Shark Bite Critically Injures Girl On Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

posted on 05 Sep 2014 18:13 by groovyreproduct10

OCRACOKE, N.C. -- The family of a 6-year-old girl bitten by a shark in North Carolina says the child is in good condition.

A statement from the parents issued by Pitt County Memorial Hospital said the girl's mother was 10 feet away and witnessed the attack. The statement said the girl is in good spirits and commented: "I hate sharks. I like dolphins way better. "

Hyde County officials said Wednesday that the child was bitten on her lower right leg and foot a day earlier while playing in 18 inches of water on Ocracoke Island.

Authorities say bystanders reported a black-finned shark attacking the girl.

Earlier in the day, a National Park Service spokeswoman told WNCT-TV the child was in critical condition..


The NC Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting July 29 regarding the proposed replacement of the Topsail Island Bridge in Surf City.

The meeting will take place at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge, 13175 N.C. 50 in Holly Ridge from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m.

Residents will be able to ask questions and/or submit comments following the presentation.

The NCDOT proposal includes building a new bridge to replace the existing swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on N.C. 50/210 in Surf City. This is one of two bridges that provide access to Topsail Island. The existing bridge is a steel truss swing span bridge that was built in the 1950s and is due for replacement.

NCDOT originally evaluated more than 20 design alternatives for this project. A series of public workshops and meetings with environmental regulatory agencies were used to narrow down the alternatives.

The NCDOT says the proposed project will improve traffic flow by providing wider travel lanes for all vehicles, maintain boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway, and minimize traffic delays. The proposed bridge will include access for pedestrians and bicycles.

An environmental document was prepared for this project and was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in October 2011. This document, known as the Environmental Assessment (EA), along with the Corridor Public Hearing Maps displaying the selected alternative are available for public review at the following locations:

oNCDOT Division Engineer's Office, 5501 Barbados Boulevard, Castle Hayne;

oTown of Surf City, 214 N. New River Drive;

oTown of North Topsail Beach, 2008 Loggerhead Court; and

oTown of Topsail Beach, 820 S. Anderson Boulevard.

Copies of the EA document and maps also can be found on the project's website at:

For more information, please contact Diane Wilson, NCDOT- Human Environment Unit, by phone at (919) 707-6073 or email: Additional written comments regarding the proposed project may be submitted to Ms. Wilson until Aug. 26, 2014.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Wilson as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Sergio Garcia apologizes for saying he'd serve Tiger Woods 'fried chicken'

posted on 21 Jul 2014 19:12 by groovyreproduct10

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Sept. 30, 2012: Europe's Martin Kaymer celebrates with Sergio Garcia after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.AP

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods on Wednesday for saying he would have "fried chicken" at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inappropriate.

"I want to send an unreserved apology. I did not want to offend anyone," Garcia said Wednesday. "My answer was totally stupid and out of place."

Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner Tuesday night when he was jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. The two players had been verbally sparring since The Players Championship nearly two weeks ago.

"We'll have him round every night," Garcia replied. "We will serve fried chicken."

The remark took the golfers' differences into ugly territory, reminiscent of when Fuzzy Zoeller made a similar comment about Woods after he won the 1997 Masters, becoming the first player of black heritage to win a major.

"The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate," Woods said in a series of tweets. "I'm confident that there is real regret the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it's long past time to move and talk about golf."

For once, both players agreed.

Garcia held an impromptu news conference at the BMW PGA Championship to elaborate on a statement he sent out Tuesday night through the European Tour.

"I want to also apologize to my Ryder Cup teammates who were there last night for taking the shine away from a wonderful event, and finally and foremost, I want to apologize to Tiger to anyone I could have offended. I felt very sick about it and feel really bad, and just hope to settle things down and move on."

Garcia said he called Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at Excel Sports, because he doesn't have a phone number for the world's No. 1 player.

The Spaniard said his comment about fried chicken was not intended as a racist remark.

"It was a funny question and I wanted it to be a funny answer in reply," he said. "I started to get a sick feeling straight after the dinner and I felt so bad I thought my heart was going to come out of my body. I felt bad about (it) all day."