Posted tagged ‘Florida’

Large Ray Slams Woman on Boat

March 29, 2011

A ray weighing nearly 300 pounds landed on top of a woman on a boat in the Florida Keys last week, throwing her to the deck and pinning her underneath it.

From CNN:

The woman, Jenny Hausch, was on the chartered boat Friday with her husband and three children, taking pictures of a group of eagle rays as they flew out of the water.

“These eagle rays, they were flying through the air,” said Kelly Klein of Two Chicks Charters. “These giant things go out of the water and slam back down.”

Hausch was in the front of the boat, snapping away, Klein said.

“One of the rays jumped in the air and she gets this perfect shot,” the captain said, adding that rays always jump twice.

On the second jump, one ray hit her in the chest and she fell down, hitting her head, Klein said.

“It keeps slamming and slamming on top of her, trying to swim away,” she said.

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3,634 Dead Birds Found in Gulf of Mexico

September 16, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has collected 4,676 birds from the Gulf of Mexico following the recent oil spill. According to CNN, 3,634 of the collected birds were dead and of those dead birds, 1,226 were covered in oil.

From CNN:

Of the dead birds, the largest numbers are laughing gulls (1,591), followed by brown pelicans (376) and northern gannets (182). Live birds are taken to rehabilitation centers in Hammond, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; Theodore, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida.

Once the birds are stabilized, they undergo several washings, feedings, and the collection of vital health information. They stay at the rehabilitation centers until their natural body oils are replenished and they are sufficiently recovered for release, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Casey Anthony: Attorney Talks Quran Burning

September 10, 2010

Not on topic of the trial, but Casey Anthony’s attorney, Cheney Mason, is speaking out about the possible Quran burning in Gainesville, Florida tomorrow.

From WDBO:

Orlando attorney Cheney Mason wrote an open letter Governor Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Mayor Craig Lowe to address the negative attention Florida has received because of the proposed Quran burning in Gainesville.

In the letter, he asks state leaders to step in and execute their constitutional obligations by enjoining Pastor Terry Jones from carrying out his mission to burn hundreds of Qurans on Sept. 11.

Say What You Will About Boise State…

September 6, 2010

…the team from the Pacific Northwest who plays on the “Smurf Turf” can play with the big boys!

Tonight, the Boise State Broncos went on the road to a “neutral” site game, jumped out to an early lead, fell behind in the second half, but came back to defeat Virginia Tech, a top ten team from a BCS conference. Did I mention that this “neutral” site game was played less than 300 miles from the Virginia Tech campus? Say what you will about Boise State…they aren’t going away anytime soon.

Yes, some will say that the referee’s handed Boise State the game (I disagree) but the game was entertaining and wasn’t decided until the final minute. It most definitely lived up to the hype that has surrounded it over the past couple of weeks.

I’ve heard people say that they’re sick of Boise State. That if they played a “real” schedule, they would go 8-4 every year. That they are bad for college football. In the end, I have to disagree with these people. Other than three games a year, Boise State is mandated to play the schedule they do during the season. yes, they don’t play the schedule that a team in the SEC, Big 10, Big 12 or Pac 10 play. But, when they play in big games, they’ve won, beating Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and Virginia Tech.

Are they bad for college football? I don’t think so. They have come out of obscurity to become a team that has consistently gone to bowl games, and even BCS bowl games. Yes, compared to other top teams out there such as Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Texas and more, they may not be able to compete week in and week out with the pure talent of these teams. But, they’re playing the hand their dealt and you have to respect the job that the team and especially the coaching staff has done to build this successful program.

Who knows. This is only the first game of the season and they COULD lose a game, dropping them right out of the National Championship picture. Only time will tell. That’s why they play the game, right?

Feel free to chime in with your comments. I’m sure that Boise State will be discussed quite often between now and January.

Arkansas Razorbacks Broadcaster Fired for Wearing Florida Gators Hat

August 17, 2010

Broadcaster Renee Gork has been fired after she was spotted wearing a Florida Gators hat at a recent news conference with Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino.

They sure do take their football seriously in the SEC!

From ESPN:

Gork, a Florida graduate, said it was an innocent mistake to have the hat on in the first place and that she sent a letter of apology to Petrino, who remarked during the press conference that he wouldn’t be answering any more questions from her while she was wearing that hat.

“It wasn’t a stunt I was trying to pull, and I wasn’t trying to get any attention. It was just a dumb mistake,” said Gork, who added that her station (KAKS Hog Sports Radio) fired her because it didn’t appear that she would be allowed to cover practice any longer.

Dad Charged in Toddler Boxing Beating

August 5, 2010

Lee Willie Dejesus, a Florida man who admitted to the near-fatal beating of his 2-year-old son while teaching him how to box, has been charged with second-degree murder and denied  bond.

Dejesus told police that he struck the child about 15 times on his face, head, torso and shoulders with boxing gloves over a period of 15 minutes. It is believed that he punched the child so hard that the boy fell off the bed and struck his head on the tile floor.

Terrible. Absolutely terrible. I can’t imagine anyone doing this to a 2 year-old child!

From CNN:

Lee Willie Dejesus, 23, of Homestead, appeared in court Wednesday night wearing a green protective vest, reserved for those on suicide watch, reported CNN affiliate WFOR.

His son — identified by CNN affiliate WSVN as Willy Brown — was on life support Wednesday and not expected to recover from his injuries, said Ed Griffith, spokesman for the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said they plan to file first-degree murder charges once the child dies.

Miami-Dade police said Dejesus was watching the child while his mother was at work Monday night.

Plane Hits Florida Home

May 16, 2010

According to local authorities, a small plane has crashed into a house in Clearwater, Florida,  but nobody in the home was injured.

From the Associated Press:

A Clearwater city spokeswoman says the plane hit the roof of one house and landed in the backyard.

Three people were on board, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said several people were inside the home at the time, but none were injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is a Piper PA-46 that departed from Clearwater Airpark.