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February 20, 2004 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Electric power failed early yesterday at the Philadelphia International Airport air-traffic control center, cutting off controllers' ability to use radar to monitor a handful of inbound cargo planes, federal officials and controllers said. The control center lost power between 4:10 and 5:05 a.m. when technicians who had been doing maintenance work on the center's main power system attempted to switch back to the main system from a backup system, said Holly Baker, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
NEWS
February 6, 1995 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
How many Peco Energy workers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Oh, if it were only that easy. When the power went out in a 30-story, Center City high-rise yesterday, it took 30 workers more than eight hours to restore heat, water and light to the Kennedy House apartments on JFK Boulevard near 19th Street. The blackout occurred around 3:20 p.m., when an auxiliary power line to the building failed. It lasted until 11:30 p.m., forcing some 800 to 1,000 residents - many of them senior citizens - to spend the day in the darkness and cold.
SPORTS
August 15, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Even when the lights came back on, the fans were kept in the dark. A partial power outage at Camden Yards postponed last night's game between the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles after a delay of nearly 2 1/2 hours. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader today. The games are 1:35 and 7:35 p.m. When the lights were turned on before the game, only a few bulbs in the bank of lights along the rightfield line were illuminated. Orioles spokesman John Maroon said the stadium was experiencing a partial electrical failure, and the 7:35 p.m. starting time was pushed back.
SPORTS
April 20, 1989 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night at the Civic Arena was delayed for more than an hour because of a power failure. At about 6:30 p.m., power was lost to certain areas of the arena, including the transformer that generates electricity for the ice-making machinery. Eventually, power was diverted to another generator, and after a delay of 76 minutes, the game began. According to Jim Gregory, the NHL's director of officiating, power was lost to the ice-making machinery for less than 10 minutes.
NEWS
May 13, 1989 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
Some are born to the stage; others climb their way there. For writer- performer Rinde Eckert, there seems to have been little struggle. Eckert, who plays a benevolent sneak of a security guard in Power Failure, an operatic collaboration with composer Paul Dresher, does so with such charisma that his virtuosity threatens to overwhelm the story's own claims on our attention. At least that's how I felt during my first visit to Power Failure, the American Music Theater Festival (AMTF)
NEWS
June 30, 1990 | By Bill Miller and Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hundreds of weekend travelers were delayed or stranded at hot, muggy 30th Street Station last night when separate power failures disrupted service along Amtrak's northeast corridor to New York and on three SEPTA commuter rail lines. The twin problems did not appear to be related, officials said. But they created an atmosphere of anxiety and confusion throughout the evening as people either milled about or arranged other transportation. All told, it was a harrowing Friday for train travel, starting with an afternoon derailment in West Philadelphia of the Montrealer, a train bound for Washington, D.C. Those passengers later were put on other trains.
NEWS
March 20, 1993 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
A power failure in a Center City high-rise last night forced the evacuation of about 1,000 residents, police said. Residents of the Carlton House Apartments on JFK Boulevard near 18th Street, many of them elderly, were transported to hotels by police and rescue personnel, and Red Cross volunteers. Several infirm residents on respirators were taken to hospitals. No injuries were reported during the evacuation. Police and fire sources said the lights went out at the 26-story apartment building about 1:10 p.m. Evacuations began shortly after 6 when it became apparent that power could not be restored before today.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1991 | By Diane Mastrull, Special to The Inquirer
The lights were back on yesterday at the Deptford Mall. And merchants tried to re-create the Veterans Day sales all over again. But the holiday crowds were gone. They were back at work. One day after a power failure plunged the 140-store mall into eight hours of darkness and silenced cash registers, merchants were offering their Veterans Day sales yesterday in hopes of recouping some of the revenue lost when two 13,000-volt Public Service Electric & Gas cables failed shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.
NEWS
October 25, 2000 | By Elmer Smith
So they chose "or else. " That's what can happen when people are left with only two options. Sometimes they'll pick what's behind the unmarked door. Ted Kirsch and his newly militant unionists may have made a bad choice Monday night, perhaps tragically bad. But you've got to give John Street an assist on this play. The mayor didn't leave them any good choices with his ham-fisted "take-it-or-leave-it" declaration last month. When he pushed his chair back from the negotiating table, the PFT was left to either roll over like whipped dogs or bare their teeth and snap back.
NEWS
September 19, 1999 | By Evan Halper, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Cecilia Godwin stayed calm as the giant utility truck tore up her grass. She didn't flinch as a heavy pole was dragged across her property. It was when workers said the fence would have to come down that her heart sank. "My husband was working on that for the last three weeks," she said. "It was a major project. " No more. Yesterday, the fence became an indirect victim of Tropical Storm Floyd. The Godwins were among thousands of families across the region still stuck in a blackout yesterday.
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July 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Story Slam was just getting started Tuesday night at the Side Bar & Restaurant when a telltale flicker came from the lights above, followed by darkness. For many of the 50-plus attendees at the monthly event, the drill had become as familiar as the crash of thunder. Restaurant staff brought out candles, and when the emcee asked whether the show should go on, the crowd started chanting, "Stories! Stories! Stories!" said Jim Breslin, an author who lives just outside the borough and who organizes the Story Slam nights.
SPORTS
April 29, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Flyers were given two early power plays and had a chance to take the lead, seize the momentum, and change the makeup of Game 5 of their playoff series at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. Instead, they struggled mightily on both opportunities - managing a total of two shots - and soon allowed the opening goal for the fourth time in the five games of the series, paving the way for a 4-2 Rangers victory. "If the power play executes in the first period . . . it might be a different game," Flyers coach Craig Berube said.
NEWS
February 13, 2014
Utility workers and customers have finally reached the end of a protracted recovery from the snow and ice storms of a week ago - just in time, as it happens, for the next one. With almost half of Peco's customers deprived of electricity at some point, and emergencies declared by Gov. Corbett and President Obama, it's clear that the region suffered an unusually destructive bout of bad weather. Thousands of workers from Peco and the far-flung utilities that came to its aid labored long hours in frigid temperatures to get the lights and heat back on. Despite that considerable effort, the extent and duration of the power failure, along with a critical mass of complaints about Peco's communications with customers and officials, show there is more work to do between storms to minimize the havoc they cause in the future.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
Putin ridicules topless protest AMSTERDAM - Vladimir V. Putin faced hundreds of protesters ranging from gay-rights activists to a topless feminist group during his visit to Germany and the Netherlands on Monday, but the Russian president appeared unruffled by the furor. In Hannover, Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Russia's human-rights record at a news conference. Then activists from Ukraine's Femen group bared their torsos and ran at him shouting "Putin dictator!" before they were detained.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia area will get $12.8 million in federal funding that was sought to help renovate an aging SEPTA power substation and repair 11 highway and railroad bridges. The grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation were announced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Reps. Allyson Y. Schwartz and Chaka Fattah, all Pennsylvania Democrats. The Wayne Junction power substation provides electricity to operate half of SEPTA's Regional Rail system, and the 1920s-vintage facility has been a source of frequent failures in recent years.
TRAVEL
January 1, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: We recently checked in to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Poulsbo in Poulsbo, Wash., and experienced a lapse in service. We need your help with a refund. There was a winter storm with ice on the road, and after a treacherous drive from the Kingston Ferry, which was shut down after we disembarked because of wind, we arrived in Poulsbo. We checked in to the hotel at 5:30 p.m. or so. At 6:45 p.m., the lights went out. We thought that the power would come back on soon, but seeing that the power was off as far as we could see, we hunkered down.
NEWS
September 11, 2011 | By Michael R. Blood and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - A blackout that swept across parts of the Southwest and Mexico apparently began with a single utility worker and a minor repair. How it rippled from that worker in the Arizona desert, to Southern California and across the border, plunging millions of people into darkness, has authorities and experts puzzled, especially because the power grid is built to withstand such problems. Power in most areas was restored by 3:30 a.m. Friday, less than 12 hours after the outage began and faster than officials had initially expected.
NEWS
July 29, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frequent Amtrak power failures have stranded SEPTA rail riders repeatedly this summer, sometimes forcing passengers to abandon trains mid-route. "It's very frustrating. It seems like it happens at least once a week," said Montgomery Maxton, 31, of Chestnut Hill, who was on trains that were halted on the Chestnut Hill West line Tuesday and Wednesday. Maxton, a photographer and writer who recently moved from Cincinnati to work in Center City, said the summer's delayed trains have cost him much more than lost time, as he has had to pay for Center City parking or long cab rides when the trains left him stranded.
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