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September 30, 1997 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
She's young. She's smart. She's outtahere. Yesterday was Channel 6 reporter Kristen Sze's last day on the air for WPVI. She's departing for New York City, and a spot as the sole East Coast correspondent for the syndicated show Extra, which airs locally on the competition, WCAU (Channel 10), at 7 p.m. Sze describes the show as "a People magazine on TV," covering feature stories, interesting people, medical developments and, of course, celebrities and their woes (the show was big on Diana's funeral, Versace's murder, and recent fave, the Marv Albert trial-cum-guilty plea)
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March 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
On Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, the affluent Connecticut suburb of New Canaan finds itself frozen in the grip of a sudden ice storm. For the town's residents, the freakish weather is merely nature's affirmation of the moral and political climate of their world - slippery, treacherous and totally unpredictable. As a recurring visual motif and as a pliant metaphor that is as many-sided as a prism, Ang Lee's icebound imagery in The Ice Storm is sustained and brilliant. It illuminates the plight of two generations of especially confused Americans and makes a compelling argument for the importance of the early 1970s in shaping what we have become in the late '90s.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1994 | By Regina Medina, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last weekend's ice storm may have been disastrous for most local businesses, but it pumped life into the region's hotels. With 564,000 Peco Energy Co. customers reporting loss of service between Friday and Sunday, families turned to hotels that were well-heated and well- stocked with food to pass the time comfortably. "The consensus is that hotels fared better" than usual, said Kelly Boyd, director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association. "The hotel community made money over the past weekend.
NEWS
February 3, 2011 | By Larry King, Anthony R. Wood, and Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writers
The produce aisle of the Doylestown Acme looked like a vegetable morgue early Wednesday afternoon. A very dark vegetable morgue. White insulating shrouds covered the bins from arugula to zucchini, in hope that the food would stay sufficiently cool until a massive area power outage ended. "We had to close the store just to maintain our perishables," assistant manager Chuck Woodill said. Central Bucks County appeared to be ground zero for the darkness wrought by a nasty overnight ice storm that brought down trees and power lines throughout the Philadelphia region, leaving about 200,000 area homes and businesses in the dark at some point.
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January 19, 1987 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
A winter storm slickened the Delaware Valley yesterday with an icy rain that left some major highways so slippery that police closed parts of them for several hours in the morning to clear wreckage and prevent other accidents. Forecasters were predicting a chance of morning ice again today, they said. Yesterday, police closed parts of Interstate 95, the Schuylkill Expressway and the Roosevelt Boulevard Extension because of the ice after a rash of fender-benders and a chain-reaction accident.
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January 12, 1994 | By ANNE CONSTANT EWING
The silence awakened me. At 10 minutes after 2 on Saturday morning, all the little motors that keep us comfortable stopped humming in my Mt. Airy home - the heater, the refrigerator, the humidifier, the electric clock. We had lost electric power in the great ice storm of '94. Some tree branch somewhere had snapped under the weight of ice and crashed into an electric line, severing our connection to the power grid. I peered out the window looking for broken tree limbs, walked about the house looking for leaks and wondered what I should do about our two dozen house plants.
NEWS
January 2, 1998 | by Paul Davies, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
The ice man of '99 cometh. The first winter storm of the new year is expected to hit Philadelphia today, bringing snow, sleet, rain and ice. "There could be significant ice accumulation," said Bob Wanton, a meterologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. Snow is forecast to begin falling here late this afternoon. About an inch is expected to accumulate before changing over to sleet and then rain in the evening. The rain is expected to end tomorrow around noon.
NEWS
January 8, 1994 | By Michael E. Ruane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A shimmery, treacherous glaze that coated everything from chain-link fences to super highways set the Philadelphia area sliding yesterday as a sleet and freezing rain storm closed schools, paralyzed travel and business and filled emergency rooms with bashed heads, fractured bones and sore rear ends. The storm also claimed at least one life - that of Bucks County man who died in a car wreck despite efforts of another motorist and rescuers to save him. It was the second time since Monday night that the city and suburbs were painted with ice, made doubly hazardous yesterday by a slick layer of water on top. Road surfaces, front steps, and sidewalks became dangerous.
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March 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Wednesday said it wants to hear from electricity customers whose service was knocked out during last month's ice storm. The PUC will hold hearings on March 24 at Montgomery County Community College Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and on March 26 at the Tredyffrin Township Building, 1100 DuPortail Road, Berwyn. The hearings start at 6:30 p.m. The storm knocked out 968,000 Pennsylvania electric customers, some for as long as nine days, and the PUC is particularly interested in hearing testimony about utility communications during the storm.
REAL_ESTATE
February 24, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
House-hunters keep hearing that inventory is tight. They're keeping a weather eye on interest rates. And, like the rest of us, they're enduring this patience-trying, snowblowing, when-will-it-end winter. As 2014's first ice storm hit, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 4.09 percent, the lowest in several weeks. Has the white stuff stopped folks from looking and buying? Not so you'd notice, some real estate agents say. "We were in [no-power] houses with flashlights," said Mary Beth Hurtado of Re/Max Executive in Bryn Mawr.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
This month's ice storm was the costliest in Peco Energy Co.'s history, surpassing Hurricane Sandy in 2012, even though it knocked out 19 percent more customers. Peco estimates that the Feb. 5 storm, during which 715,000 customers lost power, will cost between $90 million and $120 million when the final bills come due. The recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out 850,000 customers, cost $72 million, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman. Peco says the ice storm recovery was more arduous because winter working conditions were more harsh.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
This month's ice storm may be the most expensive in Peco Energy Co.'s history. The Philadelphia utility estimated that restoration from this month's ice storm will cost between $90 million and $120 million. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 cost upwards of $91 million, according to filings by Peco's parent company, Exelon Corp. The utility will spend $60 million to $80 million in operating and maintenance expenses and $30 million to $40 million in capital expenses related to the ice storm, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Allison Steele, and Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writers
  The snow accumulated at astonishing rates, up to four inches an hour. And by the time most people got out of bed Thursday, yet another snow record had fallen. Schools, roads, malls, and governments had decided to call it a snow day, and the streets of a county seat were turned into cross-country ski trails. A week after a storm darkened whole communities in the region, a potent nor'easter simply shut them down, this time on both sides of the Delaware River, with up to 16 inches of snow, leaving them with prodigious cleanup chores.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Andrew Maykuth, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the region hunkers down for yet another fierce storm, Peco has a message for customers: We are ready. Some of those who felt the utility was less than prepared for last week's storm may be glad to hear that the company has 4,200 workers standing by for response and restoration Thursday, 1,200 more than it did a week ago. Still, this coastal nor'easter could be the most dramatic event yet in an already wild season. The National Weather Service posted a winter-storm warning for the entire region, saying six to 14 inches of snow would fall heavily early Thursday, then mix with sleet and rain, and change back to snow before ending Thursday night.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
In Delaware County, some townships are waiting for road-salt deliveries that were supposed to arrive weeks ago. Officials in Northampton, Bucks County, paid a trucking company to bring in salt from a neighboring town rather than risk a late delivery. And in Chester County, where 12 municipalities face a critical salt shortage, the deputy director for emergency management, Robert Kagel, said the state Department of Transportation told him to "be creative. " After back-to-back snowfalls and a catastrophic ice storm that froze roads, downed power lines, and paralyzed the region last week, officials and residents are facing new challenges as they brace for another fierce storm that is expected to start just before midnight Wednesday.
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February 12, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update 9:30 a.m. Tuesday : Peco reports 1,800 customers still without power, half in Chester County. Earlier Story About 99 percent. After days of round-the-clock work, that was how close repair crews had come late Monday to restoring all 715,000 Peco customers who lost power during or after last week's storm. That still meant more than 5,600 customers were waiting for the lights to come on for the first time in many days. "We know it's tough for our customers, but this is a version of Hurricane Sandy," Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong said, warning that some people might endure another day in the dark.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nobody pines for a disastrous storm, but this winter, business has been coming out of the woodwork for tree specialists. The broken limbs and falling trees that resulted from last week's ice storm meant stress and holes in the roof for some. But to others it has been a moneymaker. Tree removal companies have been getting a lot of calls and a lot of business. "I've been doing this 42 years, and it's never been worse - or better for me, anyway," said Rick Crecraft of Crecraft for Tree Craft in Wayne.
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