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Fire Dept: 2 workers die in scaffolding collapse near Disney

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 04:52

ORLANDO, Fla (AP) — Emergency responders say two construction workers fell to their deaths when scaffolding collapsed above the sixth floor of a hotel under construction near Disney World. A third worker managed to hang on and climb to safety early Wednesday.

The accident happened in Orange County just outside Disney property, according to Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.

He says there were about 18 workers at the scene when they got the call about the accident at 4:15 a.m. They were working at the top of the hotel, above the sixth floor, where concrete is being poured. Jachles says that the support structure gave way, sending two workers plummeting to their deaths. The third worker sustained minor injuries.

Jachles says the sheriff's office and federal investigators are examining what happened.

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Cape Cod shark attack victim: I punched it in gills to escape

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 04:49

The man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod this month said on Tuesday he escaped by punching the powerful predator in the gills after it clamped down on his leg. In his first interview since the Aug. 15 attack, William Lytton said he'd been swimming in about "8 to 10 feet" of water off Truro, Massachusetts, when he felt an incredible pain shoot through his left leg and quickly realized he was being attacked by a shark.

The 61-year-old neurologist from Scarsdale, New York, said he gave the animal a strong smack in the gills with his left hand, a move that likely saved his life but also resulted in some torn tendons. He now sports an arm cast as well as bandages and a brace around most of his left leg.

"I initially was terrified, but, really, there was no time to think," he said, recounting the ordeal following a physical therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where he's been since Sunday. "It doesn't feel like I did anything heroic. A lot of this was luck."

Lytton said he must have recalled from nature documentaries that the gills were one of the most vulnerable parts of the shark.

After the animal broke its grip, he took a few strong stokes back to shore where he shouted for help. Someone alerted his wife, who had been on the beach with their two young daughters and family friends.

Other beachgoers - including off duty nurses and other medical professionals - helped stem the bleeding and carried him up the dunes to the beach parking lot as he started to lose consciousness from the blood loss.

"The pain was really excruciating," Lytton said. "I remember the helicopter landing and then nothing for the next two days."

Lytton was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he said he was placed into a two-day coma, underwent six surgeries and had nearly 12 pints of blood pumped into him.

The professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn said he's grateful to be alive, but knows he has weeks more of rehab - and at least one more surgery - before he's back on his feet.

The shark, fortunately, missed critical nerves and veins and didn't leave major bone damage, though pieces of shark teeth were cleaned out of his wounds and his bandages cover "hundreds" of sutures used to stitch back together muscles and skin, Lytton said.

"It looks very artistic," he said diplomatically of his battle wounds.

Lytton was transferred on Sunday to Spaulding, a rehabilitation hospital where many of the most severely injured survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing were treated. He is expected to be there around two weeks before eventually returning to New York for possibly more rehab.

Lytton said he isn't in any rush to wade back into the ocean waters off Cape Cod, where he spends nearly every summer doing research.

"It's kind of terrifying thinking about it," he said. "I know it's not the best thing to say, but I didn't like sharks before, and like them even less now."

Lytton's wife, June, said she hopes the attack is a warning for others to take shark safety seriously.

"It's still not real to me," she said Tuesday standing at her husband's side. "It happened so close to shore. I never thought that could happen."

State biologists are working to determine what type of shark was involved in the attack, which was the first in Massachusetts waters since 2012. The state's last fatal attack was in 1936.

Meanwhile, shark sightings have continued to close Cape Cod beaches as the tourist destination prepares for Labor Day weekend and the last big hurrah of the summer.

A CBS Boston helicopter spotted what appeared to be a great white shark in the water near where Lytton was bitten shortly afterwards.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a group that raises awareness of sharks, says these types of incidents are usually a case of mistaken identity.

"Encounters with white sharks in which people suffer injuries are as terrifying as they are rare," the group said in a statement. "Sharks 'test the waters' with their teeth, much like we use our hands. It is how they determine if what they encounter is prey or something to avoid."

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4.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Southern California, near Los Angeles

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 04:36

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California around 7:33 p.m. local time Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake was centered about three miles north of La Verne, California, in the San Gabriel Valley. The epicenter was located about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

USGS said a 3.4 quake followed a minute later.

The Associated Press reported that the main temblor was widely felt as either a sharp jolt near the epicenter or a rolling motion further away. It shook buildings for several seconds in downtown Los Angeles.

The earthquake was felt some 40 miles away in Sylmar to the northwest and 30 miles south in Huntington Beach, AP said.

CBS Los Angeles cited seismologist Lucy Jones who said Tuesday's quake should not be expected to have done damage to structures.

Jones explained the quake wasn't on the Sierra Madre fault -- one of the largest in the region -- but on an ancillary structure.

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Ohio State says Texas' Herman was with Smith at strip club

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 04:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has identified Texas head football coach Tom Herman as the Buckeyes assistant who went with Zach Smith to a Florida strip club when they were both Buckeyes assistants in 2014.

University spokesman Chris Davey told the Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday that Herman was the Buckeyes assistant who was mentioned but unnamed in a 23-page investigation report of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic abuse accusations against Smith.

Ohio State has said Smith ran up a "significant bill" of nearly $600 of his own money at a Miami-area strip club in May 2014. Ohio State could face an NCAA inquiry if the Buckeyes assistants paid for high school coaches who were present.

Texas officials did not immediately comment.

Herman was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State in 2014 and left to be the head coach at Houston in 2015.

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Student allegedly rips MAGA hat off classmate's head, slaps teacher, facing battery charges

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 04:18

A Union Mine High School student is facing battery charges after an altercation in her classroom over a Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" campaign hat, reports CBS Sacramento. In cellphone video, a teacher is seen trying to subdue fired-up 17-year-old senior Jo-Ann Butler after she became enraged at a classmate for wearing the MAGA hat.

She grabbed the hat off his head.

"That's a racist and hateful symbol," Butler said.

She is now facing two counts of battery, one on her classmate and one on her teacher, who deputies say she slapped as he escorted her from the room.

Butler says she made the scene to express her political feelings.

"Maybe just wake people up in some type of way, because it's not cool, the environment our classroom is in," Butler said.

Her father says he doesn't approve of the way she behaved in class. "Wasn't handled the way I'd like it," Chris Butler said.

Now he's faced with the legal impact of his daughter's alleged criminal act.

All centered around the political divide across the country.

"I don't agree with grabbing someone's hat and verbally talking to them in that way," Chris Butler said. "But as far as the issue being brought up, maybe this is something that needs to be brought up."

The El Dorado Union High School District's clothing policy allows students to wear political symbols.

A statement released by the district reads:

"… Student and staff safety is our highest priority and the UMHS administration will continue to cooperate with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as the incident is being investigated."

Besides her arrest, Jo-Ann Butler has been suspended from school for a week.

The El Dorado County District Attorney will likely decide later this week whether she will be formally charged.

Categories: Ohio News

Greenlawn Avenue ramp to close after Labor Day

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 03:51

Drivers on the south side are used to traffic changes but a new temporary ramp closure could throw some people off.

The entrance ramp from Greenlawn Avenue to I-71 northbound will close Thursday, September 6 at 9 a.m. for 15 days.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the closure, which is part of the $113 million south side construction project, is necessary to rebuild the ramp and finish a project constructing the flood wall that runs along the highway.

To get around the closed ramp, ODOT suggests two detours:

Greenlawn Avenue to north on Harmon Rd to W Mound Street to I-70 east or

Greenlawn Ave to south on High Street to SR-104 west to I-71 north.

The ramp is expected to reopen on Saturday, September 22, weather permitting.

The South Side Mega Fix started last year in an effort to add a lane in each direction of I-71 between SR-315 and Stringtown Road. It will also build new ramps at the I-71 & I-270 interchange. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

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Police warn new scam in central Ohio hits victims twice

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 03:33

MORROW COUNTY, Ohio - Police in central Ohio are warning people to be on guard for a scam targeting people in the area.

A detective in Morrow County says it starts with a phone call from someone claiming to be an attorney with a large lottery corporation. The so-called attorney tells the person on the other line they've been chosen at random for a second place prize. To get the prize, the victim has to contact the "Gaming Commission" to pay taxes.

After the victim pays the first sum, someone claiming to be a judge contacts them again to say the grand prize winner was ruled ineligible and the victim is the new big winner. Again, the winner just has to pay taxes for that prize to win a million dollars.

According to police, one victim in Morrow County lost money in the six-figure amount.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers says detectives in Upper Arlington are investigating a similar case.

Crime Stoppers is looking to locate additional victims in Central Ohio. If you or someone you know fell victim to the scam, contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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