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Martha the Eagle Is on the Mend

The female bald eagle known as Martha, attacked by another bird close to Martha's nest near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, showed signs of improvement yesterday at a Delaware veterinary hospital.

Veterinarian Erica Miller, of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, said the bird's puncture wounds were "healing up quite nicely," that she was a little more alert and that her chances of escaping a dangerous infection were "looking really good."

Martha's mate, George, who was guarding the nest when she was attacked Wednesday, "is hanging in there," bridge environmental specialist Stephanie R. Spears said yesterday. She said he appeared to be feeding a chick in the nest.

The pair had at least two eggs, which were due to begin hatching last week.

-- D'Vera Cohn


Exhibit Links Plants and Crime

Pollen dust, tree growth rings and plant seeds -- seemingly unassuming objects -- have played a role in bringing down criminals from kidnappers to killers. Plants, it turns out, can play a major role in crime scene investigations and court evidence, according to a new exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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