bear toss; Groundhog Day; more elections: Good morning, Pennsylvania

Green comet swings by

A green comet swoops past Earth for the first time in tens of thousands of years. Here in the Northern Hemisphere we should see it most clearly this week.

It will be within 26 million miles of Earth around Wednesday, bright and best seen in the hours before sunrise. A week later it will be near Mars, a good landmark for sky watchers.

If you want to capture this once-in-a-lifetime event, has compiled a list of photography tips for comet fans.

Now let’s take a look at this morning’s headlines.

Mentor Lost: The community mourns the loss of former Cumberland Valley soccer star Tyler Updegraff, 27, who died in a skiing accident in Colorado. He worked as a ski instructor and school mentor and coach.

Rural state: At the end of 2022, 43 Pennsylvania communities lost their status as urban areas based on new criteria from the Census Bureau. Federal aid could be at stake. father has the third largest rural population in the country.

police beats: The caning and arrest of Tire Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee has sparked state and federal investigations into police brutality. Five officers were charged with murder. A video of the arrest shocked the country.

Shoppers enter and exit a Bed Bath & Beyond store

Shoppers enter and exit a Bed Bath & Beyond in Schaumburg, Illinois January 14, 2021. The struggling Bed Bath & Beyond warned on Thursday that there were significant doubts about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, even if it continues to explore options such as refinancing its debt or restructuring its business in bankruptcy court.AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, file

Beyond the bills: Bed Bath & Beyond says it has defaulted on its loans and does not have sufficient funds to repay the debt. It is already planning to close stores and is considering filing for bankruptcy.

Sport Center: A 23,000-square-foot indoor athletic center is planned for York County on the site of the former Central High School stadium.

New places: A grocery store and two retail buildings will be constructed on Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township. Down the road three warehouses have been approved for lots near Cumberland Valley High School.

Appropriate deniers: Republican lawmakers, who have promoted electoral conspiracy theories and falsely claimed the 2020 presidential election result was rigged, are overseeing electoral politics in Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Other election days: Tomorrow’s special election to fill the 27th District Senate seat is the first of four legislative periods to be decided over the next two weeks. The other three special elections, held on February 7, are seats in the House of Representatives that will end the debate over who controls the chamber.

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Drag Shows: Republican Senator Doug Mastriano, who recently lost a campaign for governor, filed a sponsorship memo last week saying he plans to introduce legislation that would ban drag shows in many places.

Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction on Groundhog Day 2020 at Gobbler's Knob

Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction on Groundhog Day 2020 at Gobbler’s Knob. (Photo: Sean Simmers | [email protected])

When you go: If you want to see Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of the arrival of spring, you need to be in western Pennsylvania by Thursday morning.

Why a marmot?: When a groundhog sees its shadow on February 2nd, it is said to signal that there are six more weeks of winter to come. If he doesn’t, then we’re due for an early spring. Where does this holiday come from?

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Super Bowl Bound: The Philadelphia Eagles fought their way through the NFC title game and secured a spot in the Super Bowl where they will face the Kansas City Chiefs. They meet at the Super Bowl on February 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

Animals on the Ice: Fans took matters into their own hands when the Hershey Bears failed to score in the annual Giant Teddy Bear Toss, throwing teddy bears onto the ice with five seconds remaining. They broke the world record again, throwing 67,309 teddy bears to benefit charities in central Pennsylvania.