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Thursday, Feb. 2

Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Source:

• Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow: More than 20,000 people gathered to see the groundhog’s annual forecast. Folklore says the outcome means six more weeks of winter. (Source: CBS 21)

• Sheetz reverses ‘smile’ policy: The company’s handbook had said individuals with “obvious missing, broken, or badly discolored teeth” could not be employed. Sheetz said employee feedback prompted it to end the policy, effective immediately. (Source: ABC 27)

• County commissioners recognize Black History Month: Black Americans have been “a central force for good in our community,” Commissioner Ray D’Agostino said. (Source: LNP)

• Sen. Fetterman using assistive technology: The Pennsylvania Democrat is breaking new ground at the Capitol with his use of a live caption display monitor, which compensates for audio processing difficulties as he continues to recover from his stroke. (Source: Time)

• Former workforce board leader settles suit: Cathy Rychalsky is receiving $175,000 to settle her discrimination claims against Lancaster County and the Workforce Development Board. Meanwhile, the board has agreed with state regulators to fill its assistant director position with a qualified equal opportunity officer and conduct training in anti-discrimination law. (Source: LNP)

• Nation/world: Ice storm leaves 370,000+ without power. (Source: NBC News) VP Harris, Rev. Sharpton speak at Tyre Nichols funeral. (Source: CBS News) FBI probing George Santos GoFundMe campaign. (Source: ABC News) Eagles lineman charged with rape. (Source: Newsweek) U.S. gains access to Philippine bases. (Source: UPI) Revised AP African-American studies course draws criticism. (Source: NPR)