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Northeast Digs Out From Record Snow

Young travelers rest near dozens of suitcases while stranded at Terminal 4 following a major blizzard at John F. Kennedy International Airport December 27, 2010. i i

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Young travelers rest near dozens of suitcases while stranded at Terminal 4 following a major blizzard at John F. Kennedy International Airport December 27, 2010.

Young travelers rest near dozens of suitcases while stranded at Terminal 4 following a major blizzard at John F. Kennedy International Airport December 27, 2010.

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As Mark's been telling us, parts of the East Coast are emerging from under feet of snow. Reuters winds up the airline delays, warning that hundreds of flights were canceled, so it could be days before normality returns.

From Andrew Phelps, WBUR's Hubbub blogger pal, here's a tune adapted from 'Silver Bells' to remind you why you really should shovel your sidewalks...

Snowy sidewalks, icy sidewalks
White stuff clumped in a pile
In the air there’s a feeling
Of lawsuits
Children crying, people falling
Meeting lawsuits and trial
And on every street corner you’ll hear…

Shovel, please. (Shovel, please.)
Shovel, please! (Shovel, please!)
Soon it will be Judgment Day.

Seriously, just shovel your sidewalk.

LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT

A Los Angeles County Public Works Department worker cleans out sediment in the Mullally Debris Basin in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., as a new storm heads toward California. i i

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A Los Angeles County Public Works Department worker cleans out sediment in the Mullally Debris Basin in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., as a new storm heads toward California.

A Los Angeles County Public Works Department worker cleans out sediment in the Mullally Debris Basin in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., as a new storm heads toward California.

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Waterlogged California will get more rain today and tomorrow. The Glendale News Press says the southern part of the state can expect more than an inch of rain in some areas; that's dangerous in areas burned by wildfires. The latest storm will move out quickly, in time for Saturday's Rose Bowl Parade and game. Then, the LA Times reports, another storm arrives Sunday.

Well, President Obama's golf games on his Hawaiian vacation got rained out. From Reuters:

President Barack Obama on Monday sought the time honored refuge of any parent dealing with damp vacation weather. Clad in shorts and flip-flops, he took the kids bowling and then bribed them with shave ice.

Mr. Obama hands shave ice to a friend after taking his family and friends to Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii, December 27, 2010. i i

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Mr. Obama hands shave ice to a friend after taking his family and friends to Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii, December 27, 2010.

Mr. Obama hands shave ice to a friend after taking his family and friends to Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii, December 27, 2010.

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Dude, we can relate.

THREE WEST AFRICAN LEADERS, ONE MESSAGE

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Laurent Gbagbo, Serial Defier of International Pressure

Laurent Gbagbo, Serial Defier of International Pressure

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NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton tells Morning Edition the presidents of Benin, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone traveled to Ivory Coast to tell the intransigent leader, Laurent Gbagbo, that he really did lose the presidential election and that he must hand over power to election winner, Alassane Ouattara. They're warning him he faces military intervention if he doesn't. Ofeibea notes that Gbagbo could care less:

Gbagbo has dug his heels in. If you want a serial defier of international, regional, continental pressure, he maintains that he is the legitimately re-elected President of Ivory Coast.

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