Friday, May 24 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:45:29 GMT
Police were called to a fatal shooting in Madisonville Friday evening. It happened at the Between Rounds Sports Bar, located in the 5800 block of Bramble Avenue, around 10:30 p.m. Officers say a 29-year-oldFull Story >
It happened at the Between Rounds Sports Bar, located in the 5800 block of Bramble Avenue, around 10:30 p.m. Officers say a 29-year-old man was killed in the shooting. His identity has not yet been released.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:44:59 GMT
CINCINNATI (AP) - Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a homer, and Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Phillips also homered on Friday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to their fourth straightFull Story >
Bronson Arroyo pitched around a mistake to Cubs starter Scott Feldman and the Reds downed the Cubs 7-4.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:33 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:33:04 GMT
A Northern Kentucky fire department was recognized on Friday for their efforts in battling the historic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. The Southgate Fire Department received the Medal of Valor, whichFull Story >
A Northern Kentucky fire department was recognized on Friday for their efforts in battling the historic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. On May 28, 1977, nearly 2,000 people were saved but over 150 people died in the blaze.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.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 >
Friday, May 24 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:37:58 GMT
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building. According to police, the unidentified man toldFull Story >
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:43 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:43:18 GMT
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, Kyle "Lucky" McNamara was armedFull Story >
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.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 >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:23 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:23:38 GMT
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report. According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officersFull Story >
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
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