?The National Audubon Society won a preliminary injunction on Feb. 3 in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop trying to capture the five California condors remaining in the wild and add them to the 21 condors already in a captive breeding program. The government claims the bird will become extinct unless it can be brought back through captive breeding. The Audubon Society fears that the Service would "back away from its commitment to the habitat" if no birds are left in the wild, according to Amos Eno, wildlife director for the Society. Last week a compromise was reached, providing for the capture of one more condor.
? Tommy Harper, who was fired as a Red Sox instructor late last year, filed a racial discrimination complaint against the team on Jan. 30, charging that he had been dumped for complaining about the Red Sox' use of the segregated Elks Club in Winter Haven, Fla., where the club trains in the spring. The Sox say that Harper's contract wasn't renewed because of "dissatisfaction with his performance." A decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission isn't expected until summer.
?An out-of-court settlement was reached in Dartmouth College's efforts to dismiss football coach Joe Yukica 18 months before his contract was to expire (SCORECARD, Jan. 6). Dartmouth said Yukica, who had sued to keep his job, could coach next season, but that would be his last at the college.
? Pittsburgh bartender Jeffrey Mosco pleaded guilty on Jan. 23 to three counts of selling cocaine, thus becoming the seventh and last defendant in that city's baseball cocaine case to be found guilty of selling drugs to major-leaguers (SI, May 20, 1985). Mosco will be sentenced March 7. Two other defendants in the case—Curtis Strong and Shelby Greer—appeared recently before a new federal grand jury in Pittsburgh looking into additional evidence of drug use in pro sports.
?The line of those threatening to initiate lawsuits against Technical Equities Corp., a San Jose—based investment firm that filed for protection under federal bankruptcy statutes on Feb. 7, is growing. Among the company's clients were at least 123 current or former pro athletes, including 15 members of the Los Angeles Raiders. Investors included TV commentator and former baseball player Don Drysdale (who was in for a reported $500,000); golfers Sally Little, Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock and Chip Beck; San Francisco Giants pitcher Atlee Hammaker; former soccer player Kyle Rote Jr.; and former basketball star Rick Barry. Before Technical Equities filed for bankruptcy, its stock tumbled from $22 to $1.50, it defaulted on loans and its president resigned. One of Technical Equities' clients, former Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak, who sued the company last week, told SI, "We don't like to talk about losing that kind of money, but we're all very concerned."
?The Washington State Department of Ecology fined Olympic Pipe Line Co. $15,000 after a department report found the company negligent in the pollution of Des Moines Creek. The department confirmed that a faulty valve at an Olympic fuel-storage facility was responsible for fouling the stream and killing up to 50,000 fish over a two-mile stretch (SCORECARD, Jan. 13).
JUST AS WE SUSPECTED
The popular image of the hot-dog skier is of a booze-guzzling, devil-may-care type who hits the slopes early, then parties late into the night. In this case, it seems, image is close to reality. Two researchers at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands have found that teetotalers are 50% more likely to get hurt on the slopes than skiers who imbibe heavily, and that people who sleep long and deeply are more prone to injury than those who are late-to-bed and early-to-rise.
IT'S WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED!
If you've been getting overheated on the practice range, what with all the bending over to tee up the ball, you can now relax. Relief comes in the form of the Tee-Wizz, a battery-operated gizmo that holds a dozen balls and, at a push of a button, feeds them one by one to the tee through a plastic tube.