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June 15, 2013 | By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Authorities lifted evacuations in a wide swath of terrain outside Colorado Springs on Friday as they said a surprise rain shower helped them expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed 400 homes. Just one day after clearing out the Flying Horse neighborhood in northern Colorado Springs, officials allowed people back into at least 1,000 houses. They also reopened an eastern swath of the Black Forest area in El Paso County. Incident Commander Rich Harvey said the Black Forest Fire, the most destructive in Colorado history, is 30 percent contained.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the region has been soaked with about a half-foot of rain in the last week, remarkably it has escaped significant widespread flooding. That could change by Thursday night. A potent, moisture-laden storm threatens the region with an ominous menu of yet another soaking, powerful thunderstorms, and perhaps even tornadoes, the National Weather Service warns. "Widespread flash-flooding" of streams and "moderate river flooding" are possible, the weather service's Mount Holly office said.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Joe Juliano and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The threat of severe weather for Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Open has U.S. Golf Association officials and the grounds staff at Merion Golf Club braced and prepared for anything on either side of the spectator ropes. Heavy rain and thunderstorms that could be severe, and strong wind and hail could make it a challenge for the USGA to get all 156 players around Merion's East Course, a layout that has been battered by 61/2 inches of rain since Friday. Already the weather has forced one change.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's nothing like a lot of rain, thunder, and lightning to bring out the best in golf fans. "There's 25,000 optimists walking around," said Stefan Rhodewalt, 31, standing on the 14th green about 10:30 a.m. - after the rain had stopped, but two hours before players would return to the course. "Everyone's trying to put a positive spin on it. " What about a three-hour rain delay and no cellphone to distract or entertain? "You drink, you eat, you talk," said George Smith of Aldan, all smiles Thursday afternoon as he stood on the 15th fairway.
SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE U.S. OPEN at Merion promises to be a championship Philadelphia will not forget. It has been 32 years since the last one, and there is doubt that another will ever come to the historic East Course in Ardmore. Fans are making sure to grab a piece of history, even if they cannot get to the course for any of the tournament. The history associated with Merion always evokes stories of Ben Hogan's 1-iron and Bobby Jones' Grand Slam. This year, it is being made at a different place: the merchandise tent.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE ORGANIZERS of the U.S. Open at Merion had every little detail of the tournament figured out. From the shuttles taking fans and media to and from parking lots, to the massive tents set up on homeowners' lawns along Golf House Road, everything was down to a science. Suddenly, there is another kind of science organizers need to account for: meteorology. The forecast for today at the U.S. Open is not good, for players and organizers alike. With the East Course already saturated, a line of strong storms is heading toward Merion, and it does not look promising.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Something happened to send Phil Mickelson away from the U.S. Open: Monday's rain, and his daughter's graduation from the eighth grade. Mickelson had expected to practice Monday at Merion Golf Club, hold a news conference Tuesday, and fly afterward to his home in suburban San Diego for the graduation of his daughter, Amanda. But he ended up flying to California on Monday. "Amanda is speaking at her eighth-grade graduation ceremony Wednesday, and I always planned on being here for that," Mickelson said in a statement, "but since it was raining so much Monday and we didn't know if we'd even be able to play a sloppy course, I came home [Monday]
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday afternoon, when rain fell in torrents, when soggy spectators clogged muddy pathways, when a parking lot became impassable and traffic choked surrounding roads, the U.S. Golf Association must have thought its enormous Merion gamble had gone bust. The course's long history seduced the USGA into overlooking its logistical shortcomings. In the end, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan trumped fears about a lack of access, size, and amenities for the U.S. Open. But for the USGA to justify a smaller payday and bigger headaches, everything probably had to go ideally this June: Merion would have to bare its teeth.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THERE ARE plenty of question marks surrounding the opening round of the U.S. Open at Merion. One thing's for sure: There will be weather not conducive for golf. Everything else about today is still up in the air. Merion Golf Club has taken in about 6 1/2 inches of rain in the past week, and there are estimates of 1 to 3 inches of rain for today, along with possible hail. Many different protocols are being called into play to help ensure a fair and competitive tournament for all. The very disputed "lift, clean and place," or commonly known as "lift, clean and cheat" rule could come up in adverse weather conditions.
SPORTS
June 12, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our guide to the tournament in Merion .       THERE WERE plenty of umbrellas and raincoats at Merion yesterday. While the weather was dreary, the thousands who flocked to Ardmore were not. They were still plenty excited about the national golf championship returning to the Philadelphia area for the first time in 32 years. "Despite the weather, it has been a great afternoon for a local company to entertain our best customers," Kieran Young said.
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