Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A2 for 10.07.15: another sad elephant story.

Suspected poachers used cyanide to kill 14 elephants in Zimbabwe's western Hwange national park and in the north since Sept. 26, the national wildlife agency said on Tuesday
Hwange, home of Zimbabwe's most famous lion Cecil who was killed by an American dentist in July, holds 53,000 elephants, twice the park's carrying capacity, the park's agency says.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo said six elephants were killed on Sept. 26 inside Hwange park and their tusks were removed.
On Oct. 2, rangers discovered the carcasses of another five elephants which had been killed after poachers mixed cyanide with coarse salt and maize cobs as bait for the animals, she said.
Washaya-Moyo said three elephants were poisoned by oranges laced with cyanide in a game park in Kariba, north of Zimbabwe, bringing to 14 the number of elephants killed.
Cyanide is widely used in Zimbabwe's mining industry and is relatively easy to obtain.
"No arrests have been made in all the cases and investigations are still in progress," Washaya-Moyo said.
Over the years poachers have used rifles and other traps to poach Zimbabwe's elephants, but started using cyanide in 2013.
Elephant conservation groups said in 2013 as many as 300 elephants died in Hwange park after poachers laced salt pans with cyanide. The government strongly disputed the figure, saying only a few dozen animals had died.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Farewell, Bob Stein

Still in progress with the words to accompany this drawing for my journalism mentor, Bob Stein. He is retiring after a lifetime in the newspaper business. He essentially hired me, gave me a chance at the mere age of 21 to be on the design team of the Valley News Dispatch. In the years following, he taught me how to craft headlines, how to choose the best photographs, how to design a newspaper page. He saw potential in me as a journalist, and without him, my career would not exist. He directed me in a play; he gave me vinyls from his collection, including Joni Mitchell "Blue." I will be forever grateful to Bob for directing me and showing me guidance and being generous and humble and telling the truth. I'm going to miss him in the newsroom. Maybe those are the words I shall write on the space that is left.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fetterman front page

The rock star mayor of Braddock joins the race for U.S. Senate from the roof of his house.

“I do not look like a typical politician,” said the 6-foot, 8-inch tattooed Harvard University grad, wearing a black short-sleeved work shirt, cargo shorts and high-tops.
“Good!” exclaimed someone in the crowd.
Read Salena Zito's story in the Trib!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Articulated Paper Caterpillar

I've changed so many times since this morning, you see...

Thursday, August 27, 2015