The Lookout
  • Robynn Fried says she was "literally two weeks from being homeless" when she heard a knock at the door.

    It was Artem Smao, a 14-year-old boy looking to raise money for a trip to Lake Tahoe by selling newspaper subscriptions.

    CBS13 in Sacramento reports that Fried, who was unemployed and desperately seeking work at a pharmacy, told Artem why she couldn't afford to buy anything. That's when Artem reached into his pocket and offered the complete stranger all the money he had earned that day.

    While Fried said she couldn't possibly accept the money, and Artem moved on, she was deeply touched by the encounter. She said it did wonders for her spirit. "I had just given up on getting a pharmacy job at all," she told CBS13. "Literally, the day before I’d just given up hope and what he did gave it back, brought it all back."

    Hope turned to luck when a friend called her about a job opening at a pharmacy. By the next week, Fried had a job.

    "I feel incredibly blessed," she said.

    Artem didn't think

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  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to announce its first foray into the cellphone market during a 10 a.m. PT press event Thursday at his Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters.

    ABC News technology editor Joanna Stern will anchor our live chat from Facebook headquarters and will be joined by Yahoo News columnist Rob Walker and editor Max Zimbert for a live chat about the social network's latest, and potentially most pivotal, mobile move.

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  • 'Undercover Inside the Mexican Drug War' by the reporters of Blog Del Narco'Undercover Inside the Mexican Drug War' by the reporters of Blog Del Narco

    The anonymous author behind the acclaimed Blog Del Narco, which focuses on Mexico's war with the powerful drug cartels, spoke with the U.K.'s The Guardian and the Texas Observer about the reporting and photography emphasizing the war's violence that has made the site as disturbing as it is popular.

    People have long speculated about the identity of the blog's creator and why a person would risk retaliation from both drug gangs and corrupt members of the government. The Guardian reports that the blog's creator is a woman who asked to use the pseudonym "Lucy."

    "I don't think people ever imagined it was a woman doing this," Lucy said. "Who am I? I'm in my mid-20s. I live in northern Mexico. I'm a journalist. I'm a woman. I'm single. I have no children. And I love Mexico."

    The Guardian spoke with Lucy by phone after verifying that she was in fact the writer of Blog Del Narco. "I'm in love with my culture, with my country, despite all that's going on," she said. "Because we're not all bad.

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