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Missing Indonesian Girl Reunites With Family 7 Years After Tsunami

In 2004, Meri Yuranda was washed away from her family and her small village of Ujong Baroh in the Aceh province during the devastating South East Asia tsunami. Her family assumed she was dead — but she wasn’t. A woman found the eight-year-old and “adopted” her, renaming her Wati, and forced her to beg on the street for change. This past week, the woman freed Wati from her servitude, and the now 15-year-old girl set about trying to reunite with her family — though she could only remember her grandfather’s first name, Ibraham. A kind cab driver took her to her home village and introduced her to the Ibrahim he knew, who happened to be her grandfather. He identified the missing girl by a small mole and scar she got when she was six years old. Her grandfather was then able to bring the girl to her parents. 

The girl’s older sister is still among those missing from the tsunami. The 2004 tsunami killed more than 250,000 people. [ABC News]

 

Quickies: Kate Winslet Is Dating John Mayer?!

  • Kate Winslet’s “steamy new hookup” is allegedly notorious ladies man John Mayer. Really, Kate? I like John’s music, but you are sooo much better than Jessica Simpson’s sloppy seconds! Oh well. Maybe these two will hit it off. Kate can show him her merkin and John can blab about it to Playboy. [Celebitchy]
  • Jennifer Lawrence from “Winter’s Bone” has been cast in the lead role in the film version of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Apparently the book series is crazy popular. Anyone read them? [The Wrap]
  • This is the best photo of Rob Kardashian in drag that you will ever see, guaranteed. [Celebuzz]

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Quickies: “Twilight” Stars Evacuate From Tsunami

  • Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner evacuated the set of Twilight: Breaking Dawn on a beach in Vancouver today following a tsunami warning for the West Coast. [Celebuzz]
  • Also, fret not: Maru — the Japanese kitty beloved by blog-reading nerds everywhere — is safe and ready for evacuation, too! [BuzzFeed]
  • If you’d like to help tsunami victims, here’s how to do it! [The Daily What]
  • Peep Rihanna’s Vogue cover, y’all. [Young, Black & Fabulous]
  • Rumor has it Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore want a baby together and are looking into adoption or surrogacy. [Oh No They Didn't]
  • Whoa. Check out this old footage of Zooey Deschanel and Matthew Morrison from “Glee” in a Disney version of “Once Upon A Mattress”! [PopEater]
  • How does Kate Middleton have such flawless skin? I hope it’s not the bird poop facial. [Us Weekly]

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8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan, Tsunami Warnings For Coastal U.S. And Hawaii

A massive earthquake — at 8.9 on the richter scale, it’s among the largest in record history — hit off the shore of Japan today, causing a powerful tsunami to sweep away homes, cars, people, and boats. At least 32 people are dead and that number is expected to rise. There are also tsunami warnings for the coastal U.S., particularly California, as well as Hawaii. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan and anyone affected by this devastating natural disaster. Please feel free to use the comments to post updates you think would be of interest. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

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