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The Groundhog Has Spoken

Punxsutawney Phil sees no shadow, predicts early spring

(Newser) - It's Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil already has issued his winter forecast: an early spring. At the annual tradition in Pennsylvania's Gobbler's Knob, the groundhog emerged from his cage (which looks like a tree trunk) and saw no shadow, according to the emcee of the Groundhog Club.... More »

Groundhog Chomps Wisconsin Mayor's Ear

6 more weeks of pain in Sun Prairie?

(Newser) - It was a Groundhog Day that the mayor of Sun Prairie, Wis., definitely won't want to relive over and over again. As a handler held Jimmy the groundhog close to Mayor Jon Freund so the official could hear Jimmy's "prediction" yesterday, the animal bit him on the... More »

Rejoice, Winter: Groundhog Sees Shadow

Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter; Staten Island Chuck begs to differ

(Newser) - Like last year , Punxsutawney Phil rose early this morning, looked around, and doomed us all to six more weeks of winter, reports the AP . The official proclamation: "Forecasts abound on the Internet, but I, Punxsutawney Phil, am still your best bet. Yes, a shadow I see, you can... More »

Mayor de Blasio a Groundhog Killer?

Staten Island Chuck died a week after Groundhog Day fall

(Newser) - Staten Island Chuck has died, and he apparently didn't just peacefully pass on to "that big farm in the sky," as one NYC lawmaker puts it. Rather, as per the rather breathless New York Post , "Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!"... More »

De Blasio Drops Groundhog

NYC coincidentally in for 6 more weeks of winter

(Newser) - Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, but his Big Apple counterpart saw his shadow take a tumble: As the Staten Island Advance reports, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio fumbled and dropped Staten Island Chuck at this morning's large-rodent-as-weather-prognosticator festivities. Chuck—full name Charles G. Hogg—appears unharmed, though... More »

Guess Who Saw His Shadow?

6 more weeks of this. Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil

(Newser) - The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter. Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak today. Legend has it that if the furry rodent... More »

Another State Calls for Punxsutawney Phil's Head

Maryland's Montgomery County PD issues wanted poster for groundhog

(Newser) - Seems Punxsutawney Phil is on everybody's not-so-hot list after promising an early spring that didn't exactly come to pass. Days after an Ohio prosecutor indicted the weather-predicting groundhog , calling for the death penalty, a Maryland police department has issued a wanted poster , DCist reports. The critter is wanted... More »

Punxsutawney Phil Faces Execution Threat

Prosecutor furious over groundhog's 'misrepresentation of spring'

(Newser) - Punxsutawney Phil could be in serious trouble. He didn't see his shadow this year , meaning spring should come early. But the season has shown no signs of arriving as of yet in Ohio's Butler County, and a prosecutor there has "indicted" Phil, charging him with "misrepresentation... More »

Groundhog Day: Phil Predicts Early Spring

Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow

(Newser) - It's Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring. The Pennsylvanian did not see his shadow in Gobbler's Knob this morning, according to the "Inner Circle" that runs the ceremony. No word yet from rivals Staten Island Chuck in New York, General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta,... More »

Punxsutawney Phil Declares: Early Spring

Famed groundhog didn't see his shadow

(Newser) - Can it be? A glimmer of good, 45-degree news? Punxsutawney Phil emerged today and did not see his shadow, meaning his annual weather forecast is for an early spring, reports the AP . To the cynical: Phil has seen his shadow 98 of the 113 years that have been recorded since... More »

Groundhog: Get Ready for 6 More Weeks

Groundhog Day is here again...and winter is here for a bit longer

(Newser) - PETA may be calling for his replacement-by-robot , but that didn't stop Punxsutawney Phil from doing his job today. The most famous weather forecaster on four legs saw his shadow this morning in Gobbler's Knob, and you know what that means: six more weeks of winter. Conveniently enough, the official end... More »

Robot Should Replace Punxsutawney Phil: PETA

Groundhog Day is too stressful, group says

(Newser) - PETA has taken on the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, alleging that the famous clairvoyant groundhog is abused by the annual festivities and suggesting it be replaced with a robot. In a letter, a PETA representative claims that the crowds, flashbulbs from cameras, and handling involved in Groundhog Day stress out poor... More »

Get Punxsutawney Phil's Prediction Via Text

Yep, from groundhog's mouth to your phone on Feb. 2

(Newser) - If you’ve got Groundhog Day circled on your calendar but won’t be able to catch Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction in person, the rodent’s got you covered: Come Feb. 2, you can get the news—an early spring, or six more weeks of winter—via text message. And... More »

Groundhog Bites Bloomberg

Groundhog bite Mayor Mike Bloomberg

(Newser) - Winter may only last another six weeks, but this is one Groundhog Day that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg will likely remember for a lot longer. Staten Island's resident groundhog, Chuck, bit Bloomberg on his left index finger during the annual ceremony that predicts the start of spring, the... More »

Guess Who Saw His Shadow Today?

Phil sees shadow, predicts no early spring

(Newser) - Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most famous midget weatherman, saw his shadow today—meaning those reaching to put away the hats and scarves get to hold off another six weeks, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Thousands in Pennsylvania watched the groundhog see his shadow for the 97th time since 1887—he’s... More »

Phil Predicts a Longer Winter

Pennsylvania's famed groundhog sees his shadow

(Newser) - Bundle up. Punxsutawney Phil, America's most famous groundhog, saw his shadow this morning and predicted six more weeks of winter, the AP reports. About 30,000 people  descended on the Pennsylvania town to see Phil pulled from his tree stump by members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, clad... More »

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