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September 26, 2012 | Associated Press
TRENTON - Amtrak is going to break the speed limit in the Northeast Corridor. The rail service announced Monday that it will operate test trains overnight at 165 m.p.h. in four stretches from Maryland to Massachusetts. Acela Express equipment will be used for the tests, which were to start at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in New Jersey and will continue into next week, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said. All the locations may one day have regular 160-m.p.h. service; the current top speed limit is 150 m.p.h.
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September 8, 2012 | By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country. The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the 85-m.p.h. speed limit for a 41-mile-long toll road near the increasingly crowded I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. The road runs several miles east of the interstate between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas. And while some drivers may be eager to put the pedal to the metal and rip through the central Texas countryside, others are asking if it is safe.
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April 10, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Monday was one of the windiest days of the year, with gusts of more than 50 m.p.h. recorded in a half-dozen places, including Philadelphia. The wind, along with a recent lack of rain, continues to spur fears of new wildfires, with a red flag warning once again in effect for the entire region, including all of New Jersey and Delaware. Today, though, should just be breezy - with winds from about 14 to 22 m.p.h. - with a slight chance of afternoon rain. Yesterday's top gusts spanned most of the day, from a 51 m.p.h.
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March 8, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL VIOLA
High winds play havoc with the hood on Adrienne Oldt's car, blowing it almost completely off the car. Oldt was driving home to Pottstown when the hood did the reverse flip on U.S. Route 1 near Media. Wind gusts averaged 25 to 30 m.p.h. yesterday; Philadelphia International Airport reported a gust of 48 m.p.h.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
All four Delaware River Port Authority bridges are now closed until further notice, spokesman Tim Ireland said. The Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross, and Ben Franklin Bridges will likely be open again sometime Tuesday, he said. Ireland had said the Commodore Barry bridge would be closed once sustained winds reached 50 m.p.h. No hard rules exist for the other three, he said by phone Monday afternoon, but discussions regarding closures generally begin when winds reach 70 m.p.h.
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October 30, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a breakdown of what to expect from Hurricane Sandy, as this "Frankenstorm" rips through the region today. The odds were put at 100 percent that the entire region will get sustained tropical storm force winds today. That means 39 m.p.h. or more - and at the Shore, much more - and these damaging, even devastating winds are likely to last for hours. Atlantic City was expected to have sustained winds of 50 to 60 m.p.h. all afternoon and early evening, with gusts of up to 80 m.p.h.
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February 1, 1991 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
Rebecca Bradley, 16, a student at Hallahan High School, has a wind-blown look as she walks on Benjamin Franklin Parkway near 16th Street yesterday as northwest winds kicked up to near 50 mph and brought cold air into the area. There's be little wind today, but it will be cold.
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November 22, 1989 | By Jim Detjen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The violent winds that raked Pennsylvania and New Jersey Monday night were among the most powerful winds ever recorded in November and were caused by a rare meteorological condition that sucked high-altitude winds down to Earth, forecasters said yesterday. Ken Reeves, a meteorologist at Accu-Weather, a private forecasting firm in State College, said the region's highest winds were measured at 97 m.p.h. in Wayne, in northern New Jersey. This wind exceeded the velocity found in some hurricanes, which need 75 m.p.h.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
It remains to be seen if Hurricane Sandy will set any records, but weather experts say it will be among the storms that make history, especially at the Jersey Shore. Its sheer size and its unprecedented beeline for the New Jersey coast already have set it apart from many of the region's notable storms, such as the especially destructive coastal storm of 1962, the "superstorm of 1993," and Hurricane Floyd in 1999. As he looked at pictures from the Shore on Monday, Jon Nese, a meteorologist at Pennsylvania State University, said he was most reminded of the famed March 1962 nor'easter that inundated the New Jersey coast.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Red-light cameras in four towns in Camden and Gloucester Counties may be trigger-happy, and the towns must stop ticketing motorists while the lights are checked, the state Department of Transportation ordered Tuesday. Cameras at intersections in Cherry Hill, Glassboro, Stratford, and Monroe, and 17 other New Jersey communities may be connected to traffic signals that are improperly calibrated, the department said. The lights may not have a sufficiently long yellow phase to meet state requirements under a pilot program permitting 25 towns to install red-light cameras.
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June 25, 2015
NEW YORK - Ballpark radar guns should soon be reintroduced to Ken "100 Miles" Giles. Giles, who pitched with diminished velocity early in the season, is again nearing triple digits with his fastball. The Phillies' 24-year-old setup man has eclipsed 98 m.p.h. 10 times over the last week, according to the PITCHf/x pitch-tracking system. Entering Tuesday's game, eight of Giles' 98-plus-m.p.h. heaters this season came in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 25, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The speed limit on much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike could rise to 70 m.p.h. by next summer, state officials said Wednesday. The move comes as state transportation officials increase travel speeds on several interstate highways, including sections of I-80 in northern Pennsylvania and I-380 in northeastern Pennsylvania, which will go to 70 next month. A 100-mile stretch of the turnpike, between the Blue Mountain interchange (Exit 201) and the Morgantown interchange (Exit 298)
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June 30, 2014 | By Francesca Serritella, For The Inquirer
My mom trusts me to coauthor a series of books, but she doesn't trust me to drive. And she might be right. Last weekend, we went to the Nantucket Book Festival as an early tour stop for our latest, Have a Nice Guilt Trip , available July 8. This will be our fifth book, and I feel like our working partnership is better than ever. We've gained an easy rhythm at our speaking engagements. We trust each other. Just not in the car. I realized this on the drive home from Nantucket.
SPORTS
June 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Righthander Ken Giles gave the crowd at Citizens Bank Park something to cheer about on a day when there was little else offered. Giles pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday and did so with flair during a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. In his second Phillies appearance, Giles recorded two strikeouts, sandwiched around a pop-up. What got the crowd going was the radar gun. He threw one fastball that was recorded at 101 m.p.h. and another two at 100. This came after he allowed a home run and recorded the game's final out on a strikeout in a third of an inning during Thursday's 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
A pitcher who tries to throw a baseball 100 m.p.h., Phillies reliever Jake Diekman was saying, will never do it. It is not the sort of thing he can will into happening. Trying to reach 100 m.p.h. by throwing a baseball as hard as you can is like trying to hit a golf ball 400 yards by swinging the club as hard as you can. Fluidity and mechanics and feel matter more, and a pitcher will recognize the perfect synchronicity of those elements as soon as he lets the baseball go, the way a jump-shooter knows he'll hear that sweet zip as the basketball passes through the net. "Yeah," Diekman said, as if he were savoring a sip of a 2008 Cheval Blanc.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Has Amtrak abandoned its vision of 220-mile-per-hour bullet trains speeding up and down the Northeast Corridor? The railroad recently issued draft specifications for new trains to replace its existing Acelas that call for 160 m.p.h. trains, not the 220 m.p.h. versions Amtrak said in January that it was seeking. Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority in January announced they were jointly seeking proposals for trains that could run at 220 miles an hour on the West Coast and the East Coast.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
A driver who crashed into a popular Jersey Shore bar in 2011, killing his passenger and seriously injuring a bystander - and who has filed a civil suit seeking damages against the victim's estate - was sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court to 29 years in state prison. Antonio Vargas, 24, of Somers Point, N.J., was found guilty June 18 of vehicular homicide and aggravated manslaughter in the Jan. 6, 2011, crash. Investigators said Vargas was intoxicated and speeding at close to 100 m.p.h.
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July 28, 2013 | By Yesica Fisch and Ciaran Giles, Associated Press
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain - Police said Friday they had arrested the driver of the train that sped through a curve and toppled over, killing 78 people, and planned to question him over suspected reckless driving. As blame increasingly fell on the still-hospitalized driver over Spain's deadliest railway crash in decades, authorities located the train's so-called "black box" that is expected to shed further light on the disaster's cause. Investigators said they would seek evidence of failings by Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, the 52-year-old driver, as well as the train's internal speed-regulation systems in Wednesday's derailment.
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March 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Antonio Bastardo entered a minor-league game Wednesday, Rich Dubee positioned himself directly behind the backstop. Bastardo retired the first two batters he faced. The Phillies pitching coach had not seen enough. Dubee yelled to Cameron Rupp, the catcher, and held up three fingers. He wanted Bastardo to throw his slider. The batter swung and missed. "Again!" Dubee yelled at Rupp. The batter, a righthander, tipped it foul. "Over the ball now," Dubee said.
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March 13, 2013 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
Two New Jersey state troopers lost their jobs Monday for escorting a caravan of sports cars that roared down the Garden State Parkway last year at 100 m.p.h. Nadir Nassry and Joseph Ventrella also appeared in court in New Brunswick to face charges that they tampered with records - specifically, that they used electrical tape to alter their license plate numbers to cover up their involvement. Nassry, a sergeant first-class who had been a trooper for 26 years, pleaded guilty to falsifying or tampering with records.
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