9/11 Fire Chief Finally Gets Funeral 15 Years Later, A Twist Of His Own Generosity

A New York City fire chief finally received his proper funeral this week 15 years after he was killed during the 9/11 attacks. The beautiful twist of the story, the funeral was finally able to happen because of one of his own selfless acts. Batallion chief Lawrence T. Stack was 58-years-old when he died. He’d spent 33 years fighting fires. The New York Times reports Chief Stack died a hero rescuing countless other firefighters and civilians as the World Trade

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National Aquarium Moving Its Dolphins To Ocean Sanctuary By 2020

Dolphins at the National Aquarium in Baltimore have reason to smile today. The Aquarium is announcing plans to move its eight bottleneck dolphins its performing pool in Baltimore to nation’s first oceanside sanctuary in Florida or the Caribbean by 2020. The Baltimore Sun reports this is also a huge victory for animal activists who have protested for years that it is cruel to keep such large, intelligent creatures cooped up in such a small space. Aquarium officials envision a first-of-its-kind protected, seaside

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Total Joy As Girl Gets American Girl Doll With Prosthetic Leg-Just Like Hers

You want to see pure joy? Watch what happens when 10-year-old Emma Bennett gets an American Girl Doll that has a prosthetic leg just like hers. Little girls around the world long for an American Girl Doll that looks like them.  That usually means matching skin color, their eyes, their hair. And there are all sorts of varieties. But the company doesn’t make a doll with a prosthetic leg. Emma’s mom set out on a mission to make her daughter’s dream

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Shaquille O’Neal Goes Undercover As A Lyft Driver

Ever wondered what it would be like to get a ride from Shaquille O’Neal? Wonder no more. See what happens when Shaq tries to go undercover as a Lyft driver in Atlanta to surprise passengers. Turns out when you’re 7’1” and an entertainer on the court and in front of the camera, it’s hard to surprise anyone. I’ve seen a few of these undercover bits. This one made me laugh aloud more times than I can count. Kudos to Shaq

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Teen Turns Down $30 Million For Company He Created

It’s mind-boggling to think how many iTunes gift cards and video games a teen could buy with $30 million! Somehow, 14 year-old Taylor Rosenthal had the self-control to say, “No, thank you,” when a big health care company offered him that huge sum for the company he has created. Taylor came up with the idea of vending machines that sell first aid kits and supplies. His company, RecMed, is getting ready to roll them out at baseball and amusement parks

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Library-Hotel Where You Sleep Among The Bookshelves

Can you imagine a better place for a book lover to spend the night than in a library-hotel? Such a place really exists. The Guardian says Book And Bed opened late last year in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district. There’s nothing fancy here. It sounds like it is more of a hostel than a high-end hotel. Book And Bed’s website explains what you should expect: “There are no comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows nor lightweight and warm down duvets.” More than an upscale experience,

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Divorced Couple Become Successful Business Partners

Ken and Wanda Bass are one divorced couple worth paying attention to. They’ve become successful business partners long after their marriage ended. They did it by creating something they found they needed themselves— Greeting cards exes can give to each other. These two have been in each other’s lives a long time. They became a couple in 2002, we’re married 15 years and had two sons together before they divorced. Even though their marriage didn’t work out, they respected each

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Read Quietly With Strangers At Silent Reading Party

A silent reading party–talk about an introvert’s dream come true! Go to a party, but instead of making small talk, you grab a book and read. The San Francisco Chronicle reports these parties have become all the rage in the Bay Area. The silent reading party is the brainchild of author Daniel Handler (also known as Lemony Snicket) and Dan Stone, founder and editor of the Oakland literature and music magazine and podcast, Radio Silence. They held the first one last

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How To Get A Dozen Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Thursday

What’s better than hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts? How about a dozen for free? The San Francisco Chronicle reports that’s a possibility Thursday, April 28th. Buy a dozen glazed doughnuts and get another dozen absolutely free. It’s the sweetest way the company could figure out to celebrate National Superhero Day. The company says, “Costumes are not required but super encouraged.” That sounds adorable. I might just have to go hang out at my local Krispy Kreme store and watch darling superhero

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Chobani CEO Giving Employees Piece Yogurt Empire

Chobani Yogurt founder Hamdi Ulukaya knows what it is to have a dream come true. He will tell you he came to the United States with nothing from Syria and built his company from the ground up. Of course, he knows he didn’t do it alone. So, this week he made announcement to his employees. One that show his gratitude. Acknowledges their hard work. And best of all, cuts them in on the riches to come. NBC News was there

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