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Making Coats, Changing Lives

Making Coats, Changing Lives

In Detroit, Michigan stands an old production facility. Abandoned and neglected for years, “Ponyride” (as the building is called), was purchased and refurbished by Phillip Cooley, a Detroit entrepreneur with a new idea in mind. The space functions as a work base for artists and organizations, such as The Empowerment Plan – a class project […]
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Oh Captain, My Captain – A Dedication to Robin Williams

Oh Captain, My Captain – A Dedication to Robin Williams

It is said that a day without laughter is a day wasted. If laughter is an essential part of a happy life, then it is also certain that Robin Williams saved millions of days from being wasted by people across all nations, contributing to the overall happiness of an endless number of human beings. Over […]
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Hospital Converts Exec Bonuses to Employee Raises

Hospital Converts Exec Bonuses to Employee Raises

A Dallas hospital has decided to increase its employees’ minimum wage to $10.25 an hour. In order to make the change, they will eliminate executive bonuses. 
 Parkland Health & Hospital System’s lowest-level employees earn $8.78 and the change will help them and about 230 other employees. The federal minimum wage rate is currently $7.25 […]
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Growing a Community by Growing Food

Growing a Community by Growing Food

In Oakland, CA, there is a food problem. Fortunately, one Bay Area-based group is striving to combat this, while also offering ways communities can help themselves. If you were to walk down the streets of West Oakland you would see a handful of fast-food eateries mixed in with a few restaurants, but one thing you […]
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Free Hearing Aids Bring Music to the World

Free Hearing Aids Bring Music to the World

Raindrops and music, children’s laughter and bubble wrap popping are some of the best sounds in the world. But not everyone can hear them. The Starkey Hearing Foundation, started by Bill Austin of Eden Prairie, Minnesota is working to change this through the gift of free hearing aids. The Foundation travels throughout the United States […]
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‘A’ Student Turned ‘A+’ Hero

‘A’ Student Turned ‘A+’ Hero

While most would call the fire department in the event that a fire breaks out, one quick-thinking 14-year-old jumped into action in late June. Latrell McCockran of Fairfield, CA saved his disabled neighbor, and his dog, from a fire. He was enjoying his first week of summer vacation when his mom alerted him of a […]
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A Shower a Day Brings Hope Your Way

A Shower a Day Brings Hope Your Way

At least this is the idea behind Lava Mae, a bus turned mobile shower and sanitation unit for homeless individuals that is finally up and running in San Francisco, California. The company started when Doniece Sandoval, founder, heard a homeless woman’s plea to be clean. In San Francisco there are over 3,500 homeless individuals, with […]
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Adventures of the “Pavement Bookworm”

Adventures of the “Pavement Bookworm”

Philani Dladla turned a new page in his book of life when he started reading self-help books to help cure himself of a drug addiction. Now the 24-year old homeless man, known as the “Pavement Bookworm,” shares his appreciation of books with the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa. Instead of simply begging for money, Dladla […]
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Lacrosse Rivalry a Big Win for Veterans

Lacrosse Rivalry a Big Win for Veterans

Veterans have been in the news a lot lately, not just because of D-Day commemorations, but also because of the help many local communities are lending them. After serving their country, it’s not surprising so many people jump at the opportunity to help vets. 
 Recently, two rival lacrosse teams joined forces to help veterans […]
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The European Bison Returns to Romania

The European Bison Returns to Romania

The European Bison, or Wisent, is back. As part of a rewilding effort, 17 wisent have been successfully reintroduced to the wilderness of Romania. Rewilding Europe, the organization leading the effort, is trying to bring a new way of conservation to the continent by reintroducing bison that came from various wildlife parks and breeding stations […]
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