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Snake-bite victim socked with $55K bill

Posted in News with tags on August 15, 2013 by 2eyeswatching

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Snake-bite victim socked with $55K bill

 August 12, 2013The Sideshow

Snakebite victim's harrowing hospital bill (NBC4)

A Maryland woman treated for a snake bite received another shocker: a $55,000 medical bill.

Jules Weiss had stopped to take a photo at an overlook along the George Washington Parkway. On the way back to her car, she felt something bite her.

“It felt just like a bee sting,” Weiss told local station NBC4. “There were two fang marks with liquid coming out.”

The former emergency medical technician had suffered a copperhead snake bite. Within an hour, she said, her foot turned “grayish” and started to swell.

She went to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where she received three IV bags of antivenom over 18 hours. Then, the scary part: a whopping $55,000 bill for treatment.

“It’s not a number I can really wrap my head around,” Weiss said. Health insurance would bring the cost down to a few hundred dollars, according to NBC4. But the woman’s insurance had just lapsed. Antivenom involves milking individual snakes and is a costly treatment.

The Bethesda Hospital told NBC4 it can cost as much as $40,000 to get the antivenom.

That’s not the only pricey treatment for an animal attack: Last year, a woman in Arizona stung by a scorpionreceived a bill of $83,000 for the antivenom treatment — a staggering cost of $40,000 a dose. Even after insurance, Marcie Edmonds still owed the hospital $25,000.

Waves of Trash in Surfer Paradise

Posted in News with tags on August 15, 2013 by 2eyeswatching

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Waves of Trash in Surfer Paradise

By  | ABC News Blogs – 5 hours ago

Surf champion Dede Suryana surfs through a slick of trash in Indonesia.

Good Morning America/(Zak Noyle/A-Frame) – Surf champion Dede Suryana surfs through a slick of trash in Indonesia.

It’s what many imagine as paradise: Crystal-clear, blue-green waters perfect for catching a wave.

But the reality is sometimes far different, as captured by surf photographer Zak Noyle on a recent trip to Indonesia. On assignment for Surf Magazine, where he’s a staff photographer charged with traveling the world in search of perfect waves, he flew to a remote spot near Bali where there were “no people only jungle and wild animals around.”

“The trash suddenly showed up while we were out in the water in a large mass, including tree trunks the size of cars, lots of food wrappers and bottles as well, we even saw soccer balls floating amongst the debris,” he said. “I kept on thinking I would be seeing a body of some type of animal or something float by.”

The debris and trash, he said, came in with the very swell Noyle was there to photograph. “It came in a large field seemingly out of nowhere and covered the entire area we were in and then washed ashore. At one point it was as far as the eye could see.”

Noyle was living on a small fishing boat with no means to clean up all the trash.

The remote location – it took almost 24 hours of flying, 12 hours of driving and an eight-hour boat ride to get there- made the trash all the more surprising. “The trash was devastating to see, it seemed to have been adrift for awhile and came in with the large swell into this bay that we were at. I love the ocean and we need to take care of it.”

For more photos, visit Noyle’s web site.

Sinking Florida resort villa evacuated

Posted in News with tags on August 15, 2013 by 2eyeswatching

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Sinking Florida resort villa evacuated

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ALMA RODRIGUEZ 6 hours ago
 A building at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla, shows damage from collapsing into a sinkhole early Monday Aug. 12, 2013. No injuries or victims and all emergency responders were safe and uninjured. All guests that were rescued are being moved to a different building on the property. (AP Photo/Alma Rodriquez)

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) — A sinkhole cracked the foundation in a villa housing vacationers at a central Florida resort near Disney World on Sunday, causing the building to slowly sink and prompting the evacuation of the hotel, authorities said.

Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Vachon told WESH in Orlando the incident at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont caused structural damage and firefighters and sheriff’s deputies were working the scene together. No injuries were reported.

Witnesses told The Associated Press they could hear a cracking sound as the villa sank. A large crack was visible at the building’s base.

Luis Perez, who was staying at a villa near the sinking one, said he was in his room when the lights went off around 11:30 p.m. He said he was on his way to the front desk to report the outage when he saw firefighters and police outside.

“I started walking toward where they were at and you could see the building leaning and you could see a big crack at the base of the building,” said Perez, 54, of Berona, N.J.

He called the other vacationers in his group and had them come outside. Eventually, he said, authorities evacuated his villa and a third one as well.

Summer Bay Resort is about 10 miles west of Disney World.

Wanna buy a medieval castle? Now’s your chance.

Posted in News with tags on August 9, 2013 by 2eyeswatching

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Wanna buy a medieval castle? Now’s your chance.


Okay, sure — this run down castle in France doesn’t look like much. But just think, for a mere $680,000 it could be all yours! ALL YOURS!

Located in Normandy, France, it’s an Anglo-Norman castle that was on the front lines in the wars between England and France during the Middle Ages.

Wanna buy a medieval castle? Now's your chance.

And now it’s for sale. Yes, Château-sur-Epte Castle could use some touch-ups, but as real estate agent Patrice Besse points out, it’s got some real potential:

In terms of restoration, enlightened enthusiasts will find more than enough to assuage their passion especially as the proximity to Paris and the possibility of renovating the most recent house relatively quickly will enable them to live on site. Grants and tax deductions linked to the historic monument classification should make it possible to revive these admirable walls, stood in a magnificent, peaceful setting.

Jeez, looking at Besse’s websitethere’s a bunch of castles for sale. Who knew? But none appear to be quite as old as this one.

Wanna buy a medieval castle? Now's your chance.

Wanna buy a medieval castle? Now's your chance.

Wanna buy a medieval castle? Now's your chance.

Wanna buy a medieval castle? Now's your chance. describes the history of the castle:

King William II began building Château-sur-Epte Castle in 1097 in an area known as the Vexin. The castle controlled a portion of the border between the Anglo-Norman Kingdom and France. In July 1119, French king Louis VI laid siege to the castle during his conflict with Henry I, but had to withdraw when one of his own castle’s was threatened by Henry’s forces.

King Henry II reinforced the castle in the latter half of the twelfth-century. It saw action again in the Hundred Years War, and was captured by English forces in 1437. After the Middle Ages the importance of the castle declined and in 1647 it was partially dismantled. It has since become the site to a farm, and during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries barn and houses were built around the former courtyard.

[Via; Image: Patrice Besse]


Michelle Knight Returns to Cleveland House of Horrors

Posted in News with tags on August 3, 2013 by 2eyeswatching

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Michelle Knight Returns to Cleveland House of Horrors

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ALYSSA NEWCOMB, ALEX PEREZ and MATTHEW JAFFE 4 hours agoCrime & Justice–abc-news-topstories.html
Knight, one of the three kidnapped women, pauses to wipe away tears as she reads her statements during the sentencing of her accused kidnapper Ariel Castro at a court hearing in Cleveland

Michelle Knight, the petite kidnap survivor who defiantly confronted her tormentor in court, today returned to the Cleveland house of horrors where she was held captive for 11 years.

Knight, 32, showed up on Seymour Street about 10:45 a.m. in a dark minivan.

Altagracia Tejeda said Knight came straight to her house, which is directly across the street from the home where Ariel Castro kept her a sex slave, often chained and often battered, for more than a decade. When Knight and the other two captives, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, escaped in May they ran to Tejeda’s house.

Knight posed for a photograph with Tejeda and thanked her for helping them during their bolt to freedom.

Knight, one of the three kidnapped women, reads her statements during the sentencing of her accused kidnapper Castro at a court hearing in Cleveland

Knight’s former prison, Castro’s home at 2207 Seymour Ave., has a cyclone fence around it, the windows are boarded up and a police officer is stationed outside the building. The city plans to demolish it.

A day after her powerful victim impact statement in court, Michelle Knight surprised neighbors with  …

The officer opened the gate and accompanied Knight as she viewed the house and walked around the outside, Tejeda said.

Catherine Adames told ABC News affiliate WEWS that Knight was “friendly, cute and I noticed her remarkable strength as a person who has been through so, so much.”

Adames said Knight told her she hopes a park with a statue of an angel replaces the Seymour Avenue house when it’s torn down.

Knight then thanked a few other neighbors before leaving, Tejeda said.

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The visit came one day after Knight appeared in court to tell Castro, “You took 11 years of my life away and I have got it back. As for the 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning.” She was the only one of Castro’s victims to appear in court.

Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years.

Knight was Castro’s first victim and was held the longest. She also appears to have suffered the most from Castro. He impregnated her several times and then would force her to miscarry by starving her for weeks, punching her in the stomach, stomping her and once even threw her down the stairs.

Knight, who had a 2 1/2-year-old son when Castro abducted her in 2002, said she cried every night she was in captivity.

“I knew nobody cared about me. He told me that my family didn’t care,” she said.

“Christmas was the most traumatic day because I never got to spend it with my son.”

Ariel Castro, center, listens in the courtroom during the sentencing phase Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Defense attorney's Craig Weintraub, left, and Jaye Schlachet sit beside Castro. Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, Castro, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ariel Castro looks over at the prosecutors table during court proceedings Friday, July 26, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro, who imprisoned three women in his home, subjecting them to a decade of rapes and beatings, pleaded guilty Friday to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. In exchange, prosecutors recommended Castro be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Michelle Knight thank you note

PHOTOS: Inside Ariel Castro’s House of Horrors

Woman Finds Lost Diamond Ring 17 Years Later

Posted in News with tags on August 1, 2013 by 2eyeswatching

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Woman Finds Lost Diamond Ring 17 Years Later–abc-news-lifestyle.html


The Lynch Family


 November 7, 2012ABC News Blogs
A woman from Bridgewater, Mass., got a very sparkly surprise just in time for her 21st wedding anniversary when she was reunited with her diamond engagement ring 17 years after she’d lost it.Valerie Lynch, 48, remembers removing her wedding bands to slather up her children with sunscreen at her sister’s house as if it were yesterday. 

“I brought the kids who were 2 and 3 at the time, and my nephew was 4, to my sister’s house in Plymouth, not far from the waterfront,” Lynch told “I took off my rings to put sunscreen on them, and I put the rings on the platform by the slide on the swing set.”

Lynch had barely made it to the waterfront before realizing her rings were gone.

“There were no cell phones back then. I flew back to my sister’s place, looked all over the place. I was hoping it would be right there. I just panicked. I was freaking out about telling my husband,” Lynch said.

The following weekend, she enlisted the help of friends and family to scope the yard with metal detectors, but unfortunately never found the rings. But luck wasn’t completely lost on Lynch. About a year and a half later, her sister, Vicki Belanger, 46, found the wedding band by itself glistening on the ground as the snow melted.

“I was excited about that, but never found the actual engagement ring,” Lynch said.

READ ALSO: High School Ring Returned 50 Years Later

Fast forward 17 years later. Enough time had passed for Lynch to give up all hope of ever locating the diamond ring. But thanks to a chance encounter her sister had with Kent Blethen, a jewelry-hunter enthusiast with Silver City Treasure Seekers, the diamond ring was finally found, and kept a secret from Lynch for nearly a week.

“I had met this man through a friend who just said he looks for missing jewelry for people,” Belanger said. “It’s a fun hobby for him. I mentioned my sister’s ring and never thought more of it. But he texted me a couple of weeks later and asked if I wanted him to find it.”

So on Oct

The Lynch Family 

. 28, in one last Hail Mary attempt, the two scoured the yard and couldn’t believe their eyes when they actually found the diamond ring.”He found it within 40 minutes. I was shocked. It was about an inch under the ground. I kept it a secret from her for about a week,” Belanger said. “All I said to her was that she had to trust me. That she needed to be at my house that week. She kept asking me why. I just refused to tell her because I’m really bad at keeping secrets.”

Lynch didn’t like secrets and was very apprehensive about why her sister needed her to make the 30-minute trip to her house. But she finally gave in the following Friday, Nov. 2, and was shocked by all the cars she saw on her sister’s street. Belanger had arranged for the local newspaper to be there for the ring’s return.

“I saw this line of cars and saw a gentleman who said, ‘You don’t know me. But did you ever lose something?’ I said no,” Lynch explained. “He said, ‘A long time ago,’ and then it started to come into my brain. And then he presented it to me in a ring box. I started bawling. It was my ring, and he had it all cleaned and beautiful and gorgeous.”

She continued: “I just was beyond beside myself. I had no idea what my sister was telling me to come down there for. It was so off my radar. I had completely forgotten about it because there was no hope. I was just thrilled.”

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In all the years it was missing, Lynch had never replaced the ring.

“It never felt right to replace it. It was too special,” she said.

Her husband, Mike, was also relieved to hear the ring was found. Now he’s off the hook for their wedding anniversary on Nov. 9.

“He was absolutely thrilled. My 21st wedding anniversary is Friday, so it’s awesome timing,” Lynch said.

When asked if she was ever going to take her rings off again, Lynch said, “No, absolutely not. It’s not coming off.”


En Garde! Gang of Feral Cats Attack Woman, Dog in France

Posted in News with tags , on July 31, 2013 by 2eyeswatching

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En Garde! Gang of Feral Cats Attack Woman, Dog in France

By Marc Lallanilla, Assistant Editor   |   July 26, 2013 11:21am ET
A gang of feral cats attacked a woman and her dog in France.
Credit: Chayasit Fangem | 

One more reason to love dogs: A gang of feral cats in France attacked a woman and her poodle, forcing both victims to seek medical attention for their injuries.

The cat-attack occurred Sunday (July 21) near the city of Belfort in eastern France. The 31-year-old woman was walking her dog near a wooded area when six felines set upon her, knocking her to the ground,The Independent reports.

The victim was treated for injuries at a nearby hospital where she was also given an injection for rabies. Her poodle was treated at a nearby veterinary clinic. [10 Amazing Facts About Cats]

Josette Galliot, the mother of the victim, said, “The cats jumped on my daughter and managed to knock her over. They bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery.”

“My daughter thought it was a living nightmare. She’s still traumatized and is bordering on depression,” Galliot said.

Veterinarians and local residents are divided over what may have provoked the feline fury. According to some observers, a recent heat wave in the area may have played a part in the unusual mauling.

Veterinary specialist Valerie Dramard believes the cats were protecting their territory from the poodle, and the woman simply got in the way.

“Cats are not new zombies of the apocalypse,” Dramard said reassuringly. “They are just very territorial and unfriendly with unknown species.”

But cats are known as aggressive hunters, too: Recent research has revealed that cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds, and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion small mammals, each year in the United States.

Some wildlife conservationists have even proposed a ban on cats, or at least prohibitions against free-roaming cats. “We have long accepted the fact that you can’t let your dog run free, and yet cat owners seem to take offense at the idea that they would be asked to keep their cats indoors,” Stanley Temple, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor emeritus in conservation, told LiveScience.

About 8,000 feral cats are born every day in France, according to The Independent.

“We must get rid of this scourge,” Galliot said. “There are too many cats in the neighborhood, many of which are strays. There are also lots of children here. We don’t want it to happen again.”

For cat lovers, rest assured: Researchers at the University of Oxford have noted that, while numbers are trickier to come by, domestic dogs are also killers of wildlife and disease-spreaders when they’re allowed to roam free outdoors. The scientists’ review of past studies on the effect of roaming domestic dogs was detailed this year in the journal Biological Conservation.

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