Shark attacks man, ends up saving his life

Published: Thursday, October 08, 2015 @ 11:22 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2015 @ 11:22 AM

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What started out as a relaxing family vacation day turned into a nightmare, and ultimately, a medical miracle of sorts.

Massachusetts resident Eugene Finney took his girlfriend and children to Huntington Beach, California in July as part of a family vacation. The weather was perfect and Finney was supervising his daughter playing in the ocean waves when he was slammed behind by something.

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Finney told the San Jose Mercury News that it was the hardest he’d ever been hit in his life.

He struggled through the pain and shock to get himself and his daughter safely back to shore. His girlfriend pointed out the long gash on his back. Soon after, a crowd gathered near the water, and lifeguards were pulling everyone out of the water.

A shark sighting had been reported. The next day, a professional surfer was attacked by a great white shark and the beach was closed.

In the meantime, Finney was experiencing pain in his back, chest and abdomen. He didn’t seek immediate medical treatment, thinking he could just work through it. Finally, his boss convinced him he needed medical attention.

A series of tests were performed to determine his source of pain. Doctors concluded that his chest and back pain were due to blunt-force trauma, likely from the impact of the shark attack.

But doctors also discovered a tumor on his kidney, and it was likely malignant.

Fortunately for Finney, the cancer was detected early, at Stage I. The tumor was successfully removed with a minimally invasive procedure and most of his kidney was preserved. He is expected to make a full recovery and will not require radiation or chemotherapy treatments.

He was declared cancer-free Oct. 3, and has a shark to thank for sending him to the hospital at just the right time.

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Paul Manafort, Rick Gates face new charges: report

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:06 PM

Robert Mueller - Fast Facts

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and Rick Gates, who served as a campaign aide, are facing new charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against the pair, Politico reported Wednesday.

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Congress waits to see what President Trump does on various gun control plans

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:08 AM

As several hundred high school students rallied at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to press for gun controls, there were more calls in the halls of Congress for action on gun violence, with both parties waiting to see what the President might do on guns, as the White House did not immediately reject some of the ideas, like age limits for people buying high-powered weapons like an AR-15.

“I think that’s certainly something that’s on the table for us to discuss and that we expect to come up in the next couple of weeks,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday, when asked about the age limit idea.

That plan is already drawing bipartisan support, as Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced that he is working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on a measure to raise the minimum purchase age to 21, from 18.

Feinstein has also advocated a return of something that was put into law on a temporary basis in 1994, a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons.

“When the assault weapons ban was in place, the number of gun massacres fell by 37% and the number of people dying from gun massacres fell by 43%,” Feinstein argues.

But while that might sell with a number of Democrats in Congress today, you don’t have to go back too far – only to the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 – to see that a number of Democrats voted against such a plan back then.

Some Democrats argue that 2018 – and the Parkland, Florida school shooting – will be different, as a growing number of students have demanded action on gun control.

While students from Florida were rallying at their state capitol in Tallahassee, several hundred students from the Washington, D.C. area marched to the Capitol to voice their demands.

“Keep guns out of schools,” read one sign. “Ban Assault Weapons,” was another, as the students urged action in the Congress.

“I came out of my office to say, I am with you 100 percent,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), one of many more liberal Democrats who would like to see action on gun control.

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But despite the enthusiasm, the path forward for almost any gun measure is cloudy at best in the Congress, as GOP leaders have given no hint that they will suddenly bring gun bills backed by Democrats to a vote in the House and Senate.

The one wild card may be President Trump, who has held more liberal views on guns in the past, including support for an assault weapons ban.

On Tuesday night, the President tweeted his support for stricter background checks on gun buyers – but that type of statement can mean many different things.

Was the President saying he would back plans from Democrats to require private gun sales to have a background check – what’s been referred to for many years as the ‘gun show loophole?’

Or is this tweet from the President something less sweeping – simply about insuring that more information gets into the instant check database system?

Like lawmakers, reporters weren’t getting much in the way of detailed answers on some of the more controversial items of gun control legislation – for example, does Mr. Trump still favor an assault weapons ban?

“I don’t have any specific announcements, but we haven’t closed the door on any front,” Mr. Trump’s Press Secretary said in response.

It was a reminder that the President could roil the gun debate in Congress, depending on how he deals with some of these post-Parkland issues.

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Parkland students march at Capitol calling for tighter gun control laws

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

VIDEO: Florida Students March on Tallahassee

About 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School poured into the state Capitol this morning to call for tighter gun control laws in the wake of last week’s massacre on their school campus.

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The students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a 400-mile trip on three buses, The Associated Press reported.

The students told about 500 students and parents waiting for them that they are fighting to protect all students.
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4 things to know about Billy Graham

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Billy Graham - Through The Years

Evangelical leader Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday at 99. 

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How Graham got his start

Graham, the son of a North Carolina farmer, started preaching throughout the south and midwest.

He was “born again” after hearing a preacher’s service in 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to CNN

He attended Florida Bible Institute and it was there while taking a midnight stroll in 1937 on the 18th green when he received his calling from God, Graham wrote in his biography. He was baptized Dec. 4, 1938, in Silver Lake, Florida, and ordained the following year, according to CNN.

After graduating, Graham moved to Illinois to continue his education at Wheaton College, where he met his wife, according to The New York Times.

Advisor to presidents and welcomed by world leaders

Graham advised 10 presidents starting with Harry Truman. Barack Obama was the last president Graham met with, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Graham was most closely linked to President Richard Nixon whom he endorsed in 1968. Years later, recordings of the two were released in which they made anti-Semitic remarks. Graham apologized, saying he did not recall making the statements.

Not only did Graham counsel American presidents, world leaders of religiously restrictive countries welcomed him. 

He was invited to preach in China as well as in Pyongyang by North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung, according to the New York Times. He also visited communist countries in Eastern Europe to promote peace.

Graham’s global reach 

Graham was not the first evangelical but he was able to use communication and technology to gain an unprecedented reach. 

Through the use of radio, books, magazines, television and the internet Graham’s “crusades” reached more than 200 million people on almost every continent. 

Graham wrote 30 books and his sermons were translated into 48 languages and sent to 185 countries by satellite, according to the New York Times

He held a crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957. It was so popular, it was extended from six to 16 weeks and ended with a rally with 100,000 people in Times Square. It was Graham’s longest revival meeting ever.

His final crusade was in 2005 in New York City. However, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association continues to organize them. 

Evangelical “tree”

Graham formed the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in 1950. The group continues to organize crusades, radio and television programs and publishes the Decision magazine. The association trains thousands of evangelicals and missionaries and sends a rapid response team to help in disaster areas. 

His son, Franklin Graham, who developed his own following, was tapped to lead the association in 1995, according to the New York Times

Daughter Anne Graham Lotz and grandsons Will Graham and William Graham Tullian Tchividjian are part of the ministry. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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