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Phil’s fraud

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Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, thereby claiming there would be an early spring. He was wrong.

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The gray skies and cold temperatures of March have continued unseasonably into April, leading to endless complaints and sighs of exasperation among Toledoans. A month into spring, the mercury is only grudgingly rising.

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-forecasting groundhog, has taken a lot of heat for messing up the prediction about how much winter was left in 2013. Contrary to the famous varmint’s assurances on Feb. 2, winter did not end early.

A prosecutor in Butler County, Ohio, was so incensed by Phil’s false prophecy that he filed a criminal indictment against the animal. The prosecutor relented after Phil’s handler agreed to take the blame, saying he misunderstood the animal’s message.

Punxsutawney Phil isn’t out of the woods. A police department in Montgomery, Md., issued a poster with Phil’s image under the banner: “Suspect Wanted for Fraud.” To play it safe, Phil had better not venture below the Mason-Dixon line until spring is here to stay.

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