Lunchbox: The day after yesterday

Winter wasteland: The winter storm of 2009 kicked our ass for 36 hours, much like the wind storm of 2008. Except this time it’s freezing cold outside. Thus far reports say the snow and ice knocked out power to more than 500,000 homes and businesses across the state, which is almost a state record. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson says 83,000 LG&E customers are still without electricity and 8,900 power lines remain down in Metro Louisville. Thankfully, President Obama approved Kentucky’s request for disaster relief.

End times in ’09: Add a minor earthquake near Williamsburg, Ky. to our terrestrial troubles.

A billi, a billi, a billi: The Democrats weight in the House passed the $819 billion economic stimulus package without a single Republican vote. President Obama continues to play nice with GOP leaders on his plan to revive the economy. Now the bill moves to the Senate where changes are likely.

Open hand, open letter: In keeping with another campaign promise, the Obama administration has drafted a letter to Iran that is aimed at thawing U.S.-Iranian relations. The aim is to eventually have the president engage in direct talks with the country. The letter will be sent directly to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Fair ball: The president also signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which is designed to make it easier for employees to sue over gender-based pay discrimination.