Officials Search for Shark That Killed Man

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Officials Search for Shark That Killed Man

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. -- Authorities kept watch Saturday over a stretch of Southern California beaches, studying the waters for a shark they think killed a triathlete a day earlier.

Authorities advised against going in the ocean from north San Diego to Carlsbad, but they said they expect to see people heading into the water to escape the summery temperatures.

Helicopters kept searching for signs of the shark that killed triathlete David Martin, Solana Beach Lifeguard Capt. Craig Miller said.

Martin, 66, died on the beach Friday after a shark, presumed to be a great white, lifted him out of the water with his legs in its jaws, leaving deep lacerations and shredding Martin's black wetsuit.

Martin, a retired veterinarian, was the first person killed by a shark in San Diego County since 1994. Before that, the last known fatal attack in the area was in 1959.

Chicago Police Probe Crash at Train Station

CHICAGO -- Police continued to investigate why a tractor-trailer rig barreled Friday into a Chicago Transit Authority train station, killing two people and injuring 21.

The truck driver, who authorities said tested negative for alcohol, was led away in handcuffs after he was released from a hospital Friday night. The driver, 51, had not been charged with any crime as of Saturday, said police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak. She declined to identify the driver.

The truck careened off a nearby expressway and veered into the busy Cermak-Chinatown Red Line train station and a bus shelter during the evening rush hour. Witnesses said the truck did not appear to slow before ramming into the station's stairwell.

14 Charged With Fraud In Hurricane Recovery

GULFPORT, Miss. -- A federal grand jury has indicted 14 people on fraud charges that accuse them of filing for hurricane-recovery funds while they were in prison. Most of them had been incarcerated in a state prison for at least a year before Hurricane Katrina struck, said U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton.

Some of the defendants have been released after serving time on state convictions, but all face 20 years or more in a federal prison if convicted on the fraud charges. The defendants used their home addresses of record instead of a state prison address when they applied for help, Lampton said.

Three of them face stiffer penalties because they also applied for help from the Small Business Administration, the indictment says.

Facing Closure, School Holds Commencement

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio -- Cash-strapped Antioch College held a bittersweet commencement ceremony, ahead of plans to close the school this summer until it gets back on its feet.

Some of the 101 graduates who gathered in an auditorium held out hope that a deal could be reached to keep open the private liberal arts college.

The school announced last year that, because of declining enrollment, heavy dependence on tuition and a small endowment, it would close to reorganize and would reopen in 2012, possibly sooner.

Many third-year students crammed their junior and senior years together to graduate.

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