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  • Massive great white shark off Australia said to be ‘the size of Jaws’

    01/18/2016 12:31:58 PM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Grind TV ^ | January 18, 2016 | Pete Thomas
    A great white shark reported to be “the size of Jaws” was spotted by a helicopter crew on patrol Monday off Adelaide, Australia, prompting lifeguards to clear the water and creating quite a stir on social media. The shark spotted 100 yards offshore at Marino Rocks was said to measure 7 meters, or nearly 23 feet, making it about the size of the fictional shark in the 1975 thriller, Jaws.
  • Tourist killed by 'dinosaur-sized' shark off South African beach...

    01/15/2010 12:22:27 PM PST · by TaraP · 46 replies · 3,958+ views Witnesses have described their horror at seeing a tourist being eaten by a "gigantic" shark in South Africa's most popular holiday destination. Lloyd Skinner was pulled under the surf and dragged out to sea by the shark, believed to be a great white, off Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town. His diving goggles and a dark patch of blood were all that remained in the water. "Holy shit. We just saw a gigantic shark eat what looked like a person in front of our house," witness Gregg Coppen posted on Twitter. "That shark was huge. Like dinosaur huge." The...
  • 30-Foot-Long Basking Shark That Washed Up on Maine Beach Dies Despite Rescue Efforts

    09/04/2015 4:42:26 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/03/15 | AVIANNE TAN
    Beachgoers in Lubec, Maine, near the Canadian border, tried to save a 30-foot-long basking shark that recently washed ashore, according to a video showing the desperate rescue attempt. Onlooker Mark Olsen recorded the video Wednesday morning, when more than a dozen people spent several hours pouring buckets of ocean water into the large shark's gills and onto its skin. The 30-foot-long shark can be seen immobile, lying on its side with a bloodied fin in the video. Despite the efforts to save the shark, it died Wednesday afternoon, according to Lubec Town Administrator John Sutherland. He said the College of...
  • Shark Chokes on Sea Lion

    07/19/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Local15 ^ | Friday, July 18 2014
    Viral video shows a shark beaching itself on an Australian beach, and now we're finding out why. Scientists say the shark swallowed an adult sea lion and it got stuck in the shark's throat. Viral video making the rounds on the Internet shows the shark swimming close to the shoreline of a western Australian beach. The video was captured July 12. An updated post two days later said the shark's carcass had washed up on the beach. In the video the great white shark can be seen very close to the shore. Scientists say it then swam about 50 meters...
  • Great White Shark Tracked in Gulf Could Be Headed for Mississippi

    06/19/2014 11:51:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | June 18, 2014 | Mary Margaret Halford
    In the past, it was hard for scientists to know much about great white sharks because they're too big to capture and study while they're alive. But scientists are figuring out more about the animals -- and this week, they've learned a shark they've named Katharine could be headed straight for the Mississippi Coast. Katharine, a 2,300-pound, 14-foot-long great white, was tagged with a tracker off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., in August. Whenever she swims to the surface and her fin leaves the water, it transmits a signal to scientists at the nonprofit research organization Ocearch to show...
  • Surfer Survives White Shark Attack in Marina

    04/01/2013 9:42:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Monterey County Weekly ^ | October 31, 2011 | Joel.Ede
    A local surfer escaped from the jaws of the oceans most infamous predator early Saturday morning at Marina State Beach. Eric Tarantino was bitten on the neck and forearm by what researchers are calling a 14-foot great white sharkthe 19-inch bite mark on his surf board is a testament to just how lucky he is. Tarantino was helped to shore by friend and fellow surfer Brandon McKibben. Though the shark narrowly missed severing vital blood vessels in Tarantinos neck, the surfer was released from Regional Medical Center of San Jose at 1:30pm today (Monday). Tarantino issued a short statement thanking...
  • WA's fifth fatal shark attack in a year claims 24-year-old surfer ( Australia )

    07/14/2012 9:40:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    PerthNow ^ | July 15, 2012 | Glenn Cordingley, Ashlee Mullany and Emily Moulton
    A MONSTER white pointer snatched a young surfer before trying to knock a jet-ski rider into the water in the fifth fatal shark attack in 10 months along a 380km stretch of the WA coast. The 4m killer dubbed Brutus by surfers near Wedge Island, 180km north of Perth mauled a 24-year-old man as he surfed with a mate at 9am yesterday. Fisheries Minister Norman Moore ordered a shark hunt to capture and kill the beast, saying of the unprecedented spate of attacks: "We seriously have got a problem." The jet-ski rider who tried to retrieve the man said it...
  • Enormous great white shark hauled up by Sea of Cortez fishermen

    04/18/2012 12:37:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies ^ | 17 April 2012 | Pete Thomas
    Two commercial fishermen in Mexico received the surprise of a lifetime Sunday when they hauled up a great white shark measuring nearly 20 feet and weighing about 2,000 pounds, according to local news reports. The rare catch of such a large white shark -- at 20 feet it'd be among the longest ever recorded -- was made in Mexico's Sea of Cortez near Guaymas, by fishermen who thought they had merely scored a large haul of much smaller fish as they hoisted up their net."We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and...
  • Shark attacks surfer off Marina beach (CA)

    10/30/2011 12:46:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Monterey County Herald ^ | October 30, 2011 | Dennis Taylor
    A shark took a 19-inch bite out of Eric Tarantino s surfboard early Saturday. California State Park Lifeguard Kevin Brady shows the surfboard following the attack. (DAVID ROYAL/The Herald) A Monterey man suffered multiple injuries Saturday morning when he was attacked by a shark while surfing at Marina State Beach. Eric Tarantino, 27, was bitten along the right side of his body by a shark that took a 19-inch chunk from his red surfboard. He had wounds on his neck, shoulder, wrist and forearm, witnesses said. Tarantino was flown to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, authorities said. His...
  • Newport surfer on great white shark attack: 'I thought I was dead' (Oregon)

    10/22/2011 3:39:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | October 22, 2011 | Lori Tobias
    Michelle Harris/Towsurfer.comBobby Gumm of Newport was attacked by a 16- to 17-foot great white shark while surfing last week, losing a good-sized chomp from his board. NEWPORT -- On a deceptively calm morning last week, Bobby Gumm floated on his surfboard on the water off South Beach State Park. "I was enjoying that feeling of being a surfer out there by myself," said Gumm, a 41-year-old father of four. "It was peaceful. I was sitting there in heaven, pretty much." Within seconds, heaven turned to hell, as Gumm became the mistaken prey of the biggest living nightmare in the...
  • Great white shark spotted among Calif. surfers

    09/04/2011 6:02:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 2, 2011
    Two miles of beach in San Diego were open Friday despite a series of recent shark sightings. One shark was caught in a photo Wednesday. Its tail fin can clearly be seen in the photo...Experts identified it as a 10- to 12-foot great white. There have been three confirmed shark sightings along that coastline in a week.
  • Great white thumps on to boat

    07/21/2011 4:46:59 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Cape Times ^ | July 19 2011
    A three-metre great white shark breached into a vessel carrying marine researchers yesterday. While none were injured, they said it gave them the fright of our lives. Six researchers from Oceans Research, a Mossel Bay-based marine research organisation, were on the boat Cheetah collecting data on sharks near Seal Island, in Mossel Bay, led by field specialist Dorien Schroder. It was 8.30am. Activity around the boat ceased for about five minutes and all was pretty quiet at the stern, Schroder said. Next thing, I hear a splash and see a great white breach out of the water from one side...
  • Friend: Waves turned red after fatal shark attack

    10/22/2010 9:23:00 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies · 2+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 10/22/10 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    A bodyboarder killed by a shark at a Central California beach cried out to his friend for help as the shark flashed out of the water, bit into his leg and pulled him under in a tide of blood, the friend said Friday. Matthew Garcia was surfing 2 feet from his friend, 19-year-old Lucas Ransom, when the shark attacked, he said. The whole incident lasted seconds. "When the shark hit him, he just said, 'Help me, dude!' He knew what was going on," Garcia told The Associated Press. "It was really fast. You just saw a red wave and this...
  • I just watched "Jaws" for the first time

    08/10/2010 10:43:20 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 163 replies
    08/10/2010 | me
    I know. Big Deal. Who cares? Why post a vanity about it? I don't know. Jaws came out when I was five years old. I just watched it for the first time. I had heard that the special effects weren't that great. So I never bothered watching it. It was actually pretty decent. I don't know about Jaws 2 - 4. Should I bother? Did you know that Spielberg was worried Jaws would be a big failure?
  • 15 Deadliest Beach Creatures

    05/24/2010 2:15:46 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 29 replies · 2,079+ views
    Stumble Upon ^ | 31 March 2010 | Lyndon
    Keep away from any of these 15 deadly creatures when you next visit the beach.
  • Judge approves settlement for Station fire victims (Great White concert gone wrong)

    01/08/2010 10:29:19 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 09:55 AM EST on Friday, January 8, 2010 | Tracy Breton
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. Calling it a red-letter day, a federal judge Thursday approved settlements earmarked for more than 300 victims of the 2003 Station nightclub fire and the mechanism through which payments will be made. The action taken by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux makes it likely now that the victims of the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history will get money from a $176-million settlement fund in a matter of months. But much remains to be done before payments are made. Probate judges have to approve the settlements in the 100 cases of those who died...
  • Monster great white shark caught in South Africa not yet fully grown

    10/30/2009 2:13:59 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies · 56,333+ views
    news ^ | October 30, 2009
    FISHERMEN are asking if this is the massive great white shark that has been stealing their catch, breaching repeatedly within metres of one terrified man's surf ski. These photographs of the 4.3m monster have been circulating on the internet, but reports from the South African fishing town of Mossel Bay confirm they are no hoax. Frighteningly, scientists who dissected the female shark say it was adolescent and not yet fully grown
  • San Diego beaches remain closed after fatal shark attack

    04/26/2008 9:09:19 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 49 replies · 105+ views
    Peoplepc Online ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2008 | Staff
    SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - Authorities kept watch Saturday over a stretch of Southern California beaches, scanning the waters for a shark they believe killed a triathlete a day earlier. While authorities advised against going in the ocean from north San Diego to Carlsbad, they said they expect to see people heading into the water to escape the region's summery temperatures. "We're not going to make any arrests or anything" if people go into the water, "but we'll go talk to them," said David Ott, Solana Beach's public safety director. Snip
  • UPDATED: Man Eaten By Shark in San Diego!! (Victim Pic - Medium Blurry)

    04/25/2008 7:38:35 PM PDT · by Mongeaux · 47 replies · 626+ views
    Constitution Club ^ | April 25, 2008 | The Hairy Beast
    ****UPDATE 4 From Swim at Your Own Risk**** Victim Pic in. Contrary to earlier reports he still appears to have legs but they don't look good.
  • Diver fights clear of shark's jaws

    01/23/2007 1:38:52 AM PST · by Dundee · 21 replies · 1,413+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 23, 2007 | Amy Coopes and Vincent Morelli
    AN abalone diver has survived a terrifying attack by a white pointer shark, which swallowed his head and shoulders before he fought free of the predator. Eric Nerhus, 41, was diving off the New South Wales south coast today when the 3m shark seized him head on, crunching on his head, shoulders and chest, he told friends later. Protected from the worst of the shark's bite by a lead-lined weight vest, the diver stabbed and clubbed at the creature's head and eyes with an abalone chisel until it spat him free. The shark's bite crushed Mr Nerhus's reinforced face mask,...
  • Derderians will plead; Station fire trial ends (slap on wrists in nightclub tragedy)

    09/21/2006 12:50:57 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 4 replies · 417+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 09/21/06 | TRACY BRETON and PAUL EDWARD PARKER
    One brother gets jail, the other probation The brothers who owned The Station nightclub, where a fast- moving fire on Feb. 20, 2003, killed 100 people, have agreed to plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges, effectively ending the criminal prosecution against them. In exchange for their pleas, Superior Court Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr. has agreed to a sentence that calls for no jail time for one of the brothers, Jeffrey A. Derderian. Michael A. Derderian, 45, is to serve four years in prison followed by three years of probation. He also will have an 11-year suspended sentence, which...
  • Ex-Band Manager Gets Four Years in Prison for Rhode Island Nightclub Fire

    05/10/2006 2:41:33 PM PDT · by andrew2527 · 30 replies · 874+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/10/06 | Fox News
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. A former rock-band manager whose pyrotechnics caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison. Daniel Biechele, 29, could have gotten as much as 10 years behind bars under a deal he struck with prosecutors in February, when he pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter. excerptLink
  • Prosecutors Urge 10-Year Term in R.I. Fire - SENTENCED to 15 Years, 11 years suspended, 3 yrs. Prob.

    05/10/2006 1:32:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,235+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/06 | Eric Tucker - ap
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to send a former rock-band manager to prison for 10 years for setting off the pyrotechnics that caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people. "The devastation wrought by the conduct of the defendant is unparalleled in our state's history," prosecutor Randall White said, choking up at times. He added: "The suffering is endless, and the extent and depth of the pain is bottomless." Daniel Biechele's attorney, Thomas Briody, argued that his client deserves mercy in the form of community service, with no prison time and feels immense sorrow for...
  • Band Manager Sobs at R.I. Fire Sentencing

    05/09/2006 6:08:36 PM PDT · by wjersey · 40 replies · 1,202+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | 5/9/2006 | ERIC TUCKER
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. After listening to two days of grief-stricken testimony, the band manager who started a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people broke down for the first time Tuesday as the father of the youngest victim spoke of forgiveness. David Kane, standing just a few feet from band manager Daniel Biechele, spoke of his 18-year-old son, Nicholas O'Neill _ "our gentle, loving, funny, sincere, spiritual son." Kane said his son would have wanted the family to accept Biechele's apology for setting off the pyrotechnics that started the blaze. "That's the kind of boy Nicky is," Kane said. Biechele...
  • NZ Shark Taggers Issue Fresh Warning - "Taranaki Terror" 19ft Great White Shark

    02/01/2006 8:58:09 PM PST · by Mongeaux · 92 replies · 2,507+ views
    New Zealand News ^ | 02 February 2006 | By MICHELLE SUTTON
    Scientists issued a fresh warning about a great white shark seen cruising Taranaki's coast line last night after attempts to tag it with a satellite tracker failed. Marine scientist Clinton Duffy and former New Plymouth marine biologist Demian Chapman attempted to tag the terror of the deep with pop-off satellite tags to monitor its movements. However, during the mission Mr Duffy did see a great white at least 4m long dive out of the water near Seal Rock, off Port Taranaki. It is the latest of several sightings in the past month, of the shark dubbed the Taranaki Terror. "We...
  • Ex-Band Boss to Plead Guilty in R.I. Fire (Great White Fire)

    01/31/2006 1:04:37 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 46 replies · 1,916+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 1/31/2006 | Eric Tucker
    Ex-Band Boss to Plead Guilty in R.I. FireBy ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WriterPROVIDENCE, R.I. - The former manager of the heavy metal rock group Great White has agreed to plead guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a deadly 2003 nightclub fire, a judge said Tuesday. Daniel Biechele will enter the plea next week and serve no more than 10 years in prison under the deal with prosecutors, Superior Court Judge Francis Darigan said. Biechele had been charged with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter for starting the blaze when he ignited pyrotechnics during a Great White performance at...
  • Beach Alert for Monster Shark - NZ Great White Spotted Again Today!

    01/26/2006 8:06:21 PM PST · by Mongeaux · 87 replies · 4,501+ views
    New Zealand News ^ | 27 January 2006 | Staff
    Fresh sightings of a monster great white shark close to North Taranaki's shoreline have prompted a warning to swimmers. The Conservation Department warning comes after two more close encounters with the shark, estimated to be six metres long. Fishermen on a charter boat got the fright of their lives when the great white swam directly under them last Friday. And two competitors in a yacht race off Port Taranaki watched in horror as the shark its fin clearly out of the water swam between their much smaller craft. These sightings follow numerous incidents involving a very big shark...
  • Judge sets one trial date in [Rhode Island] nightclub fire case

    12/12/2005 3:30:30 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 10 replies · 399+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 12, 2005 | Associated Press
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. --A judge set a May 1 trial date for one of three men charged in the 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people, eight of whom lived or worked in Connecticut. Daniel Biechele, the former tour manager for the rock band Great White, faces 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter. He lit the pyrotechnics display that ignited flammable foam lining the ceiling and walls of The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

    06/08/2005 5:36:09 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 45 replies · 10,794+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Jun 8, 2005 7:31 am US/Eastern
    SURF CITY BOROUGH, N.J. It could be New Jersey's first shark attack in 30 years. A 17-year-old surfer, Ryan Horton, was catching some waves near Surf City on Long Beach Island when he felt a pain in his ankle he described as being hit by a baseball bat. Horton paddled back to shore, and his brother took him to the hospital. There his bloody wound, about three and a half inches long and one inch wide, was sewn up with more than 50 stitches. The surfer never saw what got him, but his mom sent a picture of the...
  • Student swallowed nearly whole by 20-foot Great White shark

    06/06/2005 9:43:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 347 replies · 14,083+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 5, 2005
    Henri Murray A young medical student is dead following a Great White shark attack reminiscent of "Jaws," the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film which premiered 30 years ago this month. Henri Murray, 22, was swallowed nearly whole yesterday while scuba diving and spear-fishing with a friend near Cape Town, South Africa. "It was incredibly fast," Dave Estment, a yachtsman who witnessed the onslaught, told the Scotsman. "The two spear fishermen were not far from the beach. Suddenly a huge shark surged from under the water taking the one diver [from his legs upwards] to his arms in its jaws." "It must...
  • Great White Shark Evolution Debate

    05/03/2005 6:29:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies · 2,583+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-05-02
    A significant debate is currently underway in the scientific community over the evolution of the Great White shark, and Chuck Ciampaglio, Ph.D., an assistant professor of geology at the Wright State University Lake Campus, is right in the middle of it. The issue is if the Great White, one of the most feared predators of the sea, evolved from the huge prehistoric megalodon shark or if its ancestry rests with the mako shark. Most scientists would probably say the Great Whites evolved from the megalodon line, which existed from two million to twenty million years ago. They were huge sharks,...
  • Warnings posted after 18-foot great white is spotted off Torii Beach (Japan)

    04/23/2005 8:05:13 PM PDT · by Mongeaux · 25 replies · 1,165+ views
    Stars and Stripes, Pacific Edition ^ | Saturday, April 23, 2005 | By Erik Slavin and Chiyomi Sumida
    Shark escaped from Okinawa fishermen Thursday night TORII STATION, Okinawa A mammoth great white shark escaped from a net Friday off Torii Beach, prompting warnings on Okinawa beaches. The 18-foot, pregnant shark was trapped by fishermen in a fixed shore net located about 530 yards off Torii Beach around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Yomitan Fishermens Association spokesman Akira Maeda. We made an arrangement with Ocean Expo Park so that they could transport the shark to the aquarium [Friday], Maeda said. The shark was unharmed and was observed swimming leisurely within the cylinder-shaped, 65-feet-deep net Thursday by aquarium staff...
  • (Great White) Shark attacks British surfer off South Africa's Cape coast

    03/28/2005 10:18:28 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 6 replies · 1,359+ views
    AFP ^ | 3-28-05
    Shark attacks British surfer off South Africa's Cape coast Mon Mar 28, 8:45 AM ET JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A British surfer was attacked by a great white shark off the coast of South Africa's main tourist destination Cape Town, a public radio station reported. SAFM radio said the 32-year-old was surfing with four friends off the Nordhoek beach when the four-metre-long (13.2-foot-) shark attacked him. It was later spotted by a group of divers at a point about 500 metres away. It said the man "sustained injuries to his lower right calf" and was in hospital in a "serious but...
  • Children Who Lost Parents in Deadly Nightclub Fire Coping With Loss, Change

    02/19/2005 2:03:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 37 replies · 932+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 19, 2005
    Children Who Lost Parents in Deadly Nightclub Fire Coping With Loss, Change By Brooke Donald/ Associated Press Writer Feb 19, 2005 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Nathan Mattera's summers now include bereavement camp, and his after-school activities have been pared to counseling and playing near home. He stays close to his grandmother, now his legal guardian, and occasionally sleeps at the foot of her bed. The 11-year-old boy's life was uprooted when fire ripped through the Station nightclub, leaving him one of nearly 70 children who lost a parent in the blaze. Two years after the fire that killed 100, some...
  • Great white lingers; experts try to guard it from gawkers

    09/25/2004 8:32:29 AM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 86 replies · 3,347+ views
    WOODS HOLE - A massive great white shark trapped for days in a saltwater pond near Woods Hole had not found its way out by yesterday afternoon, a day after marine biologists tried unsuccessfully to herd it toward open water. Anxious to guard the 14-foot, 1,700-pound female shark from gawkers and trophy fishermen, state officials on Thursday enacted an emergency regulation that forbids the attempted taking of a great white shark in Massachusetts waters. State environmental police have also been patrolling the Elizabeth Islands day and night to ward off sightseers attracted to the spectacular scene near Naushon Island, which...
  • Great White Spared In Fire Investigation, But Tour Manager And Club Owners Indicted

    12/11/2003 12:10:11 PM PST · by weegee · 4 replies · 176+ views
    LAUNCH Radio Networks ^ | Wed Dec 10, 7:00 AM ET | no byline
    The members of Great White were spared Tuesday (December 9) when the band's tour manager and the club owners were indicted for the fire that took 100 lives in Rhode Island earlier this year. Tour manager Dan Biechele and the owners of The Station, Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, were each charged with 200 counts of manslaughter for the February 20 blaze in West Warwick that also injured 200 other people. All three men pled innocent at the hearing and were released after posting bail. Their next hearing is February 9. Biechele and the Derderians were each charged with 100 counts...
  • Many Still Angry Over R.I. Nightclub Fire

    12/01/2003 6:13:26 AM PST · by GrandMoM · 8 replies · 155+ views
    U.S. NEWS ^ | 12/01/03
    Many Still Angry Over R.I. Nightclub Fire WEST WARWICK, R.I. - In the nine months since a nightclub fire killed 100 people here, birthdays have been missed, graduations have gone unattended and anger has been building as survivors and victims' loved ones struggle to place blame. Time has helped to heal some, like 43-year-old Sharon Wilson, who speaks proudly of how her boyfriend rescued her from the crush of people. Still, she is haunted by the guilt shared by many who escaped. Others have vented their frustrations: One woman pulled down two crosses dedicated to Great White guitarist Ty Longley,...
  • Nightclub Owners Get Delay of $1 Million Fine for Not Insuring Employees Killed in Fire

    11/12/2003 4:24:22 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 132+ views
    TBO ^ | 11/12/03 | Brooke Donald
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the owners of a nightclub where 100 people died in a fire can delay paying a more than $1 million fine levied for their failure to carry workers' compensation insurance on club employees. The stay by the state's highest court will continue while it reviews the fine. There was no indication when the court might reach a decision. The Station nightclub in West Warwick was destroyed in February after a band's pyrotechnics ignited flammable foam used around the stage as soundproofing. Four employees were among the dead. The state...
  • OSHA Cites Nightclub and 'Great White' Band for Safety Violations Following Fatal Fire

    08/21/2003 2:15:56 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 271+ views
    OSHA ^ | August 21, 2003
    Region 1 BOS 2003-217 Wednesday, August 20, 2003 Contact: Ted Fitzgerald Phone: (617) 565-2072 OSHA Cites Nightclub and Band for Workplace Safety ViolationsFollowing Fatal Fire at 'The Station' Nightclub PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has completed its inspection prompted by the Feb. 20 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. The fire, which killed 100 people, including seven employees, was ignited by a pyrotechnic display staged during a performance by the band, Great White. Derco, LLC, doing business as The Station, owns and operated the nightclub. Derco was cited for alleged willful...
  • Great White Prepares Somber Reunion

    04/29/2003 4:55:37 AM PDT · by Living Free in NH · 5 replies · 248+ views ^ | April 29, 2003 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES -- The rock band Great White will perform up to three songs at a benefit concert tomorrow, nearly nine weeks after a deadly blaze erupted while they were playing in a Rhode Island nightclub. The fire killed 99 people. Great White's guitarist Ty Longley was among those who died. Survivors of the group agreed to perform one song at West Hollywood's Key Club to raise money for a memorial fund in honor of Longley. It's unclear what songs the group will play. Proceeds will be donated to a charity overseen by Longley's parents and earmarked for his pregnant...
  • Great White Return to Stage - Band's first show since fire to benefit late guitarist's child

    03/28/2003 9:05:50 PM PST · by Timesink · 19 replies · 303+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | March 28, 2003 | Gil Kaufman
    Great White Return to StageBand's first show since fire to benefit late guitarist's child Ty Longley Two months after a fire at their Rhode Island show claimed nearly 100 lives, Great White will regroup to play a benefit for the unborn child of late member Ty Longley. The thirty-one-year-old guitarist was killed in February 20th fire, which was caused by stage pyrotechnics. The benefit, one of several worldwide, will take place April 29th at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. The members of Great White -- Jack Russell, Mark Kendall, Eric Powers and Dave Filice -- will perform...
  • R.I. Investigators Examine Club's Exits (fire started by the rock band Great White)

    03/11/2003 1:22:27 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 9 replies · 370+ views
    ap ^ | 3/11/2003 | ap
    Investigators Examine Club's Exits PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The state fire marshal's office has taken four doors from the rubble of the Feb. 20 nightclub fire that killed 99 people and injured more than 180. According to search warrants filed by police, three of the doors are metal and one is wood. The state fire marshal did not return repeated calls Monday. Whether the exits may have contributed to the catastrophe is still under investigation. Fire and town officials are also trying to determine whether the club was above capacity the night of the blaze. Officials and witnesses said many people...
  • R.I. Nightclub Death Toll Rises to 98

    03/02/2003 8:53:48 AM PST · by Dane · 13 replies · 282+ views
    AP, Yahoo ^ | 3/02/03 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    R.I. Nightclub Death Toll Rises to 98 By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The death toll from one of the nation's worst nightclub disasters rose to 98 after a woman who had been hospitalized died from her burns, hospital officials said Sunday. Kelly Viera died Saturday at Boston Shriners Hospital, said Victoria Brady, a spokeswoman for affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Viera's age and hometown were not immediately released. Sunday morning, 51 people remained hospitalized in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with injuries suffered in the Feb. 20 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick. Thirty-three were in...
  • R.I. Nightclub Investigation widens; governor seeks federal assistance

    02/25/2003 7:05:21 AM PST · by TaxRelief · 190 replies · 358+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | Feb. 25, 2003 | BY TOM MOONEY, W. ZACHARY MALINOWSKI and LIZ ANDERSON
    The investigation into Thursday's catastrophic fire in West Warwick broadened yesterday with a law enforcement official saying police had searched the home of a co-owner of The Station nightclub and subpoenaed three members of the band Great White. Ninety-seven concertgoers died Thursday night and 187 were injured when the band's opening fireworks sparked one of the worst nightclub fires in U.S. history. Law enforcement sources said that state police and West Warwick investigators had searched the Narragansett home of Michael Derderian on Sunday and seized records relating to the club. Investigators also seized and impounded the band's tour bus. They...
  • Band Lawyer Says Nightclub Wanted Pyrotechnics

    02/28/2003 9:27:33 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 152 replies · 887+ views
    new york times ^ | 2/28/03 | PAUL von ZIELBAUER
    WEST WARWICK, R.I., Feb. 27 - A day after the tour manager for the band whose pyrotechnics ignited the fire that killed 96 people at a nightclub here testified before a grand jury, his lawyer said today that the manager had confirmed a week before the performance that the club ``wanted pyrotechnics.'' His comments came as Gov. Donald L. Carcieri reported that the death toll in the Feb. 20 fire was lowered by 1 to 96 after the state medical examiner completed examining all the remains. All the victims have been identified, the governor said. Thomas G. Briody of Providence,...
  • Those Suing Over Nightclub Fire May Not Find Any Deep Pockets

    03/02/2003 9:12:27 AM PST · by RobFromGa · 127 replies · 585+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune | March 2, 2003 | AP
    Those Suing Over Nightclub Fire May Not Find Any Deep Pockets An investigator sifts through the ashes of The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., on Saturday. It burned down Feb. 20, killing 97.(Robert E. Klein/The Associated Press) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As families of the dead and injured struggle with their grief after one of the country's deadliest fires, some are starting to look for compensation. Lawyers say it won't come easily. Rhode Island lawyers estimate at least $1 billion worth of lawsuit claims will be filed in the coming months. But they're not as...
  • Great White Testifies, Gets Sued (first of many wrongful-death lawsuits blaming the band)

    03/07/2003 3:09:20 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 59 replies · 481+ views
    e ^ | 3/5/2003 | Josh Grossberg
    Great White Testifies, Gets Sued Tuesday was a busy day for Great White--and the band's lawyers. Members of the '80s heavy metal outfit finally began testifying before a Rhode Island grand jury and faced the first of what is likely many wrongful-death lawsuits blaming the band in part for the deadly nightclub fire two weeks ago. The families of two of the victims are suing both Great White and club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, claiming they're responsible for the inferno that killed 98 people and injured close to 200--one of the worst blazes in the U.S. in more than...
  • Rhode Island Club's Wall Covering Went Unreported(Botched Inspection)

    03/04/2003 6:19:37 AM PST · by FreeTally · 20 replies · 765+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 03/03/03 | Michael Weissenstein
    R.I. Club's Wall Covering Went Unreported Mon Mar 3, 9:16 PM ET By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press Writer WEST WARWICK, R.I. - Inspectors never reported seeing the highly flammable and possibly illegal foam covering the walls of a nightclub where 98 people were killed in a fast-moving fire last month, according to documents released Monday that raise the possibility the inspections were botched. The documents more than 60 pages covering three years of inspections at The Station by town building and fire officials do not mention the egg-crate packaging material employees say was installed as soundproofing in 2000....
  • Foam supplier says Nightclub owner, Michael Derderian, bought non-fire retardant soundproofing

    02/28/2003 11:10:57 AM PST · by TaxRelief · 223 replies · 664+ views
    The Providence journal ^ | 02/28/2003 | By TOM MOONEY
    By TOM MOONEY Journal staff writer Updated 1:36 p.m. / The owner of American Foam Corp. in Johnston says The Station nightclub in June 2000 purchased $575 worth of common egg-crate packing foam for soundproofing, but it was not fire retardant. The fire retardant foam would have cost twice as much, according to Aram DerManouelian, who said the club wanted "the lowest grade, the cheapest stuff." "They had a choice, and they bought general purpose egg-crate foam," said DerManouelian. "It kept the noise down, but whoever figured they'd put flame on it? Jesus. For a $575 invoice, here we are."...
  • Band Attorney Says Singer Wants Immunity (And another death this morning)

    02/28/2003 8:17:14 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 30 replies · 213+ views
    ap ^ | 2/28/2003 | ap
    Band Attorney Says Singer Wants Immunity Lawyer Says Singer Wants Immunity; R.I. Club Owner Bought Flammable Packing Foam, Dealer Says PROVIDENCE, R.I. Feb. 28 The singer for a band whose pyrotechnics display set off last week's disastrous nightclub fire will ask for immunity from prosecution before testifying to a grand jury, his attorney said Friday. And an insulation dealer said club owners bought flammable packing foam, not soundproofing foam, to use in the club. "We'll be there (Friday)," attorney Neil Philbin, who represents Great White lead singer Jack Russell, told The Associated Press. "What happens next remains to be...