Nearly 60 different types of fish found in Chicago waterways, study shows
CHICAGO — Amazing what can happen when a city stops dumping massive amounts of bleach into its waterways.Nearly 60 different types of fish are swimming in the Chicago and Calumet rivers these days, up from fewer than 10 during the early 1980s, according to a new study of sampling conducted by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.Common carp are still the species found most frequently by district biologists during their annual monitoring of the rivers and connected channels. Last year they pulled a nearly 40-pound carp swollen with eggs out of the Little Calumet River.But since 2001, bio...
Tropical Storm Isaias leaves more than 1.7 million without power in NY, NJ and Conn.
NEW YORK — Millions of people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were still without power Thursday three days after Tropical Storm Isaias caused outages throughout the tristate area.As of Thursday morning, the high winds and rain from the storm had left more than 620,000 people without power in Connecticut, more than 567,000 facing outages in New York and around 550,000 affected in New Jersey, according to poweroutage.us, which aggregates nationwide utility data.Parts of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are also experiencing outages, but not at such a large scale.So far at least nine deaths...
New York Daily News
Mark Zeigler: Lovable underdog at PGA Championship not a player, but the course
SAN FRANCISCO — They say the layout at TPC Harding Park is like a cinnamon roll, with the front nine wrapped inside the back. As you circumnavigate the closing nine holes and swirl from 13 at the top to 14 down the right side of the roll, you border Lake Merced.There, across the water, staring back at you with its undulating fairways and verdant greens and majestic clubhouse, dignified and erudite, is The Olympic Club, capital T. Its Lake Course (there are two 18s and a nine along the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean) has hosted five U.S. Opens and is the state’s fifth-best course according to Golf...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Isaias could leave some customers in Pa., NJ without power through the weekend
PHILADELPHIA — Regional power companies, aided by out-of-state crews, on Wednesday raced to restore electrical service to more than 600,000 customers that was knocked out Tuesday by Tropical Storm Isaias, and say most customers will be back on line by Thursday or Friday. But some might be without power for days.Peco, which serves Philadelphia and surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, said it had restored service to about three-quarters of the 307,000 customers who lost power Tuesday, and expected 90% to be back online by Thursday.But disappointment awaits some whose service is dif...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Unlikely food source may be behind moose success at Voyageurs Park
Deep in the woods of Voyageurs National Park, on the remote Kabetogama Peninsula just south of Rainy Lake, a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out.The moose inside the park have been dealing with the same challenges as those outside it, from disease to predators to warming temperatures, yet their numbers today are almost identical to what they were in the early 1990s. The question is, why?A team of wolf researchers, which has been painstakingly documenting every summertime kill and meal for wolves in the park, believes ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Lions' Matthew Stafford had 'false positive' test, taken off COVID-19 list
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford does not have COVID-19.The Detroit Lions took their starting quarterback off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, saying he was the victim of a “false positive” test.“Today we removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and onto the Active Roster,” the Lions said in a statement. “As a result of a False-Positive test result, he was forced due to NFL/NFLPA protocols to sit out until he received two negative tests.”Stafford tested negative for COVID-19 in his first two tests upon reporting to training camp last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Lions said in their s...
Detroit Free Press
Quadruple shooting leaves woman dead, 3 injured in north St. Louis
ST. LOUIS — A quadruple shooting early Tuesday in north St. Louis left a woman dead and three other people hospitalized.The shooting occurred about 12:45 a.m. near Semple Avenue and Bircher Boulevard.The four people, all in their 20s, were shot in a vehicle, police said. The woman died at the scene. Two men were stable and a fourth victim was in critical condition, authorities said.Police didn’t release any more details about the shooting.The scene was on the border of the Mark Twain I-70 Industrial neighborhood and the Walnut Park East neighborhood. The Walnut Park East neighborhood has alrea...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
4 bears hit by cars in Yosemite; rangers urge motorists to slow down
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Four black bears have been hit by cars in Yosemite National Park over the last three weeks, leading rangers to urge motorists visiting the famed Sierra Nevada destination to slow down in a summer in which the human traffic has been cut in half because of the coronavirus.Two of the bears died. The other two were injured and it is unclear whether they survived.“Yosemite National Park is a big park,” said Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. “People who come here sometimes are not familiar with the roads or the wildlife. You get bears, foxes, deer and other animals that cross the ...
The Mercury News
Long-lost 1923 silent movie turns up at Chicago Film Archives
CHICAGO — It played in Peoria, and everywhere else.Then, the world’s only remaining copy of a 1923 silent melodrama produced by Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, presumed lost by film historians, remained stashed for decades in a box of unmarked and highly flammable nitrate film reels. The box sat perilously close to a hot-water heater in a closet, in a house, in Peoria.Now, Chicago Film Archives has digitally transferred and restored the rarity titled “The First Degree,” about a sheep farmer with a secret and the climactic courtroom confrontation that spills the beans. Directed by Edwa...
Family travel five: Time for a breath of fresh air
In an era when fresh air is favored, it may be an ideal time to nurture your family’s interest in the natural world.Here are five ways to encourage the next generation of outdoor adventurers.———1. Opt for outside fun.A slew of experts agree that regular, unstructured outside play is critical for a child’s healthy development.To that end, encourage youngsters to head out the door with the freedom to roam, staying safe within set boundaries, guided by their age, environment and experience.Pair free play with plans for regular outdoor activity as a family: opt for cross-country or downhill skiing...