02:16 PM EDT 03/07/2014
Originally posted 03/07/2014 12:45PM
Alexis Shapiro grips her mom Jenny's arm as she slowly makes her way to a dock along the San Antonio River.
"It hurts to walk," says Alexis, a men's XXL T-shirt stretched over her belly.
Though she's been begging for days to go on a boat ride near the family's Cibolo, Texas, home, Alexis stops to whisper something into her mother's ear.
Originally posted 03/07/2014 12:15PM
Jenny Hatch wasn't trying to be a hero.
Originally posted 03/06/2014 08:15PM
Eight years ago, when a spurned suitor threw acid on her face, Laxmi thought her life was over. Finding love and achieving her dream of a career in television seemed impossible.
But on March 4, honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the International Women of Courage Award, Laxmi talked about her struggle – and triumph.
Referring to the man who attacked her when she was 16 after she refused his advances – he was jailed for what he did but apparently his sentence will soon be up – she read a poem she composed: "You haven't thrown acid on my face, you threw it on my dreams ... The time will be burdened for you. Then you will know that I am alive, free and thriving and living my dreams."
The petite 23-year-old has undergone a dozen operations to repair the disfiguring burns on her face and body. For years she felt suicidal. A second blow was the death of her beloved father, who sank into depression over his daughter's agony. Eventually she emerged from her despair with a determination to prevent other women from suffering a similar fate.
Originally posted 03/06/2014 01:25PM
var brightcovePhotoVideoID = '3302835843001'; var PhotoVideoButtonCaption = 'PLAY'; It appeared to be just another family driving along on the sand on Tuesday, a common sight in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Originally posted 03/06/2014 01:00PM
William Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Corps veteran who threw himself onto a grenade to protect his friend in Afghanistan, is slated to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor later this year, according to the Marine Corps Times.
Originally posted 03/06/2014 12:00PM
Michael Ramirez of Crosby, Texas, landed his dream prom date – no, not with flowers, but with retweets.
Originally posted 03/06/2014 11:30AM
Move over, Ellen.
This picture a Danish fighter pilot snapped of himself as he launched a missile clearly claimed the title of "Best Selfie Ever" long before Ellen DeGeneres ever directed Bradley Cooper into position for her record-breaking Oscar selfie.
Originally posted 03/05/2014 04:00PM
This article was originally published by NationSwell, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of innovative Americans who are working to effect social change and move the country forward.
Originally posted 03/05/2014 12:10PM
var brightcovePhotoVideoID = '3297533366001'; var PhotoVideoButtonCaption = 'PLAY'; A judge has ruled against a New Jersey teen who sparked criticism when she sued her parents for tuition and support after leaving home.
Originally posted 03/05/2014 12:00PM
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