The Daily Numbers -- April 30
168,718 children in the 5-county Philadelphia region who are now listed as living in poverty in 2006. That’s up from 142,702 in 2002.
18 teachers honored with the first annual Excellence in Teaching Awards last night by the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union at a dinner at the Drexelbrook. Bravo!
22 month old girl who remains in the hospital after a hit-run incident in Upper Darby last weekend. Police continue to hunt for the SUV – and its driver – they believe struck her on Marlborough Road and then sped off.
550,000 dollars believed ripped off from the trust fund accounts of two children in Bethel Township. The father and stepmom are charged with theft.
68 year-old handyman who is subject of a competency hearing to determine if he can stand trial for the murders of an elderly Chadds Ford attorney and his wife back in 2002.
3 floors, what a sexual assault victim had to jump to the street to flee her attacker. She recounted her ordeal in a Philadelphia courtroom as the suspect was held for trial.
8 million dollar price tag for a solar power plant that will be built by Exelon and an outfit called Epuron LLC in South Philadelphia.
250,000 retired Pa. government and school employees who would be in line for a pension increase under a plan being reviewed by the Legislature. The cost? About $10 billion over 20 years.
16 businesses that have been hit in Philadelphia and Bucks County by a man who has gone on a robbery spree. The man is packing two guns and is now hitting several stores a week.
2 great names in local horseracing that will be added to the carousel at Philadelphia Liberty Park in Franklin Square. Replicas of Smarty Jones and Afleet Alex will be added to the merry-go-round.
83,000 bucks, what SEPTA is getting from the ad deal that will see the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” plastered all over their buses.
1 woman’s body found floating in Pennsauken Creek in Cinnaminson, N.J., yesterday.
9 year-old boy mauled by a pit bull in Camden, N.J. He needed hundreds of stitches to close his wounds.
2 year-old child whose remains were found stuffed in a suitcase in a home in South Philadelphia.
22 age of man now in custody in the hit-run death of a 58-year-old mother of three in Reading.
30 percent decline in foreclosures in the Philly region. That bucks a national trend where filings equaled 1 for every 194 households.
9,300 people now incarcerated in Philly jails. A new lawsuit to halt overcrowding has been filed in federal court.
3 to 2 hole the Sixers are now sitting in after they were drubbed again last night by the Pistons, 98-81.
21 points for Andre Iguodala to lead the Sixers in a losing cause.
2 to 1 lead the Flyers will carry into their game against the Canadiens at the Wachova Center tonight.
7 strong innings last night for Cole Hamels, who shut down the Padres as the Phils posted a 7-4 win.
349 wins and holding for Greg Maddux, who took the loss last night as he was gunning for win No. 350.
Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
The refs have it in for the Flyers? Haven’t we heard that old saw before. Play the game, fellas.
I Don’t Get It: Can someone explain to me what it is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is trying to accomplish by again going public with his differences with Sen. Barack Obama?
Today’s Upper: Beats us. Gas, food, everything is going up. Hey, the sun’s out, even if it is cool. We’ve got that going for us.
Quote Box: “We can tell you that these flares are saving American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
-- John Fleitz, manger of business development at Alloy Surfaces in Chester Township, talking about the decoys that the military is buying from the Delco firm. Come to think of it, that just might qualify as Today’s Upper as well.