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March 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 9, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Carolyn Davis, and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THERE WAS ONCE a time when a young Denzel Washington, not yet world famous, was spotted hanging out at North Philadelphia's New Freedom Theatre. It was in the 1980s, and Washington, in his 20s then, had starred off-Broadway in the Negro Ensemble Company's "A Soldier's Play. " The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for playwright Charles Fuller, a Philadelphian. Thirty years later, Jaleel C. McCoy, 17, a dancer who attends the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, is also spending time at Freedom Theatre.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
This month's ice storm was the costliest in Peco Energy Co.'s history, surpassing Hurricane Sandy in 2012, even though it knocked out 19 percent more customers. Peco estimates that the Feb. 5 storm, during which 715,000 customers lost power, will cost between $90 million and $120 million when the final bills come due. The recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out 850,000 customers, cost $72 million, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman. Peco says the ice storm recovery was more arduous because winter working conditions were more harsh.
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