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Encountering A Shark Might Be Scary, But Do You Know What You Should Really Be Afraid Of?

For my entire life, I've been hesitant to go too far off the shore when I'm at the beach because I fear sharks. A few years ago, I was in Ethiopia and was offered an opportunity to see hippos in the wild, and I was like, "Hell, yeah!" So my husband, our 8-month-old daughter, and I got in an old rickety wood boat (no life jackets, of course) with two guys, one of which had to bail water the whole time, and rode across a lake right into the middle of a herd of hippos, including many babies. At some point, we were pretty much within reach-out-and-touch-them distance. Fortunately for us, it ended well — with us still in the boat — but the likelihood of something bad happening was much higher than me being attacked by a shark while wading into the Pacific Ocean. "Jaws" may seem scary, but there are a lot of animals and other living things far more dangerous than sharks. Here's some perspective.

Encountering A Shark Might Be Scary, But Do You Know What You Should Really Be Afraid Of?
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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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A Medford, Oregon sushi restaurant tried to pull a fast one on its employees but it didn't get past the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency has recovered $280,124 in back pay from Misoya Bistro that will be split among 36 employees.

Federal investigators say that for the past two years, the restaurant paid its employees an hourly "tip wage" that was "significantly lower" than what they earned in tips.

"I think employers sometimes may think that because they pay the state minimum wage which is higher than the federal minimum wage, means that they can be involved in tips," Carrie Aguilar, district director for the Wage and Hour Division – Portland office, told NBC5. "That's just not the case. Tips should always go to the employees."

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