How a landmark bill and a small patch of land could save Florida’s panthers | preservation

B.Beyond the dirt tracks and swamps of the Florida Everglades lies a narrow, unremarkable strip of land that has taken on outsize importance in the battle to save the state’s critically endangered panthers. Barely 11 miles (18km) long and a mile wide, Chaparral Slough occupies a forgotten corner of south-west Florida, where cattle roam, cowboys … Read more

‘Cocaine Bear’ movie based on a true story: Pablo Eskobear eats cocaine

Comment on this story comment It’s a premise meant to send adrenaline racing through moviegoers’ veins: A bloodthirsty bear chasing people through a forest — high out of its mind on cocaine. Director Elizabeth Banks’s wild new horror-comedy “Cocaine Bear,” in theaters February but previewed in a trailer Wednesday, tells the story of a black … Read more

The staying power of Smokey Bear

Many people of a certain age have a special affection for Smokey Bear, or “Smokey the Bear,” as he has also been called. I remember reading Smokey’s story—how he was rescued from a wildfire in New Mexico in 1950 and became the symbol of fire awareness in the woods for generations. Posters and signs showing … Read more

Behind the ‘coke-fueled rampage for blow — and blood’

The tale of “Cocaine Bear” is nothing to sniff at. Those who viewed yesterday’s Redband trailer — about a black bear’s cocaine-fueled rampage through the Southern forest — were undoubtedly skeptical of the teaser caption claiming that the flick was “inspired by true events.” However, its far-fetched premise is indeed based on a true story. … Read more

Behind the ‘coke-fueled rampage for blow — and blood’

The tale of “Cocaine Bear” is nothing to sniff at. Those who viewed yesterday’s Redband trailer — about a black bear’s cocaine-fueled rampage through the Southern forest — were undoubtedly skeptical of the teaser caption claiming that the flick was “inspired by true events.” However, its far-fetched premise is indeed based on a true story. … Read more

Marine vet gets Lakers crowd hopped up by chugging from prosthetic

Marine veteran Annika Hutsler wasn’t even sure she was going to the Lakers-Pacers basketball game on Monday until the morning of the game. When a friend reached out the night before asking if she wanted his extra ticket, Hutsler, who lives in Los Angeles, initially said no. Despite being an athlete who competes in adaptive … Read more