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  • There are so many fans of "Harry Potter" out there that crowning a champion would be impossible. But honorable mention would have to go to JaysinOsterkamp, a wedding cinematographer in the Chicago area. He came up with a marriage proposal scavenger hunt that you might expect to find on the other side of Platform 9 3/4.

    Beginning with a surprise from one of Osterkamp's associates at home, Andrea Tyler began the hunt with an envelope, much like the one Harry received inviting him to Hogwarts in the first place. The letter within gave way to more clues, each leading to a different place.

    There was a custom-made video, and trips to such varied locations as the freezer, the DVD shelves, the library, a local restaurant, and even the mystical world of the UPS Store. The adventure culminates in a romantic meetup at the couple's favorite bar, where a hardcover "Potter" book yielded a ring inside. Let's hope they celebrated this truly magical gesture with some mugs of butterbeer.

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  • When an engaged couple calls off the wedding, it is usually a time of sadness and anger. But one family in Atlanta found a way to turn a terrible situation into a beautiful one. Carol and Willie Fowler's daughter Tamara was set to get married at the Villa Christina catering hall, when the wedding was called off just 40 days before the event. Initially the Fowlers were upset to hear that the lavish gathering they had planned and paid for was not going to happen. Then they had a genius and generous idea: They invited 200 of the city's homeless to feast on the four-course meal that would have been part of Tamara's wedding reception.

    The Fowler family called Elizabeth Omilami from the Hosea Feed the Hungry organization for her help in getting the group together. At first Omilami thought she was being pranked! Carol Fowler said that even daughter Tamara attended the event, adding, "She was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than

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  • The workers at the Home Depot are known for being experts in painting, drilling, and hammering. Well, you can now add party planning to that list. Here's what happened.

    Five-year-old Joshua Hagerty, from Modesto, California, asked his mother for a birthday party at his favorite place, the Home Depot. Joshua suffers from multiple physical ailments, including heart and kidney problems, for which he has had 15 surgeries so far in his short lifetime. His mother, Jennifer, contacted the Home Depot to see if she could pick up workshop sets to have the Home Depot-themed party at her home.

    Store manager Kevin Baum called her back to say they would take it a step further. The employees threw Joshua a birthday party at their store, complete with balloons, Lego sets, goody bags, workshop kits, and even a hammer-shaped cake. Employees pitched in with their own money to fund the party and gifts to make Joshua's birthday dreams come true. At the end of the day, the grateful guest of honor said it

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  • This week is a huge one for Apple fans, and there have been others like it almost every year since the release of the first iPhone. Last week, Apple announced two new iPhones, as well as the new iOS 7 software. The new operating system was released Wednesday, and the brand-new iPhone 5s debuts today. And just like every year, many people (and even some other species) rang in with reactions to the new offerings. One of the largest differences in the new iPhone is Touch ID. Instead of using a numbered access code to get into the phone, the 5s will scan a fingerprint to guarantee that its rightful owner is the one getting into it. And it turns out that the rightful owner doesn't even have to be human. TechCrunch discovered that the tech that scans fingerprints also works on the paws of cats, and perhaps other creatures.


    So if you're looking for a holiday gift for your tech-savvy cat, you may want to consider it. Along with those customers who are happy to upgrade, though, are those who

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  • New York City has a rich history of famous photographs that highlight how the five boroughs have changed over the past couple of centuries. But it's hardto get a good feel, especially when looking at black-and-white photography, for what neighborhoods actually looked like then and now. Enter Marc A. Hermann, a photographer and historian at the New York Daily News. He sifted through the paper's many historic crime photos and then combined them with photo-editing software to create stunning images of Gotham's past and present.

    Most of the photos depict (sometimes gruesome) aftermaths of crimes, including murder, and accidents. What's interesting is how the once-gritty streets of NYC have changed. Thanks to the recent record-low crime rates throughout the city, it's not a huge surprise. Some highlights of the photos? Edna Egbert of Brooklyn climbing onto her ledge while fighting with police in 1942. There's also the massive fire at the Elkins Paper Factory in 1958, juxtaposed with Wooster

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