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Chattanooga Zoo Adds Two Cougar Cubs
Chattanooga Zoo announced the arrival of two 5-month old cougar cubs. The brother and sister were found orphaned and starving in a chicken coop in Montana by Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Park Services. It is not clear what happened to the cubs’ mother but both cougars were severely emaciated upon rescue.
The cougars were picked up in Montana by Oregon Zoo staff, who then cared for the cubs until transfer to the Chattanooga Zoo, the cougars new home, could be arranged. The cougar cubs arrived safely in Chattanooga on Tuesday.
The male cub weighs 37 pounds and the female cub weighs 32.
“All of us at the Chattanooga Zoo are simply thrilled to have these two precious cougar cubs here at our Zoo,” says Zoo Executive Director, Darde Long. "Their story of survival sends a wonderful conservation message and we feel privileged to provide them with a permanent home.”
The two cubs will share their home with existing Cougar Express resident, Mia Mia. Although still fairly shy, the cubs have formed a strong bond with each other and zoo staff is hopeful that bond will soon extend to zoo keepers and the Zoo’s existing older cougar.
Given that the cubs were rescued from the wild, they will be in quarantine for the next three months. Once the quarantine period has been completed and the cubs show no health problems, the cubs will be released onto exhibit.
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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK-AUTHOR
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- She isn't doing spoilers. But the woman whose best-selling prison memoir has become the TV show "Orange is the New Black" is dropping some small hints about the upcoming season. Piper Kerman says season 3 of the Netflix series "holds some really amazing stories and twists and turns." And she says some of those plot twists involve characters in the show whom audiences "care passionately about." Kerman says the new season will also provide some back-stories for some of the characters -- while drawing out the lives of new characters. Kerman attended a book signing yesterday in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Piper Kerman says she doesn't want people to think because a hit TV show came out of her time behind bars that she lacks remorse.
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Piper Kerman says she has regrets about what she did to earn a prison stint.
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Piper Kerman suggests producers of "Orange Is The New Black" have plot twists up their sleeves for the new season.
MICHAEL PHELPS-CHARGING DOCUMENTS
BALTIMORE (AP) -- He darts around a swimming pool at a pretty quick clip. And it also appears Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was moving along rapidly on a Baltimore highway when he was stopped the other morning. Charging documents say Phelps was going 84 miles per hour in a 45-mile per hour zone. He was charged with DUI -- and authorities say he blew a .14 percent on his blood-alcohol test -- nearly double the Maryland limit of .08. Police say his eyes were red and bloodshot and that his speech was so slurred it sounded -- as the report says -- "mush mouth." When asked to do a one-leg stand, the statement says Phelps responded: "that's not happening." Phelps faces a number of charges in the incident. Trial is set for Nov. 19.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports charging documents suggest it was clear to police that Michael Phelps was impaired when pulled over Tuesday.
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Oscar Wells Gabriel
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports it's unlikely Michael Phelps will do jail time for his latest DUI arrest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is back in the news -- sort of. Police in Beverly Hills, California, were called out to his home -- after his wife reported a burglary. Police didn't find a crime -- but did find Sterling hosting V. Stiviano. Yes, THAT V. Stiviano, the woman whose recordings of Sterling making racist remarks led to his being ousted as Clippers owner and banned for life from the NBA. A police spokesman says Stiviano was an invited guest -- so they left the premises.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gloria Steinem says people still have trouble understanding domestic violence. But she says the recent incidents involving ex-football star Ray Rice and other athletes have at least caused people to talk about the issue. The feminist pioneer says back in the day, no one even used the term domestic violence -- it was "just called life." Steinem says people still think the mistreatment of women is something that happens in other countries -- not the U.S. But she says there have been more women killed by their husbands or boyfriends -- than all the Americans killed in 9/11 or in Afghanistan and Iraq.
FELICITY HUFFMAN-NEW ROLE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Felicity Huffman says other than playing a mom, there's no difference between the roles she has in "Desperate Housewives" and in "American Crime." Huffman says after playing Lynette Scavo for eight years, she has been looking for something that will make TV audiences think "There's Felicity Huffman" and not "Oh, there's Lynette." Huffman is on a more important crusade than just avoiding typecasting. She is promoting her work with Warriors in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She says she'd love it if mothers and daughters got to the point where they ask each other about getting breast exams.
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