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  Story 32 -   Wednesday July 14, 2021
Even Opponents Of Legal Marijuana Wouldn’t Call The Cops On A Pot-Smoking Neighbor
At least half of Americans support legalizing marijuana, recent polls have shown. But even among Americans who think the drug should be illegal, few are so strongly opposed that they would report a pot-smoking neighbor to the police. According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, Americans support legalizing marijuana by a margin of 50 percent to 32 percent. But the number of people who would call the cops on a neighbor is much lower than that. Only ...
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  Story 31 -   Friday July 9, 2021
London police officer pleads guilty to murder of Sarah Everard
Wayne Couzens kidnapped Ms Everard in a hire car as she walked home alone from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, in March. The 48-year-old firearms-trained parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old. Couzens pleaded guilty Friday to murdering Sarah Everard. What followed was an outpouring across social media from women sharing ...
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  Story 30 -   Tuesday June 29, 2021
Co-Workers Donate Their Kidneys to Save Each Other’s Husbands
The COVID-19 pandemic has put life as we knew it on hold for more than a year, but as things finally settle back into a new normal, people are returning to the workplace. For two co-workers catching up during a chance encounter, swapping news serendipitously turned into a life-saving exchange. Susan Ellis and Tia Wimbush both work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Ironically, both Tia’s husband, Rodney, and Susan’s husband, Lance, were on a ...
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  Story 29 -   Tuesday June 29, 2021
Hero Who Jumped Into the Bay to Save a Toddler is Honored to Accept Ride With The Thunderbirds
The hero who jumped into a Maryland bay to save a toddler was honored by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds acrobatic jet team, who gave him an unforgettable ride on Friday. Despite being afraid of heights, Jonathan Bauer jumped 25 feet into the Assawoman Bay after a car accident flung a baby into the water on May 2. He saved the girl’s life and news of Bauer’s heroic quick-thinking actions sparked the iconic Thunderbirds to offer their own th ...
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  Story 28 -   Tuesday June 29, 2021
Amputee Who Can Only Walk for 20 Minutes at a Time Climbs England’s Three Highest Peaks
Ben Lovell, 42, had never climbed a mountain before he had to have his right leg amputated below the knee due to a blood clot. He can only walk for 20 minutes at a time but has climbed England’s three highest peaks—a feat that took him 27 hours. 42-year-old Ben Lovell had never climbed a mountain—and in 2017 he had to have his right leg amputated due to a blood clot. These days the strain on his leg means he can walk 20 minutes, covering ...
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  Story 27 -   Wednesday June 23, 2021
Two Young Scandinavian women raped, slaughter, decapitated
Moroccan police have arrested nine more people in an investigation into the murder of two Scandinavian female tourists by suspected Islamic State militants, authorities said. It is in addition to the four suspects already arrested over the killing of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, whose bodies were found on Monday in an isolated area near Imlil, on the way to Toubkal, North Africa's highest pe ...
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  Story 26 -   Wednesday June 2, 2021
This Couple’s 68th Wedding Anniversary Photoshoot Is Seriously the Sweetest Thing Ever
Forget the honeymoon phase. Those who say that love doesn’t last have obviously never met Donald and Ollie King. The smitten couple will be married for 68 years come September, and their beautiful love is everything we need right now. As the lovebirds’ 68th wedding anniversary drew near, their granddaughter, Ashley Owen, wanted to make the occasion a memorable one. So she arranged for a special surprise for her grandparents: a photoshoot on th ...
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  Story 25 -   Wednesday June 2, 2021
This Story Will Remind You Exactly How Your First Crush Felt, Heartbreak and All
The British Invasion hit me in a totally different way than it did everyone else. It was the early ’60s, I was 13 and I had found my very own English lad to fantasize about. I could listen to his accent all day long. I wasn’t allowed to date but I’d had the usual teenage crushes. Then Dave and John arrived on the scene and I experienced my first real crush. My brother, four years older than me, made friends with the family, who had just mo ...
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  Story 24 -   Wednesday June 2, 2021
She Ignored Me All Through High School—Now We’ve Been Married for 58 Years
Maudie and I have been married for 58 years, but it most certainly was not love at first sight. We both grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and entered Murphy High School in 1953 as freshmen. Mobile had high school fraternities and sororities then and still does—social organizations, but unlike the ones in college. By the second semester of my sophomore year, I had joined a fraternity. In civics class, I sat by two sorority girls. The three of us talk ...
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  Story 23 -   Wednesday June 2, 2021
This Couple’s 43-Year-Long Love Story All Started in a Pen Pal Club
When I joined an international pen pal club in November 1959, I had no idea how it would change my life. I was an RN at a large hospital in Bremen, in northern Germany. By December, the letters started pouring in. One letter from Sweden piqued my interest. It was from a Swedish horticulturist who lived and worked in Helsingborg. He wrote the letter in German, and soon many more of his letters crossed The Sound, or Oresund, and the Baltic Sea. ...
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  Story 22 -   Wednesday June 2, 2021
The Beautiful Girl Next Door Absolutely Refused Go on a Date with Me. Now She’s My Wife.
Home from the Navy in 1947, I started school at Greenville College in my hometown of Greenville, Illinois, about 50 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. I had been out of high school for four years, but my high school principal, Mr. Gardner, invited me to a Valentine’s Day dance at school. We lived in a small community, and the thought of seeing my former teachers was intriguing. So I agreed. When Friday came, I cleaned up, gussied up and drove to ...
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  Story 21 -   Wednesday June 2, 2021
My Dream Guy Broke My Heart  -  and Allowed Me to Find the Love of My Life
Back in my college days, I fell very neatly into the category of girls who efficiently filled a guy’s need for a friend or a little sister, but never for a girlfriend. I was obsessed with sports, by that time working the night shift and writing sports for a daily newspaper, fiercely independent, and a country mile from what one might define as hotness. In short, it seemed that I was a real hoot to hang with, but possibly not high on the scale of ...
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  Story 20 -   Tuesday June 1, 2021
13-year-old Florida teen girl was stabbed 114 times in premeditated attack by 14-year-old classmate
A 14-year-old Florida boy was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, accused of stabbing 13-year-old classmate Tristyn Bailey 114 times and leaving her mutilated body in a wooded area earlier this month. In announcing that Aiden Fucci would be charged as an adult, R.J. Larizza, state attorney for the 7th Circuit, described a premeditated act during a news conference at the St. Johns County courthouse. "At least 49 of those stab wounds w ...
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  Story 19 -   Tuesday June 1, 2021
24-Year-Old Cameron Perrelli Falls To Her Death At East Village Rooftop Party
NEW YORK — Over the weekend, there was a tragedy at a rooftop party in the East Village. According to police, a young woman lost her balance and plummeted to her death. Michael Perrelli and other family members came to Avenue A to pay their respects to his niece, Cameron Perrelli. The 24-year-old perished early Saturday morning while attempting to cross a rooftop to another. Flowers and an angel statue have been placed in front of the struc ...
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  Story 18 -   Monday May 31, 2021
From Kindergarten to Cancer, This Love Story Defies All of Life’s Struggles
James Garish is no spelling bee champ—in fact, he dropped out of school at 14 and spent more than half a decade in dead-end jobs before enlisting in the Army in 2008. But Garish never forgot the tricky string of letters that added up to the last name of his kindergarten crush, Elizabeth Stipkovits. He also never forgot the girl behind the name, which is why he typed it into his laptop one lonely night in 2010 while serving in Iraq. “I started ...
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  Story 17 -   Monday May 31, 2021
40 Years After Falling for a Girl, He Finally Got to Be with Her
One early January day in 1999, 51-year-old Georgene Martin received a delivery of red roses. Her husband had recently passed away, so the flowers didn’t seem completely out of the blue. But the name on the note that came with them did. The last place she had seen that name, Jerry Zimmer­mann, was in her high school yearbook—from 1965. “Dear Georgene,” Jerry’s card read, “I was a classmate of yours, though I don’t believe you knew who I was. I ...
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  Story 16 -   Saturday May 29, 2021
Gainesville serial killer: How a woman in Louisiana helped break the case of 5 student murders in Florida
GAINESVILLE, Florida - Cindy Juracich was on a trip through the Florida Panhandle in August 1990 when she heard a news report about a grisly string of murders. They immediately made her think about a man from her Louisiana hometown church who used to spend time with her and her family. That man, Danny Rolling, had told her that one day he was going to leave Shreveport, where they lived. "He always told us ... ' One day, I'm going to leave t ...
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  Story 15 -   Saturday May 29, 2021
19-year-old man sexually assaulted, strangled to death 7-year-old Sherrice Iverson in woman's restroom
Little Sherrice Iverson was raped and murdered in a casino bathroom by Jeremy Strohmeyer, who is serving a life sentence for the crime. David Cash, a friend of Strohmeyer, witnessed the beginning of the assault but never reported it to police or tried to intervene. This is the story, at least part of it. Her name is Sherrice Iverson, and she was 7 when she was lured from an arcade into a Primm casino restroom 20 years ago, forced into the larg ...
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  Story 14 -   Saturday May 29, 2021
Dramatic police footage shows rescue of kidnapped 8-year-old Texas girl
FORT WORTH, Texas — The kidnapping of an 8-year-old Texas girl that was captured by a doorbell camera in May is once again in the public eye, in large part due to body camera footage released Monday by police that depicts the girl’s equally dramatic rescue by officers. The video shows Fort Worth police officers rushing the room at WoodSpring Suites, located in the nearby suburb of Forest Hill, where kidnapper Michael Webb had taken the girl an ...
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  Story 13 -   Saturday May 29, 2021
Man accused of raping and shooting 12-year-old in the face
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – The man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and shooting a 12-year-old boy faced a judge Tuesday. “This individual poses a great danger to children in our community,” said Judge Judith K. Rubenstein. The man was identified Tuesday as 43-year-old Aliex Santiesteban. Santiesteban faces charges of sexual battery with a deadly weapon/serious injury, kidnapping a child under 13 and attempted murder. T ...
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  Story 12 -   Saturday May 29, 2021
The Murder of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, a Netflix Documentary
Gabriel Daniel Fernandez was an eight-year-old boy from Palmdale, California who was abused and tortured over a period of months that ultimately ended in his fatal beating on May 22, 2013 which led to his death two days later. His mother, Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, were both charged and convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances of torture. Pearl Fernandez was sentenced to life imprisonment without the po ...
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  Story 11 -   Saturday May 29, 2021
20 years later, lives carry on after 8-year-old Maddie Clifton’s disappearance and death captivated country
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Jessie Clifton was 11 when 20 years ago Saturday her 8-year-old sister, Maddie, whom she considered to be her very best friend, seemingly vanished from the suburban Jacksonville neighbourhood they grew up in. From that moment on, no one's life in the Clifton family would be the same. She’d pull four plates, four forks and four knives from the cupboard and then it would hit her: There were only three in the family now. ...
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  Story 10 -   Friday May 28, 2021
Neighbor finds body of four-year-old kidnapped child
DALLAS, Texas - A four-year-old boy was kidnapped then murdered on May 15, 2021. Darriynn Brown is facing abduction charges in the child’s case, and was apparently seen on a neighbor's CCTV recording. The boy has been identified as 4-year-old Cash Gernon. He and his twin brother were staying at the 7500 block of Florina Parkway with his father’s girlfriend, Monica Sherrod. The house is in the Mountain Creek area of Dallas, Texas. The father ...
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  Story 9 -   Friday May 28, 2021
Couple shocked as there expensive glass TV stand shatters and nearly kills their dog
ROMFORD, Essex - In East London, a couples' brand new expensive television console was damaged and the glass shards nearly injured their pet Chihuahua Coco. Daniel and his fiancee Rachael, are now warning other people against buying glass furniture after the horror incident. A couple were left shocked and frightened after their glass television stand shattered in the middle of the night, nearly injuring their pet Chihuahua. Daniel Halawi an ...
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  Story 8 -   Friday May 21, 2021
Lady Gaga says she was 'psychotic' after being raped and left pregnant at 19
Lady Gaga says she got pregnant at 19 after being raped by a music producer early in her career, a trauma that triggered a “total psychotic break.” The singer-songwriter opened up about the ordeal on Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry’s Apple TV+ show “The Me You Can’t See,” which focuses on mental health. The Grammy award-winning singer -- real name Stefani Germanotta -- recalled her harrowing experience in an emotional appearance on the premi ...
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  Story 7 -   Friday June 4, 2021
I NEVER LOVED A DAFFODIL
I NEVER LOVED A DAFFODIL by Jim Maxey April, 2016 Sunset peeks through with scarlet flashes
Faded curtains shine from golden light
Seen through clear eyes, wet lashes
A solitary lifetime will consume my night

I sigh, turn my head not so soon to dream
Faceless staff walk hallways like inquisitors
Resting now, what will tomorrow bring
More of the same with no visitors

Annie ...
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  Story 6 -   Thursday May 20, 2021
I Hate Cops
I was driving down a wide, mostly empty street a few miles from Portland. It was late Friday, hot for a September afternoon in Oregon. I was on my way home. I had promised my wife I'd take her to our favorite cafe, good chowder and service, not too busy. Rush hour traffic had thinned, loud sirens approached from somewhere. I prepared to stop for a yellow light when suddenly a light blue speeding Ford Mustang ran the light ahead to my left. Th ...
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  Story 5 -   Thursday May 20, 2021
Florida woman raped 17-year-old boy at his party, authorities said
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida - A Florida woman landed behind bars last week after she allegedly raped a 17-year-old boy at a teen’s birthday party in Charlotte County, the Port Charlotte Sun reported. The alleged incident occurred on May 9 at a home in Port Charlotte. Jessica Good, 43, of Punta Gorda was arrested in connection with the crime on Wednesday. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Good and another woman had been out drinking a ...
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  Story 4 -   Friday May 21, 2021
American Girl  Meets Romantic Vietnam Artist
It is the year 2020 when Katherine Crestin, a 22-year-old student of a well to do American family, travels to Vietnam to get a portrait made by a gifted artist. The artist was born into a very poor Vietnamese family. Despite the incredibly difficult circumstances, the artist named Danh Pheoug had gained an outstanding reputation for being a gifted portrait painter. His reputation led Katherine Crestin to travel all the way to Ho Chi Minh City fro ...
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  Story 3 -   Thursday May 20, 2021
18 two sentence sad stories

1.
I found the love of my life.
She didn’t.

2.
He promised he would wait for her forever.
She kept him to his word.

3.
It was a lot.
It just wasn’t enough.

4.
He woke up, rolled over, and reached for her.
She wasn’t there, and never would be again.

5.
They told me they could save either my wife or my son.
They were wrong.

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  Story 2 -   Saturday May 29, 2021
India's Richest Man Provides free Oxygen to ten percent of COVID Patients Across Nation
As India grapples with an unprecedented new wave of COVID-19, one of the country’s major companies is working round-the-clock to get free oxygen out to people in need. Traditionally, Reliance Industries is not a manufacturer of medical-grade liquid oxygen. But over a year into the pandemic, the company—which is owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani—has gone on to become the nation’s largest producer from a single location, supplying over ...
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  Story 1 -   Monday May 24, 2021
Famed economist helps us know how to be happy
Winning millions on the lottery, landing that dream job, finding love, having a family, traveling the world: We all entertain thoughts of the life changes that we believe would bring us greater happiness. But would they? It turns out that an economist can give us the answers. University Emeritus Professor of Economics Richard Easterlin at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has devoted more than 50 years to researching happ ...
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