August 9, 2008 |
Wildlife researchers said Tuesday that they've discovered 125,000 western lowland gorillas deep in the forests of the Republic of Congo, calling it a major increase in the animal's estimated population. The Wildlife Conservation Society, based at New York's Bronx Zoo, and the small west-central African nation said their census counted the newly discovered gorillas in two areas of the northern part of the country covering 18,000 square miles. Previous estimates, dating to the 1980s, put the number of western lowland gorillas at fewer than 100,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2008 |
Weary firefighters made progress Sunday against two California wildfires near the towns of Goleta and Big Sur, exploiting a lull in winds before rising temperatures and possible lightning storms arrive later this week. After two weeks of little gain, fire officials in Monterey County said a series of backfires started overnight helped reinforce containment lines between flames and homes near Big Sur and a Boy Scout camp farther north.
May 5, 2008 |
Last week, Fred Buenrostro, chief executive of the California Public Employee Retirement System since 2002, announced he was stepping down. Buenrostro's move came on the heels of the departure of Russell Read, CalPERS' chief investment officer, who told the organization's board two weeks ago that he was moving into the private sector. Leadership changes at public institutions occur all the time.
April 27, 2008 |
Mopie looked the picture of ape fitness: His shoulders were broad and imposing, his silver-haired back sculpted and muscular, his biceps bulging as wide as a wrestler's thighs when he scratched his head. He had a healthy appetite, putting away seven pounds of food daily. Nor was Mopie a couch gorilla, either: He'd nimbly scale the mesh of his enclosures at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., playfully chase the younger gorillas, and perch himself high in a maple tree, as if to show the world he was the king of the Great Ape House.
April 27, 2008 |
DJ, producer and clothing designer Nigo landed in L.A. on Tuesday to open his long-awaited A Bathing Ape store on Melrose Avenue. Over the last 14 years, he has transformed his Tokyo-born, hip-hop-inspired streetwear business into a $59-million lifestyle empire and attracted legions to dress in hoodies with "BAPE" across the front, including Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. So what does A Bathing Ape mean, exactly?
February 17, 2008 |
Where else but in Las Vegas would a con- cierge desk have a guest request a bathtub full of goat's milk (the hotel didn't comply) and another call for a stuffed gorilla to surprise the guest's beloved? In the city that never blushes, outlandish requests and earnest largesse are the order of the day, every day, dozens of times a day. (Nothing lewd, mind you. If it's not legal, the concierge desk won't do it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2007 |
Like most 2-year-olds, Glenda runs, claps her hands and rides piggyback on her mother. Unlike most 2-year-olds, she somersaults with the ease of a gymnast, clambers up and down rock walls and loves green veggies. Ficus leaves were her morning snack of choice on Wednesday as she explored her new environs at the Los Angeles Zoo and briefly played peek-a-boo at the edge of a wall with a small gaggle of onlookers.
May 19, 2007 |
A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo, biting a woman, dragging her around and causing panic among dozens of visitors, officials said. The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said. Four people were injured, including the bitten woman, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said. Bokito was sedated with a dart, a spokeswoman said.
April 29, 2007 |
When it came time to ask Amanda Costello to the junior prom, Joe Moreau couldn't bear to lean against a locker and stammer through the question between classes. "I wanted it to be special," says Joe, 17. "You know, do something different from everyone else." He hatched a scheme with Amanda's best girlfriend, Melinda Grabow. They would need pink chalk and a bouquet of white roses. "A lot of people knew," recalls Amanda, 15. "I had no clue."
HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2007 |
LAP pools are for swimmers, but what's a walker to do to stay cool when working out? Pool equipment makers are coming up with powerful jets and underwater treadmill-like devices to lure walkers into the water. Gorilla jets, three to four times stronger than normal spa jets, shoot hundreds of gallons of water a minute into a pool or spa, generating a fast, strong current that is hard to walk into. Just ask Karen Bradford.