April 6, 2014
The host Tampa Bay Storm got out to a 14-0 lead over the Soul in the first quarter and never looked back in winning Friday's AFL game, 63-49. The Soul managed to put 21 points on the board and tried to make a game of it, but the Soul trailed, 35-21, at the half. They were never able to stop Tampa Bay's attack. Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 32 of 47 passes for 335 yards and six touchdowns, and one interception. The Storm's Randy Hippeard threw seven TDs. Tampa Bay is now 2-1, while the Soul slips to 0-2. The Soul visit Orlando on Thursday, before playing their home opener on April 19, when they host Jacksonville at 6 p.m. - Inquirer staff
April 5, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Soul (0-2) at Tampa Bay Storm (2-1) When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3) Where: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. Outlook: The Soul are off to a stunningly slow start, losing two weeks ago by 37 points to the San Jose SaberCats, a game in which San Jose scored every time it had the ball. . . . QB Dan Raudabaugh, who was one of the league's top players last year, has just five TD passes and is not among the top 10 in passing yards. Tampa Bay QB Randy Hippeard, on the other hand, leads the AFL with 20 TD passes and 841 passing yards.
March 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
March 25, 2014 |
When the storms rolled in last month, people were preoccupied with getting their power back and moving all those fallen trees off the roads and driveways. What would happen to the trees that fell? That was a problem for later. Well, later is now, and homeowners and workers around the region are still collecting and disposing of the trees that caused so much havoc. "The bottom line is, it's just everywhere," Rick Crecraft, who owns a tree-trimming company, said after one of the worst storms.
March 14, 2014 |
La Salle saved the best for last on Wednesday night. The Explorers came from behind, and nearly matched their scoring total from the first three quarters in overtime, to defeat Cedar Crest, 49-43, in a state Class AAAA second round boys' basketball game at Coatesville. Dave Krmpotich's jumper with 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining forced the extra frame. The Explorers then went 10 for 13 from the free-throw line in OT to pull out the victory. La Salle trailed, 26-19, after three but climbed back thanks in part to two three-pointers from Najee Walls, who led all players with 22 points.
March 13, 2014 |
Hurricane Sandy shook much of the New Jersey Shore off its foundations, literally and figuratively. So the state's Office of Emergency Management is asking the public - for the first time - to review the hazard mitigation plan being submitted to the federal government. The plan is updated every three years. No hearings are scheduled, but in writing, citizens may weigh in on concerns about withstanding disasters, as officials lay the groundwork for mitigating future storms. In a news release, the state's emergency management office said the public comment period is an effort to "increase transparency" with regard to its "disaster risk reduction strategies.
March 9, 2014 |
Early in Friday night's PIAA Class AAA boys' basketball opener against Berks Catholic, it looked as if Neumann-Goretti had spent too much time sitting back and enjoying its sixth straight Catholic League title. N-G committed five turnovers in the first eight minutes, allowed 6-foot-9 center Nana Foulland to flourish with a lefthanded hook shot, and trailed by three in the second period. In what turned out to be a tale of two halves, N-G regrouped with a 16-0 explosion in the third quarter, and eased into the second round with a 62-46 triumph at Archbishop Ryan.
March 8, 2014 |
February's ice and snow storms cost taxpayers in Chester County about $7 million, much of it for salt, plowing, and overtime for emergency personnel. In Montgomery County, the bill was about $8 million. Millions more were spent in Bucks and Delaware Counties. But despite suffering one of the worst stretches of weather in its history - not to mention a mammoth number of power outages - the Philadelphia region will receive zero dollars in federal aid. That's because the weather failed to wreak enough havoc across the state.
March 4, 2014 |
As another winter storm rumbled toward the region Sunday night, schools closed, officials declared emergencies, plow trucks rolled - and winter-weary residents searched for salt, all the while yearning for signs of spring. Philadelphia public and Archdiocese schools announced they would close Monday. So did Lower Merion, Radnor, Upper Darby and other suburban districts. Several in Chester County announced two-hour delays. In South Jersey, the list of Monday closures included Cherry Hill, Lenape, and Washington Township schools.
March 3, 2014 |
The winter storms so far have cost Northampton Township taxpayers $600,000 - double what the town had budgeted and enough of an economic toll to delay plans to repave some roads. So the Bucks County community calculated what it could get if the federal government decides to help. The answer: $20,000, at most. "I'll never turn the money down," Township Manager Robert Pellegrino said. "But it's not going to matter in the grand scheme of things. " Unlike devastating floods or hurricanes, federal aid for winter-related storms - no matter how disruptive - is often far less generous.