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        Don listens to the weather report on his radio every morning.  Today the
forecaster says, “We can expect to see six inches of snow by evening.  Listen for
more updates throughout the day.”  Don plans to keep his radio on most of the day.
Six inches of snow could mean a snow emergency in the city. 

        Last winter Don did not know about snow emergencies; what they were or
what they meant.  It cost him a lot of time and money. 

It happened last December.  It had been snowing all day.  There were at least
three inches of new snow on the ground.  Don came home from work and parked on
the street in front of his house. 

        He got up the next morning and got ready for work.  He put on his heavy coat
and gloves and went out to scrape the snow and ice off of his car.  Much to his
surprise, he had no car to scrape.  His car was gone!

        Don exclaimed, “Oh, no!  My car has been stolen!”  A neighbor approached
him and said, “Don what’s wrong?”  Don replied, “My car is gone!  Someone stole
my car!”

        The neighbor pointed to the red “Snow Emergency Route” sign on the street
and said, “Your car wasn’t stolen, Don.  It was towed.  When a snow emergency is
declared, all car owners must remove their cars from the Snow Emergency Routes or
their cars will be towed.  I’ll give you a ride to the impound lot.”  Don had to pay a
fine of $118.00 to get his car back.