Thursday, August 21, 2014

Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 21

The Daily Numbers: 8-1 loss for Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons to Las Vegas last night in Little League World Series. They’re not done yet. If they win tonight they will get a rematch.

3 runs and 6 hits given up by Davis in just 2 1/3 innings of work. She would be eligible to pitch again on Saturday.

34,128 fans who jammed all the seats and the grassy outfield slope to watch the Taney Dragons.

25,157 people who went through turnstiles yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank park to watch Phillies.

29, age of man busted in ‘Ninja’ attack on his former boss in Upper Providence.

19, age of volunteer firefighter who waived his preliminary hearing on arson charges yesterday. He’s charged in connection with 3 fires.

2 brothers charged in different slayings in Darby Borough and Chester.

15, age of teen a 57-year-old Del. man thought he was going to meet in Delco. Instead he wound up being stung by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

2 year minimum prison term being sought by local DAs for possession of illegal guns.

75,000 dollar fine for theft of $200 in casino chips tossed out by court in Pittsburgh.

17 billion dollars to be paid by Bank of America in connection with mortgage fraud.

51 UPS stores that say their computers were breached by malware, making some customers’ information vulnerable.

4.5 million patients of hospital in Community Health Systems, including 20 hospitals in Pa., that were breached by computer hackers.

59 point boost for the stock market yesterday.

4-3 come-from-behind win for Phils on day when Cole Hamels was not at his best.

3 runs on 9 hits in just 5 innings for Hamels.

1.75 million dollar value put on the Philadelphia Eagles franchise by Forbes magazine.

185 million, what Jeff Lurie paid for the team 20 years ago.

7th, where Birds rank in terms of NFL franchises.

11 million dollar deal for Bimbo Bakeries to continue as jersey sponsor of the Philadelphia Union.

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

The kids from Taney Dragons are not perfect. They lost last night. But they’re not done. It’s a double-elimination tourney and they get another shot to stay alive by winning tonight. If they do they will get a rematch with those kids from Vegas.

I Don’t Get It: Yes, those are the school openings we are listing in the paper today. Summer is coming to an end. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby police and Mayor Tom Micozzie for throwing a party for local kids with free water ice and a movie. Well done.

Quote Box: “This was a targeted attack. He was lying in wait for this man.”

- Upper Providence Det. Michael Langdale, on ‘Ninja’ attack on township resident.

Yes, the editor is all wet! 'Live From the Newsroom' takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It was a dream come true last night for County Councilman John McBlain.

The Republican pol could not resist the opportunity to confirm what local Republicans have suspected for some time - the editor of the Daily Times is all wet.

Actually I was a lot wetter after McBlain joined Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood and former Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young soak me as 'Live From the Newsroom' took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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

Before we got to the chilly finale - yes, folks, even on a muggy August night, buckets of ice water are indeed cold - I wanted to take the opportunity to shed some light on this dreaded disease, and the people who are involved in the fight against it, especially here in the Philadelphia area.

It was my honor to be joined on the show by Lauren Stevenson, a board member with the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Lauren shed some light on the astounding success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has already raised over $31 million. She was also able to explain to our viewers just what ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is and how it attacks the body's muscles, incapacitating its victims in a slow downward spiral.

Stevenson noted that it's ironic how this summer, amid the astounding success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, we also are marking the 75th anniversary of baseball great Lou Gehrig's famous retirement speech, in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." ALS is now often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, after one of its most famous victims. Three-quarters of a century later, the search for a cure to this killer goes on.

We also got a very special look at the face of ALS. We were joined by Nina Kelly, and her husband, Mark, who is battling the disease. Nina and Mark provided a moving look at the devastating effects ALS has on families, and the lift provided this summer by the publicity surrounding the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The whole thing got Young, who saw first-hand the issues some of our local school districts have every year amid crushing budget constraints, to suggest maybe an Ice Bucket Challenge for Schools.

Sign me up.

My thanks to all involved last night.

If it would mean a cure, and a light at end of the tunnel for families like the Kellys and hundreds of others, I would let every Republican in Delaware County line up and dump ice water on my head.

Don't take that literally, John!

P.S.: By the way, if you want to join in the fun, you can make a donation to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, by going to their website here. And the person who makes the biggest donation and mentions the Daily Times and ‘Live From the Newsroom’ will win four great tickets to an upcoming Philadelphia Union game at PPL Park in Chester, along with a parking pass, courtesy of Delaware County Council!

Some good news out of Upper Darby

There are not many days that you can't pick up the newspaper and find all manner of bizarre crime stories emanating out of Upper Darby.

Part of that is because the superintendent of police, Mike Chitwood, is probably about as media friendly a guy with a badge as you'll find.

Last night he even found the time time to join me as I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

But the day before, he had called me with a different kind of request.

He was looking for some coverage of an event the township was doing for local kids. What it amounted to was free water ice and a movie, offered by Chitwood and Mayor Tom Micozzie.

I get requests like this all the time. The truth is we often are unable to cover them.

But I can admit that I wanted to cover this story. You'll find it here today.

It would be easy to get the wrong impression about Upper Darby from all the crime stories we run out of there. The same thing often happens with our coverage of Chester.

I know I have an obligation to show that there is another side to these towns, and in fact every town in Delaware County.

It's not easy.

Did these smiling kids make Page 1? No. But they are right there today in all their glory on Page 4.

It was a nice thing for the township to do. And it deserved to be covered by the local paper.

I was glad we were there.

A setback for Taney Dragons, but a big step forward on race relations

So Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are not perfect.

Actually, these Philly kids who have rocketed to fame - and the cover of Sports Illustrated (yep, rack up another one for the jinx) - have taught us something very important in the process.

Mo'ne did not have her best stuff last night, and the Dragons hit into some tough luck and great defense as they fell Vegas, 8-1.

It's the things that Mo'ne and her teammates do off the field that we will most remember.

In fact, we'd go so far as to say we could learn a lot about race relations from the Taney Dragons.

We're doing so today on our editorial page.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Aug. 20

The Daily Numbers: 100,000 dollars cash bail for man charged in Upper Darby bank heist. He was caught in traffic counting his money.

100 educators who worked on a technology-based new education program that was rolled out by state officials at Garnet Valley .

6, age of boy who took stand at start of trial for Philadelphia man in connection with an attempted luring in Upper Darby.

20, age of man charged with slashing another patron at the library in Ridley Township.

1, as in No. 1, ranking for Radnor School District in statewide testing.

22 children who heard all about the advantages of early education services yesterday in Upper Darby.

70 percent of kids in Delco ages 3 and 4 do not have access to early education programs.

1 graze wound suffered by a Philly officer in a street confrontation early Tuesday. The suspect was shot dead.

1,200, death toll now from Ebola virus in West Africa.

96, age of longtime Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who died this week.

80 point jump for the Dow yesterday, closing at 16,919.59

31 of August, when Showboat Casino in Atlantic City will close its doors.

3 A.C. casinos that either have closed or soon will be.

2,133 people out of work from the Showboat move.

3,100 more getting pink slips from the nearby Revel Casino, which is closing the same week.

65,000 dollars divided among 6 youth groups in settlement of bias claims against the now-closed Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley.

0, total number of losses of both Taney Dragons and Las Vegas, who collide tonight in Little League World Series.

13, age of female phenom Mo’Ne Davis, who will be on the hill tonight for Taney. She also just happens to be on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

5-2 loss for the Phillies to the Mariners last night.

5 runs on 6 hits over 7 2/3 innings surrendered by A.J. Burnett.

4 hits, 0 runs surrendered by Mariners’ starter Hisashi Iwakuma.

0 for 4 to cool off Ben Revere, dropping his batting average to .313.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan. Ruben Amaro Jr. yesterday actually placed Dom Brown in the same sentence with Mike Schmidt. Enough said.

I Don’t Get It: ‘Outside agitators.’ It’s the same old story being played out in Ferguson, Mo. They are not helping the situation.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Taney Dragons as they seek to move forward tonight in the Little League World Series.

Quote Box: “I don’t think he’ll ever play again."

- A joking Chip Kelly, when asked about the turf toe injury LeSean McCoy is dealing with. He was joking, right?

Your chance to prove the editor is all wet: 'Live From Newsroom' takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The guess here is that there are more than a few people who believe the editor of this newspaper and website is all wet. Their wish will come true tonight.

And there probably is no shortage of people who would like nothing better than to dump a bucket of ice cold water over me head.

Again, tonight is your night!

That's my way of saying that I will be offering myself up to that social media phenomenon, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, tonight on our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom.'
It's all a fundraiser for the war on ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, probably better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

It's a debilitating disease that robs the body of its muscle control. Unfortunately, it always ends the same way.

First we'll talk to some folks from the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia. They'll tell us how this wildly popular event got started, and just how much money has been raised so far.

Philly ALS Board Member Lauren Stevenson as well as staffer Patti Lake Quinn will join us for the show to talk about their efforts in battling this killer disease.

Then it will be on to the main event.

Yes, I will be standing outside the Daily Times building tonight about 7:30 having a bucket of ice cold water dumped on my head.

If you would like to get involved and get in line to soak the editor, all you have to do is pony up $25 for the ALS Society of Philadelphia. You can make a donation by going to their website here.

I'll be kicking in $25 of my own - as opposed to the $100 you're on the hook for if you chicken out and don't take the challenge.

Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood is already committed to being first in line. County Councilman John McBlain also will be on tap to douse this grizzled scribe.

I'm sure there are a few more local police chiefs out there who don't think quite as highly of what we do here at the Daily Times. Line up for your shot at the editor, folks.

Maybe McBlain will bring GOP chief Andy Reilly with him. I'm sure Andy would love to get some revenge for all those times we've referred to him as the GOP 'boss,' which he hates. If you want in on the fun, shoot me an email.

Or if you'd just like to be part of the spectacle, drop by for our live show Wednesday night at 7. We'll be right in front of the building in beautiful downtown Primos.

Mo'Ne Davis and Taney Dragons: Feel-good sports story of the year

I need to make a correction.

Yesterday in this space I asked if sports fans would be tuned to the Phillies or the Taney Dragons as they continue to seek the crown in the Little League World Series.

A reader reminded me that fans actually don't have that dilemma, not that it was much of a problem.

The Phillies play this afternoon, and will then clear the stage for the feel-good story of the year so far in sports.

I am trying to remember what I was like as a 13-year-old Little Leaguer.

I assure you I was a knucklehead, full of myself and thinking I was all that and a bag of chips as a baseball player. I made our all-star teams and went on to play varsity baseball in college.

And I am here to tell you I could not carry Mo'Ne Davis' j---, uh, never mind. That metaphor won't work.

Let's just say I am in awe of this young woman's poise as she has exploded on a national stage.

Yes, that is Mo'Ne Davis gracing the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.

She done and said just about everything right.

And that is before she steps on the field.

Tonight she will once again rear back and unleash that nasty 70 mph fastball on a very good team, undefeated team from Las Vegas.

I will be rooting for her and the rest of the Taney Dragons.

We certainly could use a winner.

Mo'Ne and the Dragons have delivered.

Go get 'em, guys.

And girl!