November 1, 2013 |
A beached whale that stranded itself off the coast near Tampa, Fla., early Thursday was euthanized later in the day, but not before attracting hundreds of onlookers. The 30-foot sperm whale was about 20 feet offshore and near death already, the Associated Press reported. The whale, a deep-water species that has no business coming close to shore, was already skin and bones and didn't move significantly in the time it was observed, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman told the AP. In the early afternoon, a strong sedative was administered to the animal and then a six-foot needle was plunged into its chest cavity and a drug was injected to stop its heart, according to WTSP Channel 10 News.
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August 25, 2013 |
Rain soaked the Southern California desert Sunday, stranding motorists on a water- and mud-choked section of highway near the Nevada border. There were no reports of any injuries. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 95 interchange near Needles Sunday afternoon, and a dispatcher said there was no indication when it would reopen. The area had been doused with heavy rain, which meteorologists described as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo. A flash-flood watch has been issued through 8 p.m. Monday for San Bernardino County and parts of Arizona and Nevada, according to the National Weather Service , meaning rain could fill normally dry washes and channels and make roads impassable.
August 9, 2013
The only people more hypocritical or dishonest than Alex Rodriguez are sportswriters, sports talk radio people, Bud Selig and anyone in Major League Baseball. They all keep saying they wish A-Rod would go just away, yet the writers dedicate a full column or page to writing about him, the talk-show hosts talk about him for an hour or more, and Selig and Major League Baseball ignore performance-enhancing drug users and even celebrated them when they resurrected baseball in the late 1990s.
July 22, 2013 |
Don't run with scissors, and don't inhale homemade blow-gun darts. Pediatric surgeons issued a warning about accidental inhalation of homemade blow-gun darts, after treating three teenage boys in three months at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. All three required bronchoscopic procedures under general anaesthesia to remove the darts, which can be an inch or more in length, according to Dr. Kris R. Jatana, a pediatric surgeon and otolaryngologist at the hospital, a teaching facility of Ohio State University.
July 9, 2013 |
Barry Klein wants you to knit something fantastic -- and see the world. The knitting expert, author and owner of Trendsetter Yarns in Van Nuys will lead cruises to the Caribbean and Europe next year for those who like to mix their passion for yarn and needles with travel. "There's a community of people who love this as an art form," says Klein, who learned to needlepoint and knit starting at age 5. During the cruises, Klein meets daily with knitters to discuss the latest yarns, current fashions and techniques, such as how to take measurements so your hand-made items fit. The top knitting nation?
July 6, 2013 |
Shaquille O'Neal has always been hard on center Dwight Howard. With Howard leaving the Lakers for the Houston Rockets, O'Neal was certain to get his jabs in quickly. "It was expected," said O'Neal of Howard's defection during a news conference Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. "We've all been in L.A., and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. " O'Neal was serving as a grand marshal for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race. "Everybody want to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures," he continued. "I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston.