CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2011 |
William Donald Schaefer, the dominant political figure of the last half-century of Maryland history, died Monday after a "do-it-now" career that changed the face of Baltimore while bringing a burst of energy to the city he loved. He was 89. Schaefer, who had recently been treated for pneumonia, died at a retirement home in Catonsville, Md. In four terms as mayor and two as governor, Schaefer was a champion of big projects that transformed Baltimore: the Harborplace retail and restaurant complex, Oriole Park baseball stadium at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, a convention center and a light rail.
March 10, 2011
The theme of this 18-and-over event is "science fair," but there's nothing nerdy about the after-hours celebration at Night Dive. Guests can unleash their inner mad scientist and enjoy live music from We Barbarians, Eugene & the 1914 and the Commotions, not to mention DJs, lectures on subjects such as octopuses and algal blooms and a special art exhibit from sculptor Bruce Gray. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. 7-11 p.m. Fri. $12.95. (562) 951-1630. http://www.
March 7, 2011 |
The Georgia Aquarium , still a relative newcomer to the aquarium scene, will open its $110-million, 84,000-square-foot AT&T Dolphin Tales gallery next month, which includes an auditorium that seats about 1,800 people. The centerpiece of the gallery is the theatrical show in which up to nine (the number varies) Atlantic bottlenose dolphins perform. The lobby entrance to the dolphin gallery features a 25-foot-long underwater viewing window with three sections of interactive display options to educate guests about dolphins and dolphin conservation.
December 30, 2010
FAMILY Ring in 2011 by sleeping with the fishes at this family event from sundown to sunup at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Activities include touch time in the Shark Lagoon, fish feeding, a gallery exploration and a pizza party to watch the fireworks on the Queen Mary. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. 5 p.m. Fri. $70. (562) 951-1630. http://www.aquariumofpacific.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2010 |
Four years ago, when the giant oil company BP donated $1 million to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the contribution seemed like a good deal for both an oil company trying to burnish its environmental credentials and a venue trying to draw more visitors. Then, last month, a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. With the BP Sea Otter Habitat set to open this week, a potential feel-good moment has turned into a public relations landmine.
February 26, 2010
When you're shopping for a pair of Seven jeans or ankle boots, you don't expect to be met by a flood of saltwater and the imminent prospect of sharks. But shoppers at the Dubai Mall faced just that Thursday when the center's massive aquarium sprang a leak. Amateur video of the incident shows worried shoppers slogging about as water gushes from the tank. News reports in the Persian Gulf city-state referred to it as a minor leak and said it was quickly brought under control by maintenance workers with no harm done to the aquarium's inhabitants.
February 13, 2010 |
Jumbo squids invaded Orange County late last month. The 10-limbed creatures, weighing up to 60 pounds, swarmed the waters near Newport Beach, and anglers delighted at the prospect of calamari steaks. Bruce Robison, senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, talked about the life of squids and why we shouldn't be afraid of these marine cephalopods. Why did this invasion happen in Orange County? There has been a large-scale invasion of the entire California coast that started in 2002.