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Paris attack survivor reveals she played dead to escape Bataclan massacre

Published: Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

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A University of Cape Town student described her heart-wrenching account as she played dead for over an hour in the Bataclan during the Paris attacks.

Isobel Bowdery, 22,  shared her story Sunday on her Facebook page, showing her shirt covered in blood. 

Bowdery recalls the happy atmosphere with everyone dancing and smiling – believing the sudden gunshots were just a part of the show.

“We naively believed it was all part of the show,” Bowdery said. “It wasn't just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre."

Bowdery said that she was shocked and alone. She pretended to be dead for over an hour, lying among people who could see their loved ones motionless.

“Holding my breath, trying to not move, not cry, not giving those men the fear they longed to see. I was incredibly lucky to survive. But so many didn't," she said.

Being a survivor, Bowdery wanted to shed the light on some of the heroes that she said saved her.

“To the man who reassured me and put his life on line to try and cover my brain whilst I whimpered, to the couple whose last words of love kept me believing the good in the world, to the police who succeeded in rescuing hundreds of people, to the complete strangers who picked me up from the road and consoled me during the 45 minutes I truly believed the boy I loved was dead, to the injured man who I had mistaken for him and then on my recognition that he was not Amaury, held me and told me everything was going to be fine despite being all alone and scared himself, to the woman who opened her doors to the survivors, to the friend who offered me shelter and went out to buy new clothes so I wouldn't have to wear this blood stained top, to all of you who have sent caring messages of support - you make me believe this world has the potential to be better. to never let this happen again. but most of this is to the 80 people who were murdered inside that venue, who weren't as lucky, who didn’t get to wake up today and to all the pain that their friends and families are going through. I am so sorry. There's nothing that will fix the pain.”

The post has been shared over 1,517 times within three hours.


you never think it will happen to you. It was just a friday night at a rock show. the atmosphere was so happy and...

Posted by Isobel Bowdery on Sunday, 15 November 2015

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Bobcat captured aboard ferry boat

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:03 PM

A bobcat that mysteriously appeared on a ferry vessel was removed before people boarded. (Photo courtesy Gateway Clipper)
A bobcat that mysteriously appeared on a ferry vessel was removed before people boarded. (Photo courtesy Gateway Clipper)

A vessel in the Gateway Clipper fleet hosted an unexpected furry passenger on Sunday.

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Workers on The Empress found a bobcat aboard the boat Sunday morning, just before passengers were scheduled to board, according to the Post-Gazette.

Pittsburgh animal control officers safely captured the wild cat and plan to release it in a wildlife center in Verona.

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Man steals Jeep from dealership during test drive, police say

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:17 PM

Police: Man Steals Jeep from Dealership During Test Drive

Authorities are looking for a man who stole a Jeep on Thursday from a dealership during a test drive, police said. 

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The suspect walked into Philly Auto dealership around 7 p.m. and expressed interest in a red Jeep Cherokee on the lot, according to WPVI

The man and a salesman went on a test drive. During the drive, the man started driving erratically and the salesman asked him to pull over, according to WPVI. The salesman started to switch seats with the man when the thief pulled out a gun and drove off, leaving the salesman on the side of the road. 

No shots were fired and there were no injuries. The man has not been seen since the incident.

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Miami bridge collapse: 6 confirmed dead, police say

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:18 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Miami Bridge Collapse: At Least Six Dead

A recently installed pedestrian bridge connecting Florida International University with the City of Sweetwater collapsed Thursday, killing six people, the Miami-Dade Police Department said Friday morning.


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Trump lashes out at Mueller, Comey, McCabe, over Russia probe

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:44 AM

Continuing to attack the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any links to his campaign, President Donald Trump on Sunday went on Twitter to attack the veracity of former top officials of the FBI, accusing them of lying, and making up information to use against him in the Special Counsel’s investigation.

As he attacked former FBI Director James Comey, and recently fired top FBI official Andrew McCabe, Mr. Trump appeared to be watching television on Sunday morning, citing one of his favorite Fox News programs, Fox and Friends.

“Wow, watch Comey lie under oath,” the President tweeted at one point, moving on to take more jabs at McCabe, who was fired on Friday.

“I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at later date,” the President wrote. “Can we call them the fake memos?”

On Twitter in recent days, Mr. Trump has again focused his ire on the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, once more making the argument that the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, and showed bias on the Trump-Russia probe.

“The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,” the President tweeted, ending with a familiar line: “WITCH HUNT!”

Mueller’s probe has already netted a series of guilty pleas from people who worked for the President’s campaign, with two specifically pleading guilty to lying about contacts involving Russia.

As the President used Twitter as his bully pulpit, one of the President’s lawyers also stirred the pot by saying it was time to end the Mueller investigation, which many in Washington believe is far from being complete.

Democrats in Congress again warned the President not to try to end that probe.

“What, Mr. President, are you hiding from the American people?” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).

“Thou doth protest too much, methinks,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).

“This shows how scared the Trump Administration is about what Mueller will find,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). “This investigation must continue.”

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