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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
A famous red barn in rural San Mateo County is gearing up for a make-over, though workers are trying not to disturb a cluster of rare bats that have made the barn their home. The historic barn is home to at least 50 pallid bats, which have fur the color of dead oak leaves and a 14-inch wing span. The California Department of Fish and Game lists them as a "species of concern." Bat experts say the red barn may be the only pallid-bat maternity roost in the region.
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SCIENCE
March 19, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
As if it were not enough that vampire bats can swoop down from the sky to get a blood dinner from their victims, it turns out that they can also run across the ground to sneak up on them. No other bat has been shown to run; in fact, most can barely walk, shuffling awkwardly from a sprawled position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1997
Re "Park Program Drives 'Em Batty," July 29: I commend the park program as an avenue to help the public understand the life histories of our native wildlife, especially the significant role bats play in our ecosystem, helping to maintain California's rich agricultural industry. However, bats are also of great public health concern since they are the primary carrier of rabies in Orange County. Rabies, if undetected and untreated, is a fatal disease. With the continual increase in urbanization of our county, more homes and their surroundings have become available habitats for opportunistic wildlife.
SPORTS
June 8, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Torii Hunter did not object to being moved from the cleanup spot, where he has spent most of this season, to the second spot, a slot he hadn't started in since he was a 23-year-old rookie with the Minnesota Twins in 1999. "What's the worst that can happen?" Hunter said Wednesday before the Angels' game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "The last four days were the worst. " The Angels had lost four straight and six of seven games entering Wednesday, scoring 13 runs and hitting .190 with runners in scoring position in the seven games.
NEWS
April 7, 1994 | WASHINGTON POST
Consider the modern father: attending birthing classes, changing diapers, baby-sitting while Mom goes to the office. Could child-rearing be more egalitarian? Perhaps. Boston University biologist Thomas H. Kunz and his colleagues report in the journal Nature that male bats in the family Dyacopterus spadiceus can grow breasts and secrete milk.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2002
Here are some of the highest winning bids on EBay: * $4.9 million -- Gulfstream II jet purchased by a charter aircraft company in Africa. August 2001 * $2.1 million -- Former missile silo transformed into luxury home in Saranac, N.Y. October 2002 * $1.65 million -- Honus Wagner T206 1909 baseball card. July 2000 * $1.2 million -- Diamond Lake Resort in Owensboro, Ky. December 2000 * $577,610 -- Black Betsy baseball bat once owned by Shoeless Joe Jackson.
SPORTS
March 29, 2001 | SETH KEICHLINE
Loara rocked Katella for nine runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-0 victory Wednesday in an Empire League baseball game at Boysen Park in Anaheim. "We just came out hitting," Loara Coach Dave Lappin said. "[The early lead] took a lot of pressure off us." The Saxons (4-8, 3-1) opened with five runs in the first. After Loara put two men on with a leadoff single and an error, David Ortiz and Ricky Smith each had run-scoring singles.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1995 | Times Wire Services
The boys and girls of summer are stepping up to home plate, and soon some of them may be hitting line drives over the wall using dimpled bats. Taking a lead from golf balls, which are dimpled to improve their flight, baseball bats are showing up with dimples, indentations along the surface that help cut wind resistance. A baseball fan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jeffrey DiTullio, used his knowledge of air-flow dynamics to develop a dimpled bat.
SPORTS
September 7, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Rickey Henderson's bat hasn't been working too well for Rickey Henderson lately, but it did wonders for Gary DiSarcina on Saturday. The Angel shortstop, using one of Henderson's bats, had three singles and a double in a 7-5 loss to Detroit, breaking out of a 1-for-25 slump. "His bats are a half-inch smaller than mine, and when I picked one up it felt good, so I went with it," DiSarcina said. "Sometimes when you're struggling it's just good to change. "The last two weeks have been tough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989
A Mexican Freetail bat recently discovered by two boys in Long Beach has tested positive for rabies, but health officials say the chance of transmitting the disease to human beings or pets is "very minimal." The bat was discovered lying in grass in the 3600 block of Ladoga Avenue on Nov. 11 by the boys, who contacted animal control officers. Tests on the animal, done both locally and by the state, proved positive.
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