January 24, 2013 |
HONOLULU - A Coast Guardsman who disappeared more than three months ago and showed up at his home over the weekend was in military custody at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday after being released from the hospital. Tripler Army Medical Center medically cleared and released Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews on Tuesday night, Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas said. When Matthews, 36, vanished in October, he was in the process of being discharged from the Coast Guard for illegal use of marijuana, Maestas said.
November 7, 2012 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Lester Kaplan was a swimmer and a gambler. At times he would swim so far out into the ocean from the beach in front of Resorts Casino-Hotel that his wife thought he wouldn't make it back. "He always made it back," Atara Kaplan said Monday. But a hurricane proved too much for the 73-year-old former lawyer with the long gray ponytail. Despite a bad heart and a house on flood-prone Lafayette Boulevard in the north end of Brigantine, Kaplan refused all pleas that he leave before Hurricane Sandy landed.
October 16, 2012 |
Look for a splash Monday night when the Atlantic City Aquatic Club makes its last-leg pitch to keep swimming at the high school pool. City kids of modest means are ready to talk about how they learned to swim at the club, how the high level of instruction and intense competition prepared them to ply the roughs of the real world. They could help club president Joe Haney make the argument that the school district would be killing a good thing if it charges the club $85,000 a year for using the pool when it's been paying closer to $6,500.
September 28, 2012 |
The Atlantic City Aquatic Club is a great bargain, especially if you happen to live in Atlantic City. For $200 a year, you get instruction from coaches who have sent swimmers to the Junior Olympics, to college teams and to national meets, where one 10-year-old boy recently broke a backstroke record set by the young Michael Phelps. The club is also a lifesaver, says Enoe Azcona, and not just because the single mom has raised two children on an island. As her son, Jorge, learned to swim, he shed 60 pounds and gained strength from a team of achievers that kept him from the call of the streets.
September 8, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Two women and a teenage boy ignored the stern whistle warnings of lifeguards to stay close to shore, to venture only waist-deep into the surf off North Carolina Avenue. Rip currents - which can move as fast as eight feet per second, faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint - pulled the three farther and farther from shore, into deeper water, where relentless monster waves nearly drowned them. By the time four lifeguards were able to pull them to safety, the swimmers were battered and exhausted, said Beach Patrol Chief Rod Aluise.
August 14, 2012 |
A "localized sewer leak" has prompted Ocean City to close the stretch of beach between Stenton Place and Delancey Place to swimming as a precaution. "As a result of this leak, some material may possibly have entered the storm sewer system," the city said in a statement. Water samples are being tested, but the city said it expects bathing will be allowed to resume Tuesday. The more than 1,500-foot stretch of beach closed to swimming is at the northern end of the boardwalk. All other beached are open to swimming, the city said.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON - Rebecca Soni pumped her fist and beamed, a rare display of emotion from the breaststroke queen. Tyler Clary giddily splashed the water, having made up for all the close calls in his career. Both played leading roles on a golden night at the pool for the United States, showing there's more to this team than Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Soni set her second world record in two days to defend her Olympic title in the 200-meter breaststroke Thursday, then Clary dealt Lochte a stunning loss in the 200 backstroke for the first gold of his career.
July 29, 2012 |
LONDON - The news came first on Twitter, mixed into a stream of updates on the social lives of her friends and teammates. Back home, half a world away, a movie theater had turned into a killing field. Missy Franklin, who could win as many as seven Olympic swimming medals, goes to high school in Aurora, Colo. One of her best friends had talked excitedly for weeks about hitting the midnight opening of the new Batman movie. For a few hours on July 20, Franklin was not the breakout star of the U.S. women's swim team.
July 28, 2012
LONDON - In many ways, Michael Phelps has already won. Whatever happens in his epic showdown Saturday night in the Olympic Aquatics Centre - whether Phelps or Ryan Lochte wins, or if some other challenger shocks the field - Phelps has already etched his name among the all-time Olympians. Somewhere above Mark Spitz and just below Zeus. Lochte is capable of beating Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley. He already did, at the U.S. Olympic trials a few weeks ago. That victory started the drumbeat of anticipation for this Games-opening swim-off.
June 14, 2012 |
The body of 10-year-old Khitan Devine, who disappeared in the surf in Atlantic City on Sunday night, was found near the beach in Margate on Wednesday morning, according to the Coast Guard in Philadelphia. The body was discovered by lifeguards a few yards from shore at Huntington Avenue, about four miles south of where he went missing. Khitan, who lived in North Carolina with his mother but spent summers with his father in Philadelphia, was in the water with his family Sunday evening at a beach between Kentucky Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, officials said.