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Nation's briefs: Crews tackle cleanup after massive storm

By Times Wires
Published March 10, 2008


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COLUMBUS, Ohio

Highway and utility crews worked overtime Sunday to recover from the huge storm that buried Ohio and other parts of the Midwest in snow and tore down power lines elsewhere. More than 20 inches of snow fell from Friday through Saturday in Columbus, eclipsing the city's previous record of 15.3 inches set in February 1910, the National Weather Service said. Many churches in the Columbus area canceled Sunday services. Ohio had one traffic death linked to the weather, and four men died while shoveling snow. Two traffic deaths were blamed on the storm in western New York state and one in Tennessee. Elsewhere, 14 inches fell at Milan, Ind. Up to a foot fell in parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas on Friday.

WASHINGTON

To reporters, Bush sings farewell tune

In a tuxedo and cowboy hat, President Bush sang his own farewell tune Saturday night at the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club, an invitation-only institution of Washington journalists. On a night of skits and satire, Bush surprised the crowd by crooning with the help of backup singers he called the "Busharoos." To the tune of Green Green Grass of Home, Bush sang about his life ahead - on the ranch, with his dog, and without the meddlesome media around.

Elsewhere

Student remembered: Hundreds of mourners remembered slain University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson in her hometown of Athens, Ga., on Sunday. Carson was found Wednesday lying on a street about a mile from campus. Police are searching for a man photographed using her ATM card.

Four die in fire: A fire tore through a row house in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sunday, killing four people, authorities said.

Associated Press

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