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Friday, February 28, 2014

Winter-weary Americans plead: Get me out of here

On a chilly day earlier this week, a pedestrian in Chicago walks past an advertisement touting the warmth of Arizona. With yet another storm system bearing down on many parts of the country, Midwesterners dream about being anywhere but home. Tourist operations have been dangling the prospect of sunshine and beaches.