Chasing Bayla

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Sarah Schweitzer Globe Staff  October 26, 2014 Written by Sarah Schweitzer | Globe Staff Biologist Michael Moore had waited all day — really, all his life — for the whale to surface, the suffering giant he thought he could save, that science had to save. It had come down to this. Thirty meters,” Dr. Michael Moore called out. Moore braced himself against the steel of the Zodiac’s platform tower as the boat closed in on the whale in the heaving Florida waters. Through the rangefinder, he could see the tangled mass of ropes cinched tightly around her. It was impossible to tell where the ropes began and where they ended. This much he knew. The ropes were carving into her. Bayla was in pain. He was tempted to look away. It was almost too much to see. Her V-shaped spray erupted then disappeared into a mist as she slipped beneath the surface. A spot-plane circling overhead radioed. They could still see her silhouette. She hadn’t gone deep. “Get in close if you can,” Moore said to the boat’s driver. Bayla would come up for air again soon. Then he would have his chance. For nearly three decades Moore had dedicated himself to North Atlantic right whales like Bayla. He knew every inch of their anatomy, every detail of the strange and glorious physiology that made them so astoundingly powerful and so utterly defenseless against the ropes. They were majestic and doomed, his love and his burden. He had believed he could save them. But in those thirty years he’d watched too many succumb. Saving just two female whales a year could stabilize a population that humans had driven down to just 450 from the teeming thousands that once greeted settlers to the New World. And so he had raced down the interstate through a driving New England snowstorm after the e-mail had come. The details were grim. Continue Reading

Where are 2017 Orange County dance students going to college?

By Heide Janssen | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 15, 2017 at 10:09 am | UPDATED: June 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 159 dance students. Some plan to go to work and some are taking a gap year, but most are off to college, to study everything from dance to economics to human biology. We’ve listed them by the school they will attend, including their major and minor fields of study, statements about how the arts have influenced their plans, and their reason for choosing the institute they’ll be headed to. $ = scholarship received Kathleen De Nicola, OCSA UCLA: dance (Photo courtesy of Kathleen De Nicola)Natalie Conn, Orange Lutheran Pace University: commercial dance (Photo courtesy of Natalie Conn)Alissa Harris, Western San Francisco State University: drama major; dance, undeclared minor (Photo courtesy of Alissa Harris)Sophia Yacap (left), Santa Margarita Catholic UC Santa Barbara: dance (Photo courtesy of Sophia Yacap)Samuel Peñaloza, Godinez Fundamental UC Santa Barbara: dance (Photo courtesy of Samuel Peñaloza)Samantha Grayson, OCSA Princeton University: economics, undeclared major; dance, minor (Photo courtesy of Samantha Grayson)Parker Vornholt, Fullerton Union UC Davis: animal biology (Photo courtesy of Parker Vornholt)Michelle Urquidi, Brea Olinda Cal State Fullerton: health science (Photo courtesy of Michelle Urquidi)Marissa A. Perez, OCSA UCLA: dance, and world arts and culture (Photo courtesy of Marissa A. Perez)Maddie Eng, OCSA New York University: art history (Photo courtesy of Maddie Eng)Laura Mackenzie, Early College UC Berkeley: environmental and marine sciences (Photo courtesy of Laura Mackenzie)Kyle Schrader, Edison Pace University: commercial dance major; business, minor (Photo courtesy of Kyle Schrader)Kiara Velasquez, Cypress Cal State Fullerton: criminal justice major; psychology, minor (Photo courtesy of Kiara Continue Reading


When Grace goes looking for the Traverses’ summer house, in the Ottawa Valley, it has been many years since she was in that part of the country. And, of course, things have changed. Highway 7 now avoids towns that it used to go right through, and it goes straight in places where, as she remembers, there used to be curves. This part of the Canadian Shield has many small lakes, which most maps have no room to identify. Even when she locates Sabot Lake, or thinks she has, there seem to be too many roads leading into it from the county road, and then, when she chooses one, too many paved roads crossing it, all with names that she does not recall. In fact, there were no street names when she was here, more than forty years ago. There was no pavement, either—just one dirt road running toward the lake, then another running rather haphazardly along the lake’s edge. Now there is a village. Or perhaps it’s a suburb, because she does not see a post office or even the most unpromising convenience store. The settlement lies four or five streets deep along the lake, with houses strung close together on small lots. Some of them are undoubtedly summer places—the windows already boarded up, as they always were for the winter. But many others show all the signs of year-round habitation—habitation, in many cases, by people who have filled the yards with plastic gym sets and outdoor grills and training bikes and motorcycles and picnic tables, where some of them sit now having lunch or beer on this warm September day. There are other people, not so visible—students, maybe, or old hippies living alone—who have put up flags or sheets of tinfoil for curtains. Small, mostly decent, cheap houses, some fixed to withstand the winter and some not. Grace would have turned back if she hadn’t caught sight of the octagonal house with the fretwork along the roof and doors in every other wall. The Woods house. She has always remembered it as Continue Reading

The New American Slavery: Invited To The U.S., Foreign Workers Find A Nightmare

MAMOU, Louisiana — Travis Manuel and his twin brother, Trey, were shopping at Walmart near this rural town when they met two Mexican women who struck them as sweet. Using a few words of Spanish he had picked up from his Navy days, Travis asked the two women out on a double date.Around midnight the following Saturday, when they finished their shift at a seafood processing plant, Marisela Valdez and Isy Gonzalez waited for their dates at the remote compound where they lived and worked.As soon as they got in the Manuel brothers’ car, the women began saying something about “patrón angry,” Travis recalled. While he was trying to puzzle out what they meant, his brother, who was driving, interrupted: “Dude,” Trey said. “There’s someone following us.”Trey began to take sudden turns on the country roads threading through the rice paddies that dot the area, trying to lose the pickup truck behind them. Finally, they saw a police car.“I said, we’re gonna flag down this cop” for help, Travis recalled. “But the cop pulled us over, lights on, and told us not to get out of the vehicle,” Trey added, noting that the pickup pulled up and the driver began conferring with the police.An officer asked Trey and his brother for ID. From the backseat, their dates began to cry.Travis tried to reassure them. They weren’t doing anything wrong, he said, and they were in the United States. “I was like, ‘There’s no way they are going to take you away.’”He was wrong.The man in the truck was the women’s boss, Craig West, a prominent farmer in the heart of Cajun country. As Sgt. Robert McGee later wrote in a police report, West said that Valdez and Gonzalez were “two of his girls,” and he asked the cops to haul the women in and “scare the girls.”The police brought the women, who were both in their twenties, to the station house. McGee told them Continue Reading

NYC holiday store windows 2017 list: What you’ll see

The holiday season in New York City always includes a little magic, starting with a trip to ogle the fancifully decorated windows at some of the city's iconic department store.This year’s holiday windows offer a mix of tradition with technology.The tradition of decorating store windows for the holidays dates back to the early 1870's when Macy's department store started dressing their windows for the Christmas season.  2017 THANKSGIVING GUIDE: Pies, cider, turkey tips THANKSGIVING PARADES: New Rochelle, Macy's and Stamford COOKIE CONTEST: Share your holiday cookie recipes!  In 2017, you'll see tributes to the past mixed in with the present with window displays that now include animation and new technology storyboards. Check back to see more new windows as they launch. This year there are five animated windows along with fashion windows and an additional 13 smaller windows filled with holiday flair at Lord & Taylor. Each incorporates snow globes to help tell the story. The windows depict a circus scene, polar bears playing in the Arctic and Santa’s workshop."Inside a snow globe everything is precious and sweet and fun and it's always snowing and it’s always magical," says Roe Palermo, divisional vice president of store visuals for Lord & Taylor.  "That’s part of the whimsy of the windows, and each snow globe has a little treat inside each one.""The inspiration is really to give the viewer and audience a little touch of fun," Palermo says. "Christmas is about tradition — it is about just enjoying the moment."Palermo estimates a million people stop, walk by or drive past the flagship Fifth Avenue store windows to get a dose of Christmas magic.In one, there's a  contemporary Santa looking thinner than in traditional Christmas stories.  In Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby Festival fashion show tips, Derby hat sales, gifts & more

The Macy's Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show is fast approaching on Thursday, March 30, at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The annual event is the perfect opportunity to get ideas for your spring and Derby wardrobe.Ahead of the show, Terri Cardwell, a personal stylist at Macy's Oxmoor, offers these tips for both men and women as we shed our drab winter wear and head into the brighter months of spring.For ladies,"modern romance is in the air this spring, with wonderfully poetic and ultra femme fashion everywhere you look," according to Cardwell. These are the three must-have trends to update your wardrobe this season:For men, Cardwell said, "this spring, revisit the classic idea of preppy, but through a uniquely modern lens." Men's must-have trends include:For tickets and more information about the Macy's Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show, visit You can also shop Cardwell's top spring trends at Macy's at Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Road.Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Ave., is getting ready to host its ninth annual "Hats on the Avenue." The multi-day event is a tableside fashion show that takes place every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., beginning April 5-May 3.Models will show off one-of-a-kind, custom-made Derby hats, accessories and ensembles from various local boutiques and milliners as you enjoy your meal. The "Hats on the Avenue," lineup is: April 5, Margaret’s Consignment, 2700 Frankfort Ave.; April 12, Mysterious Rack, 558 S 4th St.; April 19, Liv Boutique, 3704 Lexington Road; April 26, LuluBelles, 10638 Meeting St., Prospect; and May 3, Margaret’s Consignment.Guests will also enjoy half-price bottles of wine, live jazz music and giveaways during each of the five shows. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 502-899-9904 or emailing [email protected] For more information, visit Creations, Louisville’s International Fair Trade Continue Reading

Fall music lineup: Industry’s greatest, like Nirvana, Kelly Clarkson, Ryan Adams return with latest

Where have all the superstars gone? They've certainly made themselves more scarce this fall, a period when they're usually as common as court appearances by Lindsay Lohan. To be sure, a fistful of sure-fire sellers are locked and loaded for release, including Coldplay, Drake, Nickelback, Mary J. Blige, Lady Antebellum and Susan Boyle. There's also fresh work aborning from Kelly Clarkson, Joe Jonas and Akon, though none of those releases can be considered guaranteed smashes. What would have been a biggie — Metallica — limited the sales potential of its latest work by design. It's an arty collaboration with Lou Reed, not exactly a name bound to wow the band's metal-loving core. Part of the relative paucity of can't-miss hits has to do with the continuation of a trend from the past few years in which the major labels stopped segregating their top-shelf items to the leaf shedding season. Instead they began doling them out over the year, the better to avoid eating into each other's press attention and market potential during increasingly dicey times. More, this year the industry can't repeat a recent pattern in which the heavy hitters of hip hop waited until right before Christmas to put out their most potentially lucrative works. They already blew the wad this summer with a new CD from Lil Wayne plus that pas de deux between Jay-Z and Kanye West. Yet, there's a deeper and more distressing reason for the downshift in blockbuster likelies: At this point, there simply aren't enough pop superstars to go around. Perhaps you've heard? The music business isn't exactly soaring these days. Worse, they can't expect things to get much better, given the ever diminishing sales patterns created by the Internet's war on monetization. All this goes a long way toward explaining why the most exciting releases of the fall — and there is no shortage of them — come from either newer names, historic-minded releases or stars who command substantial Continue Reading

DuPont finance officer favors corporate style with edge

WHO: Jermonica Boardley, 40, of Bear, finance leader at DuPont Corp.WHY: She was nominated by Rafael Pagan, who says: “I have been working with Jermonica for the last several months and I noticed right away that she was stylish and classy, very well dressed.  It is not only her clothes but her entire presentation, with hair and makeup. She is a beautiful person, inside and out.”HER STYLE: Classy and professional, with a twist. “I like to look corporate, then add a little bit of an edge to it.”  WEARING, near her home:FIRST OUTFIT — Black Missing Parts top from On and Off the Runway Boutique (“I love this top because it’s dramatic, like me. Nothing wrong with a little drama;” blue Belle + Sky distressed jeans from JCPenney; classic black pumps by Christian Louboutin ("My 10-year wedding anniversary gift to myself”); black and bling Chanel cuff from ChicBella; Bling Bling statement necklace from I'm YOUnique Boutique; black Leith Clutch from Nordstrom Rack Z ("my go-to clutch for date nights); gold and silver watch by Michele (“A special ‘just because’ gift from my hubby. I just love him”).  SECOND OUTFIT — White a.n.a. asymmetric peplum long-sleeve, Y-neck woven blouse from JCPenney (“I love anything peplum. It’s flattering to any shape”); Alyx stretch black pants from JCPenney; black, gold and snakeskin Coach pumps from Macy's (“a steal on clearance”); black and gold statement necklace from I'm YOUnique Boutique; black and gold Vince Camuto bangle from Macy's; signature shoulder bag from Louis Vuitton, a first anniversary gift from her husband; and black and gold big face watch by Michael Kors.THIRD OUTFIT — Feathers and sheer top from Fashionable Fashions Boutique in Newark, New Jersey (“When I step out I like to look classy with a little flare”); TOV black leather maxi Continue Reading

There’s more to Mumbai than ‘Slumdog Millionaire’; it’s India’s cultural capital

Travelers have long been drawn to India for its ornate palaces, ancient temples and yoga-centric ashrams. But the Oscar-nominated movie "Slumdog Millionaire" has thrust Mumbai, the country's largest and often overlooked city, into the international limelight. While the film touches on the grittier side of this teeming metropolis, Mumbai is where the heart of India truly beats - it's the cultural, fashion and business capital, and home to Bollywood, the world's biggest film industry. Despite the recent terrorist attacks, there's never been a better time to visit this colorful city. It's brimming with new hotels, clothing and jewelry designers, a burgeoning culinary scene and sightseeing to impress even the most seasoned history buffs. It's also extremely affordable right now. If you're cash-strapped - and really, who isn't these days? - you'll be able to stretch your travel dollars further with the right airfare and hotel bargains. Because it's a revved-up spot that's churning at every hour, Mumbai is also ideal if you're seeking constant activity. It's also an especially attractive getaway because of its Arabian Sea setting, which means 80-degree weather much of the year. You can get a good taste of Mumbai in three to five days, so it's easy to make a stop here as part of a longer trip to India. The main areas in the city are SoBo (short for South Bombay); Juhu and Bandrab, which are north, and Worli, which is situated in between. Unlike Manhattan, where getting from uptown to downtown is a quick subway ride, traveling from north to south here can easily span two hours, thanks to seemingly endless traffic. But yellow cabs are abundant, and a ride will rarely cost more than $5. The bulk of any stay, however, should revolve around the nonstop action in SoBo. One of the best ways to soak up the ambiance in Mumbai is to stroll along Marine Drive, a favorite hangout of locals right on the sea that pulsates 24 hours a day. If "Slumdog" piqued your Continue Reading

Guide to Milwaukee-area local shopping for the holidays

Shopping at small, local businesses this holiday season can not only help you find unique or locally made gifts, it can also make the gift-buying experience an event in itself (and not one marked by crowded parking lots and lines at the mall).An afternoon perusing shops with a friend is a fun, productive way to explore a new part of the city. Grab a coffee or a snack at somewhere that isn't a food court, discover products made within a few miles of your house and give the added gift of support to a neighbor's small business.You may be familiar with some of the Milwaukee area's popular spots for boutique shopping — the Third Ward, Wauwatosa's village, downtown Cedarburg — but have you ever considered spending an afternoon shopping Vliet St.? How about downtown Greendale?Here's a closer look at a few shopping destinations that are worth paying a visit this holiday season, plus suggestions for small businesses to check out in a variety of locations throughout the metro area. Washington HeightsVliet St. has seen a retail resurgence over the past few years, with a number of well-curated shops popping up. Start at 54th and W. Vliet St. and work your way west.ReSource, 5328 W. Vliet St., is a design and gift shop with a green twist. You'll find upcycled furniture and home décor items by Dino Jones, who co-owns the shop with Christopher Dobs and Dan Block.A few buildings down the road you'll find another shop owned by Dobs and Block, Urban Sense, 5402 W. Vliet St. The scent of natural evergreen and fresh floral greets you at the door of this flower shop, which also sells gifts like leather watches, silver and beaded jewelry and a variety of well-designed pots and vases. Perhaps you know someone who would enjoy a grow-your-own-cocktail kit ($38.50), a box with seeds and supplies to grow the necessary herb plus a muddler, mason jar shaker, strainer and recipe, like Basil Bourbon Smash or Mint Mojito. Or pick Continue Reading