Escorting the salamanders
On rainy spring nights, uncounted thousands of salamanders, frogs, and newts scurry across small stretches of road from New England to Philadelphia during their annual mating migration. Many don’t make it, squashed by passing motorists. Now, thanks to the efforts of local conservation groups, the hapless amphibians are getting help from human escorts who scoop them to safety and direct cars around them. “It’s really cool,” said Kaitlin Freidman, 20, who recently did the honors in New Haven, Vt. “You feel like maybe you’re making a small reduction in their mortality rates, maybe, just for that hour or so.”
High school student pitches four consecutive no-hitters
Patrick Schuster of the New Port Richey-Mitchell (Fla.) High School baseball team has set a state pitching record with four consecutive no-hitters. Schuster’s streak, which began March 24, earned him coverage in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN; altogether he struck out 62 batters. This week, when a double in the third inning of his final game as a high schooler snapped his streak, the standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,000 gave him a rousing ovation. “It’s done now and I don’t have to worry any more,” said Schuster, 18. “I’m going to go hide in my room for a little bit and stay out of the spotlight and enjoy myself.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why you shouldn't eat dog. Not even once.
- Why you should really take a nap this afternoon, according to science
- Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in the West Bank
- How U.S. special forces are preparing for the worst-case scenario in North Korea
- Grammar quiz: Do you know the passive voice?
- How social conservatives became a minority in need of protection
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Why charity can't solve society's deepest problems
- Hey, Paul Ryan's new poverty plan isn't completely terrible!
Subscribe to the Week