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Tuesday December 17, 2013 6:38 
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Good morning:
After just digging out from the first major winter storm of the season, Environment Canada is still forecasting another system arriving in the province Wednesday.

Here's a weather map, showing where special weather statements have been issued for winter weather in grey and the red areas are where high wind warnings have been issued for Wednesday.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:02 
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:02 
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Here's what Environment Canada is saying about the next weather system.

Another messy winter system is expected to affect Newfoundland later on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

A low pressure system is forecast to move off the East Coast of the United States tonight. The low will then rapidly intensify as it tracks across Nova Scotia late Wednesday and across Central Newfoundland Wednesday night.

This system will bring a wintry mix of snow, rain, ice pellets, and strong winds to the island. All areas of the Newfoundland are likely to see a period of heavy snow and blowing snow with this system. Over eastern sections of the island the snow and blowing snow will be short-lived as a change to rain or drizzle is expected Wednesday night with significant amounts of rainfall possible. Over western and northern sections of the island the precipitation is expected to remain as snow where many areas could see in excess of 15 centimetres before tapering off Wednesday night or early Thursday. Conditions will be more variable through central near the track of the low.

Wind warnings have already been issued for parts of southern and Southwestern Newfoundland and additional warnings for both the wind and precipitation are likely this afternoon once the Wednesday night period is added to the forecast.

As this system has yet to develop, there remains some uncertainty with respect to the intensity and track of the low so the public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings for the latest information.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:04 
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Now, for the wind warnings, the Wreckhouse area on the province's west coast is expected to experience southeasterly winds gusting to 130 km/hour Wednesday afternoon.

In other areas highlighted in red on the map, winds could gust to 100 km/h or more.

Here's more on the high winds from Environment Canada.

A low pressure system is forecast to move off the East Coast of the United States tonight. The low will then rapidly intensify as it tracks across Nova Scotia late Wednesday and across Central Newfoundland Wednesday night.

Strong southeasterly winds will develop over southern and Southwestern Newfoundland later on Wednesday ahead of this system, with gusts to 100 km/hour expected along the South Coast and gusts to 130 km/hour expected in the Wreckhouse area.

This system will also produce a wintry mix of snow, ice pellets, and rain later Wednesday and Wednesday night. These conditions, in addition to the strong winds, will likely result in the need for additional warnings across the island in subsequent forecasts.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts and special weather statement for further details.

Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:06 
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It's a pretty calm morning, only about 26 km/h winds in St. John's this morning and the temperature is about -5 Celsius, going up today to about -4.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity and more detailed text version of the forecast.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:08 
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:08 
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Today, 17 December
A mix of sun and cloud. A few flurries this morning then 40 percent chance of flurries this afternoon. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 near noon. Temperature steady near minus 4.

Tonight, 17 December
Clearing this evening. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 11.

Wednesday, 18 December
Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon then snow and blowing snow beginning in the evening. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the afternoon then increasing to 50 gusting to 80 in the evening. High minus 1.

Thursday, 19 December
Flurries or rain showers. Windy. Low minus 3. High plus 1.

Friday, 20 December
A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 6. High minus 4.

Saturday, 21 December
Cloudy. Low minus 7. High minus 2.

Sunday, 22 December
Flurries. Low minus 7. High minus 5.

Monday, 23 December
Flurries. Low minus 5. High minus 5.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:08 
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The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:10 
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At St. John's International Airport, there are a couple of delayed arrivals today.

A Provincial Airlines flight from Wabush/Goose Bay to St. John's is delayed from an original time of 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.

The arrival of a WestJet flight from Toronto/Halifax to St. John's has been rescheduled from 1:06 p.m. to 1:36 p.m.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:14 
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On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning, both vessels, the MV Flanders and MV Galatea are operating.

However, there is an advisory that there will be a dangerous goods run to transport gas from Portugal Cove at 9:20 a.m. and returning from Bell Island at 11 a.m.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:18 
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Here are the announcements this morning from the NL English School District's website.

All other schools are open today, according to the board's website.

BOTWOOD SCHOOL SYSTEM
Botwood Collegiate
Delayed opening for 1 hour
Memorial Academy
Delayed opening for 1 hour

WING'S POINT SCHOOL SYSTEM
Riverwood Academy
Delayed opening for 1 hour
Note: Christmas Carolling for Primary Students from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Dress warmly.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:20 
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There's apparently a power outage affecting the Back Line, Goulds area, Petty Harbour, Bay Bulls Road, Meadowbrook Drive and Keith Drive.

Newfoundland Power says the cause is overhead line damage.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:27 
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Newfoundland Power's power outages information can be found online at http://www.newfoundlandpower.com/Outages/ViewPowerOutages/Details.aspx
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:28 
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#Whitbourne to St. John's Fair winter driving. Slushy sections left lane snow covered. Morning commute in full swing. #nltraffic #nlwx
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:29 Paula Flood
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This photo was posted last night on Twitter. I noticed too the moon was full over St. John's last night.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:32 
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:32 Puppy McPooch
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:37 Deana StokesSullivan
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The editorial cartoon in today's Telegram. pic.twitter.com/hWAQPH622k
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:38 Deana StokesSullivan
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Now, here are some links to stories on our website that are also in today's Telegram print edition.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:42 
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Back in the bay. West Aquarius returns to Conception Bay for quick fix. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story is at ow.ly/rPSVE
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:42 The Telegram
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St. John's IceCaps Hutchinson sent back to ECHL, Ehrhardt released ow.ly/rPVdR
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:42 The Telegram
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Susan Flanagan writes about a child's Christmas on Bell's Turn ow.ly/rPUGL
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:42 The Telegram
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Letter to the editor inspires Christmas spirit. Josh Pennell's story can be read at ow.ly/rPV17
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:44 The Telegram
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And, here's a story that certainly isn't an example of the holiday spirit.

Police are warning motorists not to leave anything in their vehicles because they could be broken into.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:46 
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Act of kindness quashed by thieves in St. John's. Goods collected for SPCA stolen from Topsail family’s truck. ow.ly/rPTzO
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:46 The Telegram
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St. John's public works director lays out how city fights back against storms. Josh Pennell's story can be read at ow.ly/rPUy2
Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:47 The Telegram
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I know crews with the City of St. John's work hard during storms to keep the city cleared, but yesterday I was pretty upset with one plow operator.

After spending two hours early in the morning clearing snow from my property and another hour after I got home early Monday afternoon, I was just putting my snow blower and shovels away, when a plow came down my street and selectively plowed in my driveway and my neighbour's driveway.

The street was wet and clear of snow so there was no need to be plowing.

I had to get my shovel out again and the heavy snow piled in my driveway was back breaking. Somewhere along the line, common sense should come into play. If it's obvious someone has worked hard to clear their driveway and the road is wet and clear, please give residents a bit of a break.

It's got to be awfully hard on people who are ill or who physically can't shovel heavy, wet snow when their driveways are constantly filled in with what sometimes resemble boulders.

I called 311 yesterday and was told they do nothing about complaints of this sort because they get so many, so there's really no point of residents calling. That's nice to know we're paying for a phone service that tells us we might as well have not made the call.

Maybe at least some discussion about all the complaints would help to evoke a bit of empathy, especiall going into the Christmas season, goodwill to all, etc.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:00 
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Twillingate got almost 3x the snow measured at St. John's airport overnight. Yikes! bit.ly/18RCiv8 #telynl #nlwx
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:00 Louis Power
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Western Newfoundland was hit hard by snow Sunday into Monday. Here's a link to a story from The Western Star.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:02 
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Western Newfoundland digs out after snowstorm. Western Star story can be read at ow.ly/rPT9A
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:02 The Telegram
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:02 
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Court orders police to give back B.C. man’s money. Rosie Gillingham's story is online at ow.ly/rPUrX
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:03 The Telegram
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Nalcor’s Bennett apologizes for Muskrat Falls protest sign removal. Derek Montague's story is online at ow.ly/rPTso
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:03 The Telegram
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:03 
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The other Atlantic provinces are also getting the next storm system headed our way.

My blogging colleagues in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are now online and here's a Tweet from Colin MacLean with the Journal Pioneer in Summerside, P.E.I.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:05 
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Storm warning has been issued for P.E.I. More winter nastiness on the way for tonight and into tomorrow morning.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:05 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Good morning. We're bracing for more bad weather in NL too. #TCMediaAM
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:06 Deana StokesSullivan
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Colin Tweeted an interesting photo of a fox at a drive-thru.
There have been a lot of foxes here approaching people for food on Signal Hill.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:07 
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Foxes need their morning drive through fix like everybody else ... apparently.   pic.twitter.com/r6N6iLowgi
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:07 Colin Roger MacLean
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I just posted a picture of a fox that was hanging out next to the drive through of the Water Street Ultramar.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:07 Colin Roger MacLean
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Anyway, the car a head of me fed the fox. Chucked something out the window at it, not sure what it was.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:07 Colin Roger MacLean
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I can't tell you how many wildlife conservation people I've interviewed over the years and they all say "don't feed wild animals."
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:07 Colin Roger MacLean
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But so many people do it out of misguided sympathy for the critters. It irks me.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:07 Colin Roger MacLean
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In P.E.I., there's a study underway on urban foxes. Colin has Tweeted a link where you can report sightings.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:09 
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Check it out, UPEI scientists studying urban P.E.I. foxes. Anytime you see a fox in the city just go to this link, and report it:
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:09 Colin Roger MacLean
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:09 Colin Roger MacLean
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Here's Colin's comment on the storm.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:09 
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn We're still digging out here in Summerside and I think we got it about 12 hours before Newfoundland.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:09 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn We got about 15 cm of snow in St. John's, up to 42 cm in other areas of the province.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:13 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn I think we were in the 30ish area here in Summerside. I drove home just before the worst of it, sketchy going.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:14 Colin Roger MacLean
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn How much are your areas supposed to get?
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:14 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Not sure of amounts with the next storm because there's a mix of snow, ice pellets, possible rain forecast.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:14 Deana StokesSullivan
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The Telegram's Gary Grant is reporting some slippery road conditions this morning.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:18 
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Roads are slippery in places this morning with some flurries. Traffic is fairly heavy on Carpasian. #telynl pic.twitter.com/g1qCbPLSCI
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:19 Gary Grant
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Two-car collision at CB Highway and LT Stick Drive in Bay Roberts causing slowdown this morning. pic.twitter.com/c0GJUp4bea
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:21 The Compass
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Here are more of Colin's Tweets about the weather.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:24 
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn I believe we're supposed to get another 15-30 here in Summerside area.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:24 Colin Roger MacLean
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn I think I was a kid the last time I saw this much snow before Christmas. A lot of green holidays last few years.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:24 Colin Roger MacLean
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I just replied to Colin about the urban foxes in Prince Edward Island. It's interesting that the same thing is happening here.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:25 
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Foxes showing up here too at Signal Hill with people feeding them. Karen Noel photo. pic.twitter.com/3ZJO5mGXrC
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:25 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Wow. Saucy little buggers aren't they. (I can still talk like I'm in St. John's.)
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:26 Colin Roger MacLean
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:27 Deana StokesSullivan
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Here's the front page of the Journal Pioneer in Summerside, P.E.I. this morning.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:29 
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And, the front page of The News from New Glasgow, N.S.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:30 
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:30 
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The website for the Journal Pioneer is www.journalpioneer.com
The website for The News is www.ngnews.ca
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:34 
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Now, for some more traffic Tweets.
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:35 Donnie O'Keefe
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2 days now.. lights flashing red at goulds bypass rd..#nltraffic .. traffic backed up
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:35 Sherry Walsh
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Snow-covered and slippery!! Holyrood area / Salmonair line #NlTraffic @hitsfm pic.twitter.com/GvV4iaeGrr
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:35 alyssa♡
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This hour, traffic in Paradise backed up to Paradise Rd. #nltraffic #slowgoing
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:35 Krista Dalton
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Colin MacLean Tweeted another comment about the foxes on Signal Hill.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:44 
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn To be honest, I wasn't aware that Newfoundland had foxes. I mean you've never had coyotes or racoons, right?
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:44 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn We have eastern coyotes, crossed with wolves & there have been recent raccoon sightings bit.ly/1fjmCC4
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:44 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Just be sure to keep the moose on your sides of the water.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:49 Colin Roger MacLean
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A lot of people are not aware that the coyotes in Newfoundland are a special breed, the eastern coyote.
They were crossed with the eastern timber wolf. It's believed that as coyotes made their way to Newfoundland through the eastern seaboard and Atlantic Canada, they bred with the wolves. I've written a few stories about them.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:49 
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn The NL moose might hop the Marine Atlantic ferry and end up in P.E.I. They're infiltrating urban NL.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:52 Deana StokesSullivan
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Hi John. Any news in Nova Scotia this morning?
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:53 Deana StokesSullivan
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.@JournalPMacLean @TelegramDeana Morning! While weather is on our minds, a NS politician says she's been cyberbullied metronews.ca/news/halifax/8…
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:53 John Brannen
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Here's a screen capture from that story John mentions about the MLA claiming to be cyberbullied.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:55 
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:56 
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@NGNewsJohn @JournalPMacLean Seems a lot of that's happening lately. I guess no one is immune.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:59 Deana StokesSullivan
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@NGNewsJohn @TelegramDeana Read that recently. Interesting. Demonstrates the slippery slope of trying to define "bullying." I think.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:59 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Closest thing here was premier deleting Twitter account when X-rated link followed her. bit.ly/1fB4GDA
Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:03 Deana StokesSullivan
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:03 Deana StokesSullivan
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Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:03 Deana StokesSullivan
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Here's a nice photo posted on Twitter this morning.
Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:04 
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"@P0TRET: World • Canada • Newfoundland and Labrador pic.twitter.com/kugHGK2k6M
"
Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:04 Suk?
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@TelegramDeana @JournalPMacLean @lenorezann said 'goodbye' to Twitter, no doubt b/c of cyberbullying business... but was back 7 hrs later
Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:05 John Brannen
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Well that's it for the live blog this morning.

I'll be back with more live news and weather information Wednesday morning, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS
email dss@thetelegram.com
On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:06 
 
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