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Watch Touching Tribute Video for the Incredible ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

The music world is paying tribute to Aretha Franklin after her publicist announced that she passed away in her Detroit home today at the age of …

Music

10-Year-old Rescues Newborn Using Skills She Learned From Watching Youtube Videos

A 10-year-old girl came to the rescue of her aunt and cousin earlier this week thanks to her adoration for baby dolls.<p>Chloe Carrion was home alone …

Social Media

Man Risks Life to Save His Parrot From Deep Mud, Heroes Come to Rescue

A man became stuck in waist-deep mud earlier this week trying to save his parrot – luckily, the local firefighters knew how to help the ensnared …

Parrots

R.I.P. Artistic Genius and Musical Legend Aretha Franklin, 76, Forever the Queen of Soul

<i>by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)</i><p>According to nytimes.com, American singer, pianist, and composer Aretha Franklin died at her home in …

Civil Rights

Paralyzed Former Lifeguard Who Had to Quit School Is Surprised With Diploma

After a Massachusetts lifeguard took a long break from college due to a diving accident that left him paralyzed, his university surprised him with a …

Human Interest

10 Years After Banning Lead Paint and Other Hazards for U.S. Kids, These Are the Results

This week marks the 10th anniversary of a landmark piece of American legislation that has saved countless children from hazards such as lead paint, …

Breast Cancer

Group of Birds Employed by French Theme Park to Pick Up Trash

An unlikely new group of freelance employees have been added to a French workforce.<p>At the Puy du Fou theme park in western France, six birds have …

Birds

2-Year-Old Rescued From Drowning by Cops Doing Welfare Check Next Door

Two-year-old Diana was saved from drowning, all thanks to police officers who just happened to be in the neighborhood.<p>Diana’s dad, James Holmes, of …

Human Interest

THIS WAY FORWARD: John Legend Teams Up with New Profit to Help Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Succeed via Unlocked Futures Program

“I care deeply about issues of incarceration and criminal justice reform,” says <b>Tulaine Montgomery</b>, managing partner at <b>New Profit</b>, a philanthropic …

African-American News

When Teacher Posts Plea for More Sick Days, School Staffers From Across the Country Donate Theirs

When a Florida school teacher posted a plea for help on social media, his fellow educators did not hesitate to step forward.<p>Robert Goodman has been …

Paid Leave

Need to Look Spiffy for a Job Interview? This Library Now Lets You Check Out Neckties and Briefcases

Not everyone can afford to look sharp for an important job interview – which is why this library is filling in the gap with a small fashion lending …

Employment

Check Out the Fun Results When Artist Adds Himself to Famous Album Covers

This artist has a knack for seamlessly becoming a part of his favorite LPs.The post Check Out the Fun Results When Artist Adds Himself to Famous …

Vinyl Records

Neuroscientists Discover a Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65% (Listen)

The soothing 8-minute tune was shown to improve heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels in the brain.The post Neuroscientists Discover a Song …

Depression

What do you do at the end of term with no home to go to?

For years, a group of vulnerable students has been falling through the cracks. Now, a charity is making sure their voices are heard, with …

Self-confidence

At 21, Woman Is Youngest Ever to Undergo Face Transplant After Attempting Suicide as a Teen

A young woman has been given a second chance at life after undergoing a face transplant.<p>Katie Stubblefield's face was gravely injured when she shot …

Human Interest

Schwarzenegger Cheers Depressed Stranger On the Internet Who Asked Him for Motivation

“I’m not going to be that hard on you,” wrote the celebrity. “Please don’t be that hard on yourself. We all go through challenges, we all go through …

Motivation

Arizona Teen Struck by Lightning Credits God With Saving His Life

An Arizona teen who was struck by lightning and lived to tell the tale is crediting God with saving his life.<p>"If it weren't for him, like, I'd be …

Human Interest

2018 American Book Awards Honor Cultural Diversity

NEW YORK (AP) — Books on human caging, early Detroit and African-American culture in Los Angeles are among this year’s winners for works reflecting …

Los Angeles

Dancing, drinks and local links: five festivals with a strong sense of place

For some revellers, the feeling of letting loose in a ‘festival bubble’ is part of the appeal. But many events now draw on their local connections to …

Festivals

Watching This Little Girl Read to a Sleepy Cat is the Video to Soothe Your Soul

There’s nothing like a bedtime story before sleep – and this feline is no exception.<p>In a heart-melting video that was recently uploaded to Twitter, a …

Bedtime Stories

GirlTrek to Host 80 National #BeLikeMaxine Walks to Celebrate Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ 80th Birthday on August 15th

<i>by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)</i><p>U.S. Representative <b>Maxine Waters</b> will celebrate her 80th birthday on Wednesday, August 15th. To pay …

Maxine Waters

President Named ‘Roosevelt’ Leads Dominican Republic to Ban Plastics and Styrofoam

After a tropical storm brought a tidal wave of plastic debris and garbage bobbing along the Caribbean island’s famously beautiful shoreline, the …

Dominican Republic

Rival Gangs Celebrate Their Extended Peace By Building Neighborhood Playground

As a means of celebrating their sustained truce, two Chicago gangs banded together so they could build a playground for the community.<p>It has been …

Good News

New York Twin Brothers With Autism Love Running Marathons

Autism doesn't slow these identical twins down, especially when it comes to running.<p>Alex and Jamie, 28, of Great Neck, New York, love nothing more …

Autism

Pearl Jam Raises Millions for City's Homeless, Rallies 100 Businesses to Join In

One of Seattle’s most beloved bands just rallied the city into raising millions of dollars for the homeless.<p>Peal Jam played two concerts at Safeco …

Pearl Jam

When Microchips Fail, Facial Recognition App is Reuniting Pets With Their Owners

When microchips fail, this community animal app is using facial recognition software to reunite lost pets with their owners.<p>Finding Rover is a …

Pets

Watch Police Officer Rescue Stranded Bride From the Roof of Her Flooding Car

According to the department, the bride's dress and shoes remained almost entirely dry throughout the whole ordeal.The post Watch Police Officer …

Floods

California Wildfires: Thoughtful Authorities Help Keep Pet Fish Alive After Homeowners Evacuate

At least one happy story has sprouted up among so many tales of woe coming out of California's historically destructive Carr Fire.<p>Cal Fire shared the …

Human Interest

Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Slain Teen Michael Brown, Announces Candidacy for Ferguson City Council

<i>by Natasha S. Alford via thegrio.com</i><p><b>Lezley McSpadden</b> says Michael would’ve wanted it.<p>The mother of 18-year-old <b>Michael Brown</b>, unarmed Black teenager …

African-American News

Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million to Dewayne Johnson, 46, as Jury Rules its Weedkiller Roundup Caused His Cancer

<i>by Sam Levin and Patrick Greenfield via theguardian.com</i><p><b>Monsanto</b> suffered a major blow with a jury ruling that the company was liable for a terminally …

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