Boy’s Autism Unlocked By Singing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore David Militello, 8, says music, especially singing the National Anthem, helps to unlock his mind from the grip of Asperger’s, a milder form of autism. (Read full text at CBSNews , or watch the video report below, w/ 30-second ad) last_img

Economic Good News: Exports Hit Record High, Hiring and Retail Sales Up

first_imgU.S. companies are hiring. In March, job openings rose by 99,000 to 3.1 million, the Labor Department said — the most since September 2008 and the second straight monthly increase. The number rose 14 percent since January with businesses adding more than 200,000 jobs each month from February to April, the best three-month showing in five years. (AP News)Retail Sales up for 10th Straight Month –Sales at U.S. retailers increased for the 10th straight month in April. Compared with April 2010, sales are up 7.6%. (Market Watch)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUS exports hit a record high in March, returning to levels not seen since before the global financial crisis.US exports grew 4.6% in March to USD 172.7 billion, surpassing the record set in July 2008 before world trade took a sharp downturn. The March export rise was the biggest month-to-month gain in 17 years, the Commerce Department said in a report on Wednesday. (MoneyControl)Jobs Continue to Increaselast_img read more

Big Move: Chicago Schools To Buy Antibiotic-Free Chicken

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBig news this week on several fronts: against the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and for healthier food for school children. The Chicago Public Schools announced that its main food-service company, Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, will begin buying and serving chicken drumsticks from birds raised in the local area without antibiotics. The deal will bring 1.2 million pounds of chicken to 473 schools per year.The third-largest school district in the country will purchase meat from a company where birds were raised without routine use of antibiotics in their feed. The drugs normally make it possible for animals to survive in crowded conditions, but also breed vast amounts of bacteria that is highly antibiotic-resistant as a consequence.(READ the full story in Wired)Photo: Flickr/HermitsMoores/CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Holiday Lesson Proves You Can’t Judge a Caroler by His Hoodie (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThese men may look out of place in the snuggly suburbs, but the reason they are going door to door is universal.In this video, suburbanites hesitantly open their doors to five “brothers bringing the hood to the burbs” — only to be charmed by the men’s true motives.NEED DAILY GOOD NEWS? GET OUT NEW APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSIt’s a great lesson about not judging others by their skin color–or clothes.Watching this will do your heart some good if you aren’t yet in the spirit of the holiday season.(Video below is from Mabe in America) — Images: Mabe in America Pass This Lesson On To Your Neighbors… Share it.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Chicago Celebrates Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with 3-Day Festival on 30th Anniv.

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFerris Bueller is getting three days off in Chicago this spring.The city is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film that told an epic story of teenagers skipping school — “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”The 1986 comedy directed by John Hughes, and starring Matthew Broderick in the title role, follows Ferris, his girlfriend Sloane, and best friend Cameron, as they play hooky from school, steal Cameron’s father’s Ferrari, and cavort around downtown Chicago.GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSAt one point, they hijack a parade float so Ferris can lead the crowd in a rendition of The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout.”“Ferris Fest” scheduled to run May 20 through 22, promises a recreation of the parade scene, along with screenings of the movie, and bus tours to locations used in its filming including the Willis Tower and Cameron’s house.(WATCH the video from WGN News below, and READ more at the Chicago Tribune)Tell Your Friends to Take the Day Off…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Birthday Boy Delivers 100 Pizzas to Flood Victims, Inspires Others To Do The Same

first_imgAfter a few phone calls to Dominos, the boy’s parents Ross and Lanie bought 100 pies for the displaced Louisiana residents.They also made a post on Facebook asking if friends or family members wanted to contribute any additional pizzas in Carson’s honor.RELATED: Girl, 9, Uses Birthday Money To Buy Lunch For Detroit Cops After Dallas ShootingThat’s when people really started pie-ing it forward.The social media plea spread like wildfire until dozens more orders for delivery started flooding the Dominos phone lines.Inspired by the slew of compassion, the Italian eatery offered to match Carson’s 100 pizzas with their own.MORE: Man Makes 108 Pounds of BBQ For Displaced Baton Rouge Flood Victims363 pies were donated in total and several neighboring families even lent a hand delivering the gifts to the evacuees.“For a 9-year-old to even think to help people…it’s amazing,” flood victim Lacey Viator told ABC13. “It’s just so humbling especially in today’s time. You don’t see children that young who have such a big giving heart and that says a lot for Carson.”(WATCH the video below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreInstead of cake and presents to celebrate his 9th birthday, Carson Boutte was inspired in a dream he had to ask for something rather unconventional of his parents: spending his gift money on pizzas for flood victims.. Multiply The Good – Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Soccer Fans Spread Compassion Following Disastrous Plane Crash

first_imgThis year in particular things were going really well for the team, until Tuesday when, on their way to Colombia for a tournament, their charter flight ran out of fuel and crashed, killing 75 people in the worst accident in the soccer history.RELATED: Flight Crew and Passengers Do Sweetest Thing for Grandma of Orlando Shooting VictimBetween the tears and grief (the Brazilian and Colombian presidents declared 3 days of mourning), this disaster brought out the best in people. The Colombian team scheduled to play against Chapecoense, Atlético Nacional, sent an official message to FIFA – the Federation that organizes the tournament – stating they wanted FIFA to declare Chapeconse as the 2016 champions. They also invited every football fan in the region to go to the stadium to say goodbye to fallen roster.“Tonight was supposed to be a party in celebration of football, but we decided to use this time to invite fans to pay their respects to the athletes and staff of Chapecoense. We would also appreciate FIFA’s understanding in declaring Chapecoense the 2016 Champions of Copa Sulamericana,” according to a translation of the official note.MORE: Policeman Drives 100 Miles So Youth Can Be Home After His Sister DiesOther members of the Brazilian Major Football League also took action, sending FIFA and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) an official letter suggesting that every team on the League should offer a player for free to help rebuild Chapecoense’s roster. They also suggested an amendment to the rules that would save the devastated team from being demoted to the lower leagues over the next three years, in case a losing record would merit it.Soccer teams, players and cities around the world also expressed their condolences. Players and teams are changing their official social media pictures to the Chapecoense’s logo, and major tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and the Orlando eye, in Florida, are adorned with lights of the team colors – white and green.WATCH: An A-League Soccer Player Stop Game to Rescue Felled SeagullAs this text is being written, the soccer stadium where the match was supposed to happen in Colombia is packed with fans paying their respects for the players. The whole stadium as well as many cities Brazil are singing the chorus “vamo vamo chape” (let’s go Chape), a beautiful gesture from fans everywhere.FIFA released a note saying they will evaluate the possibilities in a meeting on December 21st. CBF says the agenda of 2016 Major Soccer League includes one more game for each team and they will evaluate what will be done when it’s appropriate.The Major Football League of 2016 already had crowned a champion, Palmeiras, and that team has obtained authorization from the appropriate authorities and sponsors to play the last game using Chapecoense’s jersey on their final game.(WATCH the amazing outpouring in the Medellin, Colombia stadium below, where thousands more fans packed the grounds outside)Click To Share The News With Your Friends – Photo by UOL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA wave of solidarity and sportsmanship has swept through the world of professional football days after a plane accident killed nearly the entire Brazilian soccer team of Chapecoense and their staff.Founded in Chapecó, a small city in the countryside of southern Brazil, the Chapecoense team was founded a little over 40 years ago. In the past seven years they managed to play convincingly well to remain in the country’s Major Soccer League.last_img read more

Mom Brought to Tears When Airline Stranger Gives Up First Class Seat for Her Sick Daughter

first_imgAs they settled into their pre-boarded seats, however, Zwick was stunned to be approached by a flight attendant who said that a man in first class wanted to switch seats with her.RELATED: When Boy Mails a Birthday Card to His Dad in Heaven, Postman Comforts Him With a Celestial White Lie“Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!” wrote Zwick. “She felt it in her bones too… real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn’t get to thank you properly.“Sooo… thank you. Not just for the seat itself but for noticing. For seeing us and realizing that maybe things are not always easy. For deciding you wanted to show a random act of kindness to US. It reminded me how much good there is in this world.“I can’t wait to tell Lucy someday. In the meantime… we will pay it forward.”Zwick’s Facebook letter was shared hundreds of thousands of times until American Airlines finally tracked down the mystery flier: 46-year-old Jason Kunselman.Kunselman, who is an Executive Platinum frequent flier, says that he himself was brought to tears when he saw Zwick and Lucy boarding the plane with all of their medical equipment in tow.LOOK: Police Officer Praised for Spending Hours Looking After Children While Mom Filed Domestic Violence Report“I expected to see her in the front since she had the oxygen machine with her but when I boarded she was in the back,” Kunselman told The Daily Mail. “So I asked the flight attendant if she thought the young lady with the baby would be more comfortable in my seat.”Kunselman says that he did not think much of the good deed until his wife saw Zwick’s Facebook post days later. American Airlines has since connected the two passengers on social media so they could express their appreciation for each other, and the airline says that they soon plan on formally thanking Kunselman for his generosity.Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story Of Kindness With Your Friends on Social Media – Feature photo by Kelsey Rae Zwick / Jason KunselmanAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreKelsey Rae Zwick could not contain her emotions when a compassionate stranger in first class insisted on switching seats with her – and though she did not get to thank him properly on the plane, she finally got her chance on social media after her Facebook post went viral.Zwick had been flying from Orlando to Philadelphia with her 11-month-old daughter Lucy earlier this week. Since the baby suffers from chronic lung disease, the two of them were heading to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for treatment.“I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter,” wrote Zwick in an open Facebook letter to the passenger. “We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her ‘friends’ at CHOP.”last_img read more

Mike Lee to fight in charity event

first_imgEver since he graduated from Notre Dame in 2009, Mike Lee said he wanted to bring professional boxing to his alma mater. Tonight at 9 p.m. in the Purcell Pavilion, students, faculty and visitors to campus will witness Lee, an undefeated light heavyweight professional boxer and three-time Bengal Bouts champion, fulfill his dreams. Proceeds from Lee’s fight against professional boxer Jacob Stiers will go to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center. “It’s been pretty surreal,” Lee said of bringing the event to campus. After formulating his idea, Lee said he approached the Notre Dame Athletic Department and met with Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. Both sides were soon on the same page, he said. “I thought it would be a much more difficult process,” Lee said. “After first contacting Jack Swarbrick, we had a great initial meeting where we outlined what we had in mind. We wanted to do this the Notre Dame way.” It was Lee’s idea to make the night a charitable event, and he also picked which charities would receive the donations, Vice President for University Relations Lou Nanni said. “[Lee] is a wonderful reflection of Notre Dame,” Nanni said. “He embodies everything we hope our graduates become.” Nanni said Lee guarantees a six-figure sum will be split between both charity organizations. The charities have been both excited and supportive of the event, Lee said. “A lot of the kids [from the Robinson Community Learning Center] actually came out on Tuesday for the workout,” Lee said. “It was cool to see them with the ‘Team Lee’ T-shirts. It was a very special moment.” Lee’s father and manager John Lee said his son has always shared a deep connection with Notre Dame. “Mike said in his press conference that the greatest day of his life was when he got into Notre Dame,” Lee said. “Now he says that he expects to match that on Friday.” Students are just as excited Lee is returning to campus. Sophomore Will Peterson, who won the 143 pounds Bengal Bouts championship last year, is eagerly anticipating the event. “I heard rumors last year that this might happen,” sophomore Will Peterson said. “I’ve been waiting for this day to come ever since.” Peterson, a resident of Lee’s former dorm – O’Neill Hall – said he has been selling tickets for the event since the start of the semester and is excited to watch a former Bengal Bout return to campus. “Boxing is a completely unique experience in professional sports,” Peterson said. “The opportunity to see the first ever Bengal Bouts guy to go pro here at Notre Dame will be amazing.” Lee said he hopes to stop by O’Neill Hall after the fight and walk through the doors of his old room. “I have awesome memories from O’Neill,” Lee said. “I made friends I still talk to every single day. [O’Neill] has been huge help in promoting the fight on campus.” After the fight, Lee said he wants to relax and enjoy the rest of his weekend on campus by cheering on the Irish. “Because of training, this is the first time that I’ve been back during a home football weekend,” Lee said. “Although I was able to see Notre Dame play at Yankee Stadium, it feels like it’s been a very long time since I’ve been back.” Students can watch Lee in the ring with announcer Regis Pilbin for a discounted price of $15. Ringside seats for the event are available for $150 and general admission tickets start at $30.last_img read more

Stand Up to Cancer hosts dinner

first_imgCancer patient survivors, caretakers, students and families who have been affected by cancer celebrated the lives of local heroes at the third annual “Don’t Stop Believin’ Celebration of Life” dinner Saturday night, hosted by Saint Mary’s Stand Up to Cancer club.Christie Hutch, a junior at Saint Mary’s and president of the Stand Up to Cancer club said everyone present made a difference.“Everyone who comes really is a hero. Whether they have dealt with cancer personally or taken care of someone who has or whatever the case may be, I think it’s important to recognize these people,” Hutch said.To start off the evening, local 12-year-old rising star Justin McCormick sang “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. The talented young singer has been on a variety of singing shows and is in the process of building his career, Hutch said.“He does a lot of things for the American Cancer Society and sings at the Relay for Life every year,” Hutch said, “His main song that he sings at all these competitions and things is ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ and because that’s the name of our event, he asked if he could perform.”At the event, guests enjoyed an Italian buffet dinner catered by Sodexo and were given raffle tickets for a free auction that included baskets donated by families of club members and local businesses such as Edible Arrangements, Let’s Spoon and Flourish Boutique, Hutch said. She said the event was purely a celebration, not a fundraiser.“Every other event [the club] does is primarily a fundraiser. … We raise money for the national organization which is great because that goes purely towards cancer research, but this is the one thing we do that’s local and it’s to show our support as a community and as a college and as a club,” Hutch said.To raise awareness for the event, the club placed a press release in the South Bend Tribune and hung posters around campus and in local areas including Memorial Hospital, Hutch said. She said approximately 75 people attended the event.“Students joined the guests for dinner, and I think everyone learned something from talking to [the guests].  For me, it was their attitudes that affected me so profoundly,” Hutch said. “Each individual seemed to truly understand and embody the importance of living in the moment.“The families whom I sat with at dinner said that battling cancer really made them realize that you can’t sweat the small stuff. It was so inspiring for me and the other students to hear this from our guests.”Junior Bridget Condon said she was touched by cancer patient who spoke during dinner.“He spoke about his experience with cancer and how the Saint Mary’s nursing students always made his treatment days a little better,” Condon said, “It really spoke to what we, not just as a club, but as a college, are all about. Whether we realize it or not, each and every one of our little acts of service can make a huge difference in the lives of other people,” she said.Condon said she hopes the event made people aware of the immense local support available for those battling with cancer.“It was great to be able to treat these heroes to a worry free night of fun,” Condon said. “While we cannot do everything, we can certainly do some things to show our love and support in their battles.”Tags: Stand Up to Cancerlast_img read more