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Michael Fesser has been treated very badly by people in authority, but his greatest vindication seems to be in proving that he’s not the man he once was. Fesser made local papers after receiving sizable cash settlements resulting from discrimination lawsuits with his former employer and two local ...
Garth Brooks hit the stage in Detroit wearing the jersey of retired Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. However, the photo he posted backstage confused some of his fans. Because of the name “Sanders” and the jersey number 20, they thought the shirt was meant to convey support for Vermont ...
After Dustin and Caren Moore asked a flight attendant for help changing their newborn daughter, they received much, much more than what they asked for. Jenny, one of the flight attendants working the Southwest flight, happened to ask the parents why they were flying with such a young baby. And when ...
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When emergency responders found Harold Storelee in front of his house with a broken hip, they did their best to take care of him. As it turned out, that care included attending to the task that injured Storelee--tending his lawn. According to Storelee’s grandson, the lawn was his “pride ...
Pina Andelora and Angelo Picone are street musicians and activists, accustomed to engaging the passers-by on Spaccanapoli, the historic central street in the middle of Naples. Once the coronavirus hit Italy--and hit it hard--it left people like them without a means to contribute to the vibrancy of their ...
A local law enforcement officer was recently disciplined for slacking off on the job. His name? Officer Doolittle. Sergeant James A. Doolittle served as the K-9 handler for the West Linn police department. During the entirety of 2012 and 2013, he responded to exactly one police call. Nevertheless, Doolittle ...
Executives at medical device firm Ventec Life Systems were impressed right away when they brought their concerns to automotive behemoth General Motors (GM). GM officials had previously pledged logistical support to assist Ventec in the production of ventilators, a critical need in the treatment of COVID-19, ...
When an envoy visited the White House to advocate for an inmate serving a life sentence, most of the headlines went toward fashion model and lifestyle icon Kim Kardashian West. However, accompanying her was former federal judge Kevin Sharp. Sharp carried an authoritative tone because of his years on ...
Tim Boyle, President and CEO of Portland-based apparel brand Columbia Sportswear, recently made the decision to sacrifice almost all of his salary so that others within the company could continue to receive a paycheck. Boyle, whose compensation in 2018 exceeded $3 million, will make only $10,000.A rival ...
At QuarterWorld, customers were used to coming to experience rare pinball machines and other arcade games. But during Covid-19, once it looked like there was going to be a stay-at-home order across the city, owner Phil Ragaway pivoted--and started bringing the games to the people.It started with a few ...
As the lockdown from Covid-19 began to become reality, Deanna Everson peered into the future, and what she saw scared her. As the owner of Portland’s Ginger Salon she said, “Everyone is going to buy those highlighting kits, and they're going to make their hair look like cheetah-print ...
It started slow, but after a few attempts, Jonny Blue was on a roll. After reading stories about people hoarding necessities like toilet paper, the 33-year-old physical therapist took to the streets with a simple message adorned on a cardboard sign.“Share your toilet paper,” read the sign ...
One of the massive downsides of schools closing from the pandemic was all the canceled student activities. So, when Tim Bennington-Davis saw an opportunity to mobilize his students in a way that could make a tangible difference, he jumped at the opportunity.Bennington-Davis is a mentor to the Wilsonville ...
A Louisiana hothead was so enraged that he hadn’t received his COVID-19 stimulus check, he set his mom’s shed on fire. 51-year-old Marvin Smith Jr. was squabbling with his mother over the federal payout when he intentionally ignited the shed. Witnesses told deputies Smith was inside the ...
After a year, a NASA Mars mission crew has returned back to civilization—but they were in Hawaii, not on Mars. It was all part of a project called the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS); according to NPR's report, "The goal of HI-SEAS is to test what it would be ...
It's the time of year when large groups of Bolivian Catholics participate in a ritual meant to bring good luck to their lives. Thousands of people gathered outside of the Bolivian capital of Paz recently to try to break apart rocks. The tradition comes from a legend that the Virgin Mary appeared ...
A tourism officer in the Philippines recently unveiled a family treasure: a 75-pound pearl. The officer, Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, received the pearl from a relative when he was moving; he had found the pearl inside a giant clam while fishing and "kept it as a good-luck charm." The pearl ...
There were many heartwarming stories during the 2016 Olympics. And they just keep coming even after the Olympics are over. ESPN reported Polish Olympian Piotr Malachowski, who won a silver medal in the discuss competition. Piotr "announced on his Facebook page that he is auctioning off his medal ...
The Olympics have now ended. Some of us are still probably trying to figure out what to do with our lives. But think about the athletes. As soon as August 22nd came and went, more than 11,000 athletes left Rio, some winners, but more losers with thoughts of falling short of their expectations.Even athletes ...
In the heat of summer, a pool often sounds like a nice way to escape the high temps—but certain Philadelphia residents have been warned that they need to think up some other ideas. Why? Because they were renting dumpsters and filling them with water from fire hydrants to make their own makeshift ...
Long-distance online dating can be rough—just ask Alexander Pieter Cirk, who lives in Holland but had fallen for a Chinese woman he'd met online. Fed up with the distance between them, he got a visa, booked a flight, and flew 5,000 miles to see her. He'd sent her a picture of his itinerary, ...
With the Olympics winding down we remember and celebrate the winners—the gold and silver and (maybe) bronze medal winners. But, sadly, while we cheer winners, most of us don't know how to lose well. A recent NPR article takes a look at the negative effects of rooting for those who lose. For ...
Being someone's friend used to mean something, until Facebook came along. Now we are "friends" with many people we don't even know that well. So the New York Times asks "Do your friends actually like you?" According to the story, "Recent research indicated that only ...
August 7, 2016, was a devastating day for the racing community: driver Bryan Clauson died following a crash in a Kansas race. But in the midst of his family's heartbreak there was some good news: Clauson had signed up to become an organ donor—a decision that led to five saved lives. Clauson's ...

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