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New Tesla model due out Friday

Electric car maker Tesla is expected to launch its relatively affordable $35,000 Model 3 Friday.

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It’s not just another sedan, auto industry observers are saying. It’s the California automaker’s bid to boost sales and invade territory long held by General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and others.

“Tesla has much to celebrate with the delivery of the first Model 3s, but the high-profile electric car maker faces a challenge like never before,” Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for car marketplace Autotrader, said in a statement. “The Model 3 is intended to be high volume — a first for Tesla. It is aimed at the core of the vehicle market in terms of price.”

The Model 3 will face stiff competition, Krebs added.

Akshay Anand, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said the new model may be the key to Tesla’s success or failure.

“Tesla is still a halo, lifestyle brand to many consumers, so the Model 3 represents the first time the brand is within reach,” Anand said. “Will the Model 3 meet lofty expectations? Can production continue without hiccups, unlike with the Model X?”

If the Model 3, along with the Chevrolet Bolt, meets or beats expectations, it could be “the early steps toward an electric future in automotive.”

The launch is happening at a time when the government of the United Kingdom recently pledged that it will ban vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines by the year 2040, following similar declarations by France and Norway.

Marine dog with cancer gets a hero’s goodbye

When Cena the military service dog was reunited with his first handler, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey DeYoung, it was an emotional moment. The two had been separated for over three years without the chance to say goodbye. When Cena returned from Afghanistan, DeYoung took the dog in.

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On Wednesday, the Marine said goodbye to his friend who was there with him when he lost seven friends in three weeks to enemies in the Middle East. A large crowd of people came out to honor the 10-year-old black Labrador as DeYoung took him to be put down, Michigan Live reports. After he passed, DeYoung carried out a coffin draped in an American flag and carrying the body of his companion.

Cena was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer and DeYoung made the decision to put him down.

On Tuesday, DeYoung wrote a Facebook post explaining the situation and saying goodbye to his friend. The Marine wrote “[Cena] has blessed my life with love and admiration, happiness and strength. Because of him I got to have a family.”

In a tear-jerking goodbye, he closed with “goodnight my friend, goodbye my brother. May you rest your head tonight knowing how loved you are and how dearly you will be missed.”

Family of Organ Recipient Attends Funeral of Life Saving Donor

Family of Organ Recipient Attends Funeral of Life Saving Donor

Police fault Venus Williams in crash but say she won’t be cited in video from June crash

Newly released body cam video shows a police officer telling Venus Williams she was at fault for an accident in which a man died from his injuries.

“You were at fault,” a Palm Beach Gardens police officer told Williams in one of four body-camera video files police released Thursday.

Officer David Dowling said he won’t ticket Williams, saying, “You just got stuck in a bad situation there.”

Williams responds, “In a situation like that, what are you going to do?”

Jerome Barson, 78, the passenger in the second vehicle, is seen in the video saying, “I’m a little confused.” He died two weeks later. His widow, Linda, now is suing Williams.

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Police at first declared Williams at fault in the June 9 crash outside the entrance to BallenIsles Country Club, the gated community where she owns a home. They later said she lawfully entered the intersection. The crash remains under investigation.

Williams has told police she had a green light when she left Steeplechase, a community on the south side of Northlake Boulevard, in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia and had to stop in the middle of Northlake for traffic.

By the time Williams thought it was safe to drive, she said, the light for westbound traffic on Northlake turned to green from red.

Linda Barson, the 68-year-old driver of a Hyundai Accent, said Williams cut in front of her and Barson couldn’t avoid hitting her. Williams told police she never saw Barson coming. Video released by police July 7 shows a third car, a Nissan Altima, leaving BallenIsles. The Altima turned left in front of Williams, forcing her to stop to avoid a crash. Police still are trying to identify the Altima driver nearly two months after the wreck.

Related: Venus Williams responds to reports of involvement in fatal car crash

In one of four 911 calls police also released Thursday, a motorist says, “These people need help.” At the end of the call, she tells the dispatcher she’s 95 percent sure that “one of the people in this accident is one of the Serena sisters … the Williams. And unfortunately she was at fault.” Serena Williams, another star in women’s tennis, is Venus Williams’ sister and also lives in Palm Beach Gardens.

The earliest of the videos released Thursday shows Officer Tim Connors walking up to the crash and finding Williams out of her car.

“Are you involved?” he asked Williams, who was dressed in a white skirt and T-shirt and ball cap. “I am,” she says. Connors asks if the people in the other vehicle are OK and Williams says, “I think so.”

Connors then walks to the other car and has to pull away the activated driver’s air bag to get to Linda Barson.

“Someone -- they ran a red light. They ran the red light,” she said. “My husband’s on blood thinners and he’s bleeding.”

Connors tells her “Fire Rescue’s coming.” The woman mentions an arm injury and Connors tells her to put pressure on it and “try not to move it.” He then tells the Barsons, “It looks like that other car might have violated your right of way.”

Related: Venus Williams posts personal response about deadly crash on Facebook

Connors then approaches a woman who appears to have been the 911 caller. She “It’s one of the Williams (sisters) that is in the accident,” the woman said. “She was coming out of Steeplechase. It was coming out. Her light had turned red.”

Connors again approaches Williams. “You’re sure you’re fine?” Williams nods. He asks if anyone else is in the car. Just her dog, she says. He asks if the dog was thrown; Williams says no.

Moments later, Connors tells someone off-camera, “Yes, she is,” apparently confirming it’s Williams. Then, asked if anyone’s hurt, he says: “She’s not. The other people are.”

Related: Police: New evidence in Venus Williams crash investigation shows she had green light

After Williams has returned to her car the other officer, Dowling, tells her on his body-camera video that she’s at fault but he won’t cite her.

“You just got stuck in a bad situation there. Let the insurance companies work it out,” Dowling says. “I don’t feel comfortable writing you a citation when I’m not 100 percent sure, and I’m not 100 percent sure in this case.”

Williams says, “I never saw that car coming, so I don’t know if they...I don’t think they stopped at the red light.”

Dowling explains that because of the changing traffic light, “You kind of violated his right of way.”

Nothing in any of the videos conclusively says whether the Barsons were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, although Linda Barson appears to have a seat belt that is unbuckled but still stretched across her lap when the first officer approaches her car.

Related: Venus Williams wins emergency protective order in fatal crash lawsuit

This week, lawyers for Williams said in a court filing that Barson wouldn’t have died if he had worn a seat belt. The police crash report says Barson and his wife both wore a belt across both lap and shoulder, and lawyers for Barson said this week his car’s “black box” says the same thing. Lawyers for Williams did not respond to inquiries made this week by The Palm Beach Post.

At the end of one video, Dowling, now in his patrol car, tells Connors “if any media show up, I need you to keep them away. Keep them back. Don’t let them in the scene.”

Connors asks, “What makes you think any of them are coming?” Dowling says: “They already got an email. A station. I want to get them out of here as quick as we can so we can beat the media.”

Police did not publicly acknowledge the crash until after the TMZ broke the story on June 29, three weeks after the crash and a week after Jerome Barson died on June 22.

Conner Mitchell, Palm Beach Post and Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post contributed to this story.

Woman Shocked By What Doctor Left Inside Her After Giving Birth

Woman Shocked By What Doctor Left Inside Her After Giving Birth

MAC to give out free lipstick for National Lipstick Day

MAC Cosmetics is giving away free lipstick to commemorate National Lipstick Day.

To snag your tube, which normally retail at about $17, show up to any MAC store or retailer such as Sephora or Ulta.

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Stores will be providing free full-size lipstick Saturday. “There’s no catch,” the company said in a news release, according to Teen Vogue.

This isn’t the first time that the company has given out freebies. Last month, it offered free lip products online and in stores for its #MACLipsLipsLips campaign, which gave fans a chance to scoop some of their favorite MAC goodies.

The lipstick will be available until supplies last.

New garbage patch full of tiny pieces of plastic found in South Pacific

A huge section of the South Pacific Ocean, 1.5 times the size of Texas, is covered in tiny pieces of plastic smaller than grains of rice.

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A team of scientists, led by Algalita Marine Research and Education scientist Charles Moore, made the discovery during a six month expedition to the remote area. 

Unlike the more well-known garbage gyre in the North Pacific, scientists had not studied the more remote areas in the South Pacific.  

“We discovered tremendous quantities of plastic,” Moore said, in an area possibly “as large as 965,000 square miles.”

“My initial impression is that our samples compared to what we were seeing in the North Pacific in 2007, so it’s about ten years behind,” he said.

Utrecht University oceanographer Erik van Sebille has started a project to track the plastic and how it’s distributed in the oceans.

Once the plastic particles get caught up in the ocean currents, or gyres, it’s almost impossible to clean up, according to van Sebille, who said the best hope is to prevent the pollution in the first place.

>> Related: Can this plastic-eating bug save the planet?

“Gone are the silly notions that you can put nets in the ocean and solve the problem,” Erikson told ResearchGate. “This cloud of microplastics extends both vertically and horizontally. It’s more like smog than a patch. We’re making tremendous progress to clean up smog over our cities by stopping the source. We have to do the same for our seas.”

Doctors want to set the record straight on ‘dry drowning'

You’ve probably seen articles about “dry drowning” in your Facebook feeds, but the local medical community wants to set the record straight.

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You can find hundreds of articles online about “dry drowning,” especially after an incident last month where doctors say a 4-year-old in Texas died.

WSB-TV met Dr. Andrea Keyes, an emergency physician with Northside Hospital Cherokee, who said there’s a misconception about "dry drowning."

“The appropriate term is drowning,” Keyes said.

Keyes told Lucie concerns about children showing no symptoms at first and dying days after swimming have little to do with drowning.

“More commonly, it is going to be something more common -- a viral illness, or some sort of bronchitis, something along those lines,” she explained. 

According to doctors, “dry drowning” is not even an accepted medical term. 

Doctors say always remember the important things when you’re at the pool:

  • Never take your eye off your child.
  • For the young ones, always stay close to them and if your child does have some sort of episode after going under, parents will know if they need to go to the ER. 

“If they’re having significant difficulty with breathing, confusion, color changes or obvious signs of distress,” Keyes said. 

But the thousands of stories on Facebook and Google about “dry drowning” have spread misinformation and confusion in the community. 

“Have you ever heard of dry drowning? I have. Do you know what it is? It is when a child has gone swimming and gets too much water in the lungs,” insists Kenia Bernard, a mother Lucie spoke with at the Garden Hills. 

Like many parents, the “dry drowning” articles have made her concerned, but Keyes says the symptoms she’s described are just known as drowning. 

“When water enters the airway, there is difficulty with breathing, the airway then swells, and this causes a lack of oxygen to the rest of the body, which then can cause increased fluid in the lungs and around the heart, cause seizures, and then cause death,” she explained. 

WSB-TV asked Keyes to clarify a secondary cause. 

“More commonly, it is going to be something more common -- a viral illness, or some sort of bronchitis, something along those lines,” she said. 

The bottom line is always keep an eye on your kids around bodies of water and make sure they’re wearing appropriate lifesaving devices.

Beheading of 88-year-old man, killing of wife remain unsolved, haunts Georgia sheriff  

Even the internet is baffled.

On Reddit, where there are typically 10 conspiracy theories floated for every fact, only questions surface in a discussion group devoted to the grisly murders of Russell and Shirley Dermond, the elderly Eatonton couple found dead more than three years ago.

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For every theory, there’s a contradiction that debunks it. The lead investigator in the case, longtime Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, admits the trail for the killers — he’s confident at least two people were involved — has run cold.

“We’ve eliminated many, many, many things,” said Sills, a gruff, plain-talking lawman entering his third decade as Putnam sheriff. “But as far as a suspect, we’re probably as far away as we were 3 1/2 years ago.”

Recently, Sills agreed to open up the case file to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, sharing autopsy photos, pieces of evidence and his personal reflections on why this has been “the absolute most confounding thing I’ve ever dealt with in my entire career.”

‘They had no enemies’

The call came in on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from inside Reynolds Plantation, a gated community located on Lake Oconee, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta.

>> Related: Eatonton couple ‘the unlikeliest of victims’ 

Neighbors of Russell and Shirley Dermond had gone to their home inside the Great Waters subdivision out of concern for their well-being. The couple, married for 62 years, hadn’t shown up at a Kentucky Derby party three days earlier. Phone calls went unanswered.

As their friends entered through the screened porch where Russell Dermond, 88, would watch the Braves on TV nothing seemed amiss. Shirley Dermond, 87, kept a meticulous home. Nothing was out of place. There was no sign of a struggle, let alone a homicide.

Then, inside the garage of the 3,200-square-foot home, one of the neighbors found Russell Dermond’s body, slumped behind one of the couple’s cars. Upon closer inspection, they discovered something beyond macabre — a detail that would escalate this case into the national spotlight.

>> Related: Evidence elusive in murder investigation

Dermond’s head was missing, and so was his wife.

Beheadings are rare. Rarer still was the fact the head was nowhere to be found.

Read more here.

Airliner forced to land after pilots accidentally leave landing gear down for entire flight

Two Air India pilots were grounded after they forgot to retract the landing gear on a domestic flight in India last week.

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According to The Times of India, an Airbus A320 carrying almost 100 passengers took off from Kolkata bound for Mumbai. 

After the plane climbed to 4,000 feet, the crew would have gone through the take-off checklist which includes ensuring the landing gear had been retracted. 

"For some reason, the pilots forgot to do it. With the wheels down, the drag force increases and the aircraft speeds rather noisily through the air.  The pilots are supposed to check fuel at intervals through the trip, which they might not have done. Also, the A320 couldn't climb beyond 24,000 feet,” a source told the Times.

The flight reportedly continued for an hour and a half at 230 knots, less than half its normal cruising speed.

Because the aircraft consumed fuel at a faster rate, the flight was forced to divert to Nagpur, 500 miles short of Mumbai. When they got ready to land, the pilots reportedly noticed their mistake.

"The pilots began to prepare the aircraft for landing and it was only when they decided to put down the landing gear that they realized that it was down all along,'' the source told the Times.

Following the incident, a spokesperson for Air India said, “The pilots were de-rostered after the incident was reported. Investigation is on."

Read more at The Times of India.

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