GORILLA BORN AT CHICAGO ZOO
CHICAGO (AP) — Mother’s Day took on special meaning for a particular resident of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Rollie _ a western lowland gorilla _ gave birth early Sunday morning. Zoo officials say the male infant was born around 2 a.m. to Rollie and dad, Kwan. The newborn, which weighs between 4 and 5 pounds, has no name yet. His dad weighs more than 400 pounds. And a zoo curator says officials feel the newcomer is “on a really good trajectory” to reach that size. The infant makes his public debut today when his enclosure reopens to the public.
“GLORIA” SERENADES ST. LOUIS BLUES DURING STANLEY CUP RUN
UNDATED (AP) _ When an NHL team wins the Stanley Cup the league has the names of each member of the squad engraved on the iconic trophy. If the St. Louis Blues end up winning the Cup next month, they might want to have the name “Gloria” engraved on it. That’s “Gloria” _ as in the 1982 Laura Branigan hit that’s become the official celebration song for the team, which won 29 of its last 43 games to catapult themselves into the playoffs. Why that song? Seems when the Blues were visiting Philadelphia earlier this year, a few stopped at a private club to watch an NFL playoff game. To irk them, the DJ played “Gloria” during commercial breaks. The Blues won their next game and because hockey players are a superstitious lot, they adopted the song _ and the rest could turn out to be hockey history.
GERMAN CHANCELLOR’S PLANE GROUNDED AFTER VAN PLOWS INTO JET’S NOSE
BERLIN (AP) — She wanted to get a photo of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government plane. But she ended up getting a piece of it with her van _ and that has forced the aircraft to be grounded. Authorities say a fan jumped out of her van to take a photo of the Global 5000 jet Merkel uses to conduct business. But the woman forgot to set the parking brake _ and her van rolled into the jet’s nose. The German air force confirms Merkel had to return to Berlin by helicopter Monday after her plane was damaged by a slow-moving vehicle at the airport in Dortmund _ but didn’t provide details. Germany’s Spiegel Online posted an image of the low-speed collision _ and says the van driver was an employee of the airport.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II