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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Child dies after motorized room partition crushes him at school

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

Child Dies After Being Crushed By Motorized Room Partition

A 9-year-old boy from Franconia, Virginia, is dead after he was crushed by a motorized room partition.

Police said that third grader Wesley Lipicky and a teacher, both hit a button to open the partition. The wall is motorized and splits a room in half, WUSA reported.

Lipicky was caught between the divider and the wall in the gym, suffering traumatic head injuries, according to police.

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He was pronounced dead Friday night at an area hospital.

Police said that Lipicky was part of the School Age Child Care after-school program at Franconia Elementary School. 

Officials ruled Lipicky’s death as accidental and said that charges are not expected to be filed, WTTG reported.

The school’s principal said that there will be support available for students, staff and parents, WTTG reported.

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North Carolina man rolled his eyes at wife before buying winning lottery ticket

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

A North Carolina man took home nearly $275,000 after his wife pushed him to buy a $2 lottery ticket. 
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A North Carolina man took home nearly $275,000 after his wife pushed him to buy a $2 lottery ticket. (Jeremy Brooks, Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The winner of Monday’s Lucky for Life lottery in North Carolina may never be able to roll his eyes at his wife ever again.

Darrin Nunnery won Monday’s $390,000 jackpot after his wife asked him to buy her a $2 lottery ticket. 

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Nunnery’s wife called to him, “Get me a Lucky For Life ticket,” and he apparently rolled his eyes at her, according to a tweet from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

 

Lottery for Life winners can choose to take a lump sum or $25,000 a year for life.

Nunnery chose the lump sum of $390,000, according to WRAL. After federal and state withholdings, he took home nearly $275,000.

He told WRAL he plans to spend the money on some home improvement projects, pay bills and donate to his church.

The odds of winning the N.C. Education Lottery are one in 1.8 million, WRAL said. Nunnery is the 16th person to win the prize so far in North Carolina.

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Trump can't block people on Twitter, judge rules

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:59 PM

President Trump And Twitter

A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump can’t block people from his Twitter feed because doing so would violate their First Amendment rights, according to multiple reports.

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The ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in response to a lawsuit filed in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and others, Reuters reported.

The president has more than 52 million followers on his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. He has frequently used the platform to interact with the public both before and during his presidency.

Buchwald on Wednesday ruled that Trump’s account constitutes a public forum “and blocking people who reply to his tweets with differing opinions constitutes viewpoint discrimination” in violation of the First Amendment, The Hill reported.

Trump argued that blocking people from his account did not violate the Constitution because of his own First Amendment rights, according to The Hill.

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Florida high school student says substitute teacher told her to go outside to shoot herself

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:51 PM

A student at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, Florida, says a substitute teacher made an inappropriate comment to her friends in class.  (Photo by ActionNewsJax.com)
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A student at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, Florida, says a substitute teacher made an inappropriate comment to her friends in class. (Photo by ActionNewsJax.com)(ActionNewsJax.com)

Clay County school leaders said they won’t recommend a substitute to fill in in the future after an inappropriate conversation with a student.

Ridgeview High School senior Jasmyne Hughes made a post on Facebook saying that a substitute teacher at the Orange Park, Florida, school told a girl in class she could go shoot herself, but to make sure she did it in the hall.

Hughes said it happened in anatomy and physiology class in which students were working on a packet. Hughes said the teacher got frustrated and started going back and forth with a student, who is Hughes’ friend.

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“The teacher keeps harping on her and harping on her and harping on her and her response was, ‘You make me want to shoot myself,’” Hughes said. “And the teacher’s response to that was, ‘Go ahead but make sure you do it outside.'”

WJAX reached out to the school district to get answers about what happened in the classroom.

“Clay County District Schools is aware of an inappropriate conversation that took place between a student and a substitute teacher at Ridgeview High School,” the school district said in a statement. “Ridgeview High School administrators have addressed both the student and substitute teacher, who is hired through a third party service. The District does not tolerate this type of behavior and will not recommend this teacher to substitute in the future.”

Hughes said she stuck up for her friend after the exchange, and told school leaders about it. She said she and two other students were disciplined for their behavior in the classroom.

“I just wish they would’ve done more,” Hughes said. “They should’ve told us that, ‘Hey, she won’t be working at the school anymore or she won’t be working in Clay County anymore,’” she said.

Kelly Services, the agency the substitute teacher was contracted through, was contacted to find out if there have been any past complaints about the teacher. They have not yet responded.

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