The Flyer’s World: A Round Up of International News

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Photo courtesy of All of your friends from Sesame Street continue to smile, despite the imminent cut in funding to their television home, PBS.

Alex Veeneman, News Editor

Report: Gulf of Mexico wildlife still suffering
HOUSTON – A report from the National Wildlife Federation has said wildlife in the area of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 are still suffering after effects.

According to a report from the British newspaper The Guardian, the Federation said 14 species, including oysters and dolphins, showed symptoms of oil exposure.

Jason Ryan, a spokesman for BP, said the study was not a scientific representation of the incident.

“The National Wildlife Federation report is a piece of political advocacy – not science,” Ryan said. “It cherry picks reports to support the organization’s agenda, often ignoring caveats in those reports or mischaracterizing their findings.”

Art work suspected to be looted returned
BERLIN – Art work by artists including Pablo Picasso have been returned to its owner, as an investigation continued in to the origins of the paintings.

Police had seized the paintings from Cornelius Gurlitt two years ago because they had been said to have been stolen by the Nazis, according to a report from the British newspaper The Guardian.

A debate has begun as to where to keep the paintings, whether they should stay in Gurlitt’s home in Munich or in Salzburg, Austria, or in a museum for the public to see, the report adds.

Drake to host ESPY awards
LOS ANGELES – The rapper Drake is to host the ESPY’s, ESPN’s traditional sporting award ceremonies.

Drake confirmed the news via Twitter that he would host the ceremony, which is to be held in Los Angeles on July 16, according to a report from the online entertainment news web site The Wrap.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions — sports and performing,” Drake said.

House Budget votes against public broadcasting funding
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed a budget April 10 that calls for the removal of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The CPB, the federal arm that gives money to PBS, NPR and its member stations through grants, received $445 million last year in the federal budget. Stations in Chicago, particularly WTTW and WYCC-TV and WBEZ-FM, receive grants from the CPB to help with funding.

Republicans in the House said the CPB should rely solely on private funds, according to William Allison, a spokesman for House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

A spokesperson for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) declined to comment. A request to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, seeking comment was not returned.

Spokespersons for PBS, the CPB, WTTW and WYCC and WBEZ did not respond to requests for comment. Spokespersons for Lakeshore Public Media in Northwest Indiana and NPR declined to comment.

Mike Reia, a spokesman for WGBH in Boston, a significant producer of PBS’ national content, said they were aware of the proposal, but the budget process had a long way to go.

Executive calls for shorter MLB games
LOS ANGELES – A baseball executive has said games should be seven innings instead of nine innings.

According to a report from ESPN, the executive, who was anonymous, said such a reduction would combat many problems, including injuries and the hunt for pitchers.

Mike Teevan, a spokesman for Major League Baseball, said the views of the executive were not that of the league.

“Fans are attending our games in record numbers, as the last decade includes all 10 of the best-attended seasons in history,” Teevan said.  “The game is having tremendous prosperity on and off the field.”

Spokespersons for the Cubs and White Sox declined to comment.

Alex Veeneman

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