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September 22, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, John Robertson looked like a guy capable of carving up FCS defenses with one hand tied behind his back. On Saturday at Villanova Stadium he basically did just that. With his left arm in a soft cast to immobilize his broken nonthrowing hand, the Villanova quarterback rallied his team to a 49-31 victory over James Madison in their Colonial Athletic Association opener. Robertson, who broke the hand in Week 2, finished 22-for-27 passing for 337 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in front of a crowd of 10,781.
SPORTS
September 22, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The football struck a Roman Catholic defender's hand, ricocheted into the air, and hung over Washington's field on Saturday afternoon for what seemed an eternity. Cahillites coach Joe McCourt watched from the sideline, hoping the fourth-quarter play did not somehow turn into an Archbishop Ryan gain. Tom Stevens ran underneath the ball as it dropped toward the turf. "I hope I don't drop this," the Roman linebacker thought. Stevens grasped the ball and sprinted all alone with the interception for a 35-yard touchdown that sealed visiting Roman's 24-16 win. When the 6-foot-1 junior reached the end zone, he appeared to begin to dive across the goal line before stopping midstride.
SPORTS
August 31, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AS OPENING statements go, it certainly was a loud one. If Temple's football team - which was coming off a 2-10 season - had won, 2-0, at Vanderbilt on Thursday night, it would have been a keeper. But the two-touchdown underdog Owls rolled, 37-7. The game in Nashville, Tenn., was supposed to start at 9:15 p.m. Philly time, but was delayed 1 hour, 37 minutes because of lightning and it didn't end until 2:14 a.m. here. Some debut for the SEC Network. For whatever reason, the NFL preseason game between the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings a few miles away wasn't interrupted.
SPORTS
August 31, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
NASHVILLE - A big rig with Jersey plates sat outside Vanderbilt Stadium, out on Natchez Trace. When college football teams go on the road, they take their program with them. Logistics are fine-tuned, contingencies planned for. When the rains came Thursday evening, Temple was ready. "We have a lightning plan that's in place. We bring all the food from the hotel in case we ever hit lightning," Temple football coach Matt Rhule was saying later, early Friday morning. There was no forecast, however, for what happened here.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"INTO THE STORM" is a "Sharknado" movie with a troubling lack of sharks. But there is a whale of sorts - an EF5 (big) tornado pursued o'er the amber waves by the Ahabian storm chaser (Matt Walsh), whose obsessive zeal to find and film a gigantic tornado endangers his overworked and fearful crew. They track a super cell to a town in Oklahoma where a high school principal (right-sized Richard Armitage, from the "Hobbit" movies) watches nervously as clouds approach a packed graduation service.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Madeline doll remains in the basement of the Rossi home, a haunting memory of the night of the "gray snow," when a devastating weather event - perhaps unprecedented in the region - wrought tragedy in a Montgomery County housing development. Late on the night of July 27, 1994, a potent tornado, with winds perhaps topping 200 m.p.h., tore through the "Hamlet" neighborhood in Limerick Township, killing Laura Petersen and her husband, Daniel Thompson III, both 28, and their 11-month-old daughter, Mikhela.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yet another round of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region late Tuesday, just in time for the peak commuting period, and once again they had a particular ferocity in South Jersey. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties, and flood advisories were posted for just about the entire southern half of the state. Hailstones an inch in diameter - about the size of a quarter - were reported in Tabernacle, Burlington County. With rains forecast to continue well into the night, the National Weather Service extended its flash-flood watch for the entire region through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A wild thunderstorm roared through the Philadelphia region Monday evening, leaving thousands without power and prompting a brief tornado warning in Burlington County. A 14-year-old boy was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware County, according to a preliminary report by emergency services. The boy was reportedly conscious and taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. A ground stop was put into place at Philadelphia International Airport as the storm passed. It was lifted around 8:30 p.m. The sky was lit up with intimidating displays of lightning and sporadic flooding was reported.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another church trial over a same-sex wedding could be on the horizon locally for the United Methodist Church - this time with 36 defendants and reverberations in congregations across the region. Accused of breaking doctrinal law are the pastors who jointly performed a same-sex wedding last year in Philadelphia in solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the Lebanon, Pa., pastor put on trial for presiding at his gay son's wedding. A complaint against those 36 ministers was filed by a group of about 50 members, mostly clergy, of the church's eastern Pennsylvania Conference, according to those with knowledge of the confidential process.
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