LOS ANGELES >> Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report today. ASSOCIATED PRESS This photo released by the U. S. Geological Survey in 2007 shows a burrowing owl in the Salton Sea, Calif. Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport. LOS ANGELES >> Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report today. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the raptors are a breeding pair that stand guard over a nest. “This is very exciting — a real stunner,” said Pete Bloom, a biologist and avian expert who helped conduct a wildlife survey this month. Scientists attribute the return of the migratory … [Read more...] about Rare owls thrive in ghost town near L.A. airport
LONDON >> The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said today she has given birth to a baby boy. LONDON >> The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said today she has given birth to a baby boy. The family’s lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health. In a recent interview with the Times newspaper, Begum said she had previously lost two babies to illness and malnutrition. News about Begum and her desire to go back to Britain have ignited a debate in the U.K. about how to deal with citizens who joined IS and want to leave Syria now that the extremist group is on the verge of collapse. Begum was one of a group of schoolgirls from London’s Bethnal Green neighborhood who went to Syria to marry IS fighters in 2015 at a time when the group’s online recruitment program lured many … [Read more...] about U.K. teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria, family says
Shannon Heupel Montgomery Advertiser Published 6:38 PM EST Feb 17, 2019 No matter what the law said about it, fear, hate and racism didn’t just switch off like a light in 1963 Montgomery. A new play by Darren J. Butler, with music by songwriter Judy Rodman, brings the story of a 17-year-old African-American girl’s struggle to find her place in that world. It’s being presented at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in Montgomery at The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite St. “It’s all about fear, and how racism is fueled by fear,” Butler said. The show is set in November of 1963, almost 7 years after the U.S Supreme Court declared Montgomery’s bus segregation to be unconstitutional. “Take My Seat” is centered around Maggie, a teenager caught between her mother’s fear and the lingering racism of that era. “She doesn’t really understand where she fits in the world,” Butler said. … [Read more...] about A teen in troubled times: ‘Take My Seat’ set in 1963 Montgomery
click image An 11-year-old boy was arrested at his Lakeland middle school for allegedly being disruptive after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because the U.S. flag and national anthem are "racist." Bay News 9 reports that the confrontation began on Feb. 4 when a substitute teacher named Ana Alvarez asked a class at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy to stand for the pledge. The sixth-grade student refused to stand, telling the substitute that "the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people." It's a pretty logical conclusion to make when you consider that Francis Scott Key owned enslaved black people when he wrote that America was "the land of the free" for the "The Star-Spangled Banner." His mother, Dhakira Talbot, told WTSP 10 that her son normally doesn't stand for the pledge, and the school reportedly doesn't require students to participate. Forcing public school children to salute the flag or say the pledge has been … [Read more...] about A Central Florida boy was arrested after refusing to stand for the ‘racist’ Pledge of Allegiance
AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Got your broomstick handy? No, just for sweeping, for Quidditch! Yes, you read that correctly. The real-life sport inspired by J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" novels is bigger than ever. U.S. Quidditch held South Regional Championship in Auburndale this weekend Now 150 official Quidditch teams across U.S. Sport welcoming to all players More Polk County stories U.S. Quidditch held its South Regional Championship at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale this weekend. Five Florida schools, including USF, FSU, and UF, had teams representing at the tournament. “A lot of people hear 'Quidditch' and they think it's a little 'Harry Potter' club. It’s actually a serious sport,” said Aria Delmar, who plays on FSU’s team. It’s so serious that there are now 150 official Quidditch teams across the country. U.S. Quidditch Executive Director Sarah Woolsey says it’s not all about wizards and broomsticks. … [Read more...] about Not a Potterhead Sport: Qudditch Gaining Popularity Across U.S.