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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (left) and Aaron DeNu (right) announce the proclamation declaring Thursday as "Potomac Phil Day" before Potomac Phil — a stuffed, mounted groundhog — "predicts" the weather during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The woodchuck predicted six more weeks of winter. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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