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NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week after some of the worst flooding in the area in recent memory, the Schuylkill is ready to host the largest collegiate rowing competition in the country, the Dad Vail Regatta. Friday and Saturday's competition comes after crews spent nearly a week clearing tons of debris along the Kelly and Martin Luther King Jr. Drives and from the swollen river itself. "We've been working on the cleanup since the storm last week," Mark Focht, Philadelphia's first deputy commissioner for parks and recreation, said Thursday.
SPORTS
May 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers will have at least another day to grow their playoff beards. Facing elimination, they got a hat trick from Wayne Simmonds and superb goaltending from Steve Mason as they defeated the New York Rangers, 5-2, before a sellout crowd at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, evening the series at three games apiece. Game 7 will be Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, where the Flyers have one win in their last 11 games. It will be the teams' third game in four nights.
SPORTS
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
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
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