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Dallas is a town located in Gaston County, North Carolina and a suburb of the city of Charlotte. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,402. It was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America under James K. Polk. (More Info and Source) Dallas Real Estate

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Area toddler killed after truck hits pregnant mom’s vehicle

A Charlotte worship leader and his family were driving home from the North Carolina coast in separate cars Saturday when a box truck hit his pregnant wife’s car, killing their 2-year-old son, the Highway Patrol said.

The family was returning from his sister’s wedding outside of Wilmington.

The box truck hit the wife’s SUV on Sloop Point Loop Road in Hampstead, North Carolina, while she was stopped at a traffic light. The toddler was in the back seat in a car seat, troopers said. The wife’s car then hit her husband’s. Troopers said his car ran off the road on the left side and overturned before coming to rest in the median.

The fourth vehicle, which the child’s grandparents were driving, was also struck.

The family attends Forest Hill Church in the Ballantyne area.

The wife, who was 37 weeks pregnant, was rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and underwent a cesarean section. The baby is currently on life support. As of Sunday afternoon, hospital officials said the wife is in good condition.

The worship leader and grandparents suffered from minor injuries.

Channel 9 spoke with Forest Hill Pastor David Chadwick Sunday afternoon. He said doctors are hopeful about the baby’s recovery; she or he grabbed onto the finger of grandparents while in the hospital.

The driver of the box truck was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.  Troopers will meet with the district attorney’s office when their investigation is complete to determine if additional charges will be filed.

Troopers said that US 17 southbound lanes were blocked for about four hours.

Sun, 24 May 2015 15:35:59 -0400

How California oil spill could hurt 'Galapagos of the north'

California's Channel Islands are often called the "Galapagos of the North" because of their biological diversity. (Video via U.S. National Park Service)

They harbor close to 150 species of plants and animals that can't be found anywhere else, including the island fox. (Video via The Earth Minute)

The islands are in the area affected by last week's oil spill, which dumped more than 100,000 gallons of oil into the Santa Barbara Channel. (Video via KERO)

While the islands are some 50 miles from the site of the spill, and land-dwelling species probably won't be affected, it's hard to gauge the impact on marine life. 

That's because the oil won't harm a lot of its victims directly — instead, experts say oil does the worst of its damage killing off plants and tiny animals at the bottom of the food chain, disrupting the ecosystem. (Video via Al Jazeera)

Dolphins and whales are common sights along the islands, and they both feed on krill, tiny crustaceans that are more vulnerable to the oil. (Video via YouTube /  richyacco)

The 1969 oil spill that pumped some 3 million gallons into the channel was blamed for the deaths of some 3,500 sea birds alone.

If there's good news, it's that this latest spill is a tiny fraction of that one: The pipeline was pumping well below capacity at the time of the spill. Investigators have yet to determine the exact cause of the leak. (Video via CNN)

This video includes an image from the U.S. Geological Survey

Sun, 24 May 2015 15:19:24 -0400

Actor Jack Black gives commencement speech at Florida high school

Actor Jack Black gave some tongue-in-cheek advice to high school graduates in Lake County.
The "School of Rock" and "Nacho Libre" star told 175 students graduating Saturday from Montverde Academy to maybe skip college "unless you want to be a doctor, and then I totally get it."
Black told the graduates to seek inspiration from great minds who learned to fake it until they made it.
According to a local newspaper, Black asked: "Do you think Einstein knew what he was doing before he solved the riddles of the universe?"
Black's stunt double, Jimmy Waitman, is the father of two graduates of the Lake County private school. Black said he couldn't decline to be the commencement speaker when asked by the man who jumps off buildings for him.

Sun, 24 May 2015 14:45:59 -0400

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