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April 5, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Target has apologized for referring to its "plus-size kimono maxi dress" as manatee gray. This is a mammal, after all, that is sometimes referred to as a sea cow. An irritated shopper tweeted what many saw as an insult. Regular sizes were "dark heather gray," but the plus size got the "manatee" label.  It didn't take long for Target to zap the plus-size gaffe from its website and issue an apology. A spokeswoman told Today.com on Thursday the retailer was sorry for "any discomfort" and never intended to offend.
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August 10, 2013 | By Arnie Cooper
SÃO MIGUEL DOS MILAGRES, Brazil - Anyone who says it's the journey that matters most wasn't trying to navigate through the favelas of Maceió, my launch point for Brazil's Costa dos Corais, or Coral Coast, 50 miles north. Although Maceió has a reputation for crime, the real threat occurred when my GPS had me turn onto Avenida Presidente Roosevelt. Suddenly, I was facing three lanes of traffic heading directly toward me. "What do I do now?" I asked my partner, Chris, who calmly replied, "Just keep going.
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April 5, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Target has apparently stubbed its toe on a touchstone of obesity sensitivity with the color label for one of its plus-size dresses - manatee gray. It's an odd choice of a color name, for sure, one that's also slapped on the discount retailer's towels, sheets and the like. It evokes images of mottled, darkish gray, not entirely lovely tones. And the manatee, though an engaging environmental symbol for its gentle ways and precarious future, isn't exactly a sex symbol. But the backlash provoked by an extra-large-size dress tagged with the color prompted Target to sweep the dress off its racks and issue an apology.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Target is being called out for naming the color of a plus-size dress it carried online "manatee gray" when the same dress in a regular size was labeled "dark heather gray. "  No offense intended, Target says. Different teams were responsible for naming the styles and colors in the different size categories. (And to be fair, when I went to Target's website to check on differences in product names, I found some plus-size garments in the much sleeker sounding "greyhound gray. ") [Forbes]
NEWS
March 15, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After eluding would-be rescuers for nearly two years, a manatee that was being killed slowly by a piece of cord fell for gobs of lettuce and let down her guard long enough to be captured. Biologists cornered the 360-pound manatee, nicknamed Phyllis, in a Coral Gables, Fla., canal and removed the cord, which ringed her body.
NATIONAL
October 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An animal welfare advocate says a wayward manatee rescued from Cape Cod waters died on the way to Florida. Chris Cutter of the International Fund for Animal Welfare says the juvenile male died outside Orlando. The cause of death will be investigated. The animal wandered into a harbor near Dennis, Mass. Wildlife officials who feared for his health in the chilly water decided to pull him out Saturday. Manatees, normally found off Florida and Georgia, stop eating if they get too cold.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Robert Nolin, Sun Sentinel
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As unusual professions go, this one's gotta rank among the oddest. Practitioners work 12-hour shifts, six days a week while basting in sunscreen. Their singular mission: detect and identify one of South Florida's unique residents, the roly-poly sea cow. They are manatee observers, and can be found wherever maritime work might affect the gentle herbivores. Trish Bargo is one such spotter, required by state and federal guidelines to scan South Florida's waterways, from Boynton Beach to Biscayne Bay, in case an endangered herbivore strays too close to a work site.
TRAVEL
September 13, 1998
Having read many glowing reports of that relatively "new" place to go, I decided, as a compulsive if aging traveler, to tackle a trip to Belize. Although there were many items on the plus side, my overall experience was one of fatigue. In order to get to the interesting places on our tour (I don't care much for churches and museums, just nature), it was necessary to spend about 60% of our time in travel, most of it on dirt roads or in little boats we nicknamed the bucking broncos. Yes, we saw waterfalls and impressive Mayan ruins and visited a jaguar preserve and a manatee sanctuary--although we never saw a jaguar or even the nose of a manatee.
TRAVEL
January 11, 1987 | ANN PURCELL and CARL PURCELL, The Purcells are professional photographers.
Most people associate Florida with the glitter of Miami Beach, the fantasy and high-tech of the Walt Disney complex or the hedonistic pleasures of the beaches. We have seen and enjoyed these aspects of Florida, but recently were introduced to another side of that fascinating and complex state. We took a photographic tour of Florida's zoos, animal sanctuaries, state parks and natural attractions.
NEWS
January 19, 1993 | Associated Press
A manatee nursed back to health after being hit by a boat in 1989 has had a baby: a 60-pound, 4-foot boy. The sea cow was born Sunday.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Target has apparently stubbed its toe on a touchstone of obesity sensitivity with the color label for one of its plus-size dresses - manatee gray. It's an odd choice of a color name, for sure, one that's also slapped on the discount retailer's towels, sheets and the like. It evokes images of mottled, darkish gray, not entirely lovely tones. And the manatee, though an engaging environmental symbol for its gentle ways and precarious future, isn't exactly a sex symbol. But the backlash provoked by an extra-large-size dress tagged with the color prompted Target to sweep the dress off its racks and issue an apology.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Target has apologized for referring to its "plus-size kimono maxi dress" as manatee gray. This is a mammal, after all, that is sometimes referred to as a sea cow. An irritated shopper tweeted what many saw as an insult. Regular sizes were "dark heather gray," but the plus size got the "manatee" label.  It didn't take long for Target to zap the plus-size gaffe from its website and issue an apology. A spokeswoman told Today.com on Thursday the retailer was sorry for "any discomfort" and never intended to offend.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2012 | By Debbie Goffa
A St. Petersburg, Fla., woman was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant Saturday after being photographed two months ago riding a manatee. Florida's Manatee Sanctuary Act protects the endangered sea mammal and says in part, “It is unlawful for any person at any time, by any means, or in any manner intentionally or negligently to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb or attempt to molest, harass, or disturb any manatee.” Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53,...
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Robert Nolin, Sun Sentinel
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As unusual professions go, this one's gotta rank among the oddest. Practitioners work 12-hour shifts, six days a week while basting in sunscreen. Their singular mission: detect and identify one of South Florida's unique residents, the roly-poly sea cow. They are manatee observers, and can be found wherever maritime work might affect the gentle herbivores. Trish Bargo is one such spotter, required by state and federal guidelines to scan South Florida's waterways, from Boynton Beach to Biscayne Bay, in case an endangered herbivore strays too close to a work site.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2009 | By David Fleshler
Manatees may rank lower than traditional military menaces like torpedoes or air-to-sea missiles. But a proposal to protect additional habitat for the deceptively gentle, sea-grass-munching creatures could, according to the U.S. Navy, end up reducing habitat for destroyers, aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service soon will make a decision on whether to expand what's called critical habitat for the manatee in Florida and southern Georgia, in response to a petition from several environmental groups.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2009
Cyclists chill on topless ride plans Dozens of bicyclists who planned to go topless to protest the removal of a New York City bike lane switched gears, with some pinning plastic breasts over their jackets as they rolled through a Brooklyn neighborhood in a snowstorm. Bike messenger Heather Loop, who organized the event, said the lane was removed because the neighborhood's Hasidic Jews "can't handle scantily clad women." Some Hasids say the issue is not showing leg but rather a concern for safety for the children being dropped off by school buses.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A manatee that took a swim 700 miles up the Mississippi River eluded a rescue team that hoped to return the animal to the sea. The manatee, about 8 feet long and 1,000 pounds, has been hanging around since at least Sunday in a three-mile channel along the Memphis riverfront. "It's never been recorded before this far up the Mississippi," said Pedro Ramos, a rescue team leader from SeaWorld of Orlando.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1997 | Reuters
A young manatee has been rescued from a Florida storm sewer pipe in which it had been trapped for more than a week, a Sea World spokeswoman said on Friday. The 435-pound manatee was in a stable condition at Sea World marine park in Orlando and is expected to make a full recovery, spokeswoman Kjerstin Ecker said. Ecker said the Banana River manatee became trapped when it swam into the storm drain in search of fresh water. It was unable to turn around and get out as the water level dropped.
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