What many are calling the Blizzard of 2003 has moved on, but not before claiming more than 25 lives.
Now the focus is on digging out and getting back to work.
Jennifer Miller reports.
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After the worst blizzard in years, the Northeast re-opens for business
this morning. But with mountains of snow piled high from Washington to
Boston....that will be no easy task.
Mos Sot: "what do you think of the snow now? I still like it. About an
hour from now I may not like it as much."
Air travelers, many who were stranded, will like the fact that airports
up and down the coast are resuming flights.
Trains are also expected to get back on track after a day of
Federal workers in the nation's capital, however, are getting another
day off... and giving cleanup crews more time to cope with about 2 feet
(natz of front loader dumping snow)
In Philadelphia, they're coping.. with heavy equipment and a machine
that melts away the mess....while in Baltimore this guy is does it the
old fashioned way.
And in the Big Apple, New York's Bravest were pitching in ...
MOS NYC Fireman
"Just think Hawaii FD can't do this, can't do this in Honolulu."
Cleaning up all this snow isn't cheap. here in NYC, officials say it
costs about a million dollars an inch or in this case, about 20 million
Diplomats say tomorrow the U-S could circulate a U-N resolution seeking authority to disarm Saddam Hussein forcefully.
The White House's position picked up some support on Monday.
At a summit meeting in Belgium, European leaders agreed to a joint statement for more time for U-N weapons inspectors, all while warning Saddam that he faced one "last chance" to disarm peacefully.
Meanwhile, France and Germany continue opposing any imminent military action against Iraq.
A man Danville police say shot two people on Sunday ended up killing himself after a lengthy standoff yesterday.
36-year-old Darin Edward Barksdale was suspected of shooting two people in a home on Swanson Street early Sunday.
Barksdale later called police from the Travel Inn on West Main Street and authorities, with the help of a family member, tried to negotiate his surrender.
Barksdale reportedly cut off communications Sunday night, and officers kept surveillance on his room until about noon yesterday.
That's when police found Barksdale dead on the bed from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The two people he reportedly shot remain hospitalized.
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In business news, the snow and ice mean big business for towing companies.
The owner of Arrington Towing says they've already received about 100- calls.
Many are along Interstate-81, the spot where some motorists had to leave their cars and come back later after the storm.
The most common problems are vehicles sliding off the road into snow drifts, mechanical or car part trouble.
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((JOE ARRINGTON/TOWING COMPANY OWNER; YOU KNOW YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THE BUSINESS BUT YOU KNOW IT OVERWHELMS YOU WHEN SO MUCH STUFF STARTS AND YOU CAN'T GET TO HALF OF IT.))
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Arrington says the storm could have been worse had it hit during the week when more people are on the road.
He says it is those times when towing demands sometimes takes days to meet.
In other news, Wall Street gets back to work today.
And, several high profile economic reports are due out later this week.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
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((INVESTORS WILL BE COMING BACK FROM A LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH THE THREAT OF WAR STILL LOOMING OVER THE MARKETS...
STOCKS SNAPPED A FOUR WEEK LOSING STREAK FRIDAY AS BARGAIN HUNTERS SCOOPED UP SOME RECENTLY BEATEN DOWN STOCKS... A BRIGHT OUTLOOK FROM DELL COMPUTER GAVE A LIFT TO TECH STOCKS.
THE DOW ROCKETED NEARLY 159 POINTS FRIDAY.. FOR THE WEEK IT WAS UP MORE THAN HALF A PERCENT..
THE SP 500 ADDED 17 POINTS ALSO UP NEARLY ONE PERCENT FOR THE WEEK...
THE NASDAQ WAS THE BIG WINNER UP 32 POINTS .. BRINGING ITS WEEKLY GAIN TO MORE THAN 2 PERCENT.
TRADERS WILL BE GREETED WITH A FULL PLATE OF ECONOMIC REPORTS THIS WEEK.. INCLUDING JANUARY HOUSING STARTS AND REPORTS ON INFLATION AT THE WHOLESALE AND CONSUMER LEVEL.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON AIRLINE STOCKS. CONTINENTAL AND AMERICAN RAISED THEIR FARES BY 20 DOLLARS FOR A ROUNDTRIP...THE AIRLINES SAY THE FARE HIKE IS
TO MAKE UP FOR SOARING FUEL COSTS AND TO OFFSET A DROP IN TRAVEL AS THE POSSIBLITY OF WAR KEEPS SOME TRAVELLERS AWAY.
THE POSSIBILITY OF WAR WITH IRAQ IS SURE TO KEEP OIL STOCKS AND CRUDE OIL IN THE IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK.. CRUDE OIL RECENTLY GUSHED ABOVE 36 DOLLARS A BARREL TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS.
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ..
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
In South Korea, officials believe an arsonist is to blame for a deadly fire aboard a subway train.
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There is a discrepancy in the number of victims.
Fire officials say about 100 bodies have been found inside the train, while police report that 35 people were killed.
Authorities say the fire was sparked by a man with a flaming
Police are questioning him, but haven't yet determined a possible motive.
One Korean network reports the man had once threatened to burn down a hospital because he was unsatisfied with his treatment
Chicago officials could be in court today, seeking criminal charges against the owner of a nightclub, where more than 20 people were killed Sunday night.
Witnesses say someone sprayed mace or pepper spray to stop a fight, but it sparked a stampede to the only lower level exit.
Officials say the club was operating illegally.
A court order back in July barred the owners from allowing people on the second floor because of safety violations.
Ice was a big problem for people in Southside, knocking out power to some and making travel hazardous.
People who had to get to work at the Danville Regional Medical Center made it there with help from volunteers in four wheel drives.
About one hundred hospital workers took advantage of the rides to get to and from the medical center Sunday and Monday.
Meanwhile, ice-covered trees and branches contributed to scattered power outages throughout the area.
After years of drought, local farmers are happy about the winter weather.
They say ice is better than rain because it takes longer to soak into the ground and results in less run-off.
An agent with the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension says he wouldn't mind seeing still more snow this year, although it'd be nice to take a break before the next storm.
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((JOHN HAMRICK/EXTENSION AGENT: WE'VE STILL GOT PLENTY OF TIME FOR THIS TO DISTRIBUTE AMONGST THE SOIL PROFILE BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN WE'RE REALLY GETTING BACK INTO THE FIELD IN THE SPRING.))
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Despite the unusual number of winter storms received by Southwest Virginia this year, Hamrick says it would most likely take another storm or two to push the ground to the saturation point.
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VDOT is anticipating the warm up.
Officials say major roads are in good shape this morning, but many secondary roads are still in moderate condition.
Crews will be working on those roads over the next few days, but they are waiting for warmer temperatures to help with the process.
While ice was a problem here, mounds of snow are causing headaches in Northern Virginia.
But V-DOT says the same resources are being allocated to clear the primary and secondary roads in both parts of the state.
Laura Bullock with the Virginia Department of Transportation says dealing with ice is just as tough as dealing with a blizzard.
She says the state has not taken any resources from southwest Virginia in order to clear the snow covered roads in the northern part of the Commonwealth.
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If you need detailed road information before you head out this morning, you can call VDOT's Highway Helpline at 1-800 367-ROAD.
A man involved in an accident with a propane truck in Botetourt County has died.
70-year old Isaac Merchant's pickup truck collided with the tanker on Route 220 about three o-clock yesterday.
The Eagle Rock man died an hour and a half later.
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((TROOPER RUSTY LAMBERT/STATE POLICE; I DON'T THINK IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ROADS BEING WET. I JUST THINK THAT THE DRIVER OF THE PICKUP TRUCK MAY HAVE FELL ASLEEP OR SOMETHING.))
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State police say it appears Merchant veered into the opposite lane and sideswiped the propane truck.
The propane truck flipped onto it's side and it began leaking small amounts of propane.
Police say there was no danger.
The driver of the propane truck was shaken up, but not seriously hurt.