San Francisco to tally bird-into-window death toll
SAN FRANCISCO — San Franciscoofﬁcials have launched a program todocument the number of birds that dieby crashing into windows in an effortto reduce such collisions. The city’s planning department isseeking volunteers to count the num-ber of dead birds around their homeseach week during peak migration peri-ods, the San Francisco Chroniclereported on Wednesday. The partici-pants would then log that informationon a city website.Ofﬁcials say the goal is to raiseawareness about the dangers windowspose to birds and get better numbersabout how many birds are dying thatway.“So far, there hasn’t been enoughscientiﬁc data gathered on bird-win-dow collisions in urban residentialsettings,” said Cindy Margulis, execu-tive director of the Golden GateAudubon Society.At least 100 million birds die eachyear in North America by striking win-dows, according to the American BirdConservancy. The group says far morebirds die by colliding with windows orglass buildings than by hitting windturbines or cellphone towers. ASan Francisco ordinance passedthree years ago requires new develop-ment projects to treat some windowswith netting, frosted glass or similarbird deterrents. The ordinance mainlyapplies to new commercial buildingsor large additions to existing commer-cial buildings if they stand in birdﬂight paths or are near parks or theshoreline, the Chronicle reported.But experts say the protections donot have to be that elaborate, and eveninsect screens or strings in front of large picture windows can help.“The more I learned about birdstrikes, the more I learned how com-pletely avoidable they are if onlyhumans would pay more attention,”Judith Pynn, who signed up for thecity program, told the Chronicle.Pynn and other volunteers get adecal certifying them as a “bird-friend-ly resident” and can be entered in a raf-ﬂe, though the prizes have yet to bedetermined.San Francisco has set aside$140,000 — half of it from a U.S.Fish and Wildlife grant — over a four-year period ending next June for birdsafety efforts, including subsidies forresidents to make large windows safer.
Man named Stoner arrested on pot charges
ORANGE, Va. — AVirginia manwith the last name Stoner is facingdrug charges after police found morethan $10,000 worth of marijuanaplants at his home.The Orange County Sheriff’s Ofﬁcesays 42-year-old Paul Scott Stoner of Unionville is charged with growingmarijuana and having a ﬁrearm whilein possession of more than a pound of marijuana.Media outlets report that the chargesstem from an ongoing investigationrelated to the alleged sale of marijuanato children in Orange County. Furthercharges are pending.
Beaten California deputy thanks good Samaritan
LAKEWOOD — ALos AngelesCounty sheriff’s deputy who was badlybeaten by a suspect has recoveredenough to thank a bystander whohelped him.The Long Beach Press-Telegramreported Thursday that DeputyBrandon Love has posted a note of thanks on the Lakewood sheriff’s sta-tion Facebook page and also recordeda video for the good Samaritan.Sheriff’s ofﬁcials declined to releasethe bystander’s name or any identify-ing information because the investi-gation is ongoing.Love responded to a domestic vio-lence call Aug 15. at a Lakewood mall.Authorities say that as Love walkedsuspect 21-year-old Frankie Estradaout of the mall, Estrada knocked himto the ground and began stomping onhis head and neck.The bystander intervened longenough for other deputies to reach thescene.
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This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Austria-Hungary declared war againstBelgium.
“Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once.I have often thought morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice.”
— Leon Blum,French statesman (1872-1950)
Singer Tori Amos is51.Comedian-actressKristen Wiig is 41.
Dancers from Boston Ballet ride a swan boat on the pond in the Public Garden,ahead of the company’s performances of the ballet ‘Swan Lake,’in Boston,Mass.
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, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battleof Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.
, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboaton the Delaware River to delegates from the ConstitutionalConvention in Philadelphia.
, Gen. Stephen W. Kearny proclaimed all of NewMexico a territory of the United States.
the schooner America outraced more than a dozenBritish vessels off the English coast to win a trophy thatcame to be known as the America’s Cup.
Japan annexed Korea, which remained underJapanese control until the end of World War II.
Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot todeath, apparently by Irish Republican Army membersopposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed.
, the British Broadcasting Corp. conducted its ﬁrstexperimental television broadcast, using a 30-line mechani-cal system.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice PresidentRichard Nixon were nominated for second terms in ofﬁce bythe Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
French President Charles de Gaulle survived anattempt on his life in suburban Paris.
, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for thestart of the ﬁrst papal visit to South America.
, President Richard Nixon was nominated for a sec-ond term of ofﬁce by the Republican National Convention inMiami Beach. John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile tookseven employees hostage at a Chase Manhattan Bank branchin Brooklyn, New York, during a botched robbery; the siege,which ended with Wojtowicz’s arrest and Naturile’s killing bythe FBI, inspired the 1975 movie “Dog Day Afternoon.”
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(Answers tomorrow)OOMPH ENACTSUNKEN IGUANAYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:After not being called safe, the baseball play-er was — OUTSPOKENNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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