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October 9, 2018

TANGLED WHALE SAVED

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A whale calf has been freed after becoming tangled in a shark net off the Australian east coast.

Experts from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Sea World Gold Coast worked for almost two hours on Tuesday morning untangling the humpback calf from a net about 500 meters (yards) off Greenmount Beach at Gold Coast city.

The nets are suspended from buoys to protect swimmers at Gold Coast beaches from shark attack.

“The calf had some superficial wounds form the entanglement, but nothing life threatening, and swam away with its mother when released,” Sea World Gold Coast said in a statement.

Sea World director of marine sciences Trevor Long said the rescue was a distressing experience.

TRANSGENDER BODYBUILDER

ATLANTA (AP) — It’s been 20 years since Charles Bennett took the stage to compete in bodybuilding. But at the age of 63, he’s now done something he’s never done before — compete as a man for the first time in what’s billed as the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition.

Bennett and seven fellow competitors went before a crowd Saturday evening in the annual International Association of Trans Bodybuilders competition at a theater in Atlanta.

The competition has attracted bodybuilders from across the country and even Russia since it began in 2014, according to executive director and head judge Bucky Motter. Competitors were judged in the categories of lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight and masters, for age 60 and over, according to five disciplines: mass, definition, proportion, symmetry and stage presence.

Bennett had the most experience of those on stage, and saw his role as more coach than competitor, helping others practice their poses backstage. He also offered diet tips, shared his preshow rituals and helped Peter Moore of Oakland, California, apply fake tan.

For most, this was their first time competing. Sandy Baird, of Oakland, California, saw the event promoted on Facebook and decided to try.

Bennett, who traveled from San Francisco and competed in the competition’s Masters class, said he was “very proud to compete without a top on.”

MAD AT MURALS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico official says the school’s president and provost want a set of Great Depression-era murals to be covered amid complaints about the depiction of Hispanics and Native Americans in one of the pieces on campus.

Alex Lubin, associate provost for faculty development, said Monday that the proposal would temporarily address decades-old concerns.

The image at the center of the dispute shows a blonde, blue-eyed man holding the hands of a faceless Hispanic man on one side and a faceless Native American on the other.

The proposal to cover the murals with curtains must go before the Regents Historic Preservation Committee for consideration.

The New Deal’s Public Works of Art Project commissioned the murals in 1939 to depict Native Americans, Hispanics and whites of New Mexico.

For years, the murals have been the subject of protests — and sometimes vandalism.

New Deal programs put Americans to work in public works projects, such as the Adams murals, in response to the Great Depression.

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