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2009-10-15 09:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing to 11 ft. in length, Sevengills are the largest of the five species of sharks that are commonly found in San Francisco Bay, but little is known about their lifestyle or habitat requirements. In 2008, Aquarium of the Bay partnered with the UC-Davis Biotelemetry Lab to learn more about the sharks' long-term movements and breeding patterns. To date, this innovative program has implanted acoustic transmitters in 25 Sevengills. Monitors...

2009-09-28 09:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating San Francisco Bay's enigmatic shark species, Aquarium of the Bay, in partnership with Sea Stewards, presents SHARKtober, a month-long event focusing on the local shark population. SHARKtober celebrates the White Sharks' annual return to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, while increasing awareness of the five different species of sharks that live in the Bay. Shark-related activities will take place all month at...

2009-08-31 14:00:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- When westbound motorists cross the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after the upcoming Labor Day weekend closure, some longtime fixtures in the toll plaza area will be conspicuous by their absence. Work crews will take advantage of the four-day closure to begin improving the right-hand side of the toll plaza area for FasTrak(R)-equipped vehicles approaching the bridge from Interstate 880 or West Grand Avenue. This will include removing the...

2009-08-29 14:00:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Festivities were held today to mark the official opening of a new pedestrian/bicycle path on the George Miller, Jr. Memorial Bridge leading from Benicia to Martinez. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) and Caltrans hosted opening events at both ends of the bridge, with a ribbon-cutting in Martinez at the foot of the bridge kicking off the festivities. Attendees then joined in the official first walk/ride...

2009-08-13 16:06:00

Fleet Mgt. Ltd. Agrees to Pay $10 Million for Pollution and Obstruction Crimes WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fleet Management Ltd., a Hong Kong-based ship management firm, pleaded guilty today to a criminal violation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 for its role in negligently causing the discharge of more than 50,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay from the Cosco Busan when the vessel struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge in dense fog on Nov. 7, 2007. Fleet...

2009-08-05 09:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Reflecting its new nonprofit status, Aquarium of the Bay today announced that it will begin offering volunteer positions to Bay Area residents. Aquarium of the Bay - which is located right on San Francisco's waterfront - is the only aquarium focused on the marine animals and ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters. "As a privately-owned aquarium, we regularly got queries from people seeking to volunteer for docent, diver and other...

2009-07-30 14:48:00

Reps. Cardoza, Costa championed new Farm Bill partnership programs, enabling coalition of growers and conservationists to secure funds WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmers in the Northern San Joaquin Valley will be eligible for more than $2.6 million in funds this year under two new farm bill conservation partnership programs this year to tackle some of the region's most pressing environmental problems. The awards will be renewable for several years, likely bringing the...

2009-07-29 15:09:00

OAKLAND, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's newly released Transportation 2035 Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area: Change in Motion, is now available for viewing online, along with other companion technical reports, at www.mtc.ca.gov/planning/2035_plan. The Plan is a 25-year vision for a regional transportation system that bolsters our economy, safeguards our environment, and ensures equitable transportation access for all Bay Area residents --...

2009-07-29 09:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquarium of the Bay today unveiled an interactive exhibit focusing on marshes and mudflats of the San Francisco Bay. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the exhibit highlights the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERR), a state-federal government partnership that conducts scientific research and offers education programs about our nation's estuaries. "The San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary on the...

2009-07-17 16:43:00

Pilot Sentenced to Serve 10 Months in Federal Prison WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Joseph Cota, the pilot who caused the Cosco Busan, a 900-foot long container ship, to collide with the San Francisco Bay Bridge and discharge approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay, was today sentenced to serve 10 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston for the Northern District of California, the Justice Department announced. Cota, who...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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