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  • Three years ago, Grayson Clamp was born deaf. Three weeks ago, he became the first child in the U.S. to receive an auditory brain-stem implant—and heard his father’s voice for the first time.

    Grayson, 3, who was adopted by Len and Nicole Clamp of Charlotte, N.C., is missing the cochlear nerves that allow humans to process and hear sound, the Daily Mail reports. When the Clamps heard about a new research trial for deaf children at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, they jumped at the opportunity to change their son's life.

    Doctors implanted a microchip in Grayson’s brain to help him process and recognize noises. Grayson’s face lit up when he heard his father speak.

    Most of the roughly 1,000 people who have undergone the procedure have only a basic awareness of sound. According to WBTV, the Clamps say their new job is to teach Grayson how to make sense of what he hears.

    “We don’t know what it’s like for him,” said Nicole Clamp. “We don’t know exactly what he hears. His brain is still

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  • The Burrito Grande at Gorditos (Gorditos/Facebook)America’s problem with portion size has sparked a strange new photo trend, one in which parents set their newborn babies alongside massive burritos on restaurant tabletops.

    According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, a Mexican restaurant in Seattle, Wash., is saying that any diners who take photos of their babies next to one of the restaurant's staggering Burrito Grande plates can eat for free. The only catch: The child must be less than one month old.

    Gorditos has built its reputation around this $9 burrito that is, quite literally, the size of a newborn. Weighing in at a full four pounds of tortilla, meat, black beans, and rice, the Burrito Grande just might be the most popular item on the menu, one waiter told the Daily Mail.

    Taking advantage of the publicity, the eatery has covered its walls with the unusual baby photos and posted many of them on its Facebook page.

    Gorditos first opened in 1994 and has since expanded to two other locations in Seattle. According to the Daily Mail, some

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  • Compost bins in Westerleigh on Staten Island, N.Y.(William Holt)NEW YORK — Staten Island resident Donna Lokhammer can add another chore to her list: sorting through her garbage for organic waste like potato peels, coffee grounds and chicken bones, and gathering these scraps in a bin to be put on the curb every Saturday morning.

    “I’m not so crazy about the size of the bins,” said Lokhammer, of the picnic-size kitchen containers she received from the New York City Sanitation Department to compost her garbage. “They’re like lunchboxes. If you leave them in your kitchen, they start to smell.”

    For New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the pilot program in Staten Island’s Westerleigh neighborhood is just a testing ground for a citywide composting initiative. Bloomberg, who finishes his term early next year, has already asked New Yorkers to eat better and exercise more. He’s asked them to cut back on cigarettes, salt and soda. Now, he’s asking them to sort their trash.

    Following the example of smaller cities like Seattle and San Francisco that require

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