Groundhog's handler got forecast wrong Priest suspended over allegations
PITTSBURGH -- An Ohio prosecutor who has light-heartedly filed charges against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently "predicted" an early spring said he may consider a pardon now that the animal's handler is taking the blame.
Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle said the animal rightly predicted six more weeks of winter but Deeley told The Associated Press he mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil's "groundhog-ese."
Butler County, Ohio prosecutor, Mike Gmoser told the AP he's reconsidering the charges in light of the new evidence and may issue a full pardon.
NEWRY -- A central Pennsylvania bishop has suspended a priest and ordered him to have no contact with children because of a child-sex allegation dating to the 1990s which is being investigated by the district attorney.
Bishop Mark Bartchak, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona and Johnstown, suspended 58-year-old Monsignor Anthony Little on Friday after referring the allegation to Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio.
Little has been forced to step down as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Newry, about 90 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The priest who pastored the parish before Little was the Rev. William Rosensteel. He committed suicide by jumping from a bridge following sex abuse allegations that surfaced in 2007.
From our wire services