Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, July 24

The Daily Numbers: 29, age of McDonald’s worker in Radnor who now faces charges of selling crack cocaine from the parking lot.

11, age of youth who walked into Upper Darby Police substation to show authorities injuries he allegedly received from his mom, who is charged with beating him with her fists and a belt.

27 lacerations on the boy’s body.

45 members of the Chester Cheetahs track club who are headed to a national Junior Olympic competition in Iowa.

1.8 percent uptick in ridership on SEPTA’s regional rail lines.

36.7 million trips taken on the rail system in fiscal year 2013.

330 million riders on SEPTA’s trains, buses and trolleys

2.1 percent decline in ridership overall.

13 million dollar profit for Delta Air Lines’ Monroe Energy in the 2nd quarter.

889 million dollar profit for Delta in the quarter, fueled by the refinery.

600 registered nurses who continue to negotiate a new deal with Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

5.1 percent decline in home sales in Delco in 1st 6 months of 2014.

2,571 sales in that span here in Delco.

4,099 sales for Montco, 3,025 for Bucks and 2,713 for Chester County. All those are declines.

6 traffic judges in Philly acquitted on charges in a ticket-fixing case.

4 judges convicted of lying to authorities.

26 point dip for the stock market yesterday.

61 percent surge in revenue for Facebook in the quarter, up to $2.91 billion.

8 shutout innings from starter A.J. Burnett by the Phils, who fell 3-1 to the Giants.

2 straight nights Jonathan Papelbon has failed to get the job done.

7 hits for the Phils, who did not have Ryan Howard in the lineup.

4 straight losses for the Phils. They’ve now dropped 7 of last 8.

1 more day until start of Eagles Training Camp.

4 games to be missed by starting right tackle Lane Johnson, who got caught using a banned substance.

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

Jonathan Papelbon, who has been money in the bank all year, picked a very bad time to go in the tank. He suffered a 2nd straight meltdown last night, just as Ruben Amaro Jr. no doubt would like to move him for some prospects.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those holding a fundraiser Saturday night for hit-run victim Christopher Brooks. He was badly injured, losing part of his right leg, and the fundraiser will help him acquire a prosthetic leg.

Quote Box: “He was essentially working at the McDonald’s and when not working on the crew and preparing food he was out in the rear parking lot selling crack cocaine.”

- Radnor Lt. Andy Block, on arrest of fast-food worker.

A salute to Wawa No. 1

We used our editorial page today to note the passing of a Delco icon.

The very first Wawa convenience store, located on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley, will close its doors when a new 'Super Wawa' opens its doors a couple of blocks away.

Wawa has managed to do something unique in business, something in fact that I hope this newspaper and website also have attained.

They've become an intimate part of their customers' lives.

We don't go to the convenience store. We make Wawa runs.

It's really that simple.

Here's our editorial salute to a little piece of Delco history.

It's time to vote for Best of Delco!

This is the day that a lot of Delco businesses wait patiently for each year.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Or at least your voting.

We kick off voting in our annual Best of Delco competition today.

Here's a story that runs down some of the new wrinkles in this year's competition, including one that I love that involves - what else? - selfies!

You can vote online here.

Paper ballots will be available at many local businesses and will appear in a special section that will be inserted in Friday's Daily Times.

Make sure your vote is counted!

Nothing going right for Amaro, Phils

Things just don't get any easier for Ruben Amaro Jr.

He brought back lefty ace Cliff Lee for a cameo appearance before the trade deadline and he got shelled. Lee likely will get just one more start before next week's trade deadline.

One of the very few chips Amaro has in his arsenal that could bring the Phils the prospects they so desperately need is closer Jonathan Papelbon. Unfortunately, the closer picked an awful time to careen off the tracks. For the second straight night, Papelbon was part of a 9th inning meltdown that cost the Phils a game.

In the meantime, the Phils wasted a gem from A.J. Burnett, who shut out the Giants for eight innings.

Dennis Deitch has all the details as this gruesome Phillies season threatens to go completely off a cliff.

In the meantime, we used our 'Live From the Newsroom' show last night to preview Eagles Training Camp.

Beat writer Bob Grotz was joined by local sports talk radio host Billy Werndl, from WCHE 1520-AM out in West Chester.

Both Grotz and Werndl expect the Birds to be a playoff team, but not quite Super Bowl material.

My special thanks to longtime Eagles season ticker holder Bob Rostron of Media, who joined us and gave us some great insight from a fan's view as expectations are running off the charts on what is a much-anticipated season.

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 23

The Daily Numbers: 15-30 years for 1 of 2 Chester brothers charged in the fatal shooting of a man in Darby Borough.

16,000-square-foot rail transfer box a company wants to build in Chester as part of its trash-burning expansion plans. The plan will not be voted on tonight by Chester City Council.

500,000 tons of municipal garbage Covanta wants to bring to Chester from New York City.

80 megawatts of electricity created from the trash burning.

0.2 general fund surplus for the county that led Standard & Poor’s to affirm its AA credit rating.

3rd DUI charge for a Philadelphia man after he was involved in a crash in Upper Darby.

34, age of Philly man charged in a road rage incident in Collingdale that police say escalated into a stabbing.

11 a.m., when a teen walking on Providence Road in Nether Providence reports a man tried to get her to get into his car.

2 hearings set Wednesday and Thursday on plans to construct pipeline to get oil being delivered by train to Eddystone to the Monroe Energy plant in Trainer.

7th death now being attributed to last summer’s deadly building collapse in Philly. A man who died several weeks later has filed suit.

0 flights from the U.S. to Tel Aviv yesterday after the FAA placed a 24-ban because of the fear of rockets near the airport.

61 point gain for the stock market despite international turmoil yesterday.

15 percent boost for Comcast revenue.

14 innings, how long it took for the Phils to fall to the Giants last night.

3rd blown save for Jonathan Papelbon, who surrendered a lead in the 9th to send the game to extra innings.

6-7 mark for the Phillies in extra inning game this year.

43-57 overall record for Phils, an ugly 14 games under .500

2 days until Eagles report to training camp

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

Eagles Training Camp can’t get here soon enough.

I Don’t Get It: How does someone who already has 2 DUI convictions get back behind the wheel while impaired? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Delco, which had its AA credit rating affirmed by Standard & Poor’s

Quote Box: “I just want to say sorry to his mom.”

- Jermaine Roberts, after being sentenced in fatal shooting of Darby Borough man.

A pizza question for Delco history buffs

Today we have a question from a longtime reader.

I didn't know the answer so I thought I'd put it out there for our readers.

Pat Lane is trying to get some information on an old pizza shop in Chester. She believes it was on either Seventh and Morton or maybe Ninth and Morton in Chester back in the mid-'60s. It was called ReDavid's and may have had a bar attached.

Here's the kicker. Pat's mouth still waters for intoxicating mix of cheeses they used on their pies.

"To this day, I have never had a pizza as good as those from ReDavid," Par said.

I know how she feels. I'm a dedicated Grotto fan. Every time in Rehoboth (which is not nearly enough) I have to get my Grotto slice. Their pizza has a distinctive 'zing' to it from the combination of cheese they use. For some reason, it always tastes better at the beach. It doesn't seem as good in Wilmington or Newark.

Any how, can someone help Pat out? Post a comment and I will try to relay it to her.

'Live From the Newsroom' previews Eagles training camp

You can stick a fork in the Phillies. Last night's 14th inning loss was almost too painful to watch.

Even Jonathan Papelbon, who has beeen Mr. Dependable this year, coughed up a lead in the 9th and the Phils eventually fell in 14.

Luckily, we bring relief to suffering Philly fans.

The Eagles report for training camp in just two days.

That's right, Year Two of the Chip Kelly Era is on the horizon.

To celebrate, we’ll have our Eagles beat writer Bob Grotz join us tonight to preview the Birds Training Camp. Also on our Birds panel will be local sports radio talk show host Billy Werndl, a longtime presence in Philly sports media who hosts Sports Talk of Chester Couty on WCHE-1520 AM in West Chester, as well as a longtime season ticket holder, Bob Ristron.

We'll also tell you which practices will be open to fans, and whether or not you need tickets. Longtime fans will want to get the details on a special open practice the team will hold at their old home on the Penn campus. That, of course would be Franklin Field.

In the meantime, if you have a question you'd like answered about the Birds, email it to me at and I'll put it to our Eagles authority, Bob Grotz.

Then tune in at 7 and take part in our live chat.