Viral video: Great white shark leaps at Cape Cod fishing boat

A viral video of a hungry great white shark lunging toward a fishing boat in Cape Cod Bay on Saturday gave charter customers an exhilarating shock.

People aboard the Columbia Sportfishing ship got up close and personal when a great white shark jumped out of the water to eat a bass that was being reeled in on a fishing line, according to captain Marc Costa.

“It had come up and it lunged out of the water and bit the fish, meanwhile swinging its tail up and out of the water,” said Costa. “The shark bit the fish in half, and he took it off the line,” said Costa.

Incredible footage today from Doug Nelson of Franklin, MA fishing aboard the Columbia out of Rock Harbor in Orleans. @MA_Sharks

— Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (@A_WhiteShark) July 20, 2019

The video, taken by a charter guest named Doug Nelson, shows a young boy watching as the fish is reeled in by a woman standing next to him. As the shark jumps, the boy nearly gets hit by its tail.

Costa said the shark actually hit the boat following the “big heavy strike” on the fish. Costa said it has happened on his boat at least four times before.

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Letter: After 2,000 years of failure, clergy sex abuse is now fixed?

After 2,000 years of failure,
clergy sex abuse now fixed?

The July 12 article by Thomas G. Plante entitled “Effort to break sacred seal of confession misguided” (Opinion section) makes a strong case for the sacred seal of the confessional regarding confessions of child abuse.

The reality is that the Catholic Church has lost its credibility with the public on this issue.

The Church has not solved this problem in its 2,000-year history. Reference the authoritative book, “Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse” by Thomas P. Doyle and A.W. Richard Sipe.

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The earliest mention of forbidden sexual behavior in the literature is from the Didache, a very early theological text which is usually dated around 70 A.D. Following 2,000 years of failure, are we to believe that the problem is now resolved for all time? How can we even believe that when our children go to confession the person on the other side of the screen is not a child abuser trolling for victims?

Larry Quilici

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Police: Criminals, wait til heat breaks to commit crimes

With a heat index forecast at up to 111 degrees this weekend, most Massachusetts residents are hoping they can stay out of the sun. Including Braintree police officers.

In a Facebook post that has received over 64,000 likes since Friday, the Braintree Police Department asked anyone who is planning on committing a crime to “hold off” until Monday, when the heatwave is expected to break.

“It is straight up hot as soccer balls out there,” the post read. “Conducting criminal activity in this extreme heat is next-level henchmen status, but also very dangerous.”

“Stay home, blast the AC, binge Stranger Things season 3, play with the face app, practice karate in your basement. We will all meet again on Monday when it’s cooler. Sincerely, The PoPo.”

They also requested that nobody spoils season three of Stranger Things for them, since they are just finishing season two.

Mayor Martin Walsh declared a heat emergency on Thursday for the city of Boston.

Continuing through Sunday evening, dozens of cooling centers will be available at BCYF community centers throughout the city. And across the Bay State, community centers, senior centers and other facilities will be available for people to avoid heat stress.

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Israel disperse anti-demolition protesters in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces have dispersed several dozen Palestinians protesting the planned demolitions of homes in an east Jerusalem village.

About 50 Palestinians gathered Saturday at Sur Baher, which straddles Israel’s West Bank separation barrier, in solidarity with owners of homes close to the wall.

Witnesses say Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades to end the rally.

Israel says the 10 buildings, located on the West Bank side of the barrier, were erected too close to the structure.

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