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Two people were bitten by sharks in the last 2 weeks. Both of them lived to tell their story

Two people have been bitten by sharks off the coast of North Carolina in the past 14 days, and a third person was bitten by an unknown animal during that time period, officials said.

On Sunday, an 8-year-old boy was bitten by an animal “believed to be a shark,” according to Village Manager of Bald Head Island Chris McCall.

McCall says the child suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident off Bald Head Island’s South Beach.

The boy had puncture wounds on his leg and was transported off the island to receive medical treatment, McCall said.

McCall said authorities don’t know what type of shark was involved in the attack.

This is the second attack in the state in the last two weeks.

A 17-year-old girl lost her left leg and two fingers on her left hand in a shark attack at Fort Macon State Park near Atlantic Beach on June 2.

Paige Winter was rescued by her father Charlie Winter, who punched the shark as it pulled his daughter underwater.

In a news conference Friday, Paige told reporters she hoped to turn the attack into a positive thing, saying “Sharks are still good people.”

“I’m going to be able to walk, I’m going to be able to write,” Winter said of her prognosis.

Winter’s father was beaming with pride when he talked about his daughter. “Paige is going to do great things. Paige is destined for great things.”

Winter said the shark took Paige’s leg, “but it didn’t take her spirit.”

Another person was bitten off the coast of North Carolina by an unknown animal June 10, according to CNN affiliate WWAY.

The family of 19-year-old Austin Reed told WWAY that he was out in the surf at Ocean Isle Beach when he was bitten by what he believed to be a shark.

Reed suffered a “deep tooth bite” on his foot and was taken to a hospital for treatment, WWAY reported.

The tree thought to have inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ has fallen

The Lorax would be devastated to hear that the tree that inspired Dr. Seuss’ 1971 children’s book has fallen.

The Monterey Cypress tree was at Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla, California, the seaside community where author Theodor Seuss Geisel lived from 1948 until his death in 1991.

Geisel could see the tree from his mountaintop home, according to the city’s website.

The tree was estimated to be about 80 to 100 years old, said Tim Graham, a spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.

He said there is “no definitive cause on why it fell.”

The city plans to salvage the large trunk section in hopes of repurposing it, Graham said.

Most of the tree was removed Friday and the remaining large trunk is expected to be removed later this week. The city will be looking at planting a replacement in the area, Graham said.

“The Lorax” follows the titular character who attempts to defend the fictional, precious Truffula trees and the creatures that depend on them for survival from corporate greed.

The book was made into an animated film in 2012.

Woman arrested for allegedly stomping on sea turtle nest in Florida

A woman has been arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, after she was seen stomping on a sea turtle nest, according to police.

Yaqun Lu, 41, was seen by witnesses and Miami Beach police officers on Saturday “jabbing at the sea turtle nest” with a wooden stake and “stomping all over the nest with her bare feet,” an arrest affidavit says.

The area had been closed off to the public with yellow tape and a sign that said, “Do not disturb sea turtle nest,” the affidavit says.

Lu, a Chinese citizen who gave police a home address in Michigan, faces a charge of marine turtle or egg molestation or harassment, per online court records.

Court records indicate Lu is represented by a public defender. CNN was unable to reach the public defender’s office for comment.

A number of sea turtle species are protected under both the 1973 US Endangered Species Act and Florida law, according to Miami Beach’s website, and it’s illegal to touch or harm them or their eggs.

Miami Beach serves as a nesting habitat for three species of sea turtles — Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback — between April and early November, its website says.

“Thankfully,” Miami Beach police said, “it appears the eggs were not damaged.”

Some schools to test for nicotine in high school students involved in extracurricular activities

FAIRBURY – The dramatic increase in vaping and e-cigarettes convinced Fairbury Public Schools officials they should test students for nicotine as part of the random drug tests given to students involved in extracurricular activities.

“Vaping and smoking in our view is reaching epidemic proportions,” said Fairbury Superintendent Stephen Grizzle. “It’s just a way we can deter kids from potentially being addicted to nicotine. Since smoking and using vaping products are against our policies, it makes sense to include that.”

Fairbury is one of a number of school districts in Nebraska that require random drug testing for students who want to participate in everything from athletics to Future Business Leaders of America to marching band.

The Fairbury district, about 50 miles southwest of Lincoln, is one of the first to include nicotine among the substances tested for.

For about two years, students in the public junior-senior high school who want to participate in extracurricular activities have been required to sign a consent form, along with their parents, saying they agree to the monthly tests.

This past week, the school board approved adding nicotine to the list of substances to be tested for during the urinalysis tests given by an Ohio-based company called Sport Safe Testing Service.

About 60% of the junior-senior high school students participate in after-school activities, Grizzle said. The district’s enrollment was 934 in 2017-18, with 387 of those students in the junior-senior high school.

It works like this: Each student who participates in an extracurricular activity is given an ID number. Each month, 10% of those ID numbers are chosen, and a representative from a local medical facility collects the samples, which are sent to Sport Safe for analysis, Grizzle said.

The nicotine tests will be set at a level high enough to eliminate students who may have inhaled second-hand smoke, said Chris Franz, one of the owners of the company.

Grizzle said a “handful” of students each year have had tests that came back positive. When that happens, there’s a list of consequences depending on the number of offenses, beginning with having to sit out 10 days and complete education requirements.

“It really helps the school to become a partner with the parents in helping deter kids from trying drugs and whatnot,” he said. “We are pleased with the community buy-in. I think parents know we are trying to be as proactive as possible, so I think that helps.”

He expects the number of students who test positive to increase when nicotine is included, but hopes it won’t be a barrier to participation — and the number will ultimately go down.

Last year, Grizzle said, the rate of discipline for use of such products reached a “tipping point” that made officials consider the testing.

It’s become a national concern. In December, the U.S. Surgeon General said e-cigarette use by young people had reached epidemic proportions, and a U.S. House subcommittee is conducting a congressional investigation into e-cigarette use by teenagers.

In Nebraska, the Legislature passed a bill this session raising the legal age to purchase vapor products and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 19 years old.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 3 million high school students use vaping products. In Lancaster County, the youth vaping rate increased from 23.8% in 2015 to 27.4% this year, said Brian Baker, program coordinator for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s tobacco prevention program.

Sport Safe Testing Service works with about 100 school districts throughout the country, according to its website, and Franz, one of the owners, estimated that includes about 10 Nebraska districts.

He said about a dozen districts that contract with Sport Safe included nicotine among the substances they tested for before vaping became so prevalent, and now others are considering adding it.

Grizzle said he doesn’t worry about privacy or constitutional concerns, because participating in activities is a privilege, not a right.

In 2002, a divided U.S. Supreme Court found an Oklahoma school policy of randomly testing students in competitive nonathletic extracurricular activities constitutional. In 1995, a divided court found drug testing of high school athletes constitutional.

Lincoln Public Schools is among the districts that don’t do drug testing of students involved in activities. Concerns about privacy, as well as cost, are among the reasons, and because testing reaches only a portion of the students, said Russ Uhing, director of student services.

LPS focuses more on educating families and students on the dangers, he said, and the district also is part of a youth task force spearheaded by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department that has done community-wide public awareness campaigns.

The cost for Fairbury will be about $900 a year, Grizzle said, and the district is looking into adding Wi-Fi-enabled sensors in bathrooms that would detect vapor from e-cigarettes and notify administrators.

They’ll spend the summer getting the word out about the decision to add nicotine to the regular drug testing.

“We want it to be a deterrent,” he said. “Kids are under a whole lot of pressure to experiment with drugs or nicotine.”

Uniquely Utah: Provo’s road sign collector

PROVO, Utah — Over the past few years, a colorful and curious roadside attraction in Provo has been growing by leaps and bounds. Everyone wonders, ‘What’s with all the signs?’

Fox 13’s Todd Tanner finds out in this latest installment of Uniquely Utah.

Check out the video above!


Why the 2019 off-season is crucial for the Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — Now that the NBA Finals are over, Fox 13’s Jeff Rhineer sits down with Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune to talk about why this summer off-season is so important for the Utah Jazz.

Check it out in the video above!

Lane filtering: viral Facebook video shows driver-biker confrontation

PROVO, Utah — A motorcycle rider’s Facebook video is gaining attention all over the motorcycle rider community — especially in Utah, where a new law allowing filtering was just implemented last month.

Collin Hansen posted a video to the Facebook group “Utah Motorcycle Riders” on Sunday, showing his ride down University Avenue in Provo.

“I was filtering the other day and someone opened their door on me,” he wrote in the post with his helmet camera footage,” has anyone else had problems with ignorant drivers like this?”

The video shows him driving between cars at a stoplight — which is now allowed within certain parameters — when a Pizza Hut delivery driver opens his door, blocking Hansen from going by.

“Hey, you’re supposed to be in a lane,” the driver said to Hansen.

“It’s called ‘lane filtering,'” Hansen responded. “It’s a new law.”

The driver eventually closed his door and allowed Hansen to go by.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nathan Croft watched the video and said both men could improve.

“The traffic hadn’t completely stopped when he started filtering. It was going really slow but technically it has to be stopped,” Croft said. “The person who opened his door — I’m not sure what he was trying to do, but it doesn’t sound like he had been educated about the law.”

Fox 13 previously reported on the new law that, according to UHP, is actually implemented for motorcyclists’ safety, not just so they can beat the traffic. That report, along with the rules for bikers, can be found here.

3 Questions with Bob Evans: Jeff Flake

Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake sat down with Bob Evans and answered three questions:

  1. Why did you have such high disapproval ratings?
  2. What in the Mueller report disqualifies President Trump for re-election?
  3. What did the country learn from the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process?

The full interview can be found here:

Stranded hiker rescued from Mt. Timpanogos ice field

MOUNT TIMPANOGOS, Utah — Search and rescue crews retrieved a hiker stuck on Mt. Timpanogos Sunday morning.

A 20-year-old from Austin, Texas, was hiking to the summit of the mountain when he crossed an ice-covered avalanche deposit and got stuck, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon of Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

At one point crossing the ice, he realized it was too steep and that he could not continue forward or turn to head the other way safely. He fortunately had cellphone reception and called 911. Several Search and Rescue volunteers responded and helped him off the mountain using ropes and other tools.

Cannon said that while the hiker was not adequately prepared for what he encountered, he did the right thing when he realized he was in trouble.

“He stayed put and did not try to fix the situation himself,” Cannon wrote in a press release, “and second, he swallowed his pride and called for help!”

Cannon said there is a risk of serious injury or even death when someone tries to get themselves out of a situation like this.

“The Utah County Sheriff’s Office SAR volunteers have responded to may situations over the years where people have lost their step [and] slid down these ice and snowfields,” Cannon wrote. “The outcome in these situations is never good.”

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