Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Daily Numbers -- June 12

The Daily Numbers: 251 graduates from Chester High last night, but only one was 83. That would be Kenneth Smith, who left school to join the Army in World War II and finally received his diploma last night

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14 persons nabbed in a DUI checkpoint in Clifton Heights.


9 persons dead from heat-related causes in the region. Eight of the deaths occurred in Philadelphia, one involved a faulty generator in use after a power outage in King of Prussia.


1 teen struck by lightning at the height of Tuesday night’s storm. She’s hospitalized in critical condition.


5,000 people in the region who are still without power this morning. Most of those are in Montgomery and Chester counties.


2 p.m., that’s when SEPTA police officers say they will go on strike this afternoon if they don’t get a new deal.


40 SEPTA commanders, not members of the union, along with city police who will take up the patrols in the event of a strike.


2 women in Bucks County who are facing charges in what police say was a sleepover for a group of teenage boys that turned into a sex party.


415,856 dollars, his winnings from the World Series of Poker that a Bryn Mawr man says he’ll donate to an educational charity.


4 instances of underage people being allowed on the floor of Philly Park Casino, according to state regulators. The casino faces a $18,000 fine.


12 New Jersey state workers who are charged with stealing gas from government pumps.


4.15 a gallon, where the Energy Departments says gas prices should top out. And that’s the good news. The bad news is they do not see them going down anytime soon.


15 percent dip in the stock price of US Airways amid word they will cut capacity 9 percent next year.


350 jobs being slashed by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline.


15 journalists subpoenaed to testify in front of a grand jury by lawyers for casino owner Louis DeNaples.


52 percent of New Jersey residents in a new poll who don’t like the job being done by Gov. Jon Corzine.


2 walks surrendered by Tom “Flash” Gordon in the ninth to load the bases last night. Dan Uggla emptied them with a walk-off grand slam that fueled a 6-2 Marlins win.


2 straight losses to the Fish by the Phils, whose lead in the NL East is now down to 2 games.


13 strikeouts racked up in another excellent effort from Phils starter Cole Hamels. He didn’t get the loss.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
Anyone else have the same nagging thoughts while watching Flash Gordon melt down in the ninth last night? Let’s hope it was only an apparition.
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I Don’t Get It: Two women face charges in Bucks County in connection with a sleepover that turned into much more. Police say one of the women put on a show for the boys, had sex with one 14-year-old and took a shower with another. The other woman apparently looked on. I don’t get it.

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Today’s Upper: Let’s hear it for Kenneth Smith. The 83-year-old received his diploma from Chester High last night, more than six decades after he left school to join the Army in World War II days.


Quote Box: “He is just the sweetest boy.”

-- Patti Karlton, who operates the day care center where little Nicholas McCorkel attends. He’s now fighting for his life after being mistakenly left in the back of a hot car for hours.

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