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SPORTS
May 18, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Senior Brooke Coloma is looking to add to Penn's historic season on the softball field. The four-time all-Ivy League outfielder and California native leads Penn with 35 RBIs this season and has 123 in her career. She is hitting .343. Behind Coloma, sophomore pitcher Alexis Borden (17-10, 2.38 ERA) and senior second baseman Samantha Erosa (.344), the Quakers qualified for the regional round of the NCAA Division I softball College World Series for the first time in school history. They are scheduled to play in College Station, Texas, against 16th-seeded Texas A&M on Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
SPORTS
May 18, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia high school basketball star Jaylen Bond is transferring to Temple. The former Texas forward informed the Owls on Friday. He ultimately chose Temple over Penn State. Bond informed Longhorns coach Rick Barnes of his decision to leave Texas in March and was granted his release. According to NCAA rules, the 6-foot-7, 225-pounder will have to sit out next season before having two seasons of eligibility with the Owls. He will, however, be allowed to practice with Temple next season.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown and Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
GRANBURY, Texas - Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 m.p.h. and 200 m.p.h. Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap. Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, bore the brunt of the damage, as the exceptionally powerful tornado tore through two neighborhoods Wednesday evening.
NEWS
May 12, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown and Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident. The announcement came the same day federal agents said they found bomb-making materials belonging to a paramedic who helped evacuate residents the night of the explosion. Bryce Reed was arrested early Friday on a charge of possessing a destructive device, but law enforcement officials said they had not linked the charge to the April 17 fire and blast at West Fertilizer Co. "It is important to emphasize that at this point, no evidence has been uncovered to indicate any connection to the events surrounding the fire and subsequent explosion ... and the arrest of Bryce Reed by the ATF," a McLennan County Sheriff's Office statement said.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. on Monday announced it is moving ahead with a pipeline project to export natural gas liquids like propane and butane from its ocean terminal in Nederland, Texas, after receiving commitments from shippers. The Mariner South project would carry the fuels in an existing Sunoco Logistics pipeline to Nederland from Mont Belvieu, Texas, where Lone Star NGL L.L.C. operates a storage and processing complex. Lone Star is a joint venture involving Energy Transfer Partners L.P., which is also the general partner of Sunoco Logistics.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Josh Lederman and Danny Robbins, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - President Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer-plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday that they would have the nation's support to rebuild. "This small town's family is bigger now," Obama said during a memorial service at Baylor University for victims of last week's explosion in nearby West, Texas, that killed 14 and injured 200. Nearly 10,000 gathered to remember the first responders killed in the blast, a crowd more than triple the size of West's population of 2,700.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
WEST, Texas - From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded. As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren't yet known. Residents have just started burying the 14 people who died in last week's blast and some don't yet know what happened to their homes. They're struggling to replace missing medications and documents. Others are just starting to work with insurance companies to figure out how much money they'll get for repairs.
NEWS
April 21, 2013 | By Will Weissert and Christopher Sherman, Associated Press
WEST, Texas - After days of waiting, the first group of residents who fled their homes when a fertilizer plant exploded in a fireball were allowed to go home Saturday to find out what remained. The news came after a nervous day during which officials told residents packed in a hotel waiting for updates about their neighborhood that leaking gas tanks were causing small fires near the blast site, keeping authorities from lifting blockades. But officials emphasized that the fires were contained and said the town was safe.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Christopher Sherman and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
WEST, Texas - Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety. "He went to help a friend," said Joyce Marek, Uptmor's aunt. "And then it blew. " Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | Associated Press
WEST, Texas - Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer-plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead. Initial reports put the number of fatalities as high as 15, but later in the day, authorities backed away from any estimate. More than 160 people were hurt. A breathtaking band of destruction extended for blocks around the West Fertilizer Co. in the small community of West.
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