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Gesture after 21 years inspires officer [Video]

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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


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02/28/2009 at 11:42 am

70-year-old woman fights off 4 robbers with saucepan [Update]

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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.

Read more: Chef Emeril Lagasse replaces pan lost in Elyria attack

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02/28/2009 at 11:23 am

Exchange program breaks down stereotypes [Video]

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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

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02/28/2009 at 2:36 am

LEGO employees have the best business cards ever!

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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.

Source: LEGO Minifigs: The Best Business Cards Ever!

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02/28/2009 at 1:12 am

Mayor rides out snowstorm on top of city hall [Video]

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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

Man reunited with lost class ring after 32 years

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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

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02/27/2009 at 1:00 am

Meet a 5-year-old fiddler [Video]

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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

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02/27/2009 at 12:39 am