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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Feb. 24

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:14
The Daily Numbers: 1 degree, what my odometer said it was when I got in the car this morning.

0, what it hit during the ride into work.

8 degrees, what AccuWeather said we’re at at 7:45 a.m.

24, today’s high temperature.

777,456 cubic feet of natural gas used for home heating on Feb. 15, setting a new record, according to PECO. That shattered the previous mark of 759,660 cubic feet used last Jan. 7, 2014, during the Polar Vortex.

10 days to start March which are supposed to track colder than normal.

2 families who have filed suit against Southeast Delco School District and former teacher Paul Hochschwender in connection with ‘inappropriate touching.’

224,000 dollar grant that will likely preserve the Little Flower Manor site in Darby Borough as open space.

4 years probation for a Ridley Park man in connection with his role in a hit-run case.

2 city firefighters who suffered minior injuries while battle a house blaze on West 10th Street yesterday.

15-10 vote by a state House panel on a bill to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania.

1,200 additional liquor licenses that would be granted under the plan. Existing state stores would be phased out.

1,800 privately owned stores that will likely pop up to take their place.

605 state stores in the current system that generate more than $2.24 billion in revenue.

2,028 full-time state store workers who could lose their jobs.

4-1 vote by Concord planners last night in favor of a highly controversial plan to develop a patch of open space on what is known as the Beaver Valley.

230 acres of a 318-acre parcel that could be developed.

163 new homes that could be sprouting on the open space.

8 months, how long an Upper Darby woman has been missing. Family and friends are desperate for any word on whereabouts of Amanda De Guio.

220 billion dollar discrimination lawsuit filed against Comcast.

119-108 loss for the Sixers in Miami to the Heat last night.

29 points for Luol Deng.

51-39 loss for the Garnet Valley girls to Abington last night, putting the Jags into the playback bracket in District One play.

57-52 win for Sun Valley girls over Lower Moreland.

67-51 win for Glen Mills over Bishop Shanahan.

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

Chase Utley says he is still dealing with the effects of an ankle sprain. Why don’t I like the sound of that?

I Don’t Get It: What happened to Nate Allen. I don’t get it. Can someone offer the Eagle an apology?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those involved with gathering state funds to preserve Little Flower Manor as an open tract in Darby Borough.

Quote Box: “Shame on you."

- Chant of residents in audience as the Concord planners voted to approve development of a tract in the Beaver Valley.
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On the Main Line: Today's top local news

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:38
Editor's note: This live blog originally appeared on Main Line Media News' Tumblr -- onthemainline.tumblr.com
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Someone owes Nate Allen an apology

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:34
Forget Brian Williams.

And Bill O'Reilly, too, for that matter.

Want to discuss a real media problem? Talk to Nate Allen.

Allen, for those of you who are not sports fans, has been a starting safety for the Eagles the past couple of years. He's been part of a secondary that has had more than its share of issues.

I can admit to being one of his biggest critics.

None of that compares to what happened to him last week.

Allen was in his home town of Fort Myers, Fla., when he was detained by police for four hours. I won't go into the nasty nature of the allegations that swirled around Allen. Suffice it to say they were not exactly complimentary.

Here's what you need to know. Allen was never charged with a crime. He was merely picked up and questioned by police.

That did not stop his name from being splashed all over social media as many media sites, newspapers, radio and TV in connection with this sordid tale.

Yesterday a court in Florida ruled that Allen could not possibly have been the perpetrator that was described in the incident. Turns out he happened to be driving a pickup truck that was similar to another one that may have been involved.

The court cleared Allen of any involvement in the incident.

That's easier said than done.

For me, it once again brings to mind the story of former Labor Secretary Ray Donovan, who after being acquitted of various charges had a simple request: "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?"

The cruel answer is this: You don't.

At least Donovan had a trial. Allen was never even charged. That did not stop his name from being dragged through the mud in connection with the worst sort of charges. Allen's name was right there, along with the allegation, despite the fact that he was never charged. Today news travels in a heartbeat. I do it every morning, pushing information to readers on Twitter, and posting stories to our website.

I get calls every day from people alleging that so-and-so did this or that and why hasn't there been anything in the paper about it. I always respond the same way: Have any charges been filed? I usually know the answer. The silence on the other end of the line confirms it. Our policy is pretty simple: No charges, no story.

Someone owes Nate Allen an apology.
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At least for today, spring remains only a rumor

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-02-24 06:09
Mother Nature is such a tease.

First she gave us that awful Saturday, with snow arriving before noon and making afternoon driving an adventure.

But then she offered something of an olive branch with a delightful Sunday afternoon, with almost a hint of spring in the air as a brilliant sun melted a lot of that snow.

A couple of things put a smile on my face on Sunday. First, I actually heard some birds chirping. Second, I did something I have not in months. I actually cracked the window in the car. That's how nice it was.

Then yesterday I saw an update from our weather partner. The folks at AccuWeather declared that relief from this cold weather might be on the way, that temperatures could in fact ease up in March.

The problem, as I discovered this morning, is that March - and the possibility of it coming in like a lamb - does not arrive until Sunday.

This morning I was jarred when I walked out the door at just how cold it was. I had to take a second glace at the odometer when the thermometer told me it was 1 degree out. After I got out onto the road, it actually once again hit the 0 degree mark, before rallying to 3 degrees as I got closer to the office.

Want an idea at just how cold February has been? PECO yesterday checked in with some heating numbers for the past couple of weeks. They aren't pretty.

PECO says the bitter cold caused a record-breaking demand for natural gas by their heating customers. On Feb. 15 customer demand for natural gas totaled 777,456 cubic feet and on Feb.19, natural gas demand totaled 766,365 cubic feet, surpassing the previous all-time winter daily total of 759,660 Mcf set during the Polar Vortex on Jan. 7, 2014.

It got me to thinking about last winter, and just how miserable it was.

This winter has actually been colder, but I'll take the cold over all that snow. Still, I'm ready for spring.

And I continue to dread one thing, and PECO is right in the middle of it.

Any day now I am going to get my electric bill for the last month. I live in an all-electric house that is heated with an electric heat pump. They're great, except for when it gets really cold. That's when they switch over to "emergency" heat, and the cost goes through the roof.

Speaking of heating records, I figure I am in store for a shocker from Reddy Killowatt.

I can only hope that AccuWeather is right, and that relief is around the corner. But first we have to get through this week, which will continue to feature near-record lows almost every morning.

Here's the latest forecast.
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You Ought to Be in Pictures! 10 Jobs on the Big and Small Screen

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-02-23 16:20
If Sunday night’s Academy Awards have you thinking that you belong on the silver screen, you’re in luck.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bill Would Privatize Pa. Liquor Sales

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-02-23 15:33
The House Liquor Control Committee on Monday passed a bill that would privatize liquor, wine and beer sales in Pennsylvania.
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LMHS Honored as 'Model Professional Learning Community'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-02-23 14:37
LMHS was one of only 200 schools in the United States and Canada to receive the distinction, Lower Merion School District said.
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PECO: Natural Gas Usage Hit All-Time High Last Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-02-23 14:01
We used a record-breaking amount of natural gas to heat our homes during last week’s brutal cold, PECO said Monday.
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President Obama names Haverford native Secret Service director

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-02-23 13:17
The Haverford man who has temporarily led the Secret Service in recent months has now been named to the position permanently, The New York Times reports.
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Lower Merion, Narberth residents voice opposition to LMSD tax hike

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-02-23 10:36
ARDMORE >> A movement appears to be growing opposing the latest proposed school district tax hike.
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THON 2015 Raises More Than $13M

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-02-23 10:35
The money will go to the fight against pediatric cancer.
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On the Main Line: Today's top local news

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-02-23 10:31
Editor's note: This live blog originally appeared on Main Line Media News' Tumblr -- onthemainline.tumblr.com
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Feb. 23

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-02-23 08:10
The Daily Numbers: 466, as in House Bill 466, the latest push to privatize booze sales in Pa. It will be voted on by House committee today.

12,527 liquor law offenses in 2013. Those do not include DUIs. The number is down 13 percent from 2012.

5 billion dollars in Transportation Improvement Programs on tap in Delco with a big boost in that fund created by the Transportation package passed last fall.

30 dollar per car toll being considered to attack infrastructure problems in Missouri.

100 students evacuated from dorm at Cheyney University after police say was an intentionally set fire.

4 people hurt after car collides with CSX train in Darby Borough.

10,000 members and 23,000 individuals at the new Haverford YMCA, which is causing parking problems.

4-0 vote by commissioners to allow zoning changes to allow more parking at the facility.

3 dollar hike in price of admission to Disneyland in Calif. It will now cost $99, up from $96.

105 dollars to get into Disney World in Floa., up from $99.

120 single homes and 230 townhouses at heart of development planned for Don Guanella property in Marple.

3-2 win for Flyers over Capitals on late goal by Michael Del Zotto.

103-98 loss for the Sixers to Orlando.

31 points and 14 rebounds for Nick Vucevic, who was drafted by the Sixers.

55-39 loss for Temple at Tulsa.

68-64 setback for La Salle vs. Saint Louis.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Raise your hand if you’re becoming a big Villanova fan. They look like our only chance of good sports news.

I Don’t Get It: Still not sure I get Cole Hamels.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to State House Speaker Mike Turzai, who is taking up the battle for liquor privatization again today.

Quote Box: “It’s almost a laughable offense.”

- State Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161, on laws making it illegal to buy booze out of state and bring it back into Pa.
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Liquor privatization issue heats up again

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-02-23 07:36
Mike Turzai is looking like a guy who will not take no for an answer.

Last year Allegheny Republican was the driving force behind something that had never happened before in Harrisburg. Turzai pushed a measure through the Pa. House that called for privatization of the sale of alcohol in the state.

That's right, it's been talked about forever. But neither the Pa. House or Senate had ever done it. Until last fall.

Unfortunately, the bill stalled in the Senate, in part a victim to wheeling and dealing surrounding a $2 billion Transportation package.

Now Turzai is Speaker of the House. And it's clear he has no intention of giving up on this push to get Pensylvania out of the booze business.

The House Liquor Control Committee today is expected to discuss and vote on Turzai's House Bill 466, his latest push to blow up the LCB. Here is an overview.

In the meantime, a couple of Delaware County pols are pushing a separate measure that will dump one of the most hated aspects of Pennsylvania laws on alcohol sales.

Currently it is illegal for Pa. residents to purchase booze out of state and bring it back across the border, despite the fact that this is a longtime tradition in many border areas.

Nowhere does that happen more than on the Delco border with Delaware. Just a stone's throw from the lower end of the county sits several liquor and wine superstores, such as Total Wine, in Claymont, Del., that feature better selection and usually cheaper prices. Any quick perusal of the license plates in the store parking lot reveals tons of Pa. plates.

In the past, the LCB actually used to go so far as to dispatch agents to stop cars coming back into Pa. The fines for this modern-day version of border booze runners can be steep.

Now Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161

, of Ridley Park, and Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, are pushing to take away the fines connected with such border runs. Our position on privatization is pretty clear. The Heron's Nest is one of its biggest boosters. I don't know if Turzai is going to be successful, but I wish him luck.

At a minimum, the move to end the penalties for transporting booze across state lines should be a no-brainer.

We'll keep you updated on the privatization battle today from the state capital.
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Save the Mickey Vernon Museum!

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-02-23 06:53
Delaware County is about to lose a true treasure.

With most of the Granite Run Mall about to go under the wrecking ball, tenants are looking at having to relocate.

One of those just happens to be one of the county's true gems. That would be the Mickey Vernon Museum, home to a treasure trove of Delco sports memorabilia.

We like to brag about our sports section here at the Daily Times as "Delaware County's Sports Authority." We've contributed a lot to the museum, making it a "must visit" for any local sports fan.

Now the museum needs a new home.

Longtime local author and sports writer Rich Westcott does a great job of bringing this issue to the public on our op-ed page today.

Now we need to find a home for the museum.

I know that Delaware County can do this. What's needed are some ideas.

What do you think, Delco? We can't afford to let this local treasure disappear. Let's save the Mickey Vernon Museum!
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Your morning report from the icy roads

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-02-23 05:19
This morning we are paying the price for that beautiful thaw we had Sunday afternoon.

Anything that melted has now frozen over again.

The main roads that I traveled on my early a.m. commute were fine, but I can tell you that there is a lot of standing water out there, and it has all frozen solid. That would include sidewalks and parking lots. If you see something that looks wet, you can pretty much count on it being ice.

The real problem is on side roads, especially in spots where melting snow has run across the road. The dropping temperatures overnight has turned those little streams of water into solid ice. If you happen to hit one of them - especially on a turn as I do at several spots - can be a problem.

Still, I have to admit that after spending Sunday morning digging out from Saturday's snow storm and clearing the end of the driveway where the snow plow piled so much of the snow, Sunday afternoon was almost like a harbinger of spring.

As I walked into the house Sunday afternoon after a trip to the grocery store, I actually heard birds chirping.

Spring can't be far behind.

Unfortunately, it's not going to get here this week.

We're looking at another cold week.

Here's the latest forecast.

Be careful out there on the roads this morning.
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New Cezanne Works Discovered at Barnes Foundation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-02-22 10:01
The unfinished sketches were found during a recent paper conservation treatment, the museum said. They will be on display starting in April.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service-Movie Review and Trailer

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-02-22 09:01
Cinema Siren says with director Matthew Vaughn's great new release, it's time to get your Bond spoof on!
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waiting for spring

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-02-21 18:50

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TESD: Here Comes the Sunshine Act and It’s Alright

After researching the issue and speaking with experts, a nonpartisan group of six residents (Ray Clarke, Neal Colligan, Jerry Henige, Barb Jackson, Peggy Layden and myself) believed the School Board deliberations at the TESD February 3, 2015 board meeting violated the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act. On February 13, 2105 via Certified Mail, a thoughtfully written letter […]
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