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July 4, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Poised to become the season's first Atlantic hurricane by day's end Thursday, Tropical Storm Arthur was forecast to hit the North Carolina coast with high winds and heavy rains and have at least an indirect effect on the Philadelphia region. Hurricane warnings were posted for the Outer Banks and the entire North Carolina coast, and although Arthur should scoot well offshore, some of its moisture could add juice to rains around here, the National Weather Service says. A flash-flood watch was in effect from Thursday morning until noon Friday for Philadelphia and its adjacent counties, where 1 to 3 inches of rain were possible.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Severe storms have left more than 12,000 customers still without power in the area late Wednesday night. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Peco reported more than 7,700 outages, including 3,271 in Delaware County, 1,883 in Philadelphia, and 1,390 in Montgomery County. In New Jersey, PSE&G reported 4,170 outages in Burlington County, 364 in Camden County, and 118 in Gloucester County. tavril@phillynews.com 215-854-2430  
SPORTS
July 3, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
UNDER NORMAL circumstances, Ron Hextall would likely have a pit in his stomach if he saw division rival Washington had acquired two top-four defensemen from the Penguins. Tuesday, Hextall likely had to keep from laughing when he saw the terms of their deals. Matt Niskanen, who had one tremendous season in Pittsburgh, signed a 7-year deal for $40.25 million. Brooks Orpik, already 33, cashed in for $27.5 million over 5 seasons. "There's 2 days of the year where hockey people get crazy: July 1 and the trade deadline," Hextall said.
SPORTS
June 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The tarp covered the field at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as a torrential rainstorm created a river in right field. Two Padres players - Everth Cabrera and Yasmani Grandal - emerged from a flooded dugout at Citizens Bank Park in spandex shorts. They turned the white cover into a giant Slip 'n Slide, belly-flopping to cheers from stadium employees. There was no such joy for San Diego later. The Phillies, after a day to relax and contemplate the next 101 games, dispatched one of baseball's worst lineups in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
REAL_ESTATE
June 8, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
We've barely gotten over winter's misery and already are being reminded about hurricane preparedness. Yet the season officially started June 1, so perhaps a few tips from the American Bankers Association are in order: Assemble an emergency kit, which should include first-aid supplies, a flashlight, extra batteries, at least three days of nonperishable food and water, towels, and a supply of necessary medications. Stay informed of a storm's path and progress by monitoring Wireless Emergency Alerts by text message and having a battery-powered radio or TV available.
SPORTS
June 8, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Soul (6-5) at Tampa Bay Storm (5-6). Where: Tampa Bay Times Forum. When: Sunday at 5 p.m. TV: ESPN3. Outlook: This is the third meeting of the season between the teams, who split the first two games. . . . The Soul offense erupted for a season-high 70 points last weekend and is second in scoring average (58.7 points) in the AFL. . . . Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh ranks fourth in the league with 56 touchdown passes. Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard is third overall with 59. . . . Soul running back Derrick Ross has rushed for a league-high 20 touchdowns.
SPORTS
June 5, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
   Will Manganiello walked past his team huddle after the first quarter. Penncrest had a one-goal lead, but before he got to the water cooler, he turned his head to the right and shouted to his teammates: "We're not just going to win. We have to work for it. " Manganiello led by example Tuesday night and scored five goals as Penncrest beat Mount Lebanon, 15-10, in the PIAA boys' lacrosse semifinals at Cumberland Valley. "We knew we could beat any team, but they're not just going to lay over and give it to us," Manganiello said.
SPORTS
May 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his eight-year career as a golf professional, Rusty Harbold says, the largest check he has ever cashed for his performance in competition was $750. After carding a 5-under-par 67 Tuesday to grab the lead at the Haverford Trust Classic, the most lucrative event in the Philadelphia Section PGA, Harbold has a shot at earning 100 times that much by collecting the winner's check for $75,000. The problem is, rain and lightning engulfed the Sunnybrook Golf Club course in Plymouth Meeting shortly after 5:30 p.m., forcing the suspension of play with 29 players yet to finish.
SPORTS
May 24, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
With hopes of playing for the championship, Moorestown showed its offensive strength Thursday. The No. 1-seeded Quakers scored 13 first-half goals in a 20-4 rout of visiting fourth seed Notre Dame in the South Jersey Group 3 girls' lacrosse semifinals. Marie McCool had eight points for Moorestown, netting four goals and four assists. Lauren Martinelli scored a hat trick. Tristan McGinley and Kierstyn Voiro each had two goals and an assist. In other sectional Group 3 action: Princeton 17, Clearview 11 - Ali Donohue, Hannah Quast, and Holly Tevis each had a hat trick for No. 2 Clearview in a loss to visiting, third-seeded Princeton.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's utility regulator on Wednesday approved Public Service Electric and Gas Co.'s $1.22 billion "Energy Strong" plan to protect its electric and gas systems from severe storms. The plan, a scaled-back version of a PSE&G proposal to spend $2.6 billion on grid-hardening projects, includes $620 million to protect, raise or relocate 29 switching and substations that were damaged by water in recent storms; $350 million to upgrade 250 miles of low-pressure cast iron natural gas mains; $100 million to create system redundancies; $100 million for smart-grid technologies; and $50 million to protect gas facilities from floods.
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