Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 1

The Daily Numbers: 1, as in April 1, Happy April Fools’ Day!

27, age of girlfriend of slain Darby Borough Officer Mark Hudson. She now is charged in his shooting death.

1st and 3rd degree murder charges filed against Tyaina Finch.

50 entities believed to have expressed an interest in buying the Crozer-Keystone Health System.

5 hospitals operated by the system.

6,000 employees, including 1,100 doctors, in the Crozer system.

30,000 dollar reduction in cost expected by County Council in electric costs in deal to shift service to PPL.

2.3 million dollars, how much Delco plans to spend in 2016 on energy to all county facilities.

83, age of victim in fatal fire in Darby Township.

38,000 dollar Medicaid scam charged to Sharon Hill man.

2 people found dead in a Montco home. They had been hacked with a chain saw.

40,000 dollar annual pension for former Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett.

4 firefighters taken hostage by fellow fireman in Montco. He had been fired from his post. He surrendered without incident.

103 million dollars, how much Mayor Nutter want to raise for Philly schools by raising property taxes.

60-57 loss for Temple to Miami at the NIT semifinals.

30 years to the day when Villanova stunned the world - and Georgetown - in the NCAA final.

4 homers surrendered by Phils’ pitchers vs. Blue Jays in Grapefruit League loss.

2.3 million dollar deal for WR Miles Austin with the Eagles.

3 times in his career that Austin has been able to suit up for all 16 games.

47 passes for 568 yards and 2 TDs last year for Austin with the Browns.

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

Temple is now out. We’re left with only the Phillies. How long ‘til NFL Draft Day again?

I Don’t Get It: Kids taking and posting naked pictures of themselves and friends online. I don’t it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to everyone who manages to avoid some kind of silly April Fools’ joke today.

Quote Box: “Babe, I don’t think I’m going to make it.”

- Last words of Darby Borough Officer Mark Hudson, according to his girlfriend. She’s now charged in his death.

The naked truth about the Internet

I am reminded once again how glad I am I grew up when I did.

There was no Internet when I was a kid.

Look, I was a numbskull. I did a lot of dumb things. Of course, I can deny all of them now that I am well into 'dad' mode.

Or, as I always used to tell my kids, "Do as I say, not as I did."

The truth is neither my son or daughter caused their mother or I a fraction of the grief I caused my parent.

Or maybe they just didn't tell us.

As for my exploits, I now enjoy total deniability. There is no evidence.

That is not often the case today.

Almost everything we do is captured on video, including some things that once would be considered inconceivable.

Am I the only person who is not posting nude pictures of himself on the Internet?

The latest saga of cyber hijinks comes to us from North Penn High School in Lansdale.

It seems several young men there were posting pictures of nude or semi-nude female classmates on an Internet file-sharing site DropBox.

Now the school is in an uproar, meetings are being held with between the students and principal after a threatened walkout was short-circuited, and police are investigating.

I will offer these kids the same advice I give to every group of students I address.

Be very careful what you do - and post - online.

Privacy? Forget it.

I doubt the girls depicted in some of these photos ever expected to see them show up on the Internet.

That's part of the problem. The Internet is something akin to the Wild, Wild West.

Once something gets posted, it is almost impossible to get back. Take it from someone who makes mistakes online very morning. Thankfully, most of my errors are simple typos.

I guess you could suggest that these kids should not be taking these pictures in the first place. But kids often do dumb things. I know. I was a kid once. A couple of lifetimes ago.

But the Internet has changed everything.

An image you thought you were sharing with your boyfriend or someone else can - with the click of a mouse - be shared with the world. "Those pictures were supposed to be private," said one 18-year-old high school student.

That's the problem. With the Internet, nothing is really private.

"They did not know it would be posted online for everyone to see."

They do now.

Keep that in mind. If you don't want the world to read it, or see it, don't post it online.

It's no joke for Kathleen Kane

One person who no doubt wishes today's news was some kind of April Fools' joke would be state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The state Supreme Court gave her a serious setback yesterday, ruling against her claim while saying a Montgomery County judge had the legal authority to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her dealings - specifically leaks from her office.

That same grand jury, you may remember, recommended Kane face criminal charges in the case.

You can get all the details here.

The ball now goes back into the lap of Montco District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. It will be her call as to whether or not to file charges against the state's top law enforcement officer.

Kane's spokesman Lanny Davis issued a statement on her behalf, saying that "we have faith in the judicial system and that the district attorney of Montgomery County will look at the evidence and the law and find that Attorney General Kane is innocent of any violations of the law."

The vote on the high court was 4-1 against Kane, with the only justice ruling in her favor being Judge Debra M. Todd. Another Democrat, Max Baer, joined his GOP colleagues Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, Michael H. Eakin and Correale Stevens in ruling against Kane.

Ferman has given no indication on a timetable for when she might rule on whether to file charges against Kane.

Mother Nature's April Fools' joke

Happy April Fools' Day!

If you're expecting a prank, you've come to the wrong place. I've seen way too many newspapers and websites get themselves in all kinds of hot water by what they thought was a clever April 1 parody, which wound up just one more offensive glitch in what is becoming an increasingly touchy area.

Actually, I thought the tech gods already were conspiring to pull the wool over my eyes. The Internet was out in the building when I got into the office this morning. It's amazing how dependent we are today on technology. Luckily, the outage, which started late last night, was corrected fairly quickly. One disaster averted.

The other isn't so easy.

I figure we've already been subject to a classic April Fools' stunt.

Courtesy of Mother Nature.

Yes, I am still wearing a winter coat to work. I routinely refuse to don a winter coat before Thanksgiving. I would like to think I could have put it in the closet by now. Wrong again. I refuse to put on gloves, although I could use them.

My car odometer read a balmy 31 degrees when I got to work.

I have not even thought of pulling out the golf sticks yet.

Very funny, Mother Nature.

The forecast looks like we're going to be in this pattern through the weekend. While we might hit the 60s tomorrow, the weekend will bring more of the same old chilly weather, with the high on Easter Sunday struggling to hit the low 50s.

It's the winter that won't end, and I find nothing 'foolish' about it.

Here's your full forecast.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, March 31

The Daily Numbers: 85,000 dollars, amount the Delco D.A. said was scammed during a massive insurance fraud ring in the county.

11 people now facing charges in connection with the case.

4 years, how long the D.A. had the Darby Borough auto repair shop at center of probe under investigation.

3 years of planning that went into the county’s new open space plan, which was rolled out Monday night.

1,100 pages in the report.

22 million dollars worth of improvements to county park system over the next 30 years.

558,979 people living in the county as of 2010.

27, age of girlfriend of slain Darby Borough Officer Mark Hudson. She now faces charges in connection with a domestic incident last summer. No charges have been filed in his shooting death.

1 worker killed during an accident Monday at the Sunoco Logistics plant in Marcus Hook.

11 buildings being knocked down at MacDade Boulevard and Kedron Avenue to make way for a new Wawa.

38 million dollars awarded to family members of of 2 women killed by co-worker in shooting at food plant.

1 person killed during bizarre incident at the NSA headquarters at Ford Meade in Maryland.

113-111 loss for the Sixers at the hands of the Lakers.

1 year extension for Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans.

18-4 rout of the Phils by the Pirates in game that also featured bench-clearing brawl.

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

Just a few more days before we see those exciting 2015 Phils. If Dom Brown starts season on the DL, the Phils’ starting outfield will count 7 home runs among all 3 last season.

I Don’t Get It: A bench-clearing brawl in an exhibition game? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Delco D.A. for bringing the hammer down on a massive auto repair insurance fraud ring.

Quote Box: “The fire house gave him something positive to do, rather than standing around on the street corner.”

- Yeadon Fire Chief Mike DiIenno, on slain Darby Officer Mark Hudson, who also was a volunteer firefighter.

In Ridley, they gotta have another Wawa!

That didn't take long.

Obviously, Wawa doesn't mess around.

Maybe it's the presence of that upstart Royal Farms, which has recently opened its first locations in the county and is planning several more.

They already are locked in something of a gas war in Ridley, with the Wawa next to the municipal building on Morton Avenue and the nearby Royal Farms store consistently selling gas cheaper than even other local Wawas.

And now Wawa will have some new ammo on the war.

They are in the process of demolishing buildings at the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Route 420 (Kedron Avenue), across the street from Nifty Fifties. Yes, it will be another super store, complete with gas pumps. Here are the details.

It seems like just a few weeks ago that we took our 'Live From the Newsroom' show to the Delco Let There Be Rock School for a special show featuring Audra McLaughlin.

The school has relocated to a spot on MacDade Boulevard.

The bulldozers have leveled their old home and the rest of the intersection.

You know what they say, Gotta Havva Wawa!

Now if they could just figure out the deal with that proposed store on Baltimore Pike on the eastern edge of Media Borough.

More info on killing of Darby officer

The mystery surrounding the death of Darby Borough Police Officer Mark Hudson is beginning to clear up.

No one has been charged in the fatal shooting that took his life, but officials have charged his girlfriend, who was in the house at the time of the shooting, in connection with a domestic incident with the officer last summer.

You can get all the details here.

It's clear there was more than a little strife in the home of Mark Hudson. Now his girlfriend is facing assault and terroristic threat charges from an incident in which she brandished a knife and threatened to kill him.

No charges have yet been filed in the murder. It remains under investigation.