2010-2011 Winter Weather Predictions for New England: Last Year’s Potholes Get Fixed – Or Get Bigger (Part 1 of 2)

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We are not sure why there are competing farmers in the world of Almanacs, and why neither of them had the good sense to set up their own cable weather channel. Instead of Jim Cantore standing in sideways wind and talking about storm surges during every hurricane, we might have gotten someone losing their John Deere hat while talking about the benefits of rain. But it is reassuring that year after year, the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac are still published. And their predictions, when proven true, are…read more

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Landlord Worried About Broken Sidewalks, Finds Permanent Fix With Cold Mix

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Few words send chills up the spine of landlords like “premises liability.” This is an area of personal injury law that enables an injured party – renters, guests of renters, even delivery people – to sue the owner of the property for failure to provide a safe environment. Every day, there are 25,000 slip, trip and fall accidents in the U.S., which account for 21 percent of all ER visits, according to the National Safety Council. So what could lead to such accidents and the possible lawsuit to follow? Broken sidewalks,…read more

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The 2010 Pothole Review

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Potholes are in the news, twelve months out of the year – which defies the popular perception that potholes are simply the result of winter freeze-thaw cycles. In some cases, the newsworthy potholes of summer are holdovers from six months prior, but even winter-free tropical regions get chuckholes from moisture, solar heat and traffic wear and tear. This is the pothole report from the summer of 2010. It was a bad time for racecars, parades and restaurants in unfortunate locations. Some local leaders had the Solomonic task of choosing between…read more

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Why do they call them potholes?

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We call them “potholes.” And when we hit a particularly deep, jarring one, we may refer to them as %@!*ing potholes. These abrupt breaks in pavement come in all shapes and sizes, cause thousands of dollars of damage to cars, trucks and buses, and they’re a growing fiscal problem for local, state and national budgets. But where does the name come from? Folklore has it that the famous road builders of the Roman Empire, more than 3,000 years ago, were hampered by potters who dug up chunks of clay from…read more

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Will it fly?: Pennsylvania’s Rendell Proposes $1 Billion in taxes to fix roads

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With 10,000 miles of the state’s roads in poor condition, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell thinks it should raise a billion dollars in new revenue from taxes on drivers and oil companies. In an interesting twist, he wants to legally bar oil companies from passing along their increased costs to consumers. For the lame-duck (term limited) Democratic governor, it may seem a move rather late in his eight-year tenure. The state’s roads have been historically in poor condition. And it is less than a third of what the state needs: those…read more

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