The Daily Numbers -- July 24

The Daily Numbers: 201 headstones toppled by mindless vandals who rampaged through historic Eden Cemetery in Collingdale.

2 people believed injured when lightning struck the Bethel Fire House during last night’s storm.

2 people also seriously injured when they were struck by lightning as they huddled under a tree near a swim club in Bucks County late yesterday afternoon.

35,000 residences without power at the height of last night’s powerful storm. This morning PECO has whittled the number down to 5,000.

2 high schools pals of disgraced former NBA ref Tim Donaghy who will be sentenced for their roles in a betting ring today in New York.

3 principals removed from their posts at some of the poorest performing schools in Chester Upland by CEO Gregory Thornton.

40 propane tanks stolen from a business on Route 130 in Willingboro, N.J.

1 new millionaire in New Jersey, where a single winning ticket was sold for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot that was sitting at a cool $126 million.

50 more people who lined up last night in South Philly to berate DRPA for their plan to hike tolls on area bridges.

2 counties in suburban Philadelphia that have made the Forbes magazine list of best places to raise a family. Delco did not make the list, while Chester and Montgomery counties did.

29 inch-long alligator recovered by authorities in Bucks County from a pond in Northampton.

2 to a car, what Philadelphia police officers are now doing after the latest in a series of outages involving their emergency radio system.

4 day work week for the state court system? The move is being opposed by Chief Justice Ron Castille.

652 million dollars being paid by Nasdaq OMX Group to purchase the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

4 straight walks from Brett Myers to open the game against the Mets last night. It put the Phils in a 2-0 hole.

46 of the 95 pitches thrown by Myers in his 5 innings of work out of the strike zone.

1 three-run blast surrendered by reliever Ryan Madson that was the difference in a 6-3 Mets win.

2 key veterans who will be the focus of all eyes at Eagles Training Camp today. Disgruntled stars Lito Sheppard and Brian Westbrook are due in camp.

54 and 47, the identical records of both the Mets and Phillies as they go into the final game of their series this afternoon. Something has to give.

12:10 starting time for this afternoon’s special at Shea.


Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
The Phillies are not going to repeat as NL East champs without getting a whole lot more from Brett Myers than we saw last night. Or maybe it’s time to offer that spot to J.A. Happ.

I Don’t Get It: Vandalism is one thing. Vandalizing a cemetery is another altogether. Let’s hope police soon corral the “punk kids” they believe are responsible for knocking over 200 headstones in historic Eden Cemetery in Collingdale.


Today’s Upper: Yes, it’s summer. That means heat. And humidity. And thunderstorms to break it up. Here’s a tip. It will be light today. It likely will warm up as well as the day goes on, followed by some darkness tonight.


Quote Box: “This is a shame.”

-- Jeff Griffith, of Griffith Memorial and Bronze Co, after observing the damage done by vandals in Eden Cemetery.