Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday open line: Death at the zoo; testimony preview in pipeline case

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

For me, the snow was purely ornamental. I hope the rest of you can say the same. Otherwise, the week started as slowly as I anticipated, with revelry tomorrow night, another holiday Wednesday and general slacking likely by many for the final two days of the week.

Some closing notes:
click to enlarge JIGSAW: Dead at 13. - LR ZOO
  • LR ZOO
  • JIGSAW: Dead at 13.

* LITTLE ROCK ZOO GIRAFFE DEAD AFTER CONFLICT WITH ANOTHER GIRAFFE: The Little Rock Zoo has announced the death Sunday of its 13-year-old giraffe, Jigsaw, as a result of a conflict with another giraffe who managed to breach a divider between their separate enclosures. You can read the full release here at Fox 16. It says in part:

An initial investigation into the incident reveals that Mesi was able to open a large metal dividing gate separating the two giraffes inside the giraffe barn sometime between the evening of Saturday, December 28 and the morning of Sunday, December 29. Mesi entered Jigsaw’s stall and sparred with him until Jigsaw fell to the ground.

… An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Zoo’s General Curator and steps have already been taken to improve the safety of the dividing gate inside the giraffe barn. Zoo veterinary staff report that Mesi is in good health and did not receive major injuries as a result of the incident.

The Little Rock Zoo is in discussion with the Species Survival Plan for giraffes to determine a course of action for its giraffe program. Mesi will continue to be housed at the Zoo indefinitely. 

* PREVIEW OF TESTIMONY IN MAYFLOWER PIPELINE BREAK LAWSUIT: Tom Thrash, one of the lawyers for plaintiffs in one of the federal lawsuits over damages from the Exxon Mobil pipeline break in Mayflower, has filed a required outline of some of his planned testimony. Interesting is the extent to which his witness Don Deaver, a former Exxon pipeline engineer, purportedly will testify about Exxon Mobil's failure to properly maintain the line and meet federal safety regulations. He will say it is an imminent danger along its entire length.  You can read it here.

* ARKANSAS HOME SALES OFF IN NOVEMBER: Sales dropped in November, Talk Business reports, but they remain up for the year according to figures compiled by Arkansas realtors.

* MASONIC LODGE BURNS: The sheriff's office said a fire about 10 a.m. this morning caused $70,000 damage to the Iron Springs Masonic Lodge at 18205 Arch Street Pike south of Little Rock. No details immediately available on cause.

* LEAVING THE STOPPING TO US: State Police stopped a bus in Hempstead County and participated in the arrest of a 21-year-old Dyersburg, Tenn. man wanted for questioning in a murder case. No incident in the 3:15 a.m. arrest at mile marker 5 on Interstate 30.


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