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    An observation — or more like a quip — Pat Foley made to Chicago Cubs manager David Ross illustrated how the retired Blackhawks broadcaster resembles a fish out of water in the world of baseball. Ross said a reporter asked him Saturday about infielder Patrick Wisdom’s injured ring finger, “and (Foley) said, ‘We call that an upper-body injury,’” referring to the tendency in hockey to be cryptic when labeling injuries. “I told him you guys (baseball reporters) don’t like that and why that doesn’t fly here,” Ross said with a laugh. Foley wasn’t in the media room at the time, but he understands that probably won’t be the only culture shock he’ll experience while calling his first game at Wrigley Field during the nightcap of Tuesday’s split doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals. “I haven’t done a baseball broadcast in 20 years. I’ve got some butterflies,” Foley told the Tribune while scoping out the scene in the Cubs clubhouse before Sunday’s series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers. Tuesday’s plan is for Foley to split time between the radio and TV...
    Outspoken parent Amy Boldt K has demanded that Milford High School fire a 10th grade teacher who required students to read aloud passeges from 'In the Time of Butterflies', which she says is filled with 'sex and wickedness' A group of furious Ohio parents want a high school teacher fired after their children were given a historical book to read, which they claim is filled with 'sex and wickedness'.  The 10th grade students at Milford High School, in Milford, were required to read passages of 'In The Time of Butterflies' by Julia Alvarez aloud in class, according to one parent.  The book is a fictional account of the Dominican Republic's Trujillo dictatorship in the 1960s, and follows the Mirabel sisters. The novel was adapted into a film in 2001, and was rated PG-13. In a Facebook post, irate parent Amy Boldt K wrote: 'THIS CONTENT IS EXPLICIT! Our 10th graders are being forced to read this pornography in school! I am disgusted beyond words.  Boldt told parents, who were just as appalled as she was, to contact the principal. She...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Save Monarch Butterflies, Mandate Vaccines For Air Travel, and Protect Voting Rights! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Protect Monarch Butterflies Twice a year, Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles over a...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year. Experts say it is too early to calculate the number of monarchs, which migrate from the U.S. and Canada each year to forests west of Mexico’s capital. A formal survey will be carried out in December. But the butterflies have come to represent an important source of income for the farmers who own much of the pine and fir forest where the monarchs clump together in trees. Already this year, some of the orange-and-black monarchs have settled into trees for the winter. After a devastating drop in tourism because of the pandemic last year, and a 26% drop in the number of butterflies, farmer and tourist guide Silvestre de Jesús Cruz, 49, is pinning his hopes on a better year for both this year. “Last year was a little harder, because there were a lot fewer people. But...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Much greater numbers of Migratory western monarchs have shown up in coastal California, giving people hope for this struggling population. Though the official count has not happened, as it is done by over 100 community scientists on November 13th. There is an obvious incline of numbers this year, especially in comparison to last year where western monarch numbers were at an all-time low. Emma Pelton, a senior conservation biologist and western monarch lead for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, said, “We are overjoyed that migratory monarch butterflies have not disappeared from the western U.S. These early counts give us hope that, if we all work together, we can still bring western monarchs back.” Even though the official monarch count has not begun there have been an estimated 10,000 migratory monarchs in their overwintering sites. Far overshadowing the count of fewer than 2,000 monarchs last year. Like many insects, the monarch population depends greatly on temperature, food sources, and rainfall. All of these factors have most likely contributed to...
    A thief riding a pink bicycle with butterflies on it in New York City robbed a 10-year-old girl of her cell phone before peddling away Wednesday, police said.  The girl was walking to school in Queens around 8 a.m. when a male on a girl's bicycle approached her, the New York Police Department said.  A thief riding a pink bicycle with butterflies on it robbed a 10-year-old girl for her cell phone, police said. (NYPD) He then forcibly took her phone and sped off, authorities said. The girl reported pain in her hand and was treated by a school nurse.  The alleged thief was captured on security cameras getting snacks from a nearby convenience store.  (NYPD) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The NYPD released images of surveillance footage of the suspect on the bike and inside a convenience store buying snacks. 
    PORTAGE PARK — A quaint block between West Berteau and North Lawler avenues is full of native plants and monarch butterflies that have found a home in the pollinator gardens lining the sidewalks, thanks to efforts from one neighbor that have grown far beyond her expectations. Ruta Lietuvninkas, who lives on the block and is a lifelong gardener, began the Berteau Butterfly Garden project last fall as a way to bring the community together, save endangered species and help the environment. While Lietuvninkas is not unique in her efforts, the Berteau Butterfly Garden has gained traction with neighbors and the broader community. They’ve been inspired to start their own gardens, learn about butterfly protection and do their part to beautify their surroundings. As the garden has expanded on the block this summer, so has its reach: Lietuvninkas has welcomed neighbors, families and groups to the garden for show-and-tell sessions with caterpillars and butterflies, gardening days and growing tips. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club ChicagoA very hungry monarch caterpillar noshes away at a leaf as part of the...
    Fetty Wap is a 30-year-old rapper. Jason Kempin/Getty Images Fetty Wap told his fans on Instagram Live to post butterflies as a tribute to his daughter. Lauren Maxwell's mother, Turquoise Miami, revealed on Instagram that the 4-year-old had died. Wap also captioned a picture of Maxwell, "I love you to the moon and back forever and ever best friend." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Fetty Wap spoke about his daughter, Lauren Maxwell, on social media following her death, aged 4. On an Instagram Live video, which was later posted on Twitter, Wap asked his followers to post butterflies in the comments as a tribute to Maxwell. After kissing a photo of his daughter, the 30-year-old rapper said: "Y'all can do me a favor? Just post all butterflies. All butterflies. Shorty [Maxwell] loved butterflies. If you guys could do that, that means a lot." In the video, you can see fans responding with the butterflies emoji. Later that day, Wap posted a picture of his late four-year-old daughter and added the butterfly emoji to the caption. "Hey...
    By Norman Winter This morning I was up early, for me, and could barely make out the plants outside. But I saw the Superbells calibrachoas moving as if a ghost were in their midst and I knew immediately it was a ruby-throated hummingbird wasting no time in the daily feeding ritual. Despite the Proven Winners tag mentioning hummingbirds, it has really been quite the surprise this season. The hummers will visit each and every flower and color as well. I found it humorous they would even spend what I would consider extra time on flowers that had lost their attractiveness. It makes me wonder if an older Superbells Tangerine Punch would age into a Hummingbird cabernet. There have been a lot of other surprises with the Superbells, one being that I planted almost all mine the first week of October. I planted a few extras here and there in April, but my October surprise is something else. By the time you read this I will have had those 10 months. In my zone 8a garden, they have been a lot...
    Mike Nearman: Video appears to show GOP Oregon lawmaker telling protesters how to enter closed state Capitol Boris Johnson got annoyed when Biden mentioned the US and UKs special relationship because he thinks it makes Britain look needy, report says Hokko Life is a life management simulator, and as such, you need to bring in money to spend on all the furniture that the local shop has in stock every few days. However, there’s nothing obvious that you can do to earn loads of money. In fact, it’s quite difficult to build up any sort of savings for that one item you desire. This guide covers a few tips for the best way to earn money in Hokko Life, so you can buy whatever you want. © Provided by GamePur Most of the methods for earning money involve selling items to the shop. In the game’s current state, the shop has a seemingly infinite amount of money, so you can repeat the methods below as much as you want without fear of running the shop owner out of business....
    BUTTERFLIES were released at the funeral Ma'Khia Bryant, the Ohio teen shot dead by police. During an emotional ceremony at the First Church of God in Columbus, the “smart” 16-year-old was remembered for her kindness. 5Pictures of Ma’Khia next to her funeralCredit: Getty 5A butterfly being released in her memoryCredit: Reuters 5Mourners hug each other at the ceremonyCredit: Reuters Ma’Khia was shot four times April 20 by Officer Nicholas Reardon, a moment that was captured on police video. Video showed the knife-wielding teen being shot multiple times amid an altercation with two other females in front of her foster home. But at the memorial she was remembered as a loving family member and a good student with a promising future. Cousin Don Bryant, described Ma’Khia “a smart girl capable of fulfilling all of her dreams” who also “enjoyed sharing her opinions". "But where Ma'Khia is far more advanced than any of us in the family could ever be was through her kindness." “Ma’Khia was a 16-year-old child, a teenage girl who did not deserve this. 5Family and friends paid tribute to...
    BABYLON, New York -- Small businesses across the country have had to pivot throughout the pandemic.Whether that's cutting down staff, making deliveries to customers' homes, or, unfortunately sometimes closing up for good.For Joseph DeBello, owner of Hitch, a lifestyle boutique located in Babylon Village, closing his store was never an option.Throughout the early months of the pandemic, DeBello created various social distancing experiences to keep his customers entertained and give back to charities in need.Related: Artist creates beautiful sculptures from trash she collects to bring awareness to marine pollutionHe wanted to top his Santa Claus in a snow globe event this past December, so he reached out to his next-door neighbors The Boutique and Babylon Mercantile to help him with his next big idea, an immersive butterfly encounter."We wanted to do something for the community and bring people into the space," said Donna Sesto, owner of Babylon Mercantile. "We thought what better way to do that than bring in some butterflies a great interesting educational place so that people can come in, take a look at the butterflies and then...
    BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Struggling merchants in one Long Island village came up with a unique plan to attract shoppers and fund charities with butterflies. They installed a pop-up butterfly greenhouse, and the community is standing in line to get inside. READ MORE: Signs Of Spring: Cherry Blossoms Blooming At Brooklyn Botanic Garden Adjacent to the historic First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Babylon Village, three shopowners opened their interior walls. Customers are invited to walk through one door to another and into the rear courtyard they share. Three-year-old Vahn Gaglio was dragging his parents, again, to the butterfly exhibit there Friday. Adjacent to the historic First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Babylon Village, three shopowners opened a butterfly greenhouse. (Credit: CBS2) A sponge paintbrush is soaked in banana, coconut and fruit punch to attract the Painted Ladies, relatives of the Monarch. There are 125 such butterflies living in the greenhouse. They’re dormant until temperatures reach 75 degrees, then they show off. “Learning the lifecycle of the butterflies and it’s an environment that you wouldn’t have naturally on...
    HEALDSBURG (KPIX) — Jordan Winery in Sonoma County is dedicating eight acres or nearly $800,000 worth of land to help the monarch butterfly. Scientists say the monarch butterfly is in trouble. This year’s annual migration count is a fraction of past years. READ MORE: Stockton Police Seek Publics Help In Search For Missing 15-Year-Old Girl “They had just under two thousand individuals of Monarchs. That is a really sharp decline, 99% decline actually,” said Kelly Rourke, Director of Programs and Operations at Pollinator Partnership. The winery has more than 1200 acres across Anderson Valley, most of it left in the natural state. Now, eight acres will become a permanent butterfly sanctuary. Brent Young , Director of Agricultural Operations showed KPIX 5 the new field where planting has already started. “Behind us we are planting some yarrow, some blue grass,” said Young. “There’s some manzanita trees going in.” READ MORE: Wayward Sea Lion Pup Rescued Near Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Recovering Young said the Jordan family could have planted more vines here but they see...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Palo Alto’s Foothills Park should be open to all Regarding the Palo Alto Foothills Park exclusivity issue(“Residents organize effort to keep nonresidents out of Foothills Park,” Dec 7), it’s very clear what the right answer is. Townships exist to provide shared resources otherwise unavailable to individual property owners. Many resources such as police and fire departments, schools, parks, roads and so on are often shared with neighboring communities as a matter of convenience or practicality. Police and firemen rush to aid other communities when emergencies threaten. And when a city such as San Jose decides to create a park, it does so in the context of a shared resource because that’s what cities do. It doesn’t expect Santa Clara or Milpitas to help fund development. For reasons of practicality and good neighborliness, it doesn’t disallow residents of other cities from using the park. Foothills Park and Boronda Lake should be open to all, including those of lesser social status, or to none. Thomas Battle Los...
    US govt: Upcoming WeChat ban wont target its users The Supper Club Is Far from Over This Lush Garden Is Filled with Ideas for Attracting Bees and Butterflies When his parents purchased a home in Carroll, Iowa, Austin Eischeid saw what many aspiring garden designers dream of: A blank canvas. “I drove home with a car full of plants the weekend they moved in,” says Eischeid, who was working toward a bachelor’s degree in horticulture in nearby Ames at the time. He arrived at their new place with a clear vision of a meadowlike landscape of grasses and flowering perennials. He got the idea after hearing horticulturist Roy Diblik lecture on the beauty of naturalistic gardens and their ability to attract pollinators. Practically speaking, Eischeid saw the approach as a way to give his parents a break from frequent pruning, watering, and mowing. So out went the front yard’s clipped lawn, along with shrubs and overgrown vines in the backyard. In their place, Eischeid arranged plants in drifts as they might grow in a prairie, a move he has...
    PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — One of the joys of the season is the stunning sight of a monarch butterfly. One Long Island woman doesn’t have to go far to catch a glimpse of their awe-inspiring bright colors. She’s raising them in her own house and then sharing the joy with her community, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Monday. Hatching in a suburban Long Island home is one of the most majestic of winged creatures. MORE: Exclusive: Garden City Man Happily Reflects On Living Decades With Tens Of Thousands Of Honeybees Inside His Home Monarch butterflies, thousands of them, are being nurtured by Tanya Clusener, who with no experience decided to study their incredible journey. Soon, an extra room was bursting with every stage of their month-long transformation from the tiny eggs she finds on the back of milkweed leaves to minuscule caterpillars and then, days later, chubby and hungry and shimmying out of their skin. “I get all of the food for these guys from off a roadside, off of a public highway,” Clusener said. Clusener then showed Gusoff a transformation...
    LIVINGSTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A special tribute is on display at a New Jersey hospital, created by nurses and meant to signify the beauty of babies born during a pandemic while offering hope for the future Born two months premature during a pandemic, Evangelina Carrasco is a little fighter. Maternity nurses at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston came up with a project to give expectant parents a little peace — a wall of butterflies called “Delivering Hope.” (Credit: CBS2) “When she was born, she was about half this size. She was really small, so to see her this size, it’s definitely a blessing,” mom Melissa Carrasco, of Wallington, said. The stress of the coronavirus complicated what should have been such a joyful time for the first-time mom. “It was definitely a little disheartening a lot of times,” Carrasco told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. RELATED STORY: Pandemic Baby Boom? More Like Pandemic Baby Bust, As More Couples Avoid Pregnancy: ‘Who Wants To Raise A Child In A Time Like This’ So the caring team of maternity nurses at St. Barnabas Hospital in...
    An Atlanta-based effort to provide and restore needed habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators is expanding statewide. Previously known as the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership, the program has broadened to become the Georgia Pollinator Partnership (GAPP). GAPP’s mission is to create and restore pollinator habitats across Georgia for butterflies, bees, moths, hummingbirds and other animals by informing people about declines in many pollinator species and promoting pesticide-free, native plantings as a solution. The program began as a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Highlands College and National Wildlife Federation. Started in 2009 as the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership, GAPP targeted the rapid and significant changes in the landscape caused by the Atlanta housing boom of the 1990s and early 2000s. These changes contributed to habitat loss, one of the leading causes of native pollinator declines globally. “The Forest Service is proud to have taken a leadership role in initiating the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership and we are excited to see this effort expand...
    US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela McDonald’s is pausing dining room reopenings as covid-19 cases spike Play Better: Three Things to Know About Butterfly Growing Kits for Kids When a very hungry caterpillar (AKA butterfly larva) is fully tanked up, it hangs upside down and encloses itself in a chrysalis. Inside, the caterpillar releases enzymes that dissolve its body into caterpillar goo—saving only a few groups of cells called imaginal discs from being digested into that protein soup. Then the imaginal discs use that goo as a power source to rebuild the caterpillar from the ground up until—voila!—a butterfly emerges. Weirdest news? Scientists think that, even after dissolving and rebuilding, these fluttery friends remember lessons they learned as caterpillars—at least that seems to be true for their moth cousins. © Provided by BetterYou Raise your own butterflies! © Provided by BetterYou This reusable mesh enclosure is big enough to hold the animals and their preferred plants. Caterpillars not included. To hand-raise butterflies, you’ll need a well-constructed habitat. This is usually a mesh terrarium that keeps the...
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