Yellow lobster donated to Boston aquarium – Western Mass News

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Some oddly rainbow colored lobsters were on display at the New England Aquarium in Boston on Thursday.

A rare yellow lobster was donated to the aquarium this week by a seafood wholesaler in Salem, MA.

It was caught by a Marblehead, MA lobsterman and added to the collection of other colored lobsters.

Some other lobsters are blue, orange, and one even has two colors – orange on one side and black on the other.

The yellow lobster will not be on exhibit for at least a month as it under goes quarantine, but other colored lobsters can be found at the aquarium hiding in the rocks among the exhibits of the Cold Marine Gallery.

The aquarium noted the chances of a yellow lobster is estimated to be 1 in 30 million in the wild.

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New Hope For Tiny Evacuee « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBS11) – Itzel Gutierrez cries every day for her daughter.

Born six weeks early, little Sophia arrived August 5 in a Laredo hospital, struggling to breathe.

“She can’t breathe through her nose,” said Gutierrez. “Whenever they take her tube off, her airway starts to close up.”

Sophia was waiting for surgery in Corpus Christi, when Hurricane Harvey intervened. Worried a power outage could be life threatening to her, hospital staff warned her mother she’d have to evacuate.

“I was scared. I was, ‘Where was my daughter going to go?’” said Gutierrez.

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Itzel Gutierrez and daughter Sophia

One of six neonatal intensive care patients evacuated to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, pictures of Sophia’s transport on a special medically-equipped plane made national news.

For the first time, though, Gutierrez could not be by her side.

She followed three days later, driving through heavy rains to reunite with her daughter.

“On the road, I was just crying,” she said. “I want my baby. I want to go home with her.”

The trip to Fort Worth brought an unexpected chance to meet with more specialists and consider more options for Sophia’s medical care. Doctors, Gutierrez said, may be able to help Sophia breathe on her own again, rather than rely on alternate measures.

“I have more hope here that she’s going to come out healthy,” said Gutierrez.

Sophia, she said, is now growing stronger every day, revealing a feisty personality when she puts up a fight with the nurses checking on her.

“When she was in my belly, I would always sing to her. It’s a Spanish song,” she said. “Now that I sing it to her, she’ll always open her eyes. She’ll be wide awake, like she knows who I am.”

One day, she said, this experience will be just a story she tells Sophia.

Harvey ‘Brings Back The Memories’ « CBS Chicago

(CBS) – As Hurricane Harvey punishes Houston, those displaced by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago share their memories with CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar.

Quin Kirchner is an accomplished musician now living in Chicago. A dozen years ago, he was building a career in the New Orleans music scene — the same time Katrina hit and displaced thousands.

“You are really faced with having to start over,” says Kirchner, whose home was ruined. “We were lucky to have a support system, family and friends here in Chicago that we could fall back on.”

Now, he’s reliving the images a dozen years later.

“It definitely brings back the memories. I mean, here we are on the exact date,” he says.

Brandy Smart and her family just moved to Chicago from Houston days before Harvey. She also lived in Louisiana during Katrina.

Friends sent her a picture of the off-ramp near her now-flooded Houston home.

“I was supposed to stay through August, and I just had intuition that I should go,” she says.

With friends left behind, Smart says she wishes she could do more.

“I kind of feel guilty in a way,” she says. “I wish I could have brought people with me.”

Amidst his grief emerged something sweet; Superhero Micah lives on

FORT WORTH — When he’s in the kitchen, Maurice Ahern is at ease.

“My favorite cheesecake?” he asked laughing. “Right now, it’s probably this one.”

He pointed to his freshly made espresso cheesecake, but when it comes to cheesecake there’s no bad option for Ahern.

If you recognize his name, you might realize there’s something special about that espresso cheesecake and all the other confections in his collection.

“Not only is this going to put a smile on your face when you taste it,” Ahern said. “It’s going to put a smile on your heart because you know you’re making a difference.”

Ahern’s son, Micah, spent about three years as a local celebrity. He was the youngest member of TCU’s baseball team, a light in the lives of both players and fans, and he suffered through childhood cancer.

That last one never defined him.

“Anyone who knows Micah’s story knows that Micah loved to smile,” Maurice reminded us.

When Micah died last August, it dimmed the light of the family, but a unicorn cake he was asked to make flipped a switch.

“When I saw the smile on her face, it was like Micah was there,” Ahern said.

A longtime dream suddenly had a purpose. Maurice started Gold Ribbon Confections. That gold ribbon reps childhood cancer awareness.

“Every month I’ll give a percentage of the money and help different organizations that helped our family,” Ahern said.

Places like the Superhero Micah Foundation, Make a Wish, Kidd’s Kids, and others can give to other families because of these cakes, pies, and rolls.

As for Maurice?

“There’ll be moments where, yeah, I remember Micah and I feel sad, but there are moments where I remember Micah, and there’s joy because I’m able to continue what Micah had a way of doing and making people smile,” Ahern said.

Life’s messy sometimes, but why not help Maurice make the ride as sweet as possible?

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Louisiana SPCA prepping for influx of animals from Texas

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana SPCA is preparing to take in animals rescued from the floodwaters inundating Houston.

Even as Tropical Storm Harvey still rages across parts of Texas and Louisiana, the Louisiana SPCA is coordinating transports to prepare for an expected influx of animals from Texas.

“By transporting adoptable animals out of Louisiana we are creating much needed space to take in animals affected by Harvey,” Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla said. “We’re not only transporting animals from our facility, but animals from all over southeast Louisiana.”

About 100 animals from the Louisiana SPCA and the St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter have been transported to Atlanta and the Greater Birmingham Humane Society so far.

An airplane transport is scheduled to move about 100 more animals from the Louisiana SPCA, Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, St. Bernard Animal Shelter and Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge to the Humane Society of the United States on August 31.

The Louisiana SPCA is also working with Zeus’ Place to transport more animals out of state.

The Louisiana SPCA, along with the Houston SPCA and the SPCA of Texas, are encouraging the public to make monetary donations instead of physical supplies.

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Vandals Damage Statue Of Christopher Columbus In Yonkers « CBS New York

YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — As New York City considers the future of the monument at Columbus Circle, others are taking more direct aims at tributes to the controversial Italian explorer.

For the fourth time in ten days, a statue of Christopher Columbus has been vandalized. This time, it happened in Yonkers.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the effigy may seem insignificant compared to the monument that towers over Columbus Circle. But seeing the two-foot high bust knocked off its pedestal and broken into pieces is still a shock to Italian American Patsy Gambardella Jr.

“I’m horrified that something like that has happened in Yonkers,” he said.

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Parts of damaged Christopher Columbus statue knocked over in Yonkers. (credit: Arty Thanasoulis)

The Columbus monuments in Buffalo and Houston were recently defaced with red paint. In Baltimore, the oldest Columbus monument in the country as vandalized by an activist who narrated and posted the attack online.

“Observe how vehemently Republican and Democratic ‘misleaders’ defend genocidal terrorists like Christopher Columbus and George Washington,” he can be heard saying on the video.

Gambardella Jr. says he thinks a small group of people are to blame.

“I think these are all copycat actions,” he said. “To have people come out and destroy them because of their personal opinion, it’s very disrespectful and shows us a very bad direction in the way America is going.”

The NYPD would not say if it’s taking special precautions to protect Columbus Circle, a flashpoint as the city prepares to review monuments and memorials that may cause offense.

CBS2 has been pressing Mayor de Blasio for more information about the Monument Review Commission.

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman would only say that City Hall will release additional information in the coming days.

Teen Gets To Be Patriots Photographer For A Day « CBS Boston

FOXBORO (CBS) — Even when health problems get her down, 13-year-old Meghan Condon stays passionate about two things: the New England Patriots and photography.

Meghan has had two heart surgeries in her young life and suffers from other health issues.

To help lift her spirits, her mother decided to reach out to the New England Patriots as a surprise.

“I didn’t know who the gift was from, or even what it was, so all I knew was I was getting something from someone,” explained Meghan.

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Meghan shares her scrapbook with Paul Burton (WBZ-TV)

A few days later, she received a package in the mail. It was a scrapbook with her name on it and a letter from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“Knowing that you love the Patriots and have a passion for photography, how would you like to be a Patriots photographer for a day at training camp this year?” She read from the letter.

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Meghan’s Patriots scrapbook (WBZ-TV)

This summer, as the Patriots photographer, Meghan got to be up close and personal with the players.

She shadowed and got advice from the real Pats photographer David Silverman.

Her amazing photos showcase her talent and creativity.

 

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One of Meghan’s photographs from training practice (Photo Courtesy: Meghan Condon)

“It was pretty awesome,” said Meghan. “The best part was being able to use their cameras which were a lot bigger and better than mine.”

Meghan added that the experience doubled as her first time ever at Gillette Stadium.

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Meghan Condon as the Patriots photographer for a day. (Photo credit: Condon Family)

“The fact that she was in then same space at one point with Kraft, Brady, and Marvin Hagler, and took that photo, and that she got to go to that press conference where Ninkovinch retired is truly amazing,” Meghan’s mother Peggy DelVecchio said.

She also said her daughter cannot stop talking about it and putting her scrap book together.

“My favorite shot was probably one of Gronkowski — or Tom Brady, I have some close-ups,” Meghan said.

DelVecchio added, “I saw her confidence soar. Ever since we’ve been there, the camera has not left her body.”

Florida Family Finds Gator Sunning In Their Pool « CBS Miami

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In the picture, you could see the 8-foot gator at the bottom of the pool around 8 a.m. (Source: Twitter/
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LITHIA (CBSMiami) — A Florida family looked into their pool only to find an alligator taking a dip.

Wednesday morning the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office took to social media to share the site of the trespasser.

In the picture, you could see the 8-foot gator at the bottom of the pool around 8 a.m.

The picture’s caption read, “Deputies on scene now, apprehension of this trespassing suspect should be interesting. – Alligator in residential pool.”

At last check, deputies said a trapper with Florida Fish & Wildlife was headed to their home to take it out of the pool.

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    Kid Rock to open restaurant inside Little Caesar’s Arena

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    Kid Rock will have a permanent place at the new Little Caesar’s Arena.

    The Detroit-native will be launching a 5,800-square-foot restaurant inside the soon-to-be completed arena in downtown Detroit.

    The restaurant will expand on his brand with hits such as “Cowboy,” “Picture,” and “All Summer Long.”

    “In keeping true with his larger-than-life reputation, he promises to make just as loud of a bang in the restaurant business as he has done with his music,” a press release said.

    Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant will seat 230 people and be open year-round for lunch and dinner. The menu will offer classic Detroit and Southern-influenced dishes, as well as comfort foods and bar fare.

    The bar will be stocked with local beers and craft cocktails.

    “The restaurant is also designed to serve as an incubator of music talent, with a specific focus on local artists. Kid Rock memorabilia is part of the restaurant’s décor, as is a live-music stage that will showcase up-and-coming musicians,” according to the press release. 

    For more information, click here. 

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