BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 29 July, 2016


29 July, 2016

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Mark Morford: Farewell, Roger Ailes. Take Trump with you? (SF Gate)
Never doubt there is a divine and fearful symmetry afoot, usually for the better but then again, these days, who can say?

Mark Morford: "The $300,000 SUV: Bentley's gorgeous obscenity" (SF Gate)
Here's a fun thing you can do - if by "fun" you mean "shamelessly obscene, totally silly and sort of karmically destructive." Why not treat yourself to a long, luxurious visit to the Bentley Bentayga luxury SUV online configurator? Hey, you could do a lot worse.

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Seth Meyers: Hey! A Message to Bernie or Bust Die-Hards (YouTube)
Seth has some strong words for a certain faction of Bernie Sanders supporters.

Hillary Clinton, 45th President of the United States, patriarchy smasher, bad motherfucker: Let Me Remind You Fuckers Who I Am (Medium; Yeah, It's a Parody)
What the fuck is your problem, America??
I'm Hillary goddamn Clinton. I'm a political prodigy, have been since I was 16. I have an insane network of powerful friends. I'm willing to spend the next eight years catching shit on all sides, all so I can fix this fucking country for you. And all you little bitches need to do is get off your asses one goddamn day in November.

David Roberts: Hillary Clinton's climate and energy policies, explained (Vox)
Media coverage of the Democratic primary has not shed much light on Hillary Clinton's proposals for climate change and clean energy policy. But oh, she has proposals. Lots of them! I read the white papers. And I called the campaign to talk through some of the specifics and the broader political thinking that informs them.

Hillary Clinton: How I'd Rein In Wall Street (NY Times)
SEVEN years ago, the financial crisis sent our economy into a tailspin. Over five million people lost their homes. Nearly nine million lost their jobs. Nearly $13 trillion in household wealth was wiped out. Under President Obama, our economy has come a long way back. Our businesses have created more than 13 million jobs. People's savings are being restored. And we have tough new rules on the books, including the Dodd-Frank Act, that protect consumers and curb recklessness on Wall Street.

Hillary Clinton's Infrastructure Plan: Building Tomorrow's Economy Today
In America, we build great things together. President Lincoln's transcontinental railroad fueled the growth of a nation and a continent. President Eisenhower's interstate highway system drove the rise of the strongest middle class in history. President Roosevelt helped to build the Hoover Dam and power the rise of the American Southwest. For nearly two centuries, our great public works have transformed the American landscape and opened up new markets. They have connected Americans to jobs, to schools, and to one another. They have paved the way to U.S. prosperity-sometimes literally.

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What is the name of this cartoon character?

       Yosemite Sam                                                      Source

Yosemite Sam is an American animated cartoon character in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The name is somewhat alliterative and is inspired by Yosemite National Park. Along with Elmer Fudd, he is the de facto archenemy of Bugs Bunny. He is commonly depicted as an extremely aggressive gunslinging prospector, outlaw, pirate, or cowboy with a hair-trigger temper and an intense hatred of rabbits, Bugs particularly. In cartoons with non-Western themes, he uses various aliases, including "Chilkoot Sam" (named for the Chilkoot Trail; Sam pronounces it "Chilli-koot") in 14 Carrot Rabbit (although in the same cartoon, when he tries to gain Bugs Bunny's trust, he cleverly invents alias "Square-deal Sam"), "Riff Raff Sam" in Sahara Hare, "Sam Schultz" in Big House Bunny, "Seagoin' Sam" in Buccaneer Bunny, "Shanghai Sam" in Mutiny on the Bunny, and "Sam Von Schamm the Hessian" in Bunker Hill Bunny and many others. During the Golden Age of American animation, Yosemite Sam appeared in 33 shorts.

Animator Friz Freleng introduced the character in the 1945 cartoon Hare Trigger. With his grumpy demeanor, fiery temper, strident voice and short stature (in two early gags in Hare Trigger, a train he is attempting to rob passes right over top of him and he has to use a set of portable stairs to get on his horse; in Bugs Bunny Rides Again, he rides a miniature horse), and fiery red hair, Sam was in some ways an alter-ego of Freleng. The animator often denied any intentional resemblance. However, in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, surviving members of his production crew assert, and the late director's daughter acknowledges, that Sam definitely was inspired by Freleng. Other influences were the Red Skelton character Sheriff Deadeye and the Tex Avery cartoon "Dangerous Dan McFoo".        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Yosemite Sam

mj said:
   That rootin', tootin', shootin'
  Character is Yosemite Sam.

Alan J wrote:
   Yosemite Sam.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Yosemite Sam

Stephen F replied:
   Yosemite Sam

Adam answered:
   Yosemite Sam.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   That there is Yosemite Sam, the hootinst, tootinist, shootinist bobtail wildcat in the west!

Marian said:
   Yosemite Sam

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Yosemite Sam."

Deborah responded:
   Oh, this one I know - that's Yosemite Sam.
  My husband took yesterday off, and after we walked the dogs 2-½ miles and worked in the garden we took the tandem bike out for a ride, up to the next town north for lunch. It was in the 90s when we left, and 105* on the 12 mile ride home. Wow. Despite having plenty of water and electrolytes to drink, we both spent at least 15 min. on the tile floor in the kitchen, a box fan blowing on us, to cool down. Our dogs licked out legs and I felt like a living salt lick. Today is predicted to be 106 and 17% humidity. I'm not riding after 10 a.m. Happy Friday Jr.

zorch answered:
   Yosemite Sam.

Gene replied:
   That's Yosemite Sam, who is somewhat modeled on Warner Cartoons Director Friz Freiling, especially his angry outbursts. Sam doing the buck dance is modeled on another person in the Warner's crew. I don't remember which one-information form one or the other volumes of Chuck-Amuck, Chuck Jones's autobiographies.

Daniel in The City said:
   Yosemite Sam

DJ Useo replied:
   What a crazy character that Yosemite Sam is. I wonder if any cartoon ladies have ever dated him? I am doubtful.
  Many congratulations, & thanks for 15 great years of BARTCOP E, Marty!

BttbBob   answered:
   That, is the rootin'est, tootin'est, rabbit-wrasslin' rascal that ever mounted an Old West mule... Yosemite Sam... Dagnab right, ya galootin' varmints.


  Ol' Sam, whose real name is Samuel Michelangelo Rosenbaum (bet you didn't know that) had other entertaining manifestations, too.... a pirate captain, an Indian Chief, an Arabian warrior, A Hessian, a Confederate Colonel, a prison guard all come to mind... I'm a big fan.


  But, consider this - Sam, with all of his numerous manifestations, proves then, without a doubt, that parallel universes do, in fact, exist... Except for Bugs, now - Bugs is Bugs everywhere at any time... Fact... Bugs is THE ONE universal constant, you see... Which would make Bugs... Un-huh... Yeah, that's right... I just turned yer whole world upside down, now, didn't I?


  Dr. Sheldon Cooper can only wish that he could've figured all that out...


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MAM   wrote:
   Yosemite Sam ~ aka Samuel Michelangelo Rosenbaum, loud western figure of Looney Tunes. He is the primary antagonist of Bugs Bunny.

Joe S     took the day off.

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally has retired.




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Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

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Last Night

Still hot, more humid.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert it's a DNC recap.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/17/16) are Kate Beckinsale, Bill Hader, and Catfish & the Bottlemen.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Margot Robbie, Nick Cannon, and Martha Stewart.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 7/21/16) are Leslie Jones, Carlo Mirarchi, and Atom Willard.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/16/16) are Jonah Ray, White Mystery, and Jay Roach.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/19/16) are Kristen Bell, Dave Franco, and Domo Genesis featuring Anderson Paak.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'MADtv'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bones', followed by a RERUN 'MasterChef'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows', followed by the movie 'True Grit', then the movie 'US Marshals'.

BBC  -   
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Descent (Part 1)
 [.8:00PM]    GOODFELLAS
 [11:30PM]    GOODFELLAS
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Descent (Part 1)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo First Looks', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', followed by the movie 'Coyote Ugly'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Liar, Liar', followed by 'Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle' (day 1), then the FRESH 'Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle' (day 2).
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Sen. Cory Booker.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Gary Johnson.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Brendon Walsh and Jesse Joyce.

FX has the movie 'The Other Woman', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then the movie 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH
 [8:15AM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2
 [10:15AM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH - PART III
 [10:30PM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH
 [12:45AM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2
 [4:45AM]    MARON-The Bookstore
 [5:15AM]    MARON-Bookend
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Control
 [8:30AM]    I Love You, Beth Cooper
 [11:00AM]    Leaving Las Vegas
 [1:30PM]    Groundhog Day
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Soldier of Fortune
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Possession
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Myth of Fingerprints
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Again
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Second Opinion
 [8:59PM]    Law & Order-Coma
 [9:58PM]    Law & Order-Blue Bamboo
 [10:57PM]    Law & Order-Family Values
 [11:56PM]    Law & Order-White Rabbit
 [12:55AM]    The A Word-Therapy
 [2:15AM]    Groundhog Day
 [4:45AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Showrunners
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Shark Night 3D', followed by a FRESH 'Killjoys', then a FRESH 'Dark Matter'.

TCM spends the night with Olivia de Havilland
 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #23 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      Shadow On The Wall (1950)
 [8:00 AM]      The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)
 [9:30 AM]      Night Into Morning (1951)
 [11:00 AM]      It's A Big Country (1952)
 [12:45 PM]      Talk About A Stranger (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Shadow in the Sky (1951)
 [3:30 PM]      That Hagen Girl (1947)  [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [5:00 PM]      Hellcats Of The Navy (1957)   [WARNING: stars Nancy Davis]   [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [6:30 PM]      Crash Landing (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The 5th Musketeer (1979)
 [10:00 PM]      The Swarm (1978)
 [12:15 AM]      Light In The Piazza (1962)
 [2:15 AM]      Libel (1959)
 [4:00 AM]      The Male Animal (1942)

Saturday   -  07/30/16

 [6:00 AM]      Government Girl (1943)
 [7:45 AM]      Princess O'Rourke (1943)
 [9:30 AM]      Ace Drummond: Secret Service (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      Ace Drummond: The Mountain of Jade (1936)
 [10:30 AM]      Ace Drummond: The Dragon Commands (1936)
 [11:00 AM]      Ace Drummond: The Squadron of Death (1936)
 [11:30 AM]      Ace Drummond: The World's Akin (1936)
 [12:00 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [2:00 PM]      The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
 [4:00 PM]      The Wild North (1952)
 [5:45 PM]      Logan's Run (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968)
 [11:15 PM]      The Lineup (1958)
 [1:00 AM]      Girlfriends (1978)
 [2:45 AM]      Thank God It's Friday (1978)
 [4:15 AM]      ABBA: The Movie (1977)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Academy Award winning nominated, Golden Globe winning actor Michael Keaton poses at a ceremony awarding him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Photo by Nick Ut


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Can't Use 'Colbert Report' Character on CBS

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert will never appear on Stephen Colbert>'s show ever again.

We'll let the "Late Show" host explain below - he's referring to a bit from last week in which he and Jon Stewart brought back the popular "Colbert Report" host character.

"Immediately after that show, CBS' top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character Stephen Colbert is their intellectual property," the real Colbert said. "So, it is with a heavy heart, that I announce that - thanks to corporate lawyers - the character of Stephen Colbert, host of 'The Colbert Report,' will never be seen again."

Instead, on Wednesday, the late-night personality brought in "Stephen Colbert's identical twin cousin," Stephen Colbert. That guy seems to love America just as much as the other dude, and can arch an eyebrow with the best of them. He also said the "Colbert Report" host was probably gay - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Additionally, since actual human Stephen Colbert can also no longer legally perform his famous Comedy Central-era segment "The Word," the "Late Show" host introduced the world to the "Werd." It was equally great.

Stephen Colbert


Singer Katy Perry takes the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Photo by Paul Sancya


Leads Anti-Trump Pledge

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston, who played President Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway and HBO, appeared Tuesday on a civil rights panel with 1960s-era activists and signed on to an anti-Donald Trumpcampaign with more than 100 other celebrities at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Cranston was joined by Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo, Neil Patrick Harris, Shonda Rhimes and Macklemore in calling on Americans to deny Trump the White House. It's part of's "United Against Hate" effort.

The Breaking Bad star pledged his support for Hillary Clinton during the panel discussion, which touched on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party's fight against the state's all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic convention.

Cranston's film All the Way chronicles the tumultuous struggle that led to passage of the Civil Rights Act. Cranston said sharing the stage with the activists who played real-life roles in civil rights history made him feel like a "cubic zirconia on a stage with diamonds."

As an actor, he said he's baffled that his opinions should be taken more seriously than anybody else's.

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American Sniper Fans Dismayed

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper lost some Republican fans after attending the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Conservatives took to social media to complain about the actor as cameras repeatedly cut to him while he watched the speeches.

"I have a list of celebrities that support Socialsim I refuse to spend another $ on," one Twitter user wrote, posting a picture of Cooper concentrating at the convention. "Add this one. Boycott them all."

Cooper was among many celebrities who have attended the convention, including Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham and America Ferrera. But Republicans were angered by Cooper's attendance in particular because he played Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the Clint Eastwood film American Sniper. Kyle became a hero for conservatives, and apparently some thought Cooper held the same political views.

Bradley Cooper


Singer Carole King performs during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


Looking For A Beer Historian

The Smithsonian

How much do you know about beer? If it's a lot, you should consider working for the Smithsonian. They're looking for a "beer historian" for a new exhibit on American craft beer. If you think that might be you, you should check out the job listing and send in your resume by August 10.

According to Smithsonian Museum of American History curator Paula Johnson, the craft beer history is part of a larger exhibit on post-WWII food history. The same exhibit covers things like wine and farmers markets.

If you do get the job, you'll be conducting research on the history of American beer and helping to put together the exhibit. No word on whether the job will require tasting beer as well, but we imagine that's a perk.

The Smithsonian


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Responds After His Slavery Comments

Bill O'Really

Bill O'Reilly responded Wednesday night to a slew of criticism about how he said the slaves , who Michelle Obama had said built the White House, "were well-fed and had decent lodgings" during his Tuesday show.

After people took to social media to rip into O'Reilly for what was perceived as downplaying the horror of slavery, the O'Reilly Factor host called it "a given that slavery is an abomination." During his show and online, O'Reilly said the blowback mischaracterized the nature of his comments.

"As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and other staples, also decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building," O'Reilly continued. "That is a fact. Not a justification, not a defense of slavery."

Bill O'Really

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Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen appear during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill


Court Rules

Sheldon Adelson

A U.S. court has ruled that a Hong Kong businessman's role in arranging meetings between Las Vegas Sands and Chinese government officials helped the casino company secure a license in Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub.

The Nevada Supreme Court's ruling on July 22 came after it granted a rehearing in a 12-year legal battle between Las Vegas Sands and Richard Suen. In March the court had found "insufficient evidence" to support a May 2013 jury verdict in favour of Suen and Round Square Co, a company he partially owns, and ordered a new trial to determine damages.

Suen had sued Las Vegas Sands in 2004 after negotiations on payment fell through. The Hong Kong businessman claimed he arranged meetings in Beijing between chairman Sheldon Adelson and Chinese officials that helped pave the way for Sands to build, finance and operate casinos in Macau.

The court said last week, "we conclude Round Square presented substantial evidence that facilitating the Beijing meetings benefitted LVSI."

It also reiterated its March decision to overturn a $70 million jury award against Sands and ordered a new hearing to decide how much Sands needs to pay, according to court documents.

Sheldon Adelson


Sheila E and the E Family perform at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016.
Photo by Gary Cameron


Drops 3 Longtime Castmembers

'Sesame Street'

Three longtime Sesame Street castmembers have been axed from the long-running children's show.

Bob McGrath (who played music teacher Bob), Emilio Delgado (fix-it shop owner Luis) and Roscoe Orman (science teacher Gordon) have all been let go from the series. The trio portrayed human characters who interacted with the Muppets.

McGrath broke the news earlier this month in a Q&A at Florida Supercon, but his comments only started getting attention Wednesday after The MuppetCast podcast posted it.

"As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year," McGrath said during the Q&A. "And the show has gone under a major turnaround, going from an hour to a half-hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original castmembers go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka - who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us - and Chris Knowings, who is also young."

Muraoka plays Alan, the owner of Hooper's Store, and Knowings plays Chris, who works at the store. McGrath also said that Loretta Long, the actress who plays Gordon's wife, Susan, will remain with the show.

'Sesame Street'


Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabaar speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


Judge Allows Competency Suit To Proceed

Sumner Redstone

A Massachusetts judge Thursday ruled that a lawsuit may proceed challenging the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone when he ousted longtime business ally Philippe Dauman from his trust.

The ruling is the latest twist in the drama surrounding the health and mental capacity of 93-year-old Redstone, who controls entertainment conglomerate Viacom as well as television group CBS.

Judge George Phelan of the Massachusetts Probate Court said the state has jurisdiction to rule on Redstone's competency when he reorganized the trust for his holding company, National Amusements.

Dauman, who is chief executive of Viacom, and fellow Viacom board member George Abrams sued in Massachusetts alleging that Redstone's daughter Shari effectively wrested control of her father's business empire with the nonagenarian unable to act competently.

The judge did not rule on the substance of the case but said the case may proceed to determine if Redstone is mentally fit to make decisions on National Amusements, which is the hub for the other major companies and his personal fortune of some $5.4 billion.

Sumner Redstone


An installation called "Sundae Stag" by P.J. Linden is among ice cream-themed works of art previewed at the Museum of Ice Cream, Thursday July 28, 2016, in New York. The museum opens on Friday and runs through Aug. 31.
Photo by Bebeto Matthews


Has Never Been Lower


The US homeownership rate is at an all-time low.

On Thursday, the Census Bureau's quarterly report showed that the share of Americans who own a home fell to 62.9% in the second quarter, matching 1965 for the lowest reading on record.

A growing number of people are choosing to rent instead of buy homes as a longer-term plan, according to Zillow chief economist Svenja Guddell.

This is especially true for millennials. Homeownership among people aged 18-34 fell to 34.1% from 34.8%, one of the largest drops across age groups.

Also not helping is low affordability in the entry-level segment of the housing market where millennials are likely to go shopping for their first homes.



Women look at the "Wave" painting by Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian Romantic painter, who is considered one of the greatest marine artists in history, in Tretyakov Picture Gallery on Krymsky Val in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. The exhibition, which collected paintings from several museums, including The Aivazovsky National Art Gallery, a national art museum in Feodosia, Crimea, marks 200 year anniversary of his birth.
Photo by Pavel Golovkin


Only Species Distinct To North America

Gray Wolf

A new study claims that there is only one distinct species of wolf indigenous to North America, the gray wolf.

The study, published Wednesday in the Science Advances journal, debunks the theory that the red wolf found in southern U.S. and the eastern wolf found in central Ontario are also distinct species living in North America. Scientists say the red wolf and the eastern wolf are just gray wolves with coyote DNA.

Researchers believe that the gray wolf and the coyote mixed a couple of hundreds of years ago in southern U.S., which the scientists say would result in physically unique wolves but not a unique species.

According to reports, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had suggested that the gray wolf be removed from its list of endangered species due to a factual error. The organization had incorrectly stated that the wolf lived in the Great Lakes region and in 29 eastern states when in reality that area was occupied by the eastern wolf and never by the gray wolf.

Gray Wolf



In Memory

Jerry Doyle

Actor and syndicated conservative talk show host Gerard "Jerry" Doyle has died in Las Vegas at age 60.

Las Vegas police were called around 4 p.m. Wednesday after Doyle was found dead at home in northwest Las Vegas. Officer Laura Meltzer says the death didn't appear suspicious.

As an actor, Doyle was best-known as Michael Garibaldi in the 1990s science-fiction television show "Babylon 5."

In recent years, his self-titled radio show aired on Talk Radio Network and, in Las Vegas, weekday afternoons on AM radio station KDWN.

Jerry Doyle



In this July 25, 2016 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a "little penguin" chick is shown in its habitat at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Hatched on May 10, 2016, it is the first "little penguin" born at the zoo in the zoo's 120 year history. "Little penguins," also known as "fairy penguins" and "blue penguins," are the smallest of the 18 penguin species. Adults are only about 13 inches tall and weigh 2 to 3 pounds.
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher



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