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It is a frosty 38° outside and the high today will only reach 46°. A nippy wind will blow throughout the day, but fortunately there are no clouds on the horizon so find a sunny spot to keep warm and read details for the next ten days here.

Maybe we shouldn’t gripe too much here in the city by the bay. The Washington Post gives the lowdown on the icy winter storm that’s hitting parts of the East Coast today.

There’s a bone fide ghost town for sale in Northern California, according to an L.A. Times story reprinted in today’s Chronicle, and for just a quarter of a million dollars or so, you could own the ten-acre property full of tumble down shacks tucked away in Plumas National Forest. What a bargain!

Edward Snowden may be a vilified persona non grata here, but in Europe, members of the Green party are planning to have Snowden give testimony to the EU parliament via video. The Guardian explains that a German politician is pushing for Snowden to address the European parliament’s committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs to aid in a current investigation in to “mass surveillance of EU citizens.”

In an effort to find $10 billion to overhaul the city’s public transportation system, Mayor Ed Lee had proposed tripling the cost of registering a car. However, the Chronicle reports a new poll found the plan to be unpopular (no, really?) so the idea will likely not find its way to next November’s ballot.

As the world mourns for Nelson Mandela during a weeklong memorial leading up to his planned funeral on Dec. 15, the New York Times reports that “social equality remains elusive,” for millions of black South Africans. Read the report here.

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Greta Mart is a Bay Area-based newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From 2005 to 2012 she was a staff reporter at two community newspapers in WA and CA, and has contributed to several Bay Area and Seattle area newspapers, as well as Pacific Yachting and Italy's Gulliver and La Republicca's D magazines. Greta holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and studied history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She lives aboard her sailboat at the Berkeley Marina.

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