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Chesapeake's health is a C; lion born at zoo; nonprofits get tax deadline break

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Chesapeake's health grade gets a boost

The Chesapeake Bay is getting a C on its annual report card.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences announced the grade for the bay's health in 2009 Tuesday in Middle River. It's up slightly from a C-minus in 2008.

The center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Chesapeake Bay office conduct the analysis annually. Scientists attribute the slight improvement to unique regional rainfall patterns and continued efforts to reduce pollution in the bay watershed.

-- Associated Press

Zoo welcomes first lion cub in 20 years

National Zoo officials announced Tuesday that for the first time in more than 20 years, a lion cub has been born at the zoo.

Nababiep, 6, gave birth Tuesday about 4 a.m. It's her first cub.

"This is a historic moment for the National Zoo and positions us to contribute even more significantly to the conservation of African lions and to become leaders in the captive management of a pride," said zoo director Dennis Kelly.

The cub, whose sex is not yet known, will not be out in the yard until summer. Until then, the public can view the cub via Lion Cam..

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