Archive for February 2009
When Overland Park police Sgt. Dan Carney received a handwritten envelope, he said he was a little hesitant to open it.
When he finally did and read the handwritten note inside, it reminded him of a day 21 years ago when he was a rookie officer.
A man ran out of gas and money on his way to a job interview in Olathe, Kan.
“It was very traumatic for him I think because he was completely out of work and he was on his last dollar,” Carney said.
Carney gave Alfred Edmonds all that he had in his wallet at the time, $8.
Edmonds said he had always planned to return the $8, but he lost Carney’s business card until this week, when he was cleaning out some old boxes.
“What popped up was that piece of paper that I misplaced 21 years ago that I had his address on,” Edmonds said. “I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I can pay that $8 now.’”
In 21 years, Edmonds said he never forgot the officer who — without question — handed over every dime he had to a perfect stranger.
Read more and watch that story: Man’s Gesture After 21 Years Inspires Officer
Here is an update to a story we brought you earlier this week. “70-year-old woman fights off 4 robbers with saucepan [Video]“
Chef Emeril Lagasse says he felt so bad when he heard a woman lost one of his trademark pans warding off home intruders that he’s replacing the item.
Lagasse is sending a set of his signature cookware to Ellen Basinski, who fought off the young attackers at her home in Elyria, west of Cleveland, on Tuesday.
Lagasse says he feels terrible for Basinksi because of the attack and because she lost the pan.
Basinski was on the phone with her husband when four boys pushed their way into her home.
Her husband, Lorain County Judge David Basinski, overheard the scuffle and raced home while his wife grabbed her favorite pan to defend herself.
The judge says his wife is upset that police took the pan as evidence.
Skaneateles and Fowler High School students are learning they have a lot in common. Friday, students took part in an exchange program organized by Interfaith Works, which helps break down stereotypes by bringing students together.
“Well, actually, before I came to fowler — I’m embarrassed to admit this — I was really scared,” says Skaneateles senior Madison Eckles.
Chris Gilkes, a senior at Fowler, says “I always thought Skaneateles — not to be mean — was going to be racist, which it’s really not.”
Skaneateles’s Josh Tracy is shadowing Fowler’s Gilkes; the pair met earlier this year during the schools’ first exchange.
“We’re definitely going to keep in contact, cause he’s getting recruited for basketball,” says Tracy.
“I just wanted to show that we’re not bad people. We’re the same. We just live in a different location,” says Gilkes.
In the fall, students compiled a list of assumptions they had about each other. Every so often they’ll revisit the list and see if the stereotypes still ring true.
Read more and watch that story: Exchange program breaks down stereotypes
For someone that works at LEGO, this is a functional business card that also happens to be an iconic toy! Moreover, they even try to match the look of the minifig (gender, hair, and glasses) to the person.
On a snowy Thursday night it takes a little effort to get around. Of course, it could be worse. You could be Sheldon Anderson.
“Oh yeah,” laughs the mayor of Wyoming, Minnesota. “I’m not going any place.”
In his third term as mayor, Anderson is a familiar face in city hall. This week he’s on top of it.
“They’ll be snowmobiles and plows tonight so it will be a little noisier,” says Anderson from within his camping tent atop the one-story Wyoming City Hall.
The mayor ascended to the roof on Monday to raise money for the Forest Lake Area Teen Center — pledging to stay up for seven days.
Weighing on his mind more than the weather is the pace that donations have been coming in. He raised $40,000 on the roof last year. With the worsening economy, this year he’s not even close.
Read more and watch that story: Mayor rides out snowstorm on top of city hall
In 1977 in Kansas City, Mo., Richard Brack found what he knew was someone’s lost class ring.
“I saw a little glimmer out of the corner of my eye and reached down in the gravel and picked it up,” Brack said.
Brack said he knew it was important to the owner and he wanted to get it back to them.
After 32 years of a seemingly endless search, Brack finally tracked down the owner of the ring — Deane Carter of Phoenix.
Read more and watch that story: Man Reunited With Lost Ring After 32 Years
Meet a young fiddling phenom that hasn’t even started kindergarten yet. This is a story from the series “Cable Country” from Tim Cable. Tim has a way of telling great stories about characters he meets in East Tennessee.
Watch that story: 5-Year-Old Fiddler
If you go to the Carolina Cup in March, you may notice something a little different about one of the jockeys.
Danielle Hodsdon is one of the only females in the sport and she competes right along side her male counterparts.
Danielle is one of the handful of female jockeys in the sport, but it didn’t take her much to earn the respect of the guys.
“Sometimes men will look out for the girls. But now I am pretty much one of them,” Hodsdon said.
“Every once in a while they will be like, ‘Oh there’s a girl!’ It gives them somebody to root for,” Hodsdon said.
Read more and watch that story: Female jockey turns heads at horse races
Photo: Flickr user andrewmartin
As a well-seasoned food writer, I’ve learned that some culinary challenges aren’t worth the indigestion they can cause.
But there are others that grip the imagination and demand immediate investigation, like my latest hot tip: A Wilson takeout shop called Pizza Snobz is serving deep-fried pizza!
At first, there’s total silence as we focus on this experience. Then, my pizza pal observes, ”It doesn’t taste as greasy as I expected. And I’m totally full, even though my slice was smaller than yours.” She never has lost her eye for equal pizza.
But how does it taste? We decide it’s like downing mozzarella sticks that have been flattened and drizzled with tomato dipping sauce.
Read more and watch the video of the process: There’s a new slice in town: Deep-fried pizza
“Some of the kids like to guess what hat I’ll have on that day.”
Reverand Larry Douthwaite has been crossing school kids at an intersection in Littlestown for 15 years. He wears a different fun hat everyday.
“When you get people going to work in the morning, they’re grumpy and in a hurry. When they see me with the hats, most will smile.”
Pastor Douthwaite says he has more than 100 hats. Everything from Nemo to a birthday hat, a moose hat, Mike from Monsters, Inc. Remember him? A turkey hat for Thanksgiving, a Pharo hat, cheese, and a Nittany Lion. But he says his favorite is “Air Jesus.’”
But just a few weeks ago – Air Jesus – and all the other hats were shelved. Borough Manager Linda Hess, who didn’t want to speak with CBS 21 News on camera, told the Reverend – “hats off!”
“She says it’s a distraction and unprofessional.”
Read more and watch this fun story: Nice hat