Margot Adler http://kccu.org en Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block http://kccu.org/post/eccentric-heiress-untouched-treasures-head-auction-block She had three apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn't sick.<p>It's just one of many curiosities about Clark, the late heiress to the fortune of copper magnate Sen. Andrew Williams Clark. For years, even friends and family thought she was living on Fifth Avenue. Her lavish gifts to her nurse prompted a police investigation. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Margot Adler 58105 at http://kccu.org Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers http://kccu.org/post/new-yorkers-protest-long-shadows-cast-new-skyscrapers Skyscrapers are a hallmark of large cities. Modern engineering makes it possible to erect something as tall as the Empire State Building on a very small footprint. Although developers love these buildings, in New York — the city of skyscrapers — residents have been <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CentralParkSupertowers" target="_blank">upset at the shadows they cast</a> over public spaces like Central Park.<p>Journalist Warren St. John first noticed the shadows when he took his daughter to a playground near Central Park's southern border on sunny, blue-skied fall day. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Margot Adler 54876 at http://kccu.org New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades http://kccu.org/post/beer-backlash-lgbt-exclusion-st-patricks-parades Beer makers Guinness and Sam Adams withdrew sponsorship from New York and Boston's St. Patrick Day parades, respectively, over the exclusion of openly gay, lesbian and transgender participants. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Margot Adler 52679 at http://kccu.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition http://kccu.org/post/plan-eliminate-wild-mute-swans-draws-vocal-opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanmgmtpln2013.pdf">eliminate all wild mute swans there by 2025</a> has drawn protests and petitions on all sides. While some see elegant white birds gliding across the water, others see a dangerous aggressor destroying the local ecosystem.<p>According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the swans — which don't honk but make hoarse, froglike grunts — are not native, and they destroy and attack native species. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Margot Adler 52305 at http://kccu.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. http://kccu.org/post/he-fell-earth-little-prince-was-born-ny One of the world's most beloved books is <em>The Little Prince</em> by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.<p>If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Margot Adler 49607 at http://kccu.org Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y.