March 17, 1990 |
The Florida Derby is annually one of America's most colorful racing spectacles, with marching bands, a flying circus, a jousting exhibition and a falconry show as part of the day's entertainment at Gulfstream Park. Unfortunately, there may be one big anticlimax here today: the derby itself. When the racing season began here two months ago, there was every reason to believe that this $500,000 event would be the definitive prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
January 11, 1992 |
In what biologists hailed as "a wonderful success story," the once-endangered American peregrine falcon that was decimated by DDT in the 1960s has made such a dramatic comeback that a 17-year-old captive breeding project is being ended. The birds, famous for their use in falconry and identified by their distinctive gray or black "helmet," were down to two known mating pairs in 1975.
July 9, 2010 |
THE BEST WAY TO EDINBURGH From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is offered on British, Continental, Lufthansa, KLM, or on United, Air New Zealand, British, Virgin Atlantic connecting to British Midland. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $920. TELEPHONES To call these numbers from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code), 44 (country code for Britain) and the regional code and local number. WHERE TO STAY Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire; (866)
July 10, 1998 |
Two men from the Los Angeles area rode in the back seat of a burgundy sedan heading into the Colorado Rockies. They had not seen each other for nearly two decades, and they had much to catch up on. Larry Homenick, chief deputy U.S. marshal in Denver, grew up in Canoga Park. Tanned and fit at 49, he checked his service revolver with the driver and slid into the back seat. Next to him sat 45-year-old Christopher Boyce from Palos Verdes.
September 7, 2008 |
Best known of the English kings, Henry VIII has usually been portrayed as a gargantuan party boy seducing court ladies, quarreling with the church, arresting friends and beheading wives. But he brought more to the throne than that. Bright, cultured and handsome, Henry succeeded peacefully to the crown as he turned 18, securing the Tudor dynasty and making possible England's golden age. Next year marks the 500th anniversary of that accession, and a variety of special events will be held in and around London to explore his life and reign.
November 6, 2005 |
On Saturday mornings in autumn, the English gentleman's pleasure has long been to put on a bright red coat and ride out across the countryside on horseback, with a pack of friends in identical clothes at his side and a pack of hounds baying cheerfully ahead, chasing a friendless fox. This weekend, thousands of men and women in red did it again, joining 200 hunts around the countryside to mark the first Saturday of a new season. But this time there was a difference.
December 22, 1990 |
Early this year a Montana forest ranger found an ailing bald eagle by the side of a road and took it to Jeff McPartlin, who was known for rehabilitating raptors--birds of prey. The eagle had ingested some poison, but McPartlin nursed it and two weeks later released it at the headquarters of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks along the Missouri River near Great Falls. Margaret Adams, an Audubon Society official, said she once took an injured great horned owl to McPartlin.
May 13, 2013 |
And so, with Hollywood having pillaged every other conceivable milieu for intellectual content - toys (“Transformers,” “ G.I. Joe: Retaliation ,” “Bratz: The Movie”), video games (“Mortal Kombat,” “Resident Evil”), amusement park rides (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” Guillermo del Toro's upcoming “ Haunted Mansion ”), even chewing gum mascots - the Movie Industrial Complex has finally tapped the last remaining optionable resource in its ceaseless pursuit of fresh film properties.
September 1, 1988 |
Our ancient families did not consciously choose family names. Hereditary surnames came into being primarily because the eternal tax collectors needed a way to identify people. Almost all of our English surnames were in existence before the beginning of the 15th Century, and most of our names were placidly accepted by our ancestors. They simply went by the name they were known by in their village.
May 2, 1985 |
After six years of trying to reintroduce a species of hawk that disappeared decades ago from its native grounds in the Lower Colorado River Valley, state and federal officials have succeeded with a pair of birds that met and mated in the wild. Two eggs hatched in a nest built by Harris' hawks in a tall paloverde tree a few miles north of Yuma, Ariz. It is the first time in 30 years that the slim, black and white and chestnut-colored hawks have bred in the area.