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Extra! Surf Champion Survives Shark Attack Live On TV

Three-time winner of the World Surf League Mick Fanning had a lucky escape after he had to fend off a shark in the middle of Sunday's final in Jeffreys Bay, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

South African daily Cape Times put the incident on its front page Monday, with pictures of the 34-year-old Australian swimming away after he was knocked off his board. "I was just sitting there when I felt something get stuck in my leg rope," explained Fanning afterwards. "It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming." He walked away unhurt, with only a broken leg rope, though he was visibly shaken.

Fanning and fellow finalist Julian Wilson were rescued promptly and the event was cancelled, with both surfers agreeing to take second place and splitting the prize money.

The entire incident was broadcast live on television, and the commentators obviously shocked as they tried to explain what was happening.

Speaking later to a reporter, Fanning added that he managed to punch the shark in the back. Watch expand=1] the full video here.

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ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Cape Times is a daily newspaper published in English since 1876. It is printed in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

Based on conversations with author and psychotherapist Gregorz Dzedzić, who is part of the Polish diaspora in Chicago, as well as the diary entries of generations of Polish immigrants, journalist Joanna Dzikowska has crafted a narrative that characterizes the history of the community, from its beginnings to its modern-day assimilation.

The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Polish diaspora was still quite insular.

Joanna Dzikowska

“There were instances when people came here from Polish villages, in traditional shoes and clothing, and, the next day, everything was burned, and I no longer recognized the people who came up to me, dressed and shaved in the American fashion. The newly-dressed girls quickly found husbands, who in turn had to cover all of their new wives’ expenses. There were quite a lot of weddings here, because there were many single men, so every woman — lame, hunchbacked or one-eyed — if only a woman, found a husband right away."

- From the diary of Marcel Siedlecki, written from 1878 to 1936

CHICAGO — To my father, Poland was always a country with a deep faith in God and the strength of Polish honor. When he spoke about Poland, his voice turned into a reverent whisper.

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