• Last Wednesday, Larch Corrections Center inmates Larry Bohn, Nelson Pettis and Jon Fowler were doing maintenance in a park with seven other inmates from the Washington state prison when they heard young boys screaming for help.

    Three boys, aged 8, 10 and 16, had been tossed from their canoe when it capsized and were being dragged down a cold, fast-moving creek.

    "We just thought it was some kids screaming until we seen their two heads bobbing in the water with the canoe upside down," Pettis, 37, told FOX 12. "They were coming down over flooded Salmon Creek. It was raging pretty fast."

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    Pettis dove into the water and let the current push him to a shallow area where he could stand.

    "I don’t think I was thinking at all," Pettis told the Columbian. "I was just really concentrating on getting them to safety."

    "They actually came to me right there," Pettis told FOX 12. "Right then, the current swept

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  • Jessica Cox, 29, was born without arms. Instead of resigning to a life of limitations, the young woman from Arizona chose to overcome what seemed like impossible obstacles with creativity and a positive attitude.

    Hoopla Ha — Life with a Smile recently featured the inspirational woman:

    Cox plays the piano, eats with chopsticks, drives a car, and is the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association.

    She even got her pilot's license.

    According to her bio, "It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet."

    Cox now travels the world as a motivational speaker, encouraging people to "think outside the shoe."

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  • On Wednesday, the Facebook group Jackson TN Euthanasia posted a photo of a dog facing euthanasia at a high-kill rabies control shelter in Jackson, Tennessee. He had been abandoned because his owner believed the dog was gay.

    "This guy was signed over to RC, not [because] he's mean or [because] he tears things up, but because...His owner says he's gay! He hunched another male dog so his owner threw him away bc he refuses to have a "gay" dog! Even if that weren't the most asinine thing I've ever heard, it's still discrimination! Don't let this gorgeous dog die [because] his owner is ignorant of normal dog behaviour! He's in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow [because] there is no room at the inn!" the group wrote in the post that quickly went viral.

    The post inspired thousands of comments and hundreds of calls to the shelter. The bulldog-mix was quickly adopted by Stephanie Fryns, a local veterinary tech, ABC News reports. Fryns had seen the dog's photo on another adoption site

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  • In 2011, Zip the border collie, a five-time canine agility championship winner, was hit by a car and left a paraplegic.

    After several months of therapy, the 9-year-old dog was fitted with a custom wheelchair with all-terrain wheels to help her get around and resume her active lifestyle.

    When her owners brought Zip to an agility practice, she immediately embraced the course.

    "We went to the start line. I turned and looked at Zip and saw the hunger in her eyes as she looked forward; not at me, but at the line of jumps ahead of her," Zip's owner, Sue Cohen, told pet blogger Linda Cole.

    "A friend and my husband decided to put the bars down on the course and I was handed a leash attached to Zip’s wheelchair. They said, 'Run her.' I had reservations but Zip was gleefully barking by this time. We ran and she did great. She now practices all the time," Cohen, told CNN.

    Even with the bars removed, Zip still jumps with her wheelchair as best she can.

    Watch the inspirational dog at the Five Flags

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  • Flipper the kitten was born with a twisted spinal cord, unable to use her hind legs.

    "The cord was twisted like a telephone cable," said Dr. Harry Gurney at the Aspen Park Vet Hospital. "We just felt so bad for Flipper who had to drag her legs behind her as she made her way around the clinic."

    Instead of putting down the disabled kitten, vets at the hospital contacted the Blitz Robotic Club at Conifer High School in Conifer, Colorado, and asked the students if they could help little "Flip" get around better.

    "Club members — some of whom love cats — developed three prototypes that acted as hind legs for the furry feline. She gets into a harness, which helps her stay erect, then with hind legs pumping Flip begins motoring around the clinic," KDVR reported.

    After three tries, the students came up with a "cat cart" held together with popsicle sticks and duct tape that allows Flipper to cruise around on her own.

    "This is just the neatest thing," said Jan Gurney. "She loves kicking her back

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  • A YouTube video of an enthusiastic grandpa playing video games with his grandson has gone viral.

    Eighty-four-year-old Ben squeals and shouts as he gets into the game, clearly having a ball with his grandson, Jake.

    "It sounds like you've both gotta poop," an amused off-camera observer remarks.

    Buzzfeed's John Herrman dubs the Connecticut grandfather "the happiest gamer in the world."

    "We invited our 84-year old grandpa to play some Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 with us...we never thought he'd react like this!!" grandson Jake wrote on YouTube.

    The cute video won over YouTube commenters:

    "Your grandad is awesome! I hope I'm that open to new experiences when I reach his age," redjack9999 wrote.

    "Best grandpa everrrrrrrrr," ahmadz45 wrote.

    Babble blogger Joslyn Gray agrees: "The whole thing is completely awesome and adorable, and I dare you not to smile while watching it!"

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  • Dogs and mailmen don't have the sweetest of histories — in 2011, nearly 5,600 U.S. Postal Service workers were victimized by dogs — but one delivery man considers a canine customer the best part of his day.

    YouTube user bsgtrekfan88 posted a video of his favourite stop along his route. It quickly went viral.

    "Who needs a mailbox?" billy_rufus asked on Reddit.

    Commenters chimed in with their own stories of dogs and the mail.

    "I'm a letter carrier in the Philadelphia suburbs, and I love the dogs on my route and they love me back. of course, a pocket full of peanut butter flavored dog biscuits helps!" CJfromPhilly wrote.

    Dacos127 found the video bittersweet:

    "My Golden used to do that, except our drive was 40 yards long. She would go down get handed the mail in the mouth, walk up the drive 10 yards, drop it and turn around and head back for a biscuit, which the mailman always brought. The only problem was the slight amount of slobber generated that ended up on the mail, but when it was

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  • On Monday evening, an MTA express-bus driver lost consciousness. The vehicle swerved out of control, smashing into several vehicles, a parking meter and a school fence along Madison Avenue.

    The "wild four-block ride" only come to a halt after two brave passengers took control of the wheel.

    "My heart was in my throat the whole time," Leslie Bautista, 24, who was sitting in the third row, told the NY Daily News.

    Passengers, Arkady Krutkovich, 43, and Guy Praisler, 35, took control of the bus and brought the terrifying ride to its end.

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    "I just grabbed the wheel," Praisler said. "I tried to lean him back and steer a little bit. I pushed his leg to the side and was able to bring us to a stop."

    "I wasn’t trying to be hero. I just wanted to stop the bus," Praisler

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  • Chanda Zaveri, 49, fled from Calcutta to the United States three decades ago to flee an arranged marriage. She returns every year, now a proud self-made millionaire.

    At the age of 15, Zaveri befriended a couple, David and Karen, from Boston on Park Street in Calcutta.

    When her parents tried to marry her off two years later, Zaveri contacted the couple, asking for their help. A recent undergraduate, she wanted to pursue a master's degree. They agreed to send the teen a sponsor letter.

    "My parents arranged my wedding and I ran away! I had no money, just a pair of diamond earrings. I sold it, got myself tickets on British Airways and landed in Boston," she told the Telegraph India.

    "I just wanted to be my own person," she said in her company bio. "I used to dream about receiving the Nobel Prize because it meant I had helped the world."

    Determined to get an education, Zaveri worked as a maid for a few elderly clients, until one of them, a 98-year-old woman named Mrs. Leslie, gave her

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  • This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows an authentic 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was hidden in a Virginia closet for 41 years after its owners were mistakenly told it was a fake.
    A 5-cent coin is expected to fetch at least $2.5 million when it goes up for auction on April 25 in Chicago.

    The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is believed to be just one of five in existence.

    "But it's the coin's back story that adds to its cachet," the Associated Press reports. "It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades, and then found to be the real deal."

    Four Virginia siblings, who held on to the coin even after it was deemed a fake, will equally split the auction money.

    "The nickel made its debut in a most unusual way. It was struck at the Philadelphia mint in late 1912, the final year of its issue, but with the year 1913 cast on its face — the same year the beloved Buffalo Head nickel was introduced," the Associated Press reports.

    Douglas Mudd, curator of the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said a mint worker named Samuel W. Brown is

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