04:23 PM EDT 05/22/2013
Originally posted 04/16/2013 05:30PM
The images that have surfaced since tragedy struck during Monday's Boston Marathon range from horrific to heartbreaking. Some show runners and bystanders fleeing, mid-screams, past the blasts.
Others show a man in a hat named Carlos Arredondo doing just the opposite.
One of the day's most gruesome but moving photographs, taken by Charles Krupa of The Associated Press, shows Arredondo pushing a man, identified as 27-year-old Jeff Bauman, in a wheelchair. Bauman's lower leg was blown away by the bombings, exposing his bloodied bones.
Originally posted 04/16/2013 11:50AM
Everybody loves a princess.
When a young boy named Sam asked his father for a DVD of Sofia the First – an animated series voiced by Modern Family's Ariel Winter about a 7-year-old girl about to become a princess – a touching story unfolded in line to check out at a Walmart.
Sam's dad wrote about the experience on Facebook and his post ended up on Reddit, where it quickly went viral.
Originally posted 04/11/2013 10:00AM
It was a split second that changed the lives of everyone in the Storch family – and one they used to change millions of lives.
On the last ski run of the day on March 15, 2010, Taylor Storch, 13, along with her father, Todd and brother, Ryan, was excited to be on the beautiful Colorado slopes. "We were stopping to take pictures, everyone was smiling and laughing and Taylor was having a blast," says Todd, 44, of his Coppell, Texas, family, all of whom wore helmets.
Then his teenage daughter lost control and hit a tree. "We went from it being the most amazing trip ever," says Todd, "to the worst nightmare."
Originally posted 04/10/2013 06:00AM
What a (charitable) success!
Fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette raised close to $60,000 for the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation during a recent auction at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., and the reality show contestants were out in full force.
Recently single Kiptyn Locke and Roberto Martinez – who auctioned themselves off for a rugged day date, that included horseback riding, a surfing lesson and a fireside hangout on the beach – hung out together for much of the night and got a ton of attention from female attendees. But neither guy was looking for romance. They truly were there for the charity.
Originally posted 04/04/2013 01:50PM
Erin Merryn was just six years old when she was sexually abused by a male neighbor. She was too scared to tell anyone. "He kept telling me, 'No one will believe you,' " says Merryn, 28, of Schaumburg, Ill.
The abuse didn't stop until her family moved when she was 8 ½ years old. Three years later, a second male relative began abusing her. He scared her into silence as well – until her sister came to her with a chilling story of abuse from the same male relative.
"She just blurted it out," says Merryn. "I thought, 'Wow. Now I have somebody to back up my story.' " The next day they told their parents, who went to the police."
Originally posted 04/04/2013 10:55AM
Know a real hero? Now it's time to let them shine.
PEOPLE and Major League Baseball are teaming up for Tribute for Heroes, a campaign honoring the nation's veterans – and is offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent their favorite MLB team at the 2013 All-Star Game on July 16. Plus: One of the vets will be featured in that week's issue of PEOPLE.
Want to send the baseball-loving vet in your life to the All-Star Game? Here's how:
Originally posted 04/03/2013 11:20AM
When Heidi Klum saved her 7-year-old son and two nannies from the strong undertow of the Pacific Ocean on her Hawaiian vacation, she says she was just doing her duty as a mother.
"People are used to seeing me on the beach in a bikini, smiling with the wind in my hair," Klum, 39, tells PEOPLE exclusively of the scary scene, in which her son Henry and two nannies began to struggle in the powerful ocean current.
"These photos taken recently look much worse that it really was that day. I did what any mother would do," Klum, who jumped into action with boyfriend Martin Kirsten, says. "Henry swam out of it. I grabbed him at the shore. The nannies were the ones in much deeper trouble."
Originally posted 04/03/2013 10:15AM
Is there a new queen of hearts in the making? One 10-year-old British fan of Kate sure thinks so.
When the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, learned via a letter to her office that one of her biggest fans, Isabella Clarkson, missed her appearance in the young girl's hometown of Grimsby because of bad weather, Kate felt so bad that she wrote back to express her appreciation.
Isabella, a student at Old Clee Academy and her siblings, Alice, 8, and Reuben, 4, had all set out to see the pregnant royal, who drew thousands of well-wishers for a March 5 visit to their town. But Kate's helicopter was late because of thick fog, putting her an hour and a half behind, the Grimsby Telegraph reported.
Originally posted 03/31/2013 08:30AM
Music videos come and go but few leave a lasting impression. When One Republic set out to release a special edition video for "Feel Again," their first single off their new album, Native, they knew it had to be special.
The band's lead singer Ryan Tedder wrote the song, drawing on recordings of heartbeats of children in remote villages of Malawi and Guatemala for inspiration, and the video features never-before-seen footage of his visit there.
Tedder went to see some of Save The Children's programs, focusing on improving the health and nutrition of children and their families.
Originally posted 03/30/2013 09:30AM
Fans of The Bachelorette can now bid on dream dates of their own with such past season hunks as newly-single Kiptyn Locke and Roberto Martinez, who split with season 6's Ali Fedotowsky, as they auction themselves off for charity.
Locke and Martinez are planning a San Diego outdoor adventure, and it's being auctioned off online to raise money for a charity supporting colorectal cancer patients.
Their day includes horseback riding, a surfing lesson and a fireside hangout on the beach. (Though it's not meant to end in roses or romance – sorry, ladies!)
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