February 13, 2016 |
Vigorous snow showers passed through parts the region Thursday morning, leaving up to a half-inch of snow, and more are possible. The snow dusted roadways, and slowed rush-hour traffic for a time, but no incidents were reported. The showers could continue for the next few hours, the National Weather Service says, possbily reducing visibilities to under a mile. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to predict precisely where they will hit, said Valerie Meola at the weather service office in Mount Holly.
January 12, 2016 |
Kristin Kennedy needed to get her younger sister, Rebecca, out of the house while others prepared for a surprise 16th birthday party. The plan: ice skating at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken. But holy Mercury! Sunday was not like most January days. The temperature hit 65 degrees in the early afternoon in Philadelphia, breaking the record of 63 degrees set in 1950. Throw in the heavy rains from the night before, and the rink in South Jersey was unable to open Sunday afternoon.
December 11, 2015 |
Lee Wehle, 90, formerly of Narberth, a civil engineer for the state Department of Transportation, died Monday, Nov. 23, at Blue Bell Place after a bout with pneumonia. Mr. Wehle led a life full of what he liked to call "ordinary adventure. " He attended school in New London, Conn. On May 23, 1939, he was in math class when students began flocking to the windows and cheering. Steaming past them down the Thames River was the Falcon, a former minesweeper on its way to reach 59 sailors trapped aboard the submarine Squalus, which was disabled on the ocean floor off Portsmouth, N.H. "It was a sight he never forgot," said daughter Ellen.
June 8, 2015
ISSUE | OIL TRAINS Safer routes The reality is that Bakken oil trains endanger thousands in the Delaware Valley, rail accidents are a daily reality, and federal regulations are too weak ("Good safety record, getting better," June 2). Better to transport oil by ship through the Great Lakes directly to refineries. Leaders in City Hall need to demand that no lives be imperiled so that Philadelphia can become an energy hub. |Michael Volpe, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org ISSUE | CLIMATE Role for church Climate-altering pollution is leading to more deadly storms, drought, and famine - impacts disproportionately felt by the poorest in our communities ("Santorum says Pope Francis should butt out of climate debate," June 3)
November 23, 2014 |
Theodore Eisen, 87, a former executive with the Air Safety Foundation in Washington, died of complications from dementia on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Wiley Christian Retirement Community in Marlton. In the 1980s, Mr. Eisen was vice president of research and planning for the foundation, an arm of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. According to an article in the association's magazine, Mr. Eisen and his staff researched noncommercial aircraft accidents to help aviation manufacturers improve their products.
October 3, 2014 |
ALLEGIANCES ASIDE, the sport is always better when Notre Dame is part of the conversation. See 2012. Brian Kelly's Fighting Irish, who won't play a true road game until Oct. 18 at Florida State, are 4-0. They have beaten Rice, Michigan, Purdue and Syracuse, none of which will be playing in a BCS bowl. Still, they have won by an average of 23 points. So they're ranked ninth, behind eight other unbeatens. And at this point, all anybody really knows for sure is that the worst team in the SEC West might be one of the better teams in almost any other division/conference.
August 14, 2014 |
You couldn't drink it. You couldn't bathe in it. You couldn't wash dishes in it. A bloom of toxin-producing, blue-green algae in Lake Erie had rendered the water unsafe and forced Toledo, Ohio, to shut down its system for several days. Could it happen here? Exceedingly unlikely, Philadelphia-area water officials say. They do see the same algae in local waters, but the difference is, it doesn't grow out of control here or, for reasons unknown, produce the same toxins. But officials here have plenty of other types of algae to contend with, albeit mostly ones that affect taste and odor and clog filters, rather than harm people.
September 26, 2013 |
Outside the city on a broad hillside, thick with green underbrush and shaded by poplar trees, Sam Ricks hacks through tangled knots of weeds with his machete - leaving no stone unexamined in his quest to identify the dead. Ricks is leading an effort to locate Medal of Honor winners and hundreds of other long-forgotten Navy and Marine veterans buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, the historic, abandoned graveyard that straddles Philadelphia and Yeadon. Its 21 medal honorees may be the most buried in any cemetery in the country, according to a military expert.
June 17, 2013 |
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - As a teenager, Steve Libert was mesmerized by a teacher's stories of the brash 17th-century French explorer La Salle, who journeyed across the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi in a quest for a trade route to the Far East that he hoped would bring riches and renown. Particularly intriguing was the tale of the Griffin, a vessel that La Salle built and sailed from Niagara Falls to the shores of present-day Wisconsin before sending it back for more supplies.
May 9, 2013
AFTER A MERE 104 years, Shiner Bock is finally available in Philadelphia. The Texas lager is already for sale in more than 40 states, so this is not exactly earthshaking news. But it does make you wonder: What took so long? And, more importantly, is it too late? Shiner, made by Spoetzel Brewing, is a lot like Pennsylvania's D.G. Yuengling & Son. It's old as the hills (founded in 1909). It's small compared to Anheuser-Busch but large by microbrewing standards. And it has an avid fan base on its home turf.