Today marks 100 years since the Grand Canyon was designated as a national park. To celebrate, the park will host special events and programs at the park and throughout Arizona during the centennial year. Although afforded federal protection in 1893, the Grand Canyon did not achieve national park status until 1919, three years after the formation of the National Park Service. The Grand Canyon National Park Act, which officially made the Grand Canyon a national park, was signed by President Woodrow Wilson and considered an early success of the conservation movement. Today the Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and welcomes more than 6 million domestic and international tourists a year. Grand Canyon National Park Turns 100 Elephants get drunk on overripe fruit, horses eat hallucinogenic weeds, and now, it appears, dolphins may get high off of pufferfish. Footage from a new BBC documentary, “Spy in the Pod,” reveals dolphins purposely coming into contact with toxic pufferfish, which release a potent defensive chemical when threatened. In small doses, the toxin appears to put the dolphins into a trance-like state. The dolphins were filmed playfully passing the toxic pufferfish between them for 20 or 30 minutes and at one point were observed floating just beneath the surface of the water, apparently mesmerized by their own reflections. A zoologist with the film said that the dolphins’ handling of the pufferfish implied that it was not their first time interacting with the fish in this way. Another species feared extinct, the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was also discovered last week on a remote Galapagos Island. The species had not been seen in more than 110 years when scientists found a single female tortoise, believed to be more than a century old. Scientists think there may be more living Fernandina Giant Tortoises on the island due to tracks and scat they found. The tortoise was taken to a breeding center for giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. Cue Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies.” A single female Wallace’s giant bee, feared extinct for 38 years, was discovered on the Indonesian island of the North Moluccas last week. The world’s largest bee, four times the size of a honeybee, was found living inside a termite’s nest in a tree. The bee’s habitat is threatened by deforestation, and its size makes it a target for collectors. Two species, both thought to be extinct, recently re-discovered in Indonesia and Ecuador Dolphins may use toxic pufferfish to get high
Update on the latest in sports: April 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SAINTS-WINSTONAP source: Saints, Winston in ‘advanced’ negotiationsNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston are working on a contract proposal to make the former Buccaneers starter a backup to Drew Brees. The person says the Saints and Winston are in “advanced” talks. GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guards Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann have declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school.The Gators made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.Nembhard hired an NCAA-certified agent so he can retain his college eligibility and potentially return to school. He returned last year after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.The sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 2019-20. Mann, a freshman, averaged 5.3 points off the bench.Nembhard’s decision comes after two other Florida starters — guard Scottie Lewis and forward Keyontae Johnson — decided to stay in school.The Gators seem to be equipped to handle both potential departures. They have Ques Glover and former Cleveland State standout Tyree Appleby to play the point next season. — Safety Kavon Frazier, who missed most of last season with a pectoral injury, has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Frazier was limited to four games in 2019 for the Dallas Cowboys before going on injured reserve. In four seasons with Dallas, he played 44 games, starting twice, and also contributed on special teams. Frazier becomes the 11th free agent to join the Dolphins this offseason. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2016 out of Central Michigan. NFL DRAFT-TV RATINGSNFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 daysUNDATED (AP) — Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt.The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen. Bull Riding resumes, but no fansGUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break this weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event originally scheduled for Las Vegas. The two-day competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fabiano Vieira won the competition with the only 3-for-3 performance. The 37-year-old Brazilian earned $11,000 and 104 points to jump from 14th to ninth in the season standings.The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17.VIRUS OUTBREAK-ITALYItalian sports to resume training soon NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.The Democrat said “Be creative. Try to figure it out,” during his briefing Sunday. Adding that if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? He’d love to watch.Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams, but he did not identify which ones. They would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.Cuomo said that everybody has to think outside the box, because there is no box.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BULL RIDING The previous high was 6.2 million last year.MLB-CLEVELAND-FURLOUGHSIndians to furlough some employeesCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The team said senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirmed they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1. In other college basketball news:— San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell has declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school. The Aztecs made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures. The school says Mitchell did not hire an agent, allowing him to maintain his collegiate eligibility. Mitchell has until June 3 to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to SDSU for his final season. Mitchell started the season as the sixth man but started the final 19 games. He was named to the All-Mountain West first team.— South Carolina forward A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Lawson is a 6-foot-6 sophomore who also went through the process after his freshman season. Like a year ago, Lawson is not hiring an agent giving him the chance to return to the Gamecocks. Lawson started all 31 games for South Carolina, averaging a team-best 13.4 points a game. Lawson had until Sunday to enter the draft. He has until June 3 to pull his name out and return for his junior season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-CUOMO-BASEBALLGovernor envisions baseball without fans this season Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says professional sports teams can resume training on May 18.The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4.ARKANSAS DERBY Cavallari, Cutler getting divorced after 7 years of marriageCHICAGO (AP) — Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are getting divorced.Cavallari said in an Instagram post Sunday that she and her husband are breaking up after seven years of marriage and a decade together.Cutler played 12 seasons in the NFL with Denver, Chicago and Miami. He was with the Bears from 2009-2016.Cavallari and Cutler have three young children — two sons and a daughter.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told teams last week he was suspending non-player personnel contracts on May 1. Many teams agreed to pay employees through May.Baseball has been shut down since March 12 and the start of the season remains unclear.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARDNembhard declares for draft again Arkansas Derby to be run in 2 divisionsUNDATED (AP) — For the first time, the Arkansas Derby will be run in two divisions next weekend.Both will carry the full 170 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. The race was originally set to have a $1 million purse.Now, each division will be worth $500,000. A total of 22 horses are expected to run on Saturday between the two divisions, including winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Rebel Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Louisiana Derby.CAVALLARI AND CUTLER DIVORCE The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because negotiations were ongoing.Winston passed for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last season but also threw 30 interceptions. Tampa Bay has replaced Winston with ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady.Meanwhile, the Saints says reserve QB Taysom Hill has a new two-year contract.In other NFL news:— Seattle Seahawks veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said he has been released by the team after two seasons as their starting right guard. Fluker posted on Twitter that he had been informed by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider of the decision. The move came two days after Seattle drafted Fluker’s heir apparent in LSU guard Damien Lewis in the third round of the NFL draft. Seattle has also added several interior offensive linemen this offseason, including B.J. Finney, Kahlil McKenzie and Chance Warmack. The move with Fluker will save Seattle about $3.6 million against the salary cap.
Authorities in Delray are reporting that they are currently attempting to diffuse a shooting situation within the Kings Point community.The SWAT team was called to the retirement community on Monday due to the report of a man firing a gun from inside of his house on Normandy Lane.Deputies are reporting that they have made contact with the man and that they believe he is alone in the house.Authorities are asking residents to remain inside their homes and to avoid the area as they attempt to secure the situation.
Submitted by Great Harvest Bread CompanyLocally owned and operated Great Harvest Bread Co. has been part of the Olympia community for nearly a year and a half. When the store opened in January 2011, the lineup of offerings was fairly simple, but thanks to suggestions from customers and staff, they’ve added a little something for everyone!Over the past year, the owners, Jim and Kerry Norem, have met an increasing demand for gluten-free items as well as provided organic wheat and sourdough breads, focaccia and a few new sandwiches! Every month, great care and preparation are taken when adding delicious new items to the menu.Let’s take a look at what goes on at Great Harvest, and see what’s in store for June!One of the most exciting new additions to the menu this month has to be the Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread. This is a 100% whole wheat beer bread made with local beer from Fish Brewing Co. and is one of several premium breads offered. Great Harvest is excited to be baking not only mouth-watering Bacon Cheddar Beer hamburger buns for memorable summer barbecues, but they’re making white, whole wheat and Cheddar Garlic hamburger buns too!For those who desire or require gluten-free baked goods, don’t think they’ve forgotten about you! Gluten-free hamburger buns will be available all summer long, made to order in any flour or amount you desire. Aside from buns, the gluten-free options are plentiful – from delicious scones and cookies to hearty Flax Oat Walnut bread that’s great for sandwiches and toast!Another exciting addition to the gluten-free lineup in June will be our Groovy Granola, which has been a favorite since Great Harvest opened, but now they’ll also be making some with no gluten!While Great Harvest will be providing the premium breads and sweets that you’ve come to love since their grand opening, the focus in June is on summer activities. Jim Norem is excited to provide baked goods and sandwiches to the community while ensuring that you get out and do what you really want: enjoy the sun! “We’ve got energy bars for hiking and great box lunches for road trips and picnics so people can take advantage of the beautiful outdoors,” Jim said. He also said that if anyone needs a specialty item or wants to place an order for a special occasion, all they have to do is call!As you know, Washington summers are beyond compare. With so many barbecues, special events and warm days and nights, why not enjoy and share some quality, hand-made baked goods made right here in Olympia with fresh and local ingredients? Great Harvest is looking forward to a fantastic summer filled with friends, good times and great bread! Facebook29Tweet0Pin0