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  • Matthew Bent of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, is being hailed as a hero for standing up for his son against three bullies at his school. Bent says that his son has been repeatedly harassed by classmates at River View Middle School, even suffering physical harm. His son says that even after reporting the incident to teachers, nothing was done about it.

    Bent took the fight to Facebook on Wednesday, where he posted an image of him and his son holding a sign that read "I stand behind my son in the fight against bullying. Please like and share to send a message loud and clear that bullying needs to stop now. Tell school districts that protecting bullies by turning a blind eye is wrong!" Bent's post has been "liked" on Facebook more than 390,000 times and shared more than 410,000 times. Bent explained his public outcry, saying, "If no one's going to stand up for my son, I'm going to stand up for my son. When i was in junior high and i was bullied, nobody stood up in my corner."

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  • Looking at most advertising, one would assume that the fashion world is a place only for the young. Very few ads feature anyone over the age of 30, let alone 80. Well, meet Ali. The 83-year-old tailor has become something of a star on Tumblr, thanks to a blog called What Ali Wore.

    Created by photographer Zoe Spawton, the blog is a tribute to the ever-changing custom wardrobe of Ali, who walks by her coffee shop at 9:05 every morning. After seeing him many times, she asked if she could start photographing him, with his unique choices in clothing. He agreed, and thus What Ali Wore was born.

    Ali is Turkish but has been living in Berlin, where the photos are taken, for 44 years. His skill at tailoring means that his clothes are often handmade, and he rarely wears the same thing twice. Since he wants to looks his best, Spawton says, Ali has some restrictions on when she can photograph him. She told Spiegel Online, "Sometimes [he] just does not feel good, [is] in a bad mood or sick." She

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  • Deployment to Afghanistan is a difficult situation for many U.S. soldiers, but it is also a time when strong bonds are formed between soldiers. Staff Sgt. Jesse Knotts formed lasting friendships with his fellow soldiers, but also with someone a lot smaller -- a stray cat that he named Koshka.

    Knotts found Koshka in the Maiwand district in Afghanistan in 2011 and took him in because he said the cat was "showing some signs that people weren't taking very good care of him." U.S. personnel are not allowed to keep pets, but Knotts cleared out a small space in his office for Koshka to hide in anyway.

    In December 2011, a suicide bomber targeted a convoy near the base, taking the lives of two of the sergeant's friends. While he was crying in his office, Knotts said, Koshka approached him and lay down in his lap to comfort the man who had rescued him. Knotts said, "He pulled me out of one of my darkest times, so I had to pull him out of one of his darkest places." He added, "You lose faith in a

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  • You would be hard-pressed to travel anywhere in the world and not be able to buy a Coca-Cola. Sadly, the same cannot be said for access to clean water and vital medicine. One man is doing what he can to change that, using the distribution power of large corporations.

    In the 1980s, entrepreneur Simon Barry was an aid worker in remote villages in Zambia, and he became aware of how easy it was to grab a Coke nearly every place he went, but he also noticed how many basic necessities were missing. Barry got the idea to somehow use Coca-Cola's distributing success to deliver lifesaving supplies to the countries most in need. Unfortunately, the idea did not become a reality until about five years ago, with the help of Facebook and the Internet.

    Once Barry's idea caught the attention of the Coca-Cola Company, the joint efforts resulted in a test program, called ColaLife. The program gets medical aid to Zambia using the extra space in Coke crates. The wedge-shaped AidPods fit in between the

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  • During the past few days, if you have frequented Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed a trend in the look of some of your friends' profile pictures. People around the world are changing their profile picture to show their support for gay marriage. The image in common is a distinct red square with a pink equal sign in the center. So where did the sign come from?

    The social media campaign is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court addressing two sweeping laws affecting gay rights in America: California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The official symbol of the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals, is a yellow equal sign on a royal-blue background, and it stands for equality.

    HRC is pushing to have people show their support on Facebook during the Supreme Court decisions, so the red-and-pink version was created. HRC wrote a message to its supporters on Facebook: "Make sure your wear red to show your

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