MAUI, Hawaii (AP) — The California man killed by a shark in Hawaii over the weekend was a frequent visitor to the islands and an avid scuba diver who had recently retired, a friend said. A shark attacked 65-year-old Thomas Smiley while he was swimming Saturday in the Ka’anapali Beach Park area on Maui, police said. A witness said that when rescuers pulled him to shore and began CPR, he was missing a leg from the knee down. Smiley died at the scene. Longtime friend Gary Taxera told Hawaii News Now on Sunday that Smiley was an optometrist from Granite Bay, California, near Sacramento. Smiley regularly vacationed on Maui and enjoyed swimming, water skiing and racing cars, he said. ‘‘He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time doing something in a place he loved,’’ Taxera said. Smiley leaves behind a wife, three children and six grandchildren. Taxera described him as having a personality that was bigger than life. ‘‘He was a good-hearted … [Read more...] about Man killed by shark in Hawaii
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By Ross McKeon Updated 7:55 pm PDT, Sunday, March 31, 2019 After an emotional win over Vegas on Saturday, the Sharks had little left 24 hours later against Calgary. And thanks to a one-sided 5-3 victory by the visitors, San Jose watched the Flames celebrate a Pacific Division title and the top seed in Western Conference at SAP Center on Sunday. With three games left and a six-point lead on the third-place Golden Knights in the division, the Sharks — held to a season-low 15 shots by the Flames — can set their sites on a first-round rematch against a Vegas team that ousted them in a six-game second-round matchup last spring. And, with losses in eight of the last nine, clearly San Jose has work to do to get its game in order in addition to getting injured Joe Pavelski and Erik Karlsson back before the Stanley Cup playoffs start April 10 or 11. All began well for the Sharks on Sunday as they scored the initial goal for the first time in six games. And that … [Read more...] about Sharks lose for eighth time in nine games as Flames clinch division
By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
October 31 marked a milestone for shark researchers on Cape Cod for more than one reason. Greg Skomal, the senior fisheries scientist for the state Department of Fish and Game who leads the Massachusetts Shark Research program, and his colleagues tagged a 14-foot female white shark in the waters off Provincetown. She was the 150th great white Skomal has tagged since undertaking a tagging study in 2009 to examine the movement, ecology, and behavior of the ocean predators in Cape Cod waters. Skomal says he’s “ecstatic” about the accomplishment. “I think it’s fantastic,” he told Boston.com. “I think if you told me 10 years ago we’d tag 150 white sharks, I’d say you were making it up. I’d say you were crazy. Because I never anticipated it. It’s the most white sharks tagged in the Atlantic, and we’re learning quite a bit from those tags. So I think it’s a great achievement by the research team.” The last day … [Read more...] about Here’s what researchers are focusing on next in their study of great white sharks off Cape Cod
Updated 5:20 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 A black widow spider. A black widow spider. Photo: Gregory Holland-San Diego State University Most creatures you'll find in the wild just want to stay out of your way. But just in case, click on to read tips on how to walk away from close encounters unhurt. Most creatures you'll find in the wild just want to stay out of your way. But just in case, click on to read tips on how to walk away from close encounters unhurt. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM WILD ANIMALS:SHARK:While sharks attacks are rare, when it happens, fight back. "You want to be aggressive because sharks appreciate size and power," says one expert. Especially effective can be a blow to its nose or jab in the eyes. less HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM WILD ANIMALS: SHARK: While sharks attacks are rare, when it happens, fight back. "You want to be aggressive because sharks appreciate size and … [Read more...] about Firefighters: Calif. man used blowtorch to kill spiders, set parents’ house on fire