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Surf legend and wetsuit pioneer Jack O'Neill passed away at 94.

Jack O'Neill was born in Denver, Colorado, on March 27, 1923. He started body surfing in Oregon in the late 1930s before moving to San Francisco, where he earned a bachelor degree in arts at San Francisco State University.

In 1952, he developed his own brand - O'Neill - and opened one of California's first surf shops. He named his small store "Surf Shop."

Jack did not invent the wetsuit. The invention of the waterman's second skin is attributed to Hugh Bradner, a UC Berkeley physicist who found a way to trap the body's heat using new post-war materials.

But Jack, alongside Bob and Bill Meistrell from Body Glove, was one of the first to develop a product specially designed for cold water surfers.

Until then, it was nearly impossible to enjoy an hour of waves in the frigid waters of Northern California without suffering hypothermia. Neoprene wetsuit revolutionized surfing and improved the sport dramatically.
Let's be honest. Going from a longboard to a shortboard is a slow and tricky process. 

Initially, you'll feel like you're starting all over again. No worries, though. You won't need to relearn how to stand up on a surfboard. The only thing you'll need to train is your muscle memory.

If you're planning to switch a big board for a short, high-performance thruster, ask yourself the following questions, and if all answers are "no," then continue training with the big rocket:

1. Are you able to catch unbroken waves? If you can't get into a wave with a longboard, you're not ready for the switch;

2. Can you angle the board on the take-off? If you can't enter a wave at a 45-degree angle, continue practicing with the longboard;

3. Can you ride a wave down the line? If you can only ride the wave straight toward the beach, it's still not time for the transition;

4. Have you tried a friend's shortboard? Do it, and analyze the experience before buying a new board;

5. Are you confident enough to take on the shortboard challenge? If you've got time and patience, go for it;
An explosive device injured former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos in Athens on Thursday, NBC News has confirmed.

Police said that Papademos, his unidentified driver and another passenger were taken to a local hospital after a bomb exploded inside the former prime minister's car at 6:30 p.m. 

They did not suffer life-threatening injuries and are expected to stay in the hospital through the night.

The three were inside a Bank of Greece-owned Mercedes driving through central Athens when the bomb went off.

According to Hellenic Police, the explosion came from a letter in the former Greek leader's possession, an explosive device was tucked inside the envelope.
“Carol Rama: Antibodies” is the first New York museum survey of the work of Italian artist Carol Rama (b. 1918, Turin, Italy–d. 2015, Turin, Italy) and the largest presentation of her work in the US to date.

While Rama has been largely overlooked in contemporary art discourses, her work has proven prescient and influential for many artists working today, attaining cult status and attracting renewed interest in recent years.

Rama’s exhibition at the New Museum brings together over one hundred of her paintings, objects, and works on paper, highlighting her consistent fascination with the representation of the body.

Seen together, these works present a rare opportunity to examine the ways in which Rama’s fantastical anatomies opposed the political ideology of her time and continue to speak to ideas of desire, sacrifice, repression, and liberation.

“Carol Rama: Antibodies” celebrates the independence and eccentricity of this legendary artist whose work spanned half a century of contemporary art history and anticipated debates on sexuality, gender, and representation.

Encompassing her entire career, the exhibition traces the development from her early erotic, harrowing depictions of “bodies without organs” through later works that invoke innards, fluids, and limbs—a miniature theater of cruelty in which metaphors of contagion and madness counteract every accepted norm.
Hundreds of residents were forced into the streets while a bomb disposal unit was used to carry out a search linked to the Manchester terror attack.

Dozens of homes were evacuated as a precaution while police searched a property in Wigan as part of the ongoing probe of the suicide bombing which left 22 dead and more than 100 injured.

Residents gathered in the streets as police set up a large cordon around the terraced house in Springfield Street.

The bomb disposal unit returned to the address last night so experts could examine "potentially suspicious items" that were found during the ongoing search.

The cordon was lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes about two hours after the police robot arrived.
The City of Vancouver says it incurred almost a quarter of a million dollars in costs related to two 4/20 marijuana day of protest rallies in April 2017.

According to a release from the city, the total cost for both events was $245,379.

This includes costs to the parks, fire and police departments, as well as costs for sanitation, traffic management and emergency management.

The city says the Sunset Beach event cost it $170,005 and another separate event at the Vancouver Art Gallery cost $75,374. The city notes that neither event was sanctioned by the city or the park board.

Of the $245,379, the most significant single cost was for policing, which the city says cost $170,670 between the two events.

The city says the figures do not include costs to BC Ambulance Service or Vancouver Coastal Health, or regular staff wages.