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- Christina Ng at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago
The bodies of two young boys who were washed away by Sandy's floodwaters as their horrified mother watched were found today in a marshy area, according to police.
The 2-year-old and 4-year-old boys disappeared on the New York City borough of Staten Island Monday night when waves caused by storm surges crashed into the family's SUV while they were driving, according to ABC News' New York station WABC.
The boys were pulled into powerful waters after their mom put them on the roof of her car when rushing waters caused the car to stall, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, according to the AP. The family had been on their way to a shelter.
"She put the two boys on the roof of the car to avoid the water, and then another large wave came, and it apparently washed them away," Kelly said. "Of course, the mother was totally, completely distraught. She started looking for them herself, asking people to help her look."
The search continued until the bodies were found at the end of a dead-end street.
Casey Anthony has been gaining weight as she serves her probation in hiding somewhere in southern Florida, two sources told People magazine.
"Quite honestly, she's gained a few pounds," the source told the magazine. "She does nothing but sit in front of her computer and eat."
Anthony, 26, was acquitted last July of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, but was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement for claiming that 2-year-old Caylee had been kidnapped by a babysitter. She is currently serving one year of probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction.
The world's first "Wikipedia town" will launch on Saturday in the small town of Monmouth in Wales. The town now has more than 1,000 ceramic plaques on every important building, school and on hundreds of shops. The plaques each have a unique QR bar code - a square, black-and-white bar code that can be scanned with a smartphone that will be directed to a web page.
When users scan these codes, they will be taken to a Wikipedia article about the place they are visiting in whatever language their phone is programmed to.
The project, called "Monmouthpedia," has been in the works for six months. The whole town has a free wireless Internet network and on Saturday, the "the entire town will be bedecked with banners declaring Monmouth as the first Wikipedia Town in the world," according to its website.
The town's residents contributed by writing and editing stories about Monmouth, and volunteers have been translating them to dozens of languages including Hungarian, Indonesian and Hindi.
A Pennsylvania couple has found themselves in an all-too-familiar situation this week when a car crashed into their home for the fourth time, the third time in the past six months. Sonya and Wade Schenewolf, of Easton, Penn., were getting ready for their day on Tuesday morning when they heard a loud booming sound from outside. Unfortunately, they knew what it was before going outside. A car had hit their house, again-the third time that's happened in just the last six months.
"My house got hit in December, my house got hit in March and my house got hit in May," Sonya Schenewolf said with disbelief. "And a year before that, my car and my garage got hit."
She has had serious damage to her garage, car and front porch from the various accidents.
"This is a 30 miles per hour zone. We do live on a curve and our house is close to the road, but, recently, the township put in a two-lane bridge directly across from my house," she said. "If you come across that bridge and you don't stop, you're in my house."
Schenewolf said Tuesday's accident was caused by a speeding driver. She believes he was going approximately 65 mph in the 30 mph zone.
Columbia University’s newest graduate is 52-year-old custodian Gac Filipaj who collected his diploma from the Ivy League school with honors after working on his degree for 12 years.
“I proved that I have enough strength to finish what I started to do,” Filipaj told ABC News at Sunday’s ceremony.
The Yugoslavian-born custodian donned Columbia’s baby blue cap and gown for the ceremony. He smiled from ear-to-ear as the crowd erupted into cheers as he crossed the stage to accept his diploma. After the ceremony, a group of students chanted his name as he posed for pictures.
Filipaj graduated with a bachelor’s degree in classics with honors from Columbia’s School of General Studies. He called it the “best moment in my life so far.”
Filipaj fled to the United States from war-torn Yugoslavia in 1992, leaving behind his parents and siblings on a family farm in Montenegro. He arrived in New York speaking virtually no English and settled in the Bronx where he started taking English classes at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
When Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney was deployed, his 6-year-old son could not walk. What he didn’t know was that the boy learned to walk while his father was serving in Afghanistan.
The heartwarming video was posted by Cooney’s wife Melissa Cooney on WelcomeHomeBlog.com, a website for videos of surprise military homecomings.
“When my husband left on his deployment, our 6-year-old son could not walk on his own,” Melissa Cooney wrote on the site. “He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! We kept the fact that he could walk a secret the whole time his dad was gone!”
The family could not be reached to comment. Cerebral palsy is a brain disorder that causes physical and mental disabilities.
Though the world's demand for chocolate almost exceeds the ability of worn-out plants to produce it, experts say it's not time to panic yet. But something needs to be done.
"An improvement needs to be made to extend this supply chain," Robert Peck, senior director of operations for the World Cocoa Foundation, told ABCNews.com. "We have to start thinking, where is that increase in supply going to happen and how are we going to get it?"
The demand for chocolate increases by about 2.5 to 3 percent each year, which means about four million more tons of cocoa are needed every year.
Experts predict that by 2020, the demand for chocolate will increase by 25 percent. That's about five million metric tons of chocolate.
"Cocoa has been almost completely static," said Andrew Pederson, global chocolate manager for Mars, Inc., the makers of M&Ms, Milky Way bars, Snickers and other confections. "The crops don't perform well. They're aging pretty badly. Farmers don't have a lot of tools and training."
The Georgia chef behind the controversial "black and bleu" sandwich that pokes fun at Chris Brown and Rihanna said he's "not afraid" of what he did and has no regrets.
"I was not trying to make a joke of domestic violence, just bringing light to the situation through food," chef Richard Miley told ABCNews.com today. "I do not regret doing it. I don't regret anything."
Miley is one of the owners of Chops & Hops in Watkinsville, Ga. The mom-and-pop-style restaurant made headlines last Friday with its celebrity sandwich of the week.
"Put your hands on this Caribbean black and bleu sandwich," the restaurant advertised on its Facebook page. "Chris Brown won't beat you up for eating this unless your name starts with a R and ends with A."
In February 2009, Chris Brown beat Rihanna in a rented Lamborghini. They recently fueled speculation that they had gotten back together after they collaborated on two songs.
The ribeye sandwich was made with bleu cheese, sliced tomato, onions and shredded romaine.
Some grandparents have done it again - they've gone viral. A YouTube video called " Grandparents Discover Photobooth" shows the grandparents playing with distortion effects on Photobooth, a program for Mac computers. More than half a million people have now clicked on them.
The minute-long video, posted by a YouTube user called ThaneACovert, features about a dozen grandparents vamping for the camera. They make animal noises, stick their tongues out, laugh at their distorted faces and rock out to the Black Eyed Peas.
"Look at my nostrils," one woman laughs. Another exclaims, "Look how little my mouth is!"
"You have to end it now. You have to," the last granny says through tears of laughter. "I can't stand any more."
Kristyn Dominy, 22, was driving home from her grandmother's house on Monday with her 5-month-old daughter when a car approached from behind.
"As I was going home, an older jeep came up behind me pretty fast and got right behind me," Dominy told ABCNews.com. "Then, they went around me and passed me on a double line. And as she was passing me, she flicked me off."
Dominy said she was "irritated" by the woman's action, since Dominy was going the speed limit.
"I noticed there was a child in the car and thought, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe she's driving like this with a child in the back seat,'" she said.
When the car passed her, Dominy noticed one of the doors was held to the car with a rope and that a tail light was out.
The jeep sped up behind a truck pulling a boat and weaved in and out of the opposite lane, looking for an opportunity to pass the truck.