April 25, 2013 |
During the 1960s, when most African nature reserves were being established, lions tended to be born free. But today, freedom doesn't always serve them well. Fifty years ago, human population densities were low in the areas where lions roamed. But since then, the human population in that part of Africa has increased fourfold to fivefold, and demands on land have intensified. The prey that lions rely on has been reduced by poaching and habitat loss, which means that lions living in unfenced preserves roam out into farms and pastures, where they kill livestock - or humans.
April 10, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- The right-field wall at Petco Park is 11 feet closer to the plate than it was last season. Asked if that made the opposite field look any more inviting, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp laughed. "When I'm on, can't no ballpark hold me," he said. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 4, Padres 3 He's probably right. But for the majority of other players, the renovations to one of baseball's most pitcher-friendly parks could make a difference.
March 13, 2013
Re "Is the border secure?," March 10 Supporters of building a nearly impenetrable fence along the U.S.-Mexico border say such a barrier would go a long way toward stopping illegal immigration. However, an estimated 40% of the illegal immigrants already in the United States (more than 4 million of the total) are visa abusers. These are people who came to the United States with a valid visa (tourist, student or others) and stayed past the expiration. Many of them don't look like Mexicans, and they blend into our society.
March 1, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - One of the Indianapolis 500's darkest moments came in 1973 when the car of David "Salt" Walther crashed and spun like a pinwheel down the front straightaway. Not only was Walther badly hurt, his broken car sprayed parts and fuel into the grandstands, injuring 12 spectators. "Now they've started to burn the customers," Times columnist Jim Murray wrote that day, adding, "It may be time to reexamine the 'sport.'" Forty years later, NASCAR plans its own reexamination after last week's crash at Daytona International Speedway injured more than two dozen fans in the grandstands.
February 23, 2013 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A crash near the end of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona turned to horror Saturday when one of the cars hurtled into the grandstand fence, sending pieces of the car flying into the seats and injuring more than two dozen spectators. The car was driven by Kyle Larson, who was collected in a 12-car crash just as the field, traveling at more than 175 mph, was approaching the finish line at Daytona International Speedway. The crash was so violent that the front half of Larson's white No. 32 Chevrolet was sheared off as his car went airborne and tore into the fence.
February 23, 2013 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The race car of Californian Kyle Larson flew into the grandstand fencing Saturday in a multicar crash at the end of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, injuring 28 spectators. Of the 28 who were injured, 14 were taken to local hospitals and the other 14 were treated at the track, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood told reporters Saturday night. Details about the extent of the injuries were not immediately known. The damaged fencing was expected to be repaired in time for Sunday's Daytona 500, said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president for racing operations.