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Marine mammal crusader Russ Rector dies at 69

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A prominent South Florida champion for the rights of marine mammals has died.Russ Rector, a former dolphin trainer who became an activist, died in his sleep at his Fort Lauderdale home on Sunday, doctors said. He was 69.Rector, known for his eye patch and polarizing personality, was instrumental in the closure of Ocean World in Fort Lauderdale. He was also critical of the captivity of Lolita, the Miami Seaquarium’s killer whale, and was president of the Dolphin Freedom Foundation.This past summer, Rector was the first to obtain footage showing three Florida fishermen dragging a blacktip shark behind a speedboat. That video went viral in July, and the men seen in the clip were charged with aggravated animal cruelty in December.The activist is survived by Linda Rector, his wife of 47 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday March 14 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowThe trans-Alaska pipeline fights off about 22 million cyber attacks. Daily.Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageEnergy infrastructure is a tempting target for hackers, and the trans-Alaska pipeline is no exception. Alyeska, the company that operates the pipeline, now ranks cyberattacks as one of its top three risks.New Norwegian champ, Joar Ulsom wins 2018 IditarodZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe 31-year-old Norwegian is the first musher to disrupt the Seavey dynasty, in a grueling race that has dragged on longer than recent years.Juneau students take part in national student walkout protesting gun violenceAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauJuneau high school students took part in today’s national walkout calling for action on gun violence.Proposed constitutional amendment would protect dividends, sort ofAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauConcern over the dividend’s future led House members to propose a constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution 23.Mendenhall Towers climbers presumed deceased; search endsMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauAlaska State Troopers say ropes used by Ryan Johnson and Marc-Andre Leclerc were spotted in a cravasse on the north face of the Mendenhall Towers.Toksook Bay Tribe receives more than 10 million federal dollars for trail constructionAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BathelThe Trump administration has awarded a major grant to a small community on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Japanese tsunami litters North American shores with 10 times the trashZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaScientists estimate following the 2011 tsunami in Japan there were at least 10 times as much debris washing ashore than ever measured.last_img read more