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Donations needed to complete home for girl who survived liver transplant

A little girl who survived a liver transplant needs help so she can move into her forever home.

WPXI.com has been following Jamie’s journey since 2015 when she was at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh in desperate need of a liver. 

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A complete stranger stepped in and donated part of his liver to save her life.

“We got her through the worst of it with the liver transplant. We just want to move on and get them a forever home,” said Marilyn Pape, who works for Trumbull County Children’s Services.

Jamie is healthy and thriving and has a family that wants to adopt her and her biological siblings -- 8-year-old Jeremiah, 4-year-old Norriah and 1-year-old Renee. 

The family must add on to their home to make it big enough for all the children. 

Trumbull County Children’s Services partnered with Homes For Kids, a nonprofit group, to launch a campaign to expand the family’s home. Materials and time worth $40,000 have been pledged, but another $50,000 in money and labor is needed by June 1. 

“They are committing the rest of their lives to raising these kids and not knowing what their future holds,” Pape said. 

Donations can be made payable to Homes For Kids and mailed to 165 East Park Ave., P.O .Box 683, Niles, OH 44446, with “A Home For Jamie and Her Siblings” in the memo line.  

Donations can also be made online at youcaring.com

Individuals who would like more information or businesses who are interested in supporting this project should contact Claire Gysegem, with Trumbull County CSB, at 330-372-2010 x 1207, or email Claire.Gysegem@jfs.ohio.gov, or Danette Palmer, with Homes For Kids/Child and Family Solutions at 330-544-8005 x534 or email danette@hfk.org.

Coupon scam: ALDI warns customers of fake offers on Facebook

Fake coupons for low-cost grocery store ALDI have been making the rounds again on Facebook and could give computers viruses.

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WSYR reported that Facebook user Melissa Sheriff noticed a post that claimed to offer a $100 off coupon at ALDI stores, and it seemed too good to be true.

"Next thing I know everyone is sharing it," Sheriff said. "People are sharing it on each other's pages and messaging the coupon to each other and tagging each other in posts saying, ‘Great deal, great deal, you have to print out this coupon.'"

Related: If you see this Publix coupon, it's a fake

Related: Kroger warns shoppers of fake '$60 off' coupon

Aaron Sumida, vice president of ALDI’s Tully division, issued the following statement in response to the scam:

We understand the confusion that some customers have experienced with digital coupon scams affecting ALDI and other retailers. On Friday, we shared a post on our Facebook page to let our customers know that ALDI doesn't issue electronic coupons or gift cards. These offers weren't authorized or distributed by ALDI and will not be honored at ALDI locations. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation may cause our customers.

ALDI also addressed the scam in a Facebook post Friday.

“There’s a fake ALDI coupon making its way around the internet…again. We don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re working on fixing the situation, so if you’d like to help us out and spread the news, feel free to share this post. We’re sorry for the confusion,” the company said.

ALDI is not the only retailer being used in fake coupon scams. Kroger and Publix grocery stores have also been victims of coupons claiming to offer $60 and $75 off of purchases.

82-year-old dancer fulfills dream of getting back out on the dance floor

When Joyce Dixson is moving to the music, she finds joy.

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“She’s always danced. She taught me how to dance in the middle of our living room,” her daughter, Kathy Robinson told WSB-TV’s People 2 People.

Joyce, now 82, was a military wife and often joined her husband at a club on the military base.

“Every Saturday night, they always went out. He was in the Air Force,” said Kathy.

Joyce and her husband will soon celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary, but a bad knee has kept her from moving much these days. Thanks to the nonprofit Second Wind Dreams, she’s now getting back in the groove.

The foundation offered Joyce special line dancing lessons.

Kathy attended the special lesson with her mom and said she immediately say a difference in her demeanor.

“It’s a happiness that I can re-live because I can see her re-live some of the joy that she had in her life,” said Kathy.

Study: 10,000 steps might not be enough for healthy life

The standard for a healthy amount of exercise has widely been accepted as 10,000 steps a day. However, new research shows this might not be enough. 

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Researchers in Scotland looked at postal workers and tracked how many steps a day they took — their average was 15,000, according to The New York Times

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Those who achieved the 15,000 steps, or about seven miles, showed no increased risk of heart disease and had normal waistlines, the International Journal of Obesity found. 

Those who sit longer throughout the day had increased health concerns. After five hours of sitting a day, each additional hour in a chair boosted risk of heart disease by 0.2 percent, Newser reported. 

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“Our metabolism is not well-suited to sitting down all the time,” Dr. William Tigbe, who led the study, told The Times. 

So Tigbe suggests people hit the target of 15,000 steps by attacking it “in bits” or taking 30-minute walks compared to 2-hour walks, The Times reported. 

Read more at The New York Times

19-year-old ‘genius’ to graduate college early, plans to be astronaut

In May, Ronald McCullough Jr. will graduate college at the same age most students are still early underclassmen. 

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But doing things ahead of schedule is not unusual for the 19-year-old, whose genius-level intelligence allowed him to skip second grade and graduate from Maynard Jackson High School at 15, according to a news release. 

McCullough enrolled in Clark Atlanta University at 16, and will soon graduate with honors with a bachelor’s degree in biology. 

Yet, he said, he doesn’t consider himself a genius.

“I was placed in a setting for my love of learning to manifest,” McCullough said in a release. “Much was expected of me and there was little room for disappointment.”

Postgraduate engineering programs, including those at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of Hawaii have tried to recruit the “future astronaut,” the release said. 

McCullough, whose mother graduated from the former Clark College, plans to enroll in the biological/agricultural engineering program at A&T.

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller says she's leaving show

Get ready to say goodbye to Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms” fans.

People reported that the dance instructor took to Instagram on Sunday to share the news that she has resigned from the Lifetime series and accused the network of treating her “like dirt.”

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“I will no longer take part in ‘Dance Moms,’” Miller wrote. “For the past six years/seven seasons I have asked, begged, and even demanded creative credit for all the ideas, award winning routines, themes and costuming – to no avail!”

“I just have a problem with being manipulated, disrespected, and used day in and day out by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and treat women like dirt,” she wrote.

The network has not yet responded to the announcement. Miller is also in the middle of a bankruptcy fraud case.

In October 2015, Miller was charged after she attempted to hide $775,000 of income from her Lifetime series, “Dance Moms,” and the spin-off, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” during her bankruptcy proceedings.

She allegedly hid the extra money in several bank accounts and was accused of having her friends hide money in plastic bags in their luggage in 2014, according to a report from The Associated Press.

Her sentencing court date was postponed in February.

Animal lovers band together to give cat a full nine lives after fire

Local animal lovers are banding together to help save a cat rescued from a north Tulsa fire.

Officials say three cats and a dog died in the fire near North Xenophon Avenue and West Seminole Street Sunday night.

Firefighters say that when they pulled Fuego the cat out of the fire, he wasn’t breathing either.

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They put an oxygen mask on Fuego and revived him.

A neighbor reached out through the "Tulsa PAWS" Facebook group when crews took Fuego to an emergency veterinarian where he could receive care.

Within just a few hours, PAWS members on Facebook donated enough money to ensure that Fuego would receive the treatment he needs through the week.

Fuego suffered severe smoke inhalation, burns on the pads of his feet and a burn to his cornea.

He is recovering well.

PAWS is still collecting money to pay for the cat’s ongoing care.

The owners will have an opportunity to take over his medical care if they want to continue to own Fuego, but if not, PAWS will find the cat a home.

All of the human residents who lived in the home were able to make it out of the home.

Investigators have not been able to determine what caused the fire, but they say a fire burned at the same home within the last few years.

United Airlines kicks two girls off flight for wearing leggings

United Airlines agents forbade two teenage girls from boarding a flight to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings, according to witnesses and The Washington Post.

A third girl would have been kept off the plane as well, but she put a dress on over her leggings and was then allowed to board.

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The three teens were traveling on a United Airlines employee pass. The airline said it has a no-leggings policy for employees using their benefits to fly. A spokesman for United Airlines contacted by The Washington Post told the paper that the girls in question were “not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.”

The spokesman says leggings are prohibited clothing for those flyers using the employee travel benefit, but did not clarify further.

Another passenger aboard the flight tweeted United about the incident.

The post has gone viral, with many on social media critical of the policy, saying its wrong to police the teen’s attire and that leggings are comfortable travel wear.

Library of Congress to host Gloria Gaynor disco party

Historical texts and a disco ball?  They’re two items that you wouldn’t think to put together, but The Library of Congress will be the site of a disco in a few weeks.

Gloria Gaynor, whose disco hit “I Will Survive” was added to the National Recording Registry last year, will headline the library’s “Bibliodiscotheque,” The Washington Post reported.

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The “Bibliodiscotheque” will feature lectures, films and events that will culminate with a disco party in the Great Hall in the Jefferson Building on May 6.

All of the events are free but tickets are needed. They will be available starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

For more information, including a schedule of events, click here.

Elephant ranch lets visitors bathe, feed, ride elephants

A private central Florida elephant preserve offers a unique, hands-on experience to visitors. The Elephant Ranch allows tourists to get up close and personal with the majestic animals.

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The Two Tails Ranch located near Gainesville lets people feed, bathe and even ride the eight elephants living at the ranch.

The nonprofit group All About Elephants, Inc. owns and runs the ranch with an objective of teaching people about pachyderms.

It was founded in 2008 “to start educational programs for private sectors and professionals to learn about elephants.”

The organizations said it has helped more than 250 elephants over the years. “Some stayed temporarily while their own exhibits were being remodeled or built. Others stayed for retirement, medical needs, behavior problems or even emergencies after hurricanes destroyed their zoos,” the company said on its website.

The ranch focuses on elephants, but it houses other exotic animals, as well, including a pair of zebras, African spurthighed tortoises, red foot tortoises, an ostrich, emu and a camel.

Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.

Boy, 9, raises nearly $30K at lemonade stand for grandfather with cancer

When Angel Sanchez’ grandfather was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in December, the boy decided he would try to raise $100 to help. 

With help from his mother, Sanchez, 9, built a yellow lemonade stand. 

Through support from the community, he has been able to raise $6,700 through a GoFundMe and another $21,766 while the stand was open Saturday, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

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“If you build it they will come,” his mother Chastity Sanchez told the Sun-News. “The response from the community, I can't believe this, I really can't believe it. It doesn't feel real, but I'm so humbled.”

Hundreds of residents lined up for a cup with one thirsty and generous drinker plunking down $250 to help Sanchez.

“He understands that people are helping him to help his grandfather. But he is also just a boy and it can be hard,” Chastity Sanchez said. “He doesn't really understand what $100 is, which was his goal. What he's wanted is to just help his grandpa not have to worry.”

TCM Classic Film Fest dedicated to late host Robert Osborne

Turner Classic Movies will continue memorializing Robert Osborne at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles next month.

Festival organizers announced Friday that the eighth annual film festival will be dedicated to the channel's longtime host, who died on March 6 at age 84.

Osborne's TCM colleagues and friends will share stories about him during a panel discussion on the festival's opening day, April 6. All festival screenings that day will be preceded by an Osborne tribute video.

Other special screenings are planned, including the "20th Anniversary Tribute" honoring Osborne that premiered in 2015.

Osborne was the TCM Classic Film Festival's first host. TCM's Ben Mankiewicz has taken over those duties in recent years.

Man plans ‘celebration of life’ party, dies the next day

The day after gathering with his friends and family one last time to celebrate his life, a Michigan man died.

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Earlier this month, Robert J. Eleveld wrote an article that appeared in the obituary section of the Grand Rapids Press.

“As I write this notice, I am still with you, although my doctors have informed me that this status will change in the near future,” wrote Eleveld.

In his “obituary” he asked his friends and family to join him for a “celebration of life.”

“I have decided ... to eschew the normal process of others celebrating my life after I die, and instead, would like to celebrate your lives with me,” he wrote. “We’d be honored if you would drop in, say hi, share a glass of red and a laugh ... Please know that the end of my life is the ultimate ‘peanut item’ in comparison to how much I have enjoyed my life with all of you”

Eleveld, a successful attorney and local political figure in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, gathered with his friends on March 18.

“It was just sort of an outpouring of love for my father in that room,” his daughter, Kerry Eleveld, told MLive. “And celebratory in most ways. Of course there were some sentimental moments. But the party, for the most part, was celebratory through and through.”

The next day, Eleveld died peacefully in his bed, according to MLive. He was surrounded by family, who were reading loving notes to him left by the attendees of the previous day’s celebration.

“They were quite beautiful, actually,” Kerry Eleveld said.

Kerry Eleveld said his last celebration was the perfect last day.

“For him, I don’t think it was so much about him as it was about bringing people together,” she said.

Florida sinkhole caused by unexpected culprits

The culprits behind a 7-foot-deep Florida sinkhole might not be what you’d expect.

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It seems beavers appear to be behind the Walton County hole that has closed a road by Alligator Lake, according to Northwest Florida Daily News

"We've always had problems with beavers where we don't have a bridge," Chance Powell, an engineer for Walton County, told the Daily News. 

Powell said he thinks beavers might have upset the water flow at the site of the collapse, the Daily News reported. 

On Thursday morning, crews were trying to fill in the hole when the asphalt began to cave.

"The water that flows under the road became too heavy on one side and caused it to fall in," Wilmer Stafford, Walton County public works manager, told the Daily News. 

A vehicle was driving near the hole when it collapsed. The car managed to make it across and the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the Daily News. 

Climbing Chihuahua attempts daring escape at Denver shelter

The dog kennels at the Denver Animal Shelter do not have tops on them, but that wasn’t a problem until Pearl arrived.

The shelter posted a photo of the agile Chihuahua trying to make a daring escape from her enclosure. It looks like she almost made it, too.

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But Pearl didn’t spend much time at the Denver shelter. She was so shy that she was transferred to another animal rescue group in Fort Collins, Paws on the Ground Colorado, where she was taken into foster care, Denver’s News 9 reported.

"She wasn't enjoying the shelter life and needed to go into a foster home, instead to help build confidence and provide a secure environment outside of the shelter," Lindsay Curry told the TV station.

Curry is fostering Pearl until she’s ready for adoption and said the tiny dog is still honing her climbing abilities as she waits.

90-year-old woman knits hats for thousands of babies

A 90-year-old great-grandmother has knitted thousands of hats for babies and has no plans to stop any time soon.

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Over the last eight years, Barbara Lowe has knitted 2,100 hats. 

“That’s a lot of hats. That’s a lot of babies,” she told WOIO.

The hats that Lowe makes are sent to newborns at nearby Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, where they help keep babies warm during their most vulnerable time.

“We want everyone to go outside with a hat on, certainly a newborn,” Mary Bartos, a registered nurse at Hillcrest, told WOIO. 

Lowe maintains a strict schedule and says the activity keeps her agile.

“Age is just a number, and you’ve got to keep busy. You just can’t sit and crawl in a corner. You’ve got to keep moving, got to keep doing,” she said.

Lowe pays for all the supplies herself.

To read more and learn how you can donate to Lowe’s yarn fund, visit WOIO.

3-year-old Georgia girl snatches skull cap from Pope Francis’ head 

 

He went in for a kiss and she went for his hat!

A little girl from Douglasville, Georgia, had the encounter of a lifetime with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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The girl and her family had been waiting hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of the pope, when he arrived nearby and reached out to kiss the 3-year-old girl named Estella.

Francis kissed Estella on the cheek, but she also did something else. She snatched the pope’s skull cap right off his head, horrifying her father and causing the Holy See to chuckle in delight.

Little Estella reluctantly gave the cap back.

The pope and the crowd laughed as he retrieved his hat and placed it back on his head. He then went on to greet other people in the crowd.

Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.

George Clooney surprises 87-year-old fan at nursing home for her birthday

George Clooney went above and beyond to show one of his fans some love on her 87th birthday.

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Photos shared on social media show 87-year-old Pat Adams smiling broadly as Clooney bends down beside her for the photo.

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According to the Associated Press, Clooney showed up to the Sunrise of Sonning Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in England with a card and flowers for the elderly resident on her birthday. Clooney received a letter asking if he would make Adams’ dreams come true by paying her a visit.

Linda Jones, who works at the assisted living facility, shared a photo of the encounter on Facebook.

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Firefighters help Walmart greeter achieve goal 

Christopher Echele always wanted to be a firefighter. 

For his 46th birthday, Eureka firefighters helped Echele, who is wheelchair-bound and has worked 25 years as a greeter at Walmart, achieve that goal Tuesday.

“I’ve been a fan of the fire service ever since I was a kid and never really outgrew it,” Echele told KTVI. “So, to be able to meet and interact with all these guys is amazing.”

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Firefighters with the Eureka Fire Protection District surprised Echele at the store. They made him an honorary firefighter, picked up his mother and took them for a ride around their neighborhood. 

Echele has shown a lot of support for the Eureka Fire Protection District. Firefighters worked on the surprise with Walmart store managers. Firefighters told Echele he can visit the station when ever he wants.

“This was amazing,” Echelle told KTVI. “I was shocked.”

Pregnant couple to deliver two boys three weeks apart

A pregnant couple in California is looking forward to welcoming two new bundles of joy in the next few weeks.

The boys, separated in age by three weeks, will be the same age most of the year, but they’re not twins. 

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Partners Toby Fleischman and Lindsay Lanciault became pregnant within weeks of one another after the two decided to expand their family, but a plan for how they’d do it went off course. 

The plan was that Fleischman, the older of the two, was to get pregnant first. A few years later, Lanciault would do the same. 

But after a year of failed attempts and a miscarriage, Fleischman was unable to conceive. That’s when Lanciault started trying.  

“We decided she should still try anyway since I had previously suffered a miscarriage and we just didn’t know what the outcome would be,” Fleischman told The Huffington Post.

In November, Fleischman learned that she was pregnant. The couple decided that Lanciault, who was ovulating, should try to get pregnant too. In the event that Fleischman had another miscarriage, maybe the couple could count on Lanciault conceiving, they thought. 

But Fleischman didn’t have a miscarriage. And within weeks of trying, Lanciault found out that she was pregnant too.

“We both joked, though, this would be the time Lindsay gets pregnant,” Fleischman told HuffPost. “And that’s exactly what happened. So yes, we were prepared for the positive result, but it was still a shock. We were of course so excited and we kind of just laughed. This was the way the universe had it in store for us all along.”

Fleischman is due at the end of July , and Lanciault is due in early August.  

“I think we definitely are more understanding and a little more tolerant with each other since we know what the other is going through,” the women told HuffPost, adding that the experience has been “surreal.”

The baby boys will have the same father. Both Fleischman and Lanciault were inseminated at home using sperm from a childhood friend of Lanciault’s.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

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