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Reports: 'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash, wife killed in crash

John Forbes Nash Jr. and his wife were killed in a traffic accident Saturday, according police reports.

According to New Jersey On-Line, the couple were killed when their Crown Victoria lost control trying to pass another vehicle.

Nash was depicted in the 2001 movie, "A Beautiful Mind" highlighting his struggle with mental illness and his contributions to  game theory.

John was 86 and his wife Alicia Nash was 82.

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Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:02:48 -0400

Will China keep its promises to Latin America?

It’s been about four months since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a $250 billion investment in Latin America over the next 10 years. Now his prime minister is in the region getting into the specifics. (Video via CCTV)

The plan is being called China’s “pivot to Latin America” by some analysts — a dig at the Obama administration’s own “pivot to Asia.”

Prime Minister Li Keqiang signed agreements with Brazilian and Peruvian leaders to start research on a potential railway that would stretch from the Atlantic Ocean coast of Brazil to the Pacific Ocean coast of Peru. That would make it easier for countries to ship goods by boat to China. (Video via Ministério das Relações Exteriores — Brasil)

Li also discussed other investments in Brazil, which could all add up to more than $100 billion. That included rhetoric about defense and a "new global order."

And relationship-strengthening stops in Colombia, Peru and Chile were also on the agenda. (Video via Telesur)

“If all these reports come true he’s going to be known as Ka-Ching Keqiang by the time he leaves the hemisphere … the Chinese have already lent more money to Latin American governments over the past 10 years than the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the U.S.’s Export-Import Bank on an annual basis for big infrastructure projects, energy, mining and so forth,” Kevin Gallagher, Associate Professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University, told WBUR.

But the hard reality of these promises is yet to be seen. Often, similar promises from China go unfulfilled.

The Wall Street Journal cited a study that found “little more than a one-third [sic] of the $68.5 billion in Chinese investments announced between 2007 and 2012 were actually realized.”

The Latin America director in the Washington office of the Eurasia Group told The Washington Post, “‘There are converging interests on both sides to follow through on all these promises,’ … but he added: “It’s always good to take the numbers they announce… with a grain of salt.’”

And there are also concerns about how a transcontinental railroad would affect the environment and human rights in the region. It would cut through the Amazon, which is already threatened by deforestation and hosts many indigenous tribes, including communities not yet contacted.

Those concerns are similar to the pushback against another Chinese attempt to further connect the Pacific and Atlantic — the Nicaragua Canal. The private Chinese company behind the plan has started surveying and building roads in preparation for the project. (Video via Al Jazeera)

Still, despite the hangups, it’s clear China still has its sights set on Latin America — both for the economic benefits and for regional influence.

This video includes Getty Images. And music from Brenticus / CC BY 3.0.

 

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 08:19:07 -0400

Officials: Columbia plane crash kills pilot

A small plane crashed in South Carolina Saturday morning, officials said.

The plane’s pilot, Bob Russell Jr., died when the single-engine plane crashed into a pond in west Columbia.

Russell was the co-founder of one of the largest real estate companies in South Carolina and was the only person on board.

According to officials, Russell was en route to Asheville when he crashed about 2 miles from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. He reported a mechanical problem.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 08:18:33 -0400

A lesson in email etiquette from the Bank of England

The Bank of England just taught us all an important lesson in email etiquette.

When sending email, check to make sure you're sending it to the right person. And then check again.

On Friday the bank accidentally emailed The Guardian information about a project looking into the possible financial implications of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. The email was originally intended for four senior executives, and it even contained the bank's plan to avoid questions from the media.

So yeah, if you have a plan to keep the press in the dark about a secret project, you probably shouldn't email that plan to the press.

The bank is the U.K.'s main financial regulatorThe Guardian explains, "Officials are likely to have kept the project under wraps to avoid entering the highly charged debate around the EU referendum."

There has been talk in the U.K. about possibly ditching the European Union for a while, and a vote on the issue was something Prime Minister David Cameron talked about during his reelection campaign. 

Cameron has said the public will be able to vote on European Union membership before the end of 2017. And U.K. media even has a fun name for the potential exit from the E.U. — a 'Brexit."

In a statement, the bank said it is one of its responsibilities to assess the financial impact of government policies. The bank posted a response statement that said, in part, "It is not sensible to talk about this work publicly, in advance. But as with work done prior to the Scottish referendum, we will disclose the details of such work at the appropriate time."

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 08:13:51 -0400

One person shot at oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotel, police say

Police are investigating a shooting that happened at a Myrtle Beach oceanfront hotel Saturday night.

Police were called to the Compass Cove Resort about 10:30 p.m.

Authorities said the shooting happened in a hallway on the ninth floor.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital.

Authorities said that person suffered serious injuries.

A person was taken into custody for questioning.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you any new updates on wsoctv.com.

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:54:15 -0400

Sixth-grade pool party dress code upsets mom

An invite for a sixth-grade class' pool party last Monday had one Indiana mom very upset.

Jennifer Smith's son brought home the invitation, which was for well-behaving students, but the stipulation required for female students is what kept her from letting her son attend.

"All girls must wear a non-white T-shirt over their swimsuit," the invite said. (Similarly, a "no Speedos" rule was issued for boys, according to Babble.)

A feminist, Smith told the Huffington Post she was "kind of enraged by that" statement. She felt the message was a method of body shaming and not the appropriate message to send to young girls about their bodies.

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The instructions on the slip were "contrary" to what she's teaching her son, she said to HuffPost.

Rhoades Elementary School officials in Indianapolis said inappropriate swimsuits had been worn to previous parties, and the T-shirt rule was a way to circumvent that, according to Babble.

One district official told HuffPost the T-shirt rule was also a way to help families avoid having to buy another swimsuit.

After a heated email exchange, the district eventually said on the Thursday before the party that T-shirts for all students are optional.

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 03:01:02 -0400

Did Oculus founder pull a Zuckerberg for his Kickstarter?

It looks like Oculus VR might have more in common with its parent company Facebook than we thought.

Oculus's founder Palmer Luckey is facing a lawsuit from Total Recall Technologies that accuses him of using technology he developed for Total Recall to build his own device, the Oculus Rift. 

In other words, did Luckey pull a Zuckerberg? Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg famously settled a lawsuit claiming he stole the idea for his social media empire from some of his Harvard classmates. 

It would be an ironic turn of events after Facebook bought the virtual-reality headset developer last year for $2 billion.

Oculus has actually faced similar allegations before. Last year, ZeniMax sued the company claiming that Oculus's chief technology officer John Carmack, a former ZeniMax employee, used his work from ZeniMax for Oculus. 

Oculus called that lawsuit "a transparent attempt to take advantage of the Oculus VR sale to Facebook" and said that the claims don't hold water. 

The most recent lawsuit filed by Total Recall claims that Luckey was still under a non-disclosure agreement with the company when he launched the Kickstarter that brought in Oculus's initial funding. (Video via Oculus)

Total Recall is seeking compensatory and punitive damages but hasn't specified an amount. Facebook is not named in the suit. 

This video includes images from Getty Images and music by Brenticus / CC by 3.0.

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:41 -0400

Officials: Woman dies in Chesterfield County crash

A woman died in a wreck on S.C. Highway 151 near Mount Calvary Church Saturday, officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

A 2002 Acura SUV carrying three adults and three children was traveling south in Pageland at about 5 p.m. when the driver lost control. The SUV ran off the road and overturned, officials said.

Felicia Wright, 39, died at the scene, according to the Chesterfield Coroner's Office.

Shanice Bloomfield, 27, Quamicka Oughton, 24, and the three children were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center-Main, troopers said.

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:06:24 -0400

Crews undertake 6-hour rescue from Linville Gorge

Crews worked for six hours to rescue a hiker from Linville Gorge.
 
A 23-year-old woman had fallen and hurt her ankle at about 2 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

Rescuers from four counties gathered at Table Rock Mountain for the carryout operation.

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 20:49:54 -0400

Woman declares Tom Brady's innocence in her obituary

Tom Brady is innocent of any wrong doing regarding the deflategate scandal, an Auburn woman declared in her obituary.

Patricia M. Shong, 72, died Monday. In her obituary, her husband, children, grandchildren, sister, best friend, nieces and nephews are mentioned, along with the Patriot's star quarterback.

The Brooklyn native asked her family to "set the record straight for her" and declared that Brady did not know about the deflategate scandal and had nothing to do with it.

"She would also like us to set the record straight for her: Brady is innocent," the family wrote in the obituary.

Shong truly was a dedicated fan.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:51:25 -0400

Mom searching for dead son's phone

A Randolph family was devastated when they lost their beloved brother, son and friend. The cell phone he left behind containing photos and videos was all they had left to remember him by, until it was taken from them recently.

Patrick Galette, 26, died just before Christmas last year in the midst of a severe asthma attack.

"There wasn't enough time for the ambulance and he was basically falling in my arms," said his sister Ashley.

Galette left behind grieving family and friends. And something that turned out to be of exquisite importance, his phone.

"There were irreplaceable videos and pictures on there and for a mother to lose her child is hard enough," said his friend Stephanie Nye.

For the past six months, the photos and videos on Patrick's phone have sustained those who miss him. But now, the phone is gone. It went missing last Monday. Patrick's mother was at a function when she put the cell phone down. Multiple announcements that it was lost were made but nobody turned it in.

The phone may have been stolen, or picked up inadvertently. Those details matter less to the family than getting it back.

Because cell phones sometimes are more than circuits connected to memory, sometimes they are memory itself. And the last connection to a loved one.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:24:10 -0400

Firefighter hurt in wreck gets surprise homecoming

A volunteer firefighter injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday received a surprise welcome home from his fellow volunteers.

Ricky Tallent’s friends and colleagues built a wheelchair ramp for him while he was in the hospital having surgery for serious injuries. With the gesture, they let him know they would be here to help him through his recovery.

His girlfriend invited a reporter and camera crew to the homecoming a couple of days after he was in a serious accident returning home from work.

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The firefighter's friends helped rescue him from his overturned truck after he was hit by a car that crossed the center line. The condition of the driver of the other vehicle remains unknown. Tallent was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon. He has a broken foot and arm and will have to undergo more surgery.

“I’m just thankful to be alive,” Tallent said. “I’ve seen a lot of other wrecks that’s (involve) more damage than mine (where) people have not lived and I’m grateful. I’m alive and here.”

Doctors told him it will take a minimum of three months to recover, he said.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:45:56 -0400

Firefighter hurt in Lincoln Co. wreck gets surprise homecoming

A North Brook volunteer firefighter injured in a vehicle accident Thursday received a surprise welcome home in Cherryville from his fellow volunteers.

IMAGES: Serious crash in Lincoln County

Ricky Tallent’s friends and fellow volunteers built a wheelchair ramp for him while he was in the hospital having surgery for serious injuries.

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They welcomed him Saturday and let him know they would be here to help him through his recovery.

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His girlfriend invited Channel 9 to his homecoming a couple of days after he was in a serious accident returning home from work.

His friends were on the scene helping rescue him from his overturned truck after he was hit by a car that crossed the centerline. 

Crews used the Jaws of Life to free Tallent and the driver of the other vehicle. Her condition remains unknown.

Tallent was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center and was released Saturday afternoon.

“I’m just thankful to be alive,” Tallent said. “I’ve seen a lot of other wrecks that’s (been) more damage than mine (where) people have not lived and I’m grateful. I’m alive and here.”

Tallent has a broken foot and arm and will have to undergo more surgery.

He said his doctors told him it will take a minimum of three months to recover. 

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:45:56 -0400

Watch high school player's ridiculous one-handed backflip catch

Marco Wilson, who'll be a high school junior next season, has already drawn plenty of interest from colleges.

No wonder, given what he can do. In a video shared on Vine, Wilson, who's a cornerback at Plantation-American Heritage, makes a one-handed catch while doing a backflip — and then sticks the landing. 

It's truly magnificent, even if there's almost no chance he'd ever be able to pull off a grab like this during a game.

Wilson is the son of former Miami Hurricanes cornerback Chad Wilson and the younger brother of current Florida Gators cornerback Quincy Wilson. At least 11 Division I schools have offered him a scholarship, including Florida, Miami, Alabama and Auburn. 

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:41:23 -0400

Students react after coach is arrested in child predator sting

Soccer players at South Point High School in Belmont Saturday talked to Channel 9 about their coach, who was arrested in a major police sting to catch child predators.

"He was very motivated and into the sport. That's what I thought was good about him," said Freddy Velasquez.

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Players contacted Channel 9 wanting to express their thoughts about Webb’s arrest.

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Webb was a favorite in the classroom and on the field, they said. He taught English at South Point High since August 2010.

"He was a really cool teacher, laid back. If you needed help he'd be there to help you," Velasquez said.

Webb was one of 17 men arrested Friday in the undercover sting operation.
 
Officers said the men all thought they were chatting with underage kids online and went to meet them for sex.

Webb thought he was chatting with an underage girl and brought marijuana to the meeting, authorities said.

"I was shocked,” Velasquez said. “I couldn't believe it, like many other people. I just didn't expect it from him."

Several other arrests are pending in the case and could be made as early as next week, authorities said.  

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:32:51 -0400

Police: Man dies after Friday hit-and-run off Independence Blvd.

The victim in an east Charlotte hit-and-run died Saturday morning from his injuries, police said.

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They are looking for the drivers of two vehicles possibly involved in the accident. One vehicle is a white two-door sedan with a sunroof and the other is a burgundy Dodge Ram pickup with a bed cover.

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Those vehicles were captured on surveillance footage where Roque Salinas, 26, was hit on the offramp from Independence Boulevard to Charlottetowne Avenue Friday morning.

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:34:19 -0400

Boone officials ID teen’s body found near dumpster

Boone police identified the 18-year-old whose body was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex as John Dakota Merriss of Boone.

Merriss' body was discovered in the parking lot of Robin’s Ridge Apartments near Appalachian State University. Merriss is not a student at the university.

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Two men brought Merriss’ body to the hospital from a parking lot on Robin Lane early Friday morning, police said.
               
The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.
 
Authorities hope to have the autopsy report by early next week.

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:12:36 -0400

Teen charged in fatal Lincoln County wreck

The driver in a crash that killed a 14-year-old girl is now booked into the Lincoln County jail.

Juan Leonardo, 18, was served with arrest warrants as soon as he was released from the hospital.

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He's facing several charges including midsdemeanor murder by vehicle and is listed under a $1 million bond.

He lost control of the car on Skip Lawing Drive Tuesday morning and ran into a church, police said.

Beatriz Garcia died at the hospital.

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:48:58 -0400

Carowinds to retire iconic Thunder Road

Thunder Road, a classic Carowinds roller coaster, is gearing up for its final ride.

The wooden roller coaster will carry its last guest on July 26 after 39 years and nearly 40,000,000 rides, according to a Carowinds news release.

The ride is being retired to make room for future park growth which is part of a more than $50 million multi-year investment plan.

It features twin, parallel racing trains which reach speeds of up to 45 mph.  The coaster races in and out of North and South Carolina, so riders can choose to take part in a friendly Carolina rivalry.

Carowinds will be celebrating the history of Thunder Road over the coming months. Guests have until July 26 at 10 p.m. to take part in the Thunder Road celebration. 

Carowinds fans created an online petition to keep the park from retiring an iconic roller coaster.

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Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 14:56:39 -0400

Carowinds theme park to retire iconic Thunder Road roller coaster

Thunder Road, a classic roller coaster at Carowinds theme park, is gearing up for its final ride.

After nearly 40 million rides and 39 years, the wooden roller coaster will carry its last guest on July 26, according to a park release.

The ride is being retired as part of a $50 million multi-year investment plan.

The old wood coaster features twin, parallel racing trains which reach speeds of up to 45 mph.  The coaster races in and out of North and South Carolina, so riders can choose to take part in a friendly Carolina rivalry.

Carowinds will be celebrating the history of Thunder Road over the coming months. Guests have until July 26 at 10 p.m. to take part in the Thunder Road celebration. 

Carowinds fans created an online petition to keep the park from retiring the iconic roller coaster.

For more information, visit the Carowinds website by clicking here.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 14:56:39 -0400