Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Daily Numbers -- July 23

The Daily Numbers: 13 people arrested Tuesday in an illegal gambling operation dubbed by the cops “Operation Delco Nostra.”

22,000 dollars in bets, that police say the ring took in during just one week in 2004.

4 Augustinian priests and 1 brother currently installed at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill. Yesterday the order announced it would withdraw the priests from the school because of their dwindling ranks.

30 to 60 years in slammer for man convicted of shooting a Glenolden police officer during a domestic disturbance.

2,000 dollars in restitution to be paid by a Marple teen to fix graffiti on buildings along West Chester Pike.

81 to 32, the vote by which unionized Children and Youth Services workers approved their new contract yesterday.

2 men busted in connection with a huge pot seizure in Folcroft. Officers last week seized 221 pounds of pot in bales with a street value of $440,000.

500,000 dollars delivered to Upper Darby yesterday by U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak for the revitalization of Market Street.

500,000 dollars being donated to Delaware County Community College by Sunoco Foundation to help pay for a new science and technology building.

10 people who suffered minor injuries when three trolleys collided in Center City yesterday afternoon.

2 deaths now being attributed to the recent 7-day heat wave in the region.

2 years in a special drug treatment program for Garrett Reid, son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid. If he leaves the program or does not complete it, the younger Reid will face some serious jail time.

4 years probation and the loss of her driver’s license for a Wayne woman who copped a plea on charges she was under the influence when she drove erratically in a construction zone on the Schuylkill Expressway and slammed into a police cruiser.

40 minutes last night when the problem-plagued Philadelphia police radio system was down again.

44 age of Kennett Square man who was killed as he floated down the Brandywine in a kayak in Wilmington when a large tree fell on him.

10 million dollars given by the DRPA to the Chester soccer stadium proposal, a point not missed by those at a public hearing last night who blasted the agency for a new rate hike request.

38 age of woman in Bucks County who was held for trial yesterday on charges she had sex with two teen boys during a booze-fueled sleepover at a friend’s house.

3.089 billion dollars in lottery sales reported by the state last year. That’s an increase of $13 million from the previous year.

5 out of 40, where Philadelphia ranks in terms of its walkability, according to the Web site We’re behind only San Francisco, New York Boston and Washington.

8.86 billion dollars lost last quarter by banking giant Wachovia Corp. They also announced they are cutting 6,350 jobs.

1 cent hike in the price of gasoline in the Philly region. Average price now stands at $4.09.


Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
Mark down last night’s date. July 22. If the Phils defend their NL East title, last night’s dramatic come-from-behind win over the Mets is a big reason why.

I Don’t Get It: Remember that case of the millions in legislative bonuses doled out for staffers doing political work in Harrisburg? It’s likely they will not be asked to pay any of the money back. I don’t get it.


Today’s Upper: Here’s an idea that might hold some merit. If we can use GPS systems to be sure we don’t get lost, why not use the technology to protect our kids as well. The state attorney general yesterday indicated he wanted to use GPS system to track the locations of some convicted sex offenders.


Quote Box: “I just hope this isn’t the start of the decline of Monsignor Bonner High School.”

-- Art Hunter, Class of 1968 and former Bonner hoops coach, on news that the Augistinian fathers will remove the few remaining priests from the school.


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