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  • Bees Chase Car for Two Days to Rescue Their Queen

    05/25/2016 12:07:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 25, 2016
    This is the story of a ferocious army determined to rescue their queen from a metal fortress. Or, viewed another way, a swarm of bees who, for two days, followed their queen bee trapped inside a Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander belongs to Carol Howarth, a 68-year-old grandmother, who had no idea she’d picked up a tiny winged passenger when she visited a nature reserve. Later, when she stopped to go shopping in Haverfordwest, West Wales, the bees descended – thousands and thousands of them. Tom Moses, who works as a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger, was driving by when he...
  • Bees interrupt Barack Obama storytelling as children scream

    04/08/2015 4:59:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 8, 2015 | Telegraph Tv, AP
    A group of unwelcome bees disrupted US President Barack Obama's storytelling session for children at the launch of the White House Easter egg roll on Monday.
  • EDITORIAL: Bad news for bee busybodies

    05/27/2014 7:34:30 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-26-14 | The Washington Times
    The hardy honeybees are back, having returned from dark and mysterious places in the imaginations of the environmentalists. The latest numbers from the Agriculture Department are a stinging rebuke to the doomsayers who spread hysterical tales of a mysterious apocalypse of beedom. In the latest annual survey, federal bee counters reported the lowest rate of over-the-winter bee losses in nearly a decade. Beekeepers call a loss of 19 percent to the cold weather an acceptable mortality rate. The latest loss was not much higher at 23 percent, undercutting the dire storyline pushed by environmentalists that our fuzzy friends would be...
  • Bee Deaths Reversal: As Evidence Points Away From Neonics As Driver, Pressure Builds To Rethink Ban

    02/07/2014 5:21:27 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-5-2014 | Jon Entine
    If the Environmental Protection Agency moves to restrict neonicotinoid pesticides, often called neonics, because of fears that they are causing bee deaths, it will happen in spite of the mounting empirical evidence rather than because of it. Last December, in response to fevered political pressure, the European Commission banned the use of neonics for two years. The moratorium, guided by the precautionary politics that now dominate science-based regulation in Europe, took effect just as a number of new studies shed increasing doubt on the belief that neonics play a key role in bee health. (snip) The “crisis” prompting this handwringing...
  • Short-haired bumblebee returns to Britain after 25 years

    09/18/2013 1:41:38 AM PDT · by llevrok · 4 replies
    Conservationists working on its return are celebrating a milestone after the bee nested for the first time. The bee vanished from the UK in the 1980s, having suffered declines over the previous 60 years as its wildflower-rich grassland habitat was lost, and was officially declared extinct in 2000. A reintroduction project has brought queen bumblebees over from a healthy population in Sweden and after two releases of queens at the RSPB's Dungeness reserve in Kent, offspring worker bees have been recorded at the site for the first time. Nikki Gammans, who leads the project, said: "This is a milestone for...
  • Bernanke: Students must be wise with college loans

    08/07/2012 1:53:33 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee / AP ^ | 8-7-2012 | Staff
    WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says students need to be careful when investing in their education. Bernanke says taking on debt to pay for college can be an important way of increasing one's earning potential. But higher education can also become a financial burden if it doesn't lead to a good job, he warns.
  • Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security

    02/06/2011 2:45:11 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 95 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:30PM GMT 06 Feb 2011 | By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
    Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees. These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace. The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high in real terms (not just nominal) and grain shortages trigger revolutions in the Middle East, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee...
  • A palace fit for a queen (bee)

    02/03/2011 3:36:22 AM PST · by Daffynition · 58 replies · 1+ views ^ | Feb 02 2011 | unknown
    Beepods are handsome, made-in-Wisconsin wooden beehives designed for optimum bee comfort and user-friendliness. The cost? Under $500. Now show me the honey ... Along with backyard chicken-keeping, urban beekeeping is another exercise in countrified self-sufficiency that’s really picked up steam over the past couple of years and been embraced by city dwellers … the latest “urban agricultural must-have,” as the New York Times put it back in 2009. The whole bees-in-the-city movement reached an unofficial climax back in March when the ban on residential beekeeping was lifted in New York City (although NYC beekeepers had been practicing and celebrating it...
  • Bees' tiny brains beat computers, study finds

    10/25/2010 7:18:50 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 31 replies ^ | 10/24/2010
    Bees can solve complex mathematical problems which keep computers busy for days, research has shown. The insects learn to fly the shortest route between flowers discovered in random order, effectively solving the "travelling salesman problem" , said scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London. The conundrum involves finding the shortest route that allows a travelling salesman to call at all the locations he has to visit. Computers solve the problem by comparing the length of all possible routes and choosing the one that is shortest. Bees manage to reach the same solution using a brain the size of a grass...
  • British beekeeper breeds 'super-bee' that protects itself from deadly mite wiping out colonies

    08/24/2010 5:29:35 PM PDT · by dennisw · 42 replies
    dailymail ^ | 25th August 2010 | By Chris Brooke
    Ron Hoskins has found a breed of the insect that protects itself against the parasite blamed for the alarming fall in numbers. The 79-year-old made the discovery after realising that one of his hives had far fewer deaths from the varroa mite than others. He found that the insects in that hive 'groomed' each other to get rid of the mites before they had the chance to do any harm. Now he is attempting to spread his mite-resistant breed of bees by cross-breeding them with queens from other hives. Decline: The UK's bee population had dropped by 60 per cent...
  • Sweet little hobby (Happy (belated) National Honey Bee Awareness Day!!!)

    08/23/2010 9:22:39 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette (subscription may be needed) ^ | 21 AUG 10 | JANET CARSON-Arkansas Democrat Gazette
    Sweet little hobby Create a buzz, and help distressed bees, with your own hive JANET CARSON SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE While some people fear bees and many worry about getting stung, these little insects more than redeem themselves as the primary pollinators of plants worldwide. Today is National Honeybee Appreciation Day — well deserved because it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of flowering plants and almost a third of human food crops need bees as pollinators. Reports have been claiming the loss of bee populations is due to mites, pesticides and human activities. Many species of pollinators, including bees,...
  • A Census With Stingers: Counting New York’s Bee Population

    06/10/2010 3:45:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 147+ views
    wsj ^ | June 10, 2010 | Benjamin Popper
    When Susan Baxter stops to smell the roses, she has a higher purpose in mind. “On the sidewalks or in parks, wherever I go these days, I stop and count the bees,” says Baxter, a investment associate at UBS. In her own backyard on the Lower East Side, she sometimes spends an hour sipping cocktails and counting bees. “My neighbors all think I’m a weirdo.”
  • First beehives from Biblical Israel discovered

    06/10/2010 12:38:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies · 554+ views ^ | 6-09-2010 | By Clara Moskowitz
    Recently discovered beehives from ancient Israel 3,000 years ago appear to be the oldest evidence for beekeeping ever found, scientists reported. Archaeologists identified the remains of honeybees — including workers, drones, pupae, and larvae — inside about 30 clay cylinders thought to have been used as beehives at the site of Tel Rehov in the Jordan valley in northern Israel. This is the first such discovery from ancient times. "Although texts and wall paintings suggest that bees were kept in the Ancient Near East for the production of precious wax and honey, archaeological evidence for beekeeping has never been found,"...
  • Schumer speaks out against 'honey laundering'

    06/10/2010 11:21:28 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies · 368+ views
    Copyright © 2010 Finger Lakes Times - All rights reserved ^ | Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:56 AM CDT | by SEAN McCRACKEN/
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a crackdown on a unique brand of laundering. Not money or drug laundering, but honey. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced yesterday that his office will press Immigrations and Custom Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration to more stringently regulate mislabeled honey brought into the country and the state by Chinese exporters. Almost 10 years ago, Chinese honey became the subject of special taxes when it was found that Chinese honey traders were engaging in what Schumer called “predatory trade practices.” Schumer said, since then, those traders have gone to extraordinary...
  • Biblical Bees Imported from Turkey?.....

    06/10/2010 11:28:37 AM PDT · by TaraP · 8 replies · 185+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | JUne 10th, 2010
    Ancient Biblical beehives have been discovered in the northern Israeli site of Tel Rehov, in the Jordan Valley. Archaeologists found the 3,000-year-old remains of honeybees – including workers, drones, pupae and larvae – inside some 30 clay cylinders, according to a report published in the June 8 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A high-resolution microscope was used to study the bodies of the small insects. The scientists said they found that their legs and wings appeared to indicate they more closely resemble the bees found in modern-day Turkey than those of present-day Israel. The bee...
  • 2 Victim Dies in I-35 Bee Truck Crash

    05/25/2010 8:40:38 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 21 replies · 1,089+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-25-10 | Staff
    LAKEVILLE, Minn. - A second person has died in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 in Lakeville that released a swarm of bees from a semi. Two semi trucks, including one carrying millions of bees, and two cars collided on Interstate 35 late Monday morning . The driver of one of the cars died at the scene. The driver of the other car was airlifted to a hospital and died Monday evening. The drivers killed in the crash have been identified as 24-year-old Kari Rasmussen of St. Anthony, Minn. and 50-year-old Pamela Brinkhaus of Elko, Minn. Several first responders were...
  • Mobile phone towers threaten honey bees: study (INDIA)

    03/29/2010 8:57:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies · 1,095+ views ^ | 8-31-2009 | Staff
    NEW DELHI – The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phone towers and cellphones can pose a threat to honey bees, a study published in India has concluded. An experiment conducted in the southern state of Kerala found that a sudden fall in the bee population was caused by towers installed across the state by cellphone companies to increase their network. The electromagnetic waves emitted by the towers crippled the "navigational skills" of the worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies, said Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy, who conducted the study, the Press Trust of India...
  • Scientists stumped as bee population declines further

    03/29/2010 8:48:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 116 replies · 1,814+ views
    AFT via ^ | 3/29/2010 | Staff
    The decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing, a phenomenon that still baffles researchers and beekeepers. Data from the US Department of Agriculture show a 29 percent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 percent decline in 2008 and a 32 percent fall in 2007. This affects not only honey production but around 15 billion dollars worth of crops that depend on bees for pollination. Scientists call the phenomenon "colony collapse disorder" that has led to the disappearance of millions of adult bees and beehives and occurred elsewhere in the world including in Europe....
  • New Israeli vaccine could save bees from colony collapse disorder

    07/16/2009 1:51:42 PM PDT · by Michel12 · 30 replies · 791+ views
    Israel 21C ^ | July 15 2009 | Nitsana Bellehsen
    An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary new drug that could solve the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, the disturbing syndrome that has been wiping out bee communities and threatening agricultural production all over the world. The drug, Remembee, which was developed by Beeologics, has completed successful clinical trials on millions of bees in North America. Not only has it proved effective in maintaining bee health, but it also improved the longevity of bees and increased the honey in the hives. Based on Nobel prize-winning RNAI technology, Remembee helps the bees overcome IAVP virus, also discovered in Israel, which has...
  • Semifinals of National Spelling Bee under way

    05/28/2009 9:40:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 474+ views
    Google | AP ^ | 5/28/09 | Joseph White
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty-one youngsters are competing for the title of national spelling champion. The semifinals of the 82nd Scripps Nationals Spelling Bee began Thursday morning. The semifinalists are those remaining from a record 293 participants who arrived in the nation's capital this week.
  • Buzz off! Bee swarm traps workers in NY game store

    05/23/2009 10:08:24 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 1,094+ views
    NEW YORK Thousands of bees have swarmed outside a New York City game store, trapping employees inside for hours. Worried employees looked out the window of the Manhattan store while talking on the phone as the bees clustered Saturday afternoon. A sign in the window warned: "Look! ... closed due to bee infestation." Most passers-by avoided the GameStop store near Union Square, one of the city's busiest shopping areas. But Edward Albers tried to help. Dressed in regular clothes, he lured many bees into a box without getting stung.
  • Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse?

    04/24/2009 6:11:15 PM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 29 replies · 1,308+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 14, 2009 | unattributed
    For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success. In a study published in the new journal from the Society for Applied Microbiology: Environmental Microbiology Reports, scientists from Spain analysed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as colony collapse disorder in the USA)...
  • Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse? (How will Obama take credit for this)

    04/15/2009 11:09:59 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 12 replies · 836+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4/15/2009 | Adapted from materials provided by Wiley - Blackwell, via AlphaGalileo.
    For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success.
  • Fresno Bee to lay off full-time and 5 part-time, implement pay cut (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/03/2009 3:07:07 PM PST · by abb · 8 replies · 484+ views
    McClatchyWatch ^ | March 3, 2009 | Staff
    BARGAINING BULLETIN March 3, 2009 The Fresno Bee bargaining committee met Tuesday morning with Fresno Bee management to be briefed on layoff plans and a company proposal for fewer layoffs combined with pay cuts and other measures outlined below. Basically, we have two options: 1. Layoff of 21 full-time and five part-time employees in the bargaining unit. Under our contract, the company can do this without our consent. . 2. Layoff of 16 full-time and five part-time employees in the bargaining unit, plus all of the following. This option requires approval by our membership: a. Pay cuts, effective April 13,...
  • To bee or not to bee?

    01/26/2009 1:28:54 PM PST · by djf · 36 replies · 1,307+ views
    A couple years back, I was visiting a local gardener who has a very green thumb. Now he had dozens of wooden blocks and cans around, so I asked him, and he said they were Mason bees, and he just handed me a can! So I took it home and hung it on a nail on my porch. The can looks like this, although this is just a sample: Well, last March, towards the end of the month, I noticed a bee coming out! Didn't take very long before I had bees up my butt (so to speak!) What they...
  • Canada truck crash releases 12 million bees

    07/01/2008 4:19:21 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 41 replies · 44+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | July 1, 2008 | Staff
    Twelve million honey bees were released along Canada's largest highway in northwest New Brunswick, yesterday after a crashed and flipped over. Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the lorry had 330 crates of bees on board when the driver tried to negotiate a ramp. The load apparently shifted inside the trailer, sending the entire vehicle off balance and causing it to overturn. At least 12 million bees escaped as the lorry's container burst open and the crates were tossed around, but police said a downpour Police said a downpour of rain has helped to contain the bees in and around the...
  • 100 'Killer Bee' Stings Kill Fla. Man

    04/12/2008 11:46:31 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 27 replies · 685+ views
    local6 ^ | 12-april-2008
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A man in Florida died after being stung more than 100 times by bees that officials think were Africanized honey bees. The man had a fatal reaction to the bee stings, medical officials said. Local 6 reported that it will likely be reported as the first death in Florida caused by the aggressive bees. The victim's name wasn't released. Africanized bee stings are no more potent than an ordinary bee stings, but the bees are far more aggressive and attack in swarms. Experts say they have been in Florida since 2002, and there have been a few...
  • Carrollton girl chomps down on DNN spelling bee win with 'masseter'

    03/15/2008 3:38:01 PM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies · 588+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 03/15/08 | STACI HUPP
    Mouctika Paluri walked into The Dallas Morning News' 50th annual regional spelling bee knowing more than the two-time defending champion's name. The Carrollton girl had studied Amy's work like a walking Wikipedia. And the only thing sweeter than meeting your role model is beating her.
  • Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato: Ariz. to roll out desert-hue carpet for prince

    02/09/2008 11:30:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 42+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato
    Forget those canned presidential candidate visits. A different kind of political visit will occur next week, as his Royal Highness Prince Andrew touches down on Arizona soil Tuesday. The details are sketchy, but Notebook hears the prince will be touring Honeywell's facility in Phoenix as well as the offices of, a Web site where you can register domain names. Prince Andrew — fourth in line for the British throne — is actually best known for his former wife, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. You might know her as the redhead in those Weight Watchers commercials. On hand for...
  • Mass honeybee deaths go unabated in US hives

    Feb 7 A malady that's killed billions of bees since 2006, threatening about $15 billion in pollinated crops, has been detected again, according to the US Department of Agriculture's top honeybee researcher.
  • Honeybees may be wiped out in 10 years

    01/24/2008 7:37:16 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 20 replies · 482+ views ^ | Sunday, January 20, 2008 | Jasper Copping
    Honeybees will die out in Britain within a decade as virulent diseases and parasites spread through the nation's hives, experts have warned. Whole colonies of bees are already being wiped out, with current methods of pest control unable to stop the problem. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) said that if the crisis continued, honeybees would disappear completely from Britain by 2018, causing "calamitous" economic and environmental problems. It called on the Government to restart shelved research programmes and to fund new ones to try to save the insects. Tim Lovett, the association's president, said: "The situation has become insupportable and...
  • Keep on Keeping On

    12/12/2007 3:15:09 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 2 replies · 131+ views
    St. Augustine Record | December 12, 2007 | swampsniper
  • "To bee, or not to bee?" CARTOON featuring Mike Huckabee...

    12/03/2007 6:55:44 PM PST · by IPWGOP · 10 replies · 1,103+ views ^ | 12/3/2007 | IPWGOP
     Dec. 3, 2007... based on the following news stories: "it is aeronautically impossible for the bumblebee to fly. However, the bumblebee, being unaware of these scientific facts, goes ahead and flies anyway." -Mike Huckabee/bumblebee   Huckabee on taking wing high-flying Mike Huckabee likens his political ascension to the flight of a bumblebee   'Bumblebee' Baptist defies political gravity Huckabee coverage in the UK Times...     This cartoon/graphic is free for noncommercial use in emails, blogs, and forums.
  • Giant hornet or Bee (vanity)

    09/21/2007 8:40:05 PM PDT · by abner · 142 replies · 1,922+ views
    me ^ | 9/21/07 | me
    Alright, I am at a loss and am posting my first real vanity post. Stupid I know so try to go easy. I am trying to identify a giant hornet or bee. This thing has been hanging out on our outside light for at least 2 evenings. Tonight I had my better half take photos. In looking at forums, I haven't really been able to identify this other than the frightening Asian Giant Hornet. I really don't want this to be that as it would have a tendency to really freak me out. Whatever this is is about 2 inches...
  • First Girl in 17 Years Wins Geography Bee Title

    05/23/2007 2:23:17 PM PDT · by Emile · 49 replies · 1,278+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5/23/07 | NITYA VENKATARAMAN
    With calm determination, 14-year-old Caitlin Snaring snared a title on Wednesday that only one other girl in geographic history has held: She won the National Geographic Bee.
  • Cellphones are dangerous/not dangerous, bee-friendly edition

    04/27/2007 8:32:44 AM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 11 replies · 459+ views
    Engadget ^ | 04/27/2007 | Darren Murph
    As the saga continues, we've got yet another flip-flopped story rolling through in regard to the toxicity (or not) of cellphones to our environment. Just under a fortnight ago, a report based on an (admittedly lacking) research study claimed that Colony Collapse Disorder within bees was being encouraged by cellphone radiation. As expected, the researchers began living a life filled with Q&A sessions about the data, and now the "truth" is coming out. Essentially, the scientists are claiming that their data was "misinterpreted," and that the study actually looked at DECT phones and base stations, which transmit a "different frequency...
  • Scientists Identify Pathogens That May Be Causing Global Honey-Bee Deaths

    04/26/2007 9:28:03 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 68 replies · 2,176+ views
    Edgewood Chemical Biological Center ^ | April 26, 2007 | Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
    Scientists Identify Pathogens That May Be Causing Global Honey-Bee Deaths Scientists Identify Pathogens That May Be Causing Global Honey-Bee Deaths Science Daily — Researchers have identified potential culprits behind the wide-spread catastrophic death of honey bees around North America and Europe. A team of scientists from Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and University of California San Francisco identified both a virus and a parasite that are likely behind the recent sudden die-off of honey-bee colonies. ECBC researchers have identified potential culprits behind the wide-spread catastrophic death of honey bees around North America and Europe. (Credit: Scott Bauer, USDA/ARS) Using a...
  • Bees Vanish, and Scientists Race for Reasons

    More than a quarter of the country’s 2.4 million bee colonies have been lost — tens of billions of bees, according to an estimate from the Apiary Inspectors of America, a national group that tracks beekeeping. So far, no one can say what is causing the bees to become disoriented and fail to return to their hives. As with any great mystery, a number of theories have been posed, and many seem to researchers to be more science fiction than science. People have blamed genetically modified crops, cellular phone towers and high-voltage transmission lines for the disappearances. Or was it...
  • The Honey Bee Crisis of 2007: Escalating Honey Bee Decline Baffles Scientists

    02/28/2007 9:36:57 AM PST · by Uncledave · 97 replies · 5,934+ views
    Suite 101 ^ | 2/28/2007 | Sally Morton
    The Honey Bee Crisis of 2007 Escalating Honey Bee Decline Baffles Scientists Sally Morton Feb 17, 2007 The honey bee crisis in the United States has been escalating for several years, rising to "unprecedented" levels of honey bee losses between Oct 2006 and Feb 2007. The honey bee crisis of 2005, which was blamed on the Varoa mite, decimated as much as 50% of honey bee populations in the US, but was weathered, overcome, and quickly passed out of most people’s vocabulary. I wrote an article about it for Suite 101, which you can read here. In it, I gave...
  • Sacramento briefing: Bee lays off 20 employees (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/22/2006 6:07:05 AM PST · by abb · 33 replies · 910+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 22, 2006 | Dale Kasler
    The Bee has laid off 20 employees following reorganizations in its advertising and circulation departments, the newspaper said Tuesday. The circulation department reorganization eliminated 11 jobs, while the moves in the ad department cut six jobs. Three other jobs were eliminated elsewhere, said Bee spokesman Steve Weiss. The cutbacks represented a little more than 1 percent of The Bee's work force of 1,542 employees, he said. Reacting to falling circulation and ad revenue, newspapers around the country have been trimming their work forces through layoffs and buyouts. But while The Bee's parent, The McClatchy Co. of Sacramento, is battling the...
  • Research discovers oldest bee, evolutionary link

    10/26/2006 3:17:58 PM PDT · by Boxen · 66 replies · 1,591+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 25-Oct-2006 | David Stauth
    CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered the oldest bee ever known, a 100 million year old specimen preserved in almost lifelike form in amber, and an important link to help explain the rapid expansion of flowering plants during that distant period. The findings and their evolutionary significance are outlined in an article to be published this week in the journal Science. The specimen, at least 35-45 million years older than any other known bee fossil, has given rise to a newly-named family called Melittosphecidae – insects that share some of the features of both bees and...
  • National Spelling Bee Has Started

    05/31/2006 11:09:43 AM PDT · by politicket · 141 replies · 2,333+ views
    National Spelling Bee ^ | 5/31/2006 | politicket
    The National Spelling Bee began its first rounds today. All of the action can be followed at: Also, the championship rounds will be broadcast live on ABC (for the first time) beginning at 8PM EST Thursday evening. I'm placing my guess on Speller #238, Samir Patel, from Fort Worth, Texas. He will be worth the price of admission for you to watch tomorrow evening. He was HILARIOUS last year when we participated in the Bee!
  • Bees Gain Buzz, but Americans' Spelling Skills Decline

    05/11/2006 12:22:04 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 32 replies · 542+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 5/10/2006 | Vicki Hyman
    Bees Gain Buzz, but Americans' Spelling Skills Decline BY VICKI HYMAN This year -- in June, in fact -- millions of Americans may be exposed to odontalgia, vivisepulture, xanthosis or succedaneum. The spelling bee, that quaint American folk tradition turned high-stakes Ironman for underage etymologists, has hit the big time. ABC plans to broadcast the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee live in prime time for the first time. Code red for logorrhea (excessive wordiness).Orthographers may one day look back on this as the golden age of competitive spelling. In the last six years, spelling has spawned a well-regarded 2000 novel...
  • "Are Men Necessary?" Who's asking?

    11/15/2005 7:32:36 AM PST · by Millee · 110 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 11/15/05 | Diane Carmen
    I was reading "Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide" last week on the stationary bike at the Y, and the men around me were sweating even more than usual. "So what's the answer?" one said nervously. Maureen Dowd scares guys, so my familiar comrade in cardio wasn't exactly comfortable with me multitasking with the ultimate alpha female. "I'll let you know next week," I told him. Sure, Dowd and I have a few things in common. We both grew up in working- class families with lots of brothers. We both started college in 1969 and have careers in the newspaper...
  • Bee's Griego Erwin Case May Dwarf the Jayson Blair Scandal-(worse journalistic fraud!)

    06/27/2005 4:51:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 27 replies · 1,121+ views
    Remember that much-publicized Jayson Blair case at the New York Times, in which a coddled reporter was found to have been making up facts for his newspaper stories? Jayson Blair's actions were greatly deplored and led to his firing and the resignation of his editor. Now, the Sacramento Bee in my hometown, finds that it has had on its staff a columnist whose journalistic inventions over her twelve years of employment may dwarf those of Jayson Blair. The liberal Sacramento Bee reported on Sunday, June 26, that its investigation of columnist Diana Griego Erwin's politically correct, three-times-a-week, human-interest columns reveal...
  • Spelling Champs to Compete in National Bee

    06/01/2005 5:55:56 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 82 replies · 1,477+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, June 1, 2005 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON - Seventh-grader Tyler Curtis says he's never had to worry much about doing well at his studies, and he's not about to start now. That's saying something. Tyler is facing 272 of the country's best young spellers — and the biggest prize ever — at the 78th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee running Wednesday and Thursday. "It would be nice to win," the 13-year-old from Camden, Tenn., said Tuesday. "But I'm not going to get all stressed out over it." His competitors include 145 boys and 127 girls aged 9 to 14, mostly from around the country and U.S....
  • Ali calls for U.S. Boxing Commission

    09/09/2004 3:19:12 PM PDT · by MikefromOhio · 10 replies · 322+ views
    ESPN ^ | Associated Press
    Muhammad Ali asked Congress on Thursday to create a U.S. Boxing Commission, saying oversight by the federal government is needed to protect boxers from exploitation and injury. Ali's testimony before a congressional panel was read by his wife, Lonnie Ali, because he suffers from Parkinson's disease. As she spoke, he sat in a seat next to her, trembling -- one of the symptoms of Parkinson's. "Reform measures are unlikely to succeed," Ali said, "unless a U.S. Boxing Commission is created with authority to oversee a sport that still attracts a disproportionate number of unsavory elements that prey upon the hopes...
  • Spelling Bee Finalist Proves He's Far From Faint-Hearted

    06/04/2004 9:34:22 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 17 replies · 313+ views
    NYT ^ | Published: June 4, 2004 | COURTNEY C. RADSCH
    WASHINGTON, June 3 — Akshay Buddiga stood on stage hunched over a microphone, his clenched hands stuffed into his pockets. If he could spell "alopecoid," he would take another step on the way to becoming the second national spelling bee champion in his family. He asked for the meaning of the word, then its origin. Buying a bit more time, he asked for its pronunciation. Then before he could get the "a" out, he fainted, collapsing at the feet of the other spellers. No sooner had the audience let out a collective gasp than they let out a louder one...
  • Bee blamed for car crash

    06/20/2003 10:15:33 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 9 replies · 381+ views
    ananova ^ | 6-20-04
    Bee blamed for car crash A bee that flew up a motorist's trouser leg is being blamed for a car crash that caused more than £7,000 of damage. The driver, from Mockmuhl in Germany, told police he lost control of the car and swerved into oncoming traffic when he tried to free the bumble bee from his trousers. No one was injured in the crash, but two cars were badly damaged. A police spokesman said, however, that they were still investigating the crash as the bee had "mysteriously disappeared" after the accident. Story filed: 10:16 Friday 20th June 2003
  • 4 of the Last 5 Spelling Bee Champions Are Immigrants from India</b>

    05/29/2003 7:35:57 PM PDT · by nwrep · 63 replies · 657+ views
    4 of the Last 5 Spelling Bee Champions Are 2nd Generation Immigrants from India Any explanations for this curious occurence? Have American parents given up teaching spelling to their kids? See winners below. Those who were home schooled or went to private school are highlighted in red:   1999 Nupur Lala, The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida logorrhea   2000 George Abraham Thampy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri demarche   2001 Sean Conley, Aitkin Independent Age, Aitkin, Minnesota succedaneum   2002 Pratyush Buddiga, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado prospicience   2003 Sai Gunturi, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas pococurante