Rick Chap’s cat Buddy knew something was wrong when his owner had a heart attack on his kitchen floor. Rick’s wife Jennifer was in her home office and completely unaware that her husband was in crisis. The normally docile Buddy sprang to action, running to Jennifer and meowing, scratching and jumping until he got her attention. Because of Buddy, Jennifer wandered into the kitchen where she was able to call for help and give Rick CPR. Without their kitty’s heroic actions, Jennifer would never have found her husband in time. Buddy is a rescued stray, so it’s no wonder that karma came back around and made the Chaps’ kind act of adoption the best favor they ever did themselves! [CNN]
A lot of little girls want to dress up as princesses or Disney characters for their birthdays. But Emma, the five-year-old daughter of photographer Jaime Moore, had another idea. Instead, said Jaime, “It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better.” So Emma and Jaime created a photo shoot where Emma imitated real-life heroines, including Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart and Jane Goodall. Explains Jaime of the project,
“We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world……..so let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.”
The portraits are, in a word, stunning. And Emma is so, so, lucky to have a mom who’s setting her up to succeed with positive role models. Check out a couple more after the jump! Keep reading »
On Monday, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. For him, like so many others, life won’t ever be the same. All of the people impacted by the blast are struggling to cope with what’s happened, but Bauman went the extra mile. When he woke up from his amputations, Bauman asked for a paper and pen and began writing down details that he remembered. The Concord, New Hampshire, man is still in intensive care, but it was his details that helped crack open the case.
“Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,” he wrote.
That helped authorities zero in on the two suspects – Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. While Bauman struggles to recover, friends and family have set up a “GoFundMe” account to help him pay for the monstrous hospital bills he’s incurring. So far, the fund’s raised more than $134,000, with a goal of $200,000.
“We all knew you were the nicest kid, now we know your the strongest!!,” wrote GoFundMe page founder Brooke Gibbs. “We’re all praying for a quick and safe recovery.” Us, too. [GoFundMe]
Forget Ah-nold: this to me is what a hero is. While debating whether or not to de-fund Planned Parenthood (which passed 240-185) because the organization offers abortion services, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) revealed last night on the floor of the House of Representatives that she had an abortion on a desired pregnancy at 17 weeks. “[I am] one of those women [Rep. Smith] spoke about just now. … I lost the baby,” Rep. Speier said. “And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous.” She was responding to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who apparently made a reference to women making the decision to have an abortion without any thought. Keep reading »
Now, I’m not judging—who hasn’t been there?—but 26-year-old Sophia Hartdegen sure looked rip-roaring drunk when she fell off the platform and on to the Boston subway tracks on Friday night, just as a train appeared in the distance. Lucky for her, a Transportation Authority employee just happened to be on the platform too and called the subway driver, Charice Lewis. Lewis pulled the train’s emergency brake and it stopped just short of the station—literally inches from Hartdegen. Lewis told the CBS “Early Show” that she got out of the train cab, and thought, “Please God, let this woman be OK.” And she was. Hartdegen just smiled up at her. Totally how a sober person would react. [AP
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Unless you were actively avoiding the news yesterday afternoon, you know there was a horrifying shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. At a medical processing center where soldiers check in before and after deployment, 13 people (12 soldiers and one civilian) were killed and an additional 28 were wounded. While some speculated that there were two gunmen, reports now say there was one—Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist (yeah, that’s insanely twisted) who recently found out he was being sent to Afghanistan. While some witnesses say he yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) while shooting, most seem to think his motivation was opposition to the war.
This morning, General Bob Cone released the name of the police officer who took down Hasan. Her name is Kimberly Munley, and judging by her picture, she must be under 30. Munley and her partner arrived on the scene within three minutes, and ran into the building, where Munley met Hasan head-on as he came around a corner. The two exchanged gunfire and Munley shot him four times before she fell. She was also hit, but is now in stable condition. “It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer,” Cone said. Go Kimberly—we applaud you for your bravery and for preventing more fatalities. We hope you recover soon and that Hollywood gets on your biopic, stat. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »