A mysterious illness that causes starfish to rip themselves apart has marine scientists baffled. The mystery condition has affected starfish up and down the west coast, mainly near Washington state.
The illness causes starfish to develop lesions on their bodies. The disoriented starfish twist their arms into knots. The arms then crawl away and rip apart from the bodies causing the insides to spill out. Without arms the starfish die within 24 hours. And, unlike most starfish, the arms don’t regenerate.
A Hurricane Sandy victim is upset that President Obama used her for a photo op and broke his promises to help her. Donna Vanzant became one of the faces of Hurricane Sandy in touching photos taken during Obama’s visit to storm damaged New Jersey.
In the days following Hurricane Sandy, Obama stopped by the marina that Vanzant owned to survey the damage. He hugged Vanzant and made empty promises to send financial aid.
Now Vanzant is crying foul because Obama has not kept his promise to help her and others who lost everything they owned to the storm’s fury. Instead of sending the help that he promised, Obama’s aides sent Vanzant a form email.