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February 15, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Around noon Thursday, during a lull in the storm predicted to dump a foot or more of snow outside his door, Jeffrey Sklute took a break and sized up the situation. Many of the 20 or so workers at his Yardley Flower Co. feverishly cut and arranged roses while others answered ringing phones. His delivery vans, however, were idle. "Everything is kind of working against us, but we're doing the best we can," said Sklute, a florist for decades in lower Bucks County. "We'll probably be here till midnight.
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February 13, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
In Delaware County, some townships are waiting for road-salt deliveries that were supposed to arrive weeks ago. Officials in Northampton, Bucks County, paid a trucking company to bring in salt from a neighboring town rather than risk a late delivery. And in Chester County, where 12 municipalities face a critical salt shortage, the deputy director for emergency management, Robert Kagel, said the state Department of Transportation told him to "be creative. " After back-to-back snowfalls and a catastrophic ice storm that froze roads, downed power lines, and paralyzed the region last week, officials and residents are facing new challenges as they brace for another fierce storm that is expected to start just before midnight Wednesday.
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February 12, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update 9:30 a.m. Tuesday : Peco reports 1,800 customers still without power, half in Chester County. Earlier Story About 99 percent. After days of round-the-clock work, that was how close repair crews had come late Monday to restoring all 715,000 Peco customers who lost power during or after last week's storm. That still meant more than 5,600 customers were waiting for the lights to come on for the first time in many days. "We know it's tough for our customers, but this is a version of Hurricane Sandy," Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong said, warning that some people might endure another day in the dark.
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February 12, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Democrat Manan Trivedi is planning a third run for Congress, hoping that the retirement of U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) provides the opening he needs. Trivedi will launch a campaign Tuesday, he told The Inquirer, seeking the Chester County seat long held by Gerlach. The incumbent is not seeking reelection. "This is a great opportunity to get a refreshing change in this district," Trivedi, 39, said in an interview. His decision sets up a Democratic primary involving two military veterans in one of the country's most tightly divided districts.
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February 12, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not only poor Philadelphia children who are going without high quality child-care and preschool programs - suburban communities have severe shortages of slots, and in many cases costs are prohibitive. Those findings are from a report released today by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a Philadelphia-based advocacy group that has issued similar studies on education, health, poverty, and nutrition in recent months. Characteristics of high-quality care include having trained teachers who understand child development and can teach social and emotional skills along with letters and numbers, said Shawn Towey, the organization's child-care policy coordinator.
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February 11, 2014 | By Amelia Brust and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update noon Monday : Peco reports 16,200 customers are without power, 7,900 in Chester County. -- Earlier Story In the massive, labor-intensive, frustratingly slow effort to restore power to the hundreds of thousands of casualties from last week's punishing one-two heavy snow-and-ice punch, progress continued to be made Sunday, even as the region was blanketed with a fresh batch of snow. "Our expectation is we're going to get a lot more folks on today," Peco spokesman Fred Maher said Sunday.
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February 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Mari A. Schaefer and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Update 1:30 p.m. Sunday - Peco reports 49,200 customers without power, 22,100 in Chester County -- Earlier Story The number of households throughout the region without power dipped below 100,000 Saturday evening for the first time since a devastating midweek ice storm brought down trees and branches and took out power lines throughout the Philadelphia suburbs. Still, about one in five households in Chester County remained without electricity, and about 82,000 Peco customers overall were still without power as of 10 p.m. Saturday.
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February 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Mari Schaefer, and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update 6:30 a.m. - Peco reports 62,700 customers without power, 33,300 in Chester County -- About one in five households in Chester County remained without electricity three days after a massive midweek storm hit the region, bringing down snow-laden trees and branches that took out power lines. More than 5,000 utility workers were repairing the system through the day Saturday, bringing the number of households without power below 100,000 for the first time. By 11 p.m. Saturday, the outage map on the Peco website showed more than 39,000 customers without power, about 18.4 percent of the utility company's 206,200 households in Chester County.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Carolyn Davis, and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: At 8:45 a.m. Saturday, about 152,000 were still without electricity, according to Peco, down from 715,000 at the outage's peak. Sixteen percent of the Pennsylvania suburbs remain without power; including 30% in Chester County. Nearly 40 percent of Chester County remained powerless late Friday, with several communities entirely dark for a third straight night and officials warning that it might be days before all the lights were back on. Peco, which had more than 5,000 utility workers - half from out of town - clearing downed trees and repairing wires Friday, continued to make progress restoring power, with more than 60,000 customers brought online during the day. At 10 p.m. Friday, about 182,000 were still without electricity, down from 715,000 at the outage's peak.
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February 8, 2014 | By Ben Finley and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) The White House on Thursday made the obvious official: The region's epochal ice storm that darkened entire communities, shut down businesses, and turned schools into emergency shelters was, indeed, a certified disaster. With the presidential declaration, Philadelphia and the four suburban Pennsylvania counties became eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. York and Lancaster Counties also were included. In all, 715,000 Peco Energy customers lost power as a result of the storm - the second-highest total for any one event, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong.
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