Nation: Numbers Game

How many potholes are there?

Driving to work one wintry day, Richard Gaskill of Glenview, Ill., suddenly felt a sinking sensation. Result: two blown tires, two bent wheel rims, a lost hubcap and a bill for $191.14. In Boston last week, it took 20 men to extricate Patrolman William Mahoney and his 1,000-lb. horse from a 3 ft.-by-3 ft. crevasse on a pathway in the city's Public Garden. In Manhattan, officials are watching claims briskly mount against the city as a result of damaged roadways.

It is pothole time again, and after a frigid season...

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