High Five: September 2012

first_img1. Woman Kicked in the Face by Rabid Deer: Lavale, Md.Theresa Stevens was letting her Yorkie out of the house for some morning relief when she found herself face to face with a deer. The startled animal stood up on its hind legs and kicked Stevens in the face. The deer—emaciated and obviously not well—then retreated to rest under Stevens’ cars. Feeling compassion for the animal, she told the Cumberland Times-News, “I got it a bucket of water and it stuck its head in it.”It turns out the deer was rabid, and since Stevens had cuts on her hand, her Good Samaritan act exposed her to the deer’s saliva, giving her rabies as well. Nearly a month of treatment shots followed.2. When Beavers Attack: Louisa, Va. And if one animal attack wasn’t enough, another took place in Virginia’s Lake Anna, where two young girls were bitten by the same beaver in mid-July. Annabella Radnovich, 11, and her eight-year-old cousin Alyssa were swimming near Sorbie Cove when a beaver bit Alyssa on the leg as she tried to exit the water. Then the critter circled around Annabella and bit her on the back of the leg. The result was 15 stitches for the younger cousin and three wounds above the knee for the elder. The girls’ uncle didn’t take kindly to seeing his nieces being attacked, so he shot the beaver with a BB gun and killed it with a knife.3. High School Kid Hikes Across Belize: Richmond, Va. What did you do on your summer vacation? Joseph Gallagher, a senior at Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, hiked across Belize. His four-day, 92-mile walk from the Guatemalan border to Belize City was done to raise money for an organization in the country that helps the visually impaired. Gallagher walked with 14-year-old Rowan Garel, who has been blind since birth. Gallagher had met Garel during a previous family mission trip to Belize.4. A.T. Hiker Set on Fire: Gettysburg, Pa. This was not the zero day an Appalachian Trail hiker had in mind when he stopped in Gettysburg. An Alabama man working his way up the trail in mid-July went to a bar in town and on his way out he got into a confrontation with some people in a small blue car. When things escalated, two men got out of the car, one of them doused the hiker with a flammable liquid and the other lit him on fire. The hiker, whose named was not listed in a local news story, sustained burns to his arm, chest, and scalp.5. Watch Where You Swing that Thing: Knoxville, Tenn. A Knoxville man was arrested for indecent exposure after a neighbor called the cops on him for doing yard work in the nude. After the complaint, Lindsay Stevens was nabbed by the cops for chainsawing a tree naked. Apparently it’s not the first time he’s been seen baring all outside of his house. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, other neighbors have seen him riding his lawn mower with no cloth between him and the seat.Beyond The Blue RidgeRunner Disappears During Rough Race: Seward, AlaskaThe three-mile Mount Marathon Race is an out and back to the top of a 3,000-foot summit. 66-year-old Michael LeMaitre was last seen 200 yards from the top, well behind the rest of the pack, but he never made it back down. As of late July he was still missing. Another racer had to be put into an induced coma after breaking his skull—a result of falling off a cliff. Organizers are considering a course change.Flying High at 90: Pittsfield, MaineLester Slate gave himself a great birthday present when he jumped out of a plane above Pittsfield Airport this past summer. Slate had learned how to use a parachute as a Navy pilot during World War II, but he waited until turning 90 to use his skills.Surfing Goats: San Onofre State Beach, Calif.Dana McGregor loves riding waves so much that he decided to teach his pet goats, Goatee and Pismo, to do the same, with the dynamic duo riding together on their own board.last_img read more

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Garcetti, Greuel face off in live debate at HSC

first_imgThe runoff election for Los Angeles mayor took center stage Monday night at the first of two mayoral debates to be hosted by the University of Southern California.City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel faced off at the debate, held at Louis B. Mayer Auditorium on USC’s Health Sciences Campus. The debate was co-hosted by NBC4 and its Spanish-language partner, Telemundo52, along with KPCC 89.3 and the Sol Price School of Public Policy.NBC4 chief political reporter Conan Nolan moderated the debate and was joined on stage by three panelists who presented questions throughout the debate: Jack H. Knott, dean of USC Price; Frank Stoltze, KPCC crime and politics reporter; and Ana Patricia Candiani, Telemundo52 news anchor.Detailed debate · Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti speaks to media after the debate (top). Candidate Wendy Greuel speaks during the debate (bottom). Both articulated different platforms during the debate at HSC. – Courtesy of McClatchy-Tribune CampusThe debate covered a wide range of issues facing the city, including jobs and the economy, pension reform, a growing budget problem, education policy, public transportation and safety.For two candidates who many view to be similar on policy, each went into Monday night’s debate hoping to draw distinctions in leadership qualities and communication skills.For Greuel, who trailed Garcetti by 10 points in a Price/Los Angeles Times poll released Sunday, the importance of last night’s debate could not be overstated.Early on, Greuel demonstrated a strategy built on personal experience and highlighting the failures of her opponent. Greuel singled out what she called mishaps during Garcetti’s city-council term in her first two opportunities to speak.At other times, Greuel heavily cited her experience in the public and private sector and the endorsement of her campaign by former President Bill Clinton, but had to be redirected to the question at hand on more than one occasion by the panelists.Garcetti also openly criticized Greuel for what he felt were personal attacks.“These personal attacks are the signs of a desperate and losing campaign,” Garcetti said. “Let’s get back to the issues.”Garcetti drew on his tenure as city councilman to boost his record, particularly on the issue of the Los Angeles economy. Garcetti also demonstrated a focused and methodical approach to each question, answering with specific and organized policy proposals, and emphasized strengths, such as his track record in stimulating the workforce.“In the midst of the recession, my district was No. 1 in job growth,” Garcetti said.Students who attended the debate shared different perspectives about the issues most important to them, but many agreed that Garcetti was more effective in communicating his stance overall.“I think Councilman Garcetti won the debate — his point of view was very sharp, and he has a good perspective on job growth,” said Xiaolong Feng, a master’s student in urban planning. “To me, the issue of transportation is most important because my major is transportation  planning. Many foreign students rely on public transit, so that is also very important to us.”Nandini Ruparel, a sophomore majoring in English, said the issue regarding public transportation also resonated most with her.“As a USC student, the public transportation issue is really important, especially to students without cars,” Ruparel said.The second mayoral debate will be held at the Galen Center on May 5.last_img read more

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