the interim tag off Pat Gillick. He will be team president and in charge of baseball operations.

I Don’t Get It: A Girl Scout leader in Montgomery County is charged with stealing $10,000 from the troop. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby High seniorImmanuel Wilkins. The saxophonist will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards. And also to Paul Nemeth, who has bought and donated hundreds of musical instruments to the school.

Quote Box: “I’m getting complaints about this government from people who feel it isn’t working.”

- Wendell Butler, who will seek election to his old seat as Chester mayor on the GOP ticket.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chester politics heats up

Heron's Nest - 13 hours 23 min ago
Since I had Chester Mayor John Linder as a guest on our 'Live From the Newsroom' show last night, I could not resist asking him one final questions at the end of the show - not related to our primary topic of the new surveillance cameras the city will be rolling out to fight crime.

This one involves another fight the mayor is smack in the middle of - that would be the fight for his political life. If you have not noticed, there has been some political thunderbolts in the city.

First, longtime state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159., announced last weekend that he would challenge Linder in the Democratic primary. Not only that, but he has the backing of the Chester Democratic Party.

The next day things got even a little more challenging for Linder when county Democratic Party boss David Landau said the party would support the choice of the city committee - that would be Kirkland. Usually party bosses try to stay out of it when a primary battle is shaping up, waiting for a victor to emerge and then assuring the party would united behind the winner. Not so this time. Landau left little doubt they believe Kirkland is their man.

Then yesterday another very familiar name popped up in the race. Whoever wins the Linder vs. Kirkland battle royal will then get to square off against former Mayor Wendell Butler in the general election in the fall. He emerged from a very short retirement to become the Republican candidate in the city mayor's race yesterday.

I asked Linder if he was surprised by the challenge from Kirkland. Hardly.

Linder also downplayed the move by the city party to bail on him - the incumbent mayor - in favor of Kirkland. He said that he did not necessarily run as a Democrat or Republican, but rather as an independent who represents everyone in the city.

Buckle your seat belt. This one is going to be a barn burner.
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Candid Cameras: 'Live From Newsroom' talks about Chester's new crime-fighting tool

Heron's Nest - 13 hours 55 min ago
The city of Chester is getting ready to roll out a powerful new weapon in their continuing war on the scourge of gun violence that continues to plague the city.

The city soon will feature hundreds of surveillance video cameras as part of a combined effort by the city, PennDOT, Widener University and the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County.

Last night we took our live-stream Internet program, 'Live From the Newsroom,' to Widener to talk about crime in the city, and their new tool.

I was joined by Chester Mayor John Linder; Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr.; Widener Public Relations maven Dan Hanson Sullivan; and Michael McGee, Executive Director of the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County.

One of the most interesting things that was stressed was brought up by Commissioner Bail. He noted that a camera can't be intimidated, as many witnesses are. It's one of the great frustrations echoed again and again by police in their investigations - people who are afraid to tell them what they know, or are leery of actually having to testify against suspects.

Cameras don't have any such reservations.

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

Again my thanks to Tim Scepansky and all his great students who work behind the scenes to make the show look great.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Blizzard That Fizzled, Medical Marijuana, President Coming to Town: The Week So Far

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:41
Plus, there was an earthquake in Chester County. Did you feel it?
Categories: Lower Merion

Traffic Alert: Obama in Philadelphia Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:28
And Vice President Joe Biden will be in town Friday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Frigid Weekend Temperatures Prompt Code Blue Extension

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:00
The county's Code Blue declaration was set to expire Thursday morning but recent forecasts have prompted an extension.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police investigating incident between officers, 'two kids' shoveling snow

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 17:07
Lower Merion Township officials said Wednesday morning that they are investigating a report posted on Facebook Tuesday night that Lower Merion police stopped two kids and questioned them regarding snow shoveling.
Categories: Lower Merion

Arkoosh Tapped to Be Montco Commissioner

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-01-28 15:59
She will fill the seat left vacant by Leslie Richards, who resigned to become the state's transportation secretary.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Reacts To Blizzard-That-Wasn't

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-01-28 15:19
Many say they're upset that forecasters and public officials overestimated the impact of Tuesday's storm.
Categories: Lower Merion

NovaRacing car on display at Philadelphia Auto Show

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 13:51
RADNOR >> A snazzy formula race car is nearing completion in a basement garage workshop in the Villanova University Center for Engineering Education and Research (CEER).
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion students hold day of service

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:53
Several hundred Lower Merion School District students spent a few hours in Harriton High School’s cafeteria last Friday working on service projects for the district’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Categories: Lower Merion

Radnor Police Reports: Wallet theft from Starbucks

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:46
Wallet theft>> Radnor police received a report of a theft of a wallet while the complainant was meeting with a potential business client at a Starbucks Coffee shop at 218 East Lancaster Avenue in Wayne Jan. 12 between 10 a.m. and noon. The bright red alligator skin wallet contained cash, credit cards and a driver’s license.
Categories: Lower Merion

Firefighters responding to bus-related incident at City Sports

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:02
No one was injured Wednesday afternoon when the driver of a school bus lost control and went off the road on Montgomery Avenue near Anderson Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

NovaRacing car on display at Philadelphia Auto Show

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:59
RADNOR >> A snazzy formula race car is nearing completion in a basement garage workshop in the Villanova University Center for Engineering Education and Research (CEER).
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Darby Township firefighter, accused of arson, now charged with raping children

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:45
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan will announce this afternoon that a former firefighter from Glenolden, already charged with arson for allegedly setting fires in vacant homes, has now been charged with sexually abusing 14 children.
Categories: Lower Merion

Predicted snow smackdown for central Montgomery County disappointsSnow totals vastly lower than expected

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:44
NORRISTOWN >> Many central Montgomery County residents woke up Tuesday morning expecting a blizzard of snow at their feet and found mere inches of snow.
Categories: Lower Merion

$512K Fariston Drive Home Recently Sold in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:53
Find other recently sold homes nearby from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

As Narberth Pharmacy closes, borough residents say a 'piece of downtown disappears'

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:38
NARBERTH BOROUGH >> Narberth said goodbye this week to a beloved business.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Jan. 28

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-01-28 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 1.2 inches of snow recorded in Philadelphia.

12-16 inches, what was forecast for the region.

30-60 miles east, how far the storm veered, sparing us a big snow storm

9.8 inches of snow in Central Park in New York City.

20-30 inches, what was forecast for Big Apple

12 inches in Manasquan, N.J.

34 inches in Littleton, Mass.

33.5 inches in Thompson, Conn.

70 mph winds howling as blizzard conditions slammed Boston.

40 to 50 feet of seawall knocked out by the storm in Marshfield, Mass.

2 deaths, both on Long Island, blamed on the storm.

200 million dollar economic hit believed taken by New York City in the wake of shutdowns before the non-storm.

2 people charged in series of home break-ins in Drexel Hill.

200 people, many of them senior citizens, who packed Garnet Valley School Board meeting last night urging them to hold line on taxes.

8-1 vote by the board to reserve the right to hike taxes above the state-mandated index of 1.9 percent.

3.6 percent tax hike in proposed budget of Upper Darby schools.

125 bucks more for the average tax tab, which now stands at $3,459.

6-23 months in prison for a Middletown man for unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

3 people going on trial in slaying of Rite Aid store manager Jason McClay.

140,000 Pennsylvanians who enrolled in federal health insurance marketplace for 2015.

3 people hurt when part of the roof of the Lululemon store collapsed in Center City Philadelphia.

291 point dip for the Dow Jones yesterday, after being down at one point 390 points.

4-3 shootout win for Flyers over Arizona Coyotes.

2nd shootout win for Flyers, who are now 2-5 in shootouts for the year.

22 saves for Steve Mason in relief of Ray Emery.

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

If there is any justice, Marshawn Lynch will be named Super Bowl MVP - and promptly be ignored by the media.

I Don’t Get It: Forget the snow, it is seriously cold out there this morning.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Gary Szatkowski, the National Weather Service meteorologist who took to social media and offered his apology for the blown forecast.

Quote Box: “Given the uncertainties and the tens of million of people affected, this was the right forecast to make.”

- NWS Director Louis I. Uccellini.
Categories: Pennsylvania