June 4, 2013
By David Bradley As the School District of Philadelphia faces the prospects of unprecedented budget cuts, the image that comes to me is that of a massive storm ready to devastate our city's schools. The effects will be disastrous. In the short term, city schools will be stripped to the most elemental services - one principal, one teacher for every classroom, each room packed to the blackboards with the maximum number of students. Assistant principals, guidance counselors, art, music, sports, and extracurriculars - gone.
June 2, 2013 |
Seven months after the second-most-costly storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland particularly lashed the Jersey Shore, a new survey has found that only a little more than half the residents in coastal areas have taken any action to prepare for the next Superstorm Sandy. And that number that worries local emergency management officials, who say they are urging residents to prepare now for when disaster strikes again. While 58 percent of those surveyed by the American Red Cross and the Weather Channel said they were concerned about a repeat of last year, only a third have a plan that involves communicating with family members should they become separated and knowing where to go if they are evacuated, according to the study, released Friday at Red Cross headquarters in Washington.
May 30, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - No Boy Scouts were there, but they likely would have endorsed the message at Atlantic City Electric's seasonal prep session: Be prepared. After the region was hammered last storm season with two major weather events - the June 29 derecho and exactly four months later, Hurricane Sandy - officials noted that the most important lesson learned is to be ready for whatever circumstance such extreme conditions create. Besides causing heavy damage to homes and infrastructure, both storms knocked out power to millions of customers throughout New Jersey and ultimately left thousands of people in some areas without electricity for more than a week.
May 26, 2013
The Soul scored 42 points in the second half to beat the host Tampa Bay Storm, 73-55, on Saturday night. The Soul took the lead for good with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the third quarter. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh connected with Andrae Thurman on a 14-yard pass play, giving the Soul a 45-35 lead. Raudabaugh completed 13 of 16 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He spread the offense around as Anthony Jones caught five passes for 79 yards, Greg Ellingson caught four for 57 yards, Ryan McDaniel made four catches for 41 yards and a TD, and Thurman grabbed three for 46 yards.
May 25, 2013
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum TV: CBS Sports Network. Records: Soul, 4-4; Storm, 6-3. About the Soul: The Soul lead the series, 5-3, after sweeping Tampa Bay twice last season. . . . Soul defensive lineman Bryan Robinson is second in the Arena Football League with 101/2 tackles for loss and seventh with 51/2 sacks. . . . The Soul defense is first in the league with an average of 14.4 rushing yards allowed per game and six touchdowns allowed.
May 25, 2013 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - When a hundred or so suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying business owners plunge into the 57-degree ocean at noon Friday to signify the "unlocking" of the resort's beaches, they'll be hoping the world is watching. Jersey Shore towns are seeking the attention more this holiday weekend than ever in the history of the decades-old event, repeated up and down the coast annually to signify the unofficial start of the lucrative summer tourist season. The message is loud and clear: The beaches are fine.
May 22, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 m.p.h. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise. The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, a community of 41,000 people about 10 miles south of the city. Block after block lay in ruins.
May 22, 2013
On the first weekend of March, having been starved for low drama by a resolutely unstormy winter, local broadcasters began calling for midweek snow with all the urgency of a pagan prayer to the elements. By the end of the week, though, the snow gods had seen fit to provide Philadelphia with only a fifth of an inch. "Where is the snow?" NBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen asked late on the afternoon of March 6, well after it was supposed to have been piling up. "That's the million-dollar question at this point.
May 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Yesterday's powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999. The 1999 storm had winds clocked at 300 mph, according to the weather service website, and it destroyed or damaged more than 8,000 homes, killing at least two people. Kelsey Angle, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Kansas City, Mo., said it's unusual for two such powerful tornadoes to track roughly the same path. The 1999 twister was part of a two-day outbreak sweeping mostly across central Oklahoma - similar to the past two days.
May 20, 2013 |
It took one road trip for Demola Onifade to astound his new basketball teammates and coaches. But it was nothing that the 16-year-old from Lagos, Nigeria, did on the court. "We're together as a team, back at the hotel," said Rob DePersia, a local attorney who is the coach of Team Speed, an AAU squad that features top teenage players from South Jersey. "Demola said, 'I have to go and study.' He went and did his homework twice. "He has that inner drive. That's why he's going to be great.