06:00 AM EDT 12/13/2013
Originally posted 11/28/2013 09:30AM
Born without arms, Abe Harris, 35, learned to write and eat with artificial limbs, but sometimes found they got in his way – so, when he learned to drive at age 16 without them, he put them away.
"They were more something between me and what I was trying to do,” Harris says.
By 2011, Harris, an art teacher and a soccer coach, had a 3-year-old daughter who happened to be learning to ride a bike.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 05:45PM
Back in 1987, Oral Lee Brown, an Oakland, Calif., realtor, made a seemingly crazy decision.
She decided to offer 23 first-grade children at Brookfield Elementary School a full-ride to college with no realistic expectations that they would even graduate from high school.
In a school district with a 54 percent high school graduation rate, Browns' kids are beating the odds. Out of that first group of 23, 19 graduated from high school and enrolled in college.
"They didn't want to fail me," she says of their success. "I believe love can turn anything around."
Originally posted 11/21/2013 07:50AM
Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor – at least for the next 30 days.
The United Methodist clergyman convicted of breaking church law for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding was suspended late Tuesday, and ordered by a jury of his fellow pastors to surrender his credentials in a month if he can't bring himself to adhere to the laws of the church's Book of Discipline.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 08:00AM
Originally posted 11/20/2013 09:45AM
Devastated residents in Illinois towns ravaged by deadly tornadoes that flattened their communities on Sunday are surveying the damage – and wondering how to go on.
One woman sobbed as she looked out at the wreckage of her family's farm in New Minden. Sunday's storm killed two of her elderly relatives.
"We was planning on a Thanksgiving down here," she said as she wiped away tears. "We was going to fry a turkey down here, so we were all looking forward to that. We don't know what we are going to do now."
Originally posted 11/20/2013 08:45AM
The Duchess of Cambridge put up a fight against bullying Wednesday morning, spending a second day visiting a charity, this time in London's financial district.
Arriving right before 10:30 at a forum for one of her favorite charities, Place2Be, which provides school-based mental health and emotional support services to kids and parents, Kate received a bouquet from a schoolgirl as the day's wind kept flipping up her skirt.
Inside, experts discussed such topics as cyberbullying, self-harm, special education needs and preventing addiction, all of which proved of such interest to Kate that she decided to stay a full hour longer than planned.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 05:00PM
Opal Phelps is the wrong senior citizen to mess with. The 92-year-old resident of Jasper County, Texas, recently fended off a masked man who broke into her home.
Phelps awoke last Monday night to find a masked intruder looming over her bed.
"He tried to make me shut up, but he didn't have no luck at it," Phelps told KHOU-TV.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 08:30PM
Bao Tran still remembers an old man shuffling onto the bridge to hand him a tiny bundle tucked into a straw hat.
It was May 1972 and Tran was in the South Vietnamese Army fighting alongside the Americans. His company was about to blow up the bridge outside Quang Tri.
"The man said the baby was trying to nurse on its dead mother," Tran, now 65, recalls.
He carried the baby in that hat for 60 miles – "I was in full combat gear, with explosions all around," he says – to an orphanage, where he left her with the name he'd planned for his own daughter someday: Ngoc Bich.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 12:45PM
Prince Harry's goodbye kiss will have to last Cressida Bonas for five weeks as he treks across Antarctica to raise awareness for wounded soldiers.
The prince, 29, heads for Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday to take part in Walking with the Wounded's South Pole Allied Challenge – a race that spans over 200 miles in temperatures that can dip to 50 degrees below zero. The competition will involve three seven-man teams from the U.K., the U.S., Australia and Canada. During that time, none of the participants will be calling home.
"He won't get to speak to his girlfriend for about four weeks, which is tough, but it's the same for everyone," Walking with the Wounded's cofounder Ed Parker tells PEOPLE. "There's no airs and graces. He's a soldier, he really gets who we are and what we are trying to do, and we're lucky to have him on board, especially for the whole five weeks."
Originally posted 11/13/2013 10:00AM
It was only last summer that 13-year-old Devin Kohlman of Port Clinton, Ohio, was diagnosed with brain cancer. But by fall, he was already making his last wish: to be home in time for Christmas.
Ultimately, the story that unfolded is an inspiring example of a town pulling together when a young resident needed support the most.
Devin, who was receiving treatment in Cincinnati, flew back home on Oct. 27 to be greeted by a police escort and, later, friends, neighbors and strangers who would rally around him. They sent toys, teddy bears and good wishes – though Devin gave away most of his presents, gifting the stuffed animals to classmates who came to visit him, family friend Roseann Hickman told the Associated Press. Hickman also noted that thousands of cards, some from as far away as France and Ireland, had filled the Kohlman home when Devin returned.
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