US pair accused of illegally importing rare snake from Brazil, breeding it to make money

A brother and sister from the U.S. have been indicted on charges of illegally importing a rare boa constrictor from Brazil.

The U.S. Attorney\’s Office in Utah says 39-year-old Jeremy Stone and 34-year-old Keri Stone brought the snake into the country through a shipment that went through Miami.

Authorities say they paid thousands of dollars to administrators at a Brazilian zoo to get the white leucistic boa. They say the two falsely reported the snake had been caught in the wild in Guyana.

Prosecutors say Jeremy Stone bred the boa constrictor with other snakes at his reptile business and sold the offspring for tens of thousands of dollars.

Stone sold the snakes he bred to buyers in the United States, Canada and Italy, the indictment says.

via US pair accused of illegally importing rare snake from Brazil, breeding it to make money.

Nathan Fox stirs up creativity for SVA’s Subway Poster series – The Fox Is Black

I’ve been a long time fan of Nathan Fox, a New York based illustrator and chair/founder of the MFA Visual Narrative Department, who has a penchant for drawing over-the-top work that will blow your mind. Recently he created some amazing work for SVA’s Subway Poster series and I’m mildly obsessed with them.

via Nathan Fox stirs up creativity for SVA’s Subway Poster series – The Fox Is Black.

Grad Employees Re-Unionize at New York University—First in the Country | Labor Notes

Victory cries rang out across campus the night of December 11. Tears of joy were shed.

The American Arbitration Association had just announced that New York University graduate employees had voted 98.4 percent in favor of union representation—after eight years of struggle for recognition.

This makes NYU once again the only private university with unionized graduate employees.

The Graduate Student Organizing Committee/Science and Engineers Together (GSOC-UAW)—which brings together two organizing drives across NYU’s campuses—is affiliated with the United Auto Workers and includes more than 1,200 graduate employees.

via Grad Employees Re-Unionize at New York University—First in the Country | Labor Notes.

Keep Farming Northampton report urges city to pursue a permanent farmers market | GazetteNet.com

The city should pursue a permanent, year-round farmers market downtown that would not only serve as a draw for local food growers and consumers but also include a community center hosting a variety of other events.

The farmers market is among the top recommendations emerging from a comprehensive, four-year study on the local food movement in Northampton. The “Keep Farming Northampton” study outlines a series of recommendations its authors believe will boost the local food economy and raise awareness about local food.

via Keep Farming Northampton report urges city to pursue a permanent farmers market | GazetteNet.com.