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Minnesota fourth-grader plays heartwarming version of John Lennon's 'Imagine'

A Minnesota fourth-grader’s haunting, heartwarming piano performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” has gone viral with more than 4 million views, KARE reported.

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Adam Kornowski, who attends Lakeside Elementary in Chicaso City, performed Lennon’s hit at the school talent show last week. His mother, Michelle Kornowski, uploaded a video of her son singing and playing the song, and it already has been shared nearly 120,000 times on social media.

"There wasn’t a parent in the room with a dry eye by the end. He got a standing ovation and the applause lasted forever!" Michelle Kornowski wrote on Facebook.

Adam has been playing the piano since he was 5, his father, Karl Kornowski, told KARE.

NFL player Jermaine Gresham's random act of kindness surprises American Airlines passenger

Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham helped out a fellow traveler when she was hit with an unexpected baggage fee that almost made her miss her flight.

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Delilah Cassidy was returning from Europe on an American Airlines flight when she was told about a policy requiring certain passengers to pay for carry-on bags.

She posted that American Airlines charged her $50 for the bag, but her credit card was declined and the airline wouldn’t accept cash. 

The airline told her she would have to go back through security to check the bag, meaning she would miss her flight. 

That’s when Gresham stepped in and offered to pay the fee.

Cassidy said she didn’t realize who he was at first, and she was crying as she boarded the plane and tried to repay him in cash, but he refused to accept, telling her to “pay it forward.”

In the end, she was surprised to learn that her “angel” was Gresham.

School grants mother’s dying wish to see daughter graduate 

A high school in Washingtonville, New York held an early graduation ceremony so a teen’s terminally ill mother could attend.

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Elizabeth De Leon asked for the bedside ceremony after her battle against colon cancer took a turn for the worse, WCBS reports.

The 51-year-old mom was determined to live long enough to see her daughter graduate, according to USA Today.

“I would always tell her I won’t get my cap and gown until graduation,” De Leon’s daughter, Cassidy De Leon, said.

Richard Pagan, De Leon’s oldest son, told WCBS that he called Cassidy’s principal to help make his mother’s dying wish come true.

The principal brought Cassidy De Leon’s diploma, cap and gown to the hospital and presided over the private graduation ceremony on Memorial Day.

Pagan posted a video of the private ceremony on Facebook.

Family said Elizabeth De Leon lit up as soon as she saw her daughter in her cap and gown.

“She was happy,” Pagan told WCBS. “Me and Cassidy told her, ‘Mom, it’s okay. You can go now.’”

Elizabeth De Leon passed away shortly after the ceremony and will be laid to rest on Monday.

Cassidy De Leon will attend her high school graduation, which is scheduled for June 21.

Texas teen wins 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee

A Texas teen made believers out of a competitive field as he won the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

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Karthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney, Texas correctly spelled “koinonia” -- which is defined as “the Christian fellowship or body of believers” -- to defeat the largest field in the Bee’s history. Nemmani stood alone after 514 other competitors were eliminated.

"I had confidence, but I didn't really think it would happen," Nemmani told WFAA. "I'm just really happy. This has just been a dream come true."

Nemmani won more than $40,000 cash, the Scripps trophy, and trips to New York and Los Angeles for national television appearances.

Naysa Modi, 12, of Frisco, Texas, placed second, WFAA reported. The four-time participant misspelled "Bewusstseinslage,” which is "a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components.”

Nemmani had met Modi on the spelling stage before the Scripps Bee, though. He was runner up to her in their Collin County spelling bee, WFAA reported. When asked if having her up there helped him, he said, "Yeah, I guess. I guess it gave me a little more confidence."

The Bee reached its final two spellers in Round 17.

On-stage competition began Tuesday after spellers took a written test, which played a large part in determining which spellers qualified for the finals, WFAA reported. 

The field was expanded to 515 spellers to accommodate wild cards — there had never been more than 300 competitors — and four qualified through the “RSVBee” program, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nemmani and Modi live 15 miles apart. The third-place finisher, Abhijay Kodali, lives in Flower Mound, also in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Times reported.

As for when Nemmani knew he'd win with the word koinonia? 

"When I heard it," he told WFAA.

Arizona Diamondbacks reliever pitches in to deliver groceries 

Archie Bradley is used to pitching in when the Arizona Diamondbacks need some relief help.

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So it was a simple matter for the right-hander to provide some relief at an Arizona grocery store, The Arizona Republic reported. 

Bradley went around Fry’s Marketplace in north Phoenix on Thursday, bagging groceries for shoppers who had signed up for the store’s ClickList delivery service. The service allows customers to buy groceries online and then have store employees load the food into their cars.

"To be able to order your groceries online, pull up and have them delivered straight to you is an amazing experience," Bradley told the Republic. 

After bagging the groceries, Bradley delivered them on a cart to surprised customers in the parking lot, the Republic reported. Each customer also received free cases of Bodyarmor water and SuperDrink, the newspaper reported. Bradley was representing Bodyarmor on Thursday, and said he had some jitters while delivering the goods to customers.

"I think I probably just got docked a little bit for bringing out the wrong order. I'm going to take responsibility as captain of this team,” Bradley joked to the Republic. “That's my fault.” 

Army Strong: Fallen hero's division honors him in sweet photo shoot with his newborn daughter

The military brothers of a fallen soldier are still holding up one of their own and his family, even after he was laid to rest. 

Chris Harris was married to his bride Britt for less than a year before he was killed by an improvised explosive device, ABC News reported. A week before his death, Chris found out that Britt was expecting.

From almost day one, with Chris gone, his Army unit has stepped in, filling as much of the void as they can since Britt lost Chris. 

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He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82 Airborne Division. 

The unit was the first to know whether the couple was having a boy or a girl. She shipped confetti poppers that were stuffed with pink or blue confetti. When her husband’s military buddies lined up, complete with an American flag behind the group, they all found out they would be surrogate uncles to a little girl. 

>>Read: Soldiers help with gender reveal for the baby of one of their fallen 

At the time, one of the servicemen, Joel Crunk, posted, “Chris Harris laid down his life for our country. His newly wed wife was expecting their first child. The reveal is in Afghanistan with the men who fought by his side. We are happy to welcome the new member of our company.”

When Britt found out she was having a little girl, she decided to honor her husband’s memory with their daughter’s name Christian Michelle Harris. Chris’ full name was Christopher Michael Harris, ABC News reported.

>>Read: Baby’s first photos have connection to fallen soldier father

A few months later, Christian was born on a day that could not have been more appropriate: March 17, the same day Chris’ unit returned home missing one of their brothers in arms, WTVD reported.

“Knowing that we could come home to a baby girl, that was awesome,” Sgt. Nathan Bagley told WTVD. “When everyone came home, that was the day she was born, so that made it 10 times better.”

Britt told WTVD that the couple’s little girl has her father’s eyes. His mother, Sue Kolean, couldn’t agree more.

“It’s refreshing to see those blue eyes again,” Britt said.

“When she was born, it was like I was looking at my own son,” Kolean told WTVD.

And not only is her father possibly looking down, and watching over his little girl, she also has an entire division of heroes watching out for her, too. 

They immortalized their connection with the little girl during a recent photoshoot, WTVD reported.

As they were setting up, one of the soldiers said, “Chris, we got your baby girl.” The moment was caught on video.

Dressed in their Army blues, the division lined up behind Britt, who was dressed in a red gown and holding Christian. The little girl was dressed in a splash of white.

Another photo shows the little girl clutching an American flag her father fought to defend. 

The one photo that fully illustrates the support the little girl will have her entire life shows her being held in the hands of the members of her father’s unit as she wears a onesie that says, “My Daddy’s my hero,” the words surrounded by angel wings, as her father’s dog tags are hung around her neck. 

Offset of Migos buys new car for man who 'helped save his life'

He may be a rap superstar whose songs are on top of the charts, but Offset, of the trio Migos, still knows how to walk it like he talks it.

>> Rapper Offset of Migos wrecks car in Atlanta

Offset, whose birth name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, made one man's day very special by giving him a brand-new car.

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The rapper wrecked his car two weeks ago in Atlanta and was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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He credits a man named Jamar who was walking nearby for helping save his life during the accident. Offset repaid Jamar by buying him a new Nissan Altima on Wednesday.

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The good Samaritan moment was caught on video.

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Not all heroes wear capes! 

WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video

A Tennessee woman has gone viral for all the right reasons.

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: WATCH: Couple unknowingly plan to propose to each other at zoo on same day

Shara Fenell told WHBQ that she was walking in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day near the Peabody Hotel when she heard a noise. She said she wasn't sure what the noise was at first or where it was coming from, until she looked in a storm drain.

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When Fenell looked down, she saw about eight ducklings. She and her friend noticed the mother duck walking around the drain trying to do something.

>> On WPXI.com: Ducklings fall into sewer, officer climbs in after them

What Fenell decided to do next made her go viral.

She jumped into the drain and saved the ducklings. She lifted them one by one to a good Samaritan.

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Fenell told WHBQ that she made sure the ducklings and their mother crossed the street safely.

Great work, Shara Fenell!

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Young boy stops traffic to help elderly stranger up the stairs

A young boy's random act of kindness in Milledgeville, Georgia, will bring a smile to your face.

WSBTV viewer Riley Duncan sent a video showing the 8-year-old helping an elderly woman up the stairs.

Duncan said he didn't know the story when he pulled out his camera, but he saw the boy stop traffic, hop out of his car and help the woman -- and he thought it was a moment that deserved to be shared.

He later learned the boy's name -- Maurice Adams Jr.

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Maurice was in the car with his mom and sister leaving high school graduation when they saw the woman crossing the road.

His mother, Contricia Hill, said that they began talking about the woman, who was crossing the busy road alone, and her son spoke up.

"He asked, 'Can I go out there and help her up the steps?'" Hill said.

And that's exactly what he did. He held the stranger's arm as she slowly took each stair. At the top, she gave him a hug and the two went on their way.

HIll said she didn't know anyone was filming the moment, but seeing her son's act of kindness on the internet makes her proud.

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"It's touching. It's very touching," she said. "(It just shows) respect and raising your kids right goes a long way."

She said they still don't know who the woman is, but said that the stranger had short a message for Maurice when they reached the top of the steps.

"She told him that he's special," Hill said.

We couldn't agree more.

Man picks up girlfriend in different embarrassing way every day

There’s more than one way to make an impression with your girlfriend’s friends and classmates. Zach Doell came up with a strange gambit -- picking up his girlfriend Brianna Garcia in unique rides. 

One day he drove up to the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in an ice cream truck. Another day it was a DIY Batmobile. Then there was the pizza delivery car. But the best one was, and one that Doell doesn’t think he can top, was the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, the Daily Advertiser reported.

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“I don’t know if I should retire because there’s no way I can top it, but then again, I graduate in May so I only have this week of school left,” Doell told the Daily Advertiser back in April

But why start picking up his more reserved girlfriend in the strange vehicles?

“I love to see her laugh and make her smile. So I would just beep the horn excessively and yell her name,” Doell told the Daily Advertiser.

But it was a glance at a large hat in his apartment that changed his game.

He donned a sombrero and yelled, “El Papi” as they met after class, Garcia said.

So how did the Weinermobie stunt come to fruition?

Doell said he was at an area store to get a whistle for an NFL referee costume he was planning and as if by fate, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was at the same parking lot. So he asked the hotdoggers if he could borrow the vehicle. They said yes and the rest went down in prank history.

Garcia had a prank of her own up her sleeve. She got the help of a local radio station to have Doell picked up with horn blazing. 

“At first I was scared,” Doell told the Daily Advertiser. “I had no idea who was honking. Usually, I”m the one who’s doing it. But then I was so impressed with her. That was the last thing I expected.”

Kindergarten class starts each day with handshake

If only our country worked like this kindergarten class. Ashley Taylor’s class starts their learning day the same way every day.

Taylor picks one of her students at Keene Elementary School in Texas to give a handshake to each and every classmate as they enter the room, CBS News reported.

She says the daily greeting could help her students’ development.

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Taylor posted one of the daily hellos to her Facebook page where it has gone viral. She added the caption, “When I see the direction the world is heading, it reminds me what I am doing WILL make a difference.”

While the daily hello could be considered a bright spot, she said there’s meaning behind it, that it teaches her students good manners and that “someone is on their side,” Taylor told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“The school shootings have been a real eye opener,” She told the newspaper. “Maybe if some of those kids had felt like someone was on their side, things would have happened differently. I understand there are lots of factors that play into those situations. But what if, you know?”

“Sadly, lots of kids (of all ages) come to school looking for the positive interaction that they may not have experienced at home. Life can be hard for kids but it shouldn’t be at school,” Taylor told The Star-Telegram.

 

Twins born Memorial Day weekend celebrate 'cookout style' in adorable costumes

Twins born at Pittsburgh's Washington Health System Washington Hospital over Memorial Day weekend were dressed to impress.

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The hospital wrote on Facebook: "We know everyone was honoring the brave men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day with cookouts and spending time with family. Even our newborns were celebrating 'cookout style' over the weekend!"

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Husband, wife die within 24 hours of one another, are buried on 53rd anniversary

William and Mary Hanson were like peas and carrots. 

“When you describe my parents, it’s like one word: Bill-and-Mary,” the Bloomington, Minnesota, couple’s daughter, Lisa Smeed, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “The one does not go without the other, kind of like peanut butter and jelly or cookies and milk.”

That did not change with Mary Hanson’s death on May 16 following a nine-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Smeed had the heart-rending task of telling her father -- who was in a hospital being treated for cancer -- that his beloved “Sweetpea” was gone. 

A few minutes later, Bill Hanson told his nurse, ‘My heart really hurts,” the Star Tribune reported

He died the next day, less than 24 hours after his wife. Both were 79 years old. 

“He just knew that his heart was broken, and he didn’t want to live without her,” Smeed told the newspaper

The Hansons were buried May 22, which would have been their 53rd anniversary. 

A GoFundMe page established to help offset the couple’s medical and funeral expenses tells their love story. Bill Hanson was in the U.S. Navy in 1956 when he and some friends were waiting at a stoplight in Richfield, Minnesota. 

Glancing over, he spotted Mary Kanthak sitting in the car next to them, the fundraising page said. After just a quick glance at one another, Hanson had his friend follow Kanthak’s vehicle so he could talk to her. 

They were inseparable after that meeting. The couple married in 1965 and lived in Richfield until 1975, when they built a home in Bloomington.

They raised two children: Lisa, and her younger brother, John Hanson. Bill Hanson spent his post-military years working at Control Data Corp., a mainframe and supercomputer firm, the GoFundMe page said. He moved to a less stressful job, dealing blackjack at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, in 1994 following a massive heart attack. 

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Mary Hanson worked as a personal stylist at several department stores before retiring from Macy’s in 2012, three years after her Parkinson’s diagnosis, the Star Tribune said. A home health agency took care of her during the day and her husband took over at night. 

“Bill took care of her for years, until 2015, when he made the difficult decision to place her in the Masonic Home after his bypass surgery,” the GoFundMe page said. “In order to continue to have specialists provide care for Mary, Bill continued to work, even as he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in October 2017. 

“Despite his illness, Bill visited Mary every night at the home after work.”

Bill Hanson continued working despite his own failing health so his wife would have access to the specialists she needed, the family said. He worked until May 6, just 10 days before Mary Hanson’s death and 11 before his own, Smeed told the Star Tribune

He stopped working because the esophageal cancer had spread to his right lung and the surrounding lymph nodes, according to the couple’s joint obituary.

Brad Smeed, the couple’s son-in-law, described their story as “truly one of love and devotion that we should all be uplifted by.” 

“They both went peacefully in their sleep with dignity and in peace and did not suffer,” Brad Smeed wrote on Facebook. “Heaven gained two amazing angels this week. Please make sure to tell your parents/loved ones how much you love them and cherish the time you have with them.”

Anna Molitor, who set up the GoFundMe page for the family, wrote that she felt blessed to have known the Hansons.

“Amazing people who will truly be missed,” Molitor wrote. “Heaven gained two of the finest.”

Teen graduates from both high school, college in same week

A teen from Maryland has already graduated college and he’s still not old enough to drive a car. Torrington Ford graduated from Anne Arundel Community College at the age of 15. But the educational feat wasn’t fully unexpected. 

His mother, Tarita, started homeschooling Torrington when he was only 2 years old. But she told the Capital Gazette that her son got bored after awhile. Tarita tried making the school work more difficult, so when he was 12, while doing high school-level courses, Torrington took a placement test for college. He tested into credit classes and enrolled into Anne Arundel Community College to take political science, college algebra and English.  

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Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Torrington took college classes. Tuesday and Thursday, he was a high school student being homeschooled by Tarita, the Capital Gazette reported

Torrington graduated last week from from both college on Thursday and high school on Saturday.

He finished college with a concentration in science, including taking two physics classes in one semester. He also plays various sports including football, basketball, baseball and track. 

He also found he has a love for flying and will study aviation engineering at Ohio State next year. 

The family are moving from Maryland to Columbus, Ohio, WUSA reportedThe Capital Gazette reported they’re going early so he can start bridge classes in July to prepare for the fall semester and will take classes that will help him become a pilot when he graduates. He would like to be a commercial pilot, WUSA reported.

If all goes as planned, he will graduate with a degree from the Aeronautical Engineering Program before he’s out of his teens, WUSA reported.

WATCH: Couple unknowingly plan to propose to each other at zoo on same day

A Memphis, Tennessee, couple is going viral for all the right reasons

They went on a date, and both planned to propose on the same day

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Jessa Gillaspie posted a video of the dual proposal on Facebook, and it has been shared thousands of times. 

In the video, Becky McCade is seen getting on one knee to propose. Gillaspie breaks into laughter and shows her now-fiancee the second ring.

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Gillaspie edited the video description after it went viral to say: "We had no idea this would blow up so quickly! But I can’t say I’m not thrilled, because all I’ve ever wanted was for Beck and the world to know how much l love her. We are overwhelmed with all of the positive responses. Really, you guys have no idea how much that means to us!"

Congratulations, Becky and Jessa! 

Dog seems grateful for rescue, kisses firefighter

A dog in Maine who got himself in a dangerous situation, but he was so thankful that firefighters answered the call, he rewarded a firefighter with a quick kiss.

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Neighbors called police after they saw a dog stranded on a roof of a home. Apparently the pup climbed out a second-floor window, WMTW reported.

A firefighter put up a ladder to climb and rescue the dog, which gave him a lick before being saved, WMTW reported.

Groomsmen make sure bride stays dry during rainy outdoor wedding

An old adage claims that if it rains on your wedding day, you’ll be showered with good luck. But too much rain may put a damper on any wedding, especially one that is held outside.

Marcus and Diana Joseph were married earlier this month at Grant Hill Farms in Commerce, Georgia. They watched the weather forecast that promised that rain showers were going to dry up after a few minutes. The few minutes became a half hour, “Good Morning America” reported.

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Instead of moving the ceremony inside, the groomsmen came up with an idea to keep the bride dry.

Diana told “Good Morning America,” “They said, ‘Why don’t we walk out with our bridesmaids? Once we all get down the aisle, we’ll come back up and cover you as you walk back down.’”

That’s exactly what they did. They all had white umbrellas that they held over Diana and her father as they walked down the aisle. The best man held Diana’s dress out of the water so it wouldn’t get soaked.

“I was completely covered -- me and my dad,” she told “Good Morning America.”

Marcus said he chose his groomsmen for a specific reason.

“If something were to happen to me, I know that each one of the guys can be someone Diana can go to if she needs to,” Marcus told “Good Morning America.”

Off-duty firefighter saves choking restaurant patron

For one Leicester firefighter, a rescue is all part of a day's work, but this particular rescue happened at his second job where he works as a cook.

Johnny True was working his second job as a line cook when someone in the restaurant started choking. Within seconds, he was out from the kitchen, doing the Heimlich maneuver and seven or eight pulls after, the woman was fine.

"It's all in a days work for me. It's just what I do," said True.

True walked off like nothing happened.

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"He just came back, washed his hands, jumped on the line again."

But had his training and opportunity not collided in that very moment, the woman might not be alive.

Another patron was trying - unsuccessfully - to help her, when a waitress shouted for help and True answered the call.

"He didn’t look like he knew what he was doing so I approached him hastily, said hey I'm John True, I'm a Leicester firefighter how can I help and he said oh get in here," said True.

Restaurant managers wrote about the incident on Facebook and the congratulations started pouring in, also from his dad, a Leicester firefighter for 27 years.

He says he's thankful he could help, but folks around town are thankful for much more than that - a woman's life saved.

"It was a pretty extraordinary event, not to Johnny, but to the rest of us it was."

True said he got trained on the Heimlich maneuver eight or nine years ago at the behest of his mother, who he didn't want to argue with. 

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