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January 31, 1989 | LESLIE WOLF, Times Staff Writer
News of a weekend fatal shark attack off the Ventura County coast traveled slowly down to San Diego. And, when it got here, it caused hardly more than a ripple of concern. In San Diego County, most lifeguard agencies were unaware of the Ventura County shark attack Monday afternoon--possibly the first such fatality in California in four years--and those who had heard the story said there was no cause for alarm.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The next U.S. presidential election isn't until 2016, but many in the media are speculating heavily that Hillary Rodham Clinton has a real shot at the Oval Office. A woman as president? Is there a downside? That's what Stephen Colbert and his "papa bear" Bill O'Reilly want to know. During a recent segment on his Fox News program, "The O'Reilly Factor," O'Reilly wondered aloud, "There's got to be some downside to having a woman president, right?" Crickets from his two female panelists.
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NEWS
September 29, 2012 | By Karin Klein
Got Jaws? There's been an uptick in fatal shark attacks off Western Australia in the last year.  The reasons are unclear, but the government thinks it has a solution: Kill any shark that swims close to the beach, including great whites, which the government usually protects as an endangered species. Conservationists are protesting; unfortunately, the numbers they use as an argument against the idea aren't very convincing. Yes, it's true, as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society points out, that in all of Australia, sharks have killed 18 people in the last 215 years.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
MAKENA STATE PARK, Hawaii - After a record year of attacks across the Hawaii archipelago, sharks were not far from Colin Dececco's mind as the sun went down on the long white strip of sand here on a recent Sunday evening. He and his daughter had had a close encounter with a reef shark while swimming around the rocky cove at the north end of Makena's Big Beach that morning. Now, watching a spear fisherman haul in his catch as they strolled by the same spot at sunset, they heard a splash at the edge of his net. It was an 8-foot tiger shark, one of the most aggressive shark species in Hawaii's waters and the likely culprit for many of the 14 attacks in 2013, eight of which occurred around Maui, near Makena's beaches and elsewhere.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2012 | By Tina Susman
A man was hospitalized after he was apparently bitten by a shark off Cape Cod, Mass., in an area where there has been a series of recent shark sightings. The Cape Cod Times identified the man as Christopher Myers and said he had been transferred to a hospital in Boston. His condition was not known. Witnesses said they saw the attack occur as Myers body-surfed with a companion in the waves off Ballston Beach in the town of Truro. "Suddenly something came up between them. It had a large dorsal fin," one witness, Anne-Marie Corner, told ABC News . "I saw the shark come out. It went up, came down," said another, Ann Rayment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Shark attacks continued to decline in the United States last year, but worldwide fatalities doubled, jumping to their highest level since 1993, according to a report released Tuesday. Of the 75 shark attacks around the globe in 2011, a dozen were fatal, up from six the year before, according to the annual report by the International Shark Attack File, which is compiled by the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The United States, with 29 shark attacks but no deaths, continued a decade-long decline in attacks, all the more notable because shark numbers have been slowly rebounding since the 1990s.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
MAKENA STATE PARK, Hawaii - After a record year of attacks across the Hawaii archipelago, sharks were not far from Colin Dececco's mind as the sun went down on the long white strip of sand here on a recent Sunday evening. He and his daughter had had a close encounter with a reef shark while swimming around the rocky cove at the north end of Makena's Big Beach that morning. Now, watching a spear fisherman haul in his catch as they strolled by the same spot at sunset, they heard a splash at the edge of his net. It was an 8-foot tiger shark, one of the most aggressive shark species in Hawaii's waters and the likely culprit for many of the 14 attacks in 2013, eight of which occurred around Maui, near Makena's beaches and elsewhere.
NEWS
June 10, 2000 | Associated Press
Two swimmers were attacked Friday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, apparently by a shark, and one man lost his right arm as a result. Police closed a 30-mile stretch of public beaches. Shark experts said the attack was the first in Alabama waters in nearly 25 years.
NEWS
August 24, 2004 | Gary Polakovic
Authorities warn divers to avoid lingering on the surface, keep close to kelp and unload fish catches quickly to avoid sharks in the wake of last week's fatal attack by a great white in Northern California. Authorities recovered remains of Randall Fry, 50, of Auburn nearly a week after he disappeared Aug. 15 while abalone diving 10 miles north of Ft. Bragg. Since the early 1950s, 106 shark attacks have been reported on the West Coast, according to the Department of Fish and Game.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
Shark week, step aside. This is a story about shark year. In 2012, officials recorded 53 shark attacks in the U.S., making it the year with the most attacks since 2000, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File report released Monday. With 26, Florida had more than twice as many attacks as any other state, the report said . In California, one of the five shark attacks recorded last year was fatal. In October, veteran surfer Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, was killed by a great white shark off the coast of Santa Barbara.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Hawaii on Thursday continued to investigate a surge in shark attacks, one day after a German tourist died after losing her right arm to a shark, the first such fatality for the islands in a decade. Yet, even as public alarm is rising, state officials said they had not been able to identify a pattern. Jana Lutteropp, 20, died in a Maui hospital after a shark severed her right arm while she was snorkeling last week, officials said. No cause of death has been released. A statement issued by Lutteropp's family said she had "fought hard to stay alive.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
A shark attack on a surfer Sunday was the latest in a series of such incidents off the Hawaiian coast this year, a skein that has injured several swimmers and closed beaches and last week led to a dramatic rescue by two good Samaritans of a German tourist whose arm had been bitten off. But some authorities are warning against any “Jaws”-like panic. “The sharks are always out there. We'll go along for months at a time and nothing happens, and then we'll get one, two and three,” Maui Fire Department Capt.
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Just when you thought “Shark Week” was over … Seems the folks in Hawaii are experiencing real-life reruns of the Discovery Channel's popular week of shows on the toothy denizens of the deep. On Sunday, a shark attacked a Big Island surfer. That came fresh on the heels of an attack on a German tourist off Maui on Wednesday; she lost an arm. And that makes eight attacks in Hawaiian waters this year, according to my colleague John M. Glionna. Now, true confession time: I watched quite a bit of “Shark Week.” (Not “Sharknado,” though; I still have some standards)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Cerritos woman who has been recovering in a Hawaii hospital since she was attacked by a shark is expected to fly home Tuesday. Evvone Cashman told the International Science Times that she won't let last week's grisly incident keep her on dry land forever. "I hear it's very rare [to be bitten by a shark]," Cashman told the site. "It would have to be even more rare for it to happen a second time. I can't imagine not snorkeling again...and I don't want to be afraid of the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
A Cerritos woman recovering after being bitten by a shark in Maui was the second victim of a shark attack in Hawaii since Monday, officials said. Evvone Cashman, 56, was bitten Wednesday by a large shark off Ulua Beach in Wailea, which is on the south shore of the island, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources . Earlier in the week, local resident Kiowa Gatewood was bitten by a shark off White Plains Beach in Oahu, according to local media reports . Gatewood was surfing at the time of the attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Cerritos woman was recovering Thursday after she was attacked by a shark in Maui. Evvone Cashman, 56, was bitten Wednesday by a large shark off Ulua Beach in Wailea, which is on the south shore of the island, according to Hawaii media reports. Cashman said she was taking a morning swim in about 10 feet of choppy, murky water when the shark attacked her. “I must have had my hands up in front of my face. I think my head was above water, if I remember correctly. I don't know because it happened so fast.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Hawaii on Thursday continued to investigate a surge in shark attacks, one day after a German tourist died after losing her right arm to a shark, the first such fatality for the islands in a decade. Yet, even as public alarm is rising, state officials said they had not been able to identify a pattern. Jana Lutteropp, 20, died in a Maui hospital after a shark severed her right arm while she was snorkeling last week, officials said. No cause of death has been released. A statement issued by Lutteropp's family said she had "fought hard to stay alive.
WORLD
July 18, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Can a wetsuit protect a diver from sharks? In Western Australia, where shark attacks (although still rare) have risen sharply, officials and scientists alike are testing whether the answer may lie in fashion. So, when it comes to avoiding sharks, is it better to stand out or to fade into the background? A "conspicuous" wetsuit with big white and deep-blue stripes on the arms and legs makes a diver obvious to sharks. A "cryptic" version has been likened to the Harry Potter invisibility cloak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Micah Flansburg was fishing off the coast of Pacifica State Beach on Tuesday afternoon when the bottom of his kayak suddenly jolted. "I had my paddle on my lap, and my fishing pole and a bottle of home brew," he told San Francisco television station KGO . "The next thing I know, every single thing I had went flying in the air. " It was a shark -- one Flansburg guessed was a 10-foot juvenile great white. "The shark came and it hit the bottom of the boat, lifted the boat up and grabbed ahold of it and just started shaking the whole boat," Flansburg said.
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