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Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend

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Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. That means, if you stay out Saturday night until the bars close on Sunday morning, you'll watch your phone's clock go from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Daylight saving is observed throughout the United States, except for Hawaii and Arizona (however, fun fact, Navajo tribes in Arizona do observe the time change).

Daylight saving time was first established federally under the Uniform Time Act of 1966. Also, the oft-repeated belief that Benjamin Franklin created the idea is not entirely true - his reference to waking up late was more satire than anything.

The Fire Department reminds the public, as it does every year at this time, to check smoke alarm batteries, and reset timers for lawn sprinklers.

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And while we may all gripe about losing an hour of sleep every spring, the Chicago Tribune does suggest one group of people who benefit from Daylight Saving Time.

"The only guys that may be able to claim a legitimate benefit from DST are the ones who own golf courses. They think additional golfing and the sale of golf equipment brings them as much as $400 million."

To the rest of us plebeians who do not own a golf course, be sure your coffee on Sunday morning is extra strong.