- - Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Rare tortoise gone from zoo

COLORADO SPRINGS | A rare tortoise has disappeared from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, and authorities think he may have been stolen.

Zookeepers said they last saw 13-year-old Butti on Monday afternoon in the Loft, a hands-on exhibit where visitors can handle Butti and his brother, Tutti.

Officials say someone might have walked off with the Indian Star tortoise — he’s the size of a grapefruit and weighs about a pound.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Tuesday that zookeepers are most concerned about Butti’s health because he requires a special diet of certain vegetables.

Indian Star tortoises typically live 10 to 15 years.

Butti has a history of upper-respiratory infections. Without his caretakers, he might develop gastrointestinal problems, osteoporosis or kidney failure.


Imam now unsure on ‘ground zero’ mosque

A Muslim couple who had a role in founding a controversial Islamic community center and mosque near the World Trade Center before being booted from the organization in January now say the site may not be suited for the project.

Activist Daisy Khan said Tuesday that she and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, have spent months talking with relatives of 9/11 victims, first responders and others about alternative concepts for the center, including the possibility that it could become a multifaith center focusing on religious conflict.


U.S. doctor infected Guatemalans for study

ATLANTA | Federal officials have released thousands of pages of records detailing a U.S. medical experiment that deliberately infected Guatemalans with syphilis more than 60 years ago.

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