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February 3, 2012 | By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
HOUSTON - For millions of Dallas-area residents, one of the most severe droughts in Texas history is no longer a concern - for now. The U.S. Drought Monitor, in its weekly map posted Thursday, classified the Dallas-Fort Worth area as officially out of drought for the first time since July. That will likely herald the lifting of water restrictions on the more than six million people in the nation's fourth-largest metro area, and the region north and northeast to the Oklahoma and Arkansas borders.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's official: You can stop worrying about drought. So far in 2011, the region has received about an entire's year worth of rain, with roughly half of that coming in August. Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that it has decided to lift the "drought watch" that covered Philadelphia, its neighboring counties and 35 others. No advisories had been posted in New Jersey. The watch, declared Aug. 5, was the legacy of a dry May, June, and July when precipitation was almost 4.5 inches below normal in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1988 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the unrelenting drought worsens, withering cucumbers in Michigan and malt barley in North Dakota, analysts are trying to determine when the brunt will reach the nation's supermarkets and how hard consumers will be hit. Already, consumers are seeing slightly higher prices for breakfast cereals and baking flour. But those increases have been offset by sagging meat prices, caused by cattlemen slaughtering herds early because of rising feed costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture does not expect a dramatic effect from the drought.
NEWS
July 29, 1986 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. agriculture secretary came to a farm in this northern York County community yesterday to promise swift action for drought-stricken farmers, but he left without ever seeing a parched stalk of corn. He had to rely on Polaroid snapshots instead. Agriculture Secretary Richard E. Lyng, Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. William F. Goodling showed up at a farm in Yocumtown, where five inches of rain fell over the weekend. But they did hear from a dozen or so farmers from southern York County, where drought conditions continue to devastate one of the state's richest agricultural areas.
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Caln Township has banned outdoor burning during the drought, officials announced at the Board of Commissioners meeting last week. Township Manager Samuel Moore said the ban took effect Tuesday "and it's probably going to stay on until we get some good soaking rain. " The heat also has made more work for the Caln Police Department, which handled 600 complaints in June, well above the normal monthly total of 500. Chief James Franciscus blamed the increase in complaints on high temperatures that have made people irritable.
SPORTS
July 31, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Helio Castroneves took advantage of a superior car and an aggressive strategy to win the Firestone Indy 400 yesterday, ending team owner Roger Penske's open-wheel drought at Michigan International Speedway. Castroneves beat Vitor Meira by 1.62 seconds, earning his series-high fourth victory of the season and moving past teammate Sam Hornish Jr. for the points lead in the Indy Racing League. The average speed of the race was 193.972 mph, the third-fastest event in the IRL's 11-year history.
FOOD
July 27, 1988 | By MERLE ELLIS, Special to the Daily News
Chicken prices were down, but they're gonna go up dramatically. Beef prices are up, but they could go down a bit before they go up again. The same is true of lamb, but nobody seems to care all that much. In most parts of the country, we don't eat much lamb anyway. Pork is almost certain to cost us more in the not-too-distant future, but it will just as certainly be the second to come down in price - right after chickens come down after they go up. Is that all clear? Explaining meat prices is always and at best a complicated process.
SPORTS
June 13, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Greg Maddux insists nothing is wrong. His pitching coach agrees, and so does his manager. Only one thing is out of place. The four-time Cy Young Award winner is stuck with a 5-5 record. Maddux's winless streak reached five starts, his longest drought in five seasons, and Mark Clark pitched the New York Mets past the visiting Atlanta Braves, 3-2, last night. Maddux, coming off one of his worst outings ever, gave up eight hits and three runs - two of them earned - in seven innings.
SPORTS
August 2, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Suddenly slumping Reading was shut out for the fourth time in five games when the Binghamton Mets defeated the Phillies, 7-0, in the Eastern League last night. Pablo Ochoa retired the first 16 batters of the game and allowed only three hits in a complete-game victory. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter. Ochoa (7-9) also singled in two runs in a six-inning first, when Binghamton scored four unearned runs. The Mets have won six straight. TRENTON 9, ERIE 2 TRENTON - A six-run third inning helped Justin Duchscherer and the Thunder beat the Sea Wolves in the Eastern League.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press
With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds, turning them into wandering refugees that have severely tested animal rescue groups. The nation's biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers mainly used the animals to guard their herds. Many of the cattle and goats have been sold off, largely because of the drought and the nation's economic slump, putting the donkeys out of a job. And although the drought that began in late 2010 is over now, the flood of donkeys continues, said Mark Meyers, executive director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.
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SPORTS
May 5, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman
NO ONE HAS to remind Kasey Kahne that for the benefit of his racing career, he needs to qualify for this year's Chase. Kahne's last Sprint Cup series win was at Atlanta in 2014 when he made the Chase (he finished 11th). Kahne's stablemates at Hendrick Motorsports are formidable: Jimmie Johnson, a six-time Cup champion; Dale Earnhardt Jr., the series' most popular driver with 26 career wins, and impressive rookie Chase Elliott. It's time for Kahne (17 career Cup wins) to git 'er going.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - This is the time of year when unheralded college basketball programs can get noticed, when good programs can become great, and when great ones can join the ranks of the elite. It is a long climb up the pyramid, a slippery ride back down, and after six seasons of seeing Villanova fall on the wrong side of the Sweet 16 line that can divide great from elite, Jay Wright knows getting back there soon is probably a good idea. What he doesn't worry about is that his current team is burdened by the weight of the program's history and national standing.
SPORTS
February 13, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers tried to improve their attack Thursday night by adding struggling R.J. Umberger and unproven rookie Jordan Weal to their lineup against visiting Buffalo. It worked. The two forwards went into the night without a goal this season, but Umberger changed that gloomy statistic early in the second period. Umberger thrust his arms in the air after converting a Sam Gagner pass and ending a 50-game goalless streak. "When you haven't scored in so long, I think you start wondering about everything," he said before the game.
SPORTS
February 5, 2016
With Jesse Biddle traded to Pittsburgh, the Phillies will have just 47 games played by their first draft picks from 2003 to 2011 after an unparalleled run of success from the 1998 to 2002 drafts. Not all the players below were taken in the first round, but they were the Phillies' first picks in those drafts. Year   Player    Pick No.    Games with Phils    1998    Pat Burrell    1st   1,306    1999    Brett Myers    12th   240    2000    Chase Utley    15th   1,585    2001    Gavin Floyd    4th   24    2002    Cole Hamels   17th   295    2003    Tim Moss    85th    0    2004    Greg Golson   21st   6    2005   Mike Costanzo    65th   0    2006    Kyle Drabek    18th   0    2007    Joe Savery    19th    41    2008    Anthony Hewitt   24th   0    2009    Kelly Dugan    75th   0    2010    Jesse Biddle    27th    0    2011    Larry Greene    39th   0    2012    Shane Watson    40th    0*    2013    J.P.
NEWS
December 16, 2015
CHINA Courthouse thugs are a smiley bunch The tough guys wore smiley face stickers, but they weren't there to spread good cheer. Scenes of pushing, shouting, and shoving outside a Beijing courthouse this week were orchestrated by plainclothes security officers identified by a sticker familiar around the world - the yellow decal identified since the 1970s with the slogan "Have a Nice Day. " Their attempts to intimidate journalists, foreign diplomats,...
SPORTS
November 15, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
CLAUDE GIROUX couldn't help but laugh - even though, deep down, he knew it wasn't a laughing matter. One after another, Jakub Voracek's shots pinged off the post throughout Friday's practice session at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Sure, it was only practice, but that's not where the struggles end for the 26-year-old right winger. Voracek, who has scored 20-plus goals in each of his previous three seasons with the Flyers (5-8-3), has yet to find the back of the net through 16 games in 2015, his longest drought to start a season in his eight-year career.
SPORTS
November 15, 2015 | By Tom Reifsnyder, Daily News Staff Writer
Claude Giroux couldn't help but laugh - even though, deep down, he knew it wasn't a laughing matter. One after another, Jake Voracek's shots pinged off the post throughout Friday's practice session at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. Sure, it was only practice, but that's not where the struggles end for the 26-year-old right winger. Voracek, who has scored 20-plus goals in each of his previous three seasons with the Flyers (5-8-3), has yet to find the back of the net through 16 games in 2015, his longest drought to start a season in his eight-year career.
SPORTS
April 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - This is not an April Fools' Day joke: Flyers goalie Steve Mason recorded a road victory and Vinny Lecavalier scored a goal Wednesday night. Both were a long time in the making. The Flyers, with Brayden Schenn scoring a pair of goals, registered a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center, their first road win since Feb. 15 in Buffalo. Lecavalier scored his first goal since Jan. 3, and Mason recorded just his second road victory this season.
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - The Flyers avoided what would have been a dubious franchise record - being dealt three straight shutouts - as they overcame a listless first period and outlasted lowly Buffalo, 4-3, at the First Niagara Center on Saturday night. "It was needed, for sure," said fourth-line left winger Chris VandeVelde after giving the Flyers the lead for good with a third-period goal. "We dropped a couple and had some ugly games there. It's good to bounce back, and hopefully we can build some momentum and get on a streak here.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't look now, but the 1950s are breaking out in the NFL. Talk all you want about parity, but nearly one-third of the league's 32 teams - 10 of 32 - have yet to win a Super Bowl. That might change in what is shaping up to be a season of revivals. More than halfway through the 2014 schedule, four of the NFL's eight divisions are led by teams that have never hoisted a Lombardi Trophy - the Eagles, Browns, Lions, and Cardinals. That's interesting because, if you're willing to conflate the new and original Browns, those four combined to win 10 of the 14 NFL titles between 1947 and 1960.
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