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Patrick marks the end of Kennedy legacyPatrick Kennedy’s unexpected decision to not seek reelection to the U.S. House has prompted widespread reflection on how the political climate has changed. Kennedy’s departure will be the first time in more than six decades the Kennedy family will not have a member in Washington. Rhode Island’s Democratic Party Chair William Lynch and Providence Mayor David Cicilline have announced that both men will run to succeed Patrick Kennedy’s seat. –The Boston GlobeWinter Olympics faces warmthIt is unseasonably warm in Vancouver, and several events on the Olympics have been postponed or canceled. Officials cautioned fans with tickets to check the website before heading out as there would be no refunds for events rescheduled due to weather. To the west, several storms are lining up in the Pacific; Athletes hope storms will bring snow. Others said that Washington D.C, with plenty of snow, should have hosted the games. –CNNGoogle Buzz is a dirty snitchGoogle plunged into the world of social networking, melding the micro-blogging format of Twitter and aspects of Facebook’s model into their new project, Google Buzz. Users can post comments and share media in real time to added friends and acquaintances. However, Google Buzz may be too automatic as it provides you with followers and followees based on prior communication, generally through email interaction. These contacts are then listed publically on your Google profile, which can be seen by anyone. Google says a fix is in works. Affair havers – maybe hold off for now. –GizmodoStudent sells virginity for $45kFinancial aid not cutting it? A cash-strapped New Zealand student, who auctioned off her virginity to help pay for college, has accepted an offer of $45,000. There had been more than 30,000 views and 1,200 bids in total. –ABC News