Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge dead at 60

Published: Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 8:06 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 8:06 AM


            This Aug. 14, 2006, file photo shows Joni Sledge, one of the original members of Sister Sledge, second from left, posing with Rodney Jerkins, second from right, her niece Camille Sledge, left, and her cousin Amber Sledge at the

Joni Sledge of the music group Sister Sledge has died at age 60.

According to The Associated Press, Biff Warren, publicist for the band best known for its 1979 hit "We Are Family," said a friend found Sledge dead in her Phoenix home Friday. Her cause of death is not yet known.   

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Warren told the AP and CNN that Sledge had not been sick.

In a Facebook post Saturday, the group, formed by Sledge and her sisters in 1971, announced the news and asked for prayers.

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"Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni, passed away yesterday. Please pray for us as we weep for this loss. We do know that she is now eternally with Our Lord," the post read.

"We thank you in advance for allowing us the privacy to mourn quietly as a family. We miss her and hurt for her presence, her radiance, and the sincerity with which she loved and embraced life."

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Important Announcement

Posted by Sister Sledge on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sledge leaves behind a son and her sisters, the AP reported.

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Female dragonflies play dead to avoid amorous males

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

Macro portrait of a black darter dragonfly (Sympetrum danae), taken on July 26, 2014. (Photo by Chris Rutter/N-Photo Magazine via Getty Images)
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Female dragonflies are one of only a few animal species that play dead to avoid mating or death, falling out of the sky and remaining motionless until the amorous male dragonfly leaves.

That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Ecology by University of Zurich zoologist Rassim Khelifa, Newsweek reported.

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Khelifa, who documented the behavior while studying dragonflies in Switzerland, said it’s the first time scientists have seen dragonflies feigning death as a means of avoiding mating. 

“I witnessed a dragonfly dive to the ground while being pursued by another dragonfly. The individual that crashed was a female,” the scientist said, according to Newsweek. “She was lying motionless and upside down on the ground.”

Khelifa said he expected the female would be unconscious or even dead, after crashing to the ground.

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“But she surprised me by flying away quickly as I approached,” Khelifa said.

Scientists believe that by playing dead, the female dragonfly may survive longer and possibly reproduce more frequently and more successfully.

 

At least 5 dead, dozens injured as tornadoes hit eastern Texas

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 11:01 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 12:22 AM

Tornadoes tracked across parts of Texas on Saturday, leaving behind a swath of damage, injuring dozens of people and killing at least five, according to multiple reports.

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Preliminary reports to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth indicated that as many as three tornadoes raked over parts of Henderson, Van Zandt and Rains counties in eastern Texas. Crews will survey the damage Sunday to determine the strength of the twisters.

"We have a lot of injuries," a dispatcher with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office told KXAS-TV. The dispatcher added that there was “a lot of damage.”

At least five people were killed in the storms, according to KTVT. None of the victims have been identified.

One person was found dead in a pasture in Canton, the Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department told KTVT. The Canton Fire Department told KXAS-TV that another person was killed along Highway 64 when a tornado threw the person’s vehicle.

Nearly 50 people were taken to hospitals with a variety of injuries after the tornadoes struck, including one with critical injuries.

A dispatcher at the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press that “officers were chasing numerous injury reports.”

Video from local television stations shows uprooted threes, damaged homes and overturned cars along roadways.

Teen recovering from terrifying shark attack in Gulf of Mexico

Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

A Kentucky teenager is recovering from a leg wound after she was bitten by a shark in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s Panhandle on Sunday.

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The 17-year-old was attacked by a 5-foot-long shark while swimming near a sandbar in Destin, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

The teen was taken to a local hospital, where she received stitches, but sheriff officials described the injury as “fairly minor.”

Authorities don’t know what kind of shark bite the girl, who was visiting Destin from Louisville, Kentucky, with her high school softball team, media outlets reported.

Shark attacks in the area are rare. The attack Sunday is only the fourth documented shark bite in Okaloosa County since 1882, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

 

Shark bites woman at South Carolina beach

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 5:31 PM

A woman was injured Saturday when a shark bit her foot in the waters off South Carolina’s Folly Beach, according to multiple reports.

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The woman, a 36-year-old surfer, was headed back to shore on her surf board when she was bitten on the left heel around 11 a.m., officials told WCBD and The Post and Courier.

Folly Beach firefighters told WCIV that the bite was about 5 inches in diameter. The injured woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that appeared to be minor.

The shark bite is the first reported at Folly Beach this year. Officials told WCBD that they typically get three or four reports of shark bites every year.