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January 10, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
FEW THINGS halt a high school basketball game like precipitation falling from inside the gym. What started as overwhelmed pipes spewing steam from behind the bleachers inside Frankford High yesterday eventually yielded what looked like raindrops falling from the ceiling as the steam returned to liquid form. The result: Imhotep Charter and host Frankford would have to share a bus back to the Panthers' place on 21st and Godfrey for their scheduled 3:15 p.m. Public A matchup. After a quiet trip and a quick warmup, a referee's quip just before tipoff (around 4:45 p.m.)
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. Herman R. Raines, 89, of Wynnewood, a decorated World War II veteran who served as a combat medic in several historic battles before returning home to pursue a career in optometry, died Sunday, Dec. 22, at Lankenau Hospital after a brief illness. Dr. Raines rose to the rank of first lieutenant and assistant battalion aid surgeon in the U.S. Army and fought in many European conflicts, including in Normandy, France, and Rhineland, Germany. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the European, North African and Middle Eastern Medals with three battle stars, and the Bronze Star for remaining in position and saving lives while under intense fire, his family said.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
The snowfall that begin earlier today may turn into rain later tonight, following several inches of snow that an afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service said would be coming down throughout the region. It's the third snowfall this week – and winter doesn't officially start until next Saturday. Philadelphia will see one to three inches of snow, as will the area to the southeast. That snow should continue over the next couple of hours, said Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
BEFORE ADJOURNING for its five-week holiday vacation, City Council yesterday passed a flurry of important bills. Here's a wrap-up of what went down: * After years of proposals, months of negotiations and weeks of uncertainty, Council unanimously passed a bill to make Philadelphia the largest city in the country to create a land bank. Lawmakers hope the new agency, intended to streamline the process of selling land now handled by an array of agencies, will breathe new life into the tens of thousands of abandoned, vacant and blighted buildings throughout the city.
SPORTS
November 27, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
ATHLETES ARE fond of saying they will play the game until someone peels the jersey from their backs. Well, after a soggy, frigid and sometimes ugly football game last night at Marcus Foster Memorial Field, the cliché was likely apropos for some seniors. Mastery North out-slopped Simon Gratz, 7-6, and gave its last-timers the ending they wanted. "It's a good way to finish off," said senior Armani Fuller-Williams. "I'm just so happy to have this feeling of victory with me as I leave this high school football thing.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IT LOOKED AS though Steve Robinson might have pulled out his table and photo displays for nothing last night as the rain poured and people scattered on Baltimore Avenue. Fortunately for Robinson and other business owners, the brief showers did not dampen spirits as hundreds of patrons weathered the storms for University City's third Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. "The night was really successful. A lot of people came out," said Robinson, who opened You Photography Studios on Baltimore Avenue near 46th Street nearly two years ago. For $1, he offered a photo shoot, a frame and one 8x10 photo, a deal he said many people can't believe.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
ONE TOP official at the Labor Day festivities said yesterday's monsoonlike rainfall was actually God crying over how city unions are being treated by Mayor Nutter. Another was less poetic on how he felt about Nutter, calling him "a no good dog" who must be fought. And City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Gov. Corbett's response to the school district's financial crisis smacked of a Ponzi scheme. What else did you expect several thousand labor unionists and their supporters to talk about at Philadelphia's 26th annual Labor Day parade, at a time when organized labor feels that it is under siege?
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
THE GRAY clouds socked in over the Jersey Shore may have been a disappointment to those who had hoped for a sunnier holiday, but yesterday's gloomy skies were certainly appropriate as folks bid a sad goodbye to the 2013 summer vacation season. The weather had persuaded enough people to beat a hasty retreat, so that by 10:30 yesterday morning, westbound traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway was moving sporadically at best. Stretches of easy cruising were replaced by a stop-and-go crawl exacerbated by rainfall that hopscotched between gentle and monsoonlike.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was not a happy crowd at Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade Monday. And that's even overlooking the rain, which was impossible, since downpours soaked a bigger-than-usual crowd, turning Philadelphia's union members into a brigade of the plastic-ponchoed. Nothing builds labor solidarity faster than seeing how many union brothers and sisters, and their kids, can crowd under one umbrella, or squeeze under roof overhangs at the sheet metal workers union hall on Christopher Columbus Boulevard, where the group rallies for speeches before marching north to the annual picnic at Penn's Landing.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update : The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF 0 scale tornado (winds 65 to 85 m.p.h.) touched down in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, Ocean County on Tuesday. Earlier story: treets from Coatesville to Ship Bottom went Venetian, flash flooding was ubiquitous, and "rush hour" became even more of an oxymoron than usual. On Tuesday morning, the soggiest summer on record added dramatic twists to its growing legacy, with potent storms that took down trees, closed roads, and put the brakes on mass transit at the height of the morning commute.
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