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The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
July 16, 2003
by Kristen Dahlgren
New York- Living in New York City usually means close quarters and maybe even a roommate or two, but a New York man whose got more than a thousand. And these aren't your average roommates.
In a city where it's not always easy to keep animals is an apartment with more than a thousand. Turtles and tortoises from wall to wall. A three thousand square foot loft, turned into Richard Ogust's turtle refuge.
"I would call it love," says Ogust. "I do call it love..."
But Ogust is more than a foster father- he's literally a life saver. Experts say within twenty years, half of the world's turtle populations will be endangered.
John Behler of the Bronx Zoo says, "its a terrible dilemma. They are being eaten to extinction." In many countries turtles are considered a delicacy.
Busts in the black market mean many end up here- often in terrible shape. "Generally they have not had food in three or four months," says Ogust.
Today Ogust has more than fifty endangered species, but believe it or not, saving turtles wasn't a lifelong dream. Nine years ago, he was just a writer having dinner at a Chinese restaurant when he saw this turtle in the restaurant tank.
Twelve hundred turtles later, Ogust now lives downstairs, and he gets a lot of help from several conservation organizations. He plans to relocate his turtles outside the city soon. But he says, most will live in captivity for the rest of their lives.
Still he says he can't help but dream of the day when turtles like these can finally go home. Just last week ten thousand smuggled turtles were confiscated in Hong Kong. Only four of those survived.