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    A couple from New York was killed following a small plane crash in Woburn, Massachusetts.

    The plane crashed into the woods behind a house on Minchin Drive around 11 a.m. Saturday.

    The victims were identified as 65-year-old Dr. Michael Graver and his 52-year-old wife, Jodi Cohen, of Manhasset.

    Investigators say the couple was headed to Massachusetts to meet up with their child when their plane went down less than seven miles from the airport and just minutes before its scheduled landing.

    Julianne Almeida heard something that didn't sound right seconds before the couple's single engine plane crashed.

    "You could hear something was wrong," she said. "It was definitely like in the movies when you hear it coming down."

    Moments later, Almeida says she "heard the boom."

    Almeida's husband Marc also heard the explosion.

    "The scene was pretty crazy how close everything was to the houses," he said.

    No one on the ground sustained any injuries, and no homes in the area were damaged.

    "There was stuff exploding, and there was debris all over the street," Almeida said.

    While Almeida has seen a lot in her 15 years as an emergency room nurse, she says nothing has shook her this badly.

    "Just yelling, 'can anybody hear me? Are you alive? Can you hear me?' Nobody was answering."

    Dr. Graver was flying at the time of the crash and was a "very experienced" pilot according to his family, District Attorney Marian Ryan said at a 3 p.m. press conference. 

    The 2006 Columbia Aircraft LC41 departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York shortly around 9:33 a.m. and was scheduled to land at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass. just after 11 a.m., according to the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration. 

    Woburn police started receiving 911 calls regarding a plane crash around 11:03 a.m., according to DA Ryan.

    Dr. Graver was the chief of adult cardiac surgery at North Shore University Hospital, according to the Northwell Health public relations office.

    Cohen had been working for the past five years at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, where a senior executive manager of sales called her a "terrific class professional and a great woman."

    The 4-seat aircraft was co-owned by Dr. Graver and another man, who was not identified.

    The plane will be removed from the area over the next 48 hours.

    No foul play is suspected.

    The investigation into the cause of the crash is open and ongoing. 

    The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police, Woburn Police and Fire Departments, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Aeronautics Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation are investigating this incident.

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    A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a homeless man, who was not in the crosswalk, near a busy intersection in Van Nuys Friday night per the LAPD.

    The watch commander at the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division told NBC4 that a witness to the crash followed the driver to a nearby motel and called police. Sixty-year-old Kenneth Korevaar of Sherman Oaks was arrested for felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor DUI.

    The crash occurred shortly after 9:40 p.m. on Friday night near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Wyandotte Street.

    Two LAPD officers arrived on scene before paramedics, and CPR was administered, but the hit-and-run victim died at the scene.

    The coroner is still waiting to notify the victim's family, but witnesses described the victim as a man in his 50s.

    Photo Credit: RMG News

    A suspect is arrested following a fatal hit-and-run crash in Van Nuys, where a homeless man was killed Friday night.A suspect is arrested following a fatal hit-and-run crash in Van Nuys, where a homeless man was killed Friday night.

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    Katelyn French was at a loss when her nine months of planning to be married this weekend in North Carolina's mountains was washed away by Hurricane Florence.

    But then family and friends in Florida's Panhandle stepped up to give her and her fiance, Matt Parsons, a dream wedding a little closer to home.

    Her aunt, April Crosby, opened up her home on a lake in Chipley, Florida for the wedding.

    French tells Panama City television station WMBB that her aunt told her not to worry since the wedding was going to be "fabulous."

    Friends and family set up benches in front of the backyard lake, strung lights from trees and folded cloth napkins in preparation for Saturday's nuptials.

    French says what seemed like a disaster ended up being a blessing.

    And she is not alone. 

    Texans Brendan McLean and Allison Miller were planning on exchanging vows Friday in Charleston, South Carolina. But with the "Southern Charm" city in the hurricane's path, Charleston was under a mandatory evacuation order. 

    Miller and McLean were forced to give up their dream wedding on a plantation and scrambled to plan one closer to home in Plano. 

    With the help of family, friends and even Mavericks owner Marc Cuban, who donated the catering, they were able to pull together a new wedding in just five days.

    "We've been so overwhelmed by disappointment in the beginning, but then, the love and support of people, just sort of this outpouring from everywhere," McLean said.

    A day after blowing ashore with 90 mph (145 kph) winds, a weakened Florence slowed to a crawl over the Carolinas, and the storm's relentless rains fueled fears of devastating inland flooding in the next few days.

    More than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain had fallen in places, swelling rivers toward record levels, and forecasters say there could be an additional 1½ feet (45 centimeters) before Sunday is out.

    Adriana Ruggiero and David Robinson decided earlier this year to wed in Wilmington, North Carolina, where her fiancé has familial roots. But the venue they chose to celebrate their wedding day is along the edge of the Cape Fear River, which is projected to overrun its banks and flood cities and towns.

    While the couple say they don't have a backup plan to salvage their wedding if flooding prevents them from marrying in Wilmington, Ruggiero told NBC San Diego that for now they are focusing on praying for people impacted by Florence.

    “The most important part that we have been praying for is that no one gets hurt,” Adriana said. “Of course we want to have our wedding, but we are also aware that there are other things around this situation that are even bigger than our wedding."

    Photo Credit: Getty Images/File

    File Photo- Newlyweds cutting wedding cake.File Photo- Newlyweds cutting wedding cake.

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    Stars spend big bucks getting ready for award shows like the Emmy's. NBC 4 talked with beauty and glamour experts about trends we'll see on the Emmy's red carpet this year. And they share tips on how you can get that red carpet look even if you're watching the show from your couch.

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    Music sometimes acts like a universal language, connecting people from different places, backgrounds and cultures. Now, a four-time Grammy award nominee is connecting young students with the age old genre of mariachi music and the result has been a surprise connection with their own families.

    Teaching the century old art of mariachi is at the heart of Jose Hernandez. He is not only a teacher of the music he love, he founded the well-known Mariachi Sol de Mexico. Six years ago he started an intensive program for hundreds of people, from 5 to 30 years old. It includes a competition over four days, with the prize of the mariachi nationals title and performing with the group live.

    "It's fun to pass it along because it was passed along to me," Hernandez said.

    The workshops are tough and intense, but they help young Latinos like the Garcia brothers with not just the music of the family's homeland, but with Spanish, a language their families thought they'd never learn.

    While they play the trumpet and the guitar, they also sing along in Spanish with the group.

    The music carries a deep connection for the brothers, deeper than just culture and language.

    "We've been through something hard," Andy Garcia said. "My uncle passed away and mariachi has still motivated us to get going and I play for him."

    The brothers uncle was instrumental is encouraging them to learn mariachi, learn the words and feel the music.

    "He told me to keep going and not let anyone put you down... and when he passed away that was something I keep in my heart you know and that's why I keep playing," Garcia said.

    These personal connections are what drive these young people to learn the music of their parents and grandparents.

    "Parents connect with their kids when they are taking Mariachi classes," Hernandez said.

    Hernandez runs nine after-school mariachi programs in Santa Ana alone and he is pushing to get more funding for mariachi to be included in music curriculum. He puts on similar programs across the country through his non-profit Mariachi Heritage Foundation.

    "When the parents find out their kids want to learn mariachi, they say 'Wow!' A light comes on and they say it's a chance for my kids to stay connected to their language," he said.

    Hernandez says watching these families become closer is what drives him to keep working to bring mariachi music into the lives of as many people as possible.

    Photo Credit: Lori Bentley

    A Mariachi band performs as part of a music program started my musician Jose Hernandez in the hope of connecting Latino children to the music of their homeland.A Mariachi band performs as part of a music program started my musician Jose Hernandez in the hope of connecting Latino children to the music of their homeland.

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    Want to explore LA but don't want to spend a lot of money? No worries — there's plenty of fun things to do in Los Angeles that cost next to nothing.

    Photo Credit: Adi Shniderman/dOGUMENTA

    "dOGUMENTA," an "art show for dogs," wags its tail at FIGat7th from Sept. 14 through 16 and Sept. 21 through 23. It's free, but you'll want to register for a time to visit first, to make sure there's room for you and your pup.

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    East Los Angeles is celebrating Mexican Independence Day in style, replete with a free parade and festival.

    The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Sunday with a parade that starts on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Mednik avenues. Actor Armando Silvestre will be the grand marshal and NBC4 meteorologists Belen De Leon and Anthony Yanez, as well as Traffic Anchor Alysha Del Valle, will also be in attendance.

    The "Grand Festival," which includes performances and giveaways, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The Mexican Civic Patriotic Committee expects more than 50,000 people to gather and enjoy the range of Mexican music, dances and foods on offer.

    Local dignitaries will also be in attendance, including Los Angeles Councilmembers Hilda Solis, Jose Huizar and Gil Cedillo, as well as California state Sen. Kevin de León.

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

    East Los Angeles is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a free parade and festival in the city.East Los Angeles is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a free parade and festival in the city.

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    NBC4 and Telemundo52 personalities went out to East LA and helped celebrate the Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday.

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    It's a Southern California sports tradition that all major professional sports teams pay homage to their City of Angels neighbors with a "themed" night during the season. 

    On Saturday night, it was the new kid on the block's turn, as the Los Angeles Football Club hosted the first annual Dodgers night at the new Banc of California Stadium.

    Fans who purchased tickets for the special "Dodgers Night," received a limited edition LAFC/Dodgers t-shirt and an exclusive opportunity to meet Dodgers legends, Manny Mota and Spanish Language broadcaster, Jaime Jarrín. 

    Mota spent the last 13 years of his career as a pinch hitter for the Dodgers from 1969-82. He was also a player-coach from 1980-82, winning the World Series in 1981. His coaching career with the Dodgers lasted from 1980-2013, which included the team’s last championship (1988). He’s now a part of the Dodgers Spanish language broadcast team, along side Jarrín, who has been around since 1959 and has a place in the Hall of Fame. 

    Normally, when a professional sports team hosts a themed night for another LA-based team, current players are honored before the game. However, with the Dodgers currently entrenched in a playoff chase in St. Louis, no players were on hand for the match against the New England Revolution.

    Despite no current players in attendance, that didn't stop LAFC captain Carlos Vela from wearing a custom No. 10 Dodgers jersey with his name on the back.

    Vela arrived to the stadium in the jersey, and wore it during his postgame press conference after the Black and Gold tied the Revs 1-1, to earn a crucial point in their own playoff race with just five matches remaining on the season.

    At one point, Vela was asked in Spanish what position he would play if he were on the Dodgers, and he responded by saying, "I'm a striker, so I would be a great pitcher, no?"

    Despite the draw, the match was a milestone for LAFC head coach Bob Bradley as he coached his 300th career MLS Game. 

    Although many coaches have taken their teams to the MLS Cup with multiple franchises, Bradley could become the first coach in league history to lead two different first-year teams to the championship game in their expansion season.

    LAFC is currently in third place with four points behind Sporting KC for first place in the Western Conference.

    Photo Credit: LAFC
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    Dodgers Spanish Language broadcaster, Jaime Jarrin (left) poses with former player and broadcasting partner Manny Mota (right) at Banc of California stadium for Dodgers Spanish Language broadcaster, Jaime Jarrin (left) poses with former player and broadcasting partner Manny Mota (right) at Banc of California stadium for "Dodgers Night" hosted by MLS club, LAFC.

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    A 14th suspect was arrested Sunday in the caught-on-camera machete killing of a 15-year-old boy outside a bodega in the Bronx in June.

    Frederick Then, 20, turned himself in to police in the June 20 killing of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, which captivated the nation for its brutality and the apparent mistaken identity of the victim.

    Then was charged with murder, manslaughter, two counts of gang assault, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon. 

    Video shows the teen being dragged outside the bodega and attacked by a gang of five men who stabbed him with knives and hacked him with a machete as he struggled to defend himself.

    The boy was slashed in the neck and died after running to a hospital three blocks away. Thirteen other suspects have been arrested in the teen's death; all are alleged gang members. 

    Guzman-Feliz had been part of the NYPD's Explorers program, a group for youths interested in a law enforcement career. The New York City Police Foundation announced it planned to set up a scholarship in his name.

    Authorities say they do not believe Guzman-Feliz was affiliated with any gang.

    Photo Credit: AP/NYPD

    Frederick Then, inset left, is being sought in the machete killing of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in June. Thirteen others have been arrested.Frederick Then, inset left, is being sought in the machete killing of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in June. Thirteen others have been arrested.

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    A police pursuit of a white sedan with a female driver wanted for driving recklessly and failing to yield in the South LA area Sunday evening ended peacefully in the Windsor Hills-View Park area.

    Gil Leyvas and Newschopper4 Bravo were overhead at approximately 6:40 p.m. with a white sedan failing to yield in the Crenshaw area. The LAPD confirmed that LA School Police was in pursuit of the reckless driver that failed to yield.

    The pursuit featured the female suspect driving on the wrong side of the street and even circling a vehicle at one point in attempts to make a U-turn. 

    Eventually, the relatively low speed pursuit concluded in the Windsor Hills-View Park area when LAPD officers boxed in the vehicle and approached the suspect with guns drawn, forcing her to surrender.

    The suspect was immediately taken into custody at approximately 6:55 p.m., and the chase ended peacefully near the intersection of South La Brea Avenue and Overhill Drive.

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    The Rams dominated in Sunday's 34-0 win over Arizona -- LA's home opener for the 2018 season. The Rams yielded only five first downs and didn't allow the Cardinals to cross midfield until the final minute of the game.

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    Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    A seven-alarm inferno tore through a multi-level parking garage at Brooklyn's Kings Plaza Shopping Center Monday, enveloping the entire area in thick smoke, engulfing multiple vehicles and leaving nearly two dozen people hurt.

    A call about the fire in the parking garage at the mall on Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue came in shortly before 9 a.m. Monday. The blaze quickly escalated from a two-alarm to a four-alarm fire, then became a six-alarm inferno within an hour. By 11:15 a.m., it was a seven-alarm blaze. It was under control by noon. 

    Twenty-one people, 18 of them firefighters, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, mostly related to smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. Four of the victims were taken to hospitals. Fire officials warned the patient total would likely rise.

    It was not clear if criminality was suspected, nor was it known how many cars may have been involved. The garage holds about 4,000 spaces and fire officials said 120 cars are normally stored there by a car dealership. There were some explosions from car tires burning; officials said there is no risk of collapse. 

    Citizen app video showed smoke spewing from the garage as bystanders crowded near emergency vehicles, seeking shelter from the shroud of smoke.

    More than a half-dozen MTA bus lines were running with delays in the area because of the FDNY activity. The department said more than 200 of its members responded.

    A mall spokesperson said to avoid the area until further notice. The plaza was closed, though officials said the fire did not extend to any stores. 

    Kings Plaza has more than 120 stores, including Macy's, Best Buy, Sears, H&M, Michael Kors, Express and Foot Locker. 

    In 2013, it became the subject of a controversial order that temporarily banned people younger than 18 without the presence of an adult after hundreds of teens attacked patrons and vandalized the shopping center, forcing it to shut down. 

    No one was ultimately charged in that fray, nor was anyone hurt. 

    Photo Credit: FDNY

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    A flare-off at the El Segundo Refinery produced a column of smoke that could be seen Monday morning from around the South Bay.

    Firefighters are monitoring the Chevron refinery flare-off, a pressure safety procedure used in the petroleum industry, and said there is "no immediate threat to the community." Social media users posted video and images of the smoke.

    The flare burns off excess gas as part of the refinery process. There is a pilot light on top of the refinery's stack that burns, allowing the flare-off to begin when needed.

    Photo Credit: Enrique Hernandez

    A flare-off at the El Segundo Refinery produced a column of smoke that could be seen Monday Sept 17, 2018 from around the South Bay.A flare-off at the El Segundo Refinery produced a column of smoke that could be seen Monday Sept 17, 2018 from around the South Bay.

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    Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. sported crutches and a knee brace as he briefly appeared in court Monday on allegations of sexual assault involving several women.

    Winslow is accused of raping or attempting to rape at least four women over the age of 50 over a three-month span of time, according to court documents.

    He was also charged with felony charges of forcible rape and rape of an unconscious woman in connection with a June 2003 incident

    A judge was set to hear evidence against Winslow, 34, on the latter charges Monday, but the former NFL pro's preliminary hearing was pushed until October 15 so he could recover from a surgery, a judge said. 

    Winslow wore a full knee brace and used crutches to walk into court alongside his wife Monday.

    Winslow was first arrested on June 7 after a report of a possible burglary in Park Encinitas, a senior community located on North El Camino Real, east of Interstate 5 and north of Encinitas Boulevard.

    At the time, he faced first-degree burglary charges.

    He was later accused of sexual assault, kidnapping and sodomy in connection with incidents dating back to March 17, according to the complaint. 

    Court documents revealed Winslow had entered the senior community on June 7. Prosecutors say Winslow intended to rape an 86-year-old woman who was sleeping inside her home.  

    The complaint alleges Winslow also raped a 54-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman on March 17 and May 13, respectively, in his SUV. 

    One of the women accusing Winslow of rape testified that she was choked and told she would be killed if she screamed.

    Three of the crimes occurred within a mile to 1.5 miles from Winslow's home, prosecutors established.

    Jane Doe 1 was picked up 500 to 1,000 feet from Winslow's home on Lake Drive and raped less than 4,000 feet from the location of her pickup, a sheriff's detective testified. 

    The detective testified Jane Doe 2 was picked up on Vulcan Avenue and raped along Manchester Avenue.

    A man exposed himself to Jane Doe 3 on Lake Drive on Birmingham, the official testified.

    Winslow pleaded not guilty and was initially held without bail based on "clear and convincing" evidence he poses a threat to the community and is considered a flight risk.

    The judge later set bail at $2 million. 

    If convicted on all counts, Winslow could be sentenced to life in prison. 

    Defense attorney Harvey A. Steinberg said Winslow looks forward to being vindicated.

    Winslow, the son of former San Diego Chargers great Kellen Winslow Sr., grew up in San Diego and graduated from Scripps Ranch High School before playing his college football at the University of Miami. 

    His NFL career started with the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and included stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

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    While a fresh television series can start up during any month of the year, in these channel-tastic, show-saturated modern days, facts are facts: September is still the launch-iest stretch of the calendar for the small screen.

    It's when TV viewers regularly dedicate time to checking out the new crop, or at least those intriguing shows that pique their curiosity.

    And, if TV has been piquing your interest for awhile now, chances are solid that you know the Warner Bros. Studio back lot as well as you know the buttons on your remote.

    But have you ever pondered journeying through the screen, into the very places you've seen in dozens of iconic shows and films? If you have, then you know that there's an in-depth tour that can take you there.

    And if you know about the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, then you know that a significant ticket discount created for people who live around Southern California pops up, with delightful frequency, all to give locals a chance to call upon the SoCal spot where all of this TV and movie magic is made.

    That lovely locals' discount is on now, through Dec. 16, 2018.

    The savings? It's eighteen bucks off general admission, for SoCalers, oh yeah. So your ticket is $49.99.

    Consider this your passage price to seeing where "Pretty Little Liars," "Friends," "Ellen," and so many other hits have been set or filmed.

    Costume viewing, too, is a major part of the tour experience, as is a lot of Harry Potter-style magic, at Stage 48, the prop- and display-packed finale to the tour.

    So, what new TV shows are you checking out this fall? Best ponder a visit to a place where a lot of new TV shows have originated over the years, at a SoCal-sweet discount, through mid-December.

    Just check out the need-to-knows to snag a local's ticket to the famous Burbank-based factory o' on-screen story-makery. 

    Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Studio

    Go deep inside one of the planet's best-known movie studios, and save eighteen bucks, with the special Warner. Bros. Studio Tour SoCal Resident deal.Go deep inside one of the planet's best-known movie studios, and save eighteen bucks, with the special Warner. Bros. Studio Tour SoCal Resident deal.

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    The Mars-bound robotic geologist called InSight launched Saturday May 5, 2018 from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Take a look at InSight and its path to the red planet.

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    A look at InSight's journey to Mars.A look at InSight's journey to Mars.

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    A mourning father in Brazil took to Facebook over the weekend to express his grief over the death of his 26-year-old son, who was killed in a shark attack off a Cape Cod beach Saturday.

    "Son … you left me. I can’t feel the earth under my feet and have no will to live. Now, nothing has meaning to me anymore. God took away my reason for living and my tears are drying up," Itamar Medici wrote in the heartbreaking post. "Life isn’t worth living for nothing makes sense …. I love you for all eternity!"

    Arthur Medici was riding a boogie board, enjoying the last weekend of summer on Saturday when tragedy struck at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. A shark bit his leg and pulled him under water, according to his friend and future brother-in-law, Issac Rocha, who was with him during the attack.

    "I already heard him screaming and I saw a lot of blood in the water and I saw, like, the shark’s tail," 16-year-old Rocha said Monday in a phone interview with the "Today" show.

    Rocha rushed to his friend's aid and towed Medici's body to the shore.

    "I got him onto shore and he, he wasn’t moving anymore," Rocha said.

    Joe Booth, a fisherman who was at the scene, said he was on shore when he saw Medici kick something behind him, then saw what looked like a tail in the water.

    "All of a sudden, somebody yelled 'shark, shark!' and we noticed a big crowd at the end of the beach," Tony Sherwell, a beachgoer said.

    Medici was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where he later died.

    "We are in a trance-like state because we lost a golden child," Medici's stepfather, Marcio Araujo Passos, told Brazilian news outlet OGlobo. "It was a fatality. We are facing a rough road ahead."

    Medici moved to the U.S. from Brazil four years ago to pursue a degree in engineering, OGlobo reported. He was a student at Bunker Hill Community College and worked as a pizza delivery driver for a local restaurant.

    His stepfather said Medici, who lived with his aunt Marisa Medici in Revere, Massachusetts, when he first arrived in the U.S., had gotten his own place and was "very happy." 

    "His mom was just there [in the U.S.] visiting him. She spend all of July with him. Our plan was to eventually move there,” Passos said.

    He said Medici was also recently engaged and planned on marrying in 2019, OGlobo reported. 

    Medici grew up in the coastal beach town of Vila Velha in the state of Espirito Santo, about 300 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Passos said Medici loved aquatic sports and was an avid body surfer.

    "Arthur was athletic and began surfing young," Passos said. "He always went to this beach to surf. We were informed that there had been a shark attack there, but the last one was in 1936, more than 80 years ago."

    The victim's devastated family said they are in a state of disbelief. 

    Medici's aunt, Marisa Medici, his father's sister, told the Boston Herald that she had begged her nephew to stay away from Cape Cod waters, but he laughed off her concerns.

    "The sharks don't bite me. I'm Superman," she said he told her.

    His cousin Rosi Gava, who lives in Boston, posted a video on social media asking the online community for donations to help pay for the cost to transfer Medici’s body back to Brazil.

    The state's medical examiner's office is expected to perform an autopsy on Monday. Medici’s body is slated to return to Brazil on Friday, but Passos said the family is in communication with the Brazilian Consulate in Boston to have it possibly released sooner. 

    All beaches in Wellfleet and neighboring Truro were closed following the fatal attack as officials work to identify the species of shark that attacked Medici. Coast Guard Beach in Eastham was also temporarily closed Sunday following a shark sighting.

    Saturday's attack was the third fatal shark attack in the world this year, with the other two occurring in Brazil and Egypt, according to Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

    There have been 39 confirmed unprovoked shark bites worldwide this year, including 22 in the U.S., most of them on the East Coast, Naylor said.

    Arthur Medici's family is accepting online donations to cover his funeral expenses. If you would like to help, you may do so here. GoFundMe deducts 2.9 percent of any funds raised, plus 30 cents per donation for payment processing charges.

    NBC's Danielle Abreu contributed to this report.

    Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston
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    Arthur Medici.Arthur Medici.

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    Santa Monica launched its electric scooter program Monday, with private companies Bird, Lime, Lyft and Jump joining the existing Breeze Bike Share system to add another transportation option for residents.

    Under the 16-month pilot program, each of the companies will be limited to operating 750 devices in Santa Monica. For Bird and Lime, all 750 devices will be electric scooters. Lyft and Jump -- which is owned by Uber -- were allocated 250 scooters each, along with 500 bicycles each.

    City officials said the number of allowable devices could vary depending on their use and performance. A city committee had earlier recommended against including Lime and Bird in the pilot project, leading to protests by some scooter users and the firms, which deactivated the devices in the city for a day.

    But in the final selection announced Thursday, four companies were selected -- popular scooter providers Lime and Bird, along with ride-hailing service Lyft and a fourth firm known as Jump, which is owned by the ride-hailing service Uber.

    "The selected companies bring a wide range of local, national and international experience that will contribute to a comprehensive and informative pilot program,'' city Planning Director David Martin said.

    The pilot program will not affect the operation of the Breeze system, which has 500 bikes available for rent and 86 docking stations.

    According to the city, the companies chosen to participate in the pilot program must pay a base operator fee of $20,000, along with a per-device fee of $130 per year. The Santa Monica City Council earlier voted to impose a "public right-of-way fee'' assessed on shared-mobility devices. The fee is $1 per day per device, with the money earmarked for "improvements like expanding sidewalks, green lanes and other changes that make walking, biking, scooter riding and moving around Santa Monica easier and safer."

    The council also voted to ban electric or motorized vehicles such as scooters, bikes, skateboards and Segways on the city's portion of the beach bike path, on the Santa Monica Pier and in municipal parks.

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    People ride Bird shared dockless electric scooters along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Shared e-scooter startups Bird and Lime have rapidly expanded in the city.People ride Bird shared dockless electric scooters along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Shared e-scooter startups Bird and Lime have rapidly expanded in the city.

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    Generalizing? Never a good idea.

    Making sweeping pronouncements? Same deal: It's best not to do.

    But to say, with confidence, that most people rather like a perfect autumn-like afternoon, where the sunlight is doing that golden-crisp beamy thing, and the air is neither too warm nor too cold, and each breeze is a hair-tossling, skin-tingling gift, should squash any doubt that everyone loves a fine fall day.

    And doubt not that the season of fine fall days and the seeking of squashes is here, and very much so at South Coast Botanic Garden.

    Is there are traditional pumpkin patch at the Palos Verdes destination?

    There is not, so you'll need to buy your gourd at one of the other patchy spots currently springing up around Southern California.

    Is there a playful opportunity to stroll the 87-acre expanse, all while searching for various birdhouses, which will possess clues, which will eventually lead you to a "hidden pumpkin garden"?

    That's the plan, pumpkin people, and one that's very much built around fresh air, flowers, trees, and being outdoors in the autumn.

    And the Great Pumpkin Hunt, South Coast Botanic Garden's annual falltime happening, will last for much of autumn, too: The final 2018 date is the last day in November.

    It's a seasonal excursion that involves exercise, curiosity, and digging the outdoors. And while you won't leave with a pumpkin, you will leave knowing you had a genteel adventure, a nice bookend to some of the season's scarier fare.

    Ready for seeking pumpkins while strolling among the trees? Find more info at South Coast Botanic Garden now.

    Photo Credit: Pumpkins

    The Palos Verdes garden puts a seasonal twist on patch-based fun with this squash-tastic search.The Palos Verdes garden puts a seasonal twist on patch-based fun with this squash-tastic search.

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