Posts Tagged ‘David Rubenstein’

National Zoo Gets Three New Elephants and an Elephant Cam

Three elephants arrived at the National Zoo Friday after a 60-hour, 2,500 mile drive from Canada. The three female elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39), and Maharani (23)—are on loan from the Calgary Zoo and join the National Zoo's four other Asian elephants.
The elephants made the trek in 10,000 pound travel crates. They'll now be quarantined for about [...]

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President Barack Obama urged the nation to demand stricter gun laws at a memorial for the [...]

Canadian Elephants to Take on D.C.

In what will likely be the biggest D.C. animal news of the day, the National Zoo announced it would welcome three new female elephants in the spring, bringing its total elephant population to seven.
The elephants, on loan from the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada—which said it is relocating the elephants to better suit the [...]

The Needle: Natitude Edition

HTJ, Exit Stage Left: Stealing $350,000 from the District's coffers nets you 38 months in federal prison. Or at least, that's what it netted former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. today, as a federal judge sentenced him to that plus another 36 months of probation for crimes he pleaded guilty to in January. The [...]

Billionaire Pays To Fix Washington Monument

First it was paying for panda sex (no, not like that!). Now philanthropist and shadowy billionaire David Rubenstein has thrown $7.5 million into the kitty to fix the damage done to the still-closed Washington Monument during the August earthquake. The federal government has agreed to pay the other half of the $15 million bill.
DCist notes Rubenstein [...]