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Denver Zoo mandrill troop welcomes first baby in more than two decades; birth adds to vulnerable species

The Denver Zoo announced Friday that a baby monkey named Kesi can now be seen in the mandrill habitat.

Three days before Mother’s Day, the Denver Zoo welcomed a baby mandrill into its primate troop — the first such birth since the zoo’s “mandrill baby boom” in 2003.


Kesi was born May 10 and made her public debut Friday, according to a Denver Zoo news release. Kesi is her parent’s first baby and an important addition to a species that is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Mandrills are a primate native to the rainforests in central West Africa. They have bright blue and red faces and can store almost an entire stomach’s worth of food in their cheek pouches. The species is the largest of all monkeys. The most well-known mandrill is the character Rafiki in “The Lion King.”



Two decades ago, the Denver Zoo experienced a “mandrill baby boom,” according to the zoo. Then, the zoo’s primates stopped procreating.


Kesi’s mother, Kumani, arrived at the zoo last year as part of a plan by U.S. zoos to help threatened species survive. Kumani became pregnant at the end of 2018.



For the best chance to catch Kesi and the rest of the troop, visitors should come to the zoo in the early morning or around lunchtime, according a zoo news release about the birth.





Source: Denver Zoo mandrill troop welcomes first baby in more than two decades; birth adds to vulnerable species

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'Mi compromiso ha estado a la orilla': Una entrevista con la actriz, guionista y directora Ángeles Cruz

La Heroica Ciudad de Tlaxiaco se encuentra en la Mixteca Alta Oaxaqueña. Justo ahí, donde mexicanos y franceses se batieron durante la Segunda intervención francesa.

El nombre de la región se debe al juego de pelota. Entre las lides de personajes ilustres, provenientes de esta tierra de origen...


Source: 'Mi compromiso ha estado a la orilla': Una entrevista con la actriz, guionista y directora Ángeles Cruz

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National News and Events / Michael Bennet
« Last post by USA Chat on May 24, 2019, 04:27:23 PM »
Michael Bennet


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Denver weather: Mostly sunny Memorial Day weekend with snow in the mountains

A weather warm up in the Denver metro area comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend vacationers and travelers, with mostly sunny skies and only an occasional rain shower.

A weather warm up in the Denver metro area comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend travelers, with mostly sunny skies and only an occasional rain shower.


Temperatures will rise into the 70s from Friday through Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.


The high temperature on Friday will be around 70 degrees. The low will be about 40 degrees, the weather service says.





Snow showers are possible in the northern mountains of Colorado, forecasters say.




The weekend will be even warmer with highs of 74 degrees on Saturday and 79 on Sunday, forecasters say. There’s a 10 percent chance of rain showers on Saturday night.


The high will be around 70 degrees on Memorial Day, when there is a chance for scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms, the NWS says.


Tuesday could be much wetter along the Front Range, with rain showers and thunderstorms forecast. The high temperature will only be about 53 degrees.


In the middle of next week temperatures will gradually get warmer with highs of around 66 degrees on Wednesday and 73 degrees on Thursday.






Source: Denver weather: Mostly sunny Memorial Day weekend with snow in the mountains

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Michael Jackson’s ex-manager settles with singer’s estate over commission

The man who claims he was Michael Jackson’s “only manager” in the year before the King of Pop’s death has settled his lawsuit over an allegedly unpaid commission.

Tohme Tohme settled with the co-executors of Jackson’s estate Thursday after suing them in 2012 and starting a trial in Santa Monica...


Source: Michael Jackson’s ex-manager settles with singer’s estate over commission

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Aldi recalls flour over possible E. coli contamination

The Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour, made by Archer Daniels Midland, was sold in Aldi stores across 11 states
Source: Aldi recalls flour over possible E. coli contamination

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Colorado / Asteroid with own moon making pass within 3.2 million miles of Earth
« Last post by Colorado on May 24, 2019, 04:08:46 AM »
Asteroid with own moon making pass within 3.2 million miles of Earth

An oddly-shaped asteroid, about a mile wide and with its own orbiting moon, will make a relatively close -- 3,219,955 miles -- pass of earth on Saturday, but viewing the celestial event with the naked eye will not be possible.
via NASA
A NASA rendering of 1999 KW4 asteroid with moon following.

An oddly shaped asteroid, about a mile wide and with its own orbiting moon, will make a relatively close — 3,219,955 miles — pass of Earth on Saturday, but viewing the celestial event with the naked eye will not be possible.


Professional and amateur astronomers may, however, catch a glimpse of asteroid 1999 KW4 with the use of powerful telescopes and lenses.


During the Saturday approach the asteroid will be a “very safe” distance from our planet, about 13.5 times the distance of the Earth and its moon, according to reporting by Eddie Irizarry, a NASA solar system ambassador, on EarthSky.org.


An Aten type – or Earth-crossing – space rock, the asteroid’s orbit brings it between the orbits of Venus and Earth, according to Irizarry. It completes an orbit around the sun once every 188 days.


The asteroid has an oblate shape with an equatorial ridge, making it look a bit like a cosmic cupcake. The smaller secondary asteroid — 1999 KW4’s moon — orbits the bigger rock about every 16 hours at a distance of about 1.6 miles, according to observations.



Discovered by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research astronomical survey in Socorro, N.M., in 1999, its next close encounter with Earth, after this pass, will be on May 25, 2036, according to Irizarry. The asteroid’s travel is well-documented, and its closest approach is more than five Earth-moon distances.


Although the pass won’t be visible to the naked eye, it’s still exciting and noteworthy, said Jennifer Hoffman, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Denver.


“This is a very small object, and it’s going to be very far away,” Hoffman said. “It’s cool because it reminds us that we’re in the neighborhood of other planets and asteroids and space junk.”


The passing will not be of any threat or danger to Earth, Hoffman said. “It’s just a space rock, a mile across and 13 times farther away than the moon.”





Source: Asteroid with own moon making pass within 3.2 million miles of Earth

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Brazil's highest court says LGBTQ discrimination should be a crime

In a victory for gay, lesbian and transgender rights, Brazil's top court indicated that it would outlaw discrimination based on sexuality or gender.

A court majority said Thursday that Congress had acted unconstitutionally by failing to include homophobia and transphobia within its anti-discrimination...


Source: Brazil's highest court says LGBTQ discrimination should be a crime

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What we know about the migrant girl who died in U.S. care

A newly identified 10-year-old girl who died in U.S. custody was traveling alone from El Salvador. She was trying to get to her mother in Nebraska. Omar Villafranca reports.
Source: What we know about the migrant girl who died in U.S. care

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Kiszla: To settle salary dispute, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. first must accept the No Fly Zone is dead

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. isn’t going to like reading this obituary any more than he appreciates the salary Denver is paying him.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. isn’t going to like reading this obituary any more than he appreciates the salary Denver is paying him.


The No Fly Zone is dead. And it ain’t coming back.


Hate to break it to Harris, but the evolution of Denver’s defense appears to be yet another reason why the veteran cornerback miscalculated by pressing football operations chief John Elway to give him a huge raise to $15 million per year.


Under the direction of new coach Vic Fangio, the concepts of how the Broncos will defend the pass have changed, whether Harris is in a Denver uniform or not.


This team has lost some of the macho “real men play man” swagger in the secondary that was the No Fly Zone’s calling card. Since winning Super Bowl 50, however, the big personalities in Denver’s defensive backfield couldn’t always back up their braggadocio with shutdown pass coverage. The Broncos’ secondary became a field of orange poppies where tight ends skipped carefree.


Don’t tell Harris, but under Fangio, the Broncos will actually play some – gasp! – zone.


I asked safety Justin Simmons to explain how the defensive philosophy has changed from the time he walked into town as a rookie in 2016.


“The defense that we were previously … prided themselves on that (man-to-man) mentality. Just playing straight-up, smash-mouth football,” Simmons said. “By the time the route is open, our pass-rushers are getting to you, and vice versa. It was a great concept to be part of. I loved every minute of it.”


That was the No Fly Zone. RIP. This is now: The Broncos won’t be afraid to play man coverage, but they won’t die on that hill. The Fangio defense will give everyone a chance to be the hero.


“There are a lot of man concepts and a lot of zone concepts,” Simmons explained. “I think the biggest thing is you never know what is coming. It’s always mix and match. We’re always moving around. We try to make it as tough as possible on everybody.”


Just as the Broncos needed to wrest control of the offense from quarterback Peyton Manning to win the Super Bowl, the team now must evolve from the defensive schemes that made Harris great. And Harris is Pro Bowl awesome, but he’s no Champ Bailey. Elway would be foolish to make Harris the league’s top-paid cornerback.


While Harris regards anything less than fawning praise as a slight, everybody loves Harris, including me. Any NFL defense, including the unit being reshaped by Fangio, can pack more punch with Harris in the lineup.


To a man, teammates want Harris to get paid and get his booty back in the locker room. Linebacker Von Miller, however, might have said it best: “He’s a top DB in the league. You want to take care of guys like that. But it’s not all simple. It’s not all as simple as it seems.”


Stubbornly clinging to the past, Harris is guilty of Sears thinking in an Amazon world.


Even after the Broncos traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams a year ago, Harris got agitated at the suggestion the No Fly Zone was dead. “It still exists. I started that.” Harris insisted at the time. “It’s not going (anywhere).”


Sorry, man. The No Fly Zone is not only grounded, it’s buried 6 feet under.


Hey, goodbyes are difficult for us all. The Super Bowl 50 rings will shine forever. But it’s time for the Broncos to let go of the past, change with the times and morph into a championship defense that’s the vision of Fangio rather than Wade Phillips.


At the risk of oversimplifying, look for the Broncos to rush the quarterback with four and cover in varied looks designed to confuse not only the QB in his pre-snap reads, but also offensive linemen trying to call out blocking assignments.



Yes, Harris wants his money. He’s willing to make a fuss, despite the fact nobody forced him to sign a contract that’s still valid at $7.9 million for the upcoming season. Here’s guessing even Elway respects the veteran cornerback’s stance, especially from an athlete who celebrates his 30th birthday next month.


So to soothe Harris’ ego and bolster Fangio’s defense, let’s bump his salary to $12.5 million, so he can feel good about walking into DB meetings as the highest-paid guy in the room this season. Then let him test his value on the open market in 2020.


If Harris cannot accept he won’t get top dollar in Denver, where things have changed, then maybe what he really needs is a change of scenery in a different NFL city.


 





Source: Kiszla: To settle salary dispute, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. first must accept the No Fly Zone is dead

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