Tragedy

2-Year-Old Boy Snatched by Gator Near Disney Resort Hotel


disney-gator-attack-550x299Divers and wildlife officials are searching for the remains of a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into a lagoon by an alligator near Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday evening.

The boy, on vacation with his parents and 2 siblings from Nebraska, was wading near the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon when the attack happened at 9:15 p.m., Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters at a press conference early Wednesday.

Demings described the father’s desperate attempts to wrestle his son from the alligator’s jaws. The child’s mother also dived into the water as the alligator retreated with the boy.

“The parents diligently tried to get the child,” Demings told reporters. He said the boy’s father suffered injuries on his hands during the attempted rescue.

The gator is estimated to be between 5 and 7 feet long.

Demings said 50 law enforcement officers, 2 marine units, a helicopter, and a gator tracker would continue the “recovery operation” throughout night.

4 alligators were caught overnight and euthanized to search for signs of the boy in the stomach contents.

Demings said there is no record of a similar gator attack at the man-made lagoon and beach, just steps from the resort hotel.

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A Disney spokeswoman told reporters there were “no swimming signs” posted around the lagoon. The signs do not say alligators are lurking nearby. The spokeswoman said Disney world staffers were “devastated” and Disney was helping the family.

Resort guests were told to move away from their balconies, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is located directly across from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando.

There are over 1 million alligators in Florida. Wildlife officials record an average of 10 alligator attacks on humans a year.

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Tragedy, Wrongful death

Woman Died in Hospital Parking Lot After Being Forcibly Removed from Emergency Room


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A Florida woman who was forcibly removed from a hospital lay in the parking lot for 18 minutes before a doctor readmitted her. Barbara Dawson, 57, later died of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in her lung).

Dawson’s ordeal at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida was recorded by police audio and dash cam video on Dec. 21.

The audio and video were released this week to the family’s attorney, Benjamin L. Crump.

The audio and 2 ½-hour video, which the family and media reviewed for the first time at a press conference, shows a Blountstown police officer arriving at the hospital.

The officer is heard on audio attempting to persuade Dawson to leave the hospital’s emergency room.

Dawson sounds panicked as she tells the officer she can’t breathe, according to a report on Yahoo News.

The officer — or a nurse (it isn’t clear who) — disconnected Dawson’s oxygen tubing and turned off her oxygen.

The officer held Dawson by her arm, and nudged her along as he led her out of the hospital.

Dash cam video shows Dawson collapse about 1 to 2 feet from the police car while the officer reaches for his car keys.

The officer is heard on audio saying Dawson is being “non-compliant,” “faking” and refusing to get in the police car.

A nurse checked Dawson’s pulse while she lay propped against the police car — in obvious distress.

The cop and the nurse tried multiple times to get Dawson into the police car.

Finally, after 18 minutes, a doctor came out, said Dawson’s condition “appeared to have changed” and readmitted her to the hospital.

Dawson died later that day. The hospital listed Dawson’s cause of death as pulmonary embolism caused by morbid obesity. Dawson weighed 270 pounds at time of death.

Dawson’s family is planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and the Blountstown Police Department.

Multiple agencies are investigating Dawson’s death.

Drug addiction, NBA, Scandal, Tragedy

Lamar Odom Had ‘Significant Amount’ of Cocaine in His System


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Former LA Lakers star Lamar Odom had a “significant amount” of cocaine in his system and suffered “several strokes” according to Us magazine. The 35-year-old father of 3 was found unresponsive and in full respiratory arrest in a VIP room at a Nevada brothel on Tuesday.

A source close to the family tells Us Weekly that Odom suffered several strokes during the night while hospitalized in intensive care at a Las Vegas hospital. Odom is on life support in critical condition.

Odom is on a ventilator and is not expected to recover from his brain damage.

The 6-foot-10-inch center was found by two employees of the Love Ranch around 3 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) Tuesday. Witnesses described mucus coming out of his nose and mouth. He was unresponsive and not breathing when emergency responders arrived.

The brothel’s owner, Dennis Hof, told gossip tabloid TMZ, Odom been partying at the ranch with hookers since Saturday. Hof said Odom was “aided” by a herbal drug similar to Viagra.

Civil unrest, Conversations Of A Sistah, Police, Police brutality, Prejudice, President Obama, Racial Profiling, Racial tension, racial unrest, Racially motivated, Tracy L. Bell - Blog Talk Radio, Tragedy, Violence, Wrongful death

Has President Barack Obama failed His People? Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


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It’s no secret that more black men have been killed under Barack Obama’s presidency than ever before. The uprising and death of African Americans, both men and women at the hands of police have been prevalent in recent years.

The latest victim of causality is Freddie Gray, a Baltimore, Maryland native who was killed this month while in police custody.

Gray was hauled into a police van with a broken spine but exited with a broken spine and severed voice box. It is widely speculated that Gray had several injuries, of which details are being withheld; due to the current tension and violent rioting going on since he was laid to rest.

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But Freddie Gray is just one black man amongst many who have been killed by police.

Last year alone there was the killing of Michael Brown Akai Gurley, Kajieme Powell, Tyree Woodson, Jonathan Ferrelle, Ezelle Ford, John Crawford, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner. The list goes on with many to name but is president Barack Obama really to blame?

Did people of color really expect to receive justice for all and equal share, just because a black man took up residence in the white house?

Join me tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Conversations Of A Sistah” as we discuss these questions and the recent upset in Baltimore, Maryland.

I will be taking your phone calls at 1-917-889-7872. Please press “1” if you’d like to speak with me the host!

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Nine killed in Bahamas jet crash, including prominent Bahamian minister Myles Munroe


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Internationally known motivational speaker Myles Munroe and his family are feared dead, as it is being reported that his private plane crashed trying to land at the Grand Bahamas International airport Sunday night in the Bahamas.

Nine passengers were aboard the Learjet when it crashed around 5 p.m. local time after departing Lynden Pindling International airport in the Bahamas capital of Nassau. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, though there had been heavy rain across the region.

Munroe, a 60-year-old Bahamas native, is the published author of more than 100 spiritual and inspirational works and was traveling to lead his Global Leadership Forum. He is also a government and business consultant to Fortune 500 businesses, according to a biography on the Ministries website.

The Global Leadership Forum will continue as scheduled, according to a statement released by Munroe’s Facebook page. “This is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted. Please keep this family and the ministry in prayers,” a spokesperson wrote.

The names of the victims and the cause of the crash were not immediately known.