July 22, 1991 |
When Arthur Welmas and Linda Streeter Dukic decided to challenge the leadership of the tiny Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, they knew they were taking a calculated risk. But they never quite realized the extent of their gamble until the conclusion of a 3 1/2-hour misconduct hearing in the main gaming hall of the Cabazon Bingo Palace last week. Welmas and Dukic, whose recent drive to oust Tribal Chairman John James for alleged mismanagement failed by one vote, were fined $50,000 each.
December 8, 2010
' Naturalist John James Audubon's "Birds of America" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for $10 million, making it the world's most expensive book. FOR THE RECORD: "Birds of America": A Quick Takes item in the Dec. 8 Calendar section said that a rare edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" had been sold at auction for $10 million, making it the world's most expensive book. That figure excluded the buyer's premium, which was added later and brought the price to $11,567,575.
September 18, 1985 |
Three centuries ago, the parents of a mousy 12-year-old gave up 300 acres of London real estate as a dowry in order to marry her to an eligible young aristocrat. This was no surprise as wealthy families owned most of 17th-Century London. Some may find it surprising, though, that 300 years and a social revolution later, many of these same families still have vast holdings in London. They are among the world's wealthiest private urban landowners.
April 29, 2012 |
As a little girl in Ohio in the mid-1800s, Genevieve "Gennie" Jones would accompany her country doctor father in his buggy as he visited patients. Along the way they'd discuss the natural world, which turned into a lifelong passion. Then in 1876, consumed with heartache from a broken engagement, Jones traveled to the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Here she viewed John James Audubon's masterpiece, "Birds of America. " Inspired by the beautiful watercolor drawings, she returned home with a new sense of purpose, determined to create a companion book illustrating birds' nests and eggs.
April 22, 1990 |
In this unpretentious, first-person account, John Horner describes his discoveries of some of the first fossilized dinosaur eggs, embryos and nests in North America, and offers his theories about dinosaur parental behavior. The arrangement of the nests, the size of the juvenile skeletons and the partially worn surfaces of the hatchlings' teeth suggest that adult maiasaurs ("good-mother lizards") protected and nurtured their young much the way some modern birds do.
June 25, 2004 |
Under a Wild Sky John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America William Souder North Point Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 368 pp., $25 * In "Under a Wild Sky," William Souder deftly weaves together the story of the self-taught artist and naturalist John James Audubon with the development of scientific inquiry in the early years of the republic and the lives of ordinary Americans as the new nation spilled westward over the mountains from the Eastern seaboard.