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Snow Fatigue Sets In; U.S. Economy Grows; NASA Marks 25th Anniversary of Challenger Explosion

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• Happy Friday all! In answer to the question everybody’s wondering, will it snow forever?, the answer is…no. Just today, tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday… We’ve gotten 56.1 inches this season, according to the New York Times. Are you “snow fatigued” yet? “‘I’m so used to it at this point,’ said Diana Biederman, a publicist in Manhattan. ‘What days don’t we have snow?'” When the publicists are over it, you know there’s a problem. [Weather]

• The U.S. economy is growing! America is spending money again! According to Commerce Department reports, “growth rose to an annual rate of 3.2 percent,” up from 2.6 percent previously. [NPR]

 25 years ago today, on January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just after lift off. CNN has video of the tragedy, which is no less heart-wrenching today than it was when this blogger was in elementary school as it was broadcast on live TV. [CNN, PC Mag]

• A gas pipe burst on Charles Street in the West Village early this morning, causing four apartment buildings to be evacuated. No injuries, fortunately, and residents are now back in their apartments. [NYDN]

• A man’s leg has been severed after he was hit by a 6 train at 2 a.m. at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue. [NYP]

• The Essex Street snowman watch continues. [Bowery Boogie]