April 18, 1991 |
In what passes these days for wit, one Washington wag described the regulatory firefight between Hollywood and The Networks over the future of television programming ownership as a "battle between the rich and the wealthy." Well, yes--but it's also a battle between the greedy and the selfish. The only sure loser won't be the broadcasters or the producers; it will be the public. The battle lines were drawn in ways that guaranteed we viewers would be ignored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2005 |
A federal judge ordered a Hong Kong company to pay $618,956 Monday for its role in a 2002 incident in which a fishing boat was seized with 64,695 pounds of shark fins. Tai Loong Hong Marine Products Ltd. had chartered a Honolulu-based vessel to collect shark fins from other boats off the coast of Mexico, prosecutors said. The case was the first prosecution under a 2000 federal law prohibiting finning, in which fins are ripped off sharks.
December 8, 2000 |
Shark finning, cutting off a shark's fin and throwing the dying fish back into the sea, would be banned from all U.S. waters under legislation that cleared Congress on Thursday. "Today is the end of a long personal struggle to stop this abhorrent practice," said Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-San Diego), who introduced the legislation two years ago. A voice vote Thursday by the Senate sent the bill to President Clinton, who is expected to sign it. The House already passed it.
August 7, 2011 |
I still remember the last time I ate shark's fin, in a grand, now-defunct Monterey Park seafood palace, more than 15 years ago. This restaurant had been proud of its pricey shark's-fin specialties, so much so that it showcased its finest specimens in glass cases, where they had the stark, ghostly presence of museum displays, although by this time some connoisseurs had moved on to the rarer, costlier pleasures of sun-dried abalone farmed in Japan....
January 13, 2014 |
You've met the front of Tiktaalik roseae , the fish-like creature that fills an important gap between fish and four-legged, land-based animals. Now, the hindquarters of the 375-million-year-old fossil are having their close-up moment, and they're showing a pelvis that marks it farther along the evolutionary track from fin to limb. Discovered in the Canadian Arctic in 2004, and introduced to the scientific world two years later, Tiktaalik roseae demonstrates the predictive power of Darwin's theory of evolution -- a transitional creature found on the timeline precisely where the theory assumed it ought to be. Tiktaalik, an Inuit word for “large, freshwater fish,” had a skeletal structure that likely allowed it to support itself with its front and back fins, and “walk” with them, at least in shallow waters, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
July 6, 1987
Ira Berkow of the New York Times tells about a pro-am in which Greg Norman and his partners were being held up by a group ahead. "Who's the pro in that group?" Norman asked. "Chi Chi Rodriguez," he was told. "Oh," Norman said. "Now I know why they're so slow. Chi Chi's got all that money in his pocket." When told of Norman's remark, Rodriguez laughed. "He's the White Shark and I'm the Loan Shark," Chi Chi said.
October 5, 1997 |
This was one time 8-year-old Emily Kasmer was glad to get pushed around by a couple of older, much bigger kids. In fact, Emily can't wait to see them again. That's because the two older kids--10-year-old Santini and 12-year-old Elita--are dolphins at the not-for-profit Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key, Fla. The center is home to a colony of bottlenose dolphins from the Gulf of Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to block a state law that bars possession, sale and distribution of shark fins , which are considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a decision by a district judge refusing to issue a preliminary injunction against the ban, which became effective in January. San Francisco's Chinatown Neighborhood Assn. and Asian Americans for Political Advancement challenged the law on the grounds that it discriminated against Chinese Americans and hurt commerce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1997 |
Debbe Behr was kayaking off Malibu the other day when she noticed that another kayak had an unexpected passenger--a sea lion (see photo). "There used to be a floating barge in the area," Behr said. "But it's gone and I guess there's no place for the sea lions to sun themselves." Behr, who was armed with a camera, learned that the creature had followed kayakers Steffanie and Robert Stoker for several minutes "before it became their boat's figurehead."
January 21, 2014 |
Fish don't have fingers, but they could. That conclusion, drawn by a team of researchers in Switzerland, casts new light on the evolution of four-legged land vertebrates, suggesting that a flick of a switch could have repurposed the bony radials of fins to become the fingers and toes of land-based animals. The DNA programming architecture necessary to create such digits was present in the ancient genome of fish, before the emergence of amphibians, according to the researchers, who published their findings Tuesday in the online journal PLOS Biology.