Blog Archive: July 2015

Cecil the lion’s death highlights declining African lion population

WASHINGTON — The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions say the big cats have been in big trouble for years. They’ve watched the African lion population shrink by more than half since 1980 and dwindle even faster in East Africa, where lions used to be most abundant. They’ve seen trophy hunting like Palmer’s — promoted as a way of raising cash to preserve wildlife populations— fail to live up to its promise. And even more importantly,

Wilmington during wartime: The Los Angeles Port of Embarkation and Camp Ross

The Daily Breeze’s Sam Gnerre looks at the way we were in the South Bay The U.S. Armed forces wasted no time in preparing for the movement of men and materials in support of World War II. In March 1941, months before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor, the War Department already had taken control of the Panama Pacific Terminal, Berths 232-A and B, on Terminal Island with the purpose of using the docks there

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