Next month, Arthur Ashe Stadium will be teeming with Lacoste polo shirts and tasteful chinos. Tennis fans will order $69 caviar plates (one ounce of hackleback) and $17 signature cocktails (vodka, lemonade, raspberry liqueur and honeydew melon balls) at Lure Oyster Bar. The fortunate few will watch players like Federer, Williams and Nadal from suites paid for by credit card companies and white-shoe law firms. That is all in the future, though. This weekend, Arthur Ashe Stadium was teeming with, well, teenagers. There were also preteens (with their attendant parents) and men in their 20s, and occasionally 30s. But there were a lot of teenagers. They made their way to the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens to watch their favorite competitors play their favorite game: Fortnite. Kyle Giersdorf, 16, known as Bugha, won the first prize of $3 million . “Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off,” he said. “It’s insane.” [ Read more about what … [Read more...] about At the Fortnite World Cup, Slurp Juice, Zip Lines and a Teenage Millionaire Winner
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Des Plaines: Dogs, Cats, Pets Available For Adoption At Area Shelters
0 Pets This week's batch of adoptable pets in your area are looking for their forever homes. Will one go home with you? Pet News , Patch Staff Posted Reply Want to add to your family? Look no further than these Des Plaines animal shelters for a pet available for adoption. Animal shelters have dogs, cats and other kinds of pets ready and waiting for someone to take them home. There are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages and sizes without a home throughout Illinois — many of whom are located in your area. For those looking to adopt, a great place to start your search for an adorable new fur child is at Almost Home Foundation, where Andrea the cat is waiting patiently, or another local rescue center. If you aren't sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed in permanent homes. With help from our friends at Petfinder, … [Read more...] about Des Plaines: Dogs, Cats, Pets Available For Adoption At Area Shelters
The Mystery of the Vanishing Kestrels: What’s Happening to This Flashy Falcon?
At first, people thought it might be a housing shortage. Scientists had noticed worrisome declines in the American kestrel, a small, flashy falcon found coast to coast. The downturn was especially puzzling because birds of prey in North America are largely considered a conservation bright spot. Take bald eagles, whose population in the contiguous United States has quadrupled since 2009 . Or red-tailed hawks, which sometimes nest in city buildings, dining on mice and rats. Turkey vultures are on the increase, too. “Why are all these other raptors doing great when the American kestrel is on the decline?” said Chris McClure, who directs global conservation science at the Peregrine Fund, a conservation group. Maybe the problem was a lack of nesting spots, some researchers thought, as intensive agriculture and ever more housing developments meant fewer dead trees in the open landscapes that kestrels need. Scientists and members of the public set out nest boxes, and kestrels moved … [Read more...] about The Mystery of the Vanishing Kestrels: What’s Happening to This Flashy Falcon?
Accord Is Reached To Recall Pesticide Devastating Hawk
See the article in its original context from October 15, 1996 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. AN agreement between an international chemical company and environmentalists may help reduce poisoning that has killed thousands of hawks on the pampas of Argentina in recent years. The deaths of members of a broad-winged species called Swainson's hawk were caused by a highly toxic pesticide used by farmers to fight grasshopper infestations. Even now the hawks are working their way … [Read more...] about Accord Is Reached To Recall Pesticide Devastating Hawk