Thanks to the east coast snow slam, travelers can expect delays up to several days. (Except for Merc employees who better get their asses back to work on time TOMORROW, or feel the pointy toe of my boot.)

It's the skiers worst nightmare when a Maine resort ski lift snaps injuring several and trapping others.

Congrats to Elton John and hubby who are celebrating the birth of their son named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. (They should add a couple more names if they don't want him to be teased.)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he's being "forced" into a book deal to save his company. In a related story, I'm being forced into a co-starring role with George Clooney to save the future of the print industry. Guys, it SUCKS.

Don't forget! Merc staff is still on vacation (except for apparently ME—though I'm not ANGRY about it or anything) and will be back in full force tomorrow.

Now here's what's going on in your neck of the woods: Showery today, non-sticky snow showers tomorrow, a clear and cold New Years Eve.

And finally, meet 9-year-old future skating champ Starr Andrews and her terrific routine to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair." Nice Chuck Taylor skates, Starr!