WASHINGTON – Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the many beautiful and varied forms of endangered wildlife on our planet as well as an occasion to raise awareness and incite action to protect wild animals from the brink of extinction. This national holiday was created to educate people on the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats, threats they face, and what actions they can take. Endangered Species Day was established in 2006 by the U.S. Senate and is celebrated annually on the third Friday in May. Although Endangered Species Day is a national holiday, many countries worldwide have now chosen to observe it as well.
BOSTON (AP) – President John F. Kennedy loved the sea, and perhaps nothing represented that love more than the wooden sailboat the family bought when he was just 15.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Dave DeBruyn, the longtime curator for the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, never met the Apollo astronaut for whom the planetarium is named.
ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) – It’s been 140 years since a train disaster killed nearly 100 people when a bridge collapsed over a river in far northeast Ohio, but Dave Tobias is still looking for artifacts from the tragedy.
NEW YORK – LiveAuctioneers.com, the world’s leading online platform for auctions of collectibles, antiques and fine art, has been named “One of the Best Places to Work in New York City” by Crain’s New York Business for 2016.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is holding a field hearing this week focused on state laws that prohibit ivory sales.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the last two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans’ newest streetcar line will open Sunday, carrying riders along the edge of the French Quarter and part of an adjacent neighborhood.
The 1.3-mile route along Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue also passes historic neighborhoods where French, Spanish, free people of color and former slaves built homes in the 1800s, just outside the original city limits of New Orleans.
It’s the city’s first new streetcar line since 2013 and will extend that downtown line, which connects the Amtrak train and Greyhound bus station, the Superdome and the French Quarter along Loyola Avenue.
It will pass between the French Quarter and Treme, which has been described as the nation’s oldest black neighborhood — St. Augustine Catholic Church was built there in 1841 for free people of color. The neighborhood was dramatized in the HBO series “Treme” and described in the documentary “Faubourg Treme — The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.”
The line ends where the Faubourg Marigny and the St. Roch neighborhood meet. “The Marigny,” between the Mississippi River and the streetcar line just east of the French Quarter, was developed in 1805 as New Orleans’ second suburb. Just north of that is St. Roch, another antebellum neighborhood of free people of color.
In the 1920s, New Orleans had 225 miles of streetcar lines. Only one of them survived: the route where 93-year-old cars with mahogany seats rumble beneath the huge oaks along St. Charles Avenue. That 13.2-mile line and its streetcars were placed on the list of National Historic Landmarks in 2014.
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said the Rampart Street line’s opening is among several changes to begin Sunday. Those include adding buses to several routes and doubling the Canal Street streetcar route from a car every 20 minutes to one every 10 minutes. The route runs from the aquarium at the foot of Canal Street to the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park.
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
St. Augustine Catholic Church: http://www.staugchurch.org/Church-History
Faubourg Marigny: http://www.faubourgmarigny.org/aboutneighborhood.html
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BOSTON (AP) – How much of John F. Kennedy’s public persona was privately molded by his wife, Jacqueline?
Quite a bit, according to a new documentary, JFK: Fact and Fable. The film examines the role she played in reshaping the modern presidency by popularizing the Camelot image.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – After a lengthy investigation, authorities still don’t know what caused a massive explosion that killed two men inside a vintage military tank.