News In Brief - August 1, 2007

Tribe to swear in new officers Saturday

CATAWBA INDIAN RESERVATION -- The Catawba Indian Nation will swear in its new officers and hold a general council meeting on Saturday.

A public reception and swearing-in ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Longhouse on the Catawba Indian Reservation, east of Rock Hill. Tribe members and the public are invited to welcome incoming officers and thank outgoing leaders for their service.

The council meeting, open to tribe members only, will begin at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend another reception after the meeting.

Charlotte tot recovering from python bite

CHARLOTTE -- Christine Abdelmonem wanted her 15-month-old son to get a better look at the ducks waddling nearby in Freedom Park, so she lowered him to the ground.

Before Adam's feet touched the grass, she felt a sharp tug.

Wrapped around her son's leg was a ball python.

She could see the snake, at least 4 feet long, biting Adam on the leg. Without thinking, she yanked the snake away and screamed for help.

Two maintenance workers rushed over. One tried to kill the snake with a shovel, but ended up trapping it in a bucket, said Karla Thornhill of Mecklenburg Park and Recreation.

Adam was taken to Carolinas Medical Center. He was fine Tuesday, a day after the attack, walking around the southeast Charlotte apartment where he lives with his mom and dad.

He has a small bite mark on his leg, but the bite of a ball python isn't poisonous.

-- The Charlotte Observer

Tropical storm in Atlantic poses no local threat

CHARLOTTE -- There's a tropical storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it's no threat to the Carolinas.

In fact, it's no threat to the United States.

Tropical Storm Chantal formed Tuesday morning, with top sustained winds near 50 mph.

But the storm was centered Tuesday afternoon about 300 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and it was headed for the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland.

Meanwhile, another area of disturbed weather is lurking in the 550 miles east of the Windward Islands.

Forecasters predict that system could form into a tropical depression in the next few days.

-- The Charlotte Observer