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  • Two guys are driving down Main Street in West Haven, Conn., minding their own business as they are on their way to Walgreens. And then, before their wondering eyes appears a confused skunk wandering along the road with a cup stuck on its head.

    Most would drive past and mutter, "Eh, that's a shame." Not these two do-gooders. After a bit of humorous soul-searching, the driver pulls over, determined to rescue the stinky creature. But how do you do that without getting yourself sprayed?

    Here's the full 5-minutes-plus video of the attempt. Warning for those with sensitive ears: Expletives are thrown.

    The rescuer's name is Jeremi Lorenti, 20.

    "I couldn't leave it there knowing it was in danger," he told Yahoo News.

    Lorenti's trick: bravery, a love of animals and a blanket to block any sudden sprays.

    "No stink whatsoever," Lorenti posted on Reddit. "I'd like to think the skunk somehow knew I was trying to help it."

    As for the cop car that pulled over, "I asked the police officer if he could call

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  • Ryder Ray Anderson is just learning how to talk. But on water skis, the tyke is a pro. Mom Tamara Blair captured video of her son’s second water-ski attempt in May 2013.
     
    Ryder first made waves at seven-and-a-half months of age when his parents made a video of him as they pulled him along the shore. That quickly went viral, with more than 771,000 views on YouTube. At 11 months old, when the video was shot, he’s ready to get behind a slow-moving boat with ski instructor Joel Wing on Australia’s Gold Coast.
     
    “In the video it probably looks like he’s going fast,” Blair told Yahoo News over the phone. “It’s actually really slow.” The boat is going about 7 mph, just fast enough to keep Ryder afloat.
     
    Ryder’s skis are attached to what his mom calls a “learner board,” while his parents, off-camera, feed the rope tied to the contraption at the back of the boat to keep in control. “It’s the same board we used in the first video just so he’s got a sturdy bar to hang on to,” Blair said.  “It’s the

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  • From I Am Amelia Earhart.

     

    You probably know the story of Amelia Earhart: female pilot, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, lost at sea in 1937 while flying across the Pacific. We know her at her most famous, but before she was an internationally famous pilot, she was a young girl in Kansas. And it's here that writer Brad Meltzer and artist Chris Eliopoulos have chosen to present their take on her story for a new children's book entitled "I Am Amelia Earhart."

    "When I told my daughter the story of Amelia Earhart as a child, my daughter said, 'She's just like me,'" Meltzer said. "We're so focused on the feats of heroes that we forget that they're people like us. We're all capable of being heroes on our best day."

    I Am Amelia Earhart

    Certainly, taking to the skies for solo flights might be beyond the abilities of most of us. But as Meltzer notes, there were five key points from Earhart's early life that shaped the hero she would become.

    1. She wasn't a natural flyer. "This was her greatest secret," Meltzer says. "She wasn't a

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