Copter crash kills MB photographer

first_imgACCIDENT: The man was taking pictures of a cigar boat off the Florida coast. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER A Manhattan Beach photographer was killed Tuesday when the helicopter he was riding in crashed off the Florida coast. Thomas William Newby, 50, the chief photographer for Powerboat magazine, was riding in a helicopter with two other men when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, south of Sarasota. Newby was shooting pictures of a cigar boat for the boating magazine. Videographer Mark Copeland, 44, of Raleigh, N.C., also was killed in the morning crash, said Lt. Chuck Lesaltato of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Pilot Mark Watters, 44, of Pasadena was in serious condition. Local authorities have not determined the cause of the crash. A woman who answered the phone at Newby’s Manhattan Beach home Tuesday afternoon said family members did not want to talk publicly about his death. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said there will be an investigation into why the aircraft crashed. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash after all the wreckage is removed from the water, Bergen said. The boat operator and a model aboard the vessel were unhurt. Sarasota County Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Dezzi said the model, a nurse whose name was not immediately released, jumped in and kept the men afloat as rescue boats from more than a half-dozen agencies responded. “She dove right there into the fuel and was able to get a couple of guys out,” Dezzi said. The men were brought ashore on police boats. He said the helicopter went down in about 20 feet of water. The Associated Press contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Track & Field Records Nine Personal Bests In Final Non-Conference Meet

first_img LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams won four events and recorded nine personal bests on Saturday afternoon at the Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. The meet was the Bulldogs’ final competition before next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Mariah Crawford (DeSoto, Texas) nearly swepts the sprints with a pair of personal bests by taking the 100 meters in 12.22 and finishing second in the 200 meters in 24.80. In the men’s sprints, Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) won the 200 meters with a personal best of 21.23 that ranks as the sixth-fastest time in the Valley this season. 200 Meters2. Mariah Crawford, 24.804. Ebele Okoye, 25.40 100-Meter Hurdles1. Mary Young, 13.705. Victoria Coombe, 14.4612. Bryce Lang, 16.51 The small meet pitted 26 Bulldogs against Nebraska, Iowa State and Iowa State Wesleyan as both the men’s and women’s teams continued to post strong performances. Other members of the team had the weekend off to prepare for the MVC Championship. 110-Meter Hurdles3. Dom Lombardi, 15.00 In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her strong season with another win, this one coming in a time of 13.70. The hurdlers again led the team with a pair of wins in the men’s 400-meter hurdles and women’s 100-meter hurdles. 800 Meters9. Alec Bognar, 2:00.1911. Michael Cooper, 2:02.0112. John Freeman, 2:06.31 Complete Results (PDF) 200 Meters1. Caulin Graves, 21.235. Deonne Witherspoon, 22.0211. Nihad Ejubovic, 22.66 Nebraska InvitationalDrake Individual Men’s Results100 Meters9. Nihad Ejubovic, 11.45center_img The Bulldogs return to the track Friday, May 12, for the first day of the MVC Championship in Wichita, Kan. 4×100-Meter Relay3. Lombardi, Priebe, Witherspoon, Graves, 41.16 400-Meter Hurdles1. Bas Van Leersum, 51.354. Malik Metivier, 53.055. Dom Lombardi, 53.277. Hudson Priebe, 54.528. Tyler Zak, 55.33 400 Meters4. Blair Barrow, 49.306. Cory Erickson, 50.708. George Webb, 51.7710. Maxwell Harlan, 53.32               Drake Individual Women’s Results100 Meters1. Mariah Crawford, 12.22 Story Links 400 Meters4. Kayla Giuliano, 58.095. Kaylen Rettig, 59.14 Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) won the men’s 400-meters with his best performance to date as a Bulldog with a personal best of 51.35. That time ranks as the fourth fastest in Drake history and is currently the top time in the MVC this season. Van Leersum was one of five Bulldogs to finish in the top eight in the event with Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ont.) coming in fourth in 53.05. 1,500 Meters8. Morgan Garcia, 5:01.719. Mykaela Cole, 5:03.3711. Paige Nicholson, 5:07.2613. Olivia Rogers, 5:23.11 400-Meter Hurdles3. Victoria Coombe, 1:01.817. Bryce Lang, 1:10.23 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Giants active in Rule 5 draft, add two players to major league roster

first_imgLAS VEGAS–Farhan Zaidi didn’t stick around for the final day of the Winter Meetings.But that didn’t stop the Giants from remaining active.The Giants selected a pair of players in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft, adding left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen out of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and Andrew Ferguson from the Houston Astros on Thursday.Though Zaidi flew out of Las Vegas early Thursday morning, assistant general manager Jeremy Shelley represented the club on the final day of …last_img

Higher education plan welcomed

first_img13 January 2012 Education experts and business have welcomed the Higher Education Department’s Green Paper on post-school education, but have warned that new colleges and universities must be properly resourced to produce quality graduates. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced on Thursday that he wanted to increase the number of young people in South Africa’s colleges six-fold by 2030, and planned to double the number of university students.Education expert professor Graeme Bloch said the Green Paper contained many good ideas but expressed concern about where the money would come from.The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Neren Rau welcomed the expansion of higher education, but was worried about quality.Nzimande said it was impossible to predict how much the new institutions would cost at this stage, but wanted business to help educate workers.Sapalast_img read more