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July 7th, 2010
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Triple-digit temperatures to roast Northeast for another day

(CNN) – A scorching record-breaking heat wave continues to roast much of the Northeast, with the National Weather Service keeping in effect heat advisories in the region until Wednesday evening.

In addition, the service has issued an "excessive heat warning" until 8 p.m. Wednesday for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Trenton, New Jersey; and parts of Delaware.

Officials are advising people to stay indoors as the prolonged heat and humidity creates a "dangerous situation."

Already, the heat has claimed the life of an elderly woman in Philadelphia - where temperatures hit 102 degrees Tuesday.

The temperature also topped the century mark in Boston, Massachusetts; Washington and New York - where it hit 103.

Amidst the oppressive 100-degree heat, as many as 9,000 customers of Connecticut Light and Power in Stamford, Connecticut, were without electrical service Tuesday. A heat-related transformer failure at a substation in Stamford caused the outage, said a spokeswoman for the power company. Read more

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  1. Pauly

    Illegal aliens can't vote!!!! I thought you were an expert on the Constitution!!!! You have to be an American citizen to vote!!!! And please, read the complaint if you want the facts. Don't rely on any media outlet to report on anything in full!!!! They pick & choose which segments odf any story they want to report on!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  2. art


    Do you place a lot of value on concepts? I'm asking because the Berlin Wall was a concept. Push-polling is another example of a concept.

    However, I do not feel your projections based on your lack of self-esteem is a concept. It just is.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  3. Jane - WI

    Yes, Pauly, it is the federal government's job to enforce immigration laws. Why aren't they doing that? I don't blame AZ for taking it into their own hands after the federal government refuses to enforce existing laws. Why have raids on businesses stopped? If we want to have a guest worker program, that is fine. However, no guest worker program should included a "path to citizenship". You come here and work for a set amount of time, and then you go home. When I grew up, we had migrant workers come in the summer to pick the crops. Their families did not come and burden the system. In the fall, they went home.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  4. Ronny

    art.... what does having a ticket to the US have to do with following the legal path to citizenship? Are you another Pauly that attempts to spew "stuff" to muddy the water on the conversation?

    As to your other question... I don't do alcohol. Meaning – in case you're normal slow on the uptake as you always are – I don't drink alcohol at all. Ever.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  5. Jane - WI

    So now Pauly is concerned about people not reading laws. How about the health insurance reform bill that was passed with few people reading it? And Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano admitting that they did not read the AZ law before they criticized it?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  6. Jane - WI

    Were you as considered about using the title "President" when the media and Democrats referred to President Bush as simply Bush, Junior, W, or as Mr Bush?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  7. Jane - WI

    I find it interesting that the Obama administration is more interested in suing Arizona for enforcing current immigration laws than it is in going after sanctuary cities who are encouraging law breaking. Guess we know where this administration's priorities are. Rewarding lawbreaking seems to be on their agenda, much as it was in the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  8. Ronny

    Did you just catch that Pauly? Or did it go over your head again?

    Obama is only challenging the law in order to suck the Hispanic vote ... both of legal citizens and illegal aliens.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  9. Ronny

    Well.. at least you are getting closer to the FACTS Pauly. According to what was reported on CNN concerning the Arizona – that is the only challenge from THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. There are OTHER challenges but not from Obama's gang. Think you can grasp THAT concept now?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  10. art

    MeLoN/aka Ronny says-"America is for Americans. Anybody that wants to come to the US should do it the legal way."

    So, using your criteria for legal immigration to this country, anyone who happened to be a ticket-less stowaway on an ocean-going vessel enroute to Ellis Island should have their citizenship rescinded by their now newly ex-patriated family?

    I gotta ask, MeLoN-Ronny...Are you out in the yard drinking your potato salad this morning?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  11. francnnam

    Want to help those in need? Visit for ways you can donate and volunteer.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  12. Pauly

    Ronny, no matter what moniker you use, you are always short on facts & long on hyperbole!!! Even if the only challenge was the one you metioned, the Constitution applies to the fed govt's control of immigration laws!!! You really need to research the issues before commenting on them!!! As for our harbors, they only represent a fraction of our "coasts."

    July 7, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  13. Ronny

    Yes... America is for Americans. For those that choose to follow the law and come here LEGALLLY. Is that term to hard for you to understand also?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  14. Pauly

    America is for Americans? Then we should all pack up & return to the countries our ancestors left. We can then give this land back to "Native Americans"!!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  15. Ronny

    Wrong again Pauly. That isn't why the Obama Administration is challenging the Arizona law. They aren't even challenging the consitutionaity LAW... only the fact that it's the FEDS job to make laws concerning. Do you not even listen to the news of the blog you are posting on? CNN had that very story on at least TWICE this morning already. You really do need to pay attention and get a clue.

    And if it took a wall and troops to secure the country – then so be it. BTW... the harbors of the country are already more secure than the southern border.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  16. art

    What? MeLoN is now Ronny?

    July 7, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  17. Pauly

    Yes, there are other walls that aren't connected to the main wall but that main wall is & has been known as the Great Wall of China for a very long time. The fact remains however, that to secure our long & pourous border would take a similar structure(s). Manned by 10's of thousands of troops!!! And even then, our borders wouldn't be "secure"!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  18. Pauly

    And Ronny, AZ's law isn't unConstitutional because it infringes on the rights of illegal immigrants. It's unConstitutional because it infringes on the rights of Americans w/ Hispanic/Latino descent.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  19. Gena Halpin

    Linda ... You ROCK !!!

    July 7, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  20. Ronny

    The Justice Department is bound to enforce FEDERAL laws already on the books. Get a clue Please.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  21. Ronny

    Sorry Genius.. there isn't any such thing as the Great Wall of China. Fact is ... there is at least 30 different walls.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  22. Pauly

    No, the Justice Dept isn't bound to enforce state laws that are unConstitutional!!!! The Justice dept isn't the only law enforcement agency challenging the law!!! AZ police dept's, towns & cities & elected officials have also filked suit!!! Gov brewer hired outside legal help because AZ's Attorney general says the law is unConstituional!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  23. Ronny

    Pauly .. just because you would prefer that the US be over ran by illegal aliens doesn't make it the right thing to do. America is for Americans. Anybody that wants to come to the US should do it the legal way. You shouldn't have the right to call yourself an American with your hatred of the Country.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  24. Linda

    Hi...I would love to help the man and his wife that live 6 floors up and won't buy an air conditioner because his daughter is going to college. I'll donate $500 to buy, and help pay the bill to run, a room air conditioner. Please let me know how I can do this, quickly.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  25. Ronny

    Like I said Pauly ... you should have watched AC360... they reported something entirely different than what you are spewing. Obama is in the pocket of Big Oil as much as anybody in the GOP.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  26. ES

    Left a message, but perhaps at the wrong site – anyone, re the heat spell and couple stuck in their apartment – fill the tub with cool water and sit in it –

    July 7, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  27. Ronny

    It's the Justice Department to uphold the Consitution but not to enforce the laws already on the books?.... lol .... Sorry you Super Genius you ... can't have it both ways – despite how much anti American garbage you spew.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  28. Gena Halpin

    Isn't there someone out there who has access to an air conditioner they could donate to the poor man (Albert) who is suffering with this heat wave, does not leave his wife to go where it is cool and who has forsaken his comfort for his daughter's education. Talk about priorities !!!

    July 7, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  29. Pauly

    Ronny, aka Melon, who's fighting the moratorium, raising the liability cap & new regulations? That's right, the GOP!!! And Sen Landrieu (D) of LA. Those that are & have been in the pocket of big oil for a very long time. The state legislatures in the Gulf states were built by big oil & every politician since Huey Long has been bought by big oil!!! Why did Gov Jindal recently place a seal on all state correspondence w/ BP?

    July 7, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  30. Betsy

    Many hospitals have 'stair wheelchairs' to get patient's Contact a local hospital or fire department (who might also have a "stair chair" to help the couple living in a 6th floor apartment. Good luck!

    July 7, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  31. Dale Herrewig

    You’re absolutely right “Big oil has been polluting the Gulf… for decades”. When I went to Galveston on vacation in the late 70’s people would come out of the ocean with tar balls stuck to their legs and arms, I know; I was one of them. There actually was a visible line in the water where it became dark from clear.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  32. Marcela

    Good for you John, after hearing the story of the man living w/o air conditioning in NY, and having really HARD time with the heat, John suggested to post the story in their website so somebody can reach out. Good for you, not only being a reporter/journalist but it is most important to be a compassionate human being. This man whose story was told during the morning news, he can't leave his apt to a cooling center because of his wife. He can't afford air conditioning since he pays for his daughter studies. I hope somebody can help him.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  33. Ronny

    And.. now ... Pauly tells us the polls that says Americans agree with the Arizona law is wrong!... Whatever did the country do before Pauly the genius know-it-all told us what was really happening???... OH.. thank you Pauly for correcting all Americans!

    July 7, 2010 at 7:07 am |
  34. Pauly

    Another GOP talking point concerning AZ's immigration law is that the fed govt isn't doing their job. The 2 AZ Senators have been in the fed govt a very long time! One of them, McCain said a fence was a useless waste of time & money. Now he says fix the danged fence. The problem w/ the fence is that you have to fix it all the time!!!

    To fully secure the border, the US would have to build something similar to the Great Wall of China & patrol it w/ 10's of thousands of troops. Our military is already overstretched due to the 2 wars. Where does the GOP suggest we get the money for the wall & soldiers when they can't pay for unemployment benefits or anything else?

    And if a great wall was built, those who want to come here would just switch to ways used by immigrants from other countries, by sea!!! Then what? Should we build walls on all our coastlines? And what about all those who decide to overstay their visas? Where there's a will, there's a way!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 7:07 am |
  35. Mara

    Obama doesn't hear the American people. The Arizona law is overwhelmingly supported by them as shown in all polls.

    This will cost him re-election.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  36. Ronny

    Pauly.... you should have watched AC360... or maybe you should be on there cuz you apparently think you know more than what's been reported on CNN – everybody is wrong except you.... lol..

    Your only two concerns is attempting to prove how bad the GOP is instead of facing the truth and reality of the situation and that you can spew the party line. Good on you.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  37. stewart

    Isn't this the third or fourth day of reporting on the drug sub? Also CNN, I love ya but please refer to the President as President Obama not Mr. Obama. Senators
    Are called senator judges are called Judge doctors are called Doctor Generals are
    Called General. Why do some of your great reporters say Mr. Obama? The title is President Obama and that is how the president should be referred to. It's simple respect. Have a nice day and stay coolm

    July 7, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  38. Pauly

    The Justice Dept had to file suit against AZ's new immigration law! It's their job to uphold the Constitution! The GOP's talking point is that most Americans support the law. Most Americans haven't read the law! Besides, most Americans only care about civil liberties when their's are being infringed upon!

    Lawsuits have been filed by many entities & individuals. From cops to police depts. From lawmakers to AZ towns & cities. The law was amended immediately after passing in an effort to help it pass a Constitutional challenge. The amendments didn't correct the problems w/ the law!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  39. Dave

    My concern is the methane gas coming from and around the spill and along a rift at the sea bottom . Can it explode and cause a title wave and , are we patrolling this area for foreign vessels ?

    July 7, 2010 at 6:46 am |
  40. Pauly

    Ronny, aka Melon, changes monikers bit not the hyperbole! The President is pushing a moratorium, which of course big oil & the GOP are very much against. If the President is in the pocket of big oil, it's a good thing the McCain/Palin ticket didn't win. They received more than double the campaign contributions that the President did.

    One of the biggest campaign slogans for the GOP, which now they are trying to deny, was drill baby drill. The Gulf states, their politicians, courts & almost everyone else have been bribed, supported and/or manipulated by big oil foor decades. That's why so many of them have sympathized w/ BP during this disaster. Going so far as to claim the President was extorting BP by getting them to agree w/ a $20 billion fund to pay claims.

    The AP reported something yesterday that I have been trying to allude to since the disaster began. Big oil has been polluting the Gulf & other waterways for decades. There are more than 27,000 abandoned oil wells in the Gulf that are possibly, or probably, leaking oil. Oil rigs, freighters & refineries legally & illegally dump millions of gallons of crud into the Gulf every year. Lawmakers have ignored the facts because that's what big oil pays them to do.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  41. Dale

    Yesterday I asked if CNN could give five ideas a day to create jobs in the U.S.; today I request earnestly a major News organization to take up the cause for America. Maybe just start by finding the answers to six questions.
    1. “Why has the American jobs machine failed so spectacularly”?
    “This should be the most pressing issue facing economists and policymakers”!
    2. “Can the U.S. have a viable economy based on “knowledge workers”, rentiers, service industries and financial services”?
    3. Does the U.S. need some sort of national industrial policy to increase U.S. competitiveness in world markets?
    4. How has NAFTA "helped" the U.S.?
    5. How many factories in the U.S. closed down and shipped operations to Mexico?
    6. How many parts and components for all these green energy projects are manufactured domestically?
    I feel not a single part should be purchased from any other country. This was once a country that made things we need to tool up do again more than ever now. Is not there somebody in your news room who can do an in depth series on how to restore Americas economy?
    or should we eat cake while Rome burns?

    July 7, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  42. Ronny

    Obama is a fool and proves it more every times he opens his mouth. He is opposed to Arizona attempting to protect it's citizens while refusing to enforce Federal law. Obama claims it is the Feds job concerning immigrant yet the Feds aren't doing their job. Most Americans are agree with the Arizona law.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:16 am |
  43. Ronny

    Good Morning CNN!

    The Federal Government should be more concerned about containing the oil spill and less about restricting reporters from reporting on it ... or suing Arizona over a state law.

    Anybody watch AC360?... Anybody still think Obama isn't in the pocket of big oil?

    July 7, 2010 at 6:10 am |
  44. Scott Stodden

    Hey John & Kira How You Doin On This Beautiful Wednesday morning, Im a big fan of American Morning and I watch everyday its my dream to meet the whole CNN family! I live in Illinois and I know what the East Coast feels like with this sudden heat wave, I encourage everyone to drink plenty of fluids, stay cool and take care of yourselves! Also Im so glad Lindsey Lohan is going to jail, finally justice has been served, you get what you ask for Lindsey!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    July 7, 2010 at 6:09 am |