July 30, 2013 |
This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. A historic deluge on Sunday turned roads into rivers across the region, submerging cars, swelling rivers, and disrupting travel on the ground and in the air into Monday morning. A 21-year-old woman died Sunday night when she drove into the Schuylkill while swerving to avoid another vehicle on Kelly Drive near Boathouse Row during a downpour, police said. A male passenger swam to safety. A record 8.02 inches was recorded at Philadelphia's International Airport in just a few hours on Sunday, with nearly another quarter inch falling early Monday.
July 28, 2013 |
BEIJING - China's government has ordered companies to close factories in 19 industries where overproduction has led to price-cutting wars, affirming its determination to push ahead with a painful economic restructuring despite slowing growth. The industry ministry issued orders late Thursday to more than 1,400 companies to cut excess capacity that has led to financial trouble for manufacturers. The affected industries include steel, cement, copper, and glass. It requires some companies to close outright.
July 20, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a temporary injunction halting the closure of state health centers across Pennsylvania. A union representing 160 nurses at most of the 60 health centers sued after learning that the Corbett administration was planning to eliminate 26 positions and close nearly half the centers that serve populations in rural areas of the state. The union, SEIU Healthcare PA, along with several Democratic lawmakers, appealed a Commonwealth Court ruling in April denying their injunction request.
July 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - On a scorching summer morning in a state known for its staunch defense of the Second Amendment, the mother of one of the victims in last year's shooting at a Connecticut school came to the Capitol to talk about gun laws. Francine Lobis Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son was among 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown in December, said she came not as an expert on policy or law, but as a mother with a credential no parent wants: "I have lost a child to gun violence.
July 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats groped for a compromise behind closed doors Monday over confirming stalled White House appointees in a dispute that threatened what little bipartisan cooperation remains in the Senate. Nearly all 100 senators attended the rare closed-door meeting in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, just down the hall from where they normally debate the issues of the day with the public and news media in attendance. After two hours, Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kan.)
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The fearsome bite of a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex left behind new evidence that the famous beast hunted for food and wasn't just a scavenger. Researchers found a part of a T. rex tooth wedged between two tailbones of a duckbill dinosaur unearthed in northwestern South Dakota. The tooth was partially enclosed by regrown bone, indicating the smaller duckbill had escaped from the T. rex and lived for months or years afterward. Since the duckbill was alive and not just a carcass when it met the T. rex, the fossil provides definitive evidence that T. rex hunted live animals, researchers say in Monday's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
July 16, 2013 |
In Charlie Manuel's previous eight seasons as manager, the Phillies have undeniably been a second-half team. They have played to a better percentage record after the all-star break in every one of those years. Figuring out whether this is something more than coincidence, an anomaly that has happened eight straight times, isn't easy because every season spins on its own axis and those years have seen teams that have ranged from a mediocre 81 wins to a franchise-record 102 wins. But, there it is. Manuel's teams before this season have played .520 baseball before the break and .610 baseball after it. That 90-point increase was vital to everything the Phils accomplished in their five-season playoff run and even in last season's attempt just to stay alive in the postseason race.
July 15, 2013 |
The northbound lanes of Route 130 in Cinnaminson were closed early Saturday afternoon as authorities responded to a natural gas leak. A worker was drilling near the intersection of Route 130 and Andover Road when a natural gas line was hit around 11:30, a county dispatch supervisor said. The leak was secured around 12:51 p.m., but northbound traffic was still closed at 1:30 p.m. while work continued. Southbound lanes remained open, the dispatch supervisor said. Contact Jonathan Lai at 856-779-3220, email@example.com , or on Twitter @elaijuh.
July 13, 2013
UniTek Global Services Inc., of Blue Bell, which provides services to the telecommunications industry, said it closed on a $75-million credit line with Apollo Investment Corp. UniTek saw its shares tumble after an April disclosure that it would need to restate financial results for 2012 and 2011 and that a board investigation had turned up what it said were "fraudulent activities" at a business unit. CEO Rocky Romanella said the new financing "provides us with additional liquidity" and the company is "advancing other key initiatives related to the completion of the audit and refinancing of our term loan.
July 13, 2013 |
Question: My father married a woman 20 years younger than he. Since he passed away two years ago, his widow hasn't invited us over to the house I grew up in, and she has had extensive work done on the house. She sent my daughter a birthday card, but nothing else. When my brother came to town, she was too busy to see him. When my nephew visited, she dropped off cookies and a gift for his kids, but left because she didn't want to drive in the rain. She accepts dinner invitations, always comes on Thanksgiving, and occasionally pays.