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Category Archive for 'Life in the Big City'

Swamp Rabbit and I were arguing again. The primary goal of mainstream news organizations is to scare people, he said. Fear sells. Just look at the huge response to news coverage in PA, NJ and NY of the “monster snowstorm” that never hit those states. “You’re wrong,” I said, showing him the front-page story in […]

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It always amazes me

That when weather forecasters get one big story wrong out of the hundreds they do every year, people stop believing anything they say. Forecasters said all along that it was hard to tell just where the blizzard line would be this week, yet people act as if they simply made the whole storm up — […]

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Boom

So this happened in my little town yesterday. Glad everyone’s okay: Three women were injured Tuesday when part of the roof of a neighboring building fell onto a Center City clothing, authorities said. A roof parapet and adjoining bricks from a six-story building at 16th and Walnut streets fell into the Lululemon Athletica clothing store […]

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Rocky

Every time I drive past the Art Museum, I see the people running up the steps, and people at the bottom getting their pictures taken in front of the Rocky statue — people from all over the world. There’s just something about Rocky! So our local paper just wrote about some visiting college kids who […]

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“What we got here is a failure to communicate,” I told Swamp Rabbit, quoting from an old movie but referring to Philly-based John Bolaris, one of the many talking heads paid by the media machine to make weather forecasts. Bolaris was on the radio, explaining why the “monster storm” predicted for us barely touched PA […]

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Snow days

We didn’t get anywhere near as much as we could have. The cutoff line was far north and east of here, thank God: Bookmark It

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No snow worth mentioning

We got maybe an inch, the big storm missed us completely. Missed NYC, too! Bookmark It

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They’re predicting they could get as much as 40 inches of snow Tuesday! “While the storm from Saturday may have been a mere nuisance to travelers and a delight to skiers, the storm Monday night into Tuesday could be far more disruptive in terms of travel and daily activities,” said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. […]

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The city is poor, but it certainly doesn’t warrant the Detroit treatment. Must be something in this for Christie: TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will appoint an emergency manager to take over the troubled resort town’s daily operations, The Wall Street Journal reported early Thursday morning. The emergency manager position was one recommendation of an […]

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UPDATE: Ha ha, turns out climate change is turning this into a “rain event”: Our passing nor’easter is dealing with an unusually large amount of warm air for this time of year, which means that most of our precipitation during the day is rain and not snow. In the far northwest suburbs, a change back […]

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