May 6, 2013 |
CAMARILLO, Calif. - A major change in weather calmed a huge wildfire burning in Southern California coastal mountains Saturday, and firefighters were hopeful that a predicted chance of rain would become reality during the weekend. High winds and withering hot, dry air was replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity. "The fire is really laying down," said Tom Kruschke, a Ventura County Fire Department spokesman. Containment of the 43-square-mile blaze at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains increased to 30 percent, he said.
May 3, 2013 |
Good news for Phillies fans, Broad Street Run participants and spectators, gardeners, and anyone else expecting to be outdoors over the next four days: Expect pleasant temperatures, a fair share of sun, no rain and very little wind. Be glad you're not in parts of Minnesota or Wisconsin, where half a foot of snow could fall today. In Philadelphia, highs will be about 70 today through Sunday, which is about normal for this time of year. Lows will be a little on the chilly side, in the mid 40s after a low near 50 tonight.
April 23, 2013 |
The chill in the air at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night was not just from the first-pitch temperature of 50 degrees that continued to drop as the 31/2-hour game wore on. Uncomfortable Fahrenheit degrees are always erased by the calendar over the course of a baseball season. When April turns to May and May to June, a more pleasant climate will follow. Curing the other ills and chills that have crept into these parts will not be nearly as easy. The offense has gone cold and the reception from the crowds has become increasingly frigid, too. A better brand of baseball than the Phillies played during the first three weeks of the season is the only way to thaw the chilly fans.
April 18, 2013 |
The Rutgers University basketball scandal that caused a national frenzy two weeks ago appears to be having little long-term effect on the school's reputation, a new poll finds. The vast majority of respondents agreed with the decision to fire head men's basketball coach Mike Rice, who was seen in video footage manhandling players, using antigay slurs, and throwing basketballs at or toward players. That behavior, 93 percent of respondents said, was not acceptable. However, a slight majority said the behavior exhibited by Rice is either "very" or "fairly common.
April 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Airlines are struggling this year to get planes to the gate on time. The government said Thursday that 80.3 percent of flights by U.S. carriers arrived on time in January and February. That's down from a record 84.9 percent during last year's storm-free winter. Mother Nature hasn't been as cooperative. The percent of flights canceled in February doubled to 2.4 percent from the same month in 2012. Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rating in February, 91.8 percent.
April 8, 2013
Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he won't be going back to Washington this week when the Senate returns from a two-week recess. The New Jersey Democrat released a statement Friday saying continued treatment for muscle weakness and fatigue would keep him from traveling, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported. He said his doctor had advised him to work from home. Lautenberg, who is 89 and announced in February that he would not seek reelection, was ill with the flu in late December and missed several votes.
April 5, 2013 |
Nepotism was hardwired into the culture. The company was family, every wedding, birth, confirmation, and graduation a cause for shared celebration. That was Sho-Aids, in Sharon Hill, in southeastern Delaware County, where loyalty is a staple of corporate life. Andrew Codamo Sr., the chief executive officer, bought the New York trade-show service company in 1960, expanded it, and moved it to Pennsylvania. Three of his relatives work there. Then a trusted payroll clerk, Laura Rogers-Fischer, was found to have cleverly embezzled $600,000 over six years.
April 3, 2013 |
Compared to last year, March was much cooler and much wetter in Philadelphia. But, as Marches go, it was fairly normal. March 2012 was the freak show. Nationally, it was the hottest March on record, with "more than 7,500 record highs were broken across the U.S.," according to AccuWeather's Anthony Sagliani. In Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms will peak this week, but last year peaked by March 20, "one of the earliest dates since record keeping began," Sagliani said. In Philadelphia, March 2012 was the second hottest on record, averaging 52.2 degrees, topped only by the 52.5 degrees of March 1921, according to the National Weather Service's regional office in Mount Holly.
February 8, 2013
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February 8, 2013 |
After weathering more than its share of budget storms, the National Weather Service is turning to one of the nation's premier storm experts to become its new leader. Louis W. Uccellini will become the weather service's director, effective Sunday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, its parent agency, announced Thursday. The appointment was welcomed by members of the forecasters' union, the National Weather Service Employees Organization, who have had a sometimes fractious relationship with the bosses.