Heroic 10-year-old saves mother, brothers from Middletown house fire

A brave 10-year-old saved her mother and younger brothers from a house fire in Middletown on Tuesday night.The mother, who was badly burned, and her daughter talked with WLWT at the hospital about what happened.The single mother of three says she is in intense pain from the burns.Erica Brown, who is in the critical care unit at Atrium Hospital, said her children are her strength as she fights to recover.”She (her daughter) dragged me down the stairs because I couldn’t walk,” Brown said.She sheds tears in her hospital bed.Brown is severely burned and has frightening memories of the fire at her home on Tuesday.”I tried to put it out. Me and mom tried several times and then it got bigger and I fell, and my face got burned and my arms are burned,” Brown said.Brown said her young son accidentally knocked over a candle in her bedroom.She said they light the candle each night in memory of the father of her children.Brown told WLWT he died in an accident last November.She said the flames in her house grew quickly and smoke filled the home.Her 10-year-old daughter, Makalea Gabbard, jumped into action.”I told everybody to get out of the house. The last thing I grabbed out of the house was my mom and I had to help her slowly because she was in bad pain,” Gabbard said.Gabbard said she took a breath, calmed down and called 911.She tended to her mother and her brothers, ages 4 and 9.”If it wasn’t for me, my mom wouldn’t be here or my brothers right now. Any of us wouldn’t be here right now,” Gabbard said.Her mother said they’ve lost everything but she thanks God they are still alive.”My babies are going to keep me strong. I’m living for my babies. That’s all that matters,” Brown said.Brown is surrounded by family as she recovers.They said she is what’s most important right now.Firefighters haven’t determined an official cause of the fire.An incident report shows fire crews estimate nearly $30,000 in damage.Family members said they are trying to gather donations for everything because the family is now without even the bare essentials, such as clothes.Brown’s mother, Dewonia Brown, is helping organize donations and said anyone who’d like to help can reach her at 513-393-1365.Raven Starr told WLWT her church is collecting donations to help the family.She said donations can be dropped off at Grace Community Church on Mondays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.The church is located at 1703 Pershing Ave., Middletown, Ohio 45044.Starr can be reached at 513-393-1817.

Dedicated McDonald€™’s employee surprised with bike from inspired customer

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Erie Perry loves his job at McDonald’s, so when his when his only means for transportation broke down, he walked 10 miles to the Route 10 restaurant every day.

Perry normally rides his bike to work, but that was no longer an option as it broke down after years of wear and tear.

“It was just broken down, just weathered, worn down from multiple rides to work, to and from,” said McDonald’s manager Denise Cantu.

Perry started working at McDonald’s more than a year ago. Early on his work ethic became apparent to his co-workers and managers.

“He is so dedicated, he’s going to be here,” said Cantu.

That type of dedication also caught the attention of a customer.

When Karen Craven learned Perry had to walk 20 miles a day to and from work, she knew she had to help.

Craven turned to social media to see if she could get Perry some help.

Within minutes the post caught the attention of her friend Amy Taylor.

“This is somebody that’s chosen to continue to move forward, when it would have been real easy for him to give up and not many people do that,” said Taylor.

Taylor was so inspired, she bought Perry a brand new bike.

“I have to admit, I was completely surprised, I never expected this in a million years,” said Perry.

He said he loves his new bicycle “It still amazes me,” he said.

A lot of people were surprised to learn Perry walked to work each day, because he’s so reliable.

“He’s either walking and sometimes that takes him about 2 hours and then other times he’s riding his bike,” said Cantu.

For Perry, not showing up for work was not an option.

“This was the first store that would hire me, so I figured I had to put in the effort,” he said. “I was raised if you get a job, you’ve made a commitment, you’ve got to honor it, so if it just means me having to get up early or travel a long way, it’s what I’ve got to do.”

Badly burned kitten renamed Hugh Jackman to honor Wolverine-like recovery

A kitten in New York appears to have a mutantlike healing ability, similar to that of Wolverine.

The severely burned male feline, estimated to be less than 6 months old, was found about three weeks ago with burns over half his body and four teeth missing, the New York Daily News reported.

Since that time, the kitten has healed far more quickly than expected, prompting the staff at Animal Care Centers of NYC to name the little fella Hugh Jackman, after the iconic Wolverine actor, who most recently starred in Logan.

“He’s incredibly resilient,” treating vet Dr. Tara Bellis told the Daily News. “You could call him a superhero cat.”

Vet staff are not sure how Hugh suffered such bad injuries. His burns continue to heal, and he appears to have no long-lasting hearing or vision problems, the Daily News reported.

Once Hugh has healed enough, he will be fostered by a vet staff member then go up for adoption. About $20,000 in donations has been used to save the kitten, according to the Daily News.

“This is a special case that we didn’t have the budget for,” Katy Hansen, a spokeswoman for Animal Care Centers of NYC, told the Daily News. “But when you meet this guy, you can’t help but fall in love.”

Meet the Rollettes: The wheelchair dance team that will wow you

Chelsie Hill always imagined a career as a professional dancer — she just didn’t know she would be in a wheelchair once she got there.

At 17 years old, Hill was part of her high school dance team and had been dancing competitively for more than a decade. She was three months away from graduation in Pacific Grove, California when she got into a car accident with a group of friends, leaving Hill paralyzed from the belly button down.

In an instant, everything changed. Suddenly Hill, now 25, couldn’t move — let alone dance — like she used to.

“In the beginning, I thought, well, when someone breaks a bone, they heal,” she told TODAY of the weeks after her accident. “It takes a little bit, but they get back to their life. I didn’t really understand the extent of what had happened (to me). I knew there was a car accident, and the doctor said, ‘You’re not going to be able to walk again,’ but I didn’t know what that meant. I didn’t know what the future looked like.”

Hill spent 51 days in the hospital, but it took much longer for reality to sink in: The doctor was right. But while Hill was starting to realize she wouldn’t ever walk again, she refused to give up dance.

“When it first happened, I was like, ‘OK, how am I going to get dressed? How am I going to do this?'” she said. “But I always knew I would dance again.”

Two years after she was released from the hospital, she organized a dance showcase with some women she had met in the wheelchair community, and from there, the idea for a wheelchair dance team was born.

She launched the Rollettes (formerly known as Walk and Roll, and before that, Team Hot Wheels) in 2012. The group of six women performs across the country at various abilities festivals and expos, and will dance at the upcoming Wings for Life World Run in Santa Clarita, California, which raises funds for spinal cord research.

Hill, who also appeared on SundanceTV’s reality show “Push Girls,” considers the crew “family” and often leads practice each week, teaching new choreography or training for an upcoming performance.

“I have built my whole life these last seven years basically normalizing my situation,” Hill said. “Of course I’m still in touch with friends from before the accident, but my favorite part about this team is knowing that I have a group of girls who are my best friends, my sisters. Being able to travel with them and not feeling different.”

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On social media, the Rollettes show off moves to hits from Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran — they even experiment with burlesque and ballroom dance. The women jerk, sway or rock their upper bodies, and use their hands to swerve their wheelchairs or, in one case, “shuffle” to the beat of LMFAO’s “Party Rock.”

Dancing is “second nature” to Hill, but learning how to move in a chair was entering a whole new world.

“Half of my body was taken away from me and I have to move it with my hands now,” Hill said. “It definitely took a lot of learning and patience.”

Five years later, Hill has accepted her new normal. In fact, she embraces it.

“Of course there are things I miss being able to feel — leaps and kicks and backflips,” Hill said. “But when I’m performing, I still feel the same rush that I used to. And when I go on stage, I don’t feel my chair. I don’t feel different. I’m just dancing, and that’s where my heart is.”

Arthur: An injured stray dog who encountered a team in a survival race In Ecuador who were kind And fed him, but He then followed them by trekking through the mud for miles, kayaking For 14+ hours, and crossed the finish line All together, And Coming home To A New Family 6,455 Miles Away in Sweden.

Yes, it’s a dog story. So it’s understandable if you roll your eyes and shrug your shoulders. If you react, as you might, to the images that run across your mind, bounding and unleashed. You know the images: Puppies frolicking in grass fields or retrievers leaping into summer lakes or collies chasing after Frisbees in the park.

Yes, it’s a dog story. But this story doesn’t fit those pictures, unless the settings you imagine are the dense and swallowing Amazon jungle or the dusty streets of Quito, Ecuador, or a village 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

As with many stories about animals and humans, it’s informed by a bond — ancient as the place where it first formed, and new as the ways it was preserved and protected.

It’s a dog story — a dog that joined a race, and outpaced death, to find a new life.

Strangers honor Korean War veteran

“He was a Korean War vet and he really doesn’t have much family here,” she says.  “I’m kind of the only person who knows him.”

That’s why she posted an open invitation to his funeral on a Facebook page for military members. 

page, I posted on it around 2 o’clock yesterday, and over the day there were like 500 shares and 300 likes,” she says.

Melissa Alkhaiberi was among those who answered the call.

“I saw that it was near Denver, and I work in Denver, so I thought if I could go if I can get some time off and show my respects,” Alkaiberi says. “That man took it upon himself to serve our country. the least we can do is show him respect.”

Elmer McLane was certainly not forgotten. 

“If it wasn’t for the Facebook page and response it would be me and my boyfriend attending the funeral,” Duffy says.  

Source: http://on9news.tv/2okG10i

Indian Supreme Court bans sales of vehicle not meeting emission standards

NEW DELHI: Top commercial vehicle makers such as Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland and Mahindra & Mahindra, and two-wheeler majors Hero MotoCorp , Honda and TVS are saddled with a near-junk inventory worth over Rs 12,000 crore, after Supreme Court ‘s decision to disallow sale and registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1. Companies also face dealers’ wrath as they complain of inventory holding costs and possible defaults in bank loans taken to buy stocks.The companies were hoping for a relief from SC as they pleaded for sale of BS-III vehicles that had already been made and dispatched to dealers. While their plea received support from the government, SC was in no mood to relent as it pressed for sale of only BS-IV vehicles, which are less polluting and more efficient.”I am speechless,” Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra & Mahindra and former president of industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), told TOI.The total inventory of commercial vehicles, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and passenger vehicles was 8.24 lakh units as on March 20, though the companies would have managed to sell some of this. With no extension, the dealers may be forced to liquidate unsold inventory at huge discounts, and may get support from manufacturers in the process, sources said.The auto industry blamed fuel companies for BS-III inventory, saying poor availability of BS-IV fuel across the country hurt the transition. “While no one pushed for BS-IV fuel availability for seven years for faster changeover, this sudden decision — just a few days before the changeover — is rather unfortunate as it causes undue stress on the entire industry,” Siam president Vinod Dasari said. “Auto industry, anywhere in the world, requires a stable and predictable policy which allows for long-term planning and investments,” Dasari, who also heads CV maker Ashok Leyland, said.What baffles many is the fact that commercial vehicle makers continued to make BS-III vehicles even in the first quarter of this year when they knew that these vehicles could be phased out from April.Companies are now exploring all options to tackle the issue, including upgradation of vehicles to BS-IV (if possible), or export. However, officials said both the measures will require additional costs and will be a financial drain.”The commercial vehicles segment will be impacted most on account of sizeable inventory levels, potential costs associated with inventory re-call (from dealers) and upgradation to BS-IV norms. Further, in order to liquidate existing stock, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) will also be pushed to offer higher discounts,” an analysis by ICRA said.Apart from the green lobbies, the push for a ban on sale of BS-III vehicles was also spearheaded by a section of the industry itself. Companies such as Bajaj Auto and Daimler’s commercial vehicles arm Bharat Benz led the campaign to bar BS-III vehicles from April 1, and argued that the industry had sufficient time to upgrade production to BS-IV. SC-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had in October last year directed vehicle manufacturers that no non-BS-IV vehicle will be registered after April 1.Ashok Leyland, which had an inventory of around 17,500 vehicles as on March 20, claimed that the impact will be minimal as it hopes to sell a large part of the left-over stock, while having the capacity to upgrade the remaining ones or export them.Pawan Munjal, chairman of Hero Moto, said the inventory levels are under control.”We have reduced inventory significantly in past few months with an aim to minimize stakeholder losses. However, environmental protection will take precedence over temporary financial benefits.””The decision… is an unexpected and unprecedented move that will have a material impact on the entire automotive industry, OEM’s and dealer network,” Tata Motors said.”The industry had planned the current transition into BS-IV in line with the accepted past practice of stopping production of earlier emission standard vehicles effective from the transition date. In the context of this previous experience, this decision by the apex court is a ‘penalty’ to the entire automotive industry,” Tata Motors added. Stocks of some of the leading auto makers, including commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland and two-wheeler leader Hero MotoCorp, closed sharply lower on Wednesday after the Supreme Court banned sale of vehicles which are not compliant with BS-IV emission norms, from April 1.In Wednesday’s market, the Hero MotoCorp stock closed 3.2% lower at Rs 3,223, while Ashok Leyland lost 2.8% to Rs 84. Among other auto makers, Tata Motors closed 0.7% at Rs 469, Maruti lost 0.6% to Rs 5,941, while Bajaj Auto was up a marginal 0.3% at Rs 2,831.The rupee meanwhile stormed to a new 17-month high and closed above 65, a level not seen since October 2015, on heavy dollar selling by speculative traders and exporters.

The foster father who cares when terminally ill kids have no one

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now the story of a good man on a quiet and heartbreaking mission, one many people would never consider undertaking.
He worked for years in obscurity, until recent notice brought this remarkable man and his story to light.
From Los Angeles, special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon brings us this profile.
MOHAMED BZEEK, Foster Parent: What are you doing?
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Mohamed Bzeek has become something of a local hero here in Los Angeles recently.
MOHAMED BZEEK: I am not an angel. I am not a hero. It’s just what we are supposed to do as a human being.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: In 1978, Bzeek, then a former marathon runner, came to the U.S. from Libya to study engineering. He met his wife here in the U.S., and became a citizen in 1997.
But, today, he is a different kind of champion. His distinction? He is the only foster parent in this city of four million who cares solely for terminally ill children.
What happens if you get sick?
MOHAMED BZEEK: Father doesn’t get sick day.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: It is not a glamorous job.
MOHAMED BZEEK: You have to do it from your heart, really. If you do it for money, you’re not going to stay for long.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Over almost three decades, he and his wife cared for scores of children. Ten have died in his care. Most of the children he’s taken recently are born with terminal illnesses.
Sometimes, they are abandoned or born to parents with drug addiction. Once they enter the foster care system, the county works to connect them with foster parents like Mohamed. The memories of the children, he says, still live with him every day.
MOHAMED BZEEK: And this is my kid who died with the cancer. He has a cancer. He died. They operate on him, and they find the cancer separate all of his organs. So, the doctor said, let’s stitch him back, and said, there’s nothing we can do for him.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Today, he lives with a 6-year-old foster daughter born with microcephaly, a rare disorder in which a baby’s brain doesn’t fully develop. She cannot see or hear. She responds only to touch.
At seven weeks old, the county took her from her biological parents. They called Bzeek, and he agreed to take her in. He also cares for his biological son, Adam, who himself was born in 1997 with brittle bones, dwarfism and other physical challenges.
Taking in critically ill children is a painful process. He knows at the start their time together will be short.
MOHAMED BZEEK: I know it’s heartbreak. I know it’s a lot of work. I know it’s going to hurt me sometimes. You know, I feel sad. But, in my opinion, we should help each other, you know?
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Much of his dedication, he says, derives from his faith. Bzeek is a practicing Muslim. And his story gained special notice recently, after President Trump issued an executive order seeking to bar immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations, including his own home country of Libya.
Bzeek says he sees the negative stereotypes out there. But he is not deterred.
MOHAMED BZEEK: As a Muslim, I don’t hate nobody. I love everybody. I respect everybody.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: His faith has continued to guide him through many heartbreaks. His wife passed away in 2015.
After your wife died, did you ever think, this is actually too much for one person to do?
MOHAMED BZEEK: Sometimes. But I know somebody who needs help. I will do it as long as I am healthy.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Now he has a nurse’s aide that helps with care on weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00. But, still, it’s a full-time job, one he handles by himself every night and every weekend.
With his foster daughter’s seizures happening more and more often, he usually sleeps near her on the couch, just in case. He says he hasn’t had a day off since 2010.
And the challenges have continued to mount. In November, the caregiver became the patient.
MOHAMED BZEEK: I find out in November I have colon cancer. And they told me they have to operate on you in December.
I said — I talk with the surgeon. I said, Doctor, I can’t. You have to give me time, because I have a foster kid who is terminal. And I have my son. He is handicapped. There is nobody for them, you know?
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Did anyone go with you to the hospital?
MOHAMED BZEEK: No. That was the scary part, you know?
I felt about the kids who’s been sick for all their for. If I am adult, 62 years old, and I feel this, that I am alone, I am scared, nobody tells me it’s OK and it will be fine, this experience, this humbled me.
WOMAN: She’s talking.
MOHAMED BZEEK: Yes, she’s talking.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: There’s so much heartbreak, and yet you keep doing it.
MOHAMED BZEEK: I mean, these kids need — need somebody.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Even if there’s that much heartbreak?
MOHAMED BZEEK: Even though my heart is breaking.
To me, death is part of life. And I’m glad that I help these kids go through this period of his time, you know? And I help him. I be with him. I comfort him. I love him or her. And until he pass away, I am with him and make him feel he has a family and he has somebody who cares about him and loves him.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: That they’re not alone.
MOHAMED BZEEK: No. They’re not alone.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Bzeek underwent a successful cancer surgery in December, and treatment is ongoing.
His story has received wide attention that led to an online fund-raising drive that has already raised over $200,000. He says he will use the money for a new roof, air conditioning, and maybe even a replacement for his 14-year-old van.
MOHAMED BZEEK: I was reading all the comments that people put on the Internet. Every day, I was crying because of their kindness and the nice words they said.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: And, in the end, he says he has been humbled by just how much his story has brought out others’ heart and humanity.
MOHAMED BZEEK: I can’t describe the feeling, you know? I mean, you see how many nice people around us, but we don’t see them because of this turmoil and this time. We didn’t see just how many nice and kind people around us.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: Do you think you see more of them now?
There is always good in this world, you know, more than the bad, always. That’s what I believe.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Gayle Tzemach Lemmon in Los Angeles.

Florida Mom Praises Ex-Boyfriend’s Parenting To Show Realities Of Co-Parenting

A Florida mom praised her ex-boyfriend for helping to raise their son even after the separation.

She wrote on her Facebook page:

“This is a man who doesn’t pay a dime through the state because when my son needs new clothes, I just call him,” Jessica Singleton of Panama City, Florida, wrote. “This is a man who buys a bundle of kids’ movies on Vudu so even I can enjoy them with my son in my own home. A man who drops off the $45 box of pull-ups at my front door, so I don’t have to load him up and go to the store.”

A number of obstacles we’ve had to overcome to get to this point is tremendous. This was not easy; this was a choice. Stop giving excuses and come together for your children. I’m the most stubborn person that I know, and forgiveness came easy to us for the sake of our son. And because of that, I see my son every single day. We always welcome each other’s presence.

In case I haven’t told you. Lately, I’m grateful for you. Most importantly for the motivated individual you are and how you provide Pierson with a phenomenal role model despite the foundation you once had. I love the amount of love my son will always have from you.”

This heartfelt Facebook post she praised her boyfriend for ignoring their personal ego’s and coming together for the well-being of their two-year-old son is incredible.

The post has gone viral ever since she shared it on Facebook.

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