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Bush declares emergency in icy Massachusetts

A severe ice storm prompted President Bush to declare Saturday that a state of emergency exists in northern Massachusetts, a move that authorizes the use of federal aid to help the recovery effort.

Gov. Deval Patrick declared a statewide state of emergency on Friday in response to the storm, which struck Thursday and continued into Saturday.

By Saturday night, there were 180,000 customers without power, said James Mannion, deputy public information officer for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

In addition, 750 National Guard troops were deployed in the affected area, he said.

“The big problems here are, obviously, the power outages,” he said.

Officials were working to clear roads so that power crews could get in.

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Below is a photo of my sister’s driveway.  We were spared the ice here in Grafton as the temperature hovered just above freezing.  But folks north and west of us were not so lucky.  We had 3 friends stay with us Friday night and my sister and brother-in-law stayed over last night.

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Thank you George W. Bush and friends for screwing up so badly that you have force the country into a giant U-turn. It’s been a rough 8 years, but the nightmare is finally over. It’s time to move forward and make racism history, to make war history and to make the United States a country we can be proud of again.

Barack Obama is a new kind of leader with fresh ideas, honesty and integrity who stood up to the republican mud slinging with grace and dignity. He never stooped to their level. He is more interested in the people of the United States then in corporate America.

It will be like a breath of fresh air to have someone intelligent in the White House who understands science and the constitution, as well as the importance of the separation of church and state. Someone who does not believe in a talking snake and does understand why the polar icecaps are melting.

We have a lot of hard work to do, but for today, let’s celebrate the beginning of a bright new future. The election of Barack Obama is a giant step forward for the US. This is indeed a pivotal time in history and the entire world is celebrating with us.

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