January 17, 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.
December 16, 2013 |
It wasn't weather you wanted to be out in, but the Philadelphia area was spared the worst of the third snowstorm in a week. During the evening, sleet and freezing rain made for slick roads and dodgy driving conditions, particularly in the Pennsylvania suburbs. Earlier in the day, fast-falling flakes swirled around the crowd at the Army-Navy Game, which kicked off at 3 p.m. Saturday, and one to three inches of snow was predicted for Philadelphia and southeast of the city, according to the National Weather Service.
December 12, 2013 |
By 8 a.m., Tuesday, it was beginning to look a lot like Sunday, with a heavy burst of snow flash-coating the roadways and putting the skids on the morning commute. In some important and fortunate ways, however, Tuesday's snow ended up being a mirror opposite of Sunday's ambush, and the cold spell that has settled on the region might end up being more memorable. Temperatures were forecast to fall into the teens for the first time since last Groundhog Day, assuring a hard freeze of any standing water or slush by Wednesday morning.
December 11, 2013 |
JUST LIKE Dr. Seuss' Thing 1 and Thing 2, Philadelphia's "Storm 1 and Storm 2" - as Mayor Nutter is calling Sunday's wintry weather and today's predicted conditions - are proving rather troublesome. "The challenge here again is the ice, rain, snow and the refreezing process," Nutter said. "You get ice that binds to the asphalt even when the new snow is on top of it. You can plow the snow; it doesn't work as well with ice once it literally binds to the asphalt. That is a challenge, not only here but everywhere else.
December 11, 2013 |
When Tony Gigi left his house in Mount Laurel on Sunday morning and saw the snowflakes, he knew the weather forecast was in more trouble than a motorist fishtailing on the Schuylkill Expressway. What the National Weather Service meteorologist relearned in the next few hours, along with millions of other people in the region, is that nature can still trump science. Meteorologists are warning that further proof could develop Tuesday - a winter-storm warning for three to four inches of snow has been posted for the immediate Philadelphia area.