In brief: Roller coaster maker will inspect Texas ride
ARLINGTON, Texas – A German roller coaster maker is sending officials to a North Texas amusement park to inspect a ride after a woman fell to her death.
Tobias Lindnar, a project manager for Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in Munsterhausen, Germany, told the Dallas Morning News that the company will investigate what led to Friday’s fatal accident at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.
Witnesses said the woman expressed concern about the Texas Giant roller coaster’s safety bar not completely engaging as the ride was starting. The coaster is touted as the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world.
Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed in a statement Saturday that the victim died while riding the 14-story Texas Giant, but wouldn’t give specifics about what happened.
Capital’s ‘corpse flower’ living up to its name
WASHINGTON – The long wait is finally over for visitors who have been yearning for a whiff of a giant flower that smells oddly like rotting flesh.
The giant rainforest plant known as a “corpse flower” for its terrible smell began blooming Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Botanic Garden next to the Capitol. Experts had been anticipating its bloom for more than a week and have extended the garden’s hours for visitors.
Garden officials expect the titan arum to hit “peak smell” today.
Zoo plans to mate rhinoceros siblings
CINCINNATI – With the survival of a species on the line, Cincinnati Zoo scientists are hoping to mate their lone female Sumatran rhino with her little brother.
The desperation effort follows a meeting in Singapore among conservationists that concluded there might be as few as 100 of the two-horned, hairy rhinos remaining in their native southeast Asia.