Chicago outdoors: Giant swallowtail, families and charters, new boat sales, and yellow jackets

A giant swallowtail photographed at the Cook County forest preserve. | Credit: Emil Baumbach A giant swallowtail photo, families and charters, new boat sales and first yellow jackets are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors. Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors. FIELD NOTES WILD OF THE WEEK Emil Baumbach delivers his usual wonderful […]

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UK police break up rave in Forest of Dean amid coronavirus concerns

Police in England worked to break up a rave party in the Forest of Dean early Sunday over fears of spreading the coronavirus. Gloucestershire officers were called overnight to the area at Speculation Car Park near Lydbrook and Parkend in southwest England, the Gloucestershire Constabulary said in a statement. AIRBNB CRACKS DOWN ON NJ ‘PARTY HOUSES’ […]

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Fire continues to ravage Argentina’s delta; authorities struggle to combat the spread

Forest fires have raged for months across Argentina’s delta wetland, threatening a major ecosystem with total destruction, experts warn. Severe drought led to the Paraná River shriveling to its lowest level in decades, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. As the shrinking river has caused economic damage — grounding several ships and forcing companies to reduce […]

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‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera Laid To Rest & Buried Near Paul Walker After Drowning Death

Naya Rivera has been laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, less than two weeks after tragically drowning in Lake Piru. Naya Rivera was laid to rest in a Los Angeles cemetery, less than two weeks after the Glee actress tragically died at the age of 33. Her body was buried […]

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro imposes 4-month ban on agricultural fires to preserve Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday banned setting agricultural and forest fires as the country enters the dry season at a moment when the government faces pressure from local and foreign companies to show greater commitment to environmental protection. Bolsonaro’s 120-day decree, published in the official gazette, comes just ahead of […]

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Germany cops search for ‘Rambo’ armed with bow and arrow in Black Forest

Hundreds of police combed Germany’s Black Forest on Monday looking for a Rambo-style homeless man wearing combat gear and armed with a bow and arrow who disarmed four officers at gunpoint. Authorities warned residents in the southwestern town of Oppenau to avoid going outside while officers searched for the man, who also had a handgun and […]

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Chicago outdoors: Egg-laying turtle, Clear Lake tops bass list, dearth of fireflies, plea for TIP number

A turtle laying eggs in a west suburban forest preserve, then moving on. | Pete Lamar An egg-laying turtle, Clear Lake tops list for bass, a dearth of fireflies and a plea for TIP number are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors. Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors. WILD OF THE WEEK Pete […]

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NC lieutenant governor warns he may sue governor over coronavirus response

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said in a letter Thursday to Gov. Roy Cooper that he intends to sue him over his executive orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Forest, a Republican, alleges that Cooper, a Democrat, issued a series of orders without seeking input from the Council of State, a group of 10 lawmakers that includes […]

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Curie’s Ramean Hinton commits to Western Illinois

Curie’s Ramean Hinton hits a three against Oak Forest. | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times Ramean Hinton, an All-Area, All-City and All-State selection, averaged 17 points and eight rebounds for the Condors. He’s the best recruit in WIU history. Curie senior Ramean Hinton, one of the state’s top talents in the Class of 2020, gave an […]

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UK couple arrested after police find suitcases filled with human remains

A couple has been arrested near the Forest of Dean in the United Kingdom after police found human remains in two suitcases, police said Thursday. A member of the public called the police about a vehicle shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday based on “its manner of driving,” according to the Gloucestershire Police. After police located the […]

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Pritzker urged to let restaurants open June 1 — but at 25% capacity, with employee safeguards

A nearly-vacant Starbucks in River Forest, with tables and chairs off-limits due to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s shutdown order. The Illinois Restaurant Association wants a speeded-up schedule for members to open at one-fourth capacity. | John O’Neill/Sun-Times Restaurants can’t afford to wait until June 28 to reopen, as the governor has planned. “The further we go, […]

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Home for developmentally disabled has become coronavirus ‘hot spot’ in south suburbs

Elisabeth Ludeman Center’s 60-acre campus in Park Forest. | Google Maps The coronavirus has rocked the Elisabeth Ludeman Center in Park Forest, causing more than 50 infections and two deaths on the 60-acre campus. Two people have died and more than 50 have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Elisabeth Ludeman Center, an enormous […]

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Crisis in The Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War

AWAGATE FOREST, MALI — For two days, dozens of armored vehicles carrying 180 elite soldiers with the French Foreign Legion lumbered over West Africa’s scrubby savanna to reach a suspected hide-out for Islamist militants. Finally, by a thicket of acacia trees, the legionnaires spotted a turbaned suspect in flip-flops, carrying an AK-47, who set off […]

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NC State vs. Wake Forest prediction, line: Over is the play

The North Carolina State Wolfpack and visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons both have seen their offenses ascend in recent weeks heading in to their battle Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.. For NC State, leading scorer C.J. Bryce was dealing with ailments toward the beginning of the calendar year, but has now gotten going, having scored […]

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Forest fire near I-80, Appalachian Trail mostly contained

A forest fire burning through a popular hiking area on the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border is about 80% contained By The Associated Press February 25, 2020, 4:28 AM 2 min read HARDWICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A forest fire burning through a popular hiking area that is crossed by the Appalachian Trail and a major interstate highway […]

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Knicks’ Maurice Harkless not ‘thinking about any buyout’

Maurice Harkless expects to stay with the hometown Knicks for the remainder of the season. The Forest Hills product and former St. John’s star had been a candidate for a buyout following his arrival from the Clippers in a trade-deadline deal for Marcus Morris. “I’m not thinking about any buyout. All I’m thinking about today […]

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