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Today in History

Christopher Columbus leaves on his third voyage of exploration.
The Peace of Ardes ends the war between France and England.
Louis XIV is crowned king of France.
The Pennsylvania Assembly bans the importation of slaves.
Daniel Boone sights present-day Kentucky.
The United Colonies change their name to the United States.
Mexico City is captured by French troops.
The Boxer rebels cut the rail links between Peking and Tientsin in China.
Professor Pierre Curie reveals the discovery of Polonium.
The first vessel passes through the Panama Canal.
Over 7,000 war veterans march on Washington, D.C., demanding their bonus pay for service in World War I.
The Japanese invade Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.
In Operation Swift Saber, U.S. Marines sweep an area 10 miles northwest of Da Nang in South Vietnam.
Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroy Iraq’s only nuclear reactor.
The Organization of African Unity formally admits South Africa as its fifty-third member.

Heroic passer-by leapt into the sea to save driver after car missed ferry and sank in harbor

A heroic passer-by leapt into a harbor in Orkney, Scotland, to save a man after his car plunged into the water. Eye witnesses looked on in horror as the drama unfolded on Friday lunchtime in the northern isles. The incident was captured on film by a cameraman who happened to be at the harbor in Balfour on Shapinsay. It is understood that the car’s brakes or steering may have failed while in the harbor area trying to board a ferry, causing it drive off the pier and into the water.
A man, described as being in his 60s or 70s by eye-witnesses, came to the rescue by entering the water and rescuing the younger man who was trapped in his submerged car. It is understood the local doctor also helped at the scene. Neither of the men are thought to have suffered any injuries in the ordeal. The victim, who has not been named but is not from Shapinsay, later boarded the inter-island ferry to travel to Kirkwall to give a statement to police about the accident. The incident was captured on film by Will Rodger of Aberdeen-based Airpro Media Ltd, who was in Balfour visiting relatives as the incident unfolded.

His video shows the submerged car sinking into the harbor, followed by a series of stills as the driver is rescued by the younger man. He also filmed the ferry pulling away from the harbor while the car can still be seen almost fully submerged. Mr Rodger said: “The cars were being loaded onto the ferry when something seemed to go wrong with the car. It seemed like the steering locked and he just carried on into the water. It went off and the guy was struggling to open the door and then the older man jumped off the pier to get to him.

“The first responders were on the scene within minutes to look after them and give them assistance after they were rescued.” He added: “It was pretty shocking, it’s not the kind of thing you expect to see at all. Cars are loaded on and off these ferries every day without anything going wrong.” The silver car was later dragged out of the water by harbor staff. A source at the harbor played down the incident saying “the car threw a wobbly but it was nothing unusual.” A spokesman for the coastguard confirmed that they were not needed at the incident. It is understood that the circumstances of the incident are being investigated by Marine Services and Orkney Ferries, both run by the Orkney Islands Council.

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Reports of teacher-student sex on the rise in Texas, and social media may be why

From left to right: Kearney Day, Allen ISD; Alexander Simon, Dallas ISD; Aaron Reza, Plano ISD, Sandy Washington, Duncanville ISD; Alina Leung from Young Men's Leadership Academy in Fort Worth; Kelly Williams Jr., Mansfield ISD; James Romig Smith, Rockwall ISD; and Farley Ashford Simon, Irving ISD.
Reports of inappropriate relationships between Texas educators and students are on track to shatter last year’s record total of 188 cases.
Since Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency has launched 162 investigations of reported inappropriate teacher-student relationships, according to the Amarillo Globe-News.
Several such cases have made headlines this year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, among them a special ed teacher who made child porn at a Mansfield school, a Duncanville teacher who is serving a 10-year sentence for having sex with a student with Asperger’s syndrome, and a Plano PE teacher accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a student.
Houston middle school teacher Alexandria Vera also made news recently after she admitted to having an abortion following a months-long sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student.
This year will be at least the sixth in a row that the number of reports in Texas has grown, and social media may be playing a part in the increase.
“In the past, you might not have had students choosing to interact socially with a teacher. Now they’ll friend them on Facebook or they’ll reach out to them on Snapchat,” Kathy Tortoreo, director of crisis services at Family Support Services in Amarillo, told the Globe-News.
“The adult is supposed to understand the boundary, and the adult is supposed to uphold the boundary,” Tortoreo said.
Texas lawmakers also blamed social media at the Texas House Public Education Committee last month.
Christina Green, director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, testified before the House panel and urged schools to implement policies that will set boundaries for faculty’s social media use.
“Our goal, outside of preventing these inappropriate relationships from ever developing, should be to identify and quash these cases at the point of grooming before any abuse happens,” she said.

Man accused of carjacking before going on milk and cookies stealing spree

A Florida man allegedly went on an unusual crime spree that began with a crash and ended with stolen milk and cookies.
Deputies say Robert Smith carjacked a woman at the Murphy Express gas station in Mulberry, Polk County, telling her "have a fucking good day!" as he shoved her from her car, then went on a shoplifting spree.
During questioning, he allegedly confessed that he had crashed into another car after speeding through Lakeland at 100mph. He said he didn't remember much of what happened next.
However, he did admit to carjacking the woman and then stealing milk and cookies from several different gas stations. Smith also said he planned on "robbing every dope dealer in Lakeland to teach them a lesson." The 43-year-old is charged with one count of carjacking without a firearm.

Man faces child abuse charge after allegedly challenging his daughter to a duel

A father was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife and daughter and demanding a “duel” on Wednesday night. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a fight between the man and his daughter got out of hand and now dad is facing serious charges.
Deputies responded to a report of a shooting a home about eight miles south of Calhan, Colorado, at around 7:30pm. Investigators say Robert Williams, 38, was fighting with his daughter when he pulled out a gun and pointed it at both his daughter and his wife.
Deputies say Williams told his daughter to go and get a gun from another room in the house so they could "duel." They say there was a struggle, during which Williams fired a shot. They say the daughter, whose age has not been revealed, then fired a shot. No one was hit.
The sheriff's office says Williams then went to the shed and got another gun, which he pointed at his wife. At this time, the wife grabbed the rifle, her children and went to a neighbor's house where she called 911. Williams faces charges of menacing, prohibited use of a weapon and child abuse.

Earth’s magnetic field is weakening

Satellite data from the European Space Agency have revealed that the Earth’s magnetic poles are weakening, and doing so faster than scientists previously thought.
From Mysterious Universe:
Chris Finlay, one of the researchers with the ESA, says that this new data is groundbreaking in terms of how much it reveals about Earth’s magnetic field: "Swarm data are now enabling us to map detailed changes in Earth’s magnetic field, not just at Earth’s surface but also down at the edge of its source region in the core. Unexpectedly, we are finding rapid localized field changes that seem to be a result of accelerations of liquid metal flowing within the core."
From ESA:
Although invisible, the magnetic field and electric currents in and around Earth generate complex forces that have immeasurable effects on our everyday lives.
The field can be thought of as a huge bubble, protecting us from cosmic radiation and electrically charged atomic particles that bombard Earth in solar winds. However, it is in a permanent state of flux.

Woman says a bear licked her neck while she did yoga

A woman from Tennessee says a bear walked up behind her and licked her neck. According to Kristen Jones, she was visiting her parents’ home on Lake James in North Carolina last week when she decided to do early morning yoga by the lake. She put in her earbuds and started listening to music on her phone. “I was sitting on the steps with my feet propped by the water,when I felt a sniff on my right shoulder and a lick up my neck [and ear],” she wrote on Facebook.
That’s when Jones says she reached up to pet the animal, thinking it was the neighbor’s dog, and discovered it was a black bear. Jones said that when she reached up, the bear got startled and backed up. She knew something was off before she even turned around because the fur felt sharp and prickly. The bear trotted off and Jones stood up. “I stumbled backwards into the water and he ran up the hill,” she said. “The entire thing happened so fast. Sixty seconds and it was done,” Jones added.
“I was absolutely terrified. I wouldn’t have been able to defend myself against a bear like that if he had attacked. There was an overwhelming sense of being powerless.” Jones says she immediately started taking photos of the bear, “in case something happened and people found my mauled body.” She followed behind the bear until she got to the street and watched the bear go back into the woods. She saw a couple neighbors come out to walk their dog and warned them about the bear.

They began calling neighbors to give them a heads up. A newsletter was sent out saying that several other neighbors had also seen a bear, Jones said. Jones told her friends that she called her parents “like all children do.” “That’s right. When it comes to being licked by a bear, I am still a child,” she joked. Despite being scared during the encounter, Jones said she won’t let it change her habits when she visits. She still plans to do yoga and watch the sunrise over the lake and mountains and going for hikes in the woods. “I’m not going to be nervous - nature is nature.”

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