(Reuters) - California safety regulators have fined SeaWorld San Diego for not properly instructing workers on how to "safely interact with killer whales," the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. The citations, which the amusement park told the newspaper it would appeal, come as SeaWorld is still dealing with fallout from the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" that was critical of its practice of keeping the killer whales in captivity and using them for entertainment. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the California Department of Industrial Relations issued the citations this week with fines totaling $25,770, according to the Times. SeaWorld could not be immediately reached for comment, but a representative told the Times that the citations demonstrate "a "fundamental misunderstanding of the requirements of safely caring for killer whales." At least three lawsuits have been filed against SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in recent weeks saying ticket holders were defrauded by claims that the animals are healthy and well-treated, allegations that the park denies.
By Emily Flitter BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The view from Lenny Clay’s barbershop in a neighborhood just west of downtown Baltimore is bleak. "Back in the '60s I couldn't keep the politicians out of here," Clay, now 80, said. "Now none of them will come." In 1961, when Clay opened Lenny’s House of Naturals in this corner storefront, the neighborhood was busy, bright, full of hard-working black families and black-owned businesses. On Wednesday, visitors who stopped by the shop wanted to talk about the city’s recent unrest and how it was different from the riots that erupted in Baltimore in 1968, following the death of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. "In the '60s, we were fighting for equality," said Sterling Brunson, 50.