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Alert mail carrier saves man’s life in Georgia

A Georgia mail carrier is being credited with saving a man’s life.

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Amanda Nalley said her suspicion about uncollected mail led her to check with a neighbor and then call 911.

"I left his mail on the door knob. Tuesday, when I came back, I knew something was wrong because the mail hadn't been picked up," Nalley said.

Nalley, who has delivered mail on the same route for 13 years, told WSB-TV that one of her customers, Rodney Garner, looked forward to her arrival every day and usually waved out the window.

When she realized that Garner had not greeted her or answered his door for two days, she worried something may have happened to him.

And she was right.

Forsyth County sheriff's deputies and EMTs found the 84-year-old man barely conscious on the floor of his bedroom.

They believe he had been in the same location for two days.

"They said he might have had a heart attack or seizure. He was not responding well. His eyes were open a little bit. They said if he had been there another hour he would have passed away," Nalley said.

He said he had slipped while cleaning the floor in house. 

"I just hit the floor and that was it," Garner said.

He said that the staff at Northside Hospital Forsyth was taking good care of him and he looked forward to thanking Nalley in person for all her help.

"I appreciated that. A man that won't appreciate somebody for saving his life, that's pretty darn sorry," Garner said.

Nalley said she was only doing her job.

"I love my job. I love my customers. Whatever I can do, I just do it," Nalley said.

When microphone troubles silence national anthem, students’ voices fill void

The pressure was on, and all eyes were focused on Herbert Derickson. It was his mission to sing the national anthem in front of 2,000 students during an event called “Equine Education Day.”

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But a wireless microphone malfunction silenced Derickson. Instead of a room full of nothing, the students stepped up, WTVC reported.

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The students from kindergarten to eighth grade started singing in Derickson’s place, WTVC reported.

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt:  5 things to know

It’s hard to call Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt an overnight sensation. After all, she’s been following basketball at Loyola University-Chicago for more than a half century and said she saw the Ramblers win the NCAA title in 1963. But thanks to television, the internet and social media, the 98-year-old nun has become a media darling.

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With victories against Miami and Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, the Ramblers are hoping for more spiritual guidance when they face the winner of the Cincinnati-Nevada game in next week’s Sweet 16.

Here are some things you might not have known about Loyola-Chicago’s inspirational leader.

Praying for victory: As the basketball team’s chaplain since 1994, Sister Jean begins every prayer the same way: “Good and gracious God.” But if you’re thinking she does not invoke the deity for a little help to win, think again. “I ask God to be especially good to Loyola so that, at the end of the game, the scoreboard indicates a big ‘W’ for us,” she told The New York Times. She ends every prayer with an emphatic “Go Ramblers.” Judging from some of the shots Loyola-Chicago has been burying during this tournament -- Clayton Custer’s game-winner against Tennessee comes to mind -- these prayers have been answered so far.

She’s a Hall of Famer: Loyola-Chicago inducted Sister Jean into the athletic department’s Hall of Fame in 2017, making her the 173rd member to be enshrined. Born in San Francisco in 1919, Sister Jean played basketball in high school.

Good scouting: Every season, Sister Jean researches the boxscores of upcoming opponents, using her sharp eye for detail to point out flaws in the Ramblers’ next foe. Coach Porter Moser found a manila folder on his desk on his first day as coach, according to NCAA.com. Sister Jean had compiled a scouting report on the Ramblers to help the new coach.

“She lights up every room she goes into.” Moser told the Times. “She’s always smiling. She has an energy about herself. I connect with that.”

She has her own bobblehead: Loyola-Chicago held a bobblehead promotion night for Sister Jean in 2011.

Super sneakers: Sister Jean has a pair of maroon-and-gold Nike sneakers that she wears during each game. Two names are stitched on the sneaker’s heels: “Sister” on the left heel, and “Jean” on the right.

It’s been quite a ride for Loyola-Chicago, which has knocked off two highly touted program. Now, the Ramblers will have to go against Sister Jean in the Sweet 16: She picked the Ramblers to lose in that round.

Woman buys $600 worth of Girl Scout cookies, has Scouts give them out free to strangers

A Seattle Girl Scout troop is ending the cookie season on a sweet note.

KIRO-TV's Siemny Kim shows us how their cookies inspired strangers to pay it forward.

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For this troop, it's also given them a lesson in kindness.

“At first, I was really surprised. I didn’t know what to do,” Girl Scout Norah Wall said. 

Norah Wall and Ruthie Bridgman had set up outside of a Grocery Outlet store in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood when a good Samaritan approached their booth.

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“I remember this lady coming up and she was like, ‘Hey, if I buy all these cookies, will you hand them out to everyone that comes out of the store?’” Ruthie said. “And we were like, ‘Yeah, I guess.’”

The woman spent more than $600.

Norah and Ruthie even had a hard time giving the cookies away.

“Some people just didn't believe that somebody would actually do that,” Norah said. 

Incredibly, that random act of kindness didn't end there.

It made its way inside the Grocery Outlet, where Cami Nearhoff is a cashier.

“We had a lady in my line – people in front, people in back – and she bought all of their groceries,” Nearhoff said.

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Nearhoff said people paid it forward all day.

“All day it just seemed like people were doing little things. So I think it kind of inspired people to give back to each other. Whether it was a dollar, someone was short 6 cents – all day long it was happening. It was just crazy. Really crazy day,” Nearhoff said.

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This troop is excited knowing their cookies could inspire such kindness. 

“I think it's really cool, and it made me so happy that I was able to be a part of this,” Ruthie said.

The troop is raising money to attend Girl Scout camp this year.

If you're still looking for the sweet treats, you'd better hurry. Sunday is the last day of cookie sales.

After being denied marriage license, terminally ill woman, fiancé marry

Nearly a week after being denied a marriage license, a terminally ill woman and her fiancé have married. 

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Aubri Gillilan and husband Andrew Hendrickson wed at their home Friday afternoon

A relative officiated the wedding as their four children and other loved ones watched. 

A normally lethargic, Gillilan was giddy as she spoke the words she’d dreamed of saying: “I, Aubri, take you, Andrew, to be my husband.”

The couple was earlier denied a marriage license after they were repeatedly told they both needed to physically be present at the Fulton County South Annex to get their license.

Gillilan’s malignant melanoma prevented her from leaving her Fairburn home.

"I told them she was under hospice care, bedridden. She wasn't able to come," Hendrickson told Channel 2's Tom Jones earlier this week. 

The chances of getting married proved even more difficult after Fulton County Probate Judge Pinkie Toomer said it's difficult to send a worker to someone's home because of security issues. 

But Toomer eventually worked with the couple, sending a deputy and court clerk to their home to get the paperwork completed.

“There's no reason why we should have had to gone to this length to get married,” Gillilan said. 

Hendrickson said people in similar positions should be able to use Skype of Facetime for verification purposes. 

But, for now bride Gillilan is happy her wish came true: “It's great. We finally got married.”

Couple married 72 years die 10 hours apart

Malcolm and Betty Clynch never did anything apart, their family said. That proved to be true even in death.

The Texas couple married in 1945 when they were teenagers, WFAA reported. But soon the newlyweds were separated for the only time in their lives, while Malcolm served in the Army. Love letters shared by the family illustrate the couple's deep love and devotion to one another. Malcolm signed each love letter with: "I'll always love only you."

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That love continued for the rest of their lives, as they raised a family and had long careers. After 72 years of marriage, Malcolm and Betty, both 90, were in failing health. Betty had Alzheimer's disease and Malcolm had heart issues, the family told WFAA.

The family believes that Malcolm felt like he had to die first, to show Betty the way. Malcolm did die first, at a Fort Worth assisted living facility. Betty followed him in death just 10 hours later, family told WFAA.

The family held a double funeral for the couple on Monday.

Florida firefighter falls off bridge into river while rescuing woman from fiery crash

An off-duty firefighter in Florida fell off a bridge and into the St. John’s River while rescuing a woman from a fiery crash. 

Orange County Fire Rescue Lt. John McNally said he’s lucky he survived plummeting nearly 40 feet down into the river. 

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He said he was heading to work about 6:40 a.m. Friday when he saw the crash. 

“I saw one vehicle scrape a concrete barrier and then burst into flames,” he told WFTV

According to a report, Zachary Daniels, 30, crashed into Rhonda Nagy, 54, causing her vehicle to catch fire.

McNally said he pulled on his gear and he and Daniels rushed to help Nagy. 

He said her door was jammed against the bridge. He put one foot over the barrier hoping to pull her to safety, but he fell over the bridge.

“About halfway down, I realized I was falling and I just braced myself to hit the pavement,” he said. “I was so relieved to hit the water.”

He and Daniels, who also fell in, swam to safety, WFTV reported.

“He (Daniels) deserves more credit than I do because I’m trained for this,” McNally said. 

McNally said he was surprised and grateful that everyone survived. “Miraculously, no injuries. I can just equate it to pure luck,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s astonishing.” 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Disney brings ‘Toy Story’ magic to South Florida boy

Sometimes Disney magic is delivered right to your door, bringing you smiles, tears and lots of joy. 

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This happened to a South Florida family on March 14 when they spotted a special box at their house.

But first, let’s rewind to last weekend, when a simple mistake was made.

On the previous Saturday, the Ramsaran family of Riviera Beach went out to explore the Disney Boardwalk Resort in Orlando. This was their last day after spending an entire week having fun at the theme parks.

However, around noon, the family stopped at the character carnival store. 

Wes, 4, simply wanted to have fun -- a bit more.

He walked in with his favorite new toy, one he was so excited to bring home: Slinky, the “Toy Story” dog. 

But he wanted to play with pirates for a minute, so he left Slinky with his father, Shane.

Wes laughed and played. Meanwhile, somewhere on a bench, a forgotten Slinky lay. 

After leaving the resort, Mom realized something was wrong:

The Slinky was missing.

“Oh, no! He’s lost forever,” Wes told his parents.

There was crying, arguing, and a lot of calls to Disney. 

All the little boy wanted was for Woody and Buzz Lightyear, back home, to meet their new dog Slinky.

“Don’t worry, Slinky will make his way home,” his mother, Kelly, told him. 

Of course, she didn’t know.

The family drove away from Orlando to Riviera Beach that afternoon, with Wes in the backseat, in a somber mood. 

They were almost home when the phone rang. Disney officials said Slinky had been rescued and he was coming home to the gang.

He’d be there seven to 10 business days, Disney told them. The family waited. 

When the special box arrived on Wednesday, Wes and his parents rushed to open it. Yes, Slinky made it! The Disney staff made sure to properly pack the springy plastic toy pup so that he would get to Wes safe and sound.

But, wait a minute. There was something else to be found.

Inside the package, there was Slinky – but, he wasn’t alone. 

He brought a few friends with him, and now they were home.

To top off the magic, Disney took the reunion to the next level.

They sent the family seven pictures of Slinky and his friends having fun at the resort.

Said Wes’ mom: “It feels good to know that there are still good people in the world.”

Kelly Ramsaran posted their experience and a message from Disney on a post on her Facebook page. 

Photo sent to wrong family helps child with cancer

Maybe it was fate that caused a text to be sent to the wrong family. Maybe it was a coincidence. Whatever it was, a mistakenly sent photo has helped the family of a little boy with leukemia and could help others with cancer.

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A girl named Sydney was trying on a gown and sent a photo of herself in it to Tony Wood by mistake. Wood’s a dad of six and instead of either ignoring the message or sending a bland “wrong number,” he and five of his children sent the girl a thumbs up, telling her to go with the gown, WZTV reported.

The photos and messages went viral and got the attention of hundreds of thousands of people.

Two people were missing: Wood’s wife and their son Kaizler.

Kaizler has leukemia, and Wood’s wife was at the hospital with him, WZTV reported.

Once strangers found out why the family was missing two members, they jumped into action and started donating to the Woods’ GoFundMe page set up to help pay for Kaizler’s treatments, WZTV reported.

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The goal had been set at $10,000, but thanks to the viral story, they surpassed it and have raised more than $52,000.

The Wood family is now using its newfound viral fame, and the kindness of others, to help another family in the area in a similar situation.

The Woods put the word out about Finn Shafran, who has a rare cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. He has had his bladder removed and still has an 85 percent chance of relapse without chemotherapy. The Shafran family is raising money for his treatments with a goal set of $25,000. As of Friday afternoon, it was less than $1,500 short of that goal. 

MUST HEAR: Dr. Elvis, the singing surgeon, tells everyone ‘It’ll be alright’ in viral video

Their calling may be to save lives and put people back together again, but two Mayo Clinic surgeons could have answered another calling.

You have to hear Dr. Elvis Francois, yes Dr. Elvis, sing. In a viral video that has more than a million views, Francois, with Dr. William Robinson on the piano, performs “Alright” by Mike Yung, WCCO reported.

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Their selection couldn't be more appropriate for visitors to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Francois posted on Facebook, “As health care providers we often meet people at their greatest time of need. And sometimes the best gift you can give is a simple reminder that everything will be alright.”

Pokemon Go players raising funds to repair defaced statue of Jesus

After a statue of Jesus at a New York chapel was defaced, several residents banded together to raise money to fix it. They got help from an unusual source: Pokemon Go players.

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The statue, located outside the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in the eastern Long Island city of Manorville, was defaced Saturday night, Newsday reported. Parishioners and area residents began raising money to fix the life-size statue, whose face was smashed. They want to have it fixed in time for the Stations of the Cross that traditionally commemorate Good Friday on March 30.

David Ringhiser, 37, of Mastic, said he usually plays Pokemon Go at the shrine, which he said has several PokeStops — which are locations where players collect game items, Newsday reported. He created an online fundraiser Wednesday night to help fix the statue and shared it in Facebook groups for local Pokemon Go players, Newsday reported.

“A lot of us play Pokemon Go there to load up on items. I think they are great to let us drive around or walk around there with no issues,” Ringhiser wrote.

More than $1,000 has been collected, mostly from people who play the game, Ringhiser said.

The Rev. Pete D’Abele, an administrator at Shrine of Our Lady, said he hasn’t noticed the players, who walk the grounds with their eyes trained on their phones or drive slowly through the parking lot. So he was surprised when Ringhiser stopped by at the church Thursday morning.

“It’s good,” D’Abele told Newsday. “I guess he wanted to pay it forward.”

Ringhiser said he hopes to raise $5,000 for the repair.

“It’s a beautiful place and right now they have a garbage bag covering the statue. They shouldn’t have something like that there,” Ringhiser told Newsday. “We’re just trying to help.”

Plow drivers can't believe man's age after they help him shovel driveway

It had been a long day for two plow drivers in Lawrence Wednesday, but at the end of their shift they found a man attempting to shovel his driveway and decided to help

“You look over the sea of snow and it looked like it was up to his hips,” Martin Gutierrez said.

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Gutierrez and Austin Sciacca of Dream Team Contracting had been plowing for 21 straight hours, but when they saw the man trying to shovel his 60-foot driveway by hand they stopped to lend a hand.

After finishing the driveway, the two men felt they had to ask how old he was. Maurice, the homeowner, told them his birthday was May 13, 1917.

In two months, Maurice will turn 101.

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“We come from a very close-knit family and the elders in the family are what we take care of the most because they started everything, so we definitely want to give our part back,” Sciacca said.

The contractors say they hope this act of kindness will inspire other people to do the same thing – help the elderly.

Stranger’s Facebook message reunites family with dog stolen six months ago

Left unattended for only 30 minutes, Feather was stolen right out of the Martin’s fenced backyard six months ago.

The family tried desperately to find their beloved Siberian husky. 

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They had nearly given up hope until recently, when Briana Martin got a Facebook message from a nearby mechanic shop -- Feather was at his parent’s house nearly 90 miles away, according to WQAD.

"I was very shocked,” Martin told WQAD. “I just kind of stared at my phone for a second and said what? Once I got my bearings, I said OK, what's their name, what's their address, where can I find them?"

Martin gave the information to East Moline police, who contacted officers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Feather was recovered and returned to the Martins within hours, according to WQAD. The man suspected of stealing Feather did not comment. 

"I wish I could know what's going on with her in the past six months, where she's been, what she's done, how she liked her first snow,” Martin told WQAD.

The Martins plan to press criminal charges. 

"You are looking at grand theft in some cases,” Martin said. “Animals are not cheap, and you could go to jail. Be willing to pay that price if you want to take an animal.”

VIDEO: Officer proposes to girlfriend during school visit

A Duluth police officer surprised his girlfriend and students alike when he pulled off a very public proposal.

The Duluth Police Department said Officer Matthew Jay attended the "Community Helpers Week" event at The Weinstein School at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody.

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"He was graciously invited by his girlfriend that works there to show off, yet, she didn't know what was about to happen next," the department posted in the video's description on YouTube.

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As students and the couple are about to take a photo in front of the officer's patrol car, he scoots over to his girlfriend, Aliza Sandler, on one knee with a ring box.

Her reaction is one of pure surprise

Jay asked Sandler to marry him. Sandler was so surprised that she nearly (accidentally) knocked over a nearby student before saying yes. 

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Photo of Joe Biden chatting with homeless man goes viral

A photograph of former Vice President Joe Biden speaking with a homeless man outside a Washington-area theater has gone viral, the Huffington Post reported.

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Caleb Baca photographed Biden speaking to the man after he taking his granddaughter to the movies, and Washington businessman Paul Eqale shared the image on Facebook.

“Character is about what you do when no one is watching,” Equale wrote on Facebook.

“I’m not exactly sure what he gave the homeless man, but he appeared to write something down on a piece of paper …, which he then proceeded to give the homeless man outside,” Baca told WTTG.

65-year-old woman has had pet tortoise 56 years

Jeanna Smith, of Minnesota, first brought George the gopher tortoise home when she was only 10 years old. Now, at 65, she’s celebrating 56 years of friendship with him.

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“George is probably my oldest friend,” Smith told KARE TV’s Boyd Huppert “He’s just really been a wonderful pet.”

Smith was gifted the young tortoise by the Milwaukee County Zoo at her 10th birthday party in 1962. 

When she was younger, he’d ride in her bicycle basket or tag along on family vacations to Lake Michigan, and they even dressed up in matching bee costumes for Halloween.

“He doesn’t sit on your lap and can’t take him on walk, but he’s a great pet,” Kirby Smith, Jenna Smith’s husband, told KARE TV. The two met in college at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and together, they owned five Labradors. George has outlived them all.

But George has certainly given the Smiths a scare or two in the past, most notably when he escaped after burrowing under a fence in 1988.

According to KARE TV, kids in the neighborhood and a TV news crew showed up to help with the search.

“I would say George is thriving,” Smith said about her beloved lettuce-and-strawberry-loving pet.

Gopher tortoises can typically live up to 80 years in the wild, but in captivity, their lifespan could stretch past 100 years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The animals are currently protected by federal law under the Endangered Species Act in the Alabama counties west of the Mobile and Tombigbee rivers and in Mississippi and Louisiana. 

Last year, the Department of Natural Resources purchased more than 3,000 acres in Georgia’s Wheeler County to create the Alligator Creek Wildlife Management Area, a protected habitat for the gopher tortoise.

“The creation of the wildlife management area is part of a larger Nature Conservancy and DNR goal to protect 100,000 acres of tortoise habitat to keep the species off the endangered list,” the AJC previously reported.

To learn more about gopher tortoises, visit fws.gov.

Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade donate $200,000 to ‘March For Our Lives’

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union may not be able to join students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and other schools for their “March For Our Lives” walk next week in Washington, D.C., but the celebrity couple is making sure others will have that chance.

Wade and Union have donated $200,000 to help students from Wade’s hometown of Chicago join the gun control rally scheduled for March 24.

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Wade, who has been diligent in his support for the students and school where 14 students and three adults were killed by a gunman on Feb. 14, sent a message Saturday on Twitter asking his fellow NBA players to join in donating to help send students to Washington. “Every dollar counts! Who else is in?” he wrote.

Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony posted that he and Wade are “on the same page… Standing with the students of MSD – both of us come from hometowns where the violence NEEDS to stop. March 24th in DC.”

Anthony later announced he is supporting his native Baltimore community, tweeting that the NBA Foundation will match up to $25,000 for all NBA player donations.

Wade continued his support when he helped turn an empty warehouse into a tribute to honor the victims of the shooting. Adam Alhanti, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, praised the gesture on Sunday.

Wade has visited Stoneman Douglas and spent time with the parents of Joaquin Oliver after the parents of the 17-year-old, who was killed during the attack, revealed their son was buried wearing a Wade Heat jersey.

“They are well-prepared and well-aware of what they need to do and what they want to do and the change they want to see,” Wade said about his March 10 trip to school. It was the first full day of classes since the shooting.

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“It’s great. It’s great to hear,” Wade said. “It’s great to see that, because I come from a community in Chicago where our youth are getting killed daily and don’t have the same voice, don’t have the same light on them that Parkland has. These kids understand what they have, and they’re taking other kids with them.

“I’m excited about getting behind and supporting them.”

Wade’s mother, Jolinda, and his sister, Tragil, met and spoke with Joaquin’s parents, Manuel and Patricia, at their Coral Springs, Florida, home. Patricia, Manuel and their daughter, Andrea, were guests of Wade’s at the Heat’s game against the Detroit Pistons on March 3 in Miami.

Wade presented the family with a Heat Vice jersey and custom-made sneakers after the game.

Devoted dog has waited 4 months at hospital entrance for fatally stabbed owner

A loyal dog has waited four months at a hospital entrance -- the last place he saw his owner, who was fatally stabbed. 

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The 59-year-old man was stabbed during an altercation with another homeless person in October, according to O Globo.

The man’s dog, which does not have a name, followed the ambulance to Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte hospital, where he has patiently waited since. The dog sits on a rug at the hospital entrance and has never walked inside. Sometimes he walks off in search of food. Hospital workers have also given him food and water. 

“He's extremely tame, docile and quiet," Osvaldo Palota Sobrinho, a hospital administrator, told O Globo

Lawyer Cristine Sardella saw the dog and shared his story on social media two weeks ago, bringing attention to the dog from a nearby kennel, according to O Globo

The kennel took in the dog and was going to place it with a family, when it escaped and appeared at the hospital entrance, nearly two miles away.

The dog, which has been checked out by a veterinarian, continues to stare inside the hospital, giving the impression that he is waiting for his owner.

"It's sad to know that he will never see his owner again and will not understand what happened," Sardella said. "The only thing left is to wait at the last place where he saw him."

A worker at the hospital plans to adopt the dog, when the dog is ready, according to The Dodo.

Brothers pay tribute to Parkland victims in 1,000-mile journey

Two brothers are making a 1,000-mile journey from Parkland to the nation’s capitol to raise awareness about gun safety and they made a stop on the way in Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.

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Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby are paying tribute to the victims of the Parkland shooting massacre one step at a time.

The Sacramento brothers flew to South Florida two weeks ago and headed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to see the site of the shooting that left 17 people dead on Valentines Day. 

"We had to be out there for the victims and families," Jeremiah Godby said.

Walking and running an average of 50 miles a day, the Godbys are 340 miles into their 1,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C. 

Their plan is to join thousands of others at the "March For Our Lives Rally" on March 24. The event calls for stronger gun regulations.

This isn’t the first time the brothers have run to raise awareness. They work together at a naturopathic clinic in Sacramento and have run to champion other causes such as alternative medical care. 

Virginia restaurant breaks down barriers with deaf server

Restaurant owners in Virginia have adjusted their menus to make it easier for customers to order from a server who has been deaf since birth.

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Sierra Campbell is a server at Orexi Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in Midlothian. WTVR reported.

Campbell, 22, was hired by restaurant owners Rasool and Angie Al Hasani in January.

They revamped the restaurant’s menus to include common sign language images and also learned how to sign, WTVR reported.

“We’d go to the tables together and I would talk to the person that was here and I would tell them this is how you can order,” Angie Al Hasani said. “You just point to what you want and if there is something you don’t want you just point to that ingredient and shake your head no.”

Customers are finding it easy to communicate with Campbell.

“It was extremely easy,” Maxwell Kanczuzewski told WTVR. “All I had to do was point on the menu and use the different modifiers to get what I needed, and service was no different than any other restaurant I’ve been in.”

Campbell attended the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and then went to Gallaudet University, WTVR reported. She wants to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and is working two jobs to raise money to pay for tuition. She wants to study to be a social worker to help the deaf, WTVR reported.

“I feel good working here at this restaurant,” Campbell said through sign language. “I have a lot of regular customers, they come in and want to see me and that makes me feel good.”

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