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Rare ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ Cases Start To Peak This Time of Year | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel | weather.com – The…07.25.21

It's that time of year when water sports and beach activities are in full swing, and cases of what's known as "flesh-eating bacteria" start to peak.

Infections, caused by a naturally occurring bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus found mostly in brackish coastal waters, are extremely rare and more often affect people with certain underlying health conditions.

Theres very few people that get sick and die in the United States, but when somebody dies it makes the news because its so graphic, and thats because you die within a day or two," Paul Gulig, a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Florida School of Medicine, told weather.com in an interview Friday.

The bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis, which kills skin around a wound and can rapidly make some people very ill. People typically come into contact with it in one of two ways - through an open wound exposed to water where Vibrio vulnificus lives or by eating contaminated shellfish such as oysters.

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There are several types of Vibrio bacteria that can cause different kinds of infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 100 people die each year in the U.S. from all types of Vibrio infections combined.

Those with pre-existing conditions including liver disease, cancer and HIV, are more susceptible, according to the CDC. Receiving immune-suppressing therapy for the treatment of disease, taking medicine to decrease stomach acid levels or having recent stomach surgery also make people more vulnerable to infection.

As far as Vibrio vulnificus specifically, the CDC says about one in five people who are infected will die, and many need surgery or amputations.

The most recent annual data posted on the CDC website is from 2014. It indicates that 124 people were infected with Vibrio vulnificus nationwide that year and 21 died. By contrast, 82 people were killed in rip currents at U.S. beaches in 2014, according to the National Weather Service, making that a bigger overall threat.

State-by-state infection numbers are also hard to come by, but Florida keeps a database of Vibrio vulnificus infections. The state has recorded 13 cases and five deaths so far this year. Thirty-six cases and seven deaths were reported in 2020, with 27 cases and two deaths in 2019.

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The highest number of cases recorded in any single year since Florida began tracking numbers in 2008 was 50 in 2017. The highest number of deaths was 14 in 2015.

Texas saw an average of 21 cases each year from 2011 to 2015, according to the most recent data posted on its state health department website.

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Since Vibrio vulnificus lives in brackish water, it can affect beachgoers, fishermen and boaters. And because it likes warm water, it's more prevalent in Gulf Coast states and most infections occur between May and October.

But the bacteria are showing up in new places, and many scientists say that's because of climate change.

The frequency of infections are moving north as the waters get warmer," Gulig, who spent several years studying Vibrio vulnificus, said.

Gulig also said the bacteria can also be affected by rainfall. Increased summer rain can cause lower salinity levels in some bays and other bodies of water, making it more hospitable to Vibrio vulnificus.

"You dont tend to find it out in the open ocean because it is cooler and saltier," he said.

Gulig points out that one reason the bacteria is so deadly is that it is so aggressive.

It just invades through our tissues like crazy. The wildfires out West are spreading like crazy - think of this bug being a wildfire in your body. Thats how it kills you," he said.

The infection shows up within hours or definitely within a day, but then you can be dead on the second day.

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Gulig also points out that it takes a series of events for a person to become infected, let alone contract a fatal case.

If its detected quickly its treatable with antibiotics," he said.

For that reason, anyone who suspects they might be infected should seek immediate medical treatment. Symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis according to the CDC include a red, warm, or swollen area of skin that spreads quickly; severe pain, including pain beyond the area of the skin that is red, warm, or swollen; fever.

To avoid infection, the CDC recommends avoiding raw or undercooked shellfish and keeping open wounds - including from recent surgery, tattoo or piercing - away from saltwater, brackish water, raw seafood and raw seafood juices.

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Tampa detective killed in the line of duty 40 years ago honored with service – WTSP.com07.25.21

Its been nearly 40 years since Detective Gerald Rauft was shot and killed in the line of duty.

TAMPA, Fla Its been nearly 40 years to the day since Detective Gerald Rauft was shot in the chest and killed in the line of duty.

Today was about paying homage to Rauft and his sacrifice.

Just very proud of my dad, said his daughter, Patricia, who was just a child when he was killed. Just very proud that hes a hero.

Raufts family, friends and neighbors attended a service held in his honor in front of the Tampa Police headquarters. Ken Overton, a former detective who worked with Rauft said he was a great guy, one that would protect you.

Very pleasant to get along, very nice to be around, he said. You could walk up to him, and its like you knew him for 100 years. All your life.

Mayor Jane Castor joined Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan at the event and hugged members of Raufts family after the service.

We as a community dont forget the sacrifice," Castor said. "The service and the sacrifice of their loved ones."

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 13 officers have died in Florida in 2021.

What happens a lot is when a police officer dies in the line of duty, their moms, their dadstheir families are whats left behind and have to pick up the pieces, Dugan said.

Raufts daughter knows first-hand what thats like. She has a tattoo of a badge with a thin blue line to honor her fathers sacrifice.

I celebrate my dad every day, I fight for him and his legacy, she said. Not a day goes by that he doesnt cross my mind. Im just very proud that his blood runs through mine.

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Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid 20-year pitfalls – Illinoisnewstoday.com07.09.21

Kissimmee, Florida (AP) Sweaty last Thursday afternoon, Alex Berros was instructing the team on how to get people to vote. Reaching out, he said. It makes it easier to stop people. Laugh a lot and it works. But immediately reject the answer so that you dont look too aggressive.

Berros, the co-founder of the new non-profit organization MiVecino, or My Neighbor, has put a lot of effort into developing the right pitch. His group, working in a cramped office behind Disney World, targets Latin voters. He was role-playing the best way to approach them in front of Walgreens during a domino match at a senior center outside Elbo Degon, a supermarket chain specializing in Colombian products.

Fifteen months before the midterm elections, groups like him are mobilizing across the country. Both Democrats, who enjoyed historic Latin loyalty, and Republicans, who were bolded by the 2020 growth, are trying to block the fastest-growing segment of the US population.

Its a big bet, especially for Democrats who are hoping for a Latino vote as an important part of winning the coalition in the upcoming cycle. And few places are as central to that effort as Florida.

We dont sell cars here, said Berros, a former boxer with a fighter tattoo on his arm and now Vice-Chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. We dont go anywhere. We are in the community and staying.

Even when Joe Biden turned Hispanics in Arizona into democracy to conclude his presidency last November, he outperformed many other Latin voters. And his party lost parliamentary seats, where Spanish is often more common than English, from Little Havana in Miami to the less populated borders of South Texas in the high desert north of Los Angeles.

Nationally, Biden beat Latin Americans with a 59-38 percent margin against Donald Trump, but thats 17 more than Hillary Clintons 66-28 percent margin in 2016, according to Pew Research Center data. It was a percentage point lower.

Republicans say they have built relationships with Latino Americans because they have proved that increasingly left-wing Democrats are weak on issues such as socialism and border security. ..

But Democrats say the problem for them is that they were waiting to step up their reach of the Latino community until just before the election.

Its a very transaction. The campaign comes in and starts 30-60 days before the election and then disappears, said Bidens campaign, fearing that his engagement with Hispanic voters was delayed. Berros, who left, said.

Berros says Mi Becino is trying to change that. And the party began an expensive and focused effort to reach Latin Americans and other voters long before the 2022 elections.

The Democratic House of Representatives Campaign Committee has given more than $ 1 million to 48 organizational directors nationwide designed to strengthen strategic support and confidence building with minority communities in the mid-term battlefields, including Florida and Texas. Im investing.

Matt Barrett said he was a pollster for the Biden campaign in charge of Latin messages and investigations and was brought only in July last year, a few months before the election.

We did what we could, Barrett said.

He and other top Democratic advisers are now leading Bidens Better Post-Pandemic campaign slogan, Building Back Together, to promote administration through television and digital advertising.

The initiative initially targeted Arizona and Florida, and two other states with a significantly growing Latino population, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

According to Barrett, the always on approach communicates constantly with Latino Americans and messages to people of different backgrounds, including clear narrator accents for audiences in different parts of the country. Was adjusted.

He pointed out in a recent Gallup poll that Hispanic Bidens approval rating was higher than that of all voters, suggesting that the campaign was working.

But others are not optimistic.

Giulianna Di Lauro, Florida Director of Hispanic political advocacy group Poder Latinx, said:

Once these people register, we need to connect them and find a way to get them involved in the issues we are interested in, said the group that is currently leading the community conference on important issues. Di Lauro said.

Democrats say its especially important along Floridas I-4 Corridor, which runs 130 miles from Tampa to Daytona Beach and divides the theme parks scattered between Orlando and Kissimmee. Its quite Puerto Rican, but also Colombian-American, and has recently seen Venezuelan immigrants escape their political and economic turmoil.

Floridas burgeoning population could also see the region win parliamentary seats making it an even more important battlefield.

Cecilia Gonzalez is one of Berros trainees who moved from Barinas, Venezuela to Kissimmee four years ago. We have to choose the wrong people and stop giving them excessive power, she said, saying the United States could follow a similar path towards the collapse of her hometown.

We need to stop serving as table plates and sit at the table, Gonzales said of Latin voters.

Republicans dont just sit quietly and watch.

The Republican National Committee says it is making seven-digit efforts to reach out to the Color community, including opening regional engagement centers in major parliamentary districts. The first was launched last month in Orange County, California.

Hispanics across the country are Republicans, said Florida Senator Rick Scott, who heads the GOPs campaign division in mid-2022. If Republicans reach out to them, well win.

Scott was the governor before winning the Senate, from a Washington party official who warned that Puerto Ricans would leave the island after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017 and new voters could make the state bluer. He proposed to settle in Florida because of opposition. Since then, Republicans have performed better in state-wide elections.

More Latin voters do not always benefit Democrats in other parts of the country. Abel Prado, executive director of Rio Grande Valleys democratic advocacy group Cambio Texas, said selling sympathetic positions, such as expanding access to healthcare, would disrupt Trumps personality and traditional politics. He said it was often more difficult than just relying on his bragging about.

Prado said many of his supporters may simply be at home because Mr. Trump isnt on the 2022 ballot.

His organization estimates that raising turnout to 65% of registered Rio Grande Valley voters is a 16-20 month effort. That is, it should have already started, but it has hardly started.

There is a conversation about talking about how to start changing, Prado said with a laugh.

Still, some conservative groups have already achieved the always-active Latin outreach campaigns that the Democrats envision. The Libre Initiative has offices nationwide, including in southern Texas and near Orlando Airport.

Under the slogan Small Government, Unlimited Opportunities, it advocates issues such as increased school choice and a free market economy, and undertakes ongoing door-knocking efforts to identify potential voters. Libre also offers nonpartisan citizen support, free English classes, Spanish instruction on health, and acquisition of US citizenship and entrepreneurship.

For some time, the Democrats have achieved their voting goals, took it for granted, and used it as a prop, said Libre Initiative President Daniel Garza.

According to Prado, Texas democracy activists, for political and other reasons, have long-lasting conversations with people and through deep solicitations aimed at finding their motives, Libre. He said he began trying to imitate some of his activities.

Its a multi-year campaign, like former governor candidate Stacey Abrams, launched in Georgia, where both senators turned to Democrats in January. Former Senator and presidential candidate Beto ORourke leads an organization trying to mimic Abrams success in Texas.

But such efforts are time consuming and not cheap and it doesnt immediately please donors looking for results, Prado said: This is what you bought 500 shares of something. Its not a stock market that triples your money in three weeks.

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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; July 7 – Wink News07.09.21

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This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida.

This is your chance to help out the community and give the tip that gets these people off the street. These suspects need to be found and you can help. If you have seen them, reach out to Crime Stoppers or your local law enforcement. Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

Here are three fugitives wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

Thomas Cook (DOB 12/21/66) wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for his fourth DUI.

Cook was caught drunk behind the wheel at 10 in the morning, causing a crash with injuries. As it turns out, this was the fourth time he was busted for impaired driving.

He was also driving with a drivers license that had been suspended indefinitely due to all his previous DUIs.

To date, hes been booked locally 18 times before for charges that include contempt, being a deadbeat dad and all those DUIs. Hes also been busted in Seminole County.

He is 61, 200 pounds and was last known to be living in North Fort Myers. He has a tattoo of a cross on his left wrist and upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

Rolando Morales (DOB 10/18/91) wanted in Collier County (Marco Island specifically) for lewd and lascivious battery.

According to detectives, Morales was courting a 15-year-old girl. In February 2020, Morales and the victim began having sexual relations, which ended up in her becoming pregnant, they say.

When the victim went to her OB/GYN, the staff noticed how old Rolando was and called the police. Since the warrant for his arrest was issued, Morales has gone into hiding.

He was last known to be living on Marco Island, but also has connections in Naples and Immokalee. He had been working for a local painting company but has recently left the job entirely.

He hasnt been seen in several months and is believed to have friends in the area hiding him out from police.

Jerrell Smith (DOB 11/12/88) wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for aggravated assault with a weapon and the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His current warrant stems from an incident where he lured an acquaintance to an apartment under the guise of smoking pot. When the man arrived, Smith pulled out a gun, while holding his forearm against the mans throat, threatening to kill him and his family. He ended up stealing the victims phone, cash, personal ID and credit cards.

After being arrested for the crime, he was released on probation and has only been a free man for just about three months now, and already hes back on law enforcements radar.

To date, hes been booked 16 times in Lee and three times in Hendry for assault, armed robbery, battery, domestic violence, aggravated stalking, burglary, and theft. Hes also spent a year in prison for battery.

He is 56, 185 pounds and may be moving back and forth between Clewiston and Lehigh. Hes got tattoos of RIP Lanette on his left arm and the name Ashton Jalie on his hand and upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

If you have a tip on the whereabouts of any of these wanted suspects contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers1-800-780-TIPS (8477) orsouthwestfloridacrimestoppers.com

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Delightful Granddaughter: Grandmaw isn’t going to like this – The Star Beacon06.29.21

While vacationing in Florida two weeks ago, I decided to give Delightful Granddaughter a call.

Hi! What are you doing? I said cheerfully.

There was a short pause and then she said, Youre not going to like it Grandmaw.

Uh oh.

What? WHAT? I squawked.

She giggled.

Tell me! What did you do? I demanded.

Im getting a tattoo, she said.

When paramedics revived me, I couldnt believe it my sweet granddaughter getting her lovely skin marred by a tattoo.

Why? Why? I asked.

She didnt give me answer, only saying, When I walked in, I told [the tattoo artist] that Grandmaw isnt going to like this.

Are you there now? Getting it done right now? Iasked.

Yes, she said.

Putthat tattoo person on the phone! I said.

I heard my granddaughter not-so-softly whisper, She called you the tattoo person.

More giggling.

What is it anyway? What is the tattoo? I said.

She said, Something I drew.

She would not elaborate.

Where is it? Where on your body? I asked,hoping it was someplace that couldnt be seenwhen covered with proper clothing.

My thigh, she said.

Suddenly, I couldnt breathe.

When paramedics revived me again, I figured there was nothing more I could do while in Florida.

Well, I still love you despite not agreeing with this decision, I said. But dont get any more tattoos!

When I hung up, I immediately confronted Dear Daughter, who I know sees nothing wrong with tattoos.

Faithful readers may recall she was my granddaughters age when she got a tattoo (against my wishes) while away at college and out of my reach so I couldnt wring her neck. When she finally fessed up, she described it as a little fairy.

Let me tell you, that fairy had the wing span of a robin! Ugh!

When I told Dear Daughter about herspawns tattoo, she seemed unfazed.

Youre a tattoo-phobic, a malady affecting old people, she said. Everybody is getting tattoos.

It doesnt mean I have to like it, I said.

Whats the world coming to?

Upon return from vacation, staff writer Shelley Terry got the scoop onDelightful Granddaughters tattoo its a bat, no doubt designed to drive Terrybatty!

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Tattoo Needle Market 2021: Global Trends, Business Overview, Challenges, Opportunities Analysis and Forecast to 2027 The Manomet Current – The…06.29.21

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Hyperion Brewing and TLH Beer Society collaborate on a new brew | Around the Brew Bend – Tallahassee Democrat06.12.21

Hyperion will be pouring at the Tallahassee Beer Festival on Aug. 28.(Photo: Provided)

If you have a beer. If you need it promoted. And you can find us. Then, you, too, can hire the TLHBS Team!

When it comes to stumping for Tallahassee breweries, brewers, and beers, we like to think we're the A-Team. A crack communications unit armed with writing backgrounds, social media acumen, and a passion for the city and beers we love.

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But, before May 15, 2021, when it came to brewing beer, well, we were more like the Z-Team. Z as in zero. As in the total number of beers we had brewed collectively. It took an industry-wide crisis, a radio interview, a savvy social media manager, some empty schedules, a trip to Jacksonville, and a patient brewer.

Still, your beer society can finally check "brew" off the ole pitcher list. So, before we get to our beer, Dewww-val named as both an ode to its flavors and the trademark cry of Jacksonville natives a little back story.

In June of 2020, Halsey Basheer then the head of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced emergency order 2020-09. The order required establishments that derive more than 50% from alcohol sales to suspend all sales for on-premise consumption our beloved taprooms were closed.

To gain clarity for our friends in the brewing community, we invited Basheer to be a guest on our radio show. Our sole goal: get him to offer insight into how breweries might survive such an order. The glimmer of hope provided by the DBPR to help keep one of Florida's emerging industries afloat offer food.

To date, that episode might be one of the most circulated interviews we've ever done, with breweries around the state reaching out with follow-up questions and comments. One of the breweries listening? Jacksonville's Hyperion Brewing Company.

The brewery that has done so much to aid in the revitalization of Jacksonville's Springfield neighborhood was looking for a lift of its own.

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Hyperion Head Brewer Matthew Fletcher recounts those days, "We were not 100% shut down, maybe 90% shut down. Getting people engaged and not having anyone drinking here, but having them buy growlers...it was tough. So when the food talks came around, it was obvious we were going to do it. For us, it just started with a panini press."

That panini press and the robust menu featuring Reubens, Cubans, and BLTs that grew out of it was a game-changer. Fletcher recalls, "It was a blessing. That outlining of how much food you have to serve versus how much alcohol you have was interesting. We got through it. Food opened the doors again."

With significant updates to the tasting room and beer garden, upgrades to equipment coming, and having just celebrated their fourth anniversary, the vision of owners Steve and Sheree Schussman and Alexandra McKeown is not only open but thriving.

We couldn't have known at the time, nobody could have, but that interview and that panini press set into motion a series of dominoes that led to our first brew. When Aprill Lillian, the social media manager for Hyperion, thanked us for the interview, we were pumped it helped somebody in some way.

But when Aprill reached back out to invite us to try the brewery's new Helios program, we were clueless what is Helios? Turns out Helios is a novel way of bringing beer enthusiasts and brewers closer together via a brew session. Consisting of three tiers, ranging from $200 for a base beer to $350 for a full-on custom recipe.

Helios is your opportunity to "become the head brewer for a day and with Hyperion's Brew Master (Fletcher) to craft your own bold, rebellious beer."

When you have zero brews under your belt, having a brewmaster to reel in the creativity is clutch, "I try to treat it and tailor it like you would a tattoo. I can't recommend you get a bad tattoo, and I can't let you make a bad beer. Sometimes that's difficult. When people get creative, I want to try and be proactive and meet their wants," says Fletcher.

Our bold and rebellious brew is a honeydew and passionfruit blonde ale featuring a kick of Carolina Reaper pepper. Don't fear the reaper, as this will be sitting at medium heat.

When asked for a description of the beer, Fletcher dropped a little candy wisdom on us, "The beer reminds me of hot Skittles. Yes, there are spicy Skittles (google them; they do exist). They just have the right kick, warm and fruity, but with the tropical notes like a pepper would, like the passionfruit would. I like the idea of the hot and sweet. To me, the pepper and fruit just go together."

To quote Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith of the A-Team, "I love it when a plan comes together."

We think the beer will have you dropping "Duuuvalll" like the originator DJ Easy E in no time. We'll find out for sure this Saturday when the beer hits Hyperion taps at noon.

Will it be the first 8-star rated beer on Untappd? Who is to say. Was it one heckuva a good time? Absolutely. Most importantly, we left Hyperion with immense respect for the craft and the crafters. Using time, temperature, and precision to weave simple ingredients into something amazing is hard work.

Want to try a Hyperion brew but don't have plans to hit Jacksonville anytime soon? No problem. Hyperion will be pouring at the Tallahassee Beer Festivalon Aug.28. So swing through, grab a pour, and who knows maybe you'll catch a pour or two of Dewww-val!

Matthew Crumbaker is the co-founder, along with Danny Aller, of the TLH Beer Society, a group of avid craft beer lovers. Reach the Beer Society on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or email: tlhbeersociety@gmail.com.

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Q&A: Wolf Alice On Blue Weekend, Brussels, Chicory And Touring With Queens Of The Stone Age – Forbes06.12.21

U.K. quartet Wolf Alice have followed up their Mercury Prize-winning last album with the stellar ... [+] 'Blue Weekend.'

English alternative rock quartet Wolf Alice weren't planning on taking four years between their Mercury Prize-winning Visions Of A Life and their superb new collection, Blue Weekend.

The plan was to come back in 2020, but frontwoman Ellie Rowsell admits that wasn't going to happen. " Corona or no Corona we kind of took longer than anticipated anyway," she says.

So the band congregated in Brussels, Belgium and utilized the extra time to put together an album that actually surpasses its Mercury Prize-winning predecessor. Smart, fierce, diverse, powerful, inspiring, thought-provoking, Blue Weekend is a strong statement that Wolf Alice are ready to ascend to the next rung of rock heroes in 2021.

I spoke with Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie about the making of the new album how the Belgian vegetable Chicory may have fueled the whole record, their excitement to return to the stage and how Oddie worked up the nerve to show Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme his QOTSA tattoo on tour together.

Steve Baltin: After the hiatus how are you adjusting to getting back into the swing of things?

Joff Oddie: Yeah, there's a lot going on. We haven't had the privilege of playing in front of people properly yet, but we've done sessions and stuff like that. It's been a really nice outlet, it's been great to be able to play together and kind of perform in a way together. We're desperate for some real proper gigs, but like you said, it's weird to kind of get back into that mindset of all things go at all times. And I think Coronavirus really does put a bit of a crazy twist on that situation (laughs).

Baltin: Did you anticipate such a long break or did COVID extend your break?

Ellie Rowsell: I think it was supposed to maybe get done a bit earlier. But Corona or no Corona we kind of took longer than anticipated anyway. So the cancellation of all tours for the foreseeable future kind of worked in our favor a little bit cause we would not have been ready with these songs. So at first, as much as we missed playing live we were like, "Oh, this is good cause we've got time to focus on getting the record right and not rush it." But now we're just itching to get out, yeah.

Baltin: But now that you are close, it's like the end of a road trip, when that last 30 minutes feels like forever.

Oddie: It's like signing posters. When you sign 7,000 f**king posters last feels like forever (laughs).

Baltin: When you sign that many at once do you at least have people giving you massages or bringing you food?

Rowsell: We were just saying how we need someone to come and bring us takeaway.

Oddie: We need an incentive. But at the moment all I've done is go to the shop and get us 7UP and some peanuts. That's what Coronavirus has done for us, we get our kicks out of peanuts and 7UP.

Baltin: Was there a food that fueled Blue Weekend?

Oddie; Oh my god, you know what, it was a residential studio and it was fantastic. The food was brilliant and the kind of environment they put us up with was fantastic. But there was quite a consistent vegetable called Chicory that kept coming up. And the guy who produced our album, Markus Dravs, seems to have a negative relationship with it. And I think I just heard him talking predominantly about whether Chicory was on the menu or not. It seemed to plague him more than whether the songs were going well. So Chicory, and that might be the least rock and roll thing I've ever said. That Chicory had that much f**king involvement in our album. But that one sticks out (laughs).

Baltin: I have never even heard of the vegetable.

Rowsell: I think it's a Belgian thing.

Oddie: Yeah, we did the record in Brussels. I think it's a Belgian thing.

Baltin: Was the album written primarily in Britain or in Belgium?

Rowsell: Very little of it was written in Belgium. But we changed how we envisioned the songs once we were in Belgium. We recorded there and I think the environment did impact the outcome of the songs mainly because there were very little distractions and quite a lot of time, more time than we'd ever had before. I feel like that probably influenced how it came out. But not necessarily the writing.

Baltin: Were you freer to concentrate on the record because you weren't at home?

Oddie: Yeah, the intention was we were seeking that kind of focus. That's why we traveled there. We did the previous album in Los Angeles, which I had to say probably had more distractions than you could ever imagine. But we went there for that isolation and that kind of focus. It was magnified times 10 by the Coronavirus situation and the fact the guys were only able to be there with the record.

Baltin: Are there things that surprise you on the record when you go back and listen to it?

Rowsell: There are lots of hidden gems on this album that makes it nice to just return to even as someone who was part of the process of making it. Things that maybe we stumbled upon now when I look back on them, like, "Oh, we didn't need to worry, that sounds great. That's not even a huge bit, I wonder we got so hung up on that." The process is full of those, like, "Oh no, this reverb's not right." When I think if it had been normal times, "This reverb's fine."

Baltin: Are there songs from this album you are particularly excited to play live?

Oddie: Yeah, there's a particular song on the record I've had an attachment to since Ellie sent it over. It's called "How Can I Make It OK." I've loved that chorus for so long and I think one of the things I love the most about going to gigs is seeing people sing something in unison. I love it in a lot of different environments. I love it when you take your grandma to church in Christmas, I think people singing together. Or when I go to football matches, people chanting together I find it deeply moving. And that song I'm desperate to hear people sing back. For me that one is the big one.

Rowsell: Yeah, agree. [But] all of them really just to be quite honest. "The Beach" has that call and response so that will be fun to hear people if they know the words. And then "Play The Greatest Hits" obviously will be a really fun one to play live. It's quite punk-y and very fast.

Baltin: You are playing both Reading and Leeds. Is there one artist or one song you are looking forward to losing it to as a fan after all this time?

Oddie: On the Reading and Leeds lineup there is Queens Of The Stone Age, who we've played with. And I've got a Queens Of The Stone Age tattoo. I've loved them since those formative days of like 12, 13 where you get enamored with bands. I think I've been in every mosh pit I can for them. So that one would be amazing.

Baltin: Did Josh Homme see the tattoo when you toured with QOTSA?

Oddie: So this was a big thing for me. I was like, "I don't really know." My preconceived notions of his character meant that I was nervous to be on tour with him with a tattoo. And it turned out the day I got there the guy who was doing security for them was on a tour I was on, and I think I pissed him off before. But he's actually one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. And he was like, "I'm gonna let Josh know you've got that tat." And I was like, "Oh god." So we were on a southern state tour, we were playing like Florida and Texas. It was hot and I was wearing a long-sleeve shirt most nights. And then it came to over one of many tequila's that I had that tattoo. And he was so unbelievably cool about it. He said everything you could want him to say as a 14-year-old fanboy. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

Baltin: Ellie, do you have a tattoo of any band or would you get one?

Rowsell: I can't imagine I would ever do that. But I always liked the horse on the cover of White Pony by the Deftones, so maybe I'd get that.

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JSO: Body believed to be missing swimmer found at Huguenot Memorial Park – ActionNewsJax.com05.31.21

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. May 24, 10: a.m. Update: Police said they have found a body matching the description of the swimmer who was reported missing at Huguenot Memorial Park on Sunday.

The man was out with his two young children, a 4-year-old and a 9-year-old, when he started to have problems with the current, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office.

A human chain was created to try to save him, but was unsuccessful, Sergeant E. Bawroski with the sheriffs office said during a news conference Monday morning.

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May 24, 9:29 a.m. Update: The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office has confirmed a drowning at Huguenot Memorial Park where the missing swimmer was last seen.

They will give an update on the incident at 10 a.m. Click the above video player to watch.

May 23, 11 p.m. Update: The search for a missing swimmer inside Huguenot Memorial Park continues.

A viewer video given to Action News Jax shows search crews in the air, beach and water.

Beachgoers like Jack Hyso saw the crews for hours.

We got here around 12 and then around 1:30. We heard all the sirens, and we see all the helicopters flying over, Hyso said. We knew something was going on.

JSO stated this is being treated as a missing persons investigation. It is searching for an older man who was last seen in the water.

A source tells Action News Jax the missing swimmer has a large tattoo on his side. He was last seen wearing black trunks with a yellow pattern.

A woman who claimed to be the mans cousin told Action News Jax off-camera hes a father of three and a good person.

JSO confirmed JFRDs Ocean Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Coast Guard are also helping with the search.

Other viewer videos received show those search boats in the water, along with the intense rip currents.

Hyso is hoping for the best.

Prayers for the family, and I hope they find everybody safe, he said.

The red flag outside of the park was also up the entire day, a park employee told Action News Jax.

May 23, 6:30 p.m.: The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office responded to Huguenot Park around 1:45 p.m. Sunday in reference to a missing adult male who was last seen in the water.

Little detail was provided during JSOs 6 p.m. update. However, when asked if this was a recovery mission, they said this is being treated as a missing persons investigation and there continues to be a very active search in the area.

JSO said several units are assisting in the search including their air, marine, and drone units, and the JSO dive team.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Departments Ocean Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Coast Guard are also helping with the search, JSO said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

ORIGINAL STORY from May 23:

Crews from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Florida Wildlife are searching for a missing swimmer at Huguenot beach.

According to sources, the missing swimmer is an adult white male with a large tattoo on his side. He was last seen wearing black trunks with a yellow pattern.

This is a developing story that will be updated once more information becomes available.

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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; May 26 – Wink News05.31.21

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This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida.

This is your chance to help out the community and give the tip that gets these people off the street. These suspects need to be found and you can help. If you have seen them, reach out to Crime Stoppers or your local law enforcement. Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

Here are three fugitives wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

Willie Lee Johnson (DOB 3/5/75) wanted in Lee County for Violation of Probation possession of a controlled substance; and in Collier County for Violation of Probation grand theft.

Johnson has a dozen arrests under his belt between the two counties on charges of drugs, grand theft auto, battery, resisting, and burglary.

He has also spent two years in the Department of Corrections for burglary and theft charges out of Lee County. Johnson has only been out of prison just over a year, but with these latest violations, theres a good chance he could be headed right back there.

He is 61, 165 pounds and has been known to move back and forth between the Pine Manor area and North Naples. And upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

George Odom (DOB 12/1/90) wanted in Lee County for driving with no drivers license causing death.

According to Troopers, Odom was driving on I-75 when he crashed into another vehicle, causing injuries that killed his female passenger on contact. An investigation showed that Odom was driving despite never ever having a drivers license, and never should have been behind the wheel in the first place.

Odom has racked up more than a dozen arrests since his teenage years, with his first felony at age 17 for robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

As an adult, hes been busted for battery, resisting, drugs, weapons and grand theft, as well as battery on a person age 65 or older. He was last known to be living in Dunbar. Odom is 61, 165 pounds.

Tyler Williamson (DOB 9/1/91) wanted in Lee County for Violation of Probation on three counts of robbery. His current charge stems from an incident when he got into a verbal altercation with a man in Bokeelia over money.

Williamson then took the fight to the next level and began punching the man, who was sitting in a car, in the face multiple times, before grabbing the cash and leaving. He ended up spending eight months in the Lee County Jail for that crime, and was subsequently placed on state probation until December 2023.

Last week, he violated those terms. Over the years, Williamson has been booked 13 times before on charges of aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability, burglary, multiple counts of felony battery, hit and run, theft and property damage.

He is known to have gang affiliations and is considered dangerous. He is 60, 210 pounds and has a tattoo of the date 8-8-12 on his left wrist and a diamond and star on his right hand. And upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

If you have a tip on the whereabouts of any of these wanted suspects contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers1-800-780-TIPS (8477) orsouthwestfloridacrimestoppers.com

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