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Sturgeon leaps on boat kills girl: Sturgeon Kills Girl

Sturgeon leaps on boat kills girl: Sturgeon Kills Girl, Florida officials are investigating a sturgeon strike that killed a 5-year-old girl and injured her mother and older brother.

All three were on a boat on the Suwannee River in Dixie County Thursday night when a huge sturgeon jumped out of the water and smacked into them.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission regional director Andy Krause said. “This is a terrible tragedy.”

A spokeswoman for the agency said many details are still under investigation, the Gainesville Sun reported Saturday.

Wildlife officials identified the dead girl as Jaylon Rippy of Trenton, Fla.

She was airlifted to a Gainesville Hospital, along with her mother, Tanya Rippy, 31, and her 9-year-old brother Trevor.

The boy suffered a broken arm, WCJB-TV reported Saturday.

The mother sustained injuries to her face mostly around her eyes, the station said.

The Sun said Jaylon’s father, who was on the boat, was not injured.

WCJB reported that Jaylon and her family were on a friend’s boat. The sturgeon hit them as they were helping the friend take the boat out of the water near the Joe Anderson Boat Ramp in Fanning Springs.

Wildlife officials said Jaylon is the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River. Several others have been injured by jumping sturgeon this year.

The most recent incident took place Friday when a Sanderson couple was struck while boating on the Santa Fe River heading eastbound from the Suwannee. Colleen Harvey, 42, and her husband Charles, 41, were taken to the hospital.

The fish are known for leaping more than 7 feet above the water. They can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds and can cause serious injuries.

The Sun said sturgeon usually return from the Gulf to the Suwannee in the spring and that low river levels this year are causing the sturgeon to jump more frequently than in recent years. The newspaper said scientists can’t explain why the fish jump, but they are confident the fish are not trying to attack boaters.

WCJB said family friends have established a fundraising page on GoFundMe to help the Rippy family raise money to defray funeral and medical costs.

SF Tourist Shooting: Suspect In Slaying Had Been Deported

SF Tourist Shooting: Suspect In Slaying Had Been Deported, Kate Steinle was walking on a busy pier in San Francisco with her father when there was a single popping sound in the air.

She fell to the ground, struck by a bullet, the victim of what police say appears to be a random killing.

The man accused of firing the deadly shot — 45-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez — is an undocumented immigrant, a repeat felon who has been deported five times to Mexico, according to immigration officials.

It would have been six, a federal law enforcement source told CNN, except authorities in San Francisco wanted him on a drug-related warrant.

So U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which had Lopez-Sanchez in its custody in March after his release from federal prison, turned him over to San Francisco deputies. ICE said they requested an immigration detainer, asking that the agency be notified before Lopez-Sanchez was released.

But San Francisco is a city that doesn’t honor such requests and the sheriff’s department released him. Freya Horne, chief legal counsel to the San Francisco County Sheriff, told CNN that he was let go because there was no legal cause to detain the suspect.

On Wednesday evening, he shot the 31-year-old Steinle at Pier 14 once in her upper body, according to police. He was found about a mile away an hour later and arrested. CNN could not determine on Friday if he has an attorney.

Man Killed By Alligator In Texas

Man Killed By Alligator In Texas, A man who apparently mocked alligators, then jumped in the water — despite warning signs — is dead after being attacked in Texas.

Orange County Police were called to Burkart’s Marina near the Louisiana state line early Friday morning after reports that Tommie Woodward, 28, and an unidentified woman were swimming in a bayou and had been attacked by a large alligator.

Woodward’s body was found several hours later. The woman was not injured.

An alligator lurks in the bayou off Burkart’s Marina
Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told CNN affiliate KFDM that Woodward ignored verbal warnings and a posted “No Swimming Alligators” sign and seemed to mock the deadly creatures before going in the water.

“He removed his shirt, removed his billfold … someone shouted a warning and he said ‘blank the alligators’ and jumped in to the water and almost immediately yelled for help,” Price said.

The “No Swimming Alligators” sign was posted this week after a 10-foot alligator was spotted in the bayou waters.

“Please do not go swimming, there’s a bigger alligator out here. Just please stay out of the water,” witness and marina employee Michelle Wright said she told Woodward.

She said the next thing she heard was the woman screaming, “An alligator’s got him.” Wright said she used a flashlight in the darkness to scan the water.

In an emotional interview with KFDM, Wright said, “I saw his body floating face down. And then he’s out there for a couple of seconds and then he’s dragged back down. And then he comes back up still face down and then he gets pulled down again. And then he just disappears.”

Wright, who said she knew the victim and his family, said it was a moment she would never forget. She described the events that started out as a late night swim as “heartbreaking.”

Woodward had recently moved to the area from St. Louis with his twin brother and was working at a nearby shipyard.

Alligators are predatory and territorial. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the creature “will eat anything it can catch,” and should be treated with caution.

“If the sun is down, stay out the water. That’s when they’re eating. That’s when they’re hunting,” alligator expert Arlie Hammonds told the affiliate.

Although there have been numerous fatal alligator attacks in Florida, the Orange County attack may be the first of its kind in Texas.

Malia Obama Internship: Obama’s Daughter Gets A Job?

Malia Obama Internship: Obama’s Daughter Gets A Job?, Nimble Needham native Aly Raisman, captain of the gold medal-winning US women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics, bares it all — OK, almost all — in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue. The 21-year-old gymnast tells the mag she was worn out after the Olympics, and is undecided about competing in Rio at next summer’s games. “Every day is a challenge,” she says.

“Even though at the 2012 Olympics we were so happy to win the gold medal, every day is not like that. I think people don’t understand that; people don’t see that side of the sport — the frustration, how much it takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well.” About her 5-foot-2, 115-pound frame, Raisman says, “Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them.

I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am. I think imperfection is beauty.” Now in its seventh year, the Body Issue has featured a slew of buff sportos in their birthday suits, including Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Marshawn Lynch, Candace Parker, Blake Griffin, and Apolo Anton Ohno. The magazine hits newsstands July 10.

Aly Reisman: Gymnast Bares All For 'Body Issue'

Ashley Menatta: Mystery Of ‘Amnesia Woman’ Solved

Ashley Menatta: Mystery Of ‘Amnesia Woman’ Solved, A woman suffering from amnesia in the US is not Australia as she first thought – but American. She is 53-year-old Ashley Menatta from Pennsylvania
A mystery woman, whose identity had perplexed the FBI, Interpol and thousands of online amateur sleuths, has been named after her nephew saw her call for help in the avalanche of media coverage that her plight generated.

Sam, as she was known, is in fact Ashley Menatta. She is 53 and, contrary to some earlier reports, she is not Australian.

However, she appears to have been a regular visitor to this country.

Her home is near San Diego not far from where she was found in February in poor health and with a tumour on her ovary the size of a volleyball.

Ms Menatta was born in Pennsylvania, lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, and several years ago found her way to Southern California, living in La Jolla, Vista, and Carlsbad, NBC 7 San Diego reported.

She never married, but has sisters in Colorado and Maryland.

Ms Menatta turned up in a San Diego-area emergency room in February with no recollection as to her name, age, family, or friends.

But her story generated international attention only this week after the Herald revealed that five months of inquires across the US, as well as Britain and with the Australian consulate, had failed to produce any solid leads.

The only clues to her identity were shards of memories that came to her through her dreams. The snippets suggested a real possibility she was Australian.

She recalled regularly eating breakfast at an organic restaurant across the road from Perth’s Cottesloe Beach and dining out in Byron Bay, and she had dreams of Sydney’s Bondi Icebergs pool.

“I started dreaming about Australia, that was my first recollection of anything. I was in a lap pool, I’d have these incessant dreams,” she said in a televised interview on Monday.

As it turned it out, Ms Menatta had most likely visited these places during her travels.

“Apparently I have a long time of visiting Australia for extended trips,” she said.

“I’ve been going there throughout my life.”

The family reportedly lost track of her in 2013 about the same time she moved to Southern California.

Her identity was uncovered on Thursday morning (Australian time), after her nephew saw an online news report and immediately called his mother to tell her he had found Aunt Ashley, NBC reported.

“It was extremely emotional, we were all sobbing. They’re so sorry I had to go through what I did during this time without them,” Ms Menatta told the TV station.

Ms Menatta began her public search for answers, setting up a Facebook page, after she was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer.

Her retro amnesia was caused by a “volleyball sized tumour” on her ovary, she said.

“The doctors said it could have been growing for five years causing me to be forgetful of things.”

The cancer has spread to other parts of her body and she had to have her uterus and other organs removed.

Ms Menatta plans to move to Maryland and live with one of her older sisters.

“She was just telling me she has a four-bedroom large house and a lovely king size bed waiting for me.”

Measles Kills Washington Woman

Measles Kills Washington Woman, A Washington woman died from measles in the spring – the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said Thursday.

The woman lacked some of the measles’ common symptoms, such as a rash, so the infection was not discovered until an autopsy, Washington State Department of Health spokesman Donn Moyer said.

This is the 11th case of measles in Washington – and the sixth in Clallam County – this year, Moyer said.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. However, dying from it is extremely rare, Moyer said.

Officials didn’t say whether the woman was vaccinated, but they did note she had a compromised immune system. They withheld her age to protect her identity but said she was not elderly.

The woman was hospitalized for several health conditions in the spring at a facility in Clallam County, which covers the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula. She was there at the same time as a person who later developed a rash and was contagious for measles, Moyer said. That’s when the woman most likely was exposed.

She was on medications that contributed to her weakened immune system, he said.

After being treated in Clallam County, the woman was moved to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, where she died. An autopsy concluded the cause of death was pneumonia due to measles.

‘This tragic situation illustrates the importance of immunizing as many people as possible to provide a high level of community protection against measles,’ Moyer said. ‘People with compromised immune systems cannot be vaccinated against measles. Even when vaccinated, they may not have a good immune response when exposed to disease; they may be especially vulnerable to disease outbreaks.’

The last active case of measles in Washington was reported in late April.

It’s possible to develop measles within three weeks of exposure. Since three weeks have passed since the last measles case, no one who had contact with the known cases is at risk, Moyer said.

Measles Kills Washington Woman

Amber Roof: Dylann Roof’s Sister Wants A Free Wedding?

Amber Roof: Dylann Roof’s Sister Wants A Free Wedding?, Her brother slaughtered nine worshippers at a Charleston, SC, church – yet Dylann Roof’s sister thinks she’s the victim.

Amber Roof launched an online funding campaign to solicit donations not for the families of the slain – but to make up the money she lost when the massacre forced her to reschedule her wedding.

“It was going to be the PERFECT day!” Roof, 27, wrote on her page on the fund-raising Web site GoFundMe.

“As many of you know Michael and I had to abruptly cancel our wedding day, due to the tragedy that occurred in Charleston,” she lamented on the page, referring to her fiancé, Michael Tyo, an Army Reserve recruiter.

“We would like the chance to start our lives on a positive [sic] note. Therefore, we have decided to start a Go Fund Me account. We know money cannot replace the wedding we lost and our perfect day, however it will help us to create new memories and a new start with our family.”

Dylann Roof went on his shooting spree at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, four days before his sister’s scheduled wedding date.

“It is the day every girl dreams of,” Amber Roof wrote on the page. “It was the day we dreamed of. We had each other, we have the perfect venue, and we had our vows ready to be read. We were ready! We had planned out every detail for months and months.”

She went on, “The Charleston Massacre took place and our lives were forever changed.

“Our wedding day was suppose [sic] to be the most important and special day of our lives .?.?. Our day was the exact opposite. Our wedding day was full of sorrow, pain, and shame, tainted by the actions of one man.”

She wrote that the funds raised would be used “to pay bills and to send us on our dream honeymoon” – while just 10 percent would go to the church.

Over four days, 36 people contributed $1,619 toward her $5,000 goal. But the page was taken down Thursday amid outrage.

One commenter, responding to a Facebook news report about the page, wrote: “What in the hell is she thinking? Your brother just killed 9 ppl and you want ppl to pay for you wedding!! Wooooow!!”

Roof, who contacted police after spotting her brother in surveillance footage released after the shooting, also blasted the press.

“The media abused our privacy and published all of our wedding information and destroyed our dream day,” she wrote. “Destroying the first day of Michael and my life together.”

Nurse Drops Baby: Nurse Drops Newborn, Fracturing Skull

Nurse Drops Baby: Nurse Drops Newborn, Fracturing Skull, A hospital and police are investigating what might have caused a veteran nurse to drop a newborn baby, fracturing his skull.

Jacqueline Hunt, the baby’s mother, told WPXI-TV that a pediatrician said the nurse was feeding and burping her 1-day-old son, Eli, at Uniontown Hospital when the nurse became “drowsy and fell asleep and dropped him.”

The hospital and Uniontown police confirmed that a 30-year veteran nurse accidentally dropped the infant at about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Uniontown Hospital spokesman Josh Krysak said the baby is expected to recover. He is being treated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

“We are aware that testing revealed a minimally displaced skull fracture, but we also know that all indications given to us point to a full recovery,” Krysak said.

The nurse remains employed and has not been suspended or placed on leave, Krysak said. The hospital is conducting an internal review of what happened.

“We’re supporting the nurse completely, and we recognize her dedication to her job,” he said. “There is absolutely no indication that there was any malice or intent involved.”

Krysak said he couldn’t confirm the mother’s account to the television station that the nurse was tired or fell asleep.

“At this point, we can’t say whether that’s accurate or not,” Krysak said. “We have multiple reports that conflict a little bit about that.”

The spokesman said he didn’t know what shift the nurse was working or how many hours she had been on duty when she dropped the baby. But if it turns out fatigue played a role, the hospital could make changes to prevent similar situations, he said.

“Pending the outcome of our review, we could certainly review protocols and internal processes,” Krysak said.