The Daily Numbers - March 15

The Daily Numbers: 2.5 billion dollars in federal stimulus funding included in this year’s state budget that will not be there after this year, contributing to what Gov. Ed Rendell is calling a ‘fiscal tsunami.’
14.4 percent decline in highway deaths in Pa. in 2009, the lowest mark since 1928.
1,256 people killed in crashes in 2009.
4 inches of rain that fell on some parts of the region over the weekend.
47 mph wind gusts recorded at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday.
67 mph gusts that rocked Atlantic City.
47 floors, how far a construction crane toppled after it was blown off the rooftop of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
6 hours, how long 500 passengers were stranded on a New Jersey Transit train.
85,000 people who were without power during the peak of the weekend nor’easter across the region. That was down to 32,000 Sunday morning, with just 5,000 of those in the Philly suburbs, mostly in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
2 teens charged with vandalizing a Little League field in Delaware.
2 masked men who held up the Diamond Depot in Franklin Mills Mall Sunday morning.
1 person shot during a brawl at the Aramingo Diner in Port Richmond early Sunday.
6 percent fare hike being proposed by SEPTA for tokens, weekly and monthly passes.
2 base fare for SEPTA, which would not change under the plan.
3 people killed in weekend violence in Philadelphia.
3 people charged in shooting death of man in Norristown who had just witnesses the gunpoint robbery of his nephew outside his home.
211 million dollar winning ticket sold in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was sold in North Jersey.
2.82 per gallon, what we’re paying at the pump in the Philly region as the cost of driving continues to creep up.
2 Americans killed in shooting in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as U.S. officials warn of travel to that area due to warring drug gangs.
2 seed for Villanova; 5 seed for Temple. Let the madness begin.
2 goals for Sean Avery to lead the Rangers over the Flyers, 3-1.
38 points for Dwayne Wade as the Heat pummeled the Sixers last night, 104-91.
Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
Temple won their final 10 games, ran the table to win a second straight A-10 title, and they get a No. 5 seed. Villanova limped into the tourney and is slotted at No. 2. Long live the Big East.
I Don’t Get It: Jihad Jane? OK so it wasn’t snow. I appreciate it. That doesn’t make it any nicer. It was still a miserable weekend.
Today’s Upper: Kudos to state Tpr. Jean Altomari, who continues to battle back from a car accident that left her paralyzed.
Quote Box: “We went from being the 40th best education system at the beginning of the decade to being ranked 10th.”
- Gov. Ed Rendell, on his budget and increase in education funding.


alex said…
Wow. 47 mph winds! I just hope that these winds won't come back in our Philadelphia dating getaway.