April 28, 2015 |
Lenora Osborne was driving down Washington Lane in Cheltenham when she saw it. All that was left of Wyncote Academy, the private school her son attended in a 19th-century mansion, was a smoldering shell. "I saw this devastation and I went into total shock," Osborne recalled about that day in March. Then the news grew more shocking: Investigators ruled the blaze arson. Multiple fires had been set in the building, the fire marshal said. Six weeks later, questions remain for the small, close-knit Montgomery County school: Who set the fire, and why?
July 15, 2013
Even if the television viewers of Great Falls, Mont., were not sufficiently shocked by the revelations of The Steve Wilkos Show one afternoon last winter (topic: "Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors"), the emergency alert that interrupted the program may well have roused them from their recliners. Following the iconic tones of the Emergency Alert System, a voice warned: "Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living.
January 17, 2013 |
THE AMBER ALERT system was activated Tuesday after 5-year-old Na'illa Robinson was abducted from her school, but why wasn't her picture included in the alert when it was broadcast on local TV stations? State Police received the information from local police - including a photo of Na'illa - at 7:58 p.m. Monday and activated the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 8:28 p.m., State Police spokeswoman Maria Finn said. A limitation of the EAS system is that it isn't built to transmit images, only text and audio, which is what most people in the Philadelphia area and beyond saw come across their television that night, Finn said.
January 12, 2013 |
Pennsylvania Hospital's decision to treat a newborn boy for morphine withdrawal against his mother's wishes has unleashed a brouhaha, including an emergency court order, a social-media storm, and plans for a protest demonstration Friday morning in front of the hospital on Spruce Street. All sides agree that the mother, Jade Nelson, 22, takes prescription morphine to relieve chronic pain caused by sickle-cell anemia, and that her son was born Dec. 27 with the drug in his system. But many other facts - the baby's condition, the parents' behavior, and the doctors' management of the case - are in dispute.
November 9, 2011
Emergency alert system to be tested WASHINGTON - Radio and television programming will be interrupted for 30 seconds Wednesday as the United States conducts the first national test of the Emergency Alert System. The test will take place at 2 p.m. EST on broadcast and satellite television and radio and cable TV, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For 50 years, the nation has had an alert system under various names that has been used regionally to provide information about severe weather and other emergencies.
November 8, 2011 |
The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The test will be transmitted through television and radio and may last up to 3 1/2 minutes, officials say. "Don't stress, it's only a test," is the message officials want to get out. For more information, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website at www.FEMA.gov or the Federal Communications Commission's website at www.FCC.gov ...
August 5, 2011 |
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A report of a possible gunman at Virginia Tech on Thursday set off the longest, most extensive lockdown and search on campus since the bloodbath four years ago that led the university to overhaul its emergency procedures. No gunman was found, and the school gave the all-clear just before 3 p.m., about five hours after sirens began wailing and students and staff members started receiving warnings by phone, e-mail, and text message to lock themselves indoors. Alerts were also posted on the university's website and Twitter accounts.
May 11, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - President Obama will soon be able to send any cellphone in the United States a text-message warning of impending danger, from a tornado to a terrorist, under a new emergency alert system. The system - PLAN, for Personal Localized Alerting Network - is an expansion of the Federal Communications Commission's emergency alert system, now broadcast over radio and TV. PLAN will be rolled out in New York City by the end of 2011, with the rest of the country to follow about mid-2012, the FCC said in a statement.
May 2, 2008 |
Gang activity at the mall. A predator on the loose along the jogging trail. State police on a ticketing blitz. On any given day, e-mail about such subjects coming from someone you know and containing specific local references could appear in your in-box, prompting you to avoid the mall, stay off the trail, or drive slower. But what if the warnings are false? More and more, police confront this problem as mostly well-intentioned people send hoax alerts from e-mail box to e-mail box, spreading viruses that won't affect your computer but could induce fear.
April 12, 2008 |
Chalk it up to an urban legend - or suburban legend in this case. The mass e-mail circulating around Main Line claiming a woman was attacked while on the Radnor Trail is false, according to police. Radnor Township police issued the "criminal news alert" to residents and those who have signed up for the Emergency Alert System letting them know there were no reports or incidents involving an attack. Police said they received a forward of the e-mail on Thursday night and two more yesterday morning.