The Daily Numbers: 5 Delco parishes that will disappear after this weekend. 2 parishes that had appeals against merger plans denied by the archdiocese. Holy Saviour in Lower Chi and Immaculate Conception in Marcus Hook both saw their pleas fall on deaf ears. 30 parishes in the archdiocese to close or merge since the Parish Pastoral Planning Area Initiative began in 2011. 136 weapons recovered from the streets of Chester in 2012. 739,682 submissions to Pennsylvania Instant Check System for a firearms purchase in 2011. 95 percent of those were approved. 100 fugitives nabbed by PICS checks in 2011. 1,475 fugitives nailed since the program started in 1998. 33, age of Ridley Park man who faces charges after he started waving a Confederate flag and yelling racial slurs at people in a residential community near a Toby Keith concert in Camden. 26, age of Upper Chi man facing charges in a series of home break-ins in lower end of county as well as Delaware. 8 days, how long some activists have been taking part in hunger strike to protest education cuts in Philly. 139 point dip for the Dow yesterday amid new fears of problems in China. 5.7 percent decline in the market from its all-time high last month. 6-5 vote yesterday by Senate committee to OK plan to make major changes in plan to privatize sale of booze in Pa. 100,000 dollar bonus for owner of South Philly beer distributor who sold a winning $131.5 million Powerball ticket. The winner has not yet come forward. 3-0 lead blown by Phils in bottom of 9th as the Padres rallied to tie it and then win it in the 10th. 4 of last 5 save opportunities blown by closer Jonathan Papelbon, after he converted all 13 of his save appearances before last week. 3 hits each for Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry Jr. 8 strong innings for Cliff Lee, who left with 3-0 lead after giving up hits to first 2 batters in 9th. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan. Charlie Manuel just can't win. Last night he decided to leave Cliff Lee in to start the 9th, even letting him hit with a runner in scoring position in the top of the inning. Lee struck out, then allowed first two batters to get base hits, then gave way to Papelbon. Can you imagine the reaction if Charlie had pulled Lee and then Papelbon had blown the game? I Don’t Get It: I'm not the least bit surprised that the archdiocese rejected appeals from two churches in the lower end who are fighting an order that they be merged with another parish. The writing is on the wall for this one. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Kenny Covert and Brothers of Concern, the Chester grass roots group that is taking the battle against drugs and gun violence to the streets. The city could use a lot more like them. Quote Box: “The bigger the gun, the bigger you are." - Kenny Covert, of Brothers of Concern, on the problems dealing with guns on the streets of Chester.