February 9, 2014 |
The region's school superintendents are confronting decisions that could determine whether your children show up late for summer camp in the Poconos, or if that spring-break family trip to Clearwater falls off the table. With this week's snow and ice storms and massive power outages coming atop an already-eventful winter, districts are facing the problem of how to make up for lost time to meet the state minimum requirement of 180 classroom days. It's giving administrators nasty cases of agita.
February 7, 2014 |
JUST AS PHILADELPHIA was recovering from Monday's winter storm, the region was slammed with a devastating icy mix overnight Tuesday into yesterday. The storm caused power outages affecting more than 623,000 PECO Energy customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, the utility's second-biggest failure on record. More than 1,000 PECO utility-crew members were put to work trying to restore power. It could be days before all power is restored, officials said. Shortly after 9 p.m., Gov. Corbett declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania to help authorities deal with the weather.
February 7, 2014 |
Update: The Red Cross opened a 400-cot emergency shelter late Wednesday in West Chester that could be expanded to hold up to 1,500 people if needed, according to a spokesman from the organization. The shelter, which opened at 9 p.m., is at the West Chester University field house, 855 S. New St. Red Cross spokesman Dave Schrader said state officials decided to open the shelter, which the Red Cross is operating, anticipating that many people who spend Wednesday night at home without heat will be looking for somewhere warm to stay Thursday if their power has not yet returned.
February 4, 2014 |
POLICE IN NEW JERSEY will resume searching for a man who disappeared into a Burlington County quarry yesterday afternoon when his ATV broke through the ice. According to the New Jersey State Police, the unidentified man was riding ATVs with a group in a quarry off Route 70 in rural Woodland Township, Burlington County, when he attempted to cross an iced-over waterway. Temperatures were in the 40s for most of the day. Police say the man and the ATV broke through the ice and disappeared.
February 2, 2014 |
It's not hard to imagine how that initial meeting of NFL bigwigs went a half decade ago when the initiative of having a New York-New Jersey Super Bowl was raised. Bigwig No. 1: "I have an idea: Let's play the Super Bowl in that massive new stadium they're building across the river for the Jets and the Giants. " Bigwig No. 2: "The Super Bowl?" Bigwig No. 1: "Yeah, the Super Bowl. The Big Game. This is New York, the No. 1 media market in the world. What better place to celebrate our season?
January 27, 2014 |
More snow fell on the region Saturday, glazing roads and slowing traffic. And continued subfreezing temperatures are starting to threaten the Delaware River traffic that feeds produce markets, energy plants, and other key industries. Three inches of snow fell on Ardmore and Ridley Park, two inches in Warminster and Wayne, and 1.7 inches in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, said the National Weather Service's Anthony Gigi at his Mount Holly office, as snow tapered off Saturday evening.
January 26, 2014
After losing three straight games against teams with worse records than their own, the Flyers face five critical games against a more elite group of teams. Here are their next five games: Saturday, 1 p.m., vs. Bruins (31-15-3, 2d in East) TV: CSN The Flyers haven't played Boston yet this season. The teams will meet three times. Tuesday, 7 p.m., vs. Red Wings (22-18-10, T9th in East) TV: CSN Detroit is 14-7-3 on the road and coming off an emotional home shootout win over the Blackhawks.
January 24, 2014 |
Like other people across the Philadelphia region, St. Joseph's University professor James Carter awoke to a frozen world Wednesday, but his reaction to the glacial cold was different than most: Eh, seen worse. That's because the respected China scholar conducts research on the frigid northeast city of Harbin, a place where the winters are ridiculously cold, with temperatures at times falling to 20 below and 30 below zero. The town is known for one thing: ice. Ice skating, ice fishing, and especially the annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, where artists carve magical castles, animals, and pagodas out of, well, ice. During one of Carter's first visits, the locals told him: Don't sweat the cold.
January 23, 2014 |
Residents, road crews and anyone who ventures outside are confronting bitter cold-temperatures as the area digs out from a record- winter storm that dumped a up to 15 inches of snow in the Philadelphia region. Schools were closed, roadways are being cleared, and mass transit was struggling to return to normality. At least two deaths were attributed to the weather. In Ridley Township, Delaware County, an 89-year-old man in the Folsom section and an 93-year-old woman in the Secane section of the township were both found outside Wednesday morning, police said.
January 17, 2014 |
THIS ISN'T a season of understanding for the 76ers. At times it's hard to understand exactly what they are doing on the defensive end. Sometimes the offense is utterly head-scratching. Numbers don't make sense in determining the outcome of a game, and the reasoning for a win or a loss can be inexplicable. There was a bit of all of that last night at the Wells Fargo Center as the Sixers hosted the Charlotte Bobcats. When you see that the Sixers turned the ball over 24 times, another loss seemed to be a foregone conclusion.