January 24, 2016 |
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.
January 23, 2016 |
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.
January 22, 2016 |
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.
January 22, 2016 |
Ahead of the winter storm expected here beginning Friday, airlines announced they will waive ticket change fees and fare differences for customers who want to postpone travel. American Airlines, which operates 76 percent of flights at Philadelphia International Airport, said passengers flying between Jan. 21 and Jan. 24 can change their tickets, and delay travel as late as Jan. 27 at airports from New Hampshire south to North Carolina and Tennessee. Delta and United airlines will waive change fees for passengers traveling Jan. 22-24.
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.
January 10, 2016 |
I chuckled as I wrote this in December because it had been warmer than usual and the next several days promised to be in the upper 50s and mid-60s, if one believes the weather forecasters (I don't). What I offer are suggestions from the people who make the Snow Joe Hybrid iON, a snow blower that operates on either a lithium battery or an AC power cord. As veteran readers know, I bought a gas-driven snow thrower/blower in the fall of 1997 after having weathered the winter of 1996 and its record snowfalls.
December 14, 2015 |
Finally. After an embarrassing run of years in which meaningful roles for women were scant, 2015 has yielded a rich, varied field of female-driven screen stories. Half of the titles on my 10 Best list are movies that delve deeply into female psyches: Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn ; Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers in Carol (opening Dec. 25); Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart as a stage and screen star and her personal assistant in Clouds of Sils Maria ; the Pixar preteen of Inside Out (quite literally a psychological journey)
December 3, 2015 |
"I'm starting to make it rain in the real-estate market," says four-time Emmy-winning meteorologist and so-called blackballed former Fox 29 weatherman John Bolaris . Bolaris is now a real-estate agent targeting clients who are athletes and in the entertainment industry. He goes by the adage "Sky's the Limit!" and is now licensed to sell homes in Pennsylvania and New York. "I've found a home for a couple of professional athletes playing in the Philadelphia market," he said.
December 2, 2015 |
New Jersey's storm protection planning is neglecting a major facet of the problem, promising residents all the shelter of a house with a missing wall. The state is rightly suing to seize property from holdouts along the Atlantic Ocean so it can complete a line of defensive dunes. But officials are barely addressing the threat of storm surges in the back bays. A plan to fortify bay shores is expected, but it's not even in the preliminary stages. The state Department of Environmental Protection says it will work with the Army Corps of Engineers on a flood risk management study - next year.
November 30, 2015 |
Following in the footsteps of his brothers, Cedric and Sameir, Syaire Madden was making a big mark in football at Springside Chestnut Hill. But the standout running back opted to transfer to La Salle before this school year. Continuing to give his new squad a major boost, Madden carried 19 times for 174 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns as the Explorers blasted Simon Gratz, 42-15, Saturday afternoon in the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA final at Northeast. "When I was in eighth grade, La Salle was one of the schools I considered," the 5-foot-8, 190-pound junior said.