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July 19, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Marjorie Valbrun and correspondent Glen Justice contributed to this article
The Torrid Zone conditions began to relent yesterday, but even as they did, six more heat-related deaths were confirmed in Philadelphia, bringing the region's toll to at least 30. In addition, the deaths of two elderly people in Delaware County and that of a 49-year-old man in Gloucester County may have been heat-related, officials said. Downpours Monday night and early yesterday marked a last stand for the stubborn and persistent mass of hot air blamed for more than 655 deaths across the country since last week.
NEWS
July 7, 2010 | By JOSH FERNANDEZ, fernanj@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
THERE WAS one thing on David Powell's mind yesterday when he set out to keep his mind off the triple-digit heat wave: pool. Surprisingly, it wasn't the thought of a water-filled pool that consumed the 64-year-old Germantown native. "Escaping [the heat] is one of the reasons I'm here. That, and I'm also working on my game," Powell said after a win on the pool table at the air-conditioned West Oak Lane Senior Center. Like Powell, residents across the city scrambled to find ways to beat the heat as city officials took measures to protect the elderly against a record-breaking and dangerous 102 degrees.
NEWS
July 16, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Friday was hot. Saturday will be different. It'll be hotter. The forecast high of 102 would make it the hottest July 15 on record, and Philadelphia health officials said it could be the most dangerous day of the summer. The city issued another health warning for Saturday, meaning that the weather could contribute to at least 15 deaths. No weather-related deaths were reported Friday, but it often is several days before heat-wave deaths are reported. In many suburban communities, a concern of another sort was developing.
NEWS
July 15, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writers John Way Jennings, Katrina Miles, Dan Stets and Martha Woodall and correspondents Russell Gold and Rebecca Goldsmith contributed to this article
Yesterday was hot. Today will be different. It'll be hotter. The forecast high of 102 would make it the hottest July 15 on record, and Philadelphia health officials said it could be the most dangerous day of the summer. The city issued another health warning for today, meaning that the weather could contribute to at least 15 deaths. No weather-related deaths were reported yesterday, but it often is several days before heat-wave deaths are reported, after elderly shut-ins and other victims are discovered.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
With the high projected to hit 91 this afternoon, the Philadelphia area could find itself two-thirds of a way to the first heat wave of the season. The forecasted high of 90 Wednesday would seal the deal. But, the National Weather Service says, it will cool off Thursday with a high of 84 projected. There is no rain in the forecast until Wednesday afternoon, when there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Officials in the meantime have issued an air quality alert for air pollution concentrations that could be unhealthy for children, asthma sufferers, those with heart or other lung diseases and the elderly.
NEWS
July 6, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Don't sweat it" will be tough advice to follow for the next couple of days. Breathing could also be an issue for sensitive groups, such as the elderly and those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. A code orange alert, mostly for ozone, is in effect today for the entire region - from Harrisburg to lower Delaware to New York City. The highs of the current heat wave - at least three days hitting 90 or more - keep creeping upward, and the humidity is up as well. The dewpoint in the city was up to 71 this morning - a half-dozen points above where folks feel "sticky.
NEWS
August 2, 1991 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Forecasts predicting a string of days with temperatures in the 90s, along with growing humidity, have prompted the city Health Department to declare an "elderly health watch. " Twenty-five people, all elderly, ill and living alone except for two men who resided in a boarding home, died of heat-related causes in last month's nine-day heat wave. "We can't possibly guarantee that (heat-related) deaths won't occur," said Dr. Robert K. Ross, deputy health commissioner. "But through some simple measures, we think we can prevent a good many of them.
SPORTS
September 26, 1996 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
When the Miami Heat dialed Ed Pinckney's number, the onetime Villanova hero saw it as "a chance to get back in the mix. " "I haven't been in the playoffs for a few years [1991-92, with the Boston Celtics], and that was something I missed," Pinckney said after signing a one-year contract as a free agent for slightly more than the NBA veterans-minimum of $247,500. Pinckney missed all but seven games of the Celtics' '92-93 season with an injury, then spent the next three seasons locked in the lottery with the Celtics, Milwaukee, Toronto and the 76ers.
NEWS
July 17, 1993
A while back, somebody took a look at actual medical statistics and questioned the breast cancer "epidemic" that had been trumpeted nationwide. It was discovered no such thing existed. Actual incidence of the disease had remained stable. Reporting and early diagnosis had generated the numbers that had been used to create the non- existent "epidemic. " Promoters of the "epidemic" were unruffled. They said breast cancer is an important problem, and they had lied to draw attention to it. Now we find the Philadelphia health commissioner admitting that he cooked the books on heat deaths because the greater public good is served by drawing attention to the fact that heat can be bad for you. There's one problem here.
SPORTS
January 18, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
LEBRON JAMES scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat visiting San Antonio last night, 120-98. Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter, the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed 52-35 late in the second quarter. Miami outscored San Antonio after halftime, 71-35. Mike Miller made his season debut and shot 6-for-6 on three-pointers.
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NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Approaching the heart of what historically is the hottest period of the summer, Philadelphia has yet to record a single heat-related death. In fact, the city still hasn't issued a heat "warning. " Thus far, the region has had only one official "heat wave" - and that one made it on a mere technicality. In years past, summer has been rush hour at the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), a nexus for heat emergencies. But so far the agency hasn't once activated its "heatline," part of the city's heat-wave response system.
REAL_ESTATE
May 5, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before she stumbled onto her first home in Passyunk Square in South Philadelphia, Caroline New had already toured her share of cookie-cutter houses. But the 600 block of Earp Street, between Reed and Wharton, within smelling distance of Pat's and Geno's Steaks, had everything she desired - and an architect's aesthetic, to boot. On her list of must-haves: a rowhouse; one to two bedrooms; natural gas; a renovated kitchen, and a price under $225,000. This property had all that, and more: The interior had been fully remodeled and rehabbed by the former owner, a Drexel architecture professor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013
BY THE TIME you read this, the heat wave will be over and I will be free to share the Joneses' dirtiest secret since the time we snuck five boxes of dollar-store Milk Duds into the movies. You see, we've been hiding something that some of you will be shocked to know, having read about the good fortune we've experienced over the years. During the heat wave that hit Philly during early July, our central air-conditioning system died, and we were told that the cost of replacing it would be $5,000.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could a smartphone application save you in a heat wave? On the job or at play outside, look for relief to the OSHA Heat Safety Tool , available in English and Spanish from the U.S. Department of Labor. The free app for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry devices calculates a heat index - a combination of temperature and humidity. But what's important is the accompanying page of precautions to be taken. During high to extreme heat, the app says, outdoor work should be rescheduled for a cooler day. If it must go on, there needs to be drinking water on site, and there ought to be shade.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, David O'Reilly, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was a war in the hot sand in Sea Isle City on Tuesday. Some armed themselves against the no-breeze heat with the latest in solar defense technology - fancy tents, canopies, and UV-resistant rash guards. Others literally blistered asleep in a chair, naked sunburned children half-napping beside them. But there were no rookie mistakes at the 40th Street beach. Here, they went old school: Five mothers, eight children, 13 beach chairs, and seven umbrellas, three patched with duct tape.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most intense - and potentially dangerous - heat wave of the season is likely to sear its way into the record books this week. But it is unlikely that any records will be set during the sequence of steamy afternoons in Philadelphia. More likely, new standards will be set for overnight warmth, as temperatures struggle to get much below 80. Health experts warn that hot nights are particularly hazardous for the elderly living alone in rowhouse neighborhoods. "It's going to be brutal," said Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, which has issued a heat warning in effect through 8 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The third - and most-intense - heat wave of the year is underway, and the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for the next two days. Temperatures will not threaten any records, but it will feel as if it's 100 degrees in the city and nearby suburbs, the hottest it's been so far this year, the weather service says. Weather watchers based in Mount Holly say residents of Philadelphia and nearby communities also face nighttime temperatures that won't fall much below 80. Monday should feel almost as hot as Sunday.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The third - and most-intense - heat wave of the year is underway, and the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for the weekend. Temperatures won't threaten any records, but heat indexes could reach triple digits the next days, the weather service says. The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday as the atmosphere brews a steamy, sultry air mass laden with water vapor. One indication of the high humidities is the fact that nighttime temperatures won't make it below the low to mid-70s; water vapor inhibits nighttime cooling.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Chris Carlson and Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
DEATH VALLEY, Calif. - Dan Kail was vacationing in Las Vegas when he heard that the temperature in Death Valley could approach 130 degrees this weekend. He didn't hesitate to make a trip to the desert location that is typically the hottest place on the planet. "Coming to Death Valley in the summertime has always been on the top of my bucket list," said Kail, 67, of Pittsburgh. "When I found out it might set a record I rented a car and drove straight over. If it goes above 130 I will have something to brag about.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - A high-pressure system hanging over the West this weekend is expected to bring temperatures extreme even in a region used to baking during the summer. Notoriously hot Death Valley's forecast could touch 129 degrees, not so far off the world-record high of 134 logged there July 10, 1913. The National Weather Service called for 118 in Phoenix and 117 in Las Vegas on Sunday - a mark reached only twice in Sin City. "It's brutal out there," said Leslie Carmine, spokeswoman for Catholic Charities, which runs a daytime shelter in Las Vegas to draw homeless people out of the dangerous heat and equip them with sunscreen and bottled water.
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