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  • Good is beginning to emerge from the shock, sadness and devastation caused by the Boston Marathon bombings. People who were injured are slowly recovering, and trying to return to a sense of normalcy. Mother and daughter duo Celeste and Sydney Corcoran are part of this collective effort.

    Celeste, 47, lost both of her legs below the knee because of the blasts, and her daughter Sydney, 17, suffered near-fatal shrapnel wounds. As they lay recovering in the same hospital room at Boston Medical Center, they received a special and emotional visit from someone who can relate to the debilitating injuries that the women suffered: a United States Marine who lost both of his legs in combat.

    He shared his experience with both ladies, offering words of encouragement and expressing how he knows what they're going through. "I'm telling you, with all my heart, you are going to be more independent than you ever were."

    The Marine continued, "This is basically the start, you know, this is the new

    Read More »from Marine’s Inspiring Visit to Boston Marathon Bomb Victims Brings Joy and Encouragement
  • When you're a kid, getting a day off from school is so exciting. If you're lucky, you get to sleep in a bit, watch cartoons, and play video games. It's basically a day of leisure and fun. Unfortunately, that was not the case for one little boy in Florida.

    As 6-year-old Joey Welch and his dad were preparing for a canoe trip in Boynton Beach, Joey stumbled into shallow water, where an 8-foot-long, 200-pound alligator quickly clamped down on his arm.

    Joey's father, Joseph, sprang into action, jumping into the water and doing whatever he could to free his son from the jaws of the gator, including punching it on top of its head. He told reporters, "I didn't want to play tug-of-war with the alligator because I didn't want [Joey] to get his arm ripped out."

    Joseph screamed for help, and a good Samaritan rushed into the water to help combat the alligator and save little Joey. The man kicked the gator while they tried to free the boy.

    Joey was rushed to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

    Read More »from Boy Survives Alligator Attack with Help of Good Samaritan
  • Women in the process of planning their wedding usually go to great lengths to ensure that the day they exchange vows goes off without a hitch, but sometime, certain elements are out of their control. One thing that most women do not have to deal with is going to work on their wedding day, but that did not stop Chen Ying, a reporter for a local television station in Ya’an, China, when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck her city on Saturday.

    Without even changing out of her wedding gown, Ying grabbed a microphone, got in front of a camera, and began reporting about the aftermath of the natural disaster. So far, it is being reported that 157 people died and more than 5,000 were injured in the quake.

    Ying interviewed locals in the surrounding area for about ten minutes, then returned to her wedding. But like a true professional, she felt her work was not done, so she returned to the aftermath once more.

    An image of Ying taken while she covered the earthquake in her wedding dress went viral

    Read More »from Bride Flees Wedding to Report on Aftermath of Earthquake
  • From the evening of April 18th to the morning of the 19th, one of the final chapters in the Boston Marathon bombings was being written. The evening quickly descended into the tragic death of an MIT Police Officer, an explosion-filled shootout with Police, the death of one suspect in the bombings, and the escape of the other. As is common these days, some of the most shocking footage, photos, and details were announced via social media.

    On Twitter, residents around the Boston area shared their experiences. User Andrew Kitzenberg tweeted a photo of a gun shot that had entered the wall of his Watertown home, the bullet lodging in a desk chair. Musician Juliana Hatfield posted an image of the notice left on her front door step by the Cambridge police, which encouraged residents to stay in their homes. Another Watertown resident, Shawna England, tweeted the view out of her second floor window, directly onto two camouflaged authorities on the roof of a shed with rifles seemingly pointed at

    Read More »from Firsthand Social Media Accounts Report Details of Search for Boston Marathon Bombers
  • Luka is a creative 12-year-old boy who has muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that confines him to a wheelchair. Though Luka has the use of his hands and can operate his wheelchair and write in his notebook, he would love to be like an average boy his age who does not have his ailment.

    One day, Luka confided in his friend, photographer Matej Peljhan, that he wished he could be featured in some of Peljhan's photographs doing activities that he could never do because of his condition. So Peljhan came up with a plan to do just that.

    The result is a series of photographs titled, "Le Petit Prince," or The Little Prince. The photos have an overhead perspective that makes it look as if Luka is engaging in a host of fun activities. In one picture, Luka appears to be riding a skateboard; in another, he's playing basketball. There's even a picture of Luka deep-sea fishing, for socks, with fins on his feet.

    Peljhan did not digitally alter any of the photos. Instead, he placed sheets and

    Read More »from Photos Bring Imagination of Boy With Muscular Dystrophy to Life


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