Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:20:27 GMT
A suspect appeared in court Wednesday for allegedly sexting a minor. Landon Boettcher is accused of sending sexual text messages to a 14-year-old female. According to investigators, the messages includedFull Story >
A suspect appeared in court Wednesday for allegedly sexting a minor. Landon Boettcher, 28, is accused of sending sexual text messages to a 14-year-old female.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:08:36 GMT
Wyoming residents are saying there's a troublemaker disturbing the peace in their neighborhood. Some are calling them a 'neighborhood nuisance'. "We have a dog, and we cant even let our dog out," explainedFull Story >
Wyoming residents are saying there's a troublemaker disturbing the peace in their neighborhood, with some even calling them a 'neighborhood nuisance'. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:04:09 GMT
Bikes were lined up and engines were revved in Northern Kentucky for an annual motorcycle ride honoring veterans on Wednesday. The event, called the Annual Ride to Freedom, was a send-off for severalFull Story >
Bikes were lined up and engines were revved in Northern Kentucky for an annual motorcycle ride honoring veterans on Wednesday.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:18 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:18:07 GMT
Hearings continued on Capitol Hill Wednesday as members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee delved further into the admitted targeting of conservative groups. "I have not done anything wrong.Full Story >
Hearings continued on Capitol Hill Wednesday as members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee delved further into the admitted targeting of conservative groups.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:47:02 GMT
There may be a few light thunderstorms Wednesday evening but severe weather is not expected. On Thursday, a few spotty light showers or sprinkles may develop during the afternoon. Full Story >
There may be a few light thunderstorms Wednesday evening but severe weather is not expected. On Thursday, a few spotty light showers or sprinkles may develop during the afternoon. Click here for your Memorial Day Weekend forecast. Full Story >
(RNN) - In his classic poem, Fog, Carl Sandburg wrote, "The fog comes on little cat feet."
On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, thousands hope that spring comes on little groundhog feet.
The most famous furry weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from Gobbler's Knob on that day to predict whether spring will come early.
According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow, winter will last six more weeks. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.
Groundhog Day is more than an animal popping out of his hole for the people of Punxsutawney, PA.
Accurate or not, Punxsutawney Phil's prognostications have put the city, touted as the "Weather Capital of the World," on the map. And Punxsutawney puts its best furry face forward every February.
According to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil is attended by a group of top-hatted men called The Inner Circle, local dignitaries who are responsible for the maintenance of Phil and the planning of the Groundhog Day events.
There are a full schedule of events surrounding Groundhog Day, including breakfast with Phil and a Groundhog Ball.
According to visitPA.com, crowds at Gobbler's Knob has numbered as high as 30,000, and they predict record numbers of Phil fanatics this year because Feb. 2 falls on a weekend.
This year, Gobbler's Knob is tapping into the power of Foursquare, a location-oriented social media website, to offer an extra incentive for visitors.
Foursquare users can unlock the 2013 Pennsylvania Groundhog Day Foursquare badge at Gobblers Knob, which will grant them special toy in a customized box when they show their check-in to the attendant at the Groundhog Day RV.
Prognosticator or pretender?
Despite the fanfare, Phil fails to accurately foretell when winter's chill will end, claims National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.
According to government data, since 1993, the U.S. national temperature has been above normal 10 times in February, 11 times in March, below normal six times in February, three times in March, and near normal three times in February and five times in March.
Plus, the U.S., being a large, diverse land mass, doesn't experience uniform climatic trends.
"It really isn't a 'bright' idea to take a measure such as a groundhog's shadow and use it as a predictive meteorological tool for the entire United States," the group stated.
According to Stormfax, Phil has only been correct 39 percent of the time since the 1880s.
History of the 'hog
The Groundhog Day celebration began with the Germans, Pennsylvania's earliest settlers who brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, the Christian festival of lights which marks the halfway point between winter solstice and the spring equinox.
The legend states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, so far will the snow swirl in May..." The settlers found that plentiful groundhogs "were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day."
Punxsutawney has been celebrating Groundhog Day since 1886, according to the groundhog club website. The groundhog himself was named after King Phillip.
However, animals at dozens of other locales also predict the weather on Groundhog Day.
Outside of Pennsylvania, celebrations occur in Maryland; Marion, Ohio, with Buckeye Chuck; and at Wiarton, Ontario.
Birmingham, AL, has Birmingham Bill, a groundhog that delivers its prediction at the Birmingham Zoo. Atlanta has General Beauregard Lee, Raleigh, NC has Sir Walter Wally.
Paula the Penguin from Louisville, KY, also provides a Groundhog Day prediction, although she is most renowned for defecating on the state Senate floor.
Woodstock, IL, outside of Chicago, also has a vibrant Groundhog day celebration, as that city was the location where the 1993 movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray was filmed.
Events at Woodstock include a woodcarving demonstration, a symposium to discuss the deeper meaning of the movie, a third-grade art contest, a dinner and dance and the naming of a King and Queen, according to the Woodstock Groundhog Day website.
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Weird accommodation options are part of Airbnb's charm, so we'd like to propose seven current listings that should be verified immediately.Full Story >
Weird accommodation options are part of Airbnb's charm, so we'd like to propose seven current listings that should be verified immediately. If these folks are offering what they say they're offering, we just might book a night or two. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetFull Story >
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:47:42 GMT
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Lee Moore, 43,Full Story >
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison.Full Story >