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2008-08-29 12:00:50

By Denis Cuff The East Bay Regional Park District today plans to begin inspecting all private boats before launching at Del Valle Reservoir in Livermore and Contra Loma Reservoir near Antioch to prevent the spread of destructive quagga and zebra mussels. Boats found with the mussels attached or inside will be turned away from the popular recreational lakes. Beginning July 10, any boat containing standing water will be refused entry. The inspections will be free for one week. Effective...

2008-08-27 15:00:43

By Ned MacKay Boat owners take note: A mandatory boat inspection program is under way at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch in an effort to keep the reservoir free of invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Microscopic larvae from these mussels can spread from standing water or wet surfaces on boats that have been used in infected lakes. Although no quagga or zebra mussels have been found at Contra Loma, they showed up in a reservoir near Hollister about 90 miles from East Bay Regional Park...

2008-08-17 18:00:23

Biologists have confirmed the first cases of avian botulism on Lake Michigan this year. Four shorebirds that washed up at Ludington State Park in mid-July represented the furthest south that botulism has been found on the lake, although more than 8,000 birds died of the disease along northern Michigan last fall, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday. Avian botulism is not harmful to humans and occurs naturally in the Great Lakes where about 50,000 birds have died on Lake Erie and Lake...

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2008-08-16 18:15:00

Lake Michigan's ecosystem is being threatened by a quick producing, tiny snail. The invasive creature has scientists worrying about the lake's balance. The New Zealand mud snail joins a rapidly growing list of nonnative species moving into the Great Lakes, threatening to disrupt the food chain and change the local environment. The snails reproduce asexually and in large numbers, and have no natural predators in North America, said Kevin Cummings, a scientist who works for the Natural History...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

OFF ATWATER BEACH, Wis. _ This place should be an underwater desert. But as the trio of researchers wearing scuba tanks and lead weights drops through the water, the landscape of rounded stones 30 feet below is disturbingly full of strange, new life. In just a few years, the gravel and white boulders that for centuries covered the bottom of Lake Michigan between Chicago and the Door County peninsula have disappeared under a carpet of mussels and primitive plant life. The change is not...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By Chris Woodka, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Aug. 2--If they're in there, they're still hiding. After nearly 19,000 inspections at Lake Pueblo in the past three months, no new evidence of zebra mussels has surfaced. Periodic sweeps of the lake and others in the state by the Division of Wildlife turned up larvae of quagga mussels at Lake Granby, but nothing so far at Lake Pueblo. That doesn't mean the rangers or wildlife officers will stop looking. "The inspections will continue as...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Michael Pearce, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 1--Zebra mussels have been found at Lake Afton, the second time this week the invasive species has been found in Wichita-area lakes. They were found Monday in Marion Lake. Zebra mussels are highly prolific and can clog water in-take structures of power plants and out-compete native mussels and fish for food. Their sharp shells are also hazardous to swimmers and waders. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

By James Janega, Chicago Tribune Jul. 30--OFF ATWATER BEACH, Wis. -- OFF ATWATER BEACH, Wis. -- This place should be an underwater desert. But as the three researchers wearing scuba tanks and lead weights drop through the water, the landscape of rounded stones 30 feet below is disturbingly full of strange, new life. In just a few years, the gravel and white boulders that for centuries covered the bottom of Lake Michigan between Chicago and the Door County, Wis., peninsula have...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Michael Pearce, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 30--Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks officials said Tuesday that zebra mussels were found Monday in Marion Reservoir. Marion becomes the third reservoir near Wichita where the mussels have been found since 2003. Jason Goeckler, Wildlife and Parks aquatic nuisance species coordinator, said only one mussel and some larvae were detected. He projects a population explosion and problems in coming years. Zebra mussels are prolific...

2008-07-25 18:00:33

By JIM MORRIS OUTDOORS Every once in a while Congress will surprise you and do the right thing. On Tuesday, July 22, after several months of consideration, Congress passed The Clean Boating Act of 2008, which keeps all boaters from paying an unfair tax to the EPA. I was beginning to wonder, since the deadline for such action would have been Sept. 30. Now all that has to happen is for the president to sign the legislation into law. That should happen without a hitch, since both...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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