Friday, October 29, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 29

The Daily Numbers: 50 mph, how fast a woman was believed to be driving yesterday as she went the wrong way, northbound in the southbound lanes of I-95 in Chester. She caused several accidents.


4,547.82, how much Pat Meehan filed for expenses for his four trips to the Pennsylvania Society dinners in New York City. The Bryan Lentz campaign is making an issue out of it.


60,000 contribution from Peco that resulted in a new playground in Chester yesterday.


1 man found stuffed in trunk of car in Chester yesterday.


48-40 percent lead for Pat Toomey over Joe Sestak in the U.S. Senate race, according to latest Muhlenberg College poll.


49-45 percent for Toomey, according to a CNN survey.


97 degrees, temperature outside last summer when an autistic man was left inside van for hours, leading to his death. The worker at the Montco facility where he lived was held for trial on manslaughter charges.


2 teens killed in a car crash in Delaware yesterday.


4,000 reward now posted for information on who is responsible to the brutal death and dismembering of a dog that was left on a woman’s porch in Philly.


5 years after he left town, Terrell Owens’ Moorestown mansion has finally sold. He bought it for $3.9 million; it was on the market for $4.4 million. Owens was paying $37,000 a year in property taxes


65 million dollar profit in the quarter posted by Sunoco.


1 woman killed and 1 teen found wandering on Schuylkill Expressway Wednesday night. The accident was not discovered until Thursday afternoon.


2 zip lead for the Giants in the World Series, after they hammed the Rangers, 9-0 last night. The Series now heads to Texas.


4 million dollar deal for Allen Iverson to play in Turkey the next 2 years.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.


There should be a law. The Eagles should not be allowed to take their bye week the week after the Phils are eliminated from the playoffs.


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I Don’t Get It: Driving north in the southbound lanes of I-95. Then disappearing after you cause several accidents. I don’t get it.


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Today’s Upper: Big-time kudos to the Peco workers who helped build a playground in Chester yesterday.


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Quote Box: “If you are not going to vote now, why did you vote two years ago?”


- Cheyney student at rally with Bill Clinton for Joe Sestak yesterday.

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 29

The Daily Numbers: 50 mph, how fast a woman was believed to be driving yesterday as she went the wrong way, northbound in the southbound lanes of I-95 in Chester. She caused several accidents.


4,547.82, how much Pat Meehan filed for expenses for his four trips to the Pennsylvania Society dinners in New York City. The Bryan Lentz campaign is making an issue out of it.


60,000 contribution from Peco that resulted in a new playground in Chester yesterday.


1 man found stuffed in trunk of car in Chester yesterday.


48-40 percent lead for Pat Toomey over Joe Sestak in the U.S. Senate race, according to latest Muhlenberg College poll.


49-45 percent for Toomey, according to a CNN survey.


97 degrees, temperature outside last summer when an autistic man was left inside van for hours, leading to his death. The worker at the Montco facility where he lived was held for trial on manslaughter charges.


2 teens killed in a car crash in Delaware yesterday.


4,000 reward now posted for information on who is responsible to the brutal death and dismembering of a dog that was left on a woman’s porch in Philly.


5 years after he left town, Terrell Owens’ Moorestown mansion has finally sold. He bought it for $3.9 million; it was on the market for $4.4 million. Owens was paying $37,000 a year in property taxes


65 million dollar profit in the quarter posted by Sunoco.


1 woman killed and 1 teen found wandering on Schuylkill Expressway Wednesday night. The accident was not discovered until Thursday afternoon.


2 zip lead for the Giants in the World Series, after they hammed the Rangers, 9-0 last night. The Series now heads to Texas.


4 million dollar deal for Allen Iverson to play in Turkey the next 2 years.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.


There should be a law. The Eagles should not be allowed to take their bye week the week after the Phils are eliminated from the playoffs.


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I Don’t Get It: Driving north in the southbound lanes of I-95. Then disappearing after you cause several accidents. I don’t get it.


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Today’s Upper: Big-time kudos to the Peco workers who helped build a playground in Chester yesterday.


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Quote Box: “If you are not going to vote now, why did you vote two years ago?”


- Cheyney student at rally with Bill Clinton for Joe Sestak yesterday.

Wrong-way driver causes chaos on I-95

File this one under “things you don’t see everyday.”

You’re cruising along on I-95, or at least what usually passes for cruising. You’re driving northbound through the city of Chester. You happen to glance over into the southbound lanes, and you see something that strikes you as odd. A car heading in the same direction you are.

That’s what happened to Tim Fleming yesterday.

What happened next was about what you might expect. Traffic southbound on I-95 was forced to swerve out of the way as an elderly woman in a station wagon continued to drive north in the wrong lanes, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she was doing anything wrong.

Her actions touched off several accidents. Now state police want to know who the woman was, and how she managed to be driving north in the southbound lanes.

They don’t know because the woman did not stop. In fact, no one is quite sure what happened to her, other than she apparently did not collide with another car. Maybe she managed to make it to the next exit. Police say she may face charges in the rubble she left in her wake.

She was driving an older model blue Buick station wagon, with wood paneling on the sides.

Anyone with any information on who she is is urged to call state police at 484-840-1000, or just dial 911.

More finger-pointing in the 7th

Another day, another set of charges in the increasingly ugly 7th District Congressional Race.

The day after Republicans sought a federal review of Democrat Bryan Lentz’s ties to third-party candidate Jim Schneller, local Dems are now returning the favor, asking for a review of Meehan’s expenses.

In question now are expenses submitted by Meehan while he was U.S. attorney for attending the Pennsylvania Society dinner in New York City.

It’s the annual shindig in the Big Apple where Pennsylvania’s power elite – politicians, lobbyists and their posses - gather for a weekend of food, drink and talk. I’ve always wondered why the held this thing in New York City instead of Philly.

Now local Dems are wondering why Meehan submitted expenses totaling more than $4,547, over four years.

Upper Darby Democratic boss Ed Bradley fired off a letter to the feds asking for a review of the expenses.

The Meehan campaign sniffed at the claim, saying the expenses were proper and had been approved by the Department of Justice.

I’ll be honest here. I’ve never liked the idea of Pennsylvania politicians going to the Big Apple for a weekend of frivolity. There has always been something that struck me as wrong about it. I don’t mind them throwing a party. I’ve just always wished they’d throw it here, maybe alternating between Philly and Pittsburgh. I don’t like the idea of all that money being spent out of state.

I like the idea of the public being billed for the trip even less.

Still, I find it hard to see this as anything other than a response to the letter fired off earlier this week by Delco GOP Chairman Andy Reilly to the Federal Election Commission, asking for a probe of the connections between the Lentz camp and Schneller.

Lentz, in a session with the Daily Times editorial board, admitted he was aware that his supporters were helping gather signatures to get Schneller on the ballot. The idea was that Scnheller would siphon off votes from Meehan, bettering Lentz’s chances.

All’s fair in love and politics, right?

Specifically, the Republicans are questioning who paid the notary who validated the Schneller petitions.

The Lentz camp is denying anyone on the campaign had anything to do with the payments. Schneller is saying he paid the notary himself.

Wonder what kind of claim will come out today?

This election can’t come fast enough.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 28

The Daily Numbers: 141 percent tax hike looming out in Bethel Township.


Ouch!


4 members of a volunteer finance committee in Bethel who resigned because they believe their suggestions are being ignored.


170 dollars, what the average home assessed at $200,000 pays in taxes.


That would go to $410 a year, plus a $160 trash fee.


1,000 dollar reward for a Morton man being sought in the abduction and stabbing of a man from the parking lot of Springfield Mall.


15,000 dollars per month, fee to be paid for solicitor services to Leo Hackett by the Chester Upland School Board.


150,000 dollar grant for Ridley Park from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for a criminal-tracking program.


46 percent a piece for Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey, according to still another new poll. The polls are varying widely in this race, with some showing Toomey up by as much as 7 in the recent Franklin & Marshall College poll.


4.1 million dollar sale price at auction for the original Aston-Martin from the James Bond flick ‘Goldfinger.’ It was owned by Philly radio station owner Jerry Lee. He paid $12,000 for it in 1969. Nice investment.


2 homes hit by home invading burglars on the Main Line this week.


19, age of man charged with burglary and vandalizing the football stadium at the University of Delaware.


89 pounds of pot sniffed out by a K9 dog at Philadelphia International Airport.


6 to 18 years in prison for a former parochial school teachers’ aide who pleaded guilty to molesting kids in Montgomery County.


17, age of teen driver who was performing a stunt called “drifting” when he lost control of his car and then struck and killed an 81-year-old woman.


20, age of Notre Dame student who was killed when the tower he was standing on while filming a football practice collapsed in high winds yesterday.


11-7 win for the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series vs. the Rangers.


7 runs on 8 hits in just 4 innings and change from Rangers’ ace Cliff Lee.


16 points off the bench for Sixers rookie Even Turner. They still lost to LeBron James and the Heat.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Anyone else think the Phils smoke either one of those teams last night?


 


Thought so.


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I Don’t Get It: A kid apparently mimicking a stunt from the move “The Fast and the Furious” loses control, then fatally strikes an 81-year-old woman. I don’t get it.


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Today’s Upper: Count it down with us. Five more days until the election – and the end of all these ads.


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Quote Box: “Is there no fat we can trim from this budget?”


- Bethel resident Kim Champagne, on hearing of possible hefty tax hike.

Fall Classic? Hardly

Anyone else crying in their beer after watching that game last night?

I’m not talking about the Sixers’ opener. We’ll have plenty of time to commiserate over them this year.

I’m talking about Game 1 of the World Series.

These were the two best teams in baseball? And does anyone feel even the least intimidated by the thought of matching the Phils up with either one of these juggernauts?

Call it an opportunity missed. The Phils are now golfing while the Rangers and Giants go at it in the Fall Classic.

Not even Cliff Lee could help the Rangers last night. He looked entirely mortal in the first post-season loss of his career.

In a very sloppy game, the Giants prevailed, 11-7.

Lee lasted just four and two-third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits in the process. Giants ace Tim Lincecum wasn’t a lot better.

All of which only makes the Phils’ absence only that much more difficult to swallow.

We want to hear your voices

We want to hear your voices


I can’t say I didn’t ask for it.


We kicked off our endorsements yesterday. We also did something else. We asked our readers to chime in. We wanted to know if they agreed with us, or thought we were complete off the mark.


Yesterday, we gave our backing to Democrat Dan Onorato over Tom Corbett to be next governor of Pennsylvania.


You can read the editorial here.


As usual, our readers were not shy. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say: DelcoPop sounded a familiar tune: "An honest Daily Times headline would be "Vote Straight Democratic!"


MarcusAurelius (love that moniker) went a little further: " Well, Phil, it seems to be now official. You and your "rag" have sold out to the whining, limp-wristed, liberal agenda by your endorsement of who? You may have been born in Oxford but you have turned your back on your American heritage and gone over to the "dark side" of democratic perversity! "


Sharon H. seems to think we had had our minds made up for some time: "Coming Soon!

The DemocRAT Times, I mean the Daily Times, endorses Joe Sestak for Senate and Bryan Lentz for Congress! Those endorsements have been written since day 1. "


At least one commter, Colwyn Resident, was pleasanty surprised: " Honesty I am shocked!!!!!!!! I really thought the Delco Times was majorly Republican at all cost.. While I support the Democratic ticket ..this one by the Delco Times is an utterly pleasing shocker! "




Today we’re back with our selections in the races for state Senate and

House. These are important elections, for people who are going to have a

big say in whether or not this state is able to back away from the

financial abyss. 


Read that editorial here.


Again, we want you to offer your own endorsement – in addition to the

one you will cast next Tuesday, of course.


Don’t stand on the sideline. Join the conversation.


Go here and write your own endorsement.


And check back tomorrow for our choice in the bitterly contested 7th

District Congressional race.


We’ll cap off our choices on Sunday with the race for U.S. Senate

between Democrat Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey.




 

'Schnellergate' is heating up; GOP seeks probe

The heat surrounding the candidacy of Jim Schneller in the bitterly contested 7th District Congressional race is being turned up.

The Delco GOP is now seeking a federal probe into ties between the third-party candidate and Democrat Bryan Lentz.

Delco GOP boss Andy Reilly fired off a letter to the Federal Election Commission for the probe, specifically to determine if any federal laws were broken by Lentz supporters in their efforts to get Schneller on the ballot.

It was just last week that Lentz, a two-term state representative, in a session with the Daily Times editorial board, admitted for the first time that he was aware that his backers were helping gather signatures to allow the arch-conservative Schneller to appear on the ballot. Critics of the move have dubbed the saga 'Schnellergate.'

The thinking is that Schneller would siphon votes from Republican candidate Pat Meehan, the former Delco D.A. and U.S. attorney.

Lentz indicated that no one went out and recruited Schneller, insisting he had already made the decision to run. The Democrat added that he did not consider the moves by his supporters “a mortal sin” and he insisted that no laws were broken.

Sounds like the local GOP is not so sure.

The two camps have been trading barbs over the issue ever since.

The Meehan campaign had previously launched an unsuccessful challenge to get Schneller removed from the ballot.

At issue now, according to Reilly’s letter, is who paid for the notary who signed off on the signatures on the petitions gathered for Schneller.

Lentz and Meehan are seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who has his hands full these days running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Pat Toomey.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 27

The Daily Numbers: 15 tons, top weight limit on Route 291 Bridge over Crum Creek in Ridley. The bridge is crumbling and needs to be fixed. That’s going to mean headaches for a lot of truckers.


2 people, a mother and son, charged in drive-by shooting in Upper Darby.


32, age of Yolanda Certaine, who entered guilty plea in the brutal death of a 67-year-old woman in Darby Township. She was sentenced to 6 to 15 years in prison.


67 counts of animal cruelty added to charges facing an Upper Darby woman found to be hoarding animals.


2 women who waived their preliminary hearing on prostitution charges after a raid on an Upper Darby home.


15, age of teen allegedly forced into a home by a 52-year-old man in Ridley. He now faces charges.


98 employees being laid off in the Main Line Health System, including 10 at Riddle Hospital.


5 GOP senators, including Delco’s Ted Erickson, asking their party leaders to restart talks on a possible Marcellus shale tax.


43-36 edge for Republican Pat Toomey over Democrat Joe Sestak in the latest Franklin & Marshall poll in the U.S. Senate race.


8 point bulge for Toomey in the Muhlenberg College poll.


15 point margin for Republican Tom Corbett over Democrat Dan Onorato in the Pa. governor’s race, according to the F&M poll.


438 million dollar casino with 1,500 slots and 70 table games to be built at the Foxwoods site on the Philly waterfront, with Harrah’s as the new partner.


56 cars damaged by vandals in South Philly who threw some kind of caustic liquid on them from a passing car.


2,000 dollar reward offered for information in the mutilation of a dog that was found dismembered on the porch of a Northeast Philly home.


2 more teen girls charged in the attacks on joggers in a Wilmington park. That makes 5 in total.


25, age of police officer in Trenton, N.J., charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old girl.


5 million dollars believed ripped off from La Salle University by their former auxiliary services director, who allegedly funneled funds to a bogus company he controlled for years.


40 feet up a utility pole, where a man was found near Amtrak trains in Philly last night.


3 points for Jeff Carter last night as Flyers rolled over Sabres, 6-3.


2, as in the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. That would be Andre Turner, who can’t crack starting lineup for Sixers.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.


Remember the World Series? Hey, at least we’ll have to tune in tonight to see how Cliff Lee fares. He’ll start for the Rangers against Tim Lincecum and the Giants


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I Don’t Get It: It’s happened again. Surveillance video from a convenience store in Stone Harbor, N.J., show a woman stealing a jar with donations meant for charity.


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Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who took part in yesterday’s Safe Schools Summit, which dealt with the crucial topics of teen suicide and cyber-bullying. We know the problems involved with those issues all too well here in the county.


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Quote Box: “Using our kids as a backdrop for a campaign rally is totally inappropriate.”


- Patricia Booker, Radnor School Board member, on move to cancel appearance by Vice President Joe Biden at Radnor High.


 

About that Biden visit

The vice president of the United States will be in Delaware County this morning.


Joe Biden, our old friend from Delaware, is making a political jaunt to boost the candidacy of Democratic 7th District Congressional candidate Bryan Lentz.


Make no mistake. This is not about policy or some other official business. This is about politics.


Lentz is involved in a bitterly contested, razor-thin margin of difference race with Republican Pat Meehan.


Still, it’s a little troubling to see a visit from Biden become part of the conflagration.


The vice president was supposed to appear at a rally at Radnor High School.


The Lentz team thought they had signed off on a deal last Friday. They announced the event Friday afternoon. Which is why they were taken aback when the rug was pulled out from under the vice president – and the rally – on Monday.


The Lentz camp sees politics. They believe the Republican-controlled Radnor School Board pulled the plug. The school district is citing the partisan nature of the event and other logistical problems.


You can read the full story here.


It’s not like candidates have not appeared at Radnor High before.

Hillary Clinton was there when she was running for the Democratic nomination. Of course, she was running herself, not simply stopping by to push someone else’s candidacy.


These kinds of questions are raised in almost every big campaign when an event is scheduled for a public school. Both Barack Obama and John McCain held events at Strath Haven High in the last presidential eelction. Those opposed see the kids being used as political pawns.


And my reaction is almost always the same.


Regardless of the party, I almost always think the events are a good thing, for the schools, for the community, and most important for the kids.


We worry constantly about whether our children are losing interest in civics and the workings of our democracy. What better way to teach them than with an up-close and personal touch with the process.


Joe Biden is vice president of the United States. But today he was not welcome at Radnor High School.


And I think that’s just sad.


Maybe Kathleen Seaton, mother of a Radnor High student, said it best.


“I’m profoundly disappointed that my child has missed the opportunity to see and hear” Biden.


She’s not the only one.

More competition from Harrah's

Harrah’s Chester Casino is about to get even more competition in the cutthroat war for Pennsylvania gamblers’ dollars.

From itself.

That’s because the Chester facility’s parent company confirmed yesterday what had been talked about for weeks, the gambling giant is stepping in as an investor and partner in the troubled Foxwoods Casino site on the Philadelphia waterfront.

That means even more competition for the Chester casino, which already is fending off competition in both directions on I-95, Delaware Park to the south, Sugar House in Philly and Parx in Bucks County.

Foxwoods will be just 15 miles away, northbound on I-95. Depending on traffic, that little jaunt can be accomplished in about 15 minutes. (Yeah, I know, you’re saying that more likely because of traffic you’d do it in about 45 minutes!)

Harrah’s will partner with a local investor group to build a $338 million casino with 1,500 slots and 70 table games on Columbus Avenue. They hope to be up and running in as little as 20 months.

Which should be causing some furrowed brows in Chester, where slots revenue has been down now for the better part of a year. Buoyed by the arrival of table games, Harrah’s Chester took a hit when Sugar House opened its doors in September.

Some reports indicate slots revenue could be off as much as 12 percent in Chester since the opening of the Philly casino.

That likely will not improve with a second Philly casino.

I guess one way of looking at it is the money is still going into Harrah’s pockets, just from another facility.

That does not help either the county or city, which derive their revenue from the “take” at Harrah’s Chester.

Everyone knows that there are losers when it comes to expansion of legalized gambling.

I’m beginning to wonder if Harrah’s Chester is going to be one of them.

Remember the World Series?

It’s amazing how quickly our sports landscape can change.

It was just a few days ago when most Philly fans had tonight circled on their calendars.

I think it’s safe to assume that was not because of the Sixers opener, even if they are playing Lebron James and the mighty Miami Heat.

No, tonight was supposed to be Game 1 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park.

Didn’t quite work out that way.

Instead, the Fall Classic is pretty much an afterthought. Sure, we’ll tune in to check out our old pal Cliff Lee, who is starting tonight for the Texas Rangers against Tim Lincecum of the Giants in what should be a pitching classic.

But the thrill is gone, because, in short, the Phillies are, too.

Instead we are left to contemplate those riveting early-season Flyers games, a week off for the Eagles as we continue to debate Vick vs. Kolb, and the Phils’ off-season moves.

Of course, there is always the Sixers.

Uh, don’t remind us. What does it say about a team when their biggest move appears to be the addition of coach Doug Collins.

Andre Turner, the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft last spring, could not crack the starting lineup. He will be on the bench tonight when a packed house greets King James and his new Miami Heat teammates. By the way, the Heat dropped their opener last night in Boston.

None of which is going to make the sting of what was supposed to be a huge night any easier to take.

The Rangers and Giants meet tonight in the World Series.

Make sure you set the snooze button.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 26

The Daily Numbers: 31, age of Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth, who figures to be one of the prize catches on the free agent market this year.


.296 with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs this year for Werth.


2 home runs for Werth in the playoffs, putting him in first place in franchise history, and 2 more than Ryan Howard hit during the playoffs.


1-5, Cowboys record after they fell to the Giants last night. And Tony Romo is out with a broken collarbone.


5.35 billion dollar expansion plan for Philadelphia International Airport being pushed by the FAA. It is being opposed by Tinicum Township.


4 unrelated incidents of bedbug infestations at the Residences at Chestnut Ridge housing development in Chester.


4 infants killed by a woman in Reading, according to police who found the remains of 5 babies in coolers in her apartment.


5 alarm fire that roared through an abandoned warehouse in Philly last night.


60,000 dollars now believed stolen from a high school near Wilkes Barre by a former athletic director.


0 more state lands to be leased for natural gas drilling, under a mandate to be signed by Gov. Rendell.


15, age of teen boy sexually assaulted by a man in Lansdale, police say.


1 person killed when a fire roared through his home in North Philadelphia last night.


1.3 percent jump in home sales in Philly area.


98 jobs being cut throughout its system by Main Line Health, including at Riddle Hospital.


17 months, age of child struck and killed by car pulling out of driveway in Sewell, N.J.


59 for 96 for 799 yards, 6 TDs and 0 interceptions for Michael Vick, who is set to return as starting QB for Eagles after their bye week.


2-1 loss for the Flyers last night in Columbus. Peter Laviolette did not sound happy after the game.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.


The Phils had a close call in getting to the World Series. They apparently also had a close call flying back to Philly, when their chartered jet had to abort its landoff and circle around again because a plane was already on its runway at Philly International.


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I Don’t Get It: Police say a dog was sawed in half and the parts placed on the porch of a home in Northeast Philly to threaten the homeowner. I don’t get it.


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Today’s Upper: You can count ‘em down with us. Seven days until the election.


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Quote Box: “They could probably sign whoever they want. Whether or not that’s me, we’ll have to wait and see.”


- Jayson Werth, talking to media yesterday about his future with Phils or another team in free agency.


 

Meet Jim Schneller

 One of the most interesting candidates on Tuesday’s ballot paid a visit to the Daily Times Editorial Board Monday.


Third-party candidate Jim Schneller, who is running against both Democrat Bryan Lentz and Republican Pat Toomey, was part of our latest live-stream session with a candidate.


You can view the entire session here, and make up your own mind about Schneller.



Of course, he’s been in the headlines not so much for being on the ballot but how he got there.


During his session with the editorial board last week, Lentz admitted he knew that his supporters were working to help Schneller get the necessary signatures on his nominating petitions.


Lentz said he did not consider the move “a mortal sin,” that Schneller was not recruited, that he had already made the decision to run.


In a matter of minutes, that admission soon became part of the political and news cyberworld, eventually landing on the pages of the New York Times.


For now, I still marvel at Schneller’s at some of the statements Schneller makes without batting an eye.


He’s still not convinced President Obama fulfills the consitutional amendment that the commander-in-chief be a U.S. citizen. He wants him to produce a birth certificate and has gone to court to do it.


That’s just one of the lawsuits he has pending.


Of course, in addition to the Lentz “help” with his campaign, he also points out that he still doesn’t believe the state attorney general has gotten to the bottom of the problems with Meehan’s petitions.


The guy can go from saying the most outlandish things one second, to making a lot of sense the next.


You almost have to admire the zeal with which he goes about his task, even if he is tilting at windmills.



Dems the breaks in Radnor

George Badey is not a happy camper this morning. If you don’t know who George Badey is, he’s the chairman of the Radnor Township Democrats. He was expecting a big rally Wednesday morning for 7th District Democrat Congressional candidate at Radnor High School featuring Vice President Joe Biden.

But Badey had the rug pulled out from under him. And he’s crying foul.

Badey sees politics behind the move by the Radnor School Board to rescind the offer to host the rally. School officials are saying Dems jumped the gun. Badey says he had a deal in place last Friday. School officials don’t agree, saying they didn’t get the paperwork until Monday.

Badey believes the Republican-controlled Radnor School Board decided to put the kibosh on the event.

Actually, the first questions came from the camp of Republican candidate Pat Meehan. They wondered who would be paying for the political event at the high school.

“Radnor High School is a public high school, funded with taxpayer dollars and Bryan Lentz should be required to reimburse taxpayers for coasts associated with this political trip,” said Bryan Kendro, Meehan campaign manager.

The Lentz camp isn’t buying. They see politics as behind the school board’s change of heart. The school board replies that it was the Lentz camp that jumped the gun, announcing the rally before the school district had signed off on the offer.

It’s not unusual for candidates to use schools as backdrops for political campaigns. Hillary Clinton spoke at Radnor High when she was running for the Democratic nomination back in 2008.

Both Republican John McCain and then-Democratic candidate (and soon to be president) Barack Obama held rallies at Strath Haven High School during the presidential campaign.

Radnor School District Superintendent Linda Grobman said she believed the event would be disruptive to students. She also admits there was disagreement on whether the event was a done deal or still in the planning process.

None of which is likely to calm Badey, who was irate when I talked to him yesterday about the canceled event.

“Pat Meehan should apologize to the schoolchildren of Delaware County,”
Badey said about the move to ax the event at the school.

And Badey made it clear he does not for a minute think logistics or any disruption of school schedules is to blame. He sees pure politics.

“For the first time in history, a sitting vice president of the United States was coming to our school, right here in Delaware County. His appearance was canceled because a small band of radical right wing Republican zealots, presumably at the behest of the Meehan campaign, were able to force their narrow agenda upon the Republican majority school board to cancel the event. This is heavy-handed Delaware County Republican strong-arm tactics at their worst.”

The event now will be held at Sulpizio Gym in Radnor.

Just another day in Delco politics.

By the way, just seven more days until the election.

How 'bout 'dem Cowboys

Ruben Amaro Jr. is picking through the rubble of the Phils’ ignominious exit from the NLCS and talking about whether or not the team will be able to re-sign outfielder Jayson Werth. The guess here: Werth won’t be back.

Andy Reid is sorting through the rubble of Sunday’s disastrous second half that saw the Eagles pull a classic El Foldo and go belly up against the Titans. Reid wants us to know he “saw a lot of great things” in the game. Maybe we should borrow his glasses.

So what’s a frustrated Philly fan to do? I have four words for you: How ’bout ’dem Cowboys!

Yes, that is the Cowboys sitting at the bottom of the heap in the NFC East. Last night they got spanked by the New York Giants on national TV in a Monday night clash, 41-35.

And that’s not the worst of it. In the process they may have lost quarterback Tony Romo for the season with a broken collarbone.

Dallas now sits at 1-5, their worst start in decades. Exactly one team in NFL history has started 1-5 and gone on to make the playoffs. That would be the 1970 Bengals.

Maybe even more bizarre is that the Cowboys were one of the preseason favorites to make it to the Super Bowl. Not anymore. This hardly looks like the same team that trounced the Eagles in three straight games to drive a stake through Eagles’ fans hearts at the end of last season.

Of course, there is a down side to all this. The Giants are now 5-2, a full game ahead of the Eagles and Redskins, both at 4-3. None of which is going to make the Eagles’ loss Sunday in Tennessee any less ugly. And the Eagles still have two dates with the Giants. Then again, they also have both games against the Cowboys, at least one of which likely will be without Romo at the helm.

Reid it and sweep. That would be my advice for the Eagles.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 25

The Daily Numbers: 0, number of home runs for Ryan Howard in this postseason.


0, number of RBIs for Howard.


.303, Howard’s batting average for the playoffs.


12 strikeouts in 22 at-bats vs. the Giants for the Phils’ slugger. In total he struck out 17 times in the playoffs.


27 straight points dropped on the Eagles by the Titans in the 4th quarter yesterday as the Birds fell, 37-19.


1,253 homes, 798,000 square feet of commercial space, 235,200 square feet of office space and a 225 room hotel being proposed for the old Franklin Mint site. Developers have formally filed their request for zoning changes to allow them to develop the site.


26, age of local swimmer Fran Crippen, who died in an open water race in the United Arab Emirates.


16, age of teen in Lancaster County killed when the horse he was riding was struck by a car.


50,000 dollars in jewelry stolen in a home invasion in Delaware in which a female occupant was held at gunpoint for 90 minutes.


23, age of Del. woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend after they broke up.


65, age of woman struck and killed by a SEPTA bus in Wynnefield Saturday. She went into cardiac arrest after being struck.


2.89 a gallon, average price of gas in the Philly region. That’s up from


$2.66 a year ago.


26 of 48 for 231 yards for Kevin Kolb against the Titans.


24 carries for 66 yards for Titans’ star Chris Johnson, pretty much a non-factor in the game.


3-1 loss for the Union at the hands of the Columbus Crew to finish off their first year in the MSL.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.


Not exactly what a weekend to remember for Philly sports fans. The agony of defeat. Yeah, we’re all too familiar with that.


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I Don’t Get It: Ryan Howard takes a called strike three with the game – and the Phillies season – on the line. Hard to believe.


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Today’s Upper: You can count ‘em down with us. Eight days until the election.


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Quote Box: “I just don’t think any of us saw this happening.”


- Phillies closer Brad Lidge, after the Phils lost Game 6 of the NLCS, and the pennant, to the Giants.


 

Crippen: A loss hard to fathom

Fran Crippen was a world-class swimmer, the pride of Germantown Academy and part of a legendary Philadelphia swimming family.


So it boggles the mind to think we have lost him at the age 26.


Maybe even more cruel is the manner in which Crippen died.


He was stricken in the water, where he was so comfortable, almost a second home.


Crippen was taking part in an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates. Concern is now being raised about conditions at the time of the 10-K race. Both the air and water temperature were extreme. Some say the water at he time of the race may have been as warm as 87 degrees.


Crippen, who indicated before the race to at least one person that he was not feeling well, apparently was stricken about 400 meters from the finish.


You can read the entire story here.


It won’t make it any easier. It’s just an unbelievably hard thing to fathom.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Crippen family.


 

Lentz, Meehan debate tonight

With just eight days before we go to the polls, one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the nation continues to unfold right here in our own back yard.

Democrat Bryan Lentz and Republican Pat Meehan continue to slug it out in a battle royal to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Lentz and Meehan have spent a lot of time lobbing hand grenades at each other over seemingly inconsequential issues such as nominating issues.

Meehan has admitted to some problems with some of his petitions that were gathered by a rogue collector.

Lentz has been in the spotlight for the past week after finally admitting in a session with our editorial board that he was aware of the efforts of some of his supporters to help third-party candidate Jim Schneller get on the ballot. More importantly, Lentz did not seem to be especially bothered by the move. This is politics, after all.

Tonight the two men will stand on the same stage tonight at Neumann College for the final debate of the campaign.

Should be a humdinger. We’ll be there to provide full coverage.

Welcome to Dread October

We were supposed to be past all this.

Didn’t the Phils vanquish our loser mentality when they sashayed down Broad Street two years ago? Didn’t that World Series crown chase away the demons of decades of losing?

The Phils followed up their championship season by storming right back to the Fall Classic last year, only to fall to the hated New York Yankees.

Still, we managed a smile, content in the knowledge we had left the era of loveable losers behind.

Right up until Saturday night.

Right up until Ryan Howard looked at that called third strike, with runners on first and second.

As the Giants danced onto the field to celebrate a National League pennant, all the old feelings of inadequacy came rushing back.

This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Phillies, now armed with the best pitching in baseball to come with their potent offense, were supposed to waltz back to the World Series.

But their offense turned impotent. They made uncharacteristic gaffes, both in the field and on the bases.

And they were left to once again sit and state as another team celebrated.

It is ironic that Howard should be the final batter in the Phils’ 2010 campaign, a season by the way in which they led the majors in wins with 97.

If I had told you before the post-season that Howard would hit a lusty .313, you no doubt would have been busy checking StubHub for World Series ticket availability.

But if I also had told you that Howard would not hit as much as a single home run – in fact would not drive in any runs at all – you would have felt that sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach all over again.

Howard looked at strike three, thus sealing his ignominy as the only cleanup hitter in recent Major League Baseball history to fail to drive in a run in the postseason.

The Phillies – and their fans who have packed Citizens Bank park for the last 100-plus games – surely did not see this one coming.

They had scratched out a win in San Francisco to stave off elimination and return the series to the friendly confines of South Philly.

They got a serviceable start from Roy Oswalt, who also pitched in relief on Wednesday night.

But after posting two runs early in the game, the Phils’ offense again fired blanks.

All of which led to Howard’s at-bat in the ninth.

Less than 24 hours after the Phils fumbled their chance to force a game seven, the Eagles literally did the same.

Leading the Tennessee Titans 16-7 and driving for what appeared to be a kill shot at the Titans’ two yard line, a botched handoff beteween Kevin Kolb and LeSean McCoy gave the Titans a reprieve.

What happened next we’ve seen a million times. The Eagles unfurled a parade of penalties, poor play calls, questionable defense and then watched as the Titans ran off 27 fourth quarter points to rout the Birds.

A city that desperately needed a pick-ke-up after as depressing a Saturday night as you can imagine instead was greeted by another kick in the gut, courtesy of their NFL team.

Again, we’ve seen this all before.

You’ll be happy to know that Andy Reid takes full responsibility for all the mistakes, that he needs to do a better job of putting players in position to make plays, and that he will “clean up” all those penalties.

Red October just became Dread October.

Gang Green morphed once again into Bird Brains.

And Philly fans once again curse their fate. Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The dreaded Saturday Eagles pick

Depending on what the Phillies do tonight, the Eagles will either be a tasty appetizer or the main event for sports fans on Sunday.


The Birds travel to Tennessee, where they will face a team somewhat similar to the Falcons team they trounced last week. In other words, I don't think the Titans are as good as their record.


That will be even more so if backup quarterback Vince Young can't go and the Titans are led by veteran Kerry Collins, who I think played at Penn State when Joe Paterno was young.


In any rate the Birds defense will face their staunchest test of the season in superstar Tennesseee running back Chris Johnson. This one is pretty simple: Control him and the Eagles have a chance. Watch him run wild and the Birds will struggle. It won' be easy. He's had seven straight 100-yard performances vs. NFC teams.


Kevin Kolb will start again for the Eagles, and I see no reason why he will not continue to play well, even without DeSean Jackson in the lineup as he continues to try to clear the cobwebs from that vicious hit and concussion he suffered last week.


One other thing: For some reason, Andy Reid's teams always seem to struggle the week before their bye, then come back after the break with a vengeance. Then again, that argument is countered by the fact that the Titans are on a short week, after traveling to play on Monday night, a 30-3 pounding of the Jags.


And finally, this would not be a good week for kicker David Akers to continue the struggles he had last week battling the tricky winds at the Linc. They will need several kicks from Akers to win this one.


I think the Titans get just enough juice from Johnson to hold off another solid showing from Kolb.


Make it Titans 26, Eagles 23.


And as an an added bonus pick, I love Roy Oswalt and the Phils to win tonight and force a winner-take-all Game 7 Sunday night in South Philly.


Last Week: I'll admit it. I was surprised by how well the Birds fared against the Falcons. Then again I'm beginning to think Atlanta's early success was something of a mirage. But Kevin Kolb played out of his mind to get the Eagles a huge win.


Season Record: I am still a solid 4-2, even after fumbling the pick in the Falcons game. That also makes  me even with the Birds, who sit at at 4-2, still in first place in the NFC East.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 22

The Daily Numbers: 6, as in Game 6 of the NLCS, Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. That’s because the Phils beat the Giants last night in San Francisco, 4-2.

6 innings, 2 runs on 6 hits for Roy Halladay, who was pitching most of the time with a groin strain. He also struck out 5.

2 more wins Saturday and Sunday will send the Phils back to their 3rd straight appearance in the World Series.

3:57 of 7:57 for first pitch Saturday night, it depends on what the Yankees do tonight. If they win to for Game 7 in the ALCS, the Phils play in the afternoon. If the Rangers close them out, the Phils go prime time.

2 abduction attempts involving children reported in Morton and Trainer.

11 counts of arson filed against a Haverford man in connection with fires at the Eagle Tower Apartments.

2 people shot last night in Chester. Police are investigating.

35 years in jail for a Chester man convicted of dealing drugs.

90 days in jail for a 77-year-old Bryn Mawr woman in connection with a hit-run crash that left a teen bicyclist injured.

2 people dead in a botched robbery at a Philadelphia jewelry store, including the store owner and one of the suspects.

49-44 spread for Republican Tom Corbett over Dem Dan Onorato in the Pa.

gubernatorial race. That’s down from a 15-point bulge early in the campaign.

80 hours of community service for a Philly teen who donned a red Spiderman outfit and ran out on the field during a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park.

30 of October, when President Obama will rally Dems again in another appearance in Philadelphia.

24, age of man in Lansdale who police say was riding on a bike with his son in a tandem seat while he was selling drugs.

64, age of Chester County man facing charges of child porn.

3 teen girls charged with attacking joggers in a Wilmington park.

3-2 loss for the Flyers at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks last night.

3 straight losses for the Flyers.

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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Don’t know about you, but I love the Phils’ chances at home Saturday.

Break out the rally towels.

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I Don’t Get It: One of the suspects in a robbery that ended in a deadly shootout at a Northeast Philly jewelry store had just escaped from prison about a week before. I don’t get it.

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Today’s Upper: You have to admire the grit of Phils’ ace Roy Halladay, who suffered a groin strain early in last night’s game, but refused to come out.

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Quote Box: “The guy’s just a tough guy. He didn’t show it.”

- Phillies Placido Polanco, on the showing by Halladay.

Lentz, Sestak and the future for Delco Dems

While Bryan Lentz and Pat Meehan continue to snipe at each other over “Schnellergate” – the Democrat’s admission to this newspaper that he knew about his supporters’ efforts to get a third-party conservative candidate on the ballot, I continue to be struck by something else Lentz told us.

I asked him that this was a bit of a novel situation, that he and the Republican Meehan were battling for what amounts to an open seat, what with U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak leaving that post to run for the U.S. Senate.

I assumed Lentz would not be running for this seat if Sestak had not decided to challenge the Democratic powers that be and do battle with Sen. Arlen Specter in the primary, a race that Sestak won in a huge upset.

Lentz admitted he had no plans to challenge Sestak, but then he added something I was not expecting.

He had planned to leave the state Legislature anyhow.

Lentz indicated he was a bit dismayed at the way things are done in Harrisburg and was looking for another challenge.

That’s when it also struck me that there is something else at work here.

It took Democrats two decades to finally vanquish longtime Republican Congressman Curt Weldon. Sestak did that back in 2006. It took just three years for Sestak to set his sights on another prize.

Likewise, Lentz’s 161st state House seat had been in Republican hands even longer. Rep. Tom Gannon was a fixture in Harrisburg for almost three decades before he was shown the door by Lentz.

Now Lentz is leaving that seat as well. It could very well revert back into Republican hands, if longtime Ridley cop and county detective Joe Hackett beats Democrat Walt Waite.

If Lentz loses to Meehan, that 7th District seat that Dems fought so long and hard for also would be back in Republican hands.

I guess what goes around, comes around.

This Bud's for you

That huge sigh of relief you heard last night was coming from Bud Selig.

The baseball commissioner can now uncross his fingers – and his toes. The Phillies are still alive.

Selig – and the brass at Fox-TV were looking at the distinct possibility of a Texas Rangers-San Francisco Giants World Series. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But it pales next to the powerhouse possibility of a rematch of last year’s Fall Classic pitting the New York Yankees and Phillies, two huge media markets.

The Yankees now must win tonight in Texas to force a deciding Game 7 in the ALCS.

Selig will be the one in the Yankees hat.

Just kidding. I think.

Red October comin' back to Philly

They’re alive!

Even with a bum groin, Roy Halladay is proving to be worth every penny the Phillies are paying him.

In the biggest start of his career – and the Phillies season – Halladay suffered a groin strain in the second inning of last night’s crucial NLCS game against the Giants in San Francisco.

He didn’t bail out. Instead, he snarled his way through it, giving up just two runs on six hits over six innings.

This wasn’t the overpowering Halladay who threw a perfect game this year against the Marlins and a no-hitter in the NLDS against the Reds.

You could tell that almost from the start, when Halladay uncharacteristically walked the leadoff man.

He did not have his best stuff.

But he had the right stuff.

Even with a bum groin.

Now the Giants have to do the one thing they were hoping they would not have to do. They had to fly back across the country and now face the wrath of the faithful at Citizens Bank Park.

The only thing we don’t know is when the game will start. That depends on tonight’s Yankees-Rangers ALCS game. If the Yankees win and extend the series, the Phils will play at 3:47 Saturday afternoon. If the Rangers close out the Yanks, the Phils-Giants will bump back to 7:57p.m.

Red October is alive and well in Philadelphia.

The Phils ruined their party in San Francisco. Now they need to win two games at home.

Break out the rally towels.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 21

The Daily Numbers: 3-1 deficit for the Phillies in their NLCS vs. the Giants after they lost last night, 6-5


4 and two-thirds innings for last night’s starter, Joe Blanton. He left with the lead. The bullpen could not bring home the win.


5 runs on 9 hits for the Phils, who showed signs they might be ready to snap out of their slump.


7:57 first pitch again tonight in San Fran. It’s do or die time for the Phils.


48-46 edge for Pat Toomey over Joe Sestak in a poll by Quinnipiac University released today. It’s the 2nd poll in 2 days to show a shift in the race, with Sestak eating into a big Toomey advantage and actually in one poll with a slight lead.


2 point margin now for Tom Corbett over a surging Dan Onorato in the Pa.


gubernatorial race.


42,000 dollar grant for Chichester School District from the state Department of Education.


39, age of Ridley man who is wanted for trying to steal a bunch of leather coats from the Kohl’s in Morton – and leaving his 2-year-old daughter behind when he allegedly fled the scene.


32, age of Rasheed Bingham, who is being hailed as a hero for stepping in and defusing a tense situation on a SEPTA bus when a woman confronted another with a loaded gun in a dispute over a cell phone call.


9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the new curfew for those under 18 in Bethel Township from Oct. 1-April 30. During the warmer months they’re actually allowed out until 10.


20, age of man in critical condition after being struck by car on Roosevelt Blvd. in Philly last night.


11, age of child a man allegedly tried to abduct by forcing the boy into his car.


25,000 dollars in laptops ripped off from the Philadelphia School District.


280,000 members of Keystone Mercy Health Plan and AmeriHealth Mercy Health plan whose personal information was included on a portable computer that was misplaced.


59 million now up for grabs in the Powerball drawing Saturday night. No one hit last night.


100,000 dollars believed fleeced from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by a man who claims abuse by a priest involving false claims for psychotherapy sessions.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.


Roy Halladay needs to come up big tonight. So do the Phils’ bats. It’s either that or break out the golf clubs.


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I Don’t Get It: Jimmy Rollins not bunting. Shane Victorino not advancing on a play at the plate. This Phillies team simply seems to be making too many of these kinds of mistakes for this time of the year.


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Today’s Upper: Republican Tom Corbett wants to get Pa. out of the booze business by selling off the state stores to private enterprise. I’ll drink to that.


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Quote Box: “I don’t recall everything that happened, it happened so fast.”


- Rasheed Bingham of Lansdowne, the Good Samaritan who defused that dangerous situation involving a woman with a gun on a SEPTA bus.

About that Lentz story

In case you missed it, Rep. Bryan Lentz made a little news this week.


The Democrat who is running against Pat Meehan in the heated 7th District Congressional race sat down with the Daily Times Editorial Board for a session that we live-streamed on our website.


During the interview, not surprisingly the issue of third-party candidate Jim Schneller and how he came to be on the ballot came up.


We asked Lentz if and when he knew about allegations that some of his supporters were instrumental in helping Schneller obtain the signatures that got him on the ballot.


Lentz didn’t dodge the question.


Instead, for the first time, he admitted that he was aware of what his backers had been doing, but qualified it by saying that Schneller had already made the decision to get into the race.


He said he would not call what happened “a mortal sin.”


It again reminds me of the power of the Internet, and the profound change it is exacting on the journalism business, and what I do for a living every day.


We had been promoting the live-stream all day on the website. We had afforded the same last week to Pat Meehan, so I thought it was only fair to be sure that we also live-streamed the session with the Democrat Lentz.


We weren’t the only ones tuned in. Literally before I could wrap up the session and walk from our conference room to my office, I saw the e-mail from the Meehan camp blasting Lentz for finally coming clean on the matter, quoting him speaking to our editorial board. I guess they were tuned in.


They weren’t the only ones. Staff writer Danielle Lynch, who has been covering the 7th District race for us and who sat in on the session, immediately got an item up on her Politics ’10 Blog on Lentz’s statement.


The next morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a story based on our session with Lentz and his admission that he knew about the Schneller petition help.


Not only that, but they posted a five-minute audio clip on their website. I’m assuming they simply taped it off of our live stream. The properly credited us with the story, but I have to admit I was a little taken aback hearing my voice and that of my colleagues on the Inquirer’s web site. It’s all part of the brave new world in which I now toil.


Later in the day, the story got picked up by both The Hill, and eventually the Drudge Report.


I admire Lentz for confronting the issue head-on. It was not the only interesting thing he said in the session. But it certainly is the one the garnered the headlines.


In fact, I have only one regret, and it is one I admit with a bit of embarrassment.


While we posted the item online, and I wrote a blog on it the next morning, as did columnist and fellow editorial board member Gil Spencer, the fact is that we did not get the story into our print edition.


That was a mistake. We should have gotten it in. Maybe I can blame it on a serious case of Phillies Fever. A reader who e-mailed me believed I was actually suffering from something else.


Bias.


He pointed out that we used the story on our website and also blogged about it, but that we specifically did not use it in print because we knew that it would place Lentz in a negative light.


“So, you guys put the story about Lentz finally revealing his help for Schneller only on your blog page and not in the actual paper?” he complained. “Even the Philadelphia Inquirer put the story in the print edition and treated it as a real story, not just mentioned in an online blog ….


“Do you see how people could possibly claim your paper is biased? I know, I know you’re going to use that old chestnut all editors defending their bad decision use – you hear from the other side also so that does not make you biased. I would argue the people from the other side that complain are more often than not partisan weirdos out of touch with reality and nor your average credible reader like me who is so incensed by your obvious bias that he decided to write to the editor for the first time."


Actually, that is not what I told him at all when I responded to his e-mail. I told him he was absolutely right. The story needed to be in our print edition. It was simply an oversight. That’s not an excuse. It’s just the truth. He had me dead to rights and I told him so. I was guilty as charged.


The story is in the paper today. You can actually view the video here of our session with Lentz.


I also thanked him for the note, and told him not to be a stranger.


That’s also part of my changing business. The newspaper continues to have a voice – and a strong one – in the community. But we are not alone.


Welcome to my world. I invite you to be more than readers, be a participant. Go to our website. Post a comment. If you don’t like what you’re reading, tell me so.


We may not always agree, but I’ll always listen.


Even when I’m just flat wrong.



A toast to Tom Corbett

There was a headline that came out of the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race that caught my eye yesterday.

Because it’s something I’ve been asking candidates as they have arrived at out Primos offices for their endorsement interviews.

Republican Tom Corbett yesterday came out and called for the state to get out of the booze business. He wants to implode the Liquor Control Board and sell it off to private enterprise.

His opponent, Democrat Dan Onorato opposes the idea, instead saying he would work to make the state stores more appealing.

Only one problem with that. It doesn’t solve my problem.

Look, I am the first to admit I’m not sure of the math, if the revenue gained up front by selling off the business would hold up against the yearly revenue supplied by liquor and wine sales. We’ve actually had some candidates who believe the state would see more revenue because of increased sales and taxes on the private enterprise.

To be honest, that’s neither here or there.

Here’s what I want. When I am out grocery shopping, I want to be able to grab a case of beer – or a six-pack if I’m so inclined – stick it in my cart and keep right on shopping. Maybe in the next aisle I could snag a bottle of wine for dinner.

Right now all I can get at Wegmans is buying a six-pack at a separate facility in the prepared foods section. I have to pay for it separately there. I can’t just grab a quick six and put it in with the rest of the groceries.

Or say I’m headed home late one night and I want to grab a six-pack. I’d like to be able to pull into a local convenience store and snag a cold six-pack. I used to do it all the time when I lived in Colorado.

Finally, there is this. I want to be able to go one place for my alcohol purchases. I don’t want to go one place for a case of beer, another if I want a six-pack, and still another stop if I need wine or alcohol.

I want to do it all in one shot.

It sounds like Tom Corbett is on the same page.

I’ll drink to that.

Now, about that no-tax-hike pledge ….

Phils face a Giant test

Welcome to Mudville.

In the City by the Bay, the Phillies appear to be dead in the water.

They blew a lead and a tie in the process of losing a heart-breaking 6-5 Game 4 last night to the Giants. After tying the game, 5-5, in the top of the ninth, Charlie Manuel called on one of his three aces to pitch the bottom of the ninth. Didn’t work out. Roy Oswalt gave up two hits and the sacrifice fly that ended the game, and crushed Phillies Nation 3,000 miles away.

But it was not the move to use Oswalt that may haunt Manuel. It was the ace who did not appear in the game that could now stand beside Chico Ruiz in the annals of Phillies blunders.

Manuel stuck to his guns and went with Joe Blanton as his starter. And it worked. Blanton went two outs into the fifth inning and left with the a 4-3 lead.

But while Chad Durbin got dinged for two runs, before the Phils rallied in the top of the ninth to tie it.

That set up the killer bottom of the ninth.

Maybe Manuel’s first call today should not be to his bullpen. It should be to Peter Laviolette. Remember him? He’s the Flyers coach. Last spring the Flyers were down 3-0 in their Stanley Cup playoff series to the Bruins, and were going back to Boston facing elimination. All the Flyers did was fall behind in that game, 3-0, before roaring back to win, and then running the board to take one of the most thrilling playoff comeback wins in Philly sports history.

Look at it this way. So the Phils are not facing a win-win situation. Actually they are facing a win-win-win situation.

That’s right, they need to win three straight games.

It starts tonight, with Roy Halladay again jousting with Giants ace Tim Lincecum.

The Phils must win to bring the game back to Citizens Bank Park for games on Saturday and Sunday that would be off the Richter scale.

This is no time for the Phils to go on holiday. Instead they need to go on Halladay. They need to climb on the back of the guy who has been the one rare constant this season.

It says here that Halladay is up to the task. 2-1 Phils and it’s back to Philly.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 20

The Daily Numbers: 2-1 deficit for the Phillies in their NLCS vs. the Giants after they lost last night, 3-0.

3 hits for the Feeble Phils as they got shut down by Matt Cain.

1 inning, what tonight’s starter, Joe Blanton, has pitched since the last week of September.

9 3-foot-tall pot plants seized from a home in Upland.

30 years of service celebrated by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County.

46-45 lead for Joe Sestak over Pat Toomey in a poll by Public Policy Polling in the Pa. U.S. Senate race.

44-41 percent lead for Sestak in a poll done by Muhlenberg College.

2 Philadelphia men facing charges in a series of home invasions in Delco targeting Asian merchants.

1 debate between the 2 candidates set for tonight in Philly.

3 percent tax on natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale regions of Pa. still being sought by Gov. Ed Rendell. He wants it start out at 3 and gradually increase to 5.

43 million dollars wasted by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, according to a new audit.

1 million dollar settlement in the suit against Kiddie Kollege, the N.J.

day care in Gloucester County that was located in a contaminated building that used to be a thermometer factory.

70,186 dollars believed pilfered by a worker from a New Jersey church.

5 strikeouts for Giants starter Matt Cain; Cole Hamels struck out 8 in the losing effort.

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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Pretty simple, really. The Phils must win tonight. They cannot afford to go down 3-1 and expect to win 3 straight.

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I Don’t Get It: A daughter has been charged in the murder of her mother in Bristol, Bucks County. She then is believed to have set the body on fire.

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Today’s Upper: We can’t stop now. We’re probably needed more than ever.

The Phils are 3,000 miles away. Let them hear you tonight.

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Quote Box: “If somebody’s already made the decision to run, I didn’t think that ‘helping’ with the process of signature petitions was improper.”

- Dem Congressional candidate Bryan Lentz, in admitting he was aware of work by his aides in helping a third-party candidate on the ballot.

Leaving their hearts in San Francisco

The Phillies are in the process of leaving their hearts in San Francisco.

It’s pretty clear they left their bats in Philly.

The Phlailin’s managed all of three hits in getting shut out by the Giants yesterday, 3-0.

The malaise goes through the entire lineup. Raul Ibanez is in the process of going 0-for-the-playoffs. Chase Utley is struggling, both at the plate and in the field. Ryan Howard is suddenly a gap hitter.

There is good news and bad news for the Phils and their fans. They are only down one game, 2-1. They can even the series tonight. But to do so they will need a big-time effort from starter Joe Blanton.

That’s right. Joe Blanton. Charlie Manuel is not going to tinker with his rotation and move up Roy Halladay to go on short rest.

There are two possible problems with Blanton. One would be that he has thrown exactly one inning since the last week of September.

Maybe more importantly just might be the first inning. It has been Blanton’s nemesis all season. If Blanton gets through the first, he usually manages to sail along until about the sixth, when he starts to run out of gas.

If he has trouble in the first … well, don’t ask.

Hey, how ‘bout that Kevin Kolb!

Call Sestak 'The Comeback Kid'

That little admission from Bryan Lentz was not the only big political news yesterday.

The Comeback Kid is coming back again.

Two new polls now show Democrat Joe Sestak now with a stunning slight lead over Republican Pat Toomey. This is a huge turnaround, since just a month or so ago several polls had the Republican with a 10-point bulge. That’s now gone.

Consider this race a tossup.

First there was a survey from Public Policy Poll showing Sestak with just a sliver of an edge in the race, at 46-45. Counting in the margin of error and it’s a race that could go either way.

But then later yesterday The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Tracker Poll showed Sestak now leading Toomey 44-41 percent.

And once again it seems Sestak has turned to the magic of a devastating TV ad to help turn the tide.

Remember back in his uphill fight against longtime incumbent Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary, Sestak unfurled one of the most killer ads in recent memory. The vision of Specter saying his vote-switch would allow him to get “re-elected” with Specter emphasizing that last word, proved fatal to the newly minted Dem.

Now Sestak is back with an ad portraying Toomey as saying his voting record when he was in Congress “is hard to distinguish from Rick Santorum’s.”

Ouch!

This race now comes down to two basic elements: The undecided vote and turnout on election day. Sestak needs a big turnout to help him push over the top.

And claim once again the title of Comeback Kid. Now if only he could tell the Phillies how to do the same.

An admission from Bryan Lentz

It was Bryan Lentz’s turn on the hot seat with the Daily Times Editorial Board yesterday.

As with every other candidate, we offered him the opportunity to introduce himself – and what he thought were the key issues in the campaign for the 7th District Congressional seat - as part of our video presentation.

We also opened up our questioning, as we have with the other interviews, with the question that seems first and foremost in the minds of our readers – jobs and the economy. We asked him if he thought the federal stimulus plan was a good thing and what he would have done differently.

For a good half hour, the name of Jim Schneller did not come up. He is the third-party candidate in the race, along with Democrat Lentz and Republican standard-bearer Pat Meehan.

It is widely believed that Schneller is on the ballot solely via the dogged efforts of Lentz supporters, who helped him collect the necessary signatures on his petition ballots. Of course, the belief is that the conservative Schneller siphons votes away from Meehan, thus bettering Lentz’s chance in the bitterly contested election.

Lentz surprised me yesterday when he basically admitted that he knew his workers were involved.

Lentz qualified his comments by saying that Schneller had already made the decision to get into the race.

“If somebody has already made the decision to run, I don’t think that ‘helping’ with the process of signature petitions was improper,” Lentz told the board.

The Meehan camp was not buying. They fired off a press release almost immediately after the words went out onto the Internet via our live stream.

“It’s about time Bryan Lentz would admit what the media has been reporting on for months,” the statement from Meehan campaign spokesman Brian Kendro said. “Despite his efforts to fool voters about his role in supporting Schneller’s candidacy, he was forced to come clean, and he should apologize for not being forthright. Bryan Lentz felt he was not a strong enough candidate ro run on his own record that he had to ensure a shill candidate was on the ballot, too. Once again, voters cannot trust a word Bryan Lentz says.”

Actually, there was another word I wondered about in terms of Lentz’s admission.

I asked him if he felt badly about the incident and if he had it to do over again, would he have done anything differently. That’s because during the session I got the impression that Lentz does in fact regret the whole thing and probably was not especially well-served by those in his camp who orchestrated the help for Schneller.

“That’s an open question in my mind,” Lentz responded, adding that he does not consider the incident “a mortal sin.”

“But I think about it.”

He’s not the only one.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 19

The Daily Numbers: 4:19, time of first pitch this afternoon in Game 3 of the NLCS between the Phils and Giants in San Francisco.

44, age of Chester man who faces charges in connection with a heinous case of animal abuse involving several cats.

80,000 dollars a year, how much Booker Wilson made as police chief in Chester Townships. He’s stepping down after pleading guilty to charges of forgery and receiving stolen property.

7 hours, how long a rape suspect hid out in a car on the massive Auto Logistics Car Depot at I-95 and Route 322 in Upper Chichester yesterday afternoon, sparking a massive manhunt.

38 caliber handgun wielded by woman during dispute with another passenger on a SEPTA bus in Upper Darby.

2, as in No. 2, where Sands Casino in Bethlehem now stands in terms of revenue. They dropped Harrah’s in Chester down to the No. 3 slot.

4.7 million dollars in revenue at Harrah’s, down from 5.8 million last year. Most experts believe the new SugarHouse Casino in Philly is siphoning off customers who used to go to Harrah’s.

5 women who were groped as they headed home from work in Center City Philadelphia last night.

3 people trapped in a house fire in West Philly overnight. All 3 were rescued by firefighters.

2 people hit by a car Monday afternoon on Meeting House Road in Upper Chi. They were not believed to be seriously injured.

5 people, including 4 kids, killed in a fire in Harrisburg row home Monday night.

13 strikeouts for Cliff Lee as he blew away the Yankees over 8 innings and lift the Rangers to a 2-1 lead in the ALCS.

23 for 29 on Sunday for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. Can you say quarterback controversy?

1 for 9 for Giants leadoff hitter Andres Torres, fueling belief that the Giants may shuffle their lineup.

382 and 421 feet, the power alleys in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

2 weeks at least, how long Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to be out of the lineup.

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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

So how many people are inventing an excuse to duck out of work early this afternoon with Game 3 of the NLCS expected to start at 4:15?

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I Don’t Get It: A man in Chester is charged in a thoroughly heinous case of cat abuse. I really don’t get it.

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Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Good Samaritan who got between two women who were arguing on a SEPTA bus. One of the women pulled out a loaded gun.

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Quote Box: “I wanted to fight to the utmost. But I did what I had to do. I have strong faith. I’ll be OK.”

- Chester Township top cop Booker Wilson, after entering plea in forgery case.

Commuter rage suspect bus-ted

 


Forget road rage. This was commuter rage. And now a suspect is in custody. Bus-ted, you might say.


Police in Upper Darby say a woman confronted another woman on a SEPTA bus with a loaded handgun after an argument escalated. They say the woman did not have a license for the firearm.


Police are crediting a Good Samaritan with getting between the two women and defusing the situation.


Here’s something to thin about, and something I have to remind myself when I go into one of my seemingly daily rants behind the wheel.


How many people are armed to the teeth as they walk out there among us?


I have to remind myself to dial it down after I get cut off in traffic, or as some person yaks incessantly on the phone, oblivious to what is going on around them.


The truth is you just don’t know what someone is capable of doing, and if they have a gun to back up their careless driving.


It’s a lesson for all of us. Hey, let’s be careful out there.


 



Jolly time for Andy Reid

Andy Reid was poking some fun at himself at his Monday day-after press conference. The Eagles head coach referred to himself as the “chubby”
coach of an NFL team with two very good quarterbacks.

The truth is, when it comes to the QB position, Reid is in Fat City.

That might not necessarily be a good thing.

Reid indicated Monday that Kevin Kolb likely would be the starter again on Sunday when the Birds got to Tennessee. That is probably because Michael Vick’s banged-up ribs are still not completely healed.

But you could just as easily say it is on merit.

Kolb, who lost his job after he suffered a concussion in less than a half of action on opening day against the Packers, is back with a vengeance.

He posted his second straight win as the starter filling in for Vick on Sunday.

Kolb didn’t just win. He was lights out. This is the guy we were promised all off-season. Kolb ran the West Coast offense to perfection.

So now the question is what happens when Vick is completely healthy.

Reid maintains that Vick will be the starter.

I would remind anyone who believes that statement that the coach said the same thing about Kolb before pulling the rug out from under him and inserting Vick as his starter.

If Kolb is on the money again Sunday against the Titans, the Eagles then have their bye week. Plenty of time for a quarterback controversy to foment. Especially if Vick makes it clear he wants to be the man.

Maybe then Reid might not be quite as “jolly.”

In the meantime, the Birds are 4-2 and own a share of the best record in the NFC.

And all this with both Kolb and Vick taking turns at the helm.

For the Birds? Hey, if it is, I’ll take it.

General Lee back in command

Just call him the Yankee killer.

Of course, Phillies fans might call him something else. They’re still calling him the one who got away.

Cliff Lee was up to his old playoff magic last night. And once again, his victim was the vaunted New York Yankees.

Picking up right where he left off with the Phils in dominating the Yankees in last year’s World Series, Lee bleway away the pinstrikes in the Big Apple last night. Granted, the Phils were not successful in defending their World Series crown vs. the Yanks. That wasn’t Lee’s fault. He won the only two games the Phils took in the Series.

Last night he was on the hill for the Rangers, and it was as if nothing had changed.

Lee dazzled the Yankees, striking out 13 in throwing eight hitless innings.

Yes, Lee certainly would look good in a rotation that now includes Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. If the Phils throw Joe Blanton in Game 4 tomorrow, and he does not fare well, look for the fans to bemoan the fact that Lee is not still in red pinstripes.

Ruben Amaro Jr. had to jettison Lee in the off-season, at least in part to make room for Halladay, and also to get some prospects to restock the Phils’ farm teams.

Here’s a tantalizing prospect.

How does Lee vs. Halladay in the World Series sound to you.

How about a winner-take-all Game 7.

Should Lee prevail, Amaro would never hear the end of it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The dreaded Saturday Eagles pick

Anybody remember the Eagles? You know, those guys in midnight green who play on Sunday afternoons?

Last week the Birds went prime time and posted a win vs. the 49ers. Unfortunately - and no doubt the cause for much angst down at Nova Care Nation - the Eagles were playing at the same time as the Phillies, who were in the process of eliminating the Reds in the NLDS.

The Eagles won the game, but lost the TV ratings battle to the Phils.

At least this week Gang Green will have the stage to themselves Sunday afternoon before the Phils take the field in prime time again on Sunday night.

That might not be a good thing for all us Bird Brains.

That's because the Eagles will be facing the best team they have played yet this year. Exton native Matt Ryan will bring the 4-1 Falcons to town. In the meantime, Kevin Kolb will get his second straight start for the Birds. Michael Vick might dress, but I do not expect him to see much - if any - time, no matter how much he would like to play against his old team.

Offense will not be the Birds' problem Sunday. Kolb will be fine. Defense is another question. The Falcons have been running the ball well, and the Eagles have had trouble stopping the run.

Look for the Falcons to dominate time of possession, and grind the Eagles into the Lincoln Financial Field turf. It's time for the Eagles' defense to take a stand. If they do, they have a shot at getting the win.

I just don't think they will.

Make it Falcons 27, Eagles 17.

And as an an added bonus pick, I'll take Roy Halladay to outduel Tim Lincecum, 2-1, in a pitching duel for the ages. Phillies in six.

Last Week: I was on the money, with Kevin Kolb and the Birds getting a win on the Left Coast. I expected him to play well, and hid did not disappoint for the most part.

Season Record: I am still a solid 4-1 after after another win in the 49ers game. That keeps me one game game better than the Birds, who sit at at 3-2, which these days makes you the leader in the thoroughly mediocre NFC East.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 15

The Daily Numbers: 1 more day until the Phillies and Giants tee it up in Game 1 of the NLCS.


5 major sporting events over 2 days at the South Philly sports complex. Temple football, Flyers, Phils, Eagles and then Phils again.


10-20 years in prison for Stephen Fischere in the beating death of his 4-year-old stepson.


6 more weeks, how long alums of Bonner and Prendie have to raise $500,000 in pledges.


2 women captured on videotape stealing a Halloween display in front of Cocco’s Pizza in Primos.


2 Chester residents who say they will hold a protest tomorrow outside PPL Park at the Union game to show their irritation at the city’s continuing lack of a supermarket.


108 employees who will gather in the parking lot of the Broomall Pathmark today for the last time. The store is closing.


500 people who showed up for a job fair yesterday at Springfield Country Club.


2 new polls that show Democrat Joe Sestak gaining ground on Republican Pat Toomey.


10 point spread for Toomey in the latest Rasmussen Poll released yesterday.


3 polls out yesterday that basically show a dead heat in the bitter battle between Democrat Bryan Lentz and Republican Pat Meehan in the 7th District Congressional race.


3 billion dollars in savings for Pa.’s 2 financially ailing public employee pension plans under a measure passed by the Senate yesterday.


5 percent increase in electric rates on Jan. 1 being set by Peco Energy Co. as rate caps are lifted.


2 men convicted of federal hate crime charges in the beating death of an illegal immigrant in Allentown.


90 days probation for a Philly teen convicted of shining a laser in the eyes of a helicopter pilot.


3-2 loss for the Flyers last night in the return of Simon Gagne to the Wells Fargo Center in the uniform of the Tampa Bay Lightning.


0 points scored so far this year by Gagne.


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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The eyes of the sports universe will be on us this weekend. Let’s show the world the passion that makes Philly the best sports town in the planet.


 


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I Don’t Get It: A cat was discovered in Atlantic City with an arrow shot into its face. The kitty will survive.


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Today’s Upper: Two words. Red October. You can feel it in the streets.


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Quote Box: “I have no soul and my heart is an empty hole.”


- Barbara Grogan, mother of 4-year-old murder victim Zander Grogan, at yesterday’s sentencing for his kiler, her former boyfriend.

Let's go to the videotape

I was once again reminded of something yesterday.


No, not the fact that Mike Chitwood is God’s gift to the news media.


The Upper Darby top cop was back in front of the cameras yesterday, talking about what he and his men have dubbed “the Grinches that Stole Halloween.”


Chitwood was loaded with a surveillance video that captures two women stealing the Halloween display outside Coco’s Pizza, which just happens to be located right around the corner from our office.


The woman are clear as day in the video, calmly getting out of their car, walking up and pilfering the display.


They appear oblivious to the fact that their every move is being preserved on videotape.


My guess is that most of us are, as well. Think about it. Ever wonder just how much of our lives is now being recorded on videotape?


Every time you walk in or out of the local Wawa, or the mall. Every time you stand in front of the Mac machine. Every time you drive through a toll plaza.


Big Brother is watching.


It’s almost kind of creepy.


Then again, it has its good points. My guess is that the two clueless women showcased by Chitwood yesterday likely will turn themselves in fairly soon, probably anxious to return to the Halloween display.


It’s become part of the stock trade of police work.


“Let’s go to the videotape.”



Ganging up on Meehan

Not the best of days yesterday for Pat Meehan.


He’s the former Delco D.A. and U.S. Attorney who is jousting with Democratic state Rep. Bryan Lentz for the 7th District Congressional seat being vacated by Joe Sestak.


At least three different polls came out yesterday indicating that Meehan’s once comfy lead is all but gone. The race is now considered a dead heat.


Then last night, Meehan took a powder on the proposed debate held by the League of Women Voters.


His opponent showed up anyhow. So did third party candidate Jim Schneller. That was the rub for Meehan. He boycotted the event because he’s convinced Schneller would not be on the ballot were it not for a lot of help he got in getting signatures on his nominating petitions from Meehan backers.


The thought, of course, is that Schneller siphons off conservative votes from the Republican.


Meehan’s absence draw harpoons from both Lentz and Schneller, who had a field day blasting the Republican’s absence.


A little less than three weeks to go, and this one is going to be a barnburner.

We're still talkin' about practice

There is word from Turkey that the national basketball team is laying down some strict conditions as they negotiate a deal with former Sixers and NBA superstar Allen Iverson.

Wonder how you say “practice” in Turkish?

Practice? Yep, we’re talkin’ about practice.

Not games. Practice.

Good luck, A.I. And even better luck to the Turkish team officials who think they have a shot of this thing working out.

Do they have a TGIFriday over there?

Center of the sports universe

Just how far has Philly come in terms of being a sports town?

Welcome to the center of the sports universe – at least for this weekend.

All eyes will be rivted on the complex at Broad and Pattison for one of the truly memorable weekends in Philly sports history.

Here’s a look at what is on tap:

It all gets kicked off Saturday afternoon when Temple plays its homecoming game at Lincoln Financial Field at 1 p.m.

Fans will be rolling out of the Linc about the time Flyers and Phillies fans start pouring into the lots.

The Flyers have actually moved up the time of their game from 7 to 6 p.m. so as to ease a bit of the bottleneck.

First pitch in the NLCS between the Phils and Giants is set at 7:57.

I’m assuming people will actually go home Saturday night, but my guess there will be more than a few people who simply camp out and spend the night down there.

Sunday will arrive bright and early as tailgaters storm the lots for the Eagles 1 p.m. kickoff against the Atlanta Falcons.

The tricky element on Sunday will be to get all those Eagles fans out before the Phillies fans roll in. First pitch Sunday night is set at 8:19.

Here’s a suggestion: SEPTA. The transit agency is offering a special $5 rate for parking at their Center City lots and the ride on the Broad Street Line to the stadiums. They will be utilizing Sports Express trains on the Broad Street lines before all the weekend events in South Philly.

Don’t kid yourself. Tons of people will drive. Traffic will be a mess.

I will offer my Eagles pick as usual tomorrow. But here’s a freebie.

It says here Roy Halladay outduels Tim Lincecum in a pitcher’s match for the ages Saturday night.

Phillies 2, Giants 1.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Daily Numbers - Oct. 14

The Daily Numbers: 2 new polls out today that show the Lentz-Meehan battle for the 7th District Congressional race to be a tossup.

40-39, a 1-point margin, for Meehan in The Hill poll. That’s with a margin of error of 4.9 percent’

34-31 percent for Meehan in today’s Franklin & Marshall College poll.

34 percent of voters in the poll remain undecided.

43-34 percent lead for Joe Sestak over Pat Toomey among 7th District voters when it comes to the Pa. Senate race.

10 point lead, 49-39, for Toomey over Sestak in the new Rasmussen poll out today

46-45 margin for Sestak among likely voters in a poll conducted for the Sestak campaign.

44-42 percent led for Toomey in a poll done for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

82, age of woman killed when she was struck by car on Eagle Road in Haverford.

2 Philadelphia firefighters who suffered minor injuries in a blaze in Germantown.

2,600 dollars raised to help a special needs student get a new wheelchair to replace one that was stolen from him. Darby Mayor Helen Thomas was among those leading the fundraising effort.

815 million dollars, what Lockheed Martin is getting for its Enterprise Integration Group in Montco.

1.6 million Peco Energy customers who are about to learn the company’s new rate plan. It will go into effect Jan. 1.

9.2 million, what city of Philadelphia pays out on average per year for claims against police. That puts them 4th. New York City is No. 1, with a whopping $96.4 million.

3 years in prison for a Chester County man for a wrong-way crash that killed 2 people.

5 inmates who escaped from a detention facility in Del.; only 1 is still at large.

22, age of Philly father gunned down on the steps of his home near 19th and Reed.

2 more days until the Phils and Giants kick off the NLCS Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

91 yards on 31 carries so far this year for Jerome Harrison for the Browns. He was acquired by the Eagles yesterday for running back Mike Bell.

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Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

The Flyers have moved up their Saturday night game to 6 p.m. so as not to directly compete with the Phils. No word yet on what the Eagles will try to do to upstage everyone.

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I Don’t Get It: Still waiting for this NLCS to start. And we’ll just have to wait 2 more days.

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Today’s Upper:
Kudos to the Widener students who took a stand against bullying of sexual minorities last night.

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Quote Box: “It seems the kids are getting younger who are being bullied.”

- Lou Devecchis, in making plea for new law to Haverford commissioners.