January 24, 2014 |
Dangerous cold gripped the region Wednesday as Philadelphia and neighboring counties dug their way out of the remnants of a record winter storm, and officials said the harsh weather played a part in three deaths. Little relief is in sight. Subfreezing temperatures are expected to continue into next week, with only a brief respite Saturday. A wintry pattern could persist for the next two to three weeks, the National Weather Service said. A touch of snow is possible Thursday and Saturday, and perhaps something more substantial early next week, forecasters said.
January 23, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA In a sweeping endorsement of Philadelphia's storm water plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $4 million Tuesday to four area colleges to study the plan. Approved 21/2 years ago, the $1.6 billion, 20-year project aims to stem the polluted water gushing from sewer overflows during heavy rains by incorporating "green" projects throughout the city. They range from vegetated roofs and rain gardens that soak up rainwater to porous pavements that let it percolate through.
January 23, 2014 |
After being hammered by a snowstorm that triggered an early and messy afternoon commute Tuesday, the region was preparing for a slow recovery hampered by bitter cold. "A combination of snow and plummeting temperatures and high winds makes this a dangerous storm," Mayor Nutter told reporters as the city activated its Emergency Operations Center. In New Jersey, Gov. Christie, in one of the first acts of his second term, also declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay off the roads "so our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency.
January 18, 2014 |
MANAHAWKIN, N.J. - A public appearance Thursday - Gov. Christie's first outside Trenton since the George Washington Bridge scandal erupted this month - provided little more than a morale boost. And while it was meant as a lift for the sagging spirits of residents in this section of Ocean County ravaged by Hurricane Sandy 15 months ago, it was an opportunity for Christie to try to move the discourse away from the bridge and back to the beach. It was after the storm ripped New Jersey's 127-mile coastline on Oct. 29, 2012, that Christie's approval rating in the state jumped from around 56 percent to an unheard-of 77 percent, according to one poll.
January 11, 2014 |
Just over a year ago, Bridget Anne Kelly was thanking her boss, Gov. Christie, and fellow staffers via Twitter for making her 40th birthday "great. " On Thursday, the account had been deleted, and the nation watched Christie call her a liar, dub her behavior "stupid," and announce on national television that he had fired her. Kelly, the woman behind some of the e-mails in a plot to gridlock the George Washington Bridge, was described Thursday by some as a cheery, intelligent mother of four - but with a "vindictive" side.
January 4, 2014 |
The snowstorm expected late Thursday will impact travel to, from, and through the Northeast. US Airways Group, Southwest Airlines, and Delta Air Lines issued winter weather advisories. US Airways, the dominant airline at Philadelphia International Airport, is waiving change fees for travel through Jan. 8, and will extend the time limit if necessary, said airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher. Southwest, which does not charge change fees, said it is monitoring the storm as it moves through the Midwest to the Northeast, and warned travelers that scheduled flights may be delayed, diverted, or canceled.
December 31, 2013 |
Ja'Quan Newton and his Neumann-Goretti teammates were mindful of last season's disappointing showing against fellow powerhouse Chester. Fifteen turnovers spelled a lopsided loss in a nationally televised contest. "We kind of came into this one with a chip on our shoulder," the senior standout said of Sunday night's rematch. "We wanted to do the same thing to them that they did to us. " With Newton producing 19 points, the guard-dominated Saints rolled to a 73-55 triumph at Widener University in the Jameer and Pete Nelson Scholastic Play-By-Play Holiday Classic.
December 23, 2013 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - It was unfathomable that this spot where the island narrows along a rock wall beside the bay had lost its beacon and landmark, the Church of the Redeemer. Consumed not by water but by fire during the terrifying derecho storm of June 2012, flames shooting out of stained-glass windows, the 100-year-old Spanish Mission-style church was a total loss, including those singular windows combining the iconography of the life of Jesus and the seashore. You might think the church, and particularly those windows, created in the 1930s at Willet Stained Glass Co. at 39th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia, would be irreplaceable.
December 22, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN A former leader of the Dauphin County witness protection program became the new head of the state's Victim Advocate Office Friday and said she hoped to give a stronger voice to Pennsylvania's crime victims. "I want every single citizen of the commonwealth to understand what their rights are as crime victims," said Jennifer Storm, 38, of Camp Hill. Storm was sworn in Friday morning at a ceremony at the Victim Services Center in Norristown, surrounded by local advocates and members of the law enforcement community.