March 11, 2012 |
With the Mississippi and Alabama primaries now two days away, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich tussled on Sunday over which Republican presidential hopeful would adhere most faithfully to conservative orthodoxy on fiscal restraint, healthcare and oil drilling. Both also took swipes at GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney, whose heavy advertising has made the pivotal Deep South contests fiercely competitive despite both states' cultural dissonance with the former Massachusetts governor.
October 22, 2000 |
Researchers hoping to create a new migratory flight of whooping cranes are leading a group of sandhill cranes on a cross-country trip. Thirteen juvenile sandhills took off from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Oct. 3 and flew after a bright yellow ultralight piloted by a man in a crane costume. Plans call for the planes of Operation Migration to fly 1,250 miles over 15 to 30 days, with rest stops at 36 carefully chosen sites along the way.
February 6, 2011 |
For Democrats, Ashley Bell was the kind of comer that a party builds a future on: A young African American lawyer, he served as president of the College Democrats of America, advised presidential candidate John Edwards and spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. But after his party's midterm beat-down in November, Bell, a commissioner in northern Georgia's Hall County, jumped ship. He joined the Republicans. Bell, 30, said he had serious issues with the healthcare law and believed that conservative "blue dog" Democrats in Congress who shared his values had been bullied into voting for it. Bell's defection is one of dozens by state and local Democratic officials in the Deep South in recent months that underscore Republicans' continued consolidation of power in the region ?
July 30, 1999 |
Much of the eastern half of the nation, from the Deep South to the Northern Plains, sweltered through another day of scorching temperatures Thursday as a heat wave that has killed at least 71 people in 12 states lingered with little relief expected until the weekend. The hot weather hit mid-America the hardest. It has been blamed for 27 deaths since July 19 in Missouri alone; Illinois has reported 19 fatalities, 11 in Chicago.
December 19, 1989 |
A Canadian delivery of sleet and ice sledded into the Deep South on Monday in a winter preview that cracked century-old temperature records across the Midwest and clogged the Missouri River with a 75-mile ice jam. The bitter weather closed schools from Mississippi to Michigan, and forecasters said that no change was in sight. The cold is being caused by a horseshoe-shaped flow of air that follows the West Coast up to Alaska, chills and plunges down through Canada into the East and Midwest.
April 14, 1990 |
Record low temperatures mostly in the 20s defied spring Friday, punishing a wide area from Alabama to New York. The National Weather Service reported that 11 cities broke or tied records for the day. They were Atlantic City, N.J. (23 degrees); Beckley, W. Va., (24); Binghamton, N. Y., (22); Charleston, W. Va., (25); Harrisburg, Pa., (25); Hartford, Conn., (24); Huntington, W. Va., (26); Huntsville, Ala. (35); Pinson, Ala., (28); Roanoke, Va., (25), and Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa., (22).
January 20, 1992 |
A rare deep chill and snowfall held the South in its mitts for a second day Sunday. Churches canceled services in Georgia and Alabama and homeless shelter cots were in demand in Kentucky. In Georgia, as much as 8 1/2 inches of snow fell south and east of Atlanta from a storm starting Saturday night, and people jammed stores to stock up on bread, canned goods, milk and other supplies. "We sold a lot of film," Carolyn Dickinson, manager of the Majik Market in Hampton, Ga., said Sunday.
November 14, 1986 |
People as far south as Alabama and Mississippi bundled up against Thursday's cold, which set low-temperature records in dozens of cities, filled homeless shelters to overflowing and forced cancellation of Kentucky horse races because of a frozen track. "If you want to compare it to something, the high last year on this date was 79 degrees with a low of 61," said Derrel Martin of the National Weather Service in Nashville, where it was 18 degrees Thursday morning.