Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Daily Numbers -- June 11

The Daily Numbers: 5 hours, how long police believe a 14-month-old tot was left locked in a sweltering car in a Marple parking lot yesterday.

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130 degrees, what police believe the temperature likely was inside the vehicle.


98 degrees, our high yesterday, one degree higher than the record for the date set in 1964.


169,000 homes without power last night as thunderstorms roared across the region, breaking up the heat wave. PECO estimates it may be a few days before all power is restored.


150 people in Delaware County without power this morning. Most of the damage was in Montgomery and Chester counties, which took the brunt of the storm, with high winds toppling trees and power lines in many areas.


2 persons dead in Philadelphia, at lest in part due to the heat. Both women were found in homes that did not have air-conditioning.


41 to 9, the margin by which the state Senate approved Pennsylvania’s first statwide smoking ban. All 4 Delco senators backed the measure.


250 bucks, the fine for a first violation. Those then increase to $500 and $1,000 for the second and third offenses.


25 percent of a casino floor, and maybe as much as 50 percent, that would be exempt from the smoking ban.


100 million dollar health plan rolled out by Republicans in the state Senate that would compete with a plan being proposed by Gov. Rendell.


700,000 dollars, what a Villanova woman will pay the feds to settle a complaint about the four personal care centers she ran, including the now-closed Brookwood facility in Upper Providence. Rosalind Lavin has been banned from ever again operating a facility after conditions in her four homes were found to be horrific.


1.8 million dollars, estimated value of the home Lavin owned in Villanova.


200 SEPTA transit police officers who now say they will go on strike Thursday if they don’t get a new contract.


17 million dollar wireless network in Philadelphia. The city is now in talks with another firm for the project now that EarthLink has pulled out of the deal.


4.2 percent dip in state lottery sales in counties in which one of the state’s new casinos is located, including Delaware County.


8 pitches into last night’s game and Brett Myers and the Phils were down 3-0. Yep, Brett Myers served up 2 homers in the first.


3 home runs in total on the night for Myers, part of the 7 hits and 5 runs he surrendered in a tad more than 5 innings in taking the loss.


18 home runs now surrendered by Myers, which leads the league.


12 Eagles who make more than running back Brian Westbrook. No wonder he’s ticked.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
Two steps forward and one giant step back last night for Brett Myers, who appeared to be turning his season around in his last two starts, then blew up again last night in getting torched by the Marlins.
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I Don’t Get It: Either Delco native Tim Donaghy is telling the truth in saying there’s a lot more to the NBA betting scandal, or he’s about the worst person on the face of the Earth.

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Today’s Upper: The heat wave is gone. But the heat is not. It’s still going to push 90 degrees today. It’s just going to feel a lot better than the crushing humidity that enveloped us the last four days.


Quote Box: “In order to receive respect, you have to give respect.”

-- John Leary, principal of Penn Wood High School, in offering advice to graduates at ceremonies Tuesday night.

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