New Jersey principal creates in-school laundry room to combat bullying

NEWARK, N.J. – He’s only had the job for a couple of weeks, but that’s all it took for a determined principal to realize a bold change was needed to fight bullying at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. “They were choosing to stay home rather than coming to school to be bullied or ridiculed,” Principal Akbar Cook told The Star-Ledger. “We didn’t know until we started making calls.” Cook told the paper that students would mock others […]

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81-year-old runner breaks records, but says ‘the best is yet to come’

Jeanne Daprano wants the world to know something: She’s not leaving anything behind. No regrets, no fear. At 81 years old, she’s still pushing her body to the limit. She’s still running competitive races, breaking world records and taking on new challenges. Why? More like — why not? “The thing I’m learning about aging is, it’s inevitable,” Daprano said. “I’m not going to escape it. There are two ways to go: You can either press on or give up. Do […]

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Store employee’s simple gesture meant the world to a teen with autism

BATON ROUGE, La. – A grocery store employee is being lauded for helping a teen with autism stock shelves in a fridge. Sid Edwards and his son Jack Ryan Edwards, 17, visited their local Rouses Market in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday. Jack Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, took notice of what one of the employees was working on: stocking shelves in a fridge. Edwards said Jack Ryan was mesmerized by what the store employee was doing. At […]

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Thankful fawn licks officer after rescue from California wildfires

REDDING, Calif. – Following the deadly and devastating wildfires in California these past few weeks, a heartwarming moment surfaced on Saturday. A California Highway patrolman deployed to the Carr fires in Redding, Calif., received a little love from a fawn that was saved. City cops in the country! SF CHP deployed to the #CARR fires in Redding. Not sure we know what we’re doing in this pic but baby deer pulled from fires and turned over to rescue org. God […]

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Slain NYPD detective’s ‘Miracle Baby’ turns 1

NEW YORK — The sparkle could be seen coming into Wei Tang Liu’s eyes when he proudly carried his granddaughter Angelina into a party for the baby’s first birthday. The little girl was wearing a rainbow skirt and special shirt with the number 1 written in pink, topped by a princess crown in gold. “My granddaughter has made us very happy,” Liu said in Chinese to photographers gathered at the Brooklyn On Fun Association, which held a celebration for Angelina […]

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Teacher brought to tears on flight when strangers give over $500 after hearing her passion

CHICAGO — Sometimes it pays to be chatty. Talking is one thing Kimber Bermudez has no problem with, especially when you ask her about her job, and one of those conversations set off a chain reaction of kindness that netted her over $500. “I am a talker, I had no idea that it would turn into this,” Bermudez said. Bermudez is a first grade teacher at Carlos Fuentes Charter School on the Northwest Side. She was on a Southwest flight to […]

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City helps teen get permit for hot dog stand instead of shutting it down

Instead of shutting down a teen’s hot dog stand after a complaint, the city helped him start a business. Thirteen-year-old Jaequan Faulkner had been cooking hot dogs outside his home in North Minneapolis to raise money for new clothes, his family said. It’s something he started doing in 2016, but this summer, he got more attention. When someone noticed the stand wasn’t city sanctioned, he was forced to shut down.hot do In an age where black kids are being reported […]

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Woman who battled potentially fatal leukemia meets the Austin man who helped save her life

LOS ANGELES – A 47-year-old woman who was diagnosed with the potentially fatal blood cancer leukemia was introduced to the 30-year-old man who helped save her life on Saturday in Los Angeles. Traci Pruitt, of Ninety Six, South Carolina, was recipient and Tom Koerner, of Austin, Texas, was the donor, according to KTLA. They hugged Saturday after meeting for the first time through the Gift of Life Marrow Registry at the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity International Convention. “My stomach is […]

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‘Got a kidney?’: Mom determined to find donor for daughter launches creative ad campaign

MUSKEGON, Mich. – A Michigan mother is on a mission to save her daughter’s life. Alyssa Clark, 22, needs a new kidney and her mom is now using the family’s vehicles – as well as those of anyone else who is willing – to hopefully get the attention of her future donor. As soon as the Clarks posted the transplant hotline number on their car, they say the offers started pouring in, with total strangers trying to help find a […]

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Preschooler wrote own obituary before dying of rare cancer

VAN METER, Iowa – For nine months a set of parents from Iowa watched their son battle a rare form of pediatric cancer. Last week, 5-year-old Garrett Matthias died. Once doctors told the family Garrett’s cancer was terminal, they knew they could not put off learning of how their son wanted to be remembered. “We never necessarily talked about his funeral, so we never had the conversation with him that he was going to die but we had a lot […]

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