Monday, December 31, 2012
Student to fulfill her dream of playing in a marching band at the Tournament of Roses Parade - a big deal for anyone - especially when your blind.
Kwak appreciates Bindle lending a guiding hand. It's tough enough for anyone to march the entire 5.5-mile parade route. Especially for Kwak, who is blind.
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One of the hottest new contemporary artists...some of her paintings sell for over $20,000 - by the way, she's only 5!
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Don't know what to do with that unwanted gift card from your "favorite" aunt...now you have options.
For the sixth year in a row, gift cards were the No. 1 requested item this holiday season. Yet even they can go wrong.
Maybe you're a movie person, and Aunt Annie gave you a gift card to REI. Or perhaps you scored a Starbucks gift card at the office Yankee Swap, but you don't drink coffee. There are numerous reasons why a store or restaurant gift card could end up tucked away in a drawer.
If you're stuck with one of these cards, remember that it's not worthless. The trick is to unlock the cash.Read here how to turn that unwanted gift card into cash...
Sunday, December 30, 2012
This physics teacher gives a simple lecture every year that leaves the greatest impression on all of his students - the talk is about love, life and family...(when you have a quiet moment take the time to watch this inspiring video below.)
Jeffrey Wright is well known around his high school in Louisville, Ky., for his antics as a physics teacher, which include exploding pumpkins, hovercraft and a scary experiment that involves a bed of nails, a cinder block and a sledgehammer.
But it is a simple lecture — one without props or fireballs — that leaves the greatest impression on his students each year. The talk is about Mr. Wright’s son and the meaning of life, love and family.
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They call her the "Teen Whisperer" for her uncanny ability to get into the fortified world of the teen mind...
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Teenagers arrive daily at the West Des Moines home of Ramona Barber, and some expect a psychic.
Parents prefer the title "Teen Whisperer."
Across a paper-stacked kitchen table is a welcoming, no-nonsense woman of 62 with a reputation that stretches across Iowa and beyond.
Barber has an uncanny ability to get inside the teen mind — to go beyond the surface of their monetary dreams, to cast off what others expect, to burrow under even their own faulty self-perceptions — and come out the other side with a life plan that suits them.
Kathryn Giusti is taking on cancer personally and professionally..."I still get a huge knot in my stomach every two months, when I check in at Dana-Farber for my test results"
(Kathryn Giusti in her won words from NYT)
In late 1995, I was feeling tired and went in for a physical. Blood tests found that I had multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. I was shocked because I was only 37. My grandfather had had the disease, but I wasn’t in the usual demographic or age group. The scariest part was that there were no drugs in the pipeline to combat the cancer.
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A mother's support helps her dyslexic son thrive..."You have to find a seat on the bus for everyone. I’m a perfect example."
(Mick Wilz in his own words-NY Times)
I was born in 1956. I should have been reading in grade school, but I’m dyslexic — I have trouble reading, writing and spelling — and few people knew much about the condition in those days. My mother realized that something was wrong, but she didn’t know what. She advocated for me at school and told my teachers not to give up on me. I attended five grammar schools because my mother was constantly looking for something to help me. It was a lonely childhood, and I hate to think how I might have ended up if she hadn’t been so supportive.
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Ancient Arts Center is discovered in Rome...seen as the most important discovery in Rome in 80 years
ROME—Eighteen feet below one of Rome’s most-trafficked junctions is a 900-seat arts center dating back to the second-century reign of Emperor Hadrian, Italian archaeologists have announced.
The discovery, widely seen as the most important in Rome in 80 years, came as a result of digging for the city’s third subway line. Archeologists spent the last five years excavating two halls of the structure under the Piazza Venezia, which is believed to be an arts center, or auditorium, built by Hadrian. Beginning in 123 A.D., it is believed, Roman noblemen gathered under the auditorium’s 13-meter-high arched ceiling to hear rhetoricians, lawyers and writers recite their works. Archaeologists have also identified a third, previously known hall — located under a 20th-century building opposite the terrace where Mussolini addressed his followers — as part of the complex.
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One of the top news stories of people doing good and making a difference in 2012 is that of a 15 year old that invented a test for early discovery of pancreatic cancer...
(See Video Above)
A Maryland 15-year-old is overjoyed at winning $75,000 because of a cancer test he created.
There has been a breakthrough in the fight against pancreatic cancer, and it's all thanks to a 15-year-old Anne Arundel County teen and his mom, who drove him to Johns Hopkins University every night after school to test his theory in a lab.
North County High School freshman Jack Andraka won what is considered the Olympics of science fairs with a diagnostic breakthrough in cancer treatment. The Crownsville 15-year-old won a $75,000 grand prize in this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his new way to test for early-stage pancreatic cancer.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Every week, Huffington has profiled a person who has made a difference in his or her community, from the 10-year old Cub Scout who started a charity to the single dad who traveled around the world volunteering with his family.
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WHEN IT COMES to touch-screen computing, your digits—the kind on your hand—have their limits. You wouldn't draft a letter or sketch a still life with an ink-stained finger, but that's what writing or drawing on a tablet amounts to without the proper tool. When tackling tasks that require more precision than simply tapping and pinching, an appropriate stylus can be transformative.
Most are simple designs, essentially a pen with a rubber tip that mimics the conductive property and shape of a fingertip.
This little 9 year old was born with half a heart and new medical advances helped her grow a full heart
In our era of instant gratification, the world of medicine seems like an outlier. The path from a promising discovery to an effective treatment often takes a decade or more.
But from that process—of fits and starts, progress and setbacks and finally more progress—grow the insights and advances that change the course of medicine.
Here are six of today's potentially transformative trends.
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Freezing winter temperatures soon will be invading New England. That can mean only one thing: Higher home heating costs.
Still, there are simple steps you can take to save money on your heating bills.
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An athlete's soccer team folds so he starts kicking footballs and becomes an internet sensation which ultimate leads to a tryout with the NFL...and oh, by the way, he's from Norway and doesn't know anything about the game!
Havard Rugland does not have the pedigree one might expect for someone who has become an Internet sensation for kicking an American football. He knows next to nothing about the sport. Just ask him to name the quarterback of the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos.
“I have no idea,” said Rugland, a 28-year-old from Norway.
When asked how many yards an offense is penalized for a false start, Rugland paused. “I’d just be guessing,” he finally admitted.
“Look, I don’t know much about football,” Rugland said by telephone from his home in Aalgaard, a small town near the southwestern coast of Norway.
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We're a nation of can-do people: We work, we plan, we organize, we go, fueling ourselves on coffee and pure determination. Until, that is, we fall onto the sofa in a stupor.
More of us are struggling with energy issues, experts say; they point to the weak economy, which has us working harder and plugging in longer, and the belief that we can have it all (so what if we're up till midnight making it happen?).
"I'm seeing so many women who think of themselves as machines that can run nonstop, and they're living with this deep fatigue," says psychologist Michelle Segar, associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls at the University of Michigan. "Just like houseplants need water, our energy reserves need regular replenishing."
To the rescue: strategies that will keep you humming along -- and, happily, don't take much effort.
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Taylor Swift named most charitable celebrity of 2012 by dosomething.org - donates lots of money, but more importantly she spent hours visiting with young cancer victims and became the youngest person to ever receive the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for her charity work.
DoSomething.org, a non-profit organization that aims to harness teen's "awesome energy" and unleash it on causes they care about, has announced the 20 Most Charitable Celebrities of 2012 and Taylor Swift topped the list!
While the singer was snagging headlines and trophies for her diary-like music, she was also donating serious chunks of cash to important organizations (she gave $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame Museum). Swift also spent hours visiting with young cancer victims and became the youngest person to ever receive the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for her charity work. See the entire list and the good that they accomplished in 2012:
The FDA approved only ONE pediatric cancer drug in the past 20 years and 50 for adults - that's all about to change with the Creating Hope Act legislation that was recently passed...Great Newsz may be more appropriate here.
(NewsUSA/National Children's Cancer Society ) - President Obama broke new ground for pediatric cancer patients when he signed the Creating Hope Act as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2012.
This is the first move by Congress to confront the dire supply of drugs for pediatric cancers, as well as other devastating childhood diseases. The FDA has only approved one childhood cancer drug in the last 20 years, compared to 50 drugs for adults.
The National Cancer Institute allots only 4 percent of its budget for childhood cancers, and funding for other pediatric diseases is just as scarce.
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BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Boston Police officer jumped into the frigid water to reach a drowning woman Friday.Cell phone video captured Boston Police Officer Edward Norton taking the plunge; he jumped into the frigid Fort Point channel in a torrential downpour to rescue the woman who'd fallen into the water.“She was in there calling for help and I can swim,” said Officer Edward Norton, Boston Police Department.
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In a delightful show of Christmas spirit, coffee drinkers at a Tim Hortons in Winnipeg, Manitoba, paid it forward for 228 customers in a row on Friday, the staff told the CBC.
One generous customer at the restaurant on Beaverhill Blvd. started a chain of customers paying for the person behind them that lasted about three hours.
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Rock Salt is the most commonly used method for melting that pesky winter ice that builds up on our roads, driveways, and front stoops. It's cheap and easy to apply and, frankly, it does a darn good job. But before you go out and douse your driveway to keep Santa from taking a nasty spill this year, there’s a few things you should know. Rock salt is a very corrosive and concentrated substance, which can cause problems for your local plants, animals, and waterways. Not to mention it can do pretty serious number on your paintjob.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
When teachers asked students what they would do if they knew they couldn't fail. Most wanted to be a millionaire or start a business. But the legally-blind Ali had a much simpler wish. She wanted to drive a car....an amazing act of friendship makes her wish come true.
With so much darkness in the news lately, it's amazing how one simple idea could bring so much light to so many lives. That's what happened last weekend in Snohomish, when over 100 people came together to make a dream reality for their blind friend.
Glacier Peak High School seniors Brooklyn Dana and Ali Steenis joined the Ross and Burbank Show Thursday to share their inspirational story.
It all started at a club meeting, when their teachers asked what they would do if they knew they couldn't fail. Most wanted to be a millionaire or start a business. But the legally-blind Ali had a much simpler wish. She wanted to drive a car.
"I just remember the room going silent and everyone was kind of taken aback by it," Brooklyn says.
Brooklyn says it hit home something so simple could mean so much. But she didn't give it much more thought.
Weeks later, the pair were sitting at a school assembly. The lights were dimmed and a row of smaller tea lights illuminated a path for the homecoming court like a runway in the darkened gym. Suddenly, Ali told Brooklyn it looked pretty.
Until then, Brooklyn had no idea Ali could see anything. But she explained she can see lights when the surrounding area is dark. It would prove to be a revelation one week later.
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A Facebook profile dedicated to making students feel good about themselves has gone viral, spreading kindness to colleges across the U.S. and Canada.
"Queens U Compliments," the brainchild of four students attending Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, publishes anonymous compliments, and tags the objects of affection.
"If there is something nice you have to say about someone but don't feel comfortable saying it to their face, inbox away," the profile says. "Keep in mind that hateful or rude remarks will be completely disregarded."
Some sample compliments include: "Annie Dearden smells like rainbows and happiness" and "Your spirit is that of a young joyous dolphin."
Since launching in September, the profile has attracted more than 4,300 friends. It has inspired "Compliments" pages and profiles for at least 56 colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S. according to Time magazine. For more on the profile, check out the video above.
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(CNN) -- If you received shiny new gadgets for the holidays, you probably have some older device that is now unwanted or obsolete. If you can't regift your old computer, tablet or TV, make sure you get rid of it the smart way by selling, donating or recycling it.
Before you part ways with your device, make sure to wipe it clean and permanently delete any personal data.
A new type of nerve graft made from processed cadaver nerves is giving surgeons another option for rebuilding nerves, sometimes in limbs that previously couldn't be saved...graft helps nerves regrow.
Edward Bonfiglio was on a routine patrol with a Marine unit in Afghanistan in 2009 when it was hit by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. A round smashed through the Navy medic's left leg, leaving him unable to move it or feel anything but pain.
A few weeks later, at a military hospital in Bethesda, Md., Mr. Bonfiglio was given a choice: try a new technique to regrow his severed sciatic nerve, or have his leg amputated below the knee.
"I was pretty adamant about keeping my leg," he said.
Three years and hundreds of hours of physical therapy later, the 26-year-old Mr. Bonfilgio has regained much of the use of his leg. He has graduated from a wheelchair to a cane and can even jog slowly. His leg isn't perfect and never will be, but, he said, "I never saw myself being able to walk with just a brace on my leg."
This cool device lets you project the small screen of your cell phone onto the wall...a tiny projector with a big picture.
As consumers switch from laptops to tablets and smartphones, the makers of projectors are adapting.
Brookstone has come out with an HDMI Pocket Projector, which connects to multiple devices through an HDMI cable for a variety of uses, including presentations, videos, slide shows and games.
Measuring 3.8 inches by 3.9 inches, the compact projector is about the size of a thick piece of French toast. But Brookstone found room for a powerful Digital Light Processing chip from Texas Instruments, which it claims can project high-definition images up to 1080p at 60 inches diagonal on a flat surface.
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Housing recovery is still gaining strength... "We expect home price appreciation to continue for the foreseeable future..."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices were up in most major metropolitan areas in October from a year earlier, pushed up by rising sales and a decline in the supply of available homes. Higher prices show the housing market is improving as it moves into the slow fall and winter sales period.
Local teacher and celebrity Maria Menounos, two of many continuing the good deeds of random acts of kindness...the big lesson is to share your acts in order to inspire others
Grafton High School English teacher Karla Evers has seized the opportunity to engage her students.
Medford native and “Access Hollywood” host Maria Menounos joined in. “I sent treats 2my teachers @AnnCurry: Despite your wish to be humble, reveal your #20Acts #26Acts of kindness Theres honor in inspiring others,” she tweeted last week.
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