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“On his birthday, this past Monday, the Texas Wishing Well Foundation made one of Steven's dreams come true. They gave him a $3,000, three-hour shopping spree at the Toys R Us store near Willowbrook Mall.
"We were very excited because this made his day you know," said 13-year-old Steven Rael's mother, Diane Lewis. There have been a lot of bad days for Steven. He is dying of bone cancer that has now spread to his lungs.
That's why the Texas Wishing Well Foundation granted his wish on his birthday Monday. A $3,000 shopping spree at Toys R Us. "I got a PlayStation Two and X Box, I got games for those, a GameBoy Advance," said Steven. "I got a little drum set, a guitar, a bike."
There were so many toys that the family had to call a cab. But when Steven and his mother came home the Liberty cab Driver didn't join them.
"We never expected him to do something like this to a child," said Steven's mother, Diane Lewis. "He was there for three and a half hours. He hugged me."
"I just stood up and told him it was the best day of my life," said Steven.
Perhaps his cab just broke down, they thought -- but it didn't. Soon the reality sunk in
"I just looked at my mom and I said, 'How can he do this to us?'" said Steven. "And I just started to cry."
Police caught up with the cab driver a little while later. Cedrick Edmonson was arrested on outstanding warrants and is under investigation for the missing toys.
Yes, they're still missing.
“Merry freakin' Christmas.”
decomposing remnant of infectious human waste.
May he be kicked in the nutz until he can't swallow!”
“I'm used to hostile reactions to my cut & pasting, but you went over the line this time Phaedrus.”
“Not you, ya yutz!
It seriously hacks me off when people take advantage of kids, old people, or the infirm. This had two of my three big peeves to it.
Seriously, it's one thing to steal something from a store, residence, or vehicle (not that I am advocating these loathsome behaviors, either), but to steal from a kid that you know is dying?
This guy is in need of an ass kicking!”
“This just might be the feel good story of the year.
How much do you think CBS will pay her to make a TV movie based on her story?
Kidnapped child, thought dead, meets her real mom at a party
BY JOANN LOVIGLIO
PHILADELPHIA -- Luz Cuevas took one look at the dimpled, dark-haired little girl with the big brown eyes at a birthday party and instantly knew two things: She was looking at her daughter, presumed killed in a 1997 fire, and she needed a way to prove it.
She pretended the 6-year-old girl had gum in her hair, removed five strands from the child's head, folded them in a napkin and placed them in a plastic bag. After locking the evidence in a safe at home, she contacted a local lawmaker for help.
"Because of TV, I knew they needed hair for the DNA," Cuevas said yesterday.
The DNA tests confirmed the mother's intuition. The girl was her only daughter, Delimar Vera -- the girl everyone else believed had died only 10 days after she was born.
A suspect in the girl's disappearance, Carolyn Correa, surrendered to police in Philadelphia late yesterday afternoon, said her attorney, Jeffrey Zucker.
Police allege that Correa, 42, snatched the 10-day-old girl from her crib and torched the family's house to cover her tracks. Correa, of Willingboro, N.J., 20 miles from Philadelphia, faces charges including arson and kidnapping, police said.
Cuevas, 31, said Correa was a family acquaintance who announced that she was pregnant during a visit to the new mother shortly after Delimar's birth. The one-time supermarket employee then abruptly ceased contact after the Dec. 15, 1997, blaze. That raised Cuevas' suspicion, as did several elements of the chaotic night when her home in the Feltonville neighborhood of North Philadelphia burned.
"I went inside the room and looked in the crib and she wasn't there," Cuevas said, adding that the window was inexplicably open though it was a cold winter evening. Police and fire officials that night told the hysterical mother that "maybe it was my nerves," she said.
“Showtime will make it into a series!
This was incredible! What do you say to the little girl if you are the real mother?”
“Apparently, "You have gum in your hair."”
“Do they still make those cornball 'after school specials'?”
“That's been the big news here for the past two days. Strange story!”
Clever, said she learned this from watching TV.”
“whoa, that's insane!
i used to love after-school specials. :-)”
“Thank God I missed the terrible two's?”
“Or, "Tu tienes chicle en tu pelo."”
“This little girl is about to go through an emotional hell.”
“Isn't it more fun to make your own?”
that was when
Bill Clinton was President
What did he know ?
When did he know ?
a congressional inquiry is needed
“Maybe Bill Clinton is the Real Father ????”
“Twin brothers both get a flawless 1600 on the SAT
Both Dillon and Jesse Smith, 16-year-old fraternal twins, achieved the elusive top score of 1600, a number most high school seniors dream about seeing on their SAT score report.
Of the 1.4 million high school seniors who took the test in 2004, only 939 scored a 1600, according to the College Board, which administers the test. With those numbers, the odds of any two people getting that score would be almost 1 in 2.3 million -- and that doesn't even take into account whether those two people are related, never mind twins.
“One would think if they are related and reared together - both factors would increase the odds of them getting the same score. Thus the odds would be less than one in 2.3 million (but then I only got a 780 on my Math GRE's - it was my non-twin sister who got the 800, so I should ask her)”
“One could argue that the odds of any two people getting that score would be close to certain as in past years there were always two people getting that score.
I am so confused...”
“780? That's pretty damn good!”
“But Limpy - if you were to pick the two people at random from all the test takers and then see what their scores were...”
“The odds of any two...
The odds of two randomly selected...
Is there a difference? I'd say "yuh," but I don't have your "crudentials."”
“got some GREAT news from my brother today.
after going to the doctor once a month for lung treaments, he no longer has to go.
his blood count has been 200 for the past 6 months
“That is great news maple.”
“It was every subway rider’s nightmare, times two.
Who has ridden along New York’s 656 miles of subway lines and not wondered: “What if I fell to the tracks as a train came in? What would I do?”
And who has not thought: “What if someone else fell? Would I jump to the rescue?”
Wesley Autrey, a 50-year-old construction worker and Navy veteran, faced both those questions in a flashing instant yesterday, and got his answers almost as quickly.
Mr. Autrey was waiting for the downtown local at 137th Street and Broadway in Manhattan around 12:45 p.m. He was taking his two daughters, Syshe, 4, and Shuqui, 6, home before work.
Nearby, a man collapsed, his body convulsing. Mr. Autrey and two women rushed to help, he said. The man, Cameron Hollopeter, 20, managed to get up, but then stumbled to the platform edge and fell to the tracks, between the two rails.
The headlights of the No. 1 train appeared. “I had to make a split decision,” Mr. Autrey said.
So he made one, and leapt.
Mr. Autrey lay on Mr. Hollopeter, his heart pounding, pressing him down in a space roughly a foot deep. The train’s brakes screeched, but it could not stop in time.
Five cars rolled overhead before the train stopped, the cars passing inches from his head, smudging his blue knit cap with grease. Mr. Autrey heard onlookers’ screams. “We’re O.K. down here,” he yelled, “but I’ve got two daughters up there. Let them know their father’s O.K.” He heard cries of wonder, and applause.
Power was cut, and workers got them out. Mr. Hollopeter, a student at the New York Film Academy, was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He had only bumps and bruises, said his grandfather, Jeff Friedman. The police said it appeared that Mr. Hollopeter had suffered a seizure.
Mr. Autrey refused medical help, because, he said, nothing was wrong. He did visit Mr. Hollopeter in the hospital before heading to his night shift. “I don’t feel like I did something spectacular; I just saw someone who needed help,” Mr. Autrey said. “I did what I felt was right.”
“Thank God the Government was there with this program to protect Mr. Hollopeter.”
Grand Community Support!
“Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
Rocker Question Mark of '96 Tears' fame gets community support after fire
VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Community support has poured in since a fire destroyed the home of rocker Question Mark, who with his band, the Mysterians, had a No. 1 hit in 1966 with "96 Tears."
The singer lost 40 years worth of memorabilia, including a gold record award and an organ believed to have belonged to Pink Floyd.
Four Yorkshire terriers and a cockatoo also died in last week's blaze at the Flint-area home in which Question Mark had lived for nearly four decades. He didn't have insurance.
Members of the community have pledged their support, offering money and talking about a possible benefit concert. He's taken a slew of calls from fans and fellow musicians.
"The phone's been ringing off the hook," Question Mark told The Flint Journal for a recent story.
He's gained the support of a local radio station and has been booked to perform with the Mysterians on Feb. 9 at Detroit's Winter Blast outdoor festival.
Question Mark welcomed the idea of headlining a benefit concert and proposed cameos from other Michigan musical luminaries.
"Why don't we do a fundraiser at The Palace (of Auburn Hills) so people can see our group?" he said. "Maybe we can get Bob (Seger) to take a break from his (tour) and have Mark (Farner) come in, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Eminem, whoever's available."
Farner's representative said the former Grand Funk Railroad musician might be willing to appear if his schedule allowed.
Meanwhile, Question Mark has been sifting through the rubble of his home while trying to stay upbeat.
"No matter how tragic it is, if you know who you are and know what you have to offer, don't let those tragedies bring you down," he said.
“Does this have something to do with CB's thread????”
Dog paddling couldn't keep Lucy the dog from nearly drowning in the icy lake.
So owner and disabled Air Force veteran Randy Gurchin edged onto the ice at Sarpy County's Hawaiian Village and pulled the pup from the frigid water.
Then he did what he thought he never would - he performed CPR on the 10-month-old English bulldog.
Ducks and geese in the open water had drawn Lucy into the lake on Feb. 28, Gurchin said.
The wintry water paralyzed the puppy, he said. She was unresponsive and had a blue face and paws by the time Gurchin pulled her out.
Gurchin closed Lucy's mouth, put his mouth over her nose and started breathing into her lungs and pushing on her chest.
After about a minute, he said, Lucy began breathing shallowly.
He rushed her to the Ralston Veterinary Clinic.
Doctors there soaked the dog in warm water, gave her several injections and put her in an oxygen tent, Gurchin said.
Gurchin, 51, who flew combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring from the Air Force with a back injury in May 2005, was sent home to await word on Lucy's fate.
She pulled through and now is "100 percent normal," Gurchin said Friday.
I bet that didn't feel good AT ALL. I'm going back to the hickey thread.”
“Too bad the dog's name isn't "Chunks".”
“well lucy is pretty funny too if you think about it.”
“Vile...chunks is a doberman (LOL).....”
“Is that sacco?”
Genshiro Kawamoto made good on his promise to help needy families yesterday by turning over the keys to three multimillion-dollar Kahala homes to three families.
But as the flamboyant Japanese billionaire handed over the keys and $1,000 in spending money to each family, he also dropped another bombshell: His promise to charge a low rent became no rent as the families will be allowed to live in the homes for free. The announcement brought gasps and then tears from the grateful families.
"I'm shocked. I'm overwhelmed," said Dorie-Ann Kahale, the first to receive her keys.
Kahale said she was already grateful for Kawamoto's offer of a home in East Honolulu for just $150 a month, but his announcement made her speechless. Kahale, 39, and her five daughters had been living in the state's transitional housing project in Kalaeloa since October and on a beach in Nanakuli prior to that.
"Thank you," she said to Kawamoto. "I love you so much."
The single mother said she and her children planned to move into the home at the corner of Kahala Avenue and 'Elepaio Street immediately. Kahale is a customer support representative for Pacific LightNet.
Kawamoto announced in October that he would rent eight of his Kahala homes to low-income families for $150 a month. But he confessed yesterday that he had never intended to charge a dime in rent.
"I wanted to do this in the beginning, but I didn't want to announce it too soon," Kawamoto said through an interpreter. "These are good people."
Kawamoto has selected four families to live in homes that ranged in price from $2 million to $3.4 million when he bought them in 2005. The fourth family selected will be shown their house after repairs are completed.
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Tried to post the link to the file on CNN, but it is a video file and I cannot figure out how to do it
Click on the following link under recent news at the top.
Kid, 6, sobs when sailor dad comes to school
I cannot stop crying. Don't worry, it is a good cry”
“What do you do when the criminal you're chasing hides in a cornfield? Harvest the corn (with hands-in-the-air picture goodness)
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