July 2, 2012

SCUBA Diver     Photo: ianmyles/Flickr

Fisherman Charged for Pulling Up Diver

Man faces misdemeanor battery

A Florida fisherman accused of dragging a biologist from the seafloor by her dive flag and line was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge Wednesday after a month-long investigation. The 74-year-old fisherman, Donald A. Bamford, was angry that the biologist’s dive flag was in his fishing spot, and he proceeded to pull up the diver, Alison Johnson, in less than a minute. Once topside, Johnson began suffering from a severe headache and was unable to convince Bamford to allow her to dive and decompress. She was subsequently taken to the hospital and treated for decompression sickness. Johnson was collecting data on mutton snapper spawn before the incident. Bamford has been released after posting $2,000 bail.

Read more at the Key West Citizen


Mammoth Lakes     Photo: satomiichimura/Flickr

Mammoth Lakes Files for Bankruptcy

Ski town can't afford to pay developer

On Monday, California resort town Mammoth Lakes announced that it will file for bankruptcy after being unable to pay $43 million to a developer. The city council voted to submit to bankruptcy after Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition won a court order requiring the city to make payment in a contract dispute. The developer had sued the town for allegedly reneging on a deal that would allow the company to build homes and commercial properties near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. The judgment was almost three times the size of the town's operating budget in a year where poor snowfall struck a blow to the local economy. “Bankruptcy, unfortunately, is the only option that the town is left with,” the city council said in a statement.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times


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Tarmoh Backs Out of Tie-Breaker Runoff

Race was scheduled for Monday primetime

In an email to USA Track & Field officials sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh announced she will not compete in Monday's scheduled runoff with training partner Allyson Felix. The race was designed to break a third-place tie between the two runners for a spot at the London Games in the women's 100 meters. USA Track & Field has drawn criticism for having no procedure in place for deciding the tie. The athletes were given a choice between a coin-flip and a runoff. "This decision was really hard for me to make," said Tarmoh. "I was pushed into a corner. They said if you don't make a decision, you give your spot up. I work too hard to just give my spot up. I had to say it was a runoff."

Read more at The New York Times


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Sagan Wins First Tour de France Stage

Cancellara holds yellow jersey

Slovakian rider Peter Sagan took the first stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, reeling in Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland in a sprint finish in Seraing, Belgium. "I was the only one who could follow [Cancellara]," Sagan said. "I was tight behind him. I was just happy to stay on his wheel." At 22, Sagan is the youngest cyclist to win a Tour stage since 1993, when a 21-year-old Lance Armstrong took stage eight. Cancellara, who won Saturday's prologue in Liege, maintains the overall lead.

Read more at the L.A. Times


Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps     Photo: Marco Paköeningrat/Flickr

Phelps Secures Spot in 8 London Events

Won't race in the 200m

Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials on Sunday to secure a spot in all eight swimming events at the London Games, though he'll only race in seven. Phelps started slow and made the turn in sixth place, but he sped up on the return lap to pass leader Tyler McGill for the win. He touched at 51.14 seconds, the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year. "That was a pretty crappy first 50 and a pretty terrible finish," said Phelps, who holds the world-record time at 49.82. Phelps will compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly, the 200 and 400 medley, and three relays. He dropped the 200 freestyle, which he won in the U.S. trials, to focus on the other events. Phelps won gold in every event in the 2008 Beijing Games.

Read more at Sports Illustrated