The following NBC Nightly News weather video is about the Pavlof Volcano and the Aleutian Islands, which are a chain of volcanic islands in Alaska. This video aired on the May 17, 2013 episode of the Nightly News.
In this clip, you can see excellent photos of the Pavlof Volcano erupting. The eruption could be seen from Cold Bay, Alaska. Mostly what can be seen from the pictures is a large cloud of gray and black smoke emanating from the volcano. A limited amount of lava could be seen from one of the volcanoes.
The ash cloud was said to reach 20,000 feet.
The Aleutian Islands are pretty remote. So people don’t usually live over there (but Wikipedia says some 8000 or so people live on the islands). However, the volcanic smoke is a possible hazard to aircraft. So flights could possibly be diverted if the activity continues.
The following Today show video is about the death of Deanna Cook, who was allegedly killed by Delvecchio “Red” Patrick. This video aired on the May 18, 2013 episode of Today.
This story is supposed to be about the failings of the Dallas 911 system. But it may be about more than just that. In fact, according to this video, the police dispatched to check on Cook stopped at a 7 Eleven along the way. The other thing about it is the cops simply knocked on the door but left after a few minutes once they did arrive.
So we will probably never actually know whether Deanna Cook could have been saved. If the police had shown up earlier, she may have still been killed. But it has to hurt the family knowing that she possibly could have been saved if Dallas police hadn’t screwed up so badly. If a woman was screaming on the phone for 9 minutes, why would you ever leave the house without making face-to-face contact with her? Really makes no sense UNLESS it was an issue of the 911 operator not adequately relaying the gravity of the situation.
It seems that the main point in this case is that the police didn’t take the call seriously. But whether it was just bad police work on the beat or also bad 911 practices is not clear from this Today report.
Note: Some of Deanna Cook’s family members are interviewed for this story. They are the ones who found her dead, not police. That is because they went to Cook’s house after she did not show up to church and found her in the bathroom.
The following ABC News crime video is about two alleged car burglars and the wonderful concept of butt-dialing. It was added to the ABC website on May 17, 2013.
In Fresno, California, one of the alleged burglars had a cellphone in his pocket. He accidentally butt-dialed 911. The operator heard what sounded like someone breaking into a car and notified police out on patrol once the criminals said something that gave away their location. The cops then found the suspects and arrested them.
So the alleged criminals effectively turned themselves in with one of the guy’s own butts. LOL.
The following ABC News animal video is about a dangerous encounter Gerre Ninnemann had with a 200-pound bear. Ninnemann had a number of staples and stitches after the attack. But he survived due to his wife’s courage and quick thinking. This ABC video comes out of Marinette, Wisconsin, which is located next to the bay of Green Bay. It was added to their website on May 17, 2013.
Gerre had to get 10 staples to the back of his head and neck and 14 stitches to his left ear.
Maddie the Labrador retriever was chasing the bear. But the bear didn’t take too kindly to that and started chasing Maddie. That prompted owner Gerre Ninnemann to come to the rescue of Maddie. This resulted in the bear attacking the man.
Ninnemann’s wife noticed what was going on. But she did not know how to load the shotgun. So she whacked the bear over the head with the gun. That jolted the animal enough that it stopped biting on Gerre. Both then ran into the house.
The bear wasn’t done and started circling the cabin, looking through the windows. In the clip below, you can see a picture of this animal looking through one of the cabin windows.
The following ABC News sports video is about a 77-year-old man who hit three holes-in-one in the span of only one month. For that achievement, Bob Robertson won a prize of $500. This feat was achieved in Smyrna, Tennessee, at Smyrna Municipal Golf Course. This video was added to the ABC website on May 17, 2013.
Bob didn’t just hit a hole-in-one 3 times in one month. It was the same hole on the same golf course, with the same 6-iron. And it was 3 times in a row.
After winning the $500, Robertson, who is retired, gave the money to his grandaughter for her mission to Indonesia.
Apparently, the odds of hitting three holes-in-one in a row on the same hole is about 1 in 2 billion.
The following CNN music news video contains an interview with Zach Deputy. He is a musician who has toured around the world. In addition to music topics, Deputy is also asked about hobbies and what he does to relax. Zach says that he loves to play Frisbee golf. This video was added to the CNN website on May 17, 2013.
Zach Deputy is from Savannah, Georgia. It has a beautiful, old downtown. There are cobblestones all around, and the buildings were constructed in the 1700s. His family is from Savannah, he grew up there, and this is still his home.
Disc golf is the big thing that he loves to do in Savannah. He says it is getting more popular. But it hasn’t taken the world by storm just yet. Like golf, different discs are used for different shots. There are Frisbees for putting, driving, etc.
Disc golf is Deputy’s therapy. And visiting disc golf courses around the country lets him see a lot of sights in America. He loves it.
The following CNN news video comes from Piers Morgan’s TV show. It is a new segment called “The Bullpen.” Piers interviews Penn Jillette about the IRS controversy, over targeting of conservative groups. This video was added to the CNN website on May 17, 2013.
Penn Jillette has plenty of disagreements with small-government, Tea Party movement. And they do have a lot of conspiracy theories. But he is sad about the IRS situation, as it turned out to be correct in this case.
Penn has plenty of disagreements with Obama, as well. But he hopes people he disagrees with are wrong but not evil. He seems to be saying that some of this stuff lately may have crossed the line into criminality. But he did not really give specifics.
Piers says he has often laughed at gun-rights people who say they want their guns in case of tyranny. But he says this IRS thing is bordering on tyrannical behavior. And what DOJ did to AP reporters is bordering on tyrannical behavior. Penn says we have to be ever vigilant and keep the government’s feet to the fire.
Morgan criticized Eric Holder, who he says doesn’t seem to even know what is going on with the AP deal, which he believes is one of the biggest anti-media scandals in a long time. Penn says Democrats should be just as outraged as Republicans over this AP issue.
The following CNN animal news video is about a big alligator and teenager Braxton Bielski. The gator was measured at 14 feet, 3 inches, and it weighs about 800 pounds. This video was added to the CNN website on May 17, 2013.
This is the biggest alligator ever caught in Texas.
Braxton and father Troy are both interviewed for this story. They are in Houston, Texas. Braxton explained that you use a typical hook and line to catch an alligator. You also need about 50 yards of rope. You place a whole chicken above the water. Once the alligator finds and swallows the chicken, you pull the alligator to your boat with the rope and then tie the animal up to keep it from swimming away.
Texas has a special permit issued for the hunting of alligators.
The following CNN crime news video is about a jewel heist at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The clip was added to the CNN website on May 17, 2013.
The jewels stolen by the culprits are similar to the ones they loan out to celebrities to wear on the red carpet at Cannes. They are from the Chopard company.
The jewels were stolen at the Novotel Hotel. They were being stored in a hotel safe in the room where a Chopard employee was lodging.
Raffaella Rossiello is a Chopard spokeswoman. She says a police investigation has been launched.
It is mind-boggling that all those jewels would be kept in a standard hotel safe, in the room of a some Joe Schmo company employee. That is a disaster waiting to happen.
The jewels are said to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Rossiello says they are not the actual jewels worn by celebrities? That begs the question, then, of why the jewels would be there in the first place.
A similar 2009 theft saw a heist of about $30 million in jewels.
In 2007, child Madeleine McCann’s parents left her at home while they went nearby to get something to eat. When they returned, Madeleine was gone and has not been seen since. According to this CNN video, suspects in McCann’s disappearance have finally been identified. This clip, which was added to the CNN website on May 17, 2013, aired on the Erin Burnett Out Front TV show.
John Walsh was interviewed for this update to the McCann case. He says there could be a new suspect or suspects, and things were missed because the Portuguese police did a poor job investigating the disappearance.
Walsh then talked about Adam, his son, who was kidnapped and murdered in the early 80s. He said that, after 27 years, the case was reopened. At that time, they found a lot of mistakes. In the McCann case, Walsh said that many pedophiles living in the area of the hotel were not even interviewed by the police in Portugal.
The annoying part of this video is that there is no discussion of actual suspects in the case, with the exception of the McCann parents. Walsh said Scotland Yard does not think that the parents had anything at all to do with Madeleine’s disappearance. But other than that, no actual suspects were identified.