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  • Michael Patterson (photo: Facebook)Michael Patterson (Facebook)

    Michael Patterson, the 43-year-old Georgia man who dived into a creek to save a 4-year-old girl from drowning and became paralyzed from the chest down during the rescue, died after spending three weeks in a hospital, The Associated Press reports.

    Patterson's family shared the news on Facebook.

    Patterson's bravery left many, including the woman whose daughter he rescued, stunned. "He jumped in head first and after I grabbed her, I looked back and he was floating on top of the water," Carlissa Jones told WSB-TV.com after Patterson's injury, which occurred on June 8.

    Jones' daughter, Javea, was able to be resuscitated. Patterson broke his neck during the dive. He also developed respiratory acidosis, pneumonia and a bacterial infection after the injury, according to Fox News. The medical problems that came after the broken neck contributed to his death, Polk County Coroner Trey Litesey told news outlets.

    Patterson's bravery was commended across the Web. Comments on the Yahoo News story

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  • Lives with GEDs buck stereotypes

    Todd Jacondino (Photo courtesy of Todd Jacondino)

    Among the quirkier, but probably meaningless, details in the story of Edward Snowden—the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. government spy secrets, abandoned his girlfriend in Hawaii, bolted for Hong Kong and has since holed up in Moscow—is this figure: $120,000.

    One-hundred-and-twenty grand is what the 29-year-old high school dropout earned while working for Booz Allen Hamilton, an NSA contractor. Before a brief stint in the U.S. Army and several government jobs, Snowden earned his GED, which raises this question: How far can one go in life with a GED? Yahoo News asked readers for their stories of earning a General Educational Development diploma, and while none boasted as sexy an existence as a fugitive with a pole-dancing girlfriend and a six-figure salary, their insights and stories say much about how GEDs can alter a life.

    A lesson learned late: School first, fun later

    Todd Jacondino dropped out of Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica, Queens, when he was

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  • New Yorker cover featuring Bert and Ernie (art: Jack Hunter)New Yorker cover featuring Bert and Ernie (art: Jack Hunter)

    The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act has resulted in one of the New Yorker's more memorable covers.

    On it, Sesame Street residents Bert and Ernie cuddle on the couch while watching the announcement on television.

    Of course, the rumors of Bert and Ernie being more than roommates is nothing new (more on that later). But neither, it seems, is the artwork on the New Yorker's cover.

    The magazine acknowledged that the drawing was first uploaded to the Web over a year ago by artist Jack Hunter. Hunter posted the artwork on a Tumblr blog in May 2012. Gawker has the two pieces of art, side by side.

    The main difference between the original work and the one on the New Yorker is what Bert and Ernie are watching on TV. In the original piece, the pals are watching President Barack Obama (May 2012 was when Obama announced that he was in support of same-sex marriage).

    But why are Bert and Ernie still being used as symbols of the gay rights movement?

    Slate.com's June

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  • Sweet Caroline interruption proves awkward for McIlroy

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy, the world's number one golfer, experienced an awkward moment when he went to watch Ulster take on Connacht in a rugby match on Friday. The Ulster supporter was in the middle of a television interview with the BBC when the Neil Diamond song 'Sweet Caroline' was played over the public address system at halftime. McIlroy responded by smiling sheepishly, looking down at the ground and exclaiming "Oh dear". ...

  • McDowall looks to get Rangers back on track
    McDowall looks to get Rangers back on track

    Rangers caretaker manager Kenny McDowall says his aim is to get the Ibrox club back to performing on the pitch following a turbulent one off it. McDowall was promoted from Rangers assistant manager till the end of the season this week after Ally McCoist was placed on gardening leave the day before the board faced a stormy AGM in front of disgruntled shareholders. McDowall, who joined the club from bitter rivals Celtic in 2007 was first team coach under Walter Smith, became assistant manager when McCoist was appointed as manager in 2011.

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