Celebrity Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to Hunt

Celebrity Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to Hunt

Here’s a novel concept that can keep this situation from happening in the future. Let’s leave the wildlife the hell alone, m’kay? That way, we don’t have to make up a laundry list of justifications for our actions and attempt to hide under the banner of conservation as we blast them to smithereens, and they don’t have to fight for their lives and watch their numbers dwindle to nothing. There, both sides win.

A Young Cancer Patient Only Wants Letters. Can You All Help?

A Young Cancer Patient Only Wants Letters. Can You All Help?

KSP Trooper Robert Purdy (center) helped arrange the new mailbox for teen cancer patient Aaron Stamper’s wish of receiving as many birthday cards as will fit in it. (Source: @TprPurdy/Twitter)

IRVINE, KY (WAVE) – An Estill County teenager who’s battling cancer got an early birthday gift just days before he turns 16: A large mailbox to accommodate his other wish — as many birthday cards as will fit inside of it.

WLEX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, reported that Aaron Stamper’s family has experienced its share of tragedy over the last three years.

“There’s days I don’t know if we can get through it or not,” Aaron’s mother Diane Stamper told the news station. “But we just have people pray for us.”

In April 2014, Aaron was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic t-cell 2 leukemia just two days before his 13th birthday.

One year later, Aaron’s 19-year-old brother Ethan died in a car crash.

“I’m dreading it very much because we need to celebrate Aaron’s birthday, but at the same time, we’ll be celebrating the anniversary for (Ethan’s) death, too,” their mother said.

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Kentucky State Trooper Robert Purdy heard about the boy’s wish and Thursday, he took matters into his own hands, and tweeted out the result:

Diane Stamper said she wants to make Aaron’s 16th birthday special on Sunday by granting his small request for cards.

“I just like to collect them,” Aaron told WLEX. “When I get older, I want to put them in a book so I can remember them all, remember how hard things were.”

His mother said each card gives Aaron the courage to keep fighting.

“It would mean a great deal to know it would bring him joy,” Diane Stamper said.

Birthday cards can be sent to Aaron at his home at 2795 Pea Ridge Road, Irvine, KY 40336.

Scientists grow heart cells – that begin beating- in spinach leaves .

Scientists grow heart cells – that begin beating- in spinach leaves .

An amazing experiment by a team of scientists has found it’s possible to grow beating human heart cells on a spinach leaf.

The experiment has the potential to solve a serious limitation facing researchers attempting to grow human organs in laboratories – making functioning blood vessels.

The scientists found that spinach leaves aren’t just for eating as they have a vascular system similar to humans’.

The team of researchers stripped the leaf of its plant using detergent, turning the leaf translucent and leaving behind the structure that keeps the cells in place.

They then seeded it with human heart muscle and within five days the leaf muscle started to beat.

It’s another example of “bio-inspired” engineering, where scientists look to designs in nature for insight on solving problems in the lab.

While treatments based on this experiment are likely years away, researchers note in their study that more than “100,000 patients can be found on the donor waiting list at any given time”.

The team, made up of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Wisconsin, Arkansas State University, and the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia, hope the research can eventually help treat heart patients.

They said the experiment is “very promising”.

Adolescent girl uses ‘crazy strength’ to lift burning car off father

Adolescent girl uses ‘crazy strength’ to lift burning car off father

VІЕΝΝА, Vа. (WUЅА9) — Іt sоunds like а sсеnе strаіght out of а mоvіе. А уоung wоmаn lіfts а truсk to rеsсuе her fаthеr, then sаvеs the rеst of her fаmіlу from а rаgіng fіrе.

Вut that sсеnаrіо is all too rеаl for 19-уеаr-оld Сhаrlоttе Неffеlmіrе, whose hеrоіс асtіоns sаvеd her fаmіlу from an unthіnkаblе trаgеdу.

Dауs after Тhаnksgіvіng, her fаthеr, Еrіс Неffеlmіrе, was wоrkіng on his GМС truсk when the truсk fеll, gаsоlіnе sріllеd and а fіrе was іgnіtеd, all in an іnstаnt.

“І was on my bасk, fасе uр, and І was trying to get some соrrоdеd brаkеs lіnеs when apparently the јасk slірреd and fеll down on mе.” Еrіс Неffеlmіrе sаіd. “Ріnnеd me across right here on my shоuldеr,”

Тhеn, there was an ехрlоsіоn.

“І thоught thеу’d be рullіng out а dеаd bоdу later in the еvеnіng,” Еrіс Неffеlmіrе sаіd.

Fоrtunаtеlу, Сhаrlоttе was home from sсhооl on Тhаnksgіvіng brеаk. Ѕhе saw her dаd and still can’t fullу ехрlаіn what hарреnеd nехt.

“І lіftеd it [thе truсk] the first tіmе, he said ‘ОΚ, you almost got іt,’” Сhаrlоttе Неffеlmіrе sаіd. “Fіnаllу mаnаgеd to get it оut, it was some сrаzу strеngth, рullеd him оut.”

Оnсе her dаd was оut, she got into the truсk, still on fіrе, and drоvе іt, on thrее whееls, out of the gаrаgе.

Restaurant owner fed emergency workers for free during Westminster attack

Restaurant owner fed emergency workers for free during Westminster attack

A Muslim-born restaurateur has told how he fed hundreds of emergency service workers for free in the aftermath of Wednesday’s terror attack.

When police ordered Ibrahim Dogus to evacuate and close his three restaurants in the wake of the incident, he decided to keep Troia, on Belvedere Road yards from Westminster Bridge, open so police officers had a place to eat and keep warm.

“I went to one of the officers and said ‘I can shut all the businesses, but I want you guys and all the emergency staff to use this place for food, drinks, and for warmth for free’,” he told The Independent.

“All these great people need our support. Some of them tried to give us money—one said, ‘I’m a police officer, you have to take my money.’ We said, ‘We’re not going to take any money from you.”

Mr Dogus, the founder of the British Kebab Awards, kept the restaurant open until 11.30pm “until the last officer was fed”. He estimates he fed between 300 and 500 emergency workers from the police, London Ambulance Service, and London Fire Brigade.

“We wanted to play our role in terms of supporting the emergency crew. This was happening right at our doorstep. If you walk two seconds on my doorstep I would be on the bridge. I use the bridge to take my kids to school, not on that day, but I live next to the area, I work next to the area.”

All three of Mr Dogus’ Kurdish restaurants—Troia, Cucina and Westminster Kitchen—were inside an exclusion zone cordoned off by police in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack.

“It could have been any of us killed by these lunatics,” he said. “It’s so terrible, but London has pulled together very quickly. The first day after business was quiet but now it’s back to normal.”

Mr Dogus said he was born into a Muslim family but does not currently practise any religion.

A Muslim-led fund to support victims and victims’ families of the terror attack in Westminster, in which five people were killed including the attacker and 50 were injured, has raised more than £25,000 in a few days.

Security guard is still on duty hours before he graduates, cum laude, at Saint Theresa’s College in Cebu

Security guard is still on duty hours before he graduates, cum laude, at Saint Theresa’s College in Cebu

It is just hours before he graduates, and with honors at that, but Erwin Valmoria Macua. 38, is still on duty – working the night shift – as a security guard at the Catholic-run St. Theresa’s College (STC) in Cebu City. Macua, who is assigned at the entrance gate of STC, could not keep down his excitement that finally his dream to finish college will happen today, Saturday. “Dili ko katuo nga makaabot ko ani nga point. Nag lutaw pako karon,” he told Cebu Daily News. (I could not believe that I would reach this point. I am stlll on cloud nine.) Seventeen years after serving the school as one of its security guards, the 38-year old father of three will walk up the stage at 3 p.m. today at the STC Theatre to receive a diploma for a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education (BeEd), cum laude. Despite working a shift of from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Macua maintained a full load – attending classes from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – and was a consistent Dean’s Lister since his first year college in 2013. And just like how he had not been skipping a day’s work since he started college, today is no difference. He will remain on duty until 7 a.m. today. His reason is simple: He does not want a salary deduction. “It’s no work, no pay. My salary here has been helping support not just my studies but as well as my family,” he added. Giving himself the monicker ‘For the love of family,’ Macua, a native of Trinidad, Bohol, is not the only one in school. His eldest son, 17, is in college, taking up Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the University of Cebu, as a Cebu City scholar; the second, John Clifford, 16, is Grade 10 student at the Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School in Cebu City; and the youngest, a girl, Cherise May, is only ten-months-old. His wife, Irenea, runs a sari-sari store at their home in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City to help augment the family income. Before he was married, Macua was a college drop out; a civil engineering student at the Divine Word College of Tagbiliran (now called as Holy Name University). He dropped out of college in 1997 after only a semester since his farmer-parents, who tilled a field in Trinidad, Bohol, could no longer afford to send him to school. Macua, the eldest of six children, decided to leave for Cebu City to find a job. He was hired as a security guard in STC in 2000. It was his uncle, also a security guard, who helped him get the needed three-week training that allowed him to land the STC job. He had always dreamed of finishing college even after he got married shortly after he got a job and started raising a family. But it was not until 2013, when STC, which used to be an all girls school, began accepting male college students that he had an opportunity to get a degree. Macua decided to take up BeEd since he wants to inspire the young people to study and change their lives. In particular, he wants to inspire the youth to give back to their parents who work hard to provide them education. “I want to inspire them; that they need to give back to their parents. That will be the best reward to them,” he added. It was also a blessing when he was informed by the school’s management that he could avail of the 50 percent tuition discount. “Who could refuse such offer? This is a dream come true for me to get a degree,” he said. With a tuition that ranged from P20,000 to P36,000 per semester, the 50 percent discount was heaven sent. He said his burden was further lessened when son Jean Vincent got a scholarship from the Cebu city government. Family pride Macua said while he had very little time to sleep, he managed to fulfill both his work and school duties. It was all about time management, he stressed. But he is just as thankful to his classmates for being good to him; helping him get through study periods. Most of all he said, he was most grateful to his family, his wife in particular, for the understanding and support. He said there were many instances when he could not go home and see his family since he had projects and school works to be done in between his duty hours. But he tried his best to finish all his school projects at school since he wanted to spend his rest day, Sunday, with his family. “I am very happy that my family, my wife is very understanding,” he added. He recalled that there were many instances when he had to bring home his school projects but his wife and kids, instead of resenting him, turned it into a family bonding time by helping him finish his homework. He especially recalled the time when he had to do his bulletin board projects and decorations: “My wife and son helped me a lot,” he added. Today, as he receives a recognition for his years of hard work, it will not only be his wife and children who will be there to share this happy moment. Macua said his mother and five siblings will all be coming from Bohol to attend his graduation rites at 3 p.m. today.

Man adopts 18-year-old dog: ‘I couldn’t let her spend 1 more night in the shelter’

Man adopts 18-year-old dog: ‘I couldn’t let her spend 1 more night in the shelter’

At the age of 18, at the end of February, Julep the dog found herself in an animal shelter instead of at home.

Julep’s person — who’d loved her very much, for a very long time — had just died. Family was unable to take care of the white-faced dog.

Julep was one of the oldest, “if not the oldest,” dog who’d ever come through, Alix John Tolley, spokesperson for Washington, D.C.’s Humane Rescue Alliance, said in an email. “She’s lived a long and happy life.”

The shelter put out word about Julep on Facebook. They said Julep was looking for “a fresh start,” and “doesn’t need much, just a couch to sleep on and a human to love.”

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The message reached Wayne Lerch, who was heartbroken because his beloved 11-year-old pit bull, Jasmine, had died suddenly in December.

“She loved me and I loved her,” he told TODAY.

Lerch was deeply moved by Julep’s story. So much so, that on Tuesday — the day after he spotted her online — Lerch showed up at the Humane Rescue Alliance’s adoption center before it even opened.

He came on his motorcycle, just so he wouldn’t feel pressured to adopt Julep on the spot — there’d be no way of getting her home on the bike.

But as soon the shelter doors opened, and Lerch met Julep, he said, “I knew right away.”

He went home to get his car. Then he and Julep left the shelter, together — just about a month, since she’d arrived.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Tolley. “We see a lot of happy endings and try not to get too emotional. But the combination of her age and Wayne’s obvious adoration for his new ‘old lady’ left us in tears.”

Lerch said that Julep’s first day at home has been great for the both of them. She is helping him start to heal from Jasmine’s death, and “she is, I think, happy as a pig in slop,” he said.

While Julep is healthy, he knows she might not be around for a long time, but whatever time that is, Lerch wants to make it wonderful.

Julep has been renamed Tootie, after Lerch’s grandmother — and also a nod to the dessert tutti frutti, since the good dog “can’t get enough treats.”

Tootie has shown Lerch she also loves going for walks. She’s a fan of napping, too — sleeping until 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, their first morning together.

She especially adores getting pets, “and I’m happy to give them to her,” Lerch said.

“I couldn’t let her spend one more night in the shelter,” he said. “She’s saving me as much as I’m helping her.”

8-year-old writes best-seller on dealing with “annoying” little brothers

8-year-old writes best-seller on dealing with “annoying” little brothers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Nia Mya Reese thought she knew so much about the care and feeding of little brothers, she could write a book.

So she did. Now, it’s a best-seller.

Nia Mya loves being a big sister. But admits it’s not easy — not easy playing with Ronald Michael.

“I will sometimes have to say no,” she said.

“He will throw the ball and the ball will just goes flying everywhere,” she said. “And it sometimes hits me.”

She says it’s not easy giving him advice.

“He won’t always listen,” she said.

But one thing came very easy to the 8-year-old: writing about the whole experience. “How long did it take you to write that book?” CBS News asked.

“Well it didn’t take very long,” she said. “It took a few days.”

Nia Mya is an official penned author, with her own built-in fan base. Even the town mayor showed up at her latest book signing. Her book, “How To Deal With And Care For Your Annoying Little Brother,” is on Amazon’s best seller list — for parenting.

“It really has spread the excitement across our school for other young writers,” said Beth Hankins. It all started as an assignment in Hankins’ first grade class last year. “And Nia Mya shared that she was a great big sister to an annoying little brother,” Hankins said. “Aren’t most five-year-old brothers annoying?” CBS News asked Nia Mya.

“Well, he’s a little downright annoying,” she said. Her mother, Cherinita, thought her daughter should continue the project over the summer. “Work on your sentences. Work on the spelling, work on the way that it’s worded,” Cherinita said. “And that will be your summer project.”

The book has universal lessons on patience, kindness and love. “You need to teach him sometimes,” Nia Mya said.

The best lesson, Nia Mya says, is the notion to disguise learning as fun — something she’s managed to share with her entire school.

“What did you learn from all this?” CBS News asked her.

“I learned to follow my own dreams,” she said. And with every signature, she encourages the rest of us to do the same.

Heart melting moment poorly five-year-old is told he’ll be getting a new heart

Heart melting moment poorly five-year-old is told he’ll be getting a new heart

This was the tear-jerking moment little Ari Schultz was told he would be getting a new heart.

The poorly little boy was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis when he was still in the womb and has been in and out of hospital since birth.

But in a delightful video taken by his dad, the little baseball fan was told he would finally be getting a new heart.

In it, he can be heard asking his parents “So I can go home tomorrow?” after he is told the good news.

And his father replies: “Not tomorrow, but soon after.”

He has been living as an inpatient at Boston Children’s Hospital while he waited for the perfect match.

Last week, his family posted an update a blog entry titled ‘A New Hope’ in which they wrote explaining that the operation was a success.

They said: “Ari’s new heart began beating in his chest spontaneously at 11:32 p.m. on Friday, March

“As of now, he’s stable in the cardiac intensive care unit.

“He is deeply sedated and has a breathing tube in. He looks like he’s resting comfortably.”

And they added on a YouTube page. “We are forever thankful for the donor and donor families sacrifice, and will think about them every day for the rest of our lives.”

Mich. teenager to give away most of $500,000 lottery win

Mich. teenager to give away most of $500,000 lottery win

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Published 11:00 a.m. ET March 18, 2017 | Updated 5 hours agoA Michigan teenager who hit it big and won $500,000 in the state lottery will give most of his winnings to his parents.(Photo: AlexLMX, Getty Images/iStockphoto)LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan teenager who won $500,000 in an instant lottery game plans to give away most of his winnings, state lottery officials said.The 19-year-old man, who claimed his prize on Friday and asked to remain anonymous, told lottery officials he planned to invest $5,000 of the prize money and give the rest to his parents.”My parents have done so much for my sister and me,” he said, in a lottery bureau release. “Helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine.”The man bought the ticket at a Sunoco gas station outside of Lansing. He said he bought the only remaining Golden Wild Time ticket and scratched it off in the store.” … At first, I thought they were playing a trick on me until I saw how excited they were about the ticket,” he said.The Golden Wild Time game was launched in August. Tickets are $10 each. More than $18.5 million in prizes remained on Friday, including 45 $10,000 prizes, lottery officials said.Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/2meJgJi