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New England Blizzard Buries Residents In Snow Amid Forecast Second-Guessing 28.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BOSTON (AP) — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown. The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph. It punched a gaping hole in a seawall and swamped a vacant home in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and flipped a 110-foot replica of a Revolutionary War ship in Newport, Rhode Island, snapping its mast and puncturing its hull. WOW! Vehicles buried with snow Tuesday night in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: Josh Haskell. #BLIZZARDof2015 #Boston pic.twitter.com/SACWmgAmdB — Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) January 28, 2015 "I had to jump out the window because the door only opens one way," Chuck Beliveau said in the hard-hit central Massachusetts town of Westborough. "I felt like a kid again. When I was a kid, we'd burrow through snow drifts like moles." But signs of normalcy emerged: Flights ...
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12 Numbers That Break Down What Happened In NYC During That 'Historic' Snowstorm 28.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned of a " potentially historic " snowstorm that could dump up to 3 feet of snow across the five boroughs. The city had 1,800 plows at the ready and 250,000 tons of salt to spread over the 6,000 miles of city roads. But when New Yorkers woke up Tuesday morning, they saw a more paltry 7 to 9 inches of the white stuff outside -- a veritable Snor'easter . And while city-dwellers were spared the worst of the storm -- which pummeled parts of Long Island and New England with over 30 inches of snow and up to 70 mile per hour winds -- that doesn't mean it didn't leave its mark on the Big Apple. 80 The number of rabbits seized from a Brooklyn backyard as the storm approached the city. The bunnies' owner told DNAinfo that about 20 police officers temporarily confiscated the cuddly pets to protect them from the elements. 0 The number of non-emergency vehicles that should have been on the city’s streets after 11 p.m. Monday. Mayor de Blasio announced a travel ban , ...
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Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car 28.1.2015 THE CITY FIX
Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants ...
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13 Photos (And One Tweet) That Show How Underwhelming NYC's Snow Storm Was 28.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It was supposed to be " very fast and very hard ," " worse than we have ever seen before ," " potentially historic ," and generally terrifying. For the public's safety, New York City shut down schools, parks and public transit. Non-emergency vehicles were banned from the streets after 11 p.m. Yet while parts of the East Coast were snowed in by massive winter storm Juno early this week, New York City woke up feeling fine -- if a bit hungover . Here's what it was like to live through the Blizzard of 2015: The One We'll Never Talk About Again. By the time snow began to fall on Monday, everyone was freaking out about #snowmageddon. The great pre-storm Kale Panic of '15. (Yes of course, this is the Gowanus Whole Foods) pic.twitter.com/OS50ntIatK — Kat Kinsman (@kittenwithawhip) January 26, 2015 Some people got an early start on the snow day fun. First Avenue is emergency vehicles only, so some bros are playing beer pong #Snowmageddon2015 pic.twitter.com/XIVIjEJ8Ww — Christopher Hooton (@ChristophHooton) ...
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Group attacks 2 men in St. Paul skyway 27.1.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

A group of young men assaulted two men in a downtown St. Paul skyway last week, bloodying the face of a 23-year-old and breaking the wrist of a 59-year-old who walks with a cane.

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Northeast Snow Storm Slows Life Down, But Falls Short Of Forecast In Some Areas 27.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New York City residents woke up Tuesday morning expecting to see what Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) had warned would be a " potentially historic " winter storm with the potential to dump up to three feet of snow on the five boroughs. Instead, New Yorkers -- many of whom spent Monday evening frantically buying up emergency groceries -- looked out their windows to see a more modest serving of seven to nine inches of snow. While the storm was expected to dump record snowfall on the New York City region and New England, it failed to live up to forecasts in a number of areas. "The storm was less destructive than predicted," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said at a Tuesday morning press conference. Cuomo defended his state's decision to shutter roads, buses and subways, citing a recent snow storm that dumped around seven feet of snow on Buffalo. Despite initial forecasts of two feet of snow or more in New York City, snowfall only totaled 11 inches at LaGuardia airport by Tuesday morning, according to The Weather ...
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Northeast blizzard: Travel bans lifted in New York, New Jersey 27.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Throngs of New York commuters rushing home as blizzard intensifies 27.1.2015 LA Times: Nation
As a powerful blizzard barreled toward the Northeast, commuters were learning the hard way that it was becoming more difficult to get anywhere from here.
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60 dead from Minnesota police shootings in six years 27.1.2015 MinnPost
Minnesota cops have killed 60 people in the last six years. Brandt Williams of MPR says, “Minnesota law enforcement officers have shot and killed at least 60 people since 2008, according to an MPR News analysis of data from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, information from police departments across the state and court documents. According to state death records, 95 percent of those killed by police since 2008 were male. Whites made up 61 percent and African-Americans 26 percent. The median age of African-Americans killed by police since 2008 is 24. For whites, the median age is 36.” Or we can not. Catharine Richert at MPR reports, “[Gov. Mark] Dayton would put more than $10 billion into roads, bridges and transit over 10 years to tackle the problem, according to the plan he detailed today. Dayton says the state is facing a revenue shortfall to the tune of $6 billion for road and bridge repair and expansions over the next decade. His plan would raise tab fees and put a 6.5 percent gross receipts ...
As Northeast hunkers down, Chicago marks anniversary of '67 Blizzard 27.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Winter in Chicago has never been easy, but this '67 was a record-setter. Winter in Chicago has never been easy, but this '67 was a ...
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Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1st quarter 26.1.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows.And many businesses expect the steep drop in oil prices in recent...
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Green Line train hits pedestrian 26.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The accident occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday night near the intersection of University Ave. and Lexington Parkway.
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St. Paul: Pedestrian struck, injured by Green Line train is ID'd 25.1.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

A pedestrian was in stable condition Sunday after being struck by a Green Line light-rail train at Lexington Parkway and University Parkway in St. Paul late Saturday night.

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Pedestrian struck by Green Line train in St. Paul 25.1.2015 Star Tribune: Local
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Desmond Hague, Puppy-Kicking CEO, Faces Charges In Elevator Incident (GRAPHIC VIDEO) 24.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The multimillionaire caught on camera abusing a puppy last summer was formally charged Friday. Desmond Hague, 47, is facing two civil charges of causing an animal distress, U-T San Diego reports. Hague, the then-CEO of multibillion-dollar sports catering company Centerplate, was captured on surveillance footage in a Vancouver elevator kicking Sade, his friend’s 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher, and violently dragging her around by her leash. (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) Hague released a public apology days after the video came out, but that didn’t prevent him from being ousted from his job at Centerplate. Hague had managed the Connecticut-based company since 2009. Charges against Hague were filed in Vancouver, where the incident took place. In British Columbia, violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act can carry sentences of up to two years in jail and fines of up to $75,000. However, because Hague is facing only civil — not criminal — charges, jail time is unlikely , according to U-T San ...
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Prison Guards Strip-Searches Visitor To Prove She Was Menstruating: Lawsuit 24.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman visiting an inmate at a privately run Tennessee prison says guards forced her to expose her genitals to prove she was menstruating when she tried to take a sanitary napkin into the facility, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Nashville, said she had already cleared one security checkpoint at the prison about 85 miles southwest of Nashville on April 20 when guards noticed a menstrual pad sticking out of her pocket. The lawsuit says that when the guards told her she would need to prove that she was menstruating, she offered to leave the prison or leave the pad behind. She also offered to show guards her used menstrual pad. Instead, she says she was instructed to go into a bathroom stall, drop her pants and underwear and allow a female officer to inspect her genitalia. The lawsuit claims that the woman was not free to leave and that prison visitor policy at the time stated: "Any visitor ...
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Pedestrian dead after being struck by 4 cars in I-495 hit-and-run 23.1.2015 Yahoo: US National

Pedestrian dead after being struck by 4 cars in I-495 hit-and-runDelaware State Police say a pedestrian is dead after being struck by four different hit-and-run vehicles on I-495 in Edgemoor.


U.S. Reevaluates Safety Statistics 23.1.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Department of Transportation is considering ways to improve its collection and analysis of data on mishaps involving pedestrians and bicyclists, which have been rising at a faster rate than fatal auto accidents.
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RTD driver who hit, killed pedestrian at Boulder Transit Center won't be charged 23.1.2015 Denver Post: Local
Police and prosecutors have decided no charges will be filed against an RTD bus driver who hit and killed a man at the Boulder Transit Center in ...
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The visionary challenges of rethinking the strip mall 22.1.2015 MinnPost
There’s nothing less glamorous than strip malls. They’re so ubiquitous, you stop noticing them. Seas of faded asphalt edged by low concrete buildings. Thin facades spread out like a casino buffet, the signs above marking the chiropractor, liquor store, pharmacy or (more often than you think) amazing ethnic restaurants. These kinds of buildings are the hallmark of the postwar American landscape, so they’re easy to take for granted. Increasingly, however, cities like St. Paul and Bloomington are trying to change the classic strip-mall formula as they prepare for transit investments. But changing a strip mall is harder than you think. I need to disclose right up front that I'm writing this particular piece from the perspective not only of an urban geographer exploring/explaining the challenges and dynamics of the issue but also as someone who voted with the majority in the recent Sibley Plaza decision by the St. Paul Planning Commission, an advisory body that I serve on. As transit investment becomes more ...
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