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Warm Winter Leaves Snow Clean-up Resources Unused

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

WNYC

This winter has been unseasonably warm and snow free. It means New York City, which was prepared for a winter like last year, has clean up funds and rock salt on hand.

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Features

Forget the Ice Storm, Staten Island Chuck Says 'Spring is Coming!'

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

During an early-morning ceremony attended by city dignitaries despite a thick coating of ice from the latest winter storm, Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow, and predicted that spring is on the way. Chuck's rival Punxsutawney Phil also predicted an early spring.

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The Takeaway

Scary Storms Hit on Groundhog Day

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

For over 75 years, Pennsylvania Germans have gathered in what they call Groundhog (or “Groundsaw”) Lodges to celebrate their language, traditions, and culture. The most important day in lodge culture is, of course, today, Groundhog Day. However, it's hard to think of spring, when more than 30 states are under blizzard warnings, with snow hitting much of the country.

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The Takeaway

Good Week, Bad Week

Friday, February 05, 2010

Every week, in cooperation with The Week magazine, we explore who had a good week and who had a bad week. This week, our good week award goes to venerable groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, who in spite of protestations by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, predicted six more weeks of winter.

Meanwhile, things weren't so great for Taylor Swift.  The country singer gets our bad week award for not only sang out of key at the Grammys, but also broke one of her trophies.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Walking Away From a Mortgage, Scouts Turn 100, Listeners on Groundhog Day

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: For the first time since the Great Depression homeowners are thinking about walking away from their homes, despite having the money to keep up with their mortgage payments. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us why.
  • SCOUTS TAKEOUT:  As the Boy Scouts of America turns 100 years old, its reintroducing itself to America. Part of the centennial plan is to recruit more Hispanics into the world of scouting. Marcos Nava, Hispanic Initiatives Team Leader with the scouting organization, explains the details and the motivation behind the plan. 
  • LISTENERS TAKEOUT: After we learned how the 1993 film, "Groundhog Day," has been used by religious communities, listeners tell us how the film has inspired them.

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