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Cheat Sheet: July 24, 2012

Search for Earhart Wreckage Unsuccessful

A marine expedition hoping to locate the remains of Amelia Earhart’s plane on a Pacific reef has returned to Hawaii, unsuccessful. The $2.2 million project battled equipment mishaps and rocky underwater terrain to record video and sonar information that searchers will analyze in the coming weeks. The search was prompted by the examination of a 1937 photograph that some experts believe could depict parts of the missing Lockheed Electra plane. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared in 1937 while trying to locate tiny Howland Island in adverse conditions. Had they completed the voyage, Earhart would have been the first woman to fly around the world. (Source)

Philadelphia Church Official Sentenced

Monsignor William J. Lynn, a Roman Catholic official, was sentenced today to three to six years in prison on the charge of endangering a child. The three-month trial exposed Lynn’s efforts to conceal sexual abuses within the church, reassigning dangerous priests to other parishes in an attempt to avoid public scandal. The original guilty verdict was the first United States conviction on the charge of covering up church abuses. (Source)

Python No Longer On the Lam

The Yorktown python whose early July disappearance worried citizens has been recaptured. The ten foot long snake was located yesterday on its owner’s property. In response to the escape, Animal Control had increased their patrols in the area and Yorktown authorities investigated the possibility that someone had stolen the python. The reptile was discovered in good health. (Source)

Deadly Mosquitoes Found in Virginia Beach

Five mosquito pools in Blackwater and Pungo have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the past month. While the disease is not unheard of in the area, five instances in four weeks is an unusually high number. The potentially fatal, mosquito-born illness at first presents like the flu, then advances to disorientation, seizures, coma or swelling of the brain. Residents of these Virginia Beach areas are advised to avoid standing water, use bug spray and stay inside during early morning and evening, when mosquitoes are most active. (Source)

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