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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | February 7, 2013
Geography is such that driving north out of Harford County will put you in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania in a matter of a little more than an hour and a half. The change in latitude isn't all that much, but elevation makes a difference, and the effect on the weather is substantial, especially at this time of year. Punxsutawney, Pa., may be a solid five or so hours from Harford County by car, but anyone who has ever spent a winter weekend anywhere in the mountains of the Keystone State can get an idea of how important it becomes to predict when the weather will break.
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March 31, 2014
It was March 30, 1923, and Carroll County, like the rest of the nation, was in the depths of Prohibition. Prohibition, known as the Volstead Act, did not go into effect throughout the nation until Jan. 20, 1920. But Carroll Countians had voted to outlaw the sale of alcohol in the county six years earlier, in 1914, according to research by historian Jay Graybeal for the Historical Society of Carroll County. Prohibition remained the law of the land until the passage of the 21st Amendment on Dec. 5, 1933.
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By Peter A. Jay | April 3, 1997
HAVRE DE GRACE -- The groundhog, who was a nasty little rodent even before his celebrity status went to his head, had quite obviously lied.Back in February, surrounded by television cameras and men in frock coats, he had promised an early spring. Yet here we were on the last night in March, huddled by the wood stove, with the wind screeching outside and snow driving horizontally past the windows. There were daffodils in bloom, true enough, but they were buried in the growing drifts. If this is really spring, then Punxsutawney's really in Puerto Rico.
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February 13, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say they've arrested famed Groundhog Day celebrity Punxsutawney Phil and charged him with excessive winter and "failing to do right. " The arrest - which came as the area was receiving the first wave of the storm that came across the area Wednesday into Thursday - was announced by department spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith via Twitter. Smith even provided a mug shot of Phil, who appeared to more than 6 feet tall, according to the booking photo. On his Twitter feed Wednesday night, Smith relayed the news as: "Breaking, Moments ago. Punxsutawney Phil Mugshot.
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Dan Rodricks | November 17, 2012
In a moment, you will hear the story of Georgia B. Martin and her exasperating efforts to get someone in government to help her remove a groundhog from her garden in historic Federal Hill. But first, I must think out loud, among patient readers of The Baltimore Sun, about how a groundhog got to Federal Hill in the first place. Federal Hill is in the city of Baltimore, surrounded by water on one side, and on the other three sides by a gentrified urban landscape of rowhouses, retail establishments, restaurants and many barrooms.
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By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1994
On St. Patrick's Day, the saying goes, everyone's Irish.At the Baltimore Zoo, the woodchucks made a similar transformation yesterday -- they were called groundhogs."
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By MIKE KLINGAMAN | February 2, 1991
Groundhogs and gardeners are sworn enemies. They always will be. But Groundhog Day is here, and a truce is nigh.For 24 hours, I am willing to bury the hatchet somewhere besides in the varmint's head.Relax, I'm kidding. I love the cute little rascal, as long as he's devouring someone else's crops.Every Feb. 2, the groundhog pretends he is Willard Scott. That's when this roly-poly clown stands on his hind legs, stares at the sky and, in front of television cameras, tries to predict the advent of spring.
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By Peter A. Jay | October 15, 1995
HAVRE DE GRACE -- As I was driving out the lane the other afternoon, I saw something moving in a hillside pasture several ,, hundred yards away. I took a look through the binoculars, which I keep in the truck, and saw that it was a groundhog.Dual occupancyHe was rummaging through the grass near a little clump of woods, and I could see that he'd reopened a hole I'd filled with rocks and dirt earlier in the summer, after I shot what I'd hoped was the sole occupant. There were other holes back in the trees, I knew, but they didn't bother me. This one, though, was in a spot where a horse or cow might step in it. I turned around and went home to get the rifle.
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By Michael Olesker | October 17, 2003
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - John Allen Muhammad, hemmed in by uniformed deputy sheriffs, shuffles down a long concrete corridor each morning in handcuffs and leg irons and slips into a criminal courtroom where he shows almost nothing to a roomful of observers scrutinizing his every twitch. He peers out of vacant jailbird eyes. Sometimes he shifts uncomfortably in his chair but mostly sits motionless, leaning his elbows on the defense table, hands folded in front of him. Yesterday, he wore an olive-gray sports coat small enough that it stretched across the middle of his back and bunched at the shoulders.
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By LONNY WEAVER | April 18, 1993
Wayne Albaugh, who was easing along just under the rise of one of Carroll County's rolling hills, whistled to attract my attention.When I glanced over the hundred or so yards separating us, Albaugh pointed in the direction of an "island wood lot" that I had been keeping tabs on as we moved toward a favored hilltop.I spotted the woodchuck immediately and dropped to the ground. Flipping down the Harris Bipod shooting rest attached to the front sling swivel of my heavy, target barreled Remington .223-caliber rifle, I made a few minor adjustments to level the high magnification target scope's sight picture and prepared to take a shot at my first chuck of the year.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Sean McDonnell must be quite the film aficionado. How else do you explain the New Hampshire coach's seemingly perfect description of Towson junior running back Terrance West's mesmerizing performance in the No. 3 Tigers' 44-28 victory over the No. 19 Wildcats at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson Saturday? For the third time in three meetings against New Hampshire, West gashed his Colonial Athletic Association rivals for more than 200 rushing yards and multiple touchdowns. During his postgame press conference, McDonnell offered this assessment of West's production.
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The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
In 1975, Sun reporter Frederic Kelly sat down with Art Donovan, turned on a tape recorder and let the Colts' first Hall of Famer spin tales about his playing days. Here are some excerpts: "We used to throw cold buckets of water on each other, and one day (coach) Weeb Ewbank sent word out that the next guy he caught throwing water he was going to fine $1,000. So Gino Marchetti says to Carl Taseff, 'Listen, Gaucho, we'll throw one more bucket of water and we'll throw it on 'The Horse' (Alan Ameche)
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | February 7, 2013
Geography is such that driving north out of Harford County will put you in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania in a matter of a little more than an hour and a half. The change in latitude isn't all that much, but elevation makes a difference, and the effect on the weather is substantial, especially at this time of year. Punxsutawney, Pa., may be a solid five or so hours from Harford County by car, but anyone who has ever spent a winter weekend anywhere in the mountains of the Keystone State can get an idea of how important it becomes to predict when the weather will break.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
The only thing colder and stiffer than the crowd bundled up near a Washington fountain early Saturday morning was a woodchuck standing on its hind legs on a small wooden platform. Potomac Phil, you see, is stuffed. Or more precisely, taxidermied. When you can't get your hands on the real thing on Groundhog Day, you make do with what you have - dead or alive. At the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore , the forecasting task was assigned to Pteri, an Abyssinian ground hornbill bird, and Hobbes, a leopard.
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By Paul McCardell, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
At 7:20 a.m. Saturday Punxsutawney Phil will leave his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., for the 123rd time and prognosticate how much longer winter will last. If Phil sees his shadow and returns to his burrow it means six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, we can look forward to an early spring. Phil has seen his shadow 99 times, and 16 times he didn't, with 9 years of records missing since 1887. In 2012 he saw his shadow, but in 2011 he didn't. Speaking of animal predictions, the Chimpanzees at the Maryland Zoo predict Ravens to win Super Bowl .
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
AccuWeather.com released its spring weather outlook this morning, and it includes seasonable weather that one doesn't need a meteorology degree to predict: winter storm chances for the East Coast in February and March and milder temperatures not until April and May. First, winter might stick around for another six weeks after Groundhog Day, long range AccuWeather forecaster Paul Pastelok said. A couple of winter storms could strike during the last month of meteorological winter and the first month of meteorological spring, he said.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | August 6, 1993
A 4-year-old boy is undergoing treatment for rabies after he was bitten by a rabid groundhog in the front yard of his Pikesville home Wednesday morning.Evan Pachino was walking his dog in the driveway of his home in the 4800 block of Hawksbury Road at 10:30 a.m. when he was attacked by the groundhog, his mother, Cynthia Pachino, said."I was watching out the door and I saw Evan walking up the driveway with the dog and then this animal came running across the yard, and it just lunged at Evan," she said.
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By MAUREEN RICE | February 1, 1994
The other day, while listening to the radio to determine whether schools would be closed or merely delayed, I heard words of truth from the overworked station employee whose job it is to report on school closings."
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By Cal Thomas | November 24, 2012
In the film "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray wakes up each morning and relives the previous day. A similar scenario is playing out in the Middle East between Israel and her enemies. The deadly "movie" always goes like this: Israel is shelled or attacked by terrorists groups, often called "militants" by the media, each one with the same goal: Israel's elimination. After demonstrating considerable restraint of the kind that would never be tolerated by any other nation, Israel fires back.
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Dan Rodricks | November 17, 2012
In a moment, you will hear the story of Georgia B. Martin and her exasperating efforts to get someone in government to help her remove a groundhog from her garden in historic Federal Hill. But first, I must think out loud, among patient readers of The Baltimore Sun, about how a groundhog got to Federal Hill in the first place. Federal Hill is in the city of Baltimore, surrounded by water on one side, and on the other three sides by a gentrified urban landscape of rowhouses, retail establishments, restaurants and many barrooms.
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