Girl reunited with 'Daddy Bear' lost on busy interstate

Justice Wadsworth was given a teddy bear when she was little — a gift from her father who is in the military and currently serving overseas. She calls it "Daddy Bear" and says "it makes her feel like she's cuddling with her daddy."

Two days ago, the family was driving back to Sedro-Woolley along I-90. Justice got sick and alongside the road, in the chaos, the bear got left behind.
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Strangers lift 4,000-pound burning car to save trapped, injured motorcyclist

A Utah motorcyclist who was pinned under a burning car after a collision expressed his gratitude Tuesday for the help of strangers who lifted the 4,000 pound vehicle to rescue him.…

Authorities said Wright, 21, was riding his motorcycle Monday near the Utah State University campus in Logan when he collided with a black BMW that was pulling out of a parking lot.

Tire and skid marks on the highway indicate that Wright laid the bike down and slid along the road before colliding with the car, Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis said.

The bike hit the car's hood and bounced to the ground, while Wright, who was not wearing helmet, slid under the car and then both vehicles burst into flames, Curtis said.

Wright was trapped beneath the burning car. A group of about 10 men and women rushed to help, tilting the car up to free him and pull him to safety.

"Every one of those people put their lives in danger," Curtis said. "Those people are heroes. You can only speculate what the outcome would have been if they hadn't lifted that car and waited for the emergency service personnel to get up there."

Construction workers from a campus building project also grabbed fire extinguishers to try and put out the flames.

Chris Garff, a media production specialist for the university, caught the rescue on video. The 31-year-old was on the 9th floor of a university building shooting a promotional video for the school when he looked out of the window and saw black smoke billowing from the road.
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Community Stands Strong to Block an Eviction

From inside Mary Lee Ward’s small and sparsely furnished living room in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, it sounded Friday as if a block party was in full swing in the street below. Cars and trucks honked their horns as they passed and almost 200 voices could be heard cheering and chanting.

But this was no street party; it was not yet 9 a.m. and the crowd outside was there as a line of defense.

Ms. Ward — a tiny, soft-spoken 82-year-old — faced eviction by a city marshal on Friday morning, as the result of a subprime mortgage she took out in 1995. The lender, which filed for bankruptcy in 2007, had subsequently been investigated for predatory and discriminatory practices. And so neighbors, friends, housing advocates and supporters formed a thick human wall outside Ms. Ward’s small, gray house on Tompkins Avenue.

Shortly after 9:30, the local state assemblywoman, Annette Robinson, emerged from the house with news.

“The marshal will not be taking action today,” Ms. Robinson said over a bullhorn, as Ms. Ward stood by her side. Ms. Robinson vowed to negotiate with the deed holder to keep Ms. Ward in her home.

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Heroism in Norway

I'm sad that I only learned about this now:

Couple braved gunfire to rescue 40 in water at Utoya

By Tony Paterson
Published in The Independent on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A married couple are being hailed as the heroines of Norway's Utoya island massacre after it emerged that they rescued 40 youngsters from chilly fjord waters as their boat was sprayed by Anders Breivik's bullets.

Norwegians Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen were among dozens of campers spending the summer at the Utviken campsite overlooking Utoya island when Mr Breivik arrived on the afternoon of 22 July and began shooting dead Norwegian Labour Party youth members who were attending a summer camp.

Ms Dalen recalled how the couple were sitting enjoying a meal when they were suddenly interrupted by alarming noises from across the water.

"We were eating, then came sounds of shooting and then the awful screaming," she told Finland's Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. "We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake."

The two women ran to the campsite's jetty where a dozen or so boats were moored. They were among several other campers who took their boats to a patch of water in front of Utoya island, where terrified youngsters were trying to swim away from Mr Breivik's gunfire.

Ms Dalen and Ms Hansen pulled the young swimmers aboard and ferried them back to the campsite. There were so many in the water that they made four sorties. Between runs they were shocked to notice that the side of their boat had been struck by Mr Breivik's bullets. The Utviken campers pulled a total of 150 young people from the fjord. ...
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"'I just jumped in,' says 8 1/2-year-old San Jose boy who helped save drowning girl"

When Ishaan Singh was younger, his favorite super heros were Spiderman and Mr. Incredible.

Monday, the 8 1/2-year-old San Jose boy acted like Aquaman.

Ishaan was lauded by the city's fire chief, the county's top health officer, politicians and a gaggle of reporters on Wednesday, two days after the slight fourth-grader helped rescue a friend's 3-year-old sister from a pool, while others rescued the girl's grandfather.

The pair were two of six near-drownings in San Jose over the last week. Last year, 13 people drowned in Santa Clara County, according to the health department.

"I just jumped in," Ishaan said quietly with a shy smile on his face at a news conference at Fire Station No. 14, whose crew was the first on scene at the Park Kiely Luxury Apartments about 1 p.m. Monday. "I was being brave."
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And it's good to remember that drowning doesn't look like drowning.

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Owasso's golden arches at 76th street and Highway 169 are about to be dimmed for a while.

"This is the last day that we're going to be open," said owner Tim Rich.

Even so, smiling faces abound. You'd never know that 70 jobs were at stake for the next three months as a new McDonald's is built in it's place.

"We didn't want to lose any of them," he said.

Tim Rich owns two other stores, but there simply isn't enough work for everybody.

"At first I was sad I was like, 'Oh my gosh I love McDonald's,'" said employee Tekeyah Allen.

But then, as genuine as the smile from a happy meal...

"We made the decision, we set $120,000 aside to pay employees to go volunteer in our community," said Rich.

"You're really gonna do this?," asked a stunned Margaret Manley, who was on a lunch break from the Baptist Village Retirement Community.

"When I walked up to the counter they said we got a deal for you," she said.

And it wasn't an Angus Deluxe. It was 17 year-old Daniel Schwartz.

"Well my great grandma lives there and I just really like working with people," said Schwartz.

"What a difference they're gonna make in our residents lives and what a learning experience they'll get from our residents," she said.

"I was so excited," said Amanda Cadwell at the Pregnancy Resource Center. They're getting Tekeyah for three months.

"To be able to have somebody come in and this be treated like a job is a huge blessing to us," said Cadwell.

"I just enjoy helping people, you know?," said Allen.

In all some two dozen employees will be working at various good causes all the while getting their regular pay, after which they'll come back to the new restaurant. I know right? What's the catch?

"Well, the catch is, there is no catch," said Rich.

Sad to report that such a good deed raises skepticism. Happy to report that there are actually people like Tim Rich in this world.

"I think it's important for us as a business to develop strategies that help our communities. I think that helps my business and it helps my community," said