Squirrel Pops into Family Photo

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Melissa Brandts and her husband were exploring in the Banff National Park in Canada when they stopped to take a scenic photo of themselves using the timer on their camera. They had their camera set up on some rocks when a curious little ground squirrel appeared, intrigued by the noise from the focusing mechanism centered himself right in the picture frame. Melissa called it a once in a lifetime moment, “We were laughing about this little guy for days!!” (From National Geographic)  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Jay-Z To Raise Money For Education With Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJay-Z didn’t graduate from high school, but he’s encouraging others to value their education.The rapper announced Thursday that he will perform two shows at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February to benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the United Way of New York City.“Education is super important,” Jay-Z said. (READ the story at Huffington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

At 48 Panera Cafes, You Can Pay Whatever You Want (Or Nothing) For Turkey Chili

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCan’t afford a hot meal? Panera will now give you one. It’s the latest in the company’s experiments in letting customers set their own price.Go to any of the 48 Panera Bread cafés in the St. Louis area and you’ll notice something strange: You can pay whatever you want for your turkey chili. In fact, you could pay nothing at all, and that would be just fine.Panera’s charitable foundation already operates a cafe in the St. Louis area with its entire menu offered on a “Pay what you want” basis.Panera isn’t the only restaurant in the U.S. serving food from a menu with no prices. The SAME cafe in Denver serves food “So All Might Eat”. The cafe’s menu has no price structure other than “Pay what you can.”MORE: Jon Bon Jovi Opens Charity Restaurant in New Jersey (Soul Cafe)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Child Expected to Die Without Any Bones Now Grows Them Thanks to New Therapy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFour years ago, Janelly Martinez-Amador was confined to a bed, unable to move even an arm or lift her head. At age 3, the fragile toddler had the gross motor skills of a newborn and a ventilator kept her alive.She was born with thin, fragile bones, and by 3, she had no visible bones on X-rays. Initially, doctors weren’t sure she would survive her first birthday. In May, Janelly will turn 7, and is developing bone with the help of an experimental drug therapy and her care team at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.Now she can dance.“This is why we get into medicine in the first place,” said her physician, Jill Simmons, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist at Vanderbilt. “My goodness, to go from no bones to bones. That’s the most impressive thing I have seen as a physician. It’s incredible.”Janelly has a rare genetic disorder called hypophosphatasia (HPP), a metabolic disease that affects the development of bone and teeth. An enzyme deficiency causes the bones to become soft because they can’t absorb important minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, increasing the risks for pain, broken bones and bone deterioration. “Imagine your child laying all the time in bed, not being able to lift herself, not being able to move herself,” said her father, Salvadore Martinez, through a Spanish interpreter.“The treatment has worked very well. If you saw her in 2009 and see her now, it’s not the same Janelly,” said her mother, Janet Amador.11 children, age 3 years and younger, participated in the clinical trial testing an enzyme-replacement drug therapy, asfotase alfa. Janelly had the worst case of the group.Michael Whyte, M.D., the lead investigator of the study, visited Janelly and her family at Children’s Hospital last week. It was the first time he had met the family and Dr. Simmons.“For many years, it seemed there was nothing that was very helpful for this disorder,” said Whyte, medical-science director of the Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and Molecular Research at Shriner Hospitals for Children in St. Louis.Varying degrees of HPP affect about one in 100,000 babies born in the United States. The most severe forms occur before birth and half the babies born with the disease don’t survive beyond their first birthday.“We were fearful that her bone disease was so terribly severe that it might not work. But by looking at the X-rays and hearing about her visits, we were thrilled to hear about her progress,” he added.About eight months into the treatment, Janelly’s parents felt her fingers — which had been completely soft and boneless — and they could feel traces of developing bone. Her head also began to develop bone. At 18 months into therapy, X-rays showed, for the first time, the visible development of her rib cage.Janelly now sits in a wheelchair. Recently, dressed in her Easter best and bright pink bows, she was able to turn her head to gaze at a room of onlookers.She smiled and waved her hand excitedly, a feat she never would have accomplished before the drug therapy. She is also able to attend school at Harris-Hillman Special Education School, not far from Children’s Hospital.This spring, doctors hope to be able to remove her tracheostomy tube, which has prevented her from speaking. Her developmental and cognitive abilities will be tested in July. Improvement continues each day, each week for Janelly.Edited by Good News Network; Source materials from Vanderbilt.edu – Photo credit: Vanderbilt-Daniel Dubois(WATCH her dance in this video below, from the Tennessean)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Ex-con Becomes an Honorary Police Officer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAt one time he was considered one of the most notorious jewel thieves in the United States. He spent 11 years in some of the toughest federal prisons, but on Friday Larry Lawton was sworn in as an honorary police officer — the first time in the nation an ex-con will receive such an honor.In 2012, Lawton released his book, Gangster Redemption, that further tells of how he went from a troubled kid in the Bronx to the man and mentor he is today.He has dedicated his life to keeping kids on a lawful and successful path, touring around the country and telling them honestly what prison is really like and what they will lose if they end up behind bars.Lawton developed a “Reality Check Program” in 2007 after leaving prison, and uses it to help educate kids about the consequences of crime. It has a 90 percent success rate of keeping young kids out of jail. Copies of the program’s DVD are now kept in every patrol car, ready to be handed out by the Lake St. Louis Police Department.Learn more about the program on Lawton’s website.(WATCH the Fox video below and another at the bottom from MSNBC)last_img read more

How I Save My Community Millions on Groceries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA 29 year-old mom of two is saving her rural Kansas community millions of dollars a year by sharing her weekly grocery list in an online spreadsheet.By day Emily Graves is a typical working mom. But her creation of a shopping list that compares sale ads has turned her into a retail rock star. “The comp list is a spreadsheet of all the deals from local grocery stores. I look up ads from 25 different stores and find the best deals for the groceries,” Graves explains.The gold nugget is the fact that she can get all the deals at one store by using their low-price guarantee  — and anyone can do it in their own town.(READ the story in Yahoo!)Thanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the link on our Facebook Page!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Police Officer’s Kind Note Eases Fears of Sleepless Girls

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo sisters in Edmond, Oklahoma were having trouble sleeping, fraught with worry over whether their home was safe from crime. Their mother even began showing them the locked windows and doors each night and allowed them to sleep with baseball bat under the covers.Then, Lt. Paul Barbour, on his night shift patrol for the local police department, took a few minutes to pen a hand-written note to the girls assuring them that “everything looked good” in their neighborhood. He taped the note to the door, having learned about the trouble from his wife, who was a friend of their mother.The note did the trick, and the sisters, ages 9 and 11, are now sleeping with the lights off again.“I felt a lot more safe and secure knowing that someone is watching after us.”(WATCH the video below or READ the story from KFOR-TV)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

60 Year-old Runner Sets Record Crossing the US

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA 60-year-old New Zealand man has finished the run of his life, crossing America in 51 days and securing a world masters record for his age group.After leaving the steps of New York City Hall on September 1, Perry Newburn ran 3106 miles (5000 km) to Los Angeles and finished in 51 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes.With his epic run the Feilding man wanted to inspire older athletes and raise money for charity. He collected around $8,000 for two children’s charities, for which he is still accepting donations, here.(READ the story from Stuff.co.nz)Photo by telmo32 (CC license) – Story tip from Adam CorkeAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Police SWAT Team Dressed as Superheroes Surprise Kids at Hospital

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYoung patients assembled on the fifth floor watched in awe and waved their glow sticks to signal the superheroes who were rappelling on ropes from the rooftop of ProMedica Hospital on Halloween. Beneath the costumes were real-life heroes from the SWAT team of the Toledo police force who dreamed up the adventure to entertain the sick children. The Ohio cops got the idea from a story last year showing window washers dressed as heroes. The officers decided among themselves who would dress as which hero, Thor, Superman, The Hulk, Captain America, Spiderman, the Green Lantern, Wolverine, or one of the Ninja Turtles. Then, they hatched an elaborate plan in cooperation with hospital staff.The children, gathered around a TV, were brought into the fantasy by a hospital-made video showing a news anchor announcing that the world’s greatest superheroes were on their way to defeat the evil “Professor Trickster”, who stole all of Toledo’s Halloween treats to power his winter weather machine.The young patients, dressed in their own costumes donated by a local charity, helped to summon the heroes with their glow sticks after learning of Professor Trickster’s whereabouts near the hospital.The heroes then descended down the building on ropes where the Professor Trickster was waiting for battle. In the end, good triumphed over evil and Halloween was saved for all to enjoy.Afterward, the superheroes who came inside to chat with the children and parents, and posing for photos, called it one of the best days they’ve ever had.WATCH the video and SHARE the story with the buttons below…Photos courtesy of ProMedica Hospital – Story tip from JeffAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Wounded Veteran Thanks His Mom With the Gift of a Lifetime

first_imgWalking again, Tyler wanted nothing more than to thank his mom for all she’s done for him.With the help of Dreams Resorts and Spas, Jeffries and nine other wounded warriors were able to gift their mothers with a dream vacation.The resort sent a video crew to Tyler’s home to surprise Pamela, surrounded by her family, with her much-deserved all expenses paid trip.The company is looking for other nominations for people who need a break. They are giving away 10 more vacations to deserving individuals. Submit your stories at www.dreamsresorts.com/giveaway.(WATCH the video below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSpecialist Tyler Jeffries, a veteran who lost both of his legs fighting in Afghanistan, didn’t even want to walk again. He thought there was nothing more in life for him, but his mother Pamela was by his side every day, encouraging him.Since he returned from combat, and throughout his recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center, and later at home, she has provided 24-hour care for him.last_img read more