Saturday, January 29, 2011

Consumer Spending Gains Most in Years

The U.S. economy accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2010, driven by the biggest gain in consumer spending in more than four years and rising exports.

Final sales, which includes all categories except stockpiles, rose at a 7.1 percent pace, the most since 1984.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Her Name Was Lola

Lola, a red-tailed hawk living in Central Park since 2002 with her mate hawk Pale Male, a 20-year fixture of the park, hasn't been seen since Dec. 18 and is presumed dead.

"It's pretty clear that Lola has met her demise, probably from a poisoned prey animal (such as a rat or pigeon) or by injury," hawk expert John Blakeman said.

Fans of Pale Male said the hawk has had at least five mates since settling in the park in 1991 and has fathered at least 23 chicks.