Friday, January 30, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Jan. 30

The Daily Numbers: 3 suspects who will go on trial starting today for the murder of Rite Aid store manager Jason McClay.

400 students who currently attend the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. That would increase to 850 under the DCIU expansion plan for their Aston campus.

45,000 dollars donated to Mother of Providence students in Wallingford by several local businesses tied to the BLOCS program.

100 supporters who turned out in Chester to hear incumbent Mayor John Linder announce his re-election campaign. He faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from longtime state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159.

23 years for the annual Philly pre-Super Bowl bacchanal, Wing Bowl.

363 wings scarfed down by last year’s winner, Molly Schuyler. She’s the only female in the contest this year.

1.8 million dollars made from illegal pill mill operation by a Philly doctor, according to federal charges.

62-36 vote by which the Senate OK’d the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

2 dead in massive gas blast that rocked a hospital in Mexico.

225.48 point boost for the Dow Jones yesterday.

81, age of ‘60s poet Rod McKuen, who died yesterday.

5-2 win for the Flyers over the Jets.

3 straight wins for the Orange & Black.

1,000 points in her career for Maddie Thornton of Chichester. Kudos to her!

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

Who needs the Super Bowl when you have Wing Bowl?

I Don’t Get It: Maybe it’s me, but I liked Wing Bowl more without all the strippers.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those local businesses who stepped up with $45,000 in donations to Mother of Providence School in Wallingford as part of the BLOCS progam. It’s all part of Catholic Schools Week.

Quote Box: “The people endorsed me when they pushed that button three years ago. The people spoke about politics in this city when they voted for me.”

- Chester Mayor John Linder, announcing his re-election campaign.

Another Wing-Ding in South Philly

It is Philadelphia's day in the national limelight.

No, we did not make the Super Bowl. Again. The Eagles fell woefully short, inflicting more pain on their long-suffering fans with an epic late-season collapse that kept them out of the playoffs.

To salve our wounds, today the city once again will embrace a local tradition that focuses on two things:

Wings and Breasts.

Yes, it is time once again for Wing Bowl.

The wildly successful promotion dreamed up by Al Morganti and the rest of the gang from SportsRadio 94-WIP will once again see 20,000 people pack the Wells Fargo Center to see a lot of fat guys wolf down wings, while a bunch of scantily-clad women cheer them on. All of this while one diminutive woman tries to defend her crown, which she captured last year while inhaling more than 300 wings.

Is this a great country or what?

It's hard to believe that the little shindig that started in the lobby of the Wyndham Franklin Plaza has morphed into this monster production.

A lot of people try to pick a fight with Wing Bowl. I'm not going to say they're wrong.

I guess, like the Mummers, it is something of an acquired taste.

But it has become something distinctively Philly. Right there with cheese steaks and Tastykakes.

Let the eating begin.

CLICK HERE for live coverage and photos.

Your early morning roads report

I was a little worried as I drove home last night, making my way through a fairly persistent light snow.

My thoughts turned to the roads this morning.

Not to worry. Yes, there was a coating of snow on the walk and the driveway. But the windshield was fine. That's because it seemed to warm up overnight.

Take it from someone who has just made the commute. It's smooth sailing. It even feels a little warmer.

All the roads I used were just wet. I did not encounter any ice or slick spots.

That said, it is apparently going to get serious cold later today and into tomorrow.

We're talking about overnight temperatures in the single digits Saturday morning.

Then we can start talking about the next storm, which is due in Sunday night into Monday morning.

Could make for an even more adventurous drive home from all those Super Bowl parties.

But for your Friday morning commute, there does not appear to be any problems.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Jan. 29

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.

Chester politics heats up

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.

Candid Cameras: 'Live From Newsroom' talks about Chester's new crime-fighting tool

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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Jan. 28

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.