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January 26, 2016 | By DAVID O'REILLY & PATRICIA MADEJ, Staff Writers
CHEERS AND laughter erupted Sunday night as members of the Temple women's gymnastics team climbed down the steps of their team bus after spending more than 24 hours stranded in blizzard-like conditions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike east of Pittsburgh. "I've never felt so happy to be back at Temple," said Briana Odom, a junior psychology major and member of the team. Buses carrying the gymnasts and the Duquesne University men's basketball team were among more than 500 vehicles stranded Saturday for more than a day in deep snows along a 40-mile stretch of the turnpike between Somerset and Bedford, about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh.
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January 26, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
First, it's too warm to buy a new winter coat. Then, just when you need one, a powerful storm forces the stores to close. While many began the exhaustive task of digging themselves and their vehicles out, others stayed indoors, hoping the sun would do much of the work. As a result, the region's malls, restaurants, and bars reopened for business, but their customers didn't return in droves. Wendy Silverwood, 55, of East Goshen, Chester County, was among those who stayed home Sunday.
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January 26, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
STONE HARBOR - Peering out from Nesting, her storm-flooded children's boutique on Third Avenue in this tony Shore town, and experiencing a Sandy déjà vu, only colder, Maggie Day had a message for her governor. "I was in my waders in three feet of water and my friend is saying Gov. Christie is on TV saying it's not that bad," said Day, 39, whose home and shop were damaged from winter storm Jonas, which sent icy flood waters coursing down Stone Harbor's shopping drag during each of three high tides, lifting up and sending heavy flower boxes on a choppy four-block ride past Peace A Pizza.
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January 24, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie, campaigning in New Hampshire, decided Friday to return home ahead of the major snowstorm bearing down on the East Coast. "I want to make sure that the people of my state feel safe and secure," Christie told an audience in New Hampshire, adding that he had maintained contact with officials in Trenton over the last couple of days. On Thursday, the governor, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, had said he planned to stay in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary on Feb. 9. Christie's decision came under criticism from some Democrats and the news media.
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January 24, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. said Friday it opened its Wifi network to the public in Philadelphia region and the Northeast for the snow storm. The Philadelphia company said it would keep the Wifi available for general public through Monday. Comcast operates thousands of Wifi hotspots in the in retail plazas, train platforms, parks and other areas of the northeastern U.S. affected by the storm. Typically a person has to authenticate themself - use a logon and password - as an Xfinity subscriber to access the network.
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January 24, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Just stay home. So said the region's transportation agencies as they prepared Friday for up to 20 inches of snow and scouring wind gusts up to 40 m.p.h. "What we're really trying to hammer home is for people to stay off the roads," said Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania's transportation secretary. "The more people can stay off the roads, the more our equipment operators can do their job. " Through Friday, local, regional and national transportation agencies listed slowed, limited, or canceled services.
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January 24, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Most Jersey Shore towns were making emergency preparations Friday for the arrival of a massive winter storm, bolstering sand dunes and moving equipment to higher ground, and in some cases declaring mandatory or voluntary evacuations. Atlantic City was carrying out similar precautions, but Mayor Don Guardian also invited tourists to not cancel weekend plans if they were already headed to his "party town. " "Atlantic City's casino hotels were built to withstand hurricanes, and they have their own generators . . . so if you're going to be hunkered down in a storm, it might as well be in a beautiful hotel in Atlantic City," Guardian said during a Friday news conference at City Hall.
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January 23, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
The threat of a "paralyzing" blizzard that could affect 20 percent of the nation's population launched a frenzy of preparations across many states Thursday, from capitols to city halls, airports, emergency centers, and hardware stores. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Philadelphia area, most of New Jersey, and the New York City area. Blizzard warnings were also in effect for Baltimore and Washington. As they have for days, forecasters predicted from one to two feet of snow from Virginia to southern New England, intensified by high winds and even lightning.
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January 22, 2016
The makers of dating apps such as Tinder and the newer the Grade will no doubt see a huge uptick, thanks to this weekend's snowy forecast. Weather forecasters are calling for accumulations of more than 10 inches in Philadelphia, and also are predicting possible power outages, periods of low visibility due to whiteouts, and lots of bone-chilling cold. Is it any wonder that many singles are scrambling about, trying to find a weekend love connection? "People are reaching out to exes.
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January 22, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
Meteorologists are invoking the "B" word - as in blizzard - and they say with almost 100 percent confidence that a potent, beach-ripping coastal storm will pound the region this weekend, possibly even including thunder and lightning. "Even if it doesn't meet the official definition," said Jack Boston, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc., "most of the public is going to say this is a blizzard. " The potential snow totals circulating Wednesday - major computer models were suggesting from 12 to 20 inches will fall somewhere between Friday night and Sunday - are likely to swell supermarket checkout lines.
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