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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 9, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writer davidd@phillynews.com, 215-568-5914
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.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
SPORTS
February 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
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?
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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