Daily Digest: A snow emergency-free winter, Illinois primary, soccer player comes back to life

John Hageman

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, March 21:

The official start of spring has already come, although it feels like we never had winter. The lack of snowplows and snow emergencies was especially rare, according to the city of Minneapolis. It was the first time in 25 years that a snow emergency wasn’t called in the city. The city says about 22 inches of snow has fallen during the winter. There’s no official amount of snowfall that would automatically trigger a snow emergency. Rather, city officials use factors like expected future snowfall and previous accumulation to make that call.  Last year, the city called a record eight snow emergencies, resulting in 1,991 tows in the Marcy Holmes, Stadium Village, Prospect Park and Southeast Como neighborhoods.

Mitt Romney took a convincing win in the Illinois primary Tuesday night, winning about 47 percent of the vote, according to the Washington Post. Chief rival Rick Santorum came in second with 35 percent. Romney took most of the Chicago area and its surrounding suburbs, while Santorum dominated the rural areas in the south and west. Santorum was already ineligible for 10 Illinois delegates because he had not filed the correct paperwork, according to the Post. Romney now holds 563 delegates, and needs 1,144 to win the GOP nomination. Louisiana will hold its primary Saturday.

A Premier League soccer player was effectively dead for 78 minutes after collapsing on the field Saturday before regaining conciousness at the hospital, according to the BBC. Fabrice Muamba, 23, went into cardiac arrest during a game against Tottenham Hotspur, and received 16 defibrillator shocks before reaching the hospital, but it didn’t revive him. It was only when he got to a nearby hospital that he was revived. Doctors are unsure if he will ever play soccer again. "If I was ever going to use term miraculous it could be used here, said Dr Andrew Deaner, Consultant Cardiologist at London Chest Hospital. “Everything together saved his life. He has made a remarkable recovery so far.

"Two hours after [regaining consciousness] I whispered in his ear 'what's your name?' and he said 'Fabrice Muamba'. I said 'I hear you're a really good footballer' and he said 'I try'. I had a tear in my eye."