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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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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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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.
SPORTS
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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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.
FEATURES
By SUSAN RAPP and SUSAN RAPP,VILLAGE READING CENTER | February 2, 2000
On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his burrow after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. As early as 3 a.m., flocks of Phil fanatics will trek to Gobbler's Knob in the hilly, chilly town of Punxsutawney, Pa., just in time for Phil's powerful prognostication. Will there be six more weeks of winter, or is spring just around the corner? This celebration of Groundhog Day dates back to a time when nature truly influenced our lives. It stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day, as told in an old Scottish couplet, "If Candlemas Day is Bright and Clear, there'll be two winters in the year."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 27, 1993
GROUNDHOG DAY(Columbia TriStar, rated PG, 1993)This movie would have been a great short featurette on "Saturday Night Live." One would think (especially after watching it) that a 20-minute segment would pretty well exhaust the comic possibilities involving the phenomenon of deja vu.But in a world where "Wayne's World" and "Conehead" sketches are turned into full-length features, it should come as no surprise that we would see a movie based on a one-joke premise.As if that weren't bad enough, the creators spend 30 minutes setting up the joke in what has to rank as one of the most uninteresting and tedious first acts in movie history.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | February 12, 1993
In "Groundhog Day," tomorrow is not another day.The film is like one of Aesop's fables genetically recombined with "The Twilight Zone": it's a moral tale of a slicker who finds redemption in a small town where he's trapped for almost a full year, from Feb. 2, 1993, until Feb. 2, 1993: a full year, that is, of Feb. 2, 1993s.The movie is expertly calculated to derive maximum comic energy from Bill Murray's great, deadpan mug and his drop-dead I'm-not-impressed line readings. It exposes him over and over to spectacles he's obviously too cool for, and it enjoys his rejoinders even while causing us to wonder about his heart.
BUSINESS
By PETER H. LEWIS | February 8, 1993
Groundhog Day, Tuesday, was also the unofficial start of income tax preparation season.The final versions of the major 1992 federal income tax preparation programs have arrived in the stores. (If the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees the shadow of an Internal Revenue Service agent, winter will last until April 15.)Just as the groundhog's fame is fleeting (What does he do the other 364 days of the year?) so, too, is the attention brief for personal computer tax programs. Anonymous programmers race all year to add new features to make tax preparation easier, all for a program that has at most 10 weeks of optimum use.As in years past, the choice for most PC owners ultimately comes down to two packages: Turbotax, the perennial best-selling program, and Andrew Tobias' Taxcut, the challenger.
NEWS
By Peg Adamarczyk and Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 23, 1996
THIS WINTER HAS been like a bad scene from the movie "Groundhog Day." Make plans, it snows. Make plans, it snows. Enough, already.Two events put on hold because of last weekend's snowstorm are rescheduled.The Ladies' Guild of Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran Church will hold its monthly breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the church at Beach Avenue and Third Street.Eggs, pancakes, french toast, creamed chipped beef, home-style potatoes, sausage, toast, homemade biscuits, fruit,juice and beverages are on the menu.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 .
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2012
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds compared the past few days of spring training workouts to Groundhog Day. Friday's first intrasquad game gave Orioles like Reynolds the opportunity to finally similate a gameday competition. "It was good to go play and put on your uniform, (to) face live pitching and be put in a game situation,” Reynolds said. “It feels like baseball is finally back.” In Friday's intrasquad, Reynolds, who made 26 errors in 114 games at third base last season, made a pair of nice plays at third base.
FEATURES
By Los Angeles Daily News | February 17, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Wrong holiday, but the Bill Murray comedy "Groundhog Day" was the right film anyway for the extended Presidents' Day weekend.Debuting to a sunny $14.6 million, the first-place tale of a TV weatherman stuck in a repeating, 24-hour period is the second best winter premiere, trailing only "Wayne's World's" debut which made $18.1 million a year ago. "Groundhog Day" also was Mr. Murray's second-best opener -- "Ghostbusters II" was bigger.Disney's...
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2011
Will this week's Groundhog Day bring another round of misery to Maryland? Although forecasters aren't calling for heavy snow, a developing storm is likely to bring at least sleet and freezing rain to the area beginning Monday night. Brian Lasorsa, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the Baltimore-area will see only "light accumulations" of snow, but added that "the big impact will be the ice. " Lasorsa said flurries could start Monday night and turn into freezing rain Tuesday, which could refreeze, making roads icy. Forecasters are calling for a 60 percent chance of precipitation to start Monday with between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
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