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Cessna C140 veered off runway at Gifford Field Airport, FAA says

COLEBROOK, N.H. — A small plane veered off a runway at a Colebrook airport Thursday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA officials said the plane, a Cessna C140, veered runway 22L after landing at Gifford Field Airport in Colebrook at 9:45 a.m.

After the plane went off the runway, it got stuck in snow, and flipped over as the pilot was attempting to get the plane out of the snow, officials said.

The FAA will investigate the incident.

Officials said all information about the incident is preliminary and subject to change.

Several states slammed with large hail, heavy rain that prompted handful of water rescues

Lightning rips through the night sky April 3, 2014, behind a replica Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas, as a severe thunderstorm moved through the southern part of Lamar County, bringing high winds, rain and hail.

Authorities think slick road conditions played role in crash

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Rochester police said a 7-year-old girl was killed in a crash on Route 202 on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

According to authorities, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Lori Weeks, 31, was traveling eastbound when she lost control and her car skidded into oncoming traffic.

The Malibu crashed into a Toyota Matrix, driven by Roberta Siderchuck, 48, in the westbound lane.

Police said Weeks and her daughter, Madison Weeks, 7, were taken to Frisbie Hospital. The daughter was transferred to Maine Medical Center where she died of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, but authorities said slick road conditions likely played a role in the crash.

Worcester buildings, Framingham barn destroyed by weight of snow 

WORCESTER, Mass. —The weight of snow dumped by a relentless winter has proven too heavy for some buildings. Several roof bucklings and collapses have been reported in area buildings.

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A multi-story building on Eastern Avenue in Worcester was on the verge of collapse Wednesday afternoon after part of the roof gave way. Crews decided to tear down the vacant structure.

A garage on the same street was also being closely watched early Thursday.

On Wednesday morning, two cows were killed and four others injured when the roof of a barn in Framingham collapsed.

Officials said property owners should try to clear snow from roofs ahead of Friday’s rain.

“With the addition of rain in the immediate forecast, dry, fluffy snow piled on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing any additional sleet and rain, adding weight and stress to structures if not cleared,” MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said. “Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly.”


Bill Nye The Science Guy pleaded for action to address climate change in a debate Sunday with Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who called climate science “unproven.”

“There is no debate in the scientific community. And I encourage the congresswoman to look at the facts,” Nye, the former children’s educational personality said in a debate on “Meet the Press” Sunday. “We need you to change things, not to deny what’s happening.”

He clashed with Blackburn, the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — the panel in charge of producing and overseeing energy and climate regulations.

“Neither he nor I are climate scientists. He’s an engineer and actor; I’m a member of Congress,” she said. Of the scientific evidence of climate change, she said: “There is not consensus there.”

Blackburn said that even if she were to concede Nye’s assertions about the validity of climate change, lawmakers and regulators should still look to a cost-benefit analysis of new laws and rules before imposing them.

“What we need to be looking at is the way to achieve efficiencies,” she said.

Nye, who debated a noted creationist over the science behind evolution in a heavily-publicized event earlier this month, argued in favor of using every available tool to address the threat of climate change immediately.

“It would be everybody’s interests to just get going,” he said. “The more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”

The debate comes as the gulf between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress on issues of climate change continues to grow. The GOP has continued to pressure Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, for instance, and relax regulations of producing energy from “tracking.”

Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by contrast, is working to create rules that would unilaterally impose limits on carbon pollution. The executive action comes after climate change legislation — a priority of the president’s upon taking office in 2009 — was passed by Democrats in the House that year, but has stalled since the GOP won control of the lower chamber in 2010.

Secretary of State John Kerry also kicked off a series of speeches on climate change this weekend, beginning with remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday blasting deniers of climate science.

“First and foremost we should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific fact nor should we allow any room that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits there are people who say it is too expensive we can’t do this,” said Kerry, who as senator had spearheaded efforts for environmental legislation.

Watch Video: Flurry of Storms: A Result of Climate Change?

Falling Snow






Sometimes fragile

Sometimes dainty

Sometimes icy

Sometimes warm and melting

Always glistening

Sometimes slippery

Sometimes slushy

Sometimes crunchy

Always in the way

Sometimes it’s just a coating and

Sometimes it’s a mountain

Once it turns black because it lingers

It loses its natural beauty

(Snow is: atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.)

Firefighter: “We’re here to serve the people…”

Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. —A photo of a local firefighter’s act of kindness during Thursday’s storm is going viral.

Firefighter Tom Faucher, who was assigned to Manchester Fire Department’s Engine 6 during the storm, saw an elderly woman having difficulty crossing Elm Street on Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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Faucher said it was a collaborative effort between everyone on the engine. His commanding officer was the first to notice she was having a problem crossing the street, and the engine’s driver positioned the truck so Faucher could safely help her across the street.

“The lady seemed to be having some trouble getting up the road,” he said. “She had stopped at a snow bank right at Elm Street. I just asked her how her day was going and (asked) ‘How much further to you have to walk?’ and she said, ‘I’m doing good. I just got to get back across the street and I’ll get on my way.’”

Faucher, who has been on the fire department for a year and a half, said he’s a little surprised by all the attention.

“It’s just something we don’t expect,” Faucher said. “We come to work every day. We’re here to serve the public. … I just told her to have a nice day and obviously if she needs anything, just give us a call.”

The lieutenant inside the fire engine gave the order to stop traffic.

“Whether we’re on duty or off duty, I assume everybody would do the same thing, help somebody out when they need a hand,” Lt. Steve DesRuisseaux said.

People watching nearby snapped a few pictures, which went viral online.

An off-duty firefighter also noticed from the window of his apartment and snapped some photographs. Firefighters below didn’t realize the moment was being captured on camera.

There was no word on the woman’s name.


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