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New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor





In the anguishing wait for a new kidney, tens of thousands of patients on waiting lists may never find a match because their immune systems will reject almost any transplanted organ. Now, in a large national study that experts are calling revolutionary, researchers have found a way to get them the desperately needed procedure.


In the new study, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, doctors successfully altered patients’ immune systems to allow them to accept kidneys from incompatible donors.


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This Woman Bought a Guy His Groceries, and He Paid It Forward With $10,000


By Kate Storey -  MAR 11, 2016

Good Housekeeping


When Tracy Warshal realized the man behind her on line at the grocery store forgot his wallet, she offered to pay his $7 grocery bill.


"I paid for the groceries in the hopes that someone would do the same thing for my loved ones if they were ever in a similar situation," Warshal wrote in a Facebook post. It was a few weeks before the holidays so she wished him a "Merry Christmas" before leaving the store.


In January, Warshal heard from some colleagues that the man was looking for her, she told ABC News. He wanted to donate $10,000 in her name.


Warshal, who works for Georgia's Piedmont Cancer Institute, happened to be wearing her work t-shirt that day at the grocery store, and the man took notice.


Warshal hasn't seen the man since that day she paid his bill. When making the donation, he said that he wanted to remain anonymous. She does know, however, that the man had donated to the cancer institute in the past, according to the report.


"What are the chances…of all the people I could have helped, that this would be how the favor was returned?" she wrote on Facebook. "One person really can make a difference."

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Nervous Dog Turns into Joyous Mama Reunited With Lost Pups


by McKinley Corbley / GNN - Mar 14, 2016


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A skittish mother dog’s entire demeanor changed when a shelter worker stepped into her cage bringing the one thing that could never be replaced: her four lost puppies.


Cora the canine was surrendered by her owners to the Marin Humane Society on Saturday. A routine veterinary examination of Cora showed that she had recently birthed puppies and since it isn’t healthy for newborn puppies of that age to be separated from their mother, a follow-up call to the previous owners convinced them to relinquish the puppies back to the shelter.


Cora had been a nervous wreck at the shelter, but when a worker stepped into her space and presented a golden pup from inside a carrier–and then another, and another, and another–her tail started wagging and never stopped.


With all the babies accounted for, the mama pup can’t wait to nurse her brood.

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Fascinating Man Grows Citrus Even in Snow With His Geothermal Greenhouse


by Terry Turner - Mar 15, 2016





On Nebraska’s high plains, in the middle of a bitter Midwestern winter, you can still pick oranges, lemons and grapefruit–because the citrus grows in a geothermal greenhouse.


The remarkable fact is, although he needed $22,000 to set it up, it costs virtually nothing to keep heated throughout the winter–because the warmth comes from under ground.


It’s creator, the fascinating Russ Finch, says it is rare to see any successful year-round greenhouses in that part of the country because energy costs are just too high. His building design costs only one dollar a day to operate.


A series of pipes take freezing winter air from outside to eight feet underground, where the earth — at a constant 52-degrees — warms it. Sunlight through the greenhouse’s wall and roof panels heats the air even more, so there is no need for electric or gas heaters.


“To prove the system would work, we knew we had to grow something besides geraniums and roses,” Finch told Harvest Public Media.


So he planted citrus and figs, and produced a healthy crop in the heart of winter.


Finch now boasts the ability to grow “any tropical plant” — even bananas – in his newest design.



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Dogs Can Now Join NYC Diners at Outdoor Tables, Say New Rules


Good News Network - Mar 18, 2016


With the warm weather upon us, some New Yorkers will be thrilled at the new ‘Dining With Dogs’ rule that allow canines into certain defined outdoor dining areas.




The New York City rules clarify that participating restaurants allowing dogs in outdoor areas must post a sign to alert customers that the pets must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies–though restaurants will not be required to verify any paperwork.


“I’m so pleased that the City Department of Health threw dog lovers a bone,” said the bill’s sponsor, Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal. “These proposed regulations are common sense measures designed to protect the public health while allowing New Yorkers to dine with their dogs.”


Restaurants must also use barriers or other methods to limit contact between dogs in the outdoor dining area and dogs and people on an adjacent sidewalk. The rule will be effective 30 days from March 15.
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Does anyone have a desperate need to smile?


Little Girl And Pet Duck Become Inseparable Mother and Child
DATELINE  -  Freeport, Maine
by McKinley Corbley - Mar 20, 2016
Dogs will have to move out of the spotlight as man’s best friend because Snowflake the duck breaks the record for most loyal companion.
5-year-old Kylie Brown became a mother last summer when the little duckling actually imprinted on the toddler, and ended up followed her everywhere and treating her like its real momma.
The two have been inseparable ever since; Snowflake even wears a diaper so he can stay with Kylie around their house in Freeport, Maine.
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'Superglue' Lets Girl Walk Without Pain for First Time in Years


ABC News


When Madison Fairchild was just 3 years old, she started complaining about a "bruise" that would not go away.


Madison's mother, Kristen Fairchild, said that in spite of not finding a mark, they assumed the girl just had an injury they couldn't' see.


"Every time we bumped it she would scream or start crying," Fairchild recalled. "After a month of constantly complaining about why her leg hurt," we got her leg checked.


After an X-ray and MRI doctors found an abnormally large tangle of veins in her leg. The mass in her calf and thigh, called a venous malformation, had been there since birth, her doctors said.


"We’ve never heard of such a thing," Fairchild said, recalling that doctors told the family there was little they could do except treatments aimed at minimizing pain or temporarily diminishing the veins.


"Over the years, we tried pain management and [other] therapy. It would only work for a few weeks and she would go back to limping and complaining about the pain," Fairchild said.


The malformation is characterized by masses of blood vessels in the tissue and can cause immense pain. It usually isn't dangerous but the pain can cause patients to avoid activities as simple as walking, standing or running.


"For the first few years, she was able to move around, [but] she constantly skipped because she couldn’t bear a lot of weight on that front leg," Fairchild said. "She would always walk on her right toe because anytime she extended her leg it would cause those muscle to contact around the malformation and would cause pain."


Dr. Giridhar Shivaram, a radiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital, worked with Madison and said a common treatment made her pain even worse. Shivaram used what's called sclerotherapy, which uses a detergent-like substance injected into the veins to make them scar and hopefully diminish.


Shivaram explained they couldn't just remove the veins because they was a potential for excessive bleeding and their consistency makes it difficult to remove them.


"It’s like operating on wet tissue paper that bleeds," Shivaram explained. "Trying to excise that is difficult."


However, for Madison, the sclerotherapy treatment that she had in 2014 made the pain worse.


Her leg "contracted for the first time at a 90-degree angle and it seized up and she couldn’t straighten her leg at all," Fairchild said. "That was when we started having issues where it took over her life. She’d hop around a lot."


Doctors believe the veins cause pain because they are inflamed or because they are wrapped around nerves.


Madison could no longer keep her leg straight at all since the muscles had basically permanently contracted due to the malformation, her mom said. Around that same time, Dr. Jonathan Perkins, a pediatric otolaryngology physician at Seattle Children's Hospital, discussed a new experimental treatment in which medical-grade superglue could be injected into the veins so that they can be removed surgically.


"It allows us to remove affected tissue by sparing normal tissue around it," Perkins said of using glue to stiffen the veins and removing them the same day.


Shivaram and other doctors at Seattle Children's Hospital brought up the new kind of treatment with the family. Fairchild said they were concerned that the procedure could lead to bleeding, but were eventually reassured.


"Both [Madison's] Dad and I were ready to move forward with it," Fairchild said. "It was an opportunity to let our child be a child again."


The medical-grade superglue fills the veins so they are easy to remove. Doctors carefully map out the veins first to ensure the glue does not enter the bloodstream or vital organs. Madison had to undergo two procedures to remove the large malformations in her leg.


Her mother said the improvement was clear almost immediately.


"Four days later, she’s walking," Fairchild said. "It’s a totally different child. Her outlook is more positive."


Shivaram said there's little chance Madison will need any other procedures unless they missed some part of the malformation that becomes inflamed again. The hospital has done 50 procedures to help patients like Madison and only one has needed unexpected additional surgery to remove more of the malformation.


Fairchild said Madison still needs some rehabilitation to help her stretch out her nerves and strengthen her leg, but that she sees a major improvement in how her daughter is doing.


"She’s not afraid to run," Fairchild said. "She’s able to run with her friends now at recess."

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As I went to cnn.com just now for my usual dose of depressing world headlines, I saw that today is National Puppy Day!




(CNN) Happiness, Charles M. Schulz famously observed, is a warm puppy.


Today, on National Puppy Day, there's always plenty of happiness to go around.


Consider the youthful canines at the Humane Society of Utah.


Sarge, a 5-month-old pit bull mix, looks at you with welcoming eyes. Storm, a 2-month-old Jack Russell mix, looks like he'd love companionship as much as peanut butter. And how can you resist the goofy, quizzical look of Jax, a 6-month-old Australian shepherd mix?


Guinnevere Shuster, the Humane Society of Utah's photographer and social media coordinator, gave the pups' photos the professional treatment and says the idea is just to help them find new homes.


"We try to do these photos for dogs who maybe need a little extra help getting adopted," she said.


Puppies usually sell themselves -- who doesn't love a puppy? -- but even there the photos raise awareness.


"Maybe not a lot of people are aware that shelters and rescues are filled with puppies," she said. "Even if you're looking for a younger dog, the chances are you can find one that needs a home at a shelter or rescue."


Education and love


National Puppy Day is the brainchild of Colleen Paige, a lifestyle expert who also created National Dog Day and National Cat Day. The goal, says the National Puppy Day website, is "to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills."


The Humane Society of Utah, a no-kill shelter south of Salt Lake City in Murray, can hold up to 300 dogs. On an average day, about 50 or 60 will be adopted. In 2015, it managed to place more than 5,000.


That said, there are always more: unwanted litters, strays, pickups from other shelters. Shuster notes that the society sees many pit bulls and herding dogs -- the former because of their reputation for violence (a myth, she adds), the latter because their energy can be overwhelming for some people.


Indeed, it's important to remember that those cute puppies require plenty of care and training. If you're away for nine hours a day, perhaps a puppy isn't for you.


Don't take them for granted:


• Give them time and effort. "It's no different than having a small child or an infant," Shuster said.

• Get them socialized. "They need to be able to play with other dogs. They need to be exposed to other people. We always recommend people take their puppies to obedience classes -- not only because it helps socialize them, but having good doggie manners is always a plus," she said.

• Spay or neuter your pet. You shouldn't need Bob Barker to tell you this.


A new friend


Also, puppies do grow up. Shuster says a number of puppies are surrendered to the Humane Society around the 5-month mark because they've outgrown the cute stage.


(Hopefully, that won't happen to Sarge, Storm and Jax, all of which were adopted in recent days.)


But don't worry: if you're ready for a puppy, no doubt there's one ready for you. On National Puppy Day, drop by your local shelter and see if you can find a friend.


Nothing will make you happier.

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Shelter Cats Nurse Orphaned Puppies Back to Health


DATELINE - LaGrange, Georgia

by McKinley Corbley - Mar 23, 2016





Dogs may be man’s best friend, but these two puppies were lucky there were also some friendly mama cats around to help them out.


Two baby pooches taken in at the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter in Georgia found themselves motherless and still too young to be fed solid food.


Coincidentally, two nursing felines didn’t mind taking in another mouth to feed – and the difference in species didn’t seem to get in the way of their motherly instincts.


The pups will be nursed to full health and independence before being shipped up to Minnesota for adoption.



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Airport Becomes First in World To Run Entirely On Solar Power



by McKinley Corbley - Mar 23, 2016



The 7th busiest airport in India is breaking world records by soaking up the sun.


Kerala’s Cochin International Airport has become the first  in the world to run entirely on solar power. With a 45-acre field of solar panels, the setup has a 12-megawatt peak capacity which means the airport will not have to spend a dime on electricity.


The airport plans on doubling the capacity to 26.5 megawatts after the initial six years needed to recoup the $9.3 million investment cost.


“We consume around 48,000 unit (KWh) a day. So if we can produce the same by strictly adhering to the green and sustainable development model of infrastructure development that we always follow, that would send a message to the world,” said managing director of the airport, Mr. V.J. Kurian IAS.ecocapsule 2 released ecocapsule


According to the company, over the next 25 years the solar power generated will have eliminated 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal fired power plant, equal to planting 3 million trees.



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Family Makes Incredible New Friend After Saving Fawn From Ravens


DATELINE  -  Vancouver Island ! (eh, up there!)

by Jasmin Mouflard - Mar 26, 2016



One crisp morning on Vancouver Island, Karen Parsons went on her regular nature walk with her two Pomeranian pooches.


Suddenly she heard the screams of an animal being attacked by two ravens. She immediately went into rescue mode and discovered it was a young abandoned fawn.


For two weeks Karen fed the baby by hand. During that time, the fawn formed an amazing bond with Lincoln, her Pomeranian. Acting like a protective mom, Lincoln slept by the fawn’s side every night and cuddled.


Everyone in the family fell in love with the little fawn including Karen’s daughter.


The fawn got stronger and more adventurous every day.


Finally well enough, the baby fawn was taken to an animal sanctuary and was released into the wild.











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2 Prisons Hold Water Drive For Flint And Collect 29,000 Bottles

“They’re willing to give back to the community instead of themselves.”


03/28/2016 08:51 am ET

Kimberly Yam

Associate Editor, Good News, The Huffington Post


Two prisons found a creative way of getting clean water to students in Flint, Michigan, who need it. 


For 30 days, inmates and staff at Pugsley Correctional Facility squared off with those at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Michigan in a contest to collect the most water for the students at Genesee County’s Intermediate School District in Flint. 


The contest recently ended and altogether, the facilities collected a whopping 29,000 bottles for the students. And though Pugsley Correctional Facility collected more water, they weren’t the true winners. 


“It wasn’t us that won. It wasn’t Oaks that won. This is going to those kids at ISD in Genesee County. They won,” Robert Gauthier, general office assistant at Pugsley who came up with the idea, told UpNorthLive.com. 


James Dawson, an administrative assistant at Pugsley, told The Huffington Post that staff members contributed by reaching out to people in the community for water donations. They also got a local grocery store involved to add to the drive. Inmates at the facility donated money, contributing a total of around $600 toward the initiative — a huge amount, especially considering their income. 


“It’s a lot of money when you’re making $1.17 a day or making $.26 an hour,” Gauthier told UpNorthLive.com of the inmates’ contribution. “So from that end of it they dug deeper than [we did].”


In addition to assisting with the project financially, prisoners also helped load water onto trucks to be stored in a warehouse until the bottles are sent to the schools. 


The prisons had collected so much water by the end of the contest that the school district didn’t have enough room to take on the enormous donation, so the facilities are sending their water to the schools in shifts. 


The success of the contest, Dawson said, shows that the inmates truly wanted to look out for those going through this rough time. 


“I think the numbers speak for themselves. To have $600 dollars collected from them when they had very limited money and resources — that speaks volumes,” Dawson said. “[it shows] that they’re willing to give back to the community instead of themselves.” 


Oaks Correctional Facility sent the water it collected to the school district last Thursday, while Pugsley will be sending its haul on April 12. 


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Homeless Man Walks Into A Cafe Begging For Change; Gets A Job Instead

“People need to have someone believe in them.”


DATELINE  -  Minneapolis

03/29/2016 04:48 am ET

Dominique Mosbergen

Senior Writer, The Huffington Post


When Marcus, a homeless man, walked into a Minneapolis cafe earlier this month, all he’d wanted was some change. But what he got instead was a second chance.


Cesia Abigail, owner of Abi’s Cafe, shared Marcus’ moving story on Facebook on Friday.


When he’d come into the cafe begging for money, Abigail had asked Marcus why he didn’t have a job. He told her: “Well, I have a lot of felonies and no one wants to hire me for that, so now I had to turn myself to the streets and get money the only way I know, stealing and asking for money.”


Abigail, 25, says she was short-staffed that day, and decided she would give Marcus a “hand up” instead of a “hand out.”


“I asked him ‘you want to work? I have a job for you!’ His eyes opened wide and his smile made my day! He said, ‘I’ll do anything for some food,’” she wrote on Facebook. “Don’t judge [people] just because they out there asking for money for we don’t know their situation... some deserve another shot. God gave me this blessing so why can’t I bless others?”


For the past two weeks, Marcus, who has been living on the streets since he was 16, has been putting in two hours of work a day at Abi’s Cafe, washing dishes for the restaurant.


He’s been punctual and diligent, says Abigail, who told CBS News this week that she’s decided to make Marcus’ part-time job permanent.


“Just like Marcus, I had my help,” the cafe owner said. “I had plenty of people to help make it to where I am today. They believed I could do it. People need to have someone believe in them.”


Abigail wrote in a follow-up Facebook post that she hopes to eventually hire Marcus full-time.


“It will be a year since I opened the cafe April 1st and I still don’t have the funds to hire more people which is the reason why he only gets 2 hours,” she wrote. “As soon as business picks up I will be able to hire him and many others that really do deserve a second chance.”


Abigail’s original post about Marcus has gone viral this week, with more than 112,000 likes to date. Abigail said both she and Marcus have been blown away by the unexpected attention. 


“I wanted to show my friends the importance of helping others! That was all!” she wrote, adding she hopes her good deed will inspire others to pay it forward. 


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Widower Finds Over $127,000 In Late Wife’s Bank Account For Make-A-Wish


DATELINE  -  Riverside County, California

03/25/2016 09:18 am ET

Carolin Lehmann

Editorial Fellow, The Huffington Post


When Hartley Gaylord’s wife, Sandy, died in October 2015, he knew she’d been saving money for over 25 years to donate to the Make-A-Wish foundation.


What he didn’t know was that she had saved a whopping $127,414 — enough to grant the wishes of 26 sick children.


“I was rather shocked,” Hartley, 90, of Riverside County, California, told The Huffington Post. “I knew she had some money in there, but I thought it was only about $35,000.”


Sandy, a retired school teacher, took responsibility for the couple’s finances after Hartley retired from his optometry practice over 20 years ago. She made deposits into the account each week, but Hartley never knew just how much she was putting away. 


“It’s the single largest individual gift outside of a bequest that this chapter has received,” said Stephanie McCormick, CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. “Being able to grant 26 wishes all in one clean swoop is just amazing to us.”


Sandy died unexpectedly after falling while packing for a trip to Alaska with her husband. She was planning on donating the money herself, but never got the chance.


“I’m just thrilled that there’s a legacy for my wife,” Hartley told HuffPost. “I’m sad she couldn’t be alive for it, but I know this would have pleased her to no end.”


Hartley and Sandy’s love story began over 65 years ago at a fraternity convention in Dallas. Only 10 or 20 minutes after meeting her, Hartley told Sandy, “You’re gorgeous. I’m going to marry you.” Unfortunately, he was headed off to Boston for optometry school and she was bound for the University of California, Berkeley. 


Four weeks after they first met, Hartley called Sandy to tell her there was a change of plans: He was heading to Berkeley for optometry school instead, to be closer to her. 


Six months later, Hartley popped the question. The pair got married in 1951 and had two daughters and two grandchildren. They loved cruising, sailing approximately 75 times and seeing the world together. 


“My wife was always a perfect lady,” Hartley said. “She always dressed impeccably. She always took care herself. Every time I talk about her I get all choked up.”


McCormick told HuffPost that she was “stunned” when she heard of the donation. 


“I’ve been in this business for 40 years,” she said. “This is the most special story I’ve ever heard.”

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             Restaurant Teaches Former Inmates To Cook,

                   Helps Them Get Back On Their Feet


DATELINE  -  Cleveland, Ohio

04/01/2016 09:35 am ET

Elyse Wanshel

Trends Writer, The Huffington Post


One restaurant is helping people who need a second chance.


Edwin’s, a popular, upscale French restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, teaches people who were once incarcerated how to cook. Most of its staff has a prison record, as well.


The six-month nonprofit program that offers 40 to 50 hours a week of free training in everything from knife skills and mother sauces to wine basics, is the brainchild of Brandon Chrostowski — the owner of Edwins and a chef who has worked at elite restaurants in Chicago, New York and Paris, according to CNN.


“Coming out of prison can be daunting; you may not feel like a human again,” Chrostowski told Cleveland.com. “But the food business is great for anyone willing to work hard. No one’s doing background checks.”


Students get small stipends, according to Cleveland.com, which are funded by costumers. Instead of tipping, patrons have the option to give contributions to students. 


“We split [contributions] down the middle: half for the institute, half to the students. Students can stay for free at our dorm around the corner. We’ve opened another building where alumni can rent apartments,” Chrostowski told Cleveland.com, referring to the $1 million student housing campus the group built.


The program has been working, too. According to the restaurant’s press kit, more than 100 students have graduated since the restaurant and program opened in 2013. More than 90 percent of those graduates are employed and none have returned to prison.


Chrostowski, was inspired to start the program based on his own life experience.


“I was a reckless teenager, and one night, I was arrested and thrown in jail,” he told CNN. “Fortunately, I had a judge who gave me a break instead of 10 years in prison. While I was on probation, I met a chef who mentored me. Once I was in that kitchen, I knew that’s where I belonged for the rest of my life.”


Now he’s helping other find the same, one dish at a time.


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I was unsure about which thread to put this post.  I think this is a good place.


Here is a young pianist who truly understands music.  She was a child prodigy at a very young age.  She plays piano and also composes some of her own music.  There are maybe only a few people around like her.  Give this a listen, you won't regret it.


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California police officer plays hopscotch with homeless girl


DATELINE  -  Huntington Beach, California

Apr. 1, 2016 at 6:24 PM 

Jenna Fratello  -  TODAY News


Who knew that cops love hopscotch? The hashtag #Copslovehopscotch is circulating on social media after one Huntington Beach, California, police officer decided to play a round of the game with a local girl who is homeless.


On March 30, Officer Zach Pricer and Officer Scott Marsh received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Graham-Edinger area of Huntington Beach in Orange County. When they arrived at the scene, they found a mother and her 11-year-old daughter living out of a car. Marsh, speaking to the mother, contacted the police department's Homeless Task Force to arrange housing for the pair. In the meantime, Pricer spontaneously decided to engage the woman's daughter in a fun match of hopscotch to brighten her day.


"Being a policeman, it's about communicating with people," Pricer told TODAY. "And with kids, they just want to mess around and have fun, so I do that with them."


Indeed, Pricer is no stranger to communicating with kids. In his nearly 13 years with the Huntington Beach Police Department, he has had a tea party, played with Nerf guns, and colored inside of the lines — all in an effort to bond with local youth and earn their trust.


"This was my first time playing hopscotch on duty, but I'll always do whatever I can to break the ice and say 'I'm Zach,'" he said. "I want them to know that they can be safe with me, so if there's something I can do to make them feeling comfortable, I'm going to do it."


Before becoming a police officer, Pricer was a U.S. Marine when he realized he had a passion for helping people, and calls his jump into the police force a "natural progression." He credits the lessons he learned during his time in the Marine Corps to his ultimate success as a police officer. "I was young, highly motivated, and just wanted to help others," he said. "I don't think I'd be here today without those experiences."


Since the hopscotch encounter earlier this week, a video capturing the moment has collected more than 928,000 views and thousands of 'likes,' with the hashtag #Copslovehopscotch. Now, Pricer is hoping the video will give Americans a little more insight about the routines of police officers, calling his interaction "police work 101."


"You could call 50 different police departments and talk to 50 different officers across the country and they would say, 'Yeah, that's what we do,'" Pricer said of his time spent reaching out to local youth. "Unfortunately, that doesn't always get recognized, but it's what we do every day."


As for the verdict on his hopscotch skills, Pricer says he'll have to keep working on them for his 9 year-old daughter. "I know she'll be my biggest critic," he told TODAY. "So I'll have to keep practicing."


Article and Video  -  HERE

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Couple almost forecloses on Bank of America


DATELINE  -  Collier, County, Fla.

CBS NEWS June 6, 2011, 1:02 PM


Talk about turning the tables on a bank!


Warren and Maureen Nyerges paid cash when they bought a home from Bank of America in the Golden Gate Estates section of Collier, County, Fla., according to CBS affiliate WINK-TV in Ft. Myers.


But that didn't stop Bank of America from trying to foreclose on them.


They took their case to court and, a year-and-a-half later, the foreclosure action was dropped.


A Collier County judge said Bank of America had to pay the couple's $2,534 legal fees, since it had made the mistake.


After more than five months, the bank still hadn't paid up. So, the homeowners' lawyer, Todd Allen, began proceedings to did just what a bank would have to get its money: legally seize bank assets.


On Friday, sheriff's deputies and moving vans showed up at the bank.


"I instructed the deputy to go in and take desks, computers, copiers, and filing cabinets, including cash in the drawers," Allen says.


Inside, says WINK, "The homeowners' attorney was locked out of the bank manager's office by deputies while the bank manger tried to figure out what to do."


Allen told WINK, "Having two Sheriff's deputies sitting across your desk, and a lawyer standing behind them, demanding whatever assets are in the bank can be intimidating. But, so is having your home foreclosed on when it wasn't right."


Bank of America finally cut a check. No furniture was actually taken, and the bank, says WINK, apologized for the delay, claiming the original request went to an outside attorney who is no longer in business.


Allen called what happened to the couple a symptom of a larger problem he sees often in the courts, in which banks don't perform their due diligence on foreclosure cases. "As a foreclosure defense attorney, this is sweet justice," he remarked to WINK.


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                     Former Homeless Man Donates $10,000

       To High School After Two Students Helped Him In A Blizzard


DATELINE  -  Dwight, Illinois

March 28, 2016


Three years ago, two seniors at Dwight Township High School in Dwight, Illinois, helped a homeless man walking in a blizzard with no jacket.


The students – Ryan Kodat and Luke Arnold – gave the man clothes, a jacket and money for a train ticket to Springfield so he could see his father. The man's father later passed away.


Unbeknownst to the man, Wade Herter, his father left behind an estate of $1.2 million. Herter has since moved to Santa Monica, California, but not without sending a gift to Dwight High School.


On Feb. 26, the school received a letter from Herter and a donation of $10,000.


The Superintendent, Dr. Richard Jancek, asked the board to consider giving two students, in each graduating class for the next 10 years, $500 awards for acts of humanitarianism. The board gladly agreed and soon the school will post on its website an application form for students to apply for the awards.


But the lasting impression from the good deed that started all of this, according to Jancek, is that Kodat and Arnold expected nothing in return.


Jancek spoke to Kodat recently.


"He said, 'You don't have to put my name on anything. We did it because it was the right thing to do, not to get an award. If the same thing happened tomorrow, we'd do it again'."

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                  Scientists Discover ‘Reverse Photosynthesis’

                      — Amazing News for the Environment


DATELINE  -  University of Copenhagen, Denmark

by Terry Turner - Apr 5, 2016



A new discovery promises to harness sunlight and air to turn plants into fuel — hundreds of times faster than current methods.


You probably learned in school how photosynthesis uses the sun to help plants grow by turning sunlight into chemical energy. Scientists have now discovered what they’re calling “reverse photosynthesis” which uses the same process to break down plant material and create useful chemicals from plants.


 Researchers believe bacteria and fungi use reverse photosynthesis to effectively suck the nutrients out of dead plants, and they think it can be use to turn the gases from rotting plants into a liquid fuel — methanol.

In the process they discovered, sunlight and chlorophyl – which combine to create photosynthesis – when combined with a specific enzyme has the potential break the bonds of hydrogen and carbon in plant cells.


“This is a game changer, one that could transform the industrial production of fuels and chemicals, thus serving to reduce pollution significantly,” University of Copenhagen Professor Claus Felby and lead researcher said.


Biofuel makers currently use slow and expensive chemical processes to create their products, but reverse photosynthesis could drastically change the way they work. Replacing much of the energy involved with simple sunlight could save enormous amounts of energy currently required to get the same results.


Scientists at the University of Copenhagen’s Plant Science Center say their discovery will allow the manufacture of clean biofuels “faster, at lower temperatures and with enhanced energy-efficiency.”


“Some of the reactions, which currently take 24 hours, can be achieved in just 10 minutes by using the Sun.” David Cannella, a fellow researcher and discoverer, said.


The researchers published their findings this week in the journal Nature Communications.

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