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Feb 18, 201302:34 PM

Cheat Sheet: February 16-17: Weekend Roundup

Cold could cause problems for roads

Just when you started getting used to seeing the signs of spring, Saturday’s weather reminded us it’s still only February. Many parts of the Hampton Roads area experienced the freezing mix of rain and flurries Saturday evening. The Virginia Department of Transportation planned for the weather in hopes to reduce the risk of dangerous roads. With rain following the flurries and temperatures dropping drastically in evening hours, Chief Meteorologist Don Slater from WAVY News 10 said the roads could become problematic for motorists. Several hundred Dominion Virginia Power customers lost power during the storm, but it is not clear whether the winter storm was the cause of it. (Source)

Pope blesses huge crowd in St. Peter's Square

After the shocking announcement of resignation from Pope Benedict XVI, upwards of 100,000 people filled St. Peter’s Square in support of one of his last appearances as pope. Benedict will officially resign his position as pope on Feb. 28, and he is the first pontiff in almost 600 years to do so. Some members of the audience held banners in support stating: “We love you.” Although the Vatican expected upwards of 150,000 visitors, many had trouble funneling through metal barriers to enter the square. Although many Catholics wish for Benedict to remain in his position, a successor must be appointed in his vacancy. However, rules require 15–20 days of waiting before a decision can be made. The final studio window appearance of Benedict will be Feb. 24. (Source)

Embattled country star Mindy McCready dead at 37

Country star Mindy McCready, 37, was found dead on Sunday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. McCready was found by deputies of Cleburne County Sheriff's Office after they were dispatched with a report of gunshots being fired. The singer was found on the front porch of her Arkansas home. She publically battled mental illness and addiction and had appeared on “Celebrity Rehab” three years earlier. Her husband David Wilson, a record producer, died of an apparent suicide just one month earlier. (Source)

Terrence Ross is 2013 NBA slam dunk contest champion

Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors was named champ of the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk championship Saturday. The 6-foot-6 rookie beat out defending champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz by jumping over ball boy Michael Costolo and slamming in a one-handed dunk. Each team participating had two minutes to make shots from six locations on the floor, with one shot being from half-court. Every year the event is held during the NBA All-Star Weekend, and each West and East conference earned thousands of dollars in charity donations. (Source)

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