Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ask the Times

Q&A: Nearly 2,000 plant and animal species are threatened

The Florida panther is one of 59 animals on the endangered species list in Florida.


The Florida panther is one of 59 animals on the endangered species list in Florida.

Nearly 2,000 species threatened

I read a story the other day about an endangered species and wondered: Just how many endangered species are there, anyway?

As of May 28, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services listed 1,959 threatened or endangered species — 1,210 animals and 749 plants.

In Florida, there are 59 animals on the list (examples: Florida panther, red cockaded woodpecker) and 55 plants (examples: Key cactus tree, ziziphus).

The list updates daily. You can see it at There are links to the overall number of species, as well as breakdowns by state or territory.

Doctors limiting practices

Why are doctors deciding to start charging $1,500 to $1,800 per year to have health care? I heard this is what's happening in Miami.

Likely what you've heard about is the relatively small number of primary care physicians across the country who have decided to limit themselves to a set number of patients. They feel overloaded by the number of patients they must see daily in order to generate their expected income and cover expenses under current insurance reimbursement rates.

To make up the difference in revenues, they charge their patients an annual retainer fee in return for a guarantee of prompt, personalized service. Fees and requirements vary widely, but physicians with one large Florida-based network charge fees in line with those you cite.

Such limited practices are not without controversy. Medical professionals who object to limiting practices say it smacks of elitism and express concern about the moral implications of severing relationships with patients who either can't afford, or don't wish, to pay retainer fees.

Doctors who advocate such care say it allows them to develop good working relationships with their patients and focus on preventive care. They also say they make sure patients who don't choose to join their fee-limited practices end up with other doctors.

Jeff Goldblum's resume in brief

The show Law & Order: Criminal Intent has a new actor as a detective named Jeff Goldblum. He used to have his own sitcom, but I can't remember the name of it. Please help.

Before joining Criminal Intent, Goldblum's most recent regular TV work was in the 2007 series Raines, where he played a detective who could talk to the dead. He had a recurring role in the seventh season of Will & Grace. And close to 30 years ago he co-starred with Ben Vereen in the action comedy Tenspeed and Brown Shoe.

Goldblum, 56, also has appeared in such movies as The Big Chill, Jurassic Park, The Lost World-Jurassic Park, The Fly, Earth Girls Are Easy and Independence Day.

Q&A: Nearly 2,000 plant and animal species are threatened 06/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:39am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump sprinkles political attacks into Scout Jamboree speech

    GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Ahead of President Donald Trump's appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering's official blog: Fully hydrate. Be "courteous" and "kind." And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as "build …

    President Donald Trump addresses the Boy Scouts of America's 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., July 24, 2017. [New York Times]
  2. Trump, seething about attorney general, speculates about firing Sessions, sources say

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

  3. John McCain to return to Senate for health care vote

    WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to vote Tuesday to try to advance a sweeping rewrite of the nation's health-care laws with the last-minute arrival of Sen. John McCain — but tough talk from President Donald Trump won no new public support from skeptical GOP senators for the flagging effort that all but …

  4. Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies


    ORLANDO — The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio, Texas, park, SeaWorld said.

    Thet orca Takara helps guide her newborn, Kyara, to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, in April. Kyara was the final killer whale born under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program. The Orlando-based company says 3-month-old Kyara died Monday. [Chris Gotshall/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP]
  5. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.