The Daily Numbers -- May 29
1 penny more that we’re paying this morning for gasoline. AAA reports prices jumped another cent overnight.
3.99 the average price of regular gasoline in the five-county Philadelphia region. Another day, another all-time high.
4.99 a gallon for diesel fuel. That’s up 2 cents since yesterday.
139 gas stations in the region reporting their price for regular is at least $4 a gallon or higher. There were only a couple before the holiday.
50 cent surcharge being tacked onto every cab ride in Philly to offset rising gas costs.
3.97 the average price for a gallon of heating oil at the Port of Philadelphia. Don’t look now, but next winter’s heating bills also are going to be setting records.
32 percent jump in profits at Costco, the warehouse clubs where people go to find bargains.
20 percent price hike announced yesterday by Dow Chemical, which makes key ingredients for all sorts of household items, such as diapers and detergents.
5 dollar fee that would be slapped on every person entering a strip club, if a Bucks County lawmaker gets his way. Gives new meaning to a “pole tax.”
5 people hurt in a multi-car crash on the Roosevelt Boulevard in North Philadelphia last night.
12 Philadelphia firefighters who authorities say were swindled out of $25,000 in a scam involving flipping foreclosed homes. A Montgomery County man is charged. He is denying any wrongdoing.
1 man killed last night in a shooting incident a block away from Saint Joseph’s University at 56th and Wynnefield Avenue.
23,000 pounds of Amish macaroni salad being recalled after it was found to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Some of it was sold in Pa. under the names of Orval Kent Amish Macaroni Salad and Yoder’s Amish Macaroni salad.
19,000 dollars believed ripped off from the Belvedere Fire Co. in Delaware by a former fire chief and his girlfriend.
6 more runs rung up by the Phils last night as they completed a 3-game sweep over the Rockies. That’s 48 runs in their last 4 games.
17 home runs for Chase Utley, who deposited one in the upper level of Citizens Bank to ignite another huge inning to lead the Phils.
6 decent innings from starter Adam Eaton as he collected his first win of the year.
3 goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins, their first goals of their series, as they beat the Detroit Red Wings to close the gap in their series to 2-1.
Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
Bring on the Marlins. The Phils and Fish will collide for three games this weekend with first place on the line in the NL East. Right now the Phils are a half-game back.
I Don’t Get It: Jocelyn Kirsch is in hot water again. Unbelievable. Maybe you don’t recognize the name. You’d certainly recognize the photo. Think coed in a bikini. Yep, she’s our very own “Bonnie” of the would-be modern-day Bonnie & Clyde team of suspected ID thieves. She was in court again yesterday and authorities say she stole another credit card in California. I don’t get it.
Today’s Upper: Enjoy that gorgeous sunshine out there today. And think about breaking out the walking shoes or that old bike. With gas zooming over $4 a gallon, it’s time to get serious about alternate means of transportation.
Quote Box: “This is just a very sad case of a clearly troubled young woman.”
-- Ronald Greenblatt, defense attorney for Jocelyn Kirsch, also referred to as the poster child for ID theft.