8212; A study by Yosemite National Park says its landmark Ahwahnee Hotel doesn’t meet modern safety standards and might not hold up in a major earthquake. The park says the remodeling could cost $20 million and close the hotel for two years. The White House is reviewing whether the hotel retrofit should be funded through the stimulus package.
Card takes 47-year trip
HUDSON, Ohio — A woman’s postcard bearing greetings from Montana has finally arrived in northeastern Ohio — 47 years later. Insurance agent Dave Conn opened his post office box in Hudson and found the mailing sent from Helena, Mont., in 1962. U.S. Postal Service spokesman Victor Dubina said Friday the postcard may have been stuck in equipment or lost behind a mail chute.
Zoo welcomes baby elephant
ESCONDIDO, Calif. — An African elephant has been born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Zoo spokeswoman Yadira Galindo said the male calf born early Friday is doing great and is nursing frequently from his mother, Umngani.
Condor suffers from gunshot
LOS ANGELES — A California condor brought to the Los Angeles Zoo for treatment of lead poisoning was found to have shotgun pellets embedded in its body. Zoo officials said Friday an X-ray revealed the shotgun pellets. The bird was captured March 4.
From Wire Services