Teal in Illinois: Numbers, charts, wooden decoys and hunting success in Aaron Yetter’s latest blog

Successful harvest of a blue-winged teal (Spatula discors) using handmade wooden decoys, carved by Tyler Wood, along the mudflats of the Illinois River. | Photo by Pat Gregory, by permission to Aaron Yetter and the Illinois Natural History Survey. Aaron Yetter’s latest blog gives an indepth take on teal in Illinois along the Mississippi and […]

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Melania Trump Statue Returns in Slovenia. (This One Is Harder to Burn.)

When a wooden statue of Melania Trump was erected near her hometown in Slovenia last year, it was mocked as looking like a Smurfette or a scarecrow. Then it was set on fire. Now, the artist who commissioned it is back with a new one — and this sculpture, made of bronze, is intended to have […]

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Munich Airport police search woman’s wooden box, find husband’s bones

Police at Munich Airport got a surprise during their search of a wooden box being transported by a 74-year-old passenger that turned out to contain the bones of the woman’s dead husband, authorities said Tuesday. Customs officials, a doctor and prosecutors were called in, and they determined no crime had been committed, German news agency […]

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Melania Trump statue in Slovenia set on fire on Fourth of July; suspects sought

A wooden statue of first lady Melania Trump near her hometown in Slovenia was reportedly set on fire on the Fourth of July, prompting its removal. “I want to know why they did it,” Brad Downey, an American artist who commissioned the sculpture, told Reuters. If the suspect or suspects are caught, Downey said, he would like […]

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Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims Stuck at Sea in Refugee Crisis With ‘Zero Hope’

BANGKOK — Somewhere in turquoise waters, perhaps where the Bay of Bengal meets the Andaman Sea, wooden boats filled with Rohingya refugees are listing, adrift now for more than 10 weeks. They were prevented from docking in Malaysia, their preferred destination, and Bangladesh, their port of origin. As of this week, rights groups that had […]

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China Pushes for Quiet Burials Amid Questioning Over Death Toll

Liu Pei’en held the small wooden box that contained his father’s remains. Only two months ago, he had helplessly clutched his father’s frail hand as the elderly man took his last breath, and the pain was still raw. He wept. But there was little time, or space, for Mr. Liu to grieve. He said officials […]

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John Wooden’s last UCLA hurrah turns 45 years old

He had built this remarkable pyramid of success, and now John Wooden was coaching the UCLA Bruins for the last time. Only Kentucky was standing between Wooden and his 10th national championship in 12 years. This was 1975, the year after high-flying David Thompson and North Carolina State had ended UCLA’s string of seven consecutive […]

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