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Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
“You want to know something special about me?”
That’s a line from Logan Wiesman’s book, “Logan’s Bumpy Kidneys.” The remarkable 7-year-old wrote it with his aunt April to explain to his classmates and other children why his tummy stuck out.
Logan’s hometown of Mason will honor him Sunday with Logan Wiesman Day and will celebrate a friendship with a college student that made it possible.
Logan had PKD — Polycystic Kidney Disease — and his condition worsened quickly over the winter. Family and friends were testing to see if they could donate a kidney. His mother, Ann, had kidney problems and couldn’t. His father, Dave, was tested but wasn’t a match.
“It was heart-wrenching,” remembered Ann, “and the day that we posted to say that Dave wasn’t going to be able to be Logan’s donor is when we heard from Karly.”
Karly Schmidt, 23, was studying nursing at the University of Kentucky. Schmidt’s family has been close friends of the Wiesmans, and her dad had given a friend a kidney in college. She underwent the testing during final exams and she was a match.
“I think he’s awesome,” Schmidt said of Logan. “He’s definitely a hero and an inspiration and I’m happy that I could help him along in his journey.
“For Logan, this is like a huge deal,” Schmidt said, “but for me it was more like, ‘I’m excited to do this.’”
“I think Karly downplays it a lot, but what she’s done for us and for Logan is amazing,” said Logan’s dad, Dave. “He’s a healthy boy now. He’s back to having a normal childhood.”
Logan’s mom, Ann, broke into tears talking about Karly’s gift.
“I really wish I could’ve been my son’s organ donor. I wish I could give a kidney to anybody,” Ann said, “but I am so grateful for the people that step in and step up, especially when parents can’t, to save the lives of their children.”
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:06 AM
— The village of Wauconda, Illinois, is getting a lot of love from “Black Panther” fans following the blockbuster’s record-breaking premiere weekend.
Is anyone else from Illinois going to have a difficult time watching #TheBlackPanther w/out mentally referring to the Chicago suburb when they mention the stunning nation in the film? 😂😂😂 Can't wait to see it! #Wakanda vs Wauconda. #photo pic.twitter.com/8CpeKg8q24— Laurice Marier (@TheRealLaurice) February 18, 2018
Pronounced the same way as the magical (but fictional) African kingdom of Wakanda, the town, where about 20,000 people reside along the shore of Lake Michigan, has already received a call asking whether they were hiding vibranium, the strongest metal in the world (Wakanda’s fictional world).
Another fan called to ask about the village’s pronunciation. “When I told him, he began yelling, ‘Wakanda forever!’” Alise Homola, executive assistant to Wauconda’s village administrator and mayor, told the Hollywood Reporter.
"At first, I was like, is there a full moon out?” Homola said, confused about the calls and requests for vibranium. She knew about the film but not the plot.
In the Marvel universe, the Kingdom of Wakanda is a fictional nation ruled by T’Challa, or the Black Panther. Thanks to its massive hidden stash of vibranium, it’s also one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wauconda High School Principal Dan Klett even received an inquiry about changing the school’s mascot from a bulldog to a black panther. But that won’t be happening.
While Wauconda, Illinois, has no plans to play up the “Black Panther” connection, other cities are getting in on the fun.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport announced on Twitter that it would be offering nonstop flights to the fictional kingdom, prompting hilarious reactions from some of the stars of “Black Panther” themselves.
We've gotta have some music on the in-flight entertainment too. Now streaming: Killmonger Me Softly, T'Challa Back Girl, M'Baku That Thang Up, Straight Outta Wakanda, N'Jadaka Said Knock You Out.— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) February 20, 2018
The blockbuster’s ties to the metro Atlanta region are a pretty big deal. In fact, almost $84 million of flick’s reported $200 million budget was spent in Georgia, the AJC previously reported.
Several scenes of Wakanda were actually shot at the beautiful rock quarry at the Vulcan Materials Co. in Stockbridge.
According to the state economic development department, 3,100 people working in Georgia’s booming film industry were employed during the shoot, which started in August 2016 and wrapped up in November 2017.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:48 AM
DURHAM, N.C. — Winner, winner, before that chicken dinner.
A North Carolina woman is $1 million richer after buying a scratch-off ticket while purchasing her meal, WRAL reported.
Sayanna Bragg bought a dozen chicken wings and a soft drink at a Durham convenience store and decided to purchase a Million Dollar Fever scratch-off ticket.
When she got to her car, Bragg began to scratch the ticket.
“When I saw the fire symbol, I knew I won something,” she told WRAL. “I was hoping it was at least $10, that way I’d win my money back, or even $100. When I saw what it was, I cried tears of joy. I jumped out of the car and ran back into the store yelling ‘I did it! I hit $1 million.’”
The store clerk at the Cruizers store confirmed that the ticket was a million-dollar winner. Bragg did not hesitate, driving to the state lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her winnings.
Bragg decided to take the lump-sum payout and cleared $423,000 after taxes, WRAL reported.
Bragg said she plans to use some of her winnings to take a trip to Jamaica.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:50 PM
DES MOINES, Wash. — When burglars violently broke into a Des Moines, Washington, home mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a teenager hid in a closet and held onto his dog.
But Rex -- a 2-year-old German shepherd -- ran downstairs to protect the 16-year-old.
The dog confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. The dog ran back upstairs.
With the dog out of sight, the home invasion continued as the two burglars trashed the house room by room. When they came into the bedroom where the teen and the dog were hiding in the closet, and the teen was on the phone with 911, the dog stood up to them with the little strength he had left.
He threw himself at the burglars, the teen's family wrote on a GoFundMe page, and was shot at least three times in the neck, leg and knee.
As the sound of sirens became audible, the burglars ran away.
Officers found smashed sliding door glass when they went into the home to get the teen outside safely. They also found Rex, who at first looked dead.
While SWAT teams looked for the suspects, Rex was taken to the animal hospital.
He was eventually taken to BluePearl, where he is in the veterinary intensive care unit, receiving pain medication, antibiotics and wound care, with round-the-clock monitoring of his vital signs.
After making it through the night, the dog is now in stable condition.
As Rex recovers, people on social media have taken to calling him a "hero dog" for intervening between the burglars and the teenager.
"My nephew was protected by his eternal friend until the last bit of strength he had in him to do what his unconditional, loving instinct told him to," family member Susy Cadena said on the GoFundMe page.
The family started crowdfunding after paying large sums of money for X-rays and urgently needed medication for Rex. They hope to raise $10,000 to cover the expenses.
"Our family cannot let Rex the hero dog go without us fighting as hard as he did, to his very last bit of a strength while protecting my nephew," Cadena said.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:35 PM
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.[View the story "Stoneman Douglas resource officer resigns after investigation" on Storify]
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