Heating Aid to the Poor Cut

    NEWTON - FEBRUARY 13: Two runners, Marty Seltzer, and Craig Hammer, both of Needham, struggle over the ice on the path on the land between the carriage road and Commonwealth Ave. Runners, including those who are in training for the Boston Marathon have challenges with the snow, ice and snow banks. The carriage lane of Commonwealth Ave. is mostly clear, but some sidewalks are still icy, forcing runners to run on Commonwealth Ave. The Carriage lane is also reported to be more crowded. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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    Thousands of the poor across the Northeast are going to have a tough winter after the federal government cut home heating aid to states like New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Congress is considering making further cuts of more than $1 billion from last year's $4.7-billion Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It had served nearly nine million households. "They're playing Russian roulette with people's lives," said John Drew, a Boston community developer.

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