Stone Knife and Mastodon Bones Point to Earlier Arrival of First Americans (May 2016)
A sinkhole in Florida’s Aucilla River is an “archaeological gold mine” that offers a rare glimpse of life in ancient America.

A thousand years before big game hunters who used what are known as Clovis spearpoints spread across North America, earlier arrivals were living near Florida’s Aucilla River alongside mastodon and other animals now long extinct. So say archaeologists who spent four years investigating an underwater sinkhole known as the Page-Ladson site, located in northern Florida east of Tallahassee.

A “bifacial” stone knife—one with a blade chipped to sharpness on both edges—and other stone artifacts found in riverbed sediment dated to 14,550 years ago provide “unequivocal” evidence of human habitation, says one of the principal investigators, Michael Waters of Texas A&M University. The researchers’ findings were reported Friday in the journal Science Advances...


Grieving the death of José Fernández

Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.

Fernandez’s heroic backstory made his death early Sunday that much more heart-wrenching. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24.

Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

Authorities didn’t know the time of the crash. The capsized boat was found shortly after 3 a.m.

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Morning at the Pier on Anna Maria

On Sunday I spent part of the morning at the pier on Anna Maria Island. This image is a study of sorts. I’ve been experimenting with long exposure daytime photography. In this case the experiment was to see what would happen if I took a long exposure of the sunrise. I kind of like how it turned out. (read more)

This is Jeremiah Grimes (left) and Isiah Francis (right). In June 2015, these young boys were playing video games when they suddenly became heroes.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Two boys are being hailed as heroes after rescuing some of their neighbors on Tuesday from a burning mobile home in Orange County, according to officials.

Two children, ages 2 and 5, who live in the home were injured in the fire. One of them was taken to the hospital via medical helicopter.

Orange County Fire Rescue said four children and one adult, 19-year-old Luis Cruz, were in the home on Colonial Drive when the fire broke out.

Fire officials said Isiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, called 911, rushed to the home and rescued two of the children.

“We looked out the window and saw flames coming out of the house,” Grimes said. “(It was) really hot. It felt like 150 degrees in there. I’m just thinking, ‘Stay calm, keep your mind straight, stay focused on what you’re doing.’”

The child heroes said when they went inside the home, they could barely see anything.

“I was freaking out trying to get the babies out before they got hurt or something happened,” Francis said. “I found my way outside and I took the two kids to my house.”

The boys managed to rescue two babies, ages 1 and 8 months.

“I saved two people’s lives. Like, probably if no one did that, them two would probably be dead or seriously injured,” Grimes said. “I’m happy. As long as everyone is OK, I’m happy.”

The two children who were injured in the fire are in critical but stable condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital, fire officials said.

Fire officials believe the fire started near a doorway between the living room and a bedroom. The cause of the blaze has not been determined.

Bravo, boys!

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