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  • Bears are majestic creatures and fun to look at from a distance, but you may not want to interact with one for fear of its sheer strength and size overpowering you. Would you have the courage to stand up to a bear if it invaded your property?

    The bear encounters started for YouTube user Nayana Grillo when he noticed that a large black bear started appearing in his backyard. Grillo began recording the bear's adventures on his property. Over the course of six videos, Grillo and an unnamed man narrate and chronicle how the bear paws and sniffs its way around the porch. The bear even opens a bird feeder and climbs all around Grillo's backyard deck.

    But it's what takes place in the seventh video, titled "The Bear Meets Nishanto," that has people watching and the number of views increasing rapidly. The bear wanders around the backyard and makes its way up the stairs and onto the back deck of Grillo's neighbor, a woman named Nishanto.  Grillo yells out, "Nishanto, the bear is here." Instead

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  • It might seem reasonable to assume that a prison guard and an inmate would not naturally be friendly to one another. A recent incident in the Texas Corrections System, however, is belying that notion -- with a social media twist.

    Heath Lara, a prison sergeant at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, was fired from his job after officials learned that he had friended inmate Gary Wayne Sanders on Facebook. Sergeant Lara was dismissed for violating a rule that prohibits fraternization between officers and prisoners. Sergeant Lara appealed the decision, claiming that he had known Sanders in high school and was not aware that Sanders was an inmate in the jail where he worked.

    The appeal was initially denied but later upheld, and Sergeant Lara was reinstated two weeks ago. A review found that Sergeant Lara had no real relationship with the inmate. The Texas State Department of Criminal Justice also decided that friendship on Facebook between inmates and guards is permitted. The department

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  • More than 48,000 U.S. service members have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a number of organizations are dedicated to helping these veterans on their road to recovery. Earlier in the week, the George W. Bush Presidential Center hosted its second Warrior Open, a two-day golf tournament. In all, 20 wounded warriors participated in the 36-hole regulation event near Dallas.

    This year's winner, Army Corporal Chad Pfiefer (Ret.), was injured during a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq in 2007. His left leg had to be amputated above the knee. As former President George W. Bush looked on, Pfiefer hit a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. To top it off, he won the tournament for the second year in a row, with a score of 3 over par after 36 holes. Along with the Warrior 100K mountain-bike ride, the Warrior Open is one of the trademark events that the Bush Institute's military service initiative puts on to honor the troops and to encourage veterans who are using sports in their

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  • Fight for your right to spike. That's the slogan for one Florida teen who is seeking the freedom to wear his hair in a mohawk at school. Seventeen-year-old Ashton Stonesifer from DeLand, Florida, wants to set the world record for having the tallest spikes of hair. Stonesifer's style of choice is a 16-inch "liberty spike" mohawk with blond tips.

    Stonesifer says he wore his hair this way for the first time on Monday. The principal at Deland High School, Mitch Moyer, warned the student against wearing a mohawk to school. On Tuesday, Moyer sent him home for insubordination, saying his hair was an "extreme distraction." Stonesifer says the look is just a part of who he is: "I'm weird, uncommon, and kind of socially unacceptable. So why can't my hair express that, too?"

    According to school policy, the principal can make such decisions at his discretion. The school board's policy states that it is the principal's responsibility to "see that the dress appearance of any student shall not be

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  • The viral video of a gibbon and a housecat interacting with one another has intrigued the Web. In the video, which has been viewed more than 175,000 times on YouTube, a cat rests on the arm of a sofa as the gibbon playfully jumps around, climbs, pulls on the cat's ears, and bites on the cat's tail. APEril, a 6-month-old white-handed gibbon, was rejected by her mother shortly after being born. That's when Dana Savorelli stepped in and welcomed APEril to his animal sanctuary in Jackson County, Missouri. Savorelli introduced APEril to a housecat that he had taken in several years ago, named Chuck.

    One commenter described the video as "cuteness overload," but others have questioned how Savorelli came to house the primate, and still others have shown concern for the animal not being in the wild. Savorelli is the owner of Midwest Tongs, an animal sanctuary where he has been rescuing exotic animals since 1996. It also serves as an innovative snake and reptile handling-tools company.


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