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Tennessee girl, 12, takes charge when mom has seizure while driving

A Tennessee girl stayed calm when her mother had a seizure at a busy intersection while driving, putting the vehicle in park and asking bystanders to call for help, the 

Times Free Press of Chattanooga reported.

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Serenity Russell’s cool handling of a potentially dangerous situation occurred on April 20, which was her 12th birthday. Her mother, Roni Mothershead, was driving in eastern Chattanooga when the mom had a seizure, the Times Free Press reported. 

Serenity put the car in park, held her mother’s head still and asked someone to call for help. Then she had a bystander bring cool water and used her jacket as a wet towel to put on her mother’s forehead, the newspaper reported.

Serenity’s calm reaction came from past experience, she said, as her mother has had seizures before.

“It made me kind of nervous because it was in the car,” Serenity told the Times Free Press. "She has had seizures before where I've taken care of her so I know what to do. She's my mom and I love her.”

On Friday, firefighters and paramedics honored Serenity with a blue ribbon certificate and a birthday cake.

“When responders arrived on scene, Serenity had taken control of the scene and really displayed some heroic actions,” Chattanooga Fire Department Chief Phil Hyman told the News Free Press. "Her mother was having a medical issue and they were right in the middle of an intersection, a dangerous intersection, and Serenity really snapped into action.

"She displayed just an inordinate amount of calmness during that entire event, like nothing was going on. Twelve-year-old Serenity is the kind of person we love to have in our community. She did an outstanding job."

Mothershead said she did not recall what happened when she had the seizure.

"We pulled up at the intersection and, of course, I ended up having a seizure and she put the car in park and kept me still and everything and called for help," she said. "To see her recognized like this is an amazing feeling.”

Driver evacuates students safely after school bus catches fire

A school bus driver in Florida remained calm and was able to safely evacuate students after the vehicle caught fire on Friday, the News-Press of Fort Myers reported.

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Carmen Chavez heard a noise in the engine and observed smoke coming from under the bus’ hood, according to the Cape Coral Fire Department’s Facebook page

Chavez immediately stopped and successfully and safely evacuated 25 middle school students who were on the bus. No one was injured, fire department officials told the News-Press.

The fire was quickly put out, and another bus took the students to school, the News-Press reported.

“I was just doing my job. I was protecting the kids,” Chavez told WBBH. “I am responsible for them, and they are like my own. I love my job.”

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, and another bus took the students to school.

The fire was ruled accidental due to a mechanical failure, according to the fire department. 

Man gives grocery cashier $100 when he learns she's also a 3rd-grade teacher

A third-grade teacher in Colorado who was working a second job to make ends meet received a bonus during her shift at grocery store, CNN reported.

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Amanda Garner received an envelope from a customer that contained $100, a gesture that brought her to tears.

“I just cried,” Garner said after finding two $50 bills in the envelope.

In addition to her teaching duties, Garner works as a cashier at a Lakewood grocery store on Thursdays and Saturdays during the school year and picks up "as many hours as they'll let me have" during summer and holiday breaks, she told CNN. She also tutors twice a week.

Garner, who has taught for six years, had gone to Denver on Thursday for a rally at the state Capitol for better pay for teachers. She then went to work at the grocery store and struck up a conversation with a man who was wearing a #RedForEd sticker. Garner showed the man her sticker, which she had hidden on her apron, CNN reported.

“You have to work here, too?” the man asked, mentioning that his wife had been a teacher for 40 years.

An hour later, the man returned to buy some cookies. As he checked out he handed Garner an envelope and said “For the teacher,” CNN reported.

"I didn't get a chance to look at it for a bit, so I just smiled and put it in my apron," Garner told CNN.

When she went on break she opened the envelope and saw the cash.

There was no note in the envelope, CNN reported, so Garner didn't know how to thank "the kind gentleman with a British accent." 

"You have no idea how much of a difference that made," she wrote on Facebook.

Uber driver gets huge tip thanks to lottery ticket

A tip could have gone either way, but an Uber driver really lucked out.

A driver was given a $5 Super Special Ultimate Bingo ticket as part of a tip. That ticket netted the man, who was not identified by Colorado Lottery officials, $30, KDVR reported.

Instead of just walking away with the cash, he bought more tickets.

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At the end of six weeks of rolling over his winnings, he bought one with a huge payout --$140,000, KVDR reported.

He claimed his money this Thursday, but he’s not keeping it all for himself.

He’s giving his parents a large chunk, though it wasn’t specified just how much, for helping him with money a few times.

He’s also going to put some of the money back into his car to trick it out, as he plans to keep driving for Uber, KVDR reported.

And it wasn’t a chance meeting. The winner said the man who gave him the first ticket had been in his car before, but hasn’t been since the first lottery win.

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Blind dachshund reunited with pit bull pal after being separated 

A blind dachshund and a pit bull who had bonded and were adopted together were removed from the adopter’s house after the sightless hound was found Wednesday wandering along the road 100 miles away. 

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OJ, a 12-year-old blind dachshund, and Blue Dozer a 6-year-old pit bull, were surrendered to the Richmond Animal Care and Control when their owner became homeless April 20 but were quickly adopted after their story went viral, according to WTVR

The woman, who is not being identified, had adopted the pair Sunday, saying she could take care of both animals; however, by Wednesday OJ was found by a stranger on the side of the road. 

After hours of negotiations, the woman returned Blue Dozer and the two dogs were reunited, according to WTVR

“Our main concern is, they needed to be together,” Christie Chipps Peters, director of the Richmond Animal Care and Control shelter, told The Washington Post. “They’re a unique, bonded pair. OJ can’t see well, and he needed his buddy with him.”The shelter does not plan to adopt out the dogs again just yet. 

“We will not be doing anything with OJ & Dozer in the next few days other than snuggling them together,” a shelter spokeswoman said on Facebook.

But this time, whoever adopts the pair will have to sign a contract ensuring they stay together.

Brave babies get capes for National Superhero Day

National Superhero Day is Saturday and it's a day to honor the real-life, everyday heroes.

The Allegheny Health Network is celebrating by honoring its tiniest superheroes. 

PHOTOS: Brave babies get capes for National Superheroes Day

Nurses at West Penn Hospital dressed the brave babies in its neonatal intensive care unit in superhero capes. 

RELATED HEADLINE:  Superhero window washers surprise patients at Children's Hospital

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The capes show their parents and caregivers that their tiny bodies pack a big punch and that they are amazing fighters. 

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Strangers helping strangers: NYC subway turns into math classroom

In a world that feels like it is delving into chaos, the kindness of strangers is exactly what we need.

Denise Wilson was on the subway to Brooklyn last week when she noticed a conversation between two complete strangers that just had to be documented.

“He was just telling this guy, ‘I’m in my 40s and all of this is new to me, so I’ve got to re-learn this to teach my son because he failed a math test,” Wilson told WCBS.

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The type of math at the center of the problems? Fractions. 

The man sitting next to Corey Simmons said he used to be a math teacher and started going over the worksheets in the middle of the train.

“Everything he got wrong or was confused about, he broke it down and corrected him,” Wilson wrote in her Facebook post.

After the impromptu tutoring session, Simmons and the math tutor -- Wilson didn’t get his name -- got off the train at different stops.

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Simmons said that he’s about half way to understanding fractions, but there was something more important than math that came out of the chance meeting.

“You need help sometimes, and you shouldn’t want to bite your tongue, to not ask for the help. So don’t feel shy to ask someone for help. It’s OK,” Simmons told WCBS.

Group of motorcyclists stop traffic, help stranded woman

A group of motorcyclists are being praised for doing a good deed.

Eduardo Plascenia, Patrick Patterson and Damon Pruit were on a ride Sunday afternoon when they noticed that a woman was stranded in a crosswalk. Traffic wouldn’t stop, or slow down, for her to cross, KNXV reported

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The trio turned around and used their bikes to block traffic, making sure the woman could cross the street safely, before she gave a wave as the riders rode off.

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“She thanked us adamantly. She waved at us and thanked us. She had stopped shaking and had extended her hand to Eduardo and Damon and I behind her,” Patterson told KNXV.

Las Vegas shooting survivors from California announce engagement 

A California couple who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas last October has announced their engagement, KNBC reported.

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Mykenzie Lane, 22, and Brandon Helmick, 21, were in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds.

Lane was hit by a bullet, but was saved from further injury when Helmick used his body to shield her, KNBC reported. Lane was wounded in her left foot, The Orange County Register reported.

The couple has been dating for three years, and Helmick proposed on Friday.

The wedding date is set for Aug. 3, KNBC reported.

Mississippi sorority hosts 'last dance' for WWII Navy veteran

A sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi saved the last dance for a 92-year-old World War II Navy veteran.

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Members of Phi Mu hosted a dance for Paul Sonnier, who recently told a social work intern at SouthernCare Hospice Services in Hattiesburg that his final wish would be “to dance with a beautiful woman,” WDAM reported.

“He’d always ask me if I wanted to go to Ropers, the local bar,” Jessica Moreau, a social work intern at SouthernCare, told WDAM. "He says ‘I'll teach you how to jitterbug and the waltz.’"

Moreau, who is a member of Phi Mu, relayed that wish to her sorority sisters. They organized a dance for the ages.

"We as a chapter always like to get involved with the community," Phi Mu President Cameron Ponder told WDAM. "Since one of our members is a social work major at the University of Southern Mississippi, we just found this to be a great way to honor someone that has done so much for our country."

Because Sonnier is bedridden, he had to be brought to the dance on a gurney, WDAM reported.

Family members who watched the dance found it heartwarming. 

“We're super grateful, because he hasn't been out the house in so long," Sonnier’s granddaughter, Samantha Owen, told WDAM. “All these ‘pretty women’ get to come around him. He gets to hand out flowers and just be himself. He hasn't been himself for awhile. So, he's super happy.”

Sonnier said he regretted that he could not get up and dance, but appreciated the gesture. 

"It feels good to be with all these beautiful women," he told WDAM.

Police officer takes 84-year-old man to hospital to visit sick wife

A police officer in Pennsylvania has the serve portion of “to protect and serve” perfected.

Roger Baker, 84, had to get to his local hospital after his wife had a medical emergency. No friends or family could take him, so he called police for help, WHP reported.

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Deputy Chief Bentley from Montoursville Police Department responded, taking Baker to the medical facility, and escorted him to the building, WHP reported

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In the police department’s Facebook post, which has been shared more than a thousand times, the department said that Bentley held Baker’s hand, walking him to the building until hospital workers brought a wheelchair out for Baker and took him to his wife in the emergency room.

DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters

The family of Swedish dance music DJ Avicii has issued a statement days after his death.

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Variety reported that the family of Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, thanked fans and others for their support.

We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs.  Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.  We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way.  With love,  The Tim Bergling Family

Bergling was found dead in Muscat, Oman, a city in the Middle East, April 20. The cause of death is not yet known, but authorities have ruled out foul play.

Officer retires from police force, makes emotional final call

Twenty-five years on the job is a lifetime for some, and to leave that life would be emotional to almost anyone. 

Dave Renteria knows something about that. After a quarter-century of patrolling the streets of Jackson, Michigan, Renteria retired this weekend, WILX reported.

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His final call at the end of shift was recorded Sunday, and the raw emotion is making it go viral. 

Renteria thanked his coworkers and the people of his city for his career, all the while trying to choke back the tears, WILX reported.

The video was posted by his son who also paid tribute to his father.

Renteria also responded to the well-wishes that have accompanied the video.

Beyoncé, Google announce more HBCU scholarships 

Beyoncé has partnered with Google to give more scholarships this year.

The singer’s BeyGOOD initiative initially announced a $100,000 donation to four historically black colleges April 16, just after Beyonce’s Coachella headlining set.

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The announcement last week said that $25,000 each will go to Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama; Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida; Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans; and Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, as part of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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On Monday, BeyGOOD announced that Google.org will match Beyoncé’ original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit HBCUs at Texas Southern University in Houston; Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; Morehouse College in Atlanta; and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

Related: Beyoncé donates $100,000 to historically black colleges in four states

Texas Southern is in Beyoncé’s hometown, and Fisk University of the alma mater of her father, Mathew Knowles. Knowles is also a professor at Texas Southern’s School of Communication.

Dodgeball tournament raises money to fight leukemia

University students, faculty and community members in Pennsylvania teamed up for a glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournament Friday night that raised funds for blood cancer awareness and research for cures.

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Robert Morris University was picked by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to be the first college to pilot "Dodge The Dark."

"We wanted to find a way where college students could become engaged in something they are passionate about and also in a way that they could feel like they were having a lot of fun," said LLS national director Kristen Ricks. "We feel when someone is diagnosed with cancer, it's the darkest day in their life, and our goal is to bring light to the darkness of cancer."

Fifteen teams of eight to 10 people, such as "Underdodge" and "Dodgefathers," played by the colorful lights of disco strobes in an otherwise dark gymnasium at RMU's North Athletic Complex. They donned glow sticks and stickers: red for his or her support of a friend, black for survivors and gold if he or she was "dodging" in memory of someone.

RMU student Ian Morrison was at the event, dodging in memory of his best friend friend who died from leukemia while they were both seniors in high school in 2014.

"The high energy of the place makes it really fun," said Morrison, who also participates in Light The Night walks. "It's a great way to raise funds."

Teens stop basketball game to take knees, pay respect during funeral procession

A group of teens hitting the hoops near Baton Rouge are going viral for a simple gesture of respect.

They stopped their basketball game in Franklinton, Louisiana, on Friday to take a knee, paying respects to the recently departed during a funeral procession, WAFB reported.

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Lynn Bienvenu and Johannah Stroud attended the funeral for their cousin, Velma Kay Crowe.

They were the ones who saw the teens stop their game and pause as the cars went past, WAFB reported

Bienvenu posted the photo to Facebook where it is getting noticed.

Bienvenu said of the teens, “They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor. There was not an adult in sight to tell them to stop playing. This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.”

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She told WAFB that one teen contacted her on social media to give his condolences for the loss of Crowe, whom the teens did not know personally.

They were identified to WAFB as Shimar Davis, Shimon Davis, Edward James, Brandon Burton, Qundon Burris, Stacy Ard, James Bickman, Avant Money, Malachi Martin and Kalarrian Dillon.

This is not the first time the teens have paused their game. Others have told Bienvenu that they have been seen doing the same thing for other funeral processions.

Many residents told WAFB that coaches and teachers at Franklinton Junior High School have repeatedly told students that they should show respect when a funeral procession drives by.

Stray dog named Publix rescued, then adopted by his guardian angel

A stray dog who lingered around a former Publix grocery store in metro Atlanta for a year has finally found a loving home. The story behind the adoption is heartwarming.

The animal shelter PAWS Atlanta posted Publix's story Friday on its Facebook page. Shelter staff said a woman came rushing to the office Thursday as it was closing, asking if they had Publix.

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Publix was a dog that shelter staff and concerned residents had been trying to rescue for a year. In December, shelter staff were able to rescue the dog and house him at the shelter. The woman who visited the facility Thursday evening knew the dog well; she called him Buddy. She said the dog would visit her shop and she would feed him, and the two had developed a close bond. When the dog disappeared in December, she had feared the worst.

The woman was overjoyed to learn that the rescue organization had Publix, after a friend alerted her when she saw the photo of the dog on the shelter's Instagram feed.

Shelter staff said Publix was thrilled to see the woman who had been so kind to him, and that they'd never seen Publix so happy or animated.

The woman decided to adopt Publix, making for the happiest of endings for all involved. In an update posted on Instagram Monday, the happy new owner said that Publix is her “little shadow,” and goes to work with her each day.

Florida man, 19, wins $15 million playing lottery scratch-off ticket 

A 19-year-old Florida man claimed a $15 million top prize in a new scratch-off game, Florida lottery officials announced Wednesday.

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Quinn Kofler of Bonita Springs won the top prize in the Florida 100X the Cash scratch-off game, lottery officials said in a news release.

The scratch-off game, which costs $30, debuted on Feb. 26 and features eight top prizes of $15 million, which lottery officials said is the largest scratch-off jackpot in state history. There are also 20 prizes of $1 million.

Kofler traveled to lottery headquarters in Tallahassee and decided to take his winnings in a lump sum of $11,175,000, according to the statement. He bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Bonita Springs.

7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again.

WRAL.com reported that, according to an April 4 Facebook post from the SPCA of Wake County, Toby, a fluffy orange and white cat, was given to another family but found his way back to his home.

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“When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” the post said. “The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him. The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family. Of course we said YES!”

The animal shelter said it took Toby in from a county shelter at the end of February.

Toby was adopted by his new mom, Michele, on Friday the 13, SPCA of Wake County communications manager Tara Lynn said in a blog post.

“It’s funny. He’s very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his (feline) roommate,” Lynn told People Pets. “We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home, but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them. He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”

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Lynn told People that she wasn’t sure if Toby, who is FIV-positive, was given up by his family because of his disease, but it didn’t seem to impact interest from potential adopters.

“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” Lynn said.

Toby’s life with his forever family is captured on his own Instagram page, a.cat.named.toby. The page has more than 15,000 followers and includes a post supporting the SPCA of Wake County’s annual Dog Walk, which benefits all animals in the shelter.

Texas high school senior takes his mom to the prom

Taking your mom to your high school prom would raise eyebrows around school, but for a Texas high school senior it was a no-brainer.

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Joe Moreno said his mother, Vanessa Moreno, missed her prom because she dropped out of high school to give birth to him. When this year’s prom was scheduled at Collegiate High School in Corpus Christi, Joe made good on a promise he made years ago, KIII reported. Mom went to the prom as Joe’s date.

"I'm trying to persuade him, 'Hey, take somebody else. Take somebody. This is your prom. Like, we can have our memories somewhere else,'” Vanessa told KIII. “And he kept on. 'No, I'm taking you.'" 

Vanessa said her son has been saying he was going to take her to the prom since he was very young, but she never thought he’d go through with it.

"I really love talking about my family,” Joe told KIII. “It's something that I'm really passionate about. I'm really passionate about who I am. I love who I am; so, when I bring my mom, everyone knows I love my mom.

“I tell them about it, and they are all really supportive and really loving of the idea.”

Joe tweeted photos from the dance, and they went viral. His tweet has been retweeted more than 31,000 times and has more than 180,000 likes.

"Twenty likes. Then 100. Then 200. It just blew up. It was crazy,” Joe said. “To 1,000! Then when I woke up the next day, 12,000! That whole day just went crazy.”

Vanessa told KIII she has received many positive responses from friends and from mothers nationwide.

"I've had so many messages (from) mothers that can relate to my story, and say that I've raised a good gentleman, and that made me feel good," she told KIII.

Joe will graduate in May and plans to go to college to become an oncologist, KIII reported.

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