Judge gives initial OK to $1B deal in Florida condo collapse
Condominium Collapse Florida FILE - Rescue crews work at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building after the remaining structure was demolished Sunday, in Surfside, Fla., Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky)A Florida judge on Saturday gave initial approval to a settlement of more than $1 billion to families who lost loved ones in the collapse last year of a Florida beachfront condominium building in which 98 people died. The quick settlement of the unprecedented collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South building in the early morning hours of June 24, 2021, means that potentially years of court battles will be avoided. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is investigating the cause of the collapse, a process expected to take years. Champlain South had a long history of maintenance problems and questions have been raised about the quality of its original construction and inspections in the early 1980s.wftv.com
10 people rescued from sky lift at Montgomery Zoo
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Firefighters pulled ten people to safety after they got stuck on a sky lift at a zoo and were dangling high in the air. >> Read more trending newsIn a Facebook post, Montgomery Fire/Rescue shared photos of the rescue, saying an emergency release for the sky lift was broken, forcing rescuers to use an extended aerial ladder to help people down. MFR units Engine 8, Truck 44, Heavy Rescue 75 and Car 31 responded to the Montgomery Zoo and upon arrival found... Posted by Montgomery Fire/Rescue on Saturday, March 5, 2022Nobody was hurt. Because the people on the sky lift were spread out along the ride, rescuers used the ladder to get to six people, while the zoo staff used a Lull telehandler to help four others down, AL.com reported. There have been issues with the sky lift at the Montgomery Zoo before.wftv.com
Rare leopard captured in northern Iraq
An endangered leopard captured in Iraq's mountainous north had its hind leg amputated following a trap-inflicted wound. The Persian leopard, taken in a day earlier in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region near the border with Turkey, had injured two people, said Colonel Jamal Saado, head of the environmental protection police in Dohuk province.news.yahoo.com
VIDEO: Teens rescued after drifting 1.5 miles off Florida’s coast
A video from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows just how close two 15-year-olds got to drifting further out to sea last week. The pair of unidentified teens, a boy and a girl, were rescued about 1½ miles off Playalinda Beach on March 18 when strong winds and seas hit the area. Florida wildlife officials said authorities at the beach contacted the agency about 2:30 p.m., along with the U.S. Coast Guard after reports the teens were getting further offshore. The two can be seen on video sitting on a paddleboard with two rescuers in the water, leading them to the waiting patrol boat. “Our officers got them on the boat and were able to return them back to the beach,” Weber said.
‘Do you need help?’ Orlando restaurant manager uses secret sign to help rescue abused boy, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. – An observant manager at an Orlando restaurant helped rescue a boy who police say was the victim of severe child abuse, including being suspended upside down from a door, by secretly holding a sign that only the child could read. OK” and held it up to the boy while standing behind the man so he couldn’t see it, police said. ‘Do you need help?’ Orlando server uses secret sign to help rescue abused boy, police sayThe child’s stepfather, Timothy Wilson II was arrested on one count of third-degree child abuse. Wilson was arrested on multiple counts of aggravated child abuse and child neglect. “It was ongoing abuse and torture.”The Orlando Police Department said it regularly encourages people who see something to say something.
‘Please help them:’ Video shows Orlando officers rescuing family from submerged vehicle
ORLANDO, Fla. – Body camera video shows a 12-year-old boy sobbing and begging for Orlando Police Department officers to save his father and young brother who were trapped inside a submerged vehicle. A 48-year-old man who was in the area at the time saw the crash and immediately rushed into the water to help the family. Please help, help them,” the boy said, screaming at times. Like the other two officers, Smith credited the bystander who held the 4-year-old boy’s head above water. Both children were taken to Nemours Children’s Hospital, where their mother met them, and the father was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Hero: 9-year-old Florida boy pulls dad to shore after man fractures his neck in dive
PENSACOLA, Fla. A 9-year-old Florida boy is being hailed a hero for pulling his father from the water after the man fractured his neck in a diving accident. Young Asaih Williams said he always plays a game in his head when he's diving with someone. If the other person doesn't emerge from the water in a set amount of time, then the boy goes in after him. Shortly after sunset, the boy convinced his dad Josh to take one last dip in the water. Despite a 100-pound weight difference between the two, Asaih channeled superhuman strength, and turned his dad over to prevent him from drowning.
Chaos on the Border, Robots to the Rescue, To Kill a Mockingbird
Chaos on the Border, Robots to the Rescue, To Kill a Mockingbird The chaos behind Donald Trump's policy of family separation at the border; then, robots come to the rescue after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster; and, "To Kill a Mockingbird" comes to Broadwaycbsnews.com