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In the News; June 24, 2008

Wildfires again in California

Reports say that more than 840 wildfires sparked by an "unprecedented" lightning storm are burning a swath of Northern California, alarming the governor and requiring the help of firefighters from Nevada and Oregon. At risk- the Napa Valley wine country. One wildfire started in Napa County and quickly moved into Solano County, and threatened about 250 homes about 40 miles southwest of Sacramento,.
The Return of Don Imus' Mouth

Don Imus is once again defending on-air remarks regarding race.
During an on-air conversation about the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones, Imus asked, "What color is he?"

Don Imus said Tuesday morning on his radio show that he was trying to "make a sarcastic point" with his latest on-air remarks about race, but that they had been misunderstood. This happened nearly a year after returning to the radio with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by his comments about a women's basketball team,

"What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason," Imus said a day after his current faux pas. "I mean, there's no reason to arrest this kid six times. Maybe he did something once, but everyone does something once."
When he returned to work, Imus gave a lengthy on-air apology and pledged to use his new show to foster an open dialogue on race relations.

WABC and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. Vice President Phil Boyce said Monday that it was unlikely the broadcasters would take disciplinary action against Imus.
China's Death Toll

The death toll from last month's massive earthquake in southwestern China is expected to exceed 80,000, state media reported Tuesday.
Officially 69,181 people are dead with another missing 18,498, according to authorities.

"Because it is presumed that the missing people are already dead, the total death toll of this disaster is likely to exceed 80,000," said Vice Premier Hui Liangyu.

Man Versus Gator

  • orlando news channel 6 photo
  • "He dragged me under the water five times," Edwards said. "Finally, (the arm) ripped off and I wasn't aware at the time. (It) hit me in my stomach and knocked the wind out of me and I dug and took my finger and gouged its eye. It spun and turned around and went away from me. (I) didn't know I was missing an arm until I was swimming back."

    Kasey Edwards, 18, was swimming with some friends in a canal near Lake Okeechobee, when he was attacked.

    "(The alligator) took my left arm off about 4 inches above the elbow," Edwards said. "It was a pretty humbling experience."

    Edwards said he was face-to-face with the gator during the attack.

    "I looked back and the gator surfaced and I looked him right in the face and stared at him for 10 seconds," Edwards said from Holmes Regional Medical Center in Central Florida.

    Edwards said during the fight with the alligator, he was not aware he was missing an arm.
    The alligator was captured and Edwards' arm was found inside its stomach, the Palm Beach Post reported.


    Kelly said...

    wow which to comment about? glad our eastern north carolina wildfire isn't as bad as that in N. Cali... can't imagine fighting a gator... that's a HUGE death toll in China, seems like everyone has largely forgotten about what happened already

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