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Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 7:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 7:49 AM
DANBURY, Conn. — Rebecca Townsend put together a bucket list for a high school project. She eventually checked off things like “kissing in the rain” and traveling to Spain. She even founded her high school's chapter of She’s the First, a charity for girls in developing nations.
Also on her list was “save a life.” She did just that in her final moment.
Townsend was walking across a road with a friend when a car came barreling toward them. Rebecca used her last breath to push 17-year-old Benjamin Arne away from the vehicle. Both were hit by the car, but Townsend took the brunt of the collision and was killed.
Newser reports that Arne said the “last thing he can remember is Rebecca pushing him out of the way.” Arne remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition.
“She was a wonderful, wonderful person,” Immaculate High School Principal Joe Carmen told newstimes.com.
Buzzfeed reports that it wasn't until after her death that Rebecca's family found the bucket list in her room. They say the list brought them some comfort knowing she'd fulfilled her final wish.
“It was a little sign that she was OK,” her sister, Victoria, said.
Her friends and family "set up a Facebook page called Remembering Rebecca to encourage people to 'remember Rebecca by going out and doing something that matters.'"
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:19 AM
BOERNE, Texas — Not all of us will run a marathon in our lifetime. Or a half-marathon, even. Or a 10K. Nope, not a 5K.
But now there’s a running event for those who never thought they could say, “I can’t. I have my race that day.”
San Antonio neighbor Boerne has announced it will host a .5K, or a .31-mile race, May 5. The Facebook page for the event reads, “Underachievers welcome!” and boasts a “doughnut and coffee hydration station.”
The page estimates the event will last “like 10 minutes” and promises finishers a sticker for their car, beer and a medal.
The race also offered participants a VIP option for an additional $25 that would not require them to run at all. VIP “runners” get a larger medal.
The event’s website was updated on April 18 to announce that the race is full and no longer accepting sign-ups.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:46 AM
— The Bible’s been around for centuries, but GQ magazine is like, eh? What’s so great about it?
The Good Book makes the mag’s list of “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” While allowing “there are some good parts,” the post calls the Bible “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish and even at times ill-intentioned.”
The Bible finds itself in the company of works by J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway on the list of books that GQ is just not that into. “Catcher in the Rye” is dinged as being “without any literary merit whatsoever.” “Huckleberry Finn” is tedious, meandering and hamfisted, GQ says. Hemingway’s sentences? Too short. Even Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” makes the roster of books to skip.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:17 AM
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Residents of a Seminole County, Florida, neighborhood were on high alert Wednesday because of an aggressive bear that killed one dog and seriously injured another one in recent days.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set traps in The Estates at Springs Landing subdivision along Markham Woods Road near Longwood to try to catch the bear, which killed a dog late Tuesday, days after injuring another.
The bear tore through a pool screen Tuesday and grabbed Maggie, Russell Nusynowitz's 15-year-old poodle.
His wife ran into the home as the bear killed the family dog and took her into the yard.
The attack came two days after Rick Mann encountered a bear and two yearlings in his garage. FWC believes the same bear was involved in both attacks.
When his 5-year-old Maltese-Yorkie mix, Reese, barked, the bear attacked, clamping down on the dog twice.
"When she came back the second time, I grabbed whatever I could," Mann said. "There was a vacuum cleaner there. I started swinging at her."
Reese underwent five hours of surgery.
"He's got seven puncture wounds, a bruised liver, a bruised kidney, numerous lacerations," said Roxane Mann, Rick Mann's wife. "Just a lot of issues. But he's hanging tough."
Roxanne Mann said the bear opened the refrigerator in the garage and helped herself to the food it contained, showing no fear of humans.
"The fact that she was starting to leave the garage and then came back to attack for the second time was very uncommon for a bear," Rick Mann said.
Word is spreading about the brave dog that stood up to the bear to protect his owner. The veterinarian who has been treating Reese has collected more than $1,000 in donations to help pay the vet bills.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
STREETSBORO, Ohio — An Ohio teen has been charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of his 11-year-old brother, an act that police officials said was premeditated.
Streetsboro Police Department officials said that officers and city fire medics responded just after 9:30 p.m. Monday to the boys’ home, where they found the 11-year-old with a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
“The victim’s 13-year-old brother was taken into custody in what appears to be a premeditated shooting,” police officials said in a statement.
Police and Streetsboro school officials identified the victim as Caleb Lishing. The older brother has been identified as Elijah Lishing, a student at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown.
News 5 in Cleveland reported that the Elijah Lishing fled the scene on foot, but was found nearby. He was arrested and booked into the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center.
The boys’ were with a babysitter when the shooting took place. News 5 reported that the sitter frantically called 911 to get help.
“Something terrible has happened,” the woman said in the call, which the news station obtained. “I’m babysitting two kids. There’s blood everywhere.”
The caller told police that Caleb Lishing went to bed around 8:30 p.m. and his brother, a short time later. When she heard a ‘pop,” she ran into the younger boy’s bedroom.
“The other boy came out and said, ‘What was that?’ and I ran in here,” the babysitter said.
Caleb Lishing had a hole in his neck and the room smelled of gunpowder, News 5 reported.
“He’s got blood just pouring out of his mouth,” the caller said. “I don’t think he’s breathing.”
The babysitter did CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived. The Record-Courier in Kent reported that the woman screamed for Elijah Lishing, but he didn’t respond.
“He’s 11 years old and I don’t know where his brother went,” the woman said of Caleb Lishing. “I heard a pop and there’s blood in his chest.”
Elijah Lishing is accused of shooting his brother with a .357 Magnum stolen from his grandfather’s home. The Record-Courier reported that the teen had to break into a locked gun cabinet to get the weapon.
He is accused of taking apart part of the cabinet when he couldn’t find the key, which the grandfather kept at a different home, the newspaper reported.
Monday’s shooting isn’t the first time police were called to the Lishing home. Police reports indicate that officers were called to the house four days before the homicide after Elijah Lishing’s stepmother reported that he was being “unruly.”
The teen, who expressed thoughts of harming himself, was taken to a behavioral health center for evaluation, News 5 reported. It was unclear what treatment he may have received.
The boys’ parents were out of the country at the time of the shooting, but were on their way home after being contacted by investigators, the Record-Courier said.
Caleb Lishing’s slaying is the first homicide in Streetsboro in nearly 20 years.
“It doesn’t happen here,” Lt. Patricia Wain, a police department spokeswoman, told News 5. “It’s traumatizing. A lot of our officers here have kids that age, so to have to walk into that and see that and take that call, it’s very difficult.”
A statement from Streetsboro City Schools administrators said that the school community was “shocked and saddened” by the death of Caleb Lishing, who was in the fifth grade.
“Caleb was a well-liked student by his peers and teachers, and (he) loved coming to school each day,” the statement said. “He was a gentle soul who loved to read and talk to the adults around him.”
More than 20 grief counselors were on hand Tuesday to talk with students, faculty, staff members and parents about the loss. The counselors were also offering advice on how to recognize warning signs of potential trouble in children.
Last night we lost one of our 5th graders in a tragic incident. Grief counselors will be available at Henry Defer Intermediate and the Middle School. State testing at those buildings is cancelled for today.— Streetsboro Schools (@StreetsboroSD) April 24, 2018
Counselors will be available tonight at Henry Defer Intermediate School from 4-8 to talk with students and will have informational packets for parents about how to talk to their children about this loss and how to recognize warning signs in children.— Streetsboro Schools (@StreetsboroSD) April 24, 2018
Children who are depressed may complain of feeling sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent or caregiver or worry excessively that a parent may die,” officials said on the district website. “Older children may sulk, get into trouble, be negative or grouchy or feel misunderstood. Youth are more likely to respond to treatment if they receive it early in the course of their illness.”
Police officials asked for respect and kindness toward the family in a statement on the department’s Facebook page.
“We ask that you keep the family in your thoughts during this difficult time,” the police statement said. “While we respect that everyone may have strong feelings about the incident, we request that you keep your comments positive with respect to the family and our community as they grieve their loss.”