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Heroes Among Us: Montana Man Sends Teens Who Pledge Sobriety to College

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Leo McCarthy Sends Teens Who Pledge Sobriety to College

Originally posted 06/12/2014 06:30PM

Leo McCarthy's world was shattered with one phone call late on a crisp October night in 2007.

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NYPD's Bee Cop Dishes on New Doc Burt's Buzz and Beekeeping in the Big City

UpdatePosted 06/10/2014 06:30PM

NYPD's Bee Cop Dishes on New Doc Burt's Buzz and Beekeeping in the Big City

Originally posted 06/10/2014 05:20PM

There's buzz, of both the insect and human variety, surrounding a new documentary about Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of natural skincare product line Burt's Bees.

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Heroes Among Us: Ohio Woman Gives Lifesaving Swimming Lessons to Inner-City Kids

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Wanda Butts Teaches Inner-City Kids in Ohio How to Swim

Originally posted 06/05/2014 01:35PM

It never occurred to Wanda Butts that her only son, Josh, needed swimming lessons.

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VIDEO: Parents Explain Why They Allowed 6-Year-Old to Identify as Transgender

Originally posted 05/30/2014 05:10PM

When Jeff and Hillary Whittington were told their first child would be a girl, they immediately picked out a name and began decorating the nursery accordingly. But within a year after their little Ryland was born, the couple realized that life was becoming nothing like they planned.

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LeVar Burton Talks Reading Rainbow's Brilliant Kickstarter Return | LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton Talks Reading Rainbow's Brilliant Kickstarter Return

Originally posted 05/29/2014 05:30PM

After 23 years of introducing kids to the power of the written word, Reading Rainbow's final episode aired on November 16, 2006 – but now the childhood favorite is making a big comeback.

On Wednesday, host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton announced the brand's next chapter on Kickstarter. "Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere" is an online campaign started by the Roots actor and his Reading Rainbow team to transform the company's impressive collection of books into an interactive digital library accessible to every child.

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Heroes Among Us: Sandy Hook Teacher Starts a Charity About Kindness

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Sandy Hook Hero Teacher Helps Classrooms Nationwide While Teaching Kids Kindness

Originally posted 05/29/2014 03:30PM

First grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis knew she had to act fast the moment she heard gunfire outside her classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut, in December of 2012. In a matter of seconds, she closed the door, turned off the lights and packed 15 first graders into the tiny bathroom in their classroom.

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Homeless High School Senior Named Valedictorian

Homeless High School Senior Named Valedictorian

Originally posted 05/29/2014 09:50AM

High school is difficult for nearly everyone, but few have had a harder four years than Griffin Furlong.

Tragedy struck the Jacksonville student when he was just a child. When he was 6, his mother died of leukemia. Shortly thereafter, he became homeless.

Furlong lived alongside his father and brother in a shelter in Kentucky before moving to Florida, where they were kept financially afloat – barely – thanks to contributions from their extended family. Still, the specter of falling back into homelessness loomed over the trio.

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Armless Mom Follows Dream of Becoming a Professional Bodybuilder

UpdatePosted 05/28/2014 06:30PM

Meet the Armless Mom Who Followed Her Dream of Becoming a Professional Bodybuilder

Originally posted 05/27/2014 01:15PM

Barbie Thomas didn't win any major awards at the recent NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championship in Charleston, South Carolina, but the audience made her feel like a star.

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PHOTOS: Remembering Our Troops on Memorial Day

See How People Around the World Pay Tribute to Our Troops on Memorial Day

Originally posted 05/26/2014 01:30PM

To many Americans, Memorial Day means barbecues and the start of the summer season. But it's first and foremost a time to remember the men and women who have served our country, giving thanks to those who risk their lives everyday to protect ours.

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Paralyzed Teen's Modeling Dream Comes True – Her Inspiring Story

UpdatePosted 05/24/2014 11:35AM

Paralyzed Teen's Modeling Dream Comes True (and 4 More Inspiring Stories You Might Have Missed)

Originally posted 05/23/2014 12:00PM

Five inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week’s list)

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