• Heroic dog receives rare honour for saving girl

    Leo fought back against the bigger dog but sadly lost his own life in the process

    Children play beside the monument to Leo, a dachshund that defended a child from an attack by another dog. (The Associated Press)Children play beside the monument to Leo, a dachshund that defended a child from an attack by another dog. (The Associated Press)

    Leo was a timid little dachshund who loved to cuddle and spend time with his owners. So you’d probably never expect to hear that Leo was also a hero. 

    The Huffington Post reports that Leo had the chance to prove his bravery when a bull-mastiff jumped at a 10-year-old girl from behind and grabbed her arm. 

    Leo came rushing to the scene, barking at the large dog and biting it on the leg. The bull-mastiff then left the girl alone and went after Leo instead.  

    Leo fought back against the bigger dog but sadly lost his own life in the process.

    Two weeks ago in Pancevo, Serbia, a life-size statue of Leo was built next to a children’s playground in a local city park, in honour of his bravery.

    Children come and play near Leo’s monument, they also pay their respects and leave flowers.

    Leo’s special monument is the first of it’s kind in Serbia, which reportedly has a big problem with stray dogs. The construction of Leo’s monument was encouraged by local animal rights group after his story

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  • Hillary Clinton writes to gay teen featured on ‘Humans of New York’

    I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

    (Humans of New York via Facebook)(Humans of New York via Facebook)

    A gay teenager shared his anxiety about growing up to live a happy life in a Humans of New York photo that grabbed the attention of a few very familiar faces.

    Humans of New York, a photoblog that strives to capture the daily lives of the average New Yorker, is a haven for relatable stories that ranges from uplifting to deeply emotional.

    The original Facebook post that shows the young boy looking distressed is captioned with his own words: “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

    The photo has since gone viral, racking up more than 620,000 likes on Facebook and nearly 60,000 shares.

    The comments are riddled with words of encouragement from strangers all around the world, and one particular politician chimed in as well.

    “Prediction from a grown up: your future is going to be amazing,” former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton replied to the post. “You will

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  • Community builds new home for custodian who lost house in fire

    “So many people were there to support me, and all I could do was cry."

    Brenda Hurst in front of the school she's worked at for 20 years. (Photo: The Gods Grace)Brenda Hurst in front of the school she's worked at for 20 years. (Photo: The Gods Grace)

    Everyone in Boiling Springs, South Carolina, knows Brenda Hurst. After all, she has been the head custodian at Boiling Springs High School for 20 years.

    “When people come to our football games at Boiling Springs, they hear her laugh. They know Ms. Brenda,” Alexis Ork, student body president at Boiling Springs High, toldABC News.

    So when the home that Hurst shared with her brother burned down last June, there wasn’t too much debate about how to help.

    “The first thing I said was, ‘I need to give her a home,’” Ork told ABC News.

    The house had been in the Hurst family since the 1900s and the only thing that survived the fire was the family bible, reported ABC.

    Initially, school principal Chuck Gordon and Ork, along with the student body, started to reach out to area businesses to raise money for a mobile home. But when Mike Raven, executive director of United Carpenters for Christ, heard the story, he offered to build a brand new home.

    With the help of donations and business sponsors, the

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  • <em id=yui_3_15_0_1_1435674544825_263>Biiftu Duresso, whose father is a custodian at her high school, graduated as the valedictorian this weekend. (Photo: <a href=http://6abc.com/education/school-janitors-daughter-becomes-class-valedictorian/812743/ target=_blank data-ylk=elm:itm;elmt:link;t1:a2;t2:article;t3:body;t8:fa18f1a6-1cb8-3f02-94ac-7aba06c347f5;t9:18;itc:0>6abc</a>)</i>

    Biiftu Duresso was selected to be the valedictorian this year for Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School. This past Saturday Duresso, 18, not only graduated at the top of her class, she also made it a point to thank everyone that inspired her throughout high school. That included her father Jamal Abdullahi, who is an Ethiopian immigrant, who now works at her school as a supervising custodian.

    13 WHAM reports that Abdullahi grew up in Ethiopia during a civil war, and immigrated to the United States on March 28, 1983, despite not being able to speak any English.

    Jamal Abdullahi with his daughter Biiftu Duresso, the class valedictorian.Jamal Abdullahi with his daughter Biiftu Duresso, the class valedictorian.

    In her speech Duresso said: “My parents, Jamal and Zubaida, made their way to Rochester, New York, from Ethiopia in the ‘80s and '90s [and] had the audacity to imagine something better for me and my siblings.”

    After arriving in the United States, Abdullahi worked a variety of odd jobs. In 1986, he eventually landed a part-time position working as a custodian. Abdullahi was hired to work for the Rochester City School District,

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  • Man to wed his wife a second time after crash causes amnesia

    “I promised I would take care of her, and now here we are: The Stamper Wedding Round 2.”

    Jeremy Stamper needs your help in order to throw his wife the perfect wedding (again). (GoFundMe)Jeremy Stamper needs your help in order to throw his wife the perfect wedding (again). (GoFundMe)

    Second time’s the charm.

    A Tennessee man and his wife are getting married for the second time in a year after the bride was injured in a car accident and lost all memory of their wedding.

    The groom, Jeremy Stamper, has launched a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising $5,000 so that his wife, Justice, can have “the perfect wedding (again).” As Stamper explains on the crowdsourced funding page, his wifewas driving to meet him after work, just three weeks after the wedding, when it happened.

    “She was yielding to oncoming traffic to turn left on a side road when she was rear-ended at a dead stop,” he wrote. “She was nearly killed in the impact but by the grace of God she survived.”

    Jeremy called the injuries “endless,” but said that she has finally been released from her physical treatments. 

    About a month after the accident, and barely two months after their ceremony, Justice told him the debilitating truth.

    “I don’t want you to be mad… but I don’t remember the wedding.”

    Jeremy was

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  • June 25 -- Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Sean Parker discusses the launch of his foundation committed to cancer research. He speaks with Stephanie Ruhle. (Source: Bloomberg)June 25 -- Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Sean Parker discusses the launch of his foundation committed to cancer research. He speaks with Stephanie Ruhle. (Source: Bloomberg)

    The man who helped make file sharing so easy is now using his entrepreneurial talents a lot less controversially.

    Sean Parker, who co-founded Napster more than a decade ago, announced a $600-million gift to help launch his charity, The Parker Foundation. The foundation will focus on civic engagement and public health, while also trying to find cures for diseases such as cancer and malaria.

    The Parker Foundation will “apply the lessons learned from Silicon Valley start-ups to our philanthropic initiatives,” he said in a statement.

    “We must move fast, make concentrated bets based on our convictions, have the courage to make mistakes and learn from them.”  

    Parker told The Chronicle of Philanthropy that his San Francisco-based foundation will focus on areas where progress can be made.

    “My guiding principle of all my engagements is I try to only focus on the problems where I have some insight or a set of relationships or capabilities where I can actually do something about it and see a

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  • Nasir Sobhani, a Melbourne, Australia-based barber, also know as the &ldquo;Street Barber&rdquo;, rolls around the city on his days off, giving out free haircuts to the homeless.Nasir Sobhani, a Melbourne, Australia-based barber, also know as the “Street Barber”, rolls around the city on his days off, giving out free haircuts to the homeless.

    Inspired by his personal struggles with drug addiction, Nasir Sobhani, a Melbourne, Australia-based barber, rolls around the city on his days off giving out free haircuts to the homeless.

    Sabhoni, also know as the “Street Barber,” said he would often spend $400 a day on cocaine before getting clean. Now he says that cutting hair is his “new way of getting high.”

    “It’s my new drug,” he said.

    Cutting hair on the street is his new way of giving back – his way of repaying his gratitude for being sober and healthy.

    “I remember the days when I used to hate myself and not be able to look into the mirror without crying because I would just be so disgusted at who I was,” he said.

    “And I find that embedded within a lot of my street clients. They feel so ashamed of who they are.”

    A lot of his clients, Sabhoni said, just need actual human contact from a person who cares about them.

    While cutting their hair, he encourages an open line of communication by being honest about his past, and allowing

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  • A Virginia mom is getting a lot more than she bargained for when she asked for some kids to join her son in a water balloon fight for his 10th birthday.

    Traci Eubank’s son, Camden, has  Apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder that gives children trouble pronouncing sounds, syllables, and words. Camden is homeschooled and has trouble making friends, Traci said, because of the speech disorder.

    Camden wanted to have what Traci called an”ultimate water balloon fight” for his birthday, but because he doesn’t have a lot of friends, Traci was at a loss for who to invite other than Camden’s sister “and her best friend and a few cousins.”

    So on Sunday, June 28, Traci posted an open invitation on Facebook to anyone with kids that wants to come throw some water balloons with one awesome little boy.” And, it seems, the call has been answered.

    Since Traci posted the invitation, over 1500 people have joined the event page, and Traci has received notes of support from “India, London, Australia,

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  • Toddler hits neighbour’s car, parents receive unexpected invoice for the damage

    The last item on the bill read “these things happen” with no charge as the final amount

    (Thinkstock)(Thinkstock)

    Accidents happen and being honest about it is always the best policy.

    So when these UK parents admitted that their toddler damaged their neighbour’s car door they were expecting the worst: a big bill to pay.

    Instead, the parents received a heartwarming note letting them off the payment for the damage.

    The 3-year-old accidentally dented the neighbour’s car while opening his door on his family’s car, reports the Mirror. The parents told the owner about the accident and that they would pay for the repair to fix the door.

    A few days later, after reminding the neighbour about the damage, the mom received this invoice.

    (Imgur)

    On the bill, the neighbour listed the two repairs to the damage and some miscellaneous costs including “numerous cups of tea” and “numerous packets of biscuits” for “pondering” the costs of the repair. The grand total of repairs, re-spray, tea and biscuits ended up being £1,838.00 (which rounds up to nearly $2,900).

    But the last item on the bill read “these things happen”

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  • Mosque raises money for church in Ontario after it was vandalized

    “I told them, this is what any Muslim would do.”

    Hamid Slimi presents Father Camillo Lando with a $5000 cheque. (Twitter/@ihslimi)Hamid Slimi presents Father Camillo Lando with a $5000 cheque. (Twitter/@ihslimi)

    After a Catholic church was vandalized last month, a nearby mosque donated thousands of dollars to help because it was “the least that they could do.”

    Hamid Slimi, imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, Ont., paid a visit to a nearby St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic church after hearing about the incident through the media, The Toronto Star reports.

    That’s where Father Camillo Lando showed him some of the footage of the attack that was caught on security video.

    “It was a very bad scene,” Slimi told The Star. “The guy who did it ripped pages out of the Bible. He broke the altar. He threw the cross…”

    “When I saw this, I thought it was pure injustice. It was just wrong.”

    After seeing what had happened to the church in such explicit detail, Slimi informed his congregation about the incident and

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