Houston Chronicle reporter accused of faking sources resigns


A Houston Chronicle reporter has resigned after questions arose about the existence of persons quoted in one of his stories.

Austin bureau reporter Mike Ward had been with the Chronicle since 2014 after a long career with the Austin American-Statesman.

In a statement posted Monday on the Chronicle website , Executive Editor Nancy Barnes wrote that another Chronicle reporter raised questions about whether persons quoted in one of Ward’s stories existed.

Barnes wrote that an initial review of Ward’s recent articles found it difficult to verify a number of his sources.

Ward didn’t respond to messages seeking comment, but Barnes wrote that Ward insisted his work was truthful. Nevertheless, he resigned last week.

She wrote that an independent journalist has been hired to further review Ward’s work.


German zoo sends

its last orangutan

to Louisiana


A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and he’s already learning some English.

Jambi is a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of the red-haired Asian great apes.

He’ll travel 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) from Hannover Adventure Zoo to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, where he will join three females: Reese, Feliz, and Feliz’s daughter, Menari.

But first, Jambi must spend about a month out of view at the Dallas Zoo, which is approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a quarantine location for imported primates.

Although Hannover gave Jambi a farewell party Aug. 31, he’s moving to Dallas this week, accompanied by a German keeper and one from Audubon, Joel M. Hamilton, vice president and general curator at the Audubon Zoo, said Friday.

He said Audubon’s keeper needs to learn about both Jambi’s behavior and German-language cues for medical procedures such as “open your mouth” and “show me your fingers.”

“Coming from Germany, he (Jambi) may not speak English that well. The Hannover folks have been utilizing more commands in English to help him understand,” Hamilton said. He said the trip, plus a couple of days together in Dallas, “will give our staff a chance to learn some of the German commands so we can continue working on that transition.”

The Hannover Zoo’s two other orangutans moved last year to the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.


4 survive Panhandle plane crash, aircraft demolished


Investigators say a single-engine plane has crashed shortly after takeoff from a Texas Panhandle airport in an accident that left all four people on board hurt and destroyed the aircraft.

The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened late Sunday morning at Hereford Municipal Airport. The Piper PA-32-30 broke apart, with pieces of the plane scattered in a grassy area.

Sgt. Cindy Barkley says the pilot, 30-year-old Andrea Reinert of Canyon, and three passengers were transported to hospitals. Barkley says Reinert was listed in critical condition Monday, while two other passengers were stable. The other victim was treated and released.

— Associated Press

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