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Students were welcomed back on Monday by grief counselors and comfort dogs to the small Oregon community college shattered by a shooting rampage that left 10 people dead, though classes were to remain canceled through the week. The campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles (300 km) south of Portland, was reopened to registered students and staff four days after the massacre, allowing them to retrieve vehicles and other belongings left behind in Thursday's pandemonium. The reopening also was aimed at helping restore a sense of normalcy on campus before classes and other activities at the college of some 3,000 full-time students were due to resume next Monday, school officials said.
Dancing with the Stars just got an adorable new fan. A baby koala bear that was recently born at the Australia Zoo has been named after pro Derek Hough, in honor of his Season 21 partnership with Bindi Irwin. The Australia Zoo was founded by Bindi's grandparents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, in 1970, and is ... Read More > This article, See the Adorable Baby Koala the Australia Zoo Named After Dancing 's Derek Hough, originally appeared on TVGuide.com.
The war between man and cuddly cats will continue! CBS has renewed Zoo , (one of) its wacky science-fictiony summer series, for a second season of animal attacks, tainted pet food, global conspiracies, and telepathic dogs. CBS says Zoo was the most-watched scripted summer series of 2015, which means either we all need to rethink our priorities or we need some new scripted summer series. Zoo is an adaptation of the James Patterson novel of the same name, depicting what would happen if animals stopped playing nice and started being REAL. As in, coordinated attacks on human beings from bats, rats, cats, and more! James Wolk stars as a studly animal expert named Jackson Oz, seriously. As far as the rest of the network's summer programming goes, CBS recently canceled Under the Dome (we're still SUPER sad), but has not made a decision on Extant . The politicians-as-aliens drama BrainDead has been ordered for next summer, as has a new edition of Big Brother . Are you ready for more animal-attack mayhem?
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The blue whale is the largest creature on Earth and perhaps the biggest that ever lived, so it is no surprise it has a huge appetite. But the strategies this behemoth uses to get enough food has not been well understood - until now. Scientists said on Friday a study of blue whales off California's coast that used tags to track their movements and their prey, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans called krill, showed these marine mammals are not indiscriminate grazers as long thought. ...
Poaching and habitat loss have landed the military macaw and the great green macaw, two birds typically found in Central and South America, on the US endangered species list, officials said Thursday. The listing "ensures that US citizens and individuals subject to the jurisdiction of the United States do not contribute to the further decline of these species," said the FWS statement. The military macaw is found in tropical forests in Mexico and South America.
By Belinda Goldsmith UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Unemployed and bored, Collet Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane both jumped at the chance when asked if they wanted to join South Africa's first all-female anti-poaching team. Ngobeni, 30, and Mogakane, 27, were two of the original members of the 24-strong Black Mambas, a group set up in 2013 to protect the private Balule wildlife reserve, an Israel-size park that borders the Kruger National Park, and its resident rhinos. Both women saw this as an opportunity to break out of the cycle of unemployment in their villages of Islington and Welverdiend and prove that women could play in role in conservation in South Africa as well as men.
The last time a newly born giant panda was named at the Smithsonian National Zoo, it took nearly three weeks and more than 100,000 online submissions. On Friday, in front of dignitaries and more than a dozen third grade school children, Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan announced that a male cub born on August 22 would be called Bei Bei, which means "precious treasure". A shortlist of names had been drawn up by zoo keepers at the Washington zoo and the Wolong nature reserve in China.
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda (AP) — After Rwanda's 1994 genocide, returning refugees swept into the country's biggest national park with herds of cattle and wiped out the last lions. Now the once-abandoned reserve on the border with Tanzania is drawing more tourists, reducing poaching and involving more villagers in conservation. It even re-introduced lions this year.
(Reuters) - The Detroit Tigers came within two outs of a combined no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, before almost losing the game. Left-hander Daniel Norris, on a strict pitch count in just his second start since returning from the disabled list, notched 41 strikeouts in 63 pitches over five perfect innings, striking out four, before handing over to the bullpen. Buck Farmer, Ian Krol and Drew VerHagen then threw one inning each, before closer Neftali Feliz was sent to the mound for the ninth inning with the no-hitter still intact.
By Keith Coffman COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Reuters) - A long-simmering debate in the American West over the fate of a ground-dwelling bird reached a climax on Tuesday as the Obama administration denied Endangered Species Act protections to the greater sage grouse in favor of less rigid habitat conservation measures. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the need to list the charismatic bird as threatened or endangered was averted by the success of "unprecedented" collaboration among state and local governments, scientists, ranchers and other private interests over the last five years. "This is the largest, most complex land conservation effort in the history of the United States," Jewell told a news conference, joined by four Western governors and a host of top federal land managers, at a wildlife refuge in Colorado.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A cooperative effort to save a ground-dwelling bird has diverted it from possible extinction, federal officials declared Tuesday, as they sought to safeguard the habitat of a declining species while maintaining key pieces of the American West's economy — oil and gas drilling and ranching.
A rare Sumatran rhino in Indonesia is pregnant with her second baby and expected to give birth in May, raising new hope for the critically endangered species, conservationists said Tuesday. Only about 100 Sumatran rhinos are believed to exist in the entire world so the pregnancy is seen as tremendously good news for those trying to save the animals from extinction. The mother is Ratu, a wild rhino who wandered out of the rainforest and into the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia's Way Kambas National Park 10 years ago.
Thanks to Google, it's now possible to frolic with elephants in your living room (or anywhere else your Internet-connected device happens to be). Save the Elephants, a research and conservation organization operating in Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, recently teamed up with Google to help share the story of Africa's imperiled elephants. Using truck- and airplane-mounted cameras inside the wildlife preserve, as well as photos taken by satellites in space, Google captured images of Samburu's elephant herds doing elephant things — like splashing in the mud and hanging out in the shade.
Zoo S01E13: "That Great Big Hill of Hope" I know the Emmys are like a week or some days away, but surely we could do a write-in ballot type deal with this week's superb Zoo season finale. Or you guys, we could get a smuggler to fly us to the secret radioactive island where the Emmy statues are made and, like, talk to a fugitive Emmy summoner and square off against Brazilian Emmy slumlords and do Emmy motel science all while the fake but not fake FBI and a mega-Emmy corporation is hot on our trail. WE COULD DO IT, GUYS! I mean come on, the Zoo season finale was GRRR-eat! How could it not be when the episode title itself was 4 Non Blondes lyrics? In a lot of ways "That Great Big Hill of Hope" felt like a premiere for Season 2 and I am not complaining. I've always hoped for the beast uprising to get way out of hand and into the living rooms of normal-ass people. Judging by Jackson's time jumps, it took about three months to get to the point where society resorted to secret underground steak clubs, armed escort services, and fire-escape baboon confrontations during regular errands. Yes please! So following last week's stunner of a plane crash, our team found themselves scattered to the four winds and it was so sad seeing them apart. They were so helpless without each other, and what's worse they lost the baby leopard necessary to save the world. Ha ha ha ha. Ohhhh... In this future, Abe cut contact with his buddies and now worked for a paramilitary Uber, Chloe found employment under bureaucratic heavy Amelia Sage to help figure out solutions, Jackson just kind of hung out trying to become a Youtube celebrity like Pewdie Pie making vlogs, Jamie was presumed dead and Mitch spent his days mourning her loss at the bottom of a shot glass and still not visiting his daughter. Worst of all, the government pretty much let Reiden off the hook in exchange for finding a solution. I thought the episode handled all this exposition pretty well in the form of a reporter questioning Ol' Professor Sad Beans. As part of the deal Mitch and his team were basically denied the ability to interfere with saving the world or talk shit about Reiden Global. Not exactly what they'd been fighting for this whole time, but at least this meant Mitch got to spend all his days piss drunk and hassling his local enabler about the Chris Cornell band Soundgarden. On one such occasion, some local businessmen came in to celebrate because sometimes you go in bars you have never ever been to before to celebrate and immediately get angry because there are dogs around. I think these were Reiden stooges, because they talked all kinds about making money off the beast uprising but I could be wrong. In any case they wanted to shoot a pug on the bar for health code violations. I get where they are coming from because I recently visited a local McDonald's where the guy in front of me had his barefoot toddler standing on the counter while he ordered enough meal deals to kill a horse. I proceeded to order the same deals. Anyway, Li'l Barfly Morgan couldn't keep his whiskey-scented trap shut and challenged the head honcho to a duel. Point was, life just wudn't worth living for ol' Mitch Morgan, as he thought Jamie had died. Honestly, I kind of thought she was in some sort of Inuit heaven myself after she washed up on a boat in the Atlantic. Actually in reality what had happened was a kindly old man saved her life by pulling shards from her leg and mending her with meals and love. But she didn't trust him and tried to escape his care only to discover that he was living surrounded by an escalated situation, or should I say " shit -uation." What I mean is, animals were still pretty mad, if not more so. Next: Jackson takes back the streets... from dogs (Continued from Page 1) I mean I'm not sure why Jamie was the one person who didn't get rescued, and Chloe, Mitch, and Jackson survived. This survivor's remorse had taken its toll on all of them. For instance, bad boy Jackson was now buds with some guy in a wheelchair, and when he wasn't making vlogs like his dad, he was outside stalking the city in a leather jacket and jeans, playing Westside Story with the animals... Suffice to say life had changed since the days of scaring off poachers with James Brown tunes. Now Jackson was alone, fending off baboons while performing simple errands like getting health pills for his wheelchair buddy. And when the baboons weren't a problem, dogs living in the homes of bitten people were. Meanwhile, Chloe was busy doing what she did best: watching task forces get killed by birds while going on suicide missions. Things were not looking great, and I've got to say, if you're going to be a casualty of the beast uprising, one hopes you'd at least die via some cool animal like a wolverine. If I were the wife of one of these soldiers who was killed by birds (I start A LOT of thoughts this way), I'd lie to our fatherless boy and tuck him in at night all like, "... and the panther stalked daddy all the way to his grave. The end." Anyway, after her big workplace loss, Chloe attended a presentation from, you know who... They had a plan called project NOAH, which was about as crazy as this show's premise: kill all the animals then regrow them into nice ones. Chloe was not a fan of this idea because it meant killing tons of animals and Reiden would still get rich off of them. Plus come on, how could you kill off every single animal in the world? You couldn't, but I do love this strategy as something for our heroes to fight against next season (when will they announce a renewal?). Next: Mosquitoes! (Continued from Page 2) Luckily at a pharmacy Jackson came through with his special brand of wild-eyed nutso theories: get mosquitoes to carry the cure and have them spread it via mass sucking. It was one of those signature Zoo exchanges where a word you never hear out loud on TV gets repeated like 90 times. In this case... See, because of all the "decaying bodies" there were tons of mosquitoes around and the customer in front of him was buying bug spray. Jackson rushed off to find Chloe and tell her the amazing news: They were so excited they just HAD to tell Amelia, but she was not as enthused. So Reiden had strong-armed its way to the top of the food chain again— the money food chain. My favorite plot line though was Abe's night on the job with his new place of employment. I have never used Uber, but I understand it works roughly the same way, insomuch as it includes armed drivers that look like extremists bragging about killing creatures of land and air. Naturally, Abe did NOT fit in; you see, even though he had nearly been killed dozens of times by animals, he did not wish to kill them back. He recognized that man had created this problem, and therefore it was man to blame. Next: Fine dining and Spanish 4 Non Blonde covers (Continued from Page 3) See, I guess why I liked this episode so much—and something I've always liked about Zoo— is that it created and incorporated a procedural element to this heightened reality. I would happily go along into smaller stories like Abe's escorting of a dying businessman full of regret. Come on, Walking Dead but with animals? It's a no brainer. Like imagine having to be thankful for the small stuff because just around the corner this guy might be waiting: So the dying man had cancer and was set to start chemo. However, he insisted on taking Abe to an underground restaurant where the musical entertainment involved starting off the titular 4 Non Blondes song in Spanish, then transitioning into English. Wild stuff, man. I guess anything goes in this, our new reality. OUR NEW HELL. For some reason this old man was dead set on teaching Abraham about the value of friendship and how his own family was driving an RV across the country to see him on his death bed. I half thought this man might be an angel and Abe was experiencing a Christmas lesson or something, but like most people using customer service, he mainly just wanted to lecture Abe and eat his sumptuous, illegal meal in front of someone—even though he did offer to treat Abe and Abe declined. The old man was like, "These are the times for us to pull together," then the entire restaurant (no joke) broke into song. 'Twas a surprisingly heart-warming moment for a supper club. It was kind of stupid the one character of color had to be lectured like a kid by some old white dude and everyone else was free to learn lessons without the benefit of old white dudes but I digress. Having been touched by an angel, Abe then took all the Christmas lessons he had learned and reconnected with Jackson. It felt like this should have been Christmas Eve and Jackson should have had a lonely old tree and Abe had like an animal ornament that they could have chuckled over, but they friended off in their own special way. Plus, even though Abe was the one who ditched out on everyone, he immediately started lecturing Jackson about how we all need to stick together. I think that's just how they communicate though because Jackson was into it. Next: The thrilling conclusion of Zoo ! (Continued from Page 4) Not-Christmas miracles were happening all over the world, as Jamie discovered that her kindly host had also raised the baby leopard and did not instead kill it to make a sweet cape. Thankfully, the show didn't waste anytime in reconnecting Jamie with the posse as the old man had a phone she could use to call Mitch from beyond the grave... So after tackling all the set-backs, the team was back to its old ways. Abe was all smiles, and everyone was packed to go rescue Jamie. But wait, something was kind of up because Jackson had a nasty dog bite... Remember how Abe's coworker with the escort service also was bitten? I think something's up with getting bit. Hopefully it turns people into manimals. Anyway, all kinds of escaped Zoo /zoo animals did not want to let Mitch and the gang complete their task. In fact they had a few choice words/barks/growls/roars/chirps. I mean, come on! If that wasn't a sure-fire sign of a Season 2, then what is? I hope the tale of mankind doesn't end here. IT CAN'T END HERE. Either way, that's it for me gang. It's with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Jackson, Chloe, Abe, Jamie, and yes even Mitch (though he can be a bit of a curmudgeon sometimes). More importantly, I say goodbye to you, Zoo Nation. Let me just reiterate my Zoo Heads, that this has been a great time sussing out the particulars of so-called "theoretical" beast uprisings with you all. I appreciate all the warm, humorous comments, intelligent insight, and friendly atmosphere you've created week after week, crazy episode after crazy episode. Here I thought I would teach you, and instead YOU TAUGHT ME. It's made climbing up "That Great Big Hill of Hope" that much easier. Now take it away, you certain number of musicians who are not nor have ever been blondes… ANIMAL TRACKS – Do you like Jackson's buddy? – What happened to Delavane? – What animal do you wish you could bit by? – Will Mitch and Jamie get serious? – Will they have crazy "back from the dead" sex? – What did you think of "That Great Big Hill of Hope"? – What did you think of the entire season?
For once, Google was unlikely to face privacy complaints as the US Internet giant on Tuesday launched its Street View service in Kenya's Samburu park, in a move conservationists said could help protect endangered elephants. Some of Google's previous Street View forays have brought complaints on privacy grounds. "We hope that by bringing Street View to Samburu, we will inspire people around the world to gain a deeper appreciation for elephants," said Farzana Khubchandani of Google Kenya.
What to watch on Tuesday, September 15... SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 12:01am, Hulu The Mindy Project The sitcom moves to Hulu for its fourth season, debuting new episodes weekly beginning with "While I Was Sleeping." Danny's reluctance to pop the question has Mindy fantasizing about domestic bliss with an ideal beau (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). SEASON 1 FINALE, 8pm, PBS In Their Own Words Muppets creator Jim Henson is the subject, including his landmark work on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show . An impressive resume, and yet it won't stop those two snarky geezers in the balcony from making snide remarks the whole time. SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, CBS Zoo "That Great Big Hill of Hope" finds Renegade Zoologist Jackson Oz and his merry band of animal-conspiracy-fighters making one last ditch effort to find a cure. But will their efforts be thwarted by an insurmountable obstacle in the form of, oh, let's say, an enormous possum Voltron made up of dozens of angry possums? 9pm, PBS American Experience The conclusion of this profile of Walt Disney includes more highlights from the studio's vault, commentary from his colleagues and biographers, and the first on-camera interview in decades with a visibly emotional Goofy. 9pm, Syfy Face Off "The Gauntlet" puts the nine remaining artists through a series of three challenges, each more diabolically difficult than the last. SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris As you might expect, Neil Patrick Harris hosts this variety show brimming with comedy skits, musical performances, games, celebrity guests, probably magic, maybe some plate-spinning, safe to guess a chimp on a unicycle at some point, potentially the Harlem Globetrotters, and all other manner of network TV entertainment potpourri. Reese Witherspoon joins as the guest announcer in the premiere. SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, FX The Bastard Executioner A former knight struggles to trade his swords for plowshares in the latest blood-marinated drama from Kurt Sutter, set in Ye Olde Medieval Wales. Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, and Stephen Moyer star. 10pm, BET Real Husbands of Hollywood "Cabin Pressure" sends the fellas on their annual trip to the NBA All-Star Weekend. And if you suspect that they'll encounter travel headaches, nutball fans, and whatever hijinks Regina Hall and Nadine Velazquez have in store, well then you probably have a pretty good handle on life in a sitcom universe. 10pm, TNT Public Morals It's "Ladies Night" and the feeling's right for temporary partners Shea and O'Bannon, or at least I hope it is, because otherwise I've wasted a perfectly good Kool & the Gang joke. Elsewhere, Muldoon and Latucci take advantage of professional perks during a double date with their wives, while Kane schemes to avenge Mr. O's death. 10:30pm, Comedy Central Drunk History Scenes from the Big Easy include Louis Armstrong rising to apex of the jazz world, Sam Zemurray striking it big in the banana business, and pirate John Lafitte helping Andrew Jackson win the utterly pointless Battle of New Orleans. Performers include Jack McBrayer, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Miles Brown, and Andre Royo. LATE-NITE: – Paul Bettany, David Drew Howe & Pam Howe, and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on Conan , 11pm, TBS – Salman Rushdie and Ricky Velez on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore , 11:30pm, Comedy Central – Robert De Niro, Ariana Grande, and Duran Duran on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , 11:35pm, NBC – Jake Gyllenhaal, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Run The Jewels with TV On The Radio on Late Show with Stephen Colbert , 11:35pm, CBS – John Stamos, Jake Tapper, and Cold War Kids on Jimmy Kimmel Live , 11:35pm, ABC – Josh Brolin, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Judd Winick, and Abe Laboriel, Jr. on Late Night with Seth Meyers , 12:35am, NBC – Pauley Perrette and Alice Cooper on The Late Late Show with James Corden , 12:37am, CBS WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?