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  • When looking at incredibly detailed satellite photos of the Earth, or following turn-by-turn directions on the street, it's easy to forget how much we still don't know about our planet. The deep sea, for instance, remains mostly unexplored. With all that mystery, it shouldn't be a surprise that sometimes scary and unpleasant questions present themselves, like, "What could have possibly eaten a 9-foot great white shark?"

    The story is chronicled in the upcoming Smithsonian documentary, "Hunt for the Super Predator." As part of Australia's first-ever large-scale tagging and tracking program for great whites, cinematographer Dave Riggs and a film crew found the perfect specimen. They named it "Shark Alpha" and successfully planted a tracking device on the 9-foot female. Four months later, however, the tag washed up on the beach and was found by a passer-by.

    Shark Alpha is tagged. Shark Alpha is tagged.

    Riggs was puzzled by the data it contained. Alpha had plunged straight down the side of the continental shelf, more than 1,500 feet

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  • The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 110-95 Thursday night to take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals. However today most of the conversation surrounding the game seems to be centered on what happened in the arena but not necessarily on the hardwood.

    During the first quarter of the contest, the air conditioning unit in the AT&T Center, where the Spurs play, broke. Throughout the game, spectators could be seen fanning themselves to try and cool down. Temperatures reportedly reached 90 degrees on the court.

    And this may have affected the final outcome of the game. Players used towels, water, and ice packs to stay cool, and coaches made quicker substitutions throughout the game to keep the team refreshed.

    Then in the fourth quarter, Heat fans experienced what Head Coach Erik Spoelstra described as a "punch in the gut." With 3 minutes and 59 seconds to go, four-time MVP LeBron James asked for a substitution. For the second time in the game, James' cramps got the best of him. Despite

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  • There are a number of ways that a student body marks the end of a school year. But instead of reflecting back on their own accomplishments, students at Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, Ky., decided to shine the spotlight on someone else.

    The 1,200 students who attend the school wanted to show their appreciation for custodian Ricky Spaulding. The janitor works in the building alongside his wife, a secretary. On the last day of classes Wednesday, a pep rally was held in the gymnasium. With the girls' softball team making it to the state tournament for the first time, there was plenty of reason to cheer.

    But the celebration over one of the school's teams was just a ruse. That soon became apparent when Principal Chris Glass grabbed the microphone.

    "Somebody has made a huge mess again in this gymnasium," Glass told the gathered students and faculty. "Oh no. What to do?"

    Spaulding was called in to the gym and cleaned up in a much different way — students presented him with a

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  • Brad Paisley has been in the news quite a bit lately; from his Westboro Baptist Church selfie to his upcoming ABC show "Rising Star." The country star is also on tour, and an impromptu afterparty following one of his shows is the latest reason he is trending online.

    Paisley and fellow country rockers Charlie Worsham and Randy Houser walked into Joe's Pub after a show Saturday night near Chicago. The guys decided to keep the music going and hopped on stage to jam. Mike Perlof had a front-row view and filmed the performance with his GoPro camera.

    And then Paisley decided to offer him an even more unique view. The singer, who has 22 country No. 1 singles to his name, grabbed Perlof's GoPro and used it as a slide while he played guitar.

    "It was the perfect storm because I happened to not have my case on my GoPro which would have made it nearly impossible to play slide guitar with the camera at that angle that Brad got," Perlof wrote on the YouTube post's description. "Not to mention

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  • Woodrow Wilson High School principal Pete Cahall used to tell students at the school's annual Pride Event that they should be themselves. But by his own admission, he was not heeding that same advice.

    On Wednesday, during Wilson High School's second annual event, he changed that. Flanked by elected officials and in front of a supportive student body, Cahall announced that he is gay. The news elicited a huge applause from the students and staff.

    "I just turned 50 a couple of weeks ago," Cahall told members of the media afterward. "It was just something I kept saying: I'm tired of hiding."

    In a sit-down interview after the announcement with Fox station WTTG, Cahall noted that the circumstances surrounding the event and his age were the main factors in the decision of his timing. He admitted that he was nervous; the principal was visibly shaking while reading from his prepared remarks. But afterward, Cahall said he felt "relieved — a ton of bricks off my shoulders."

    Washington, D.C.,

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