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Beware the Frankenfish!
Robert Burstein is among several fishermen searching for the Northern Snakehead in Central Park.
May 2nd, 2013
11:39 AM ET

Beware the Frankenfish!

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – The Northern Snakedhead fish is not going to win any beauty contests.

With a mouth full of sharp teeth beneath bulging eyes, the invasive predator – native to waters in China and Russia – may be threatening the balance of the ecosystem of the  Harlem Meer, a man-made lake in New York’s Central Park.

[2:46] “It can attack and feed on the other fish that are there which would disrupt the water body,” said Rodney Rivera of the New York State Department of Environmental Protection. “The fact that it breaths and it spends some of its time above water it’s kind of an interesting one to most folks.”

Some urban fly fisherman have come to the lake in hopes of being saviors to the dozens of turtles, ducks and schools of carp that live there.

Robert Burstein was trying to hook one of the nefarious fish..

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April 21st, 2013
11:17 AM ET

CNN Profiles: On Earth Day, look for the helpers

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) - There’s an old quote from Mister Rogers that has been circulating on Facebook since the Boston Marathon bombings.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news” Fred Rogers wrote in his book on parenting, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

That idea – look for the helpers – is a thread that ties together so many disparate stories.

It’s an uplifting perspective changer on the news that is breaking in Boston on this Friday before Earth Day. FULL POST

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January 23rd, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Would you hunt a snake that can eat a deer?

By Tommy Andres, CNN

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(CNN) –  Graham Rogers unsheathes a long, thick knife from his waist.

[4:30] “This is a very special knife because this has got an engraving of Daniel Boone on it, who’s the great Kentucky outdoorsman and the settler of Kentucky, so we really hope that’s going to buoy us to success today.”

Rogers is wearing a beige fishing shirt and green pants tucked into tall rubber boots. He sports a pencil thin mustache and round, tortoise shell sunglasses that make him look like Howard Hughes on safari. He and his friend Blake Freeman are about to start law school, but before they dive into the books, they’re diving into the bush. They have driven down to southern Florida from Kentucky to join the nearly 1,000 people who have signed up for the first annual Python Challenge.

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