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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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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 Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2011
Yes, indeed, it's that time of year — again. Fuzzy Punxsutawney Phil emerges from hibernation Wednesday to give his annual forecast. And after last week's thundersnow, if that little groundhog sees his shadow, leading to six more weeks of winter — he's in big trouble. (It doesn't help that some are already forecasting a "Groundhog Day" storm.) In addition to the main event, the folks who live near Gobbler's Knob, where Phil's prediction takes place, have planned a burrow full of activities for visitors, including an art show, souvenir show, book signings, chili cookoff, comedy club night and much more.
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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 .
NEWS
By Ron Kirksey and Bob Downing and Ron Kirksey and Bob Downing,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 2, 1994
Sue Pavick said the phone had been ringing non-stop for a week and the office was out of supplies -- stamps, envelopes, fax paper.And you can't be out of fax paper approaching Feb. 2, her community's biggest day of the year.Ms. Pavick's office is the Chamber of Commerce of Punxsutawney, Pa., a town of 6,700 northeast of Pittsburgh, whose most famous resident is a 10-pound vegetarian who sleeps all winter.Today is the big day -- when Punxsutawney Phil finally wakes up.Yep, it's Groundhog Day.Groundhog, woodchuck, whistling pig. The furry creature that is known mainly as roadkill throughout the rest of the year gets one day, today, in the sun -- and let's hope that the sun is not too bright.
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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."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 26, 1996
Halfway through "Screamers" I kept thinking it would do much better under a title like "The Revenge of Punxsutawney Phil." It appears to be about killer groundhogs eating everything human they can get their chubby little cheeks wrapped around.No such luck. (And I really would like to see a movie called "The Revenge of Punxsutawney Phil"!) Instead, the beasties under the ground, who for some odd reason trail a wake of dirt wherever they burrow like subterranean PT boats, turn out not to be animals but machines, something like runaway, psychotic Weed Eaters.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, a sure sign that winter will continue for six more weeks. Amari, the Maryland Zoo's spotted leopard, disagreed. And the law of the jungle says leopard trumps groundhog every time. For the second year in a row, the zoo staff arranged for one of its critters to make a prediction. With a crowd of employees watching, the 19-year-old cat sprang from her rocky lair and bounded toward two cardboard boxes. The pink box was decorated with flowers, filled with meatballs and surrounded by straw carrying the essence of elephant.
NEWS
February 14, 2010
Having, over the last few months, had ample opportunity to contemplate and discuss the matter, we feel the time has come for The Baltimore Sun to take a position on what may be the most pressing issue of our time. We hereby officially oppose snow. This newspaper does not appear previously to have taken an explicit position on this or on any other major form of weather, but a search of the archives reveals a dangerous quasi-pro-snow policy. In February 2007, we noted that "maybe we wouldn't even mind one more snowfall," and in 2004, we admitted an affection for "an occasional snowman and a well-thrown snowball."
NEWS
October 14, 2012
After reading "Gallaudet official suspended for signing anti-same-sex marriage petition" (Oct. 11) I was troubled on two fronts. First, if Angela McCaskill signed a political petition in her own time and made no overt political stance in the workplace, then her rights are being violated by the university. It's pure and simple. Regardless of how inane one may find her politics to be, she's entitled to believe anything for any reason and to participate in our democracy accordingly.
NEWS
October 14, 2012
After reading "Gallaudet official suspended for signing anti-same-sex marriage petition" (Oct. 11) I was troubled on two fronts. First, if Angela McCaskill signed a political petition in her own time and made no overt political stance in the workplace, then her rights are being violated by the university. It's pure and simple. Regardless of how inane one may find her politics to be, she's entitled to believe anything for any reason and to participate in our democracy accordingly.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, a sure sign that winter will continue for six more weeks. Amari, the Maryland Zoo's spotted leopard, disagreed. And the law of the jungle says leopard trumps groundhog every time. For the second year in a row, the zoo staff arranged for one of its critters to make a prediction. With a crowd of employees watching, the 19-year-old cat sprang from her rocky lair and bounded toward two cardboard boxes. The pink box was decorated with flowers, filled with meatballs and surrounded by straw carrying the essence of elephant.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2011
Yes, indeed, it's that time of year — again. Fuzzy Punxsutawney Phil emerges from hibernation Wednesday to give his annual forecast. And after last week's thundersnow, if that little groundhog sees his shadow, leading to six more weeks of winter — he's in big trouble. (It doesn't help that some are already forecasting a "Groundhog Day" storm.) In addition to the main event, the folks who live near Gobbler's Knob, where Phil's prediction takes place, have planned a burrow full of activities for visitors, including an art show, souvenir show, book signings, chili cookoff, comedy club night and much more.
NEWS
February 14, 2010
H aving, over the last few months, had ample opportunity to contemplate and discuss the matter, we feel the time has come for The Baltimore Sun to take a position on what may be the most pressing issue of our time. We hereby officially oppose snow. This newspaper does not appear previously to have taken an explicit position on this or on any other major form of weather, but a search of the archives reveals a dangerous quasi-pro-snow policy. In February 2007, we noted that "maybe we wouldn't even mind one more snowfall," and in 2004, we admitted an affection for "an occasional snowman and a well-thrown snowball."
NEWS
February 14, 2010
Having, over the last few months, had ample opportunity to contemplate and discuss the matter, we feel the time has come for The Baltimore Sun to take a position on what may be the most pressing issue of our time. We hereby officially oppose snow. This newspaper does not appear previously to have taken an explicit position on this or on any other major form of weather, but a search of the archives reveals a dangerous quasi-pro-snow policy. In February 2007, we noted that "maybe we wouldn't even mind one more snowfall," and in 2004, we admitted an affection for "an occasional snowman and a well-thrown snowball."
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2010
The main problem with January is that it occurs precisely when the holidays are over. All of the anticipation and excitement of spending time with family and friends is over; the exchanging of good wishes and gifts has also come and gone. We are left with a palpable sadness: a "touch of Malaysia," as someone dear to me once said with a straight face - a malapropism for the phrase "a touch of malaise." Now, whenever I get the blues, I remember that it is probably just a touch of Malaysia, and I instantly feel better.
NEWS
February 14, 2010
H aving, over the last few months, had ample opportunity to contemplate and discuss the matter, we feel the time has come for The Baltimore Sun to take a position on what may be the most pressing issue of our time. We hereby officially oppose snow. This newspaper does not appear previously to have taken an explicit position on this or on any other major form of weather, but a search of the archives reveals a dangerous quasi-pro-snow policy. In February 2007, we noted that "maybe we wouldn't even mind one more snowfall," and in 2004, we admitted an affection for "an occasional snowman and a well-thrown snowball."
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2010
The main problem with January is that it occurs precisely when the holidays are over. All of the anticipation and excitement of spending time with family and friends is over; the exchanging of good wishes and gifts has also come and gone. We are left with a palpable sadness: a "touch of Malaysia," as someone dear to me once said with a straight face - a malapropism for the phrase "a touch of malaise." Now, whenever I get the blues, I remember that it is probably just a touch of Malaysia, and I instantly feel better.
NEWS
February 3, 2001
In Washington Bush's nominee for trade rep faces Senate vote Tuesday The U.S. Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to confirm former State Department official Robert Zoellick as the next U.S. trade representative, a spokeswoman for the Senate Finance Committee said yesterday. If approved as expected, Zoellick would be the 13th holder of the office since it was created in 1962 and the last of President Bush's Cabinet-level nominees to be confirmed by the Senate. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to give its OK on a voice vote before sending Zoellick's nomination to the Senate floor Tuesday for two hours of debate.
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."
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