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2006-06-29 05:15:01

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Water levels in the flooded Susquehanna River unexpectedly receded early on Thursday, removing the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre. A second crest of 35 to 37 feet, which had been predicted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials, did not materialize around 2 a.m. EDT. Instead, the river's water level fell to 32.63 feet at 2 a.m., continuing a steady decline that began after the...

2006-06-29 03:07:30

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Water levels in the flooded Susquehanna River unexpectedly receded early on Thursday, removing the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre. A second crest of 35 to 37 feet, which had been predicted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials, did not materialize around 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) . Instead, the river's water level fell to 32.63 feet (10 meters) at 2 a.m., continuing a steady...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'