News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 28, 2013

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

Phil escapes an official flogging

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The pillars of Punxsutawney, Pa., have had a rough week.

First, their famous pet groundhog, Phil, was indicted by an Ohio prosecutor (who apparently had nothing better to do) for this year’s inaccurate Groundhog Day forecast. The rascally rodent, you will recall, was rooted from his slumber on Feb. 2 and declared to have NOT seen his shadow, signaling an early spring.

The prediction, as has been painfully obvious, was bogus. But the prosecutor then gave Phil a reprieve, dropping all charges and laying the blame on Phil’s handlers (who were not charged). Just kidding, said the prosecutor. A good laugh was had by all.

Meanwhile, Phil’s handlers have performed a bit of revisionist prognosticating, announcing that the groundhog actually DID see his shadow, and that the six additional weeks of winter that were experienced were indeed in the cards from the beginning. They say they merely made a mistake. At least they didn’t throw Phil under the bus. Figuratively speaking.

When told of the hoopla surrounding his fallacious prediction, Phil had no official reaction. But a fellow rodent, one of Phil’s family friends who asked not to be identified, said Phil took it in stride. “What I’d really like,” Phil is reported to have muttered, “is for everybody to just let me sleep.”

Big victory for local speller

Cheers to Kimmie Collins, a seventh-grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Terre Haute, for winning the annual Tribune-Star Wabash Valley Spelling Bee last Saturday. Kimmie now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington, D.C., in late May. Appreciation also goes out to Terre Haute Savings Bank and Woodburn Graphics for joining the T-S in sponsoring the event.

Reader poll results

Recently, the Reader Poll at asked:

Which of the men’s top seeds is most likely to advance the farthest in the NCAA Basketball Tournament?

Results: 349 votes were cast.

• Indiana — 217 votes, 62.18 percent

• Louisville — 78 votes, 22.35 percent

• Kansas — 28 votes, 8.02 percent

• Gonzaga — 26 votes, 7.45 percent