A Massachusetts community is pulling out all the stops to rally behind a homeless man after a good Samaritan paved the way.
Jimmy Daniel has been living in the woods for the past three years in a tent. Now, he has a place to live and a job thanks to complete strangers and one man who started it all.
Tim Murdock was making a delivery when he spotted Daniel sitting on the side of the road with a sign and his puppy. Wanting to help out in any way, Murdock gave him a $20 Stop & Shop gift card and posted his encounter on "The Friends of Medway" Facebook page.
"He stood up in tears and [said], 'Thank you so much' and immediately got off the corner and went to Stop & Shop to get food," Murdock told WFXT's Chris Flanagan. "It felt amazing."
Murdock created a GoFundMe page for Daniel as well, titling it, "Let's Change a Life."
And that is exactly what happened.
After Murdock's Facebook post caught steam, the response from the community of Medway has been fast and furious. Strangers have donated food, clothes, bikes, a cellphone and even vaccinations for Daniel's puppy.
Someone also donated a trailer.
Daniel is now living in the trailer, which is sitting in a woman's yard. Katherine Hanrahan-Tingley said she was so moved after reading about Daniel on the Facebook page that she offered to let him park the trailer on her property for free.
"It was a lot different, a lot quieter. I didn't get the train waking me up," said Daniel about his new living situation. "I was comfortable, overwhelmed. Still I woke up and realized, 'Wow, I'm in a trailer. I'm not in a tent anymore.'"
Along with a place to live and food to eat, a local car dealership offered Daniel a job that he starts on Tuesday.
"There's so much stuff I'm constantly going through," said Daniel. "It's really overwhelming but really amazing at the same time."
The town of Medway said they are providing Daniel with outreach services to help him get back on his feet, but the camper must be off the property by Dec. 1 because of a town ordinance violation.
The Duchess of Sussex – known as Meghan Markle until her May wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry – is pregnant, Kensington Palace announced Monday.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace tweeted.
In a second post, the palace added: “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, “is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” the palace said in a statement, according to People magazine.
Reporters from multiple news outlets said the palace would not say whether Meghan had told her father, Thomas Markle, that she was pregnant.
The news came as Meghan and Harry began a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, The Associated Press reported.
An Oklahoma man is behind bars after his own dog led deputies to him during a search, officials said.
James L. Ayer's arrest came Saturday, three days after sheriff's deputies served a search warrant for methamphetamine and firearms at a Wagoner County barn that was turned into a house.
When deputies entered the house Wednesday, they said they found Carrie Metcalf hiding inside and arrested her on other warrants.
Drugs and firearms were found during the search, deputies said.
Investigators later identified Ayer as another suspect. He had been on the run from police until his arrest this weekend, officials said.
Deputies said they spotted Ayer's car Saturday and pulled him over. Ayer got out of the car, ran from deputies and hid in a nearby field, officials said.
Searchlights were put up in the area while officials looked for Ayer. Deputies were able to see a dog's eyes glowing and looking at them, according to the incident report. When deputies went toward the dog, they found Ayer hiding, the report said.
Deputies said they later found out that the dog that helped them was Ayer's personal pet.
A 40-pound pizza you can only find in New York City goes for $2,000.
However, the owner of Champion Pizza said every penny he makes off the cheeseburger pie will go toward Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina.
The pizza has five layers and takes a lot of preparation.
It’s so big that at least two people have to load it into the oven, and the pizza has to be split in half to fit.
The pizza is sold at seven locations across New York City.
"I wish or I hope like someone who likes pizza and makes $100,000 – you never know – maybe someone will buy that,” owner Hakki Akdeniz said.
It is a match made in candy heaven.
Hershey’s invited Craig Hirschey and Jenny Ries for a photo shoot at the company’s headquarters in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the television station reported.
The couple got engaged this year and will be married in February.
Undoubtedly, this couple has shared some kisses during their four-year courtship, and Hershey will document that love in its marketing campaign, WHTM reported.
The new candy bar will hit stores in November.
Five children in Washington state have been hospitalized for the sudden onset of paralysis of one or more of their limbs, Washington State Department of Health officials announced Wednesday.
All five of the infants and children are younger than 6 years old.
AFM is a rare condition that affects the nervous system, especially the spinal cord, health officials said.
On Oct. 8, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported an uptick in the illness impacting children.
The rare disease is similar to polio.
The five young children being treated in Washington state reportedly had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week prior to developing symptoms of AFM.
Health officials said the children are residents of King County, Pierce County, Lewis County and Snohomish County.
In 2016, there were nine cases of AFM in Washington state, health officials said. In 2017, there were three cases, and since the beginning of 2018, there has been one case in the state.
“Symptoms (of AFM) typically include sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes,” health officials said. “AFM can cause a range of types and severity of symptoms, but the commonality among them is a loss of strength or movement in one or more arms or legs. The cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found. CDC specialists will make the final determination if these (new Washington state) cases are AFM.”
The mysterious polio-like disease that may be afflicting three children in Pittsburgh and others in Minnesota is raising a lot of concern.
Pittsburgh's WPXI sat down with Dr. Jennifer Preiss from the Allegheny Health Network to talk about acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM.
“It’s bringing back a lot of hysteria, and if you knew anyone who lived during the polio time, there was a lot of hysteria about polio,” Preiss said. “Most of the time, everyone gets better and everyone is fine, but in these rare cases, there is some immune response that is attacking the muscles of these children.”
The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t know the exact cause of this virus that starts as a cold but then attacks the nervous system, causing different forms of paralysis.
Preiss says a lot is dependent on how a person’s immune system responds to this particular virus.
“Some of the time, when people get viruses – and I’m not even speaking about this particular virus – bad things happen because we have these hyper-immune systems, and some of these hyper-immune system responses are what causes the paralysis,” she said.
The CDC is now looking at the samples taken from the children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
It will be several weeks before we know if the virus strain in Pittsburgh is the same as the virus in Minnesota that’s affected six kids and made national headlines.
A Frontier Airlines passenger at Florida's Orlando International Airport was removed from her flight by police Tuesday after she tried to bring her "emotional support" squirrel on board.
The woman refused to get off the Cleveland-bound plane, so the crew called police.
Frontier Airlines officials said the woman noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal but did not indicate it was a squirrel.
Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights, officials said.
The crew asked the woman to get off the plane, but she allegedly refused. Orlando police were called and asked everyone to deplane so they could deal with the woman.
Officers eventually escorted the passenger off the plane and brought her to the main terminal.
Video shows crowds cheering as she was taken off the plane.
The incident is one of many recent cases involving emotional support animals on planes.
In the last year, all the major airlines have changed their policies for bringing animals into the cabin.
Most airlines require a note from a doctor, advanced notification and the animal’s vaccine records.
Most airlines have also restricted which types of support animals are allowed on board.
Delta, for example, has banned goats, hedgehogs and any animals with horns.
An Indiana father posted photos and a video on social media, warning parents to inspect their child’s juice pouches.
Cameron Hardwick, of Columbus, said he found mold in a Capri Sun juice pouch he was about to give one of his children “as a treat” on Sept. 24. In a video he posted on Facebook, Hardwick said he noticed “something odd” about the Capri Sun pouch.
“It seems low in content, I take a closer look at the packaging and don't notice a hole or anything. So I shake it up some, only to find an unknown substance floating around in the package,” Hardwick says in the video. “To say we are irate would be an understatement.”
Capri Sun addresses the issue of mold on the frequently asked questions section of its website. Seven questions address the possibility of mold.
Addressing the question, “Will the mold make my child sick?” Capri Sun website reads, “The mold is naturally-occurring, and we understand your concerns. That’s why we created our clear bottom pouches so you can check for mold before enjoying your Capri Sun, while still remaining committed to keeping our drinks free of artificial preservatives.”
“We care deeply about this issue and about the well-being of our moms, dads and kids,” reads the Capri Sun response to the question, “What are you doing to prevent mold in Capri Sun pouches?”“That's why we have invested millions of dollars in our packaging, quality and manufacturing processes to make our pouches even stronger and more resistant to air leaks. We recommend that parents gently squeeze each pouch to check for leaks before serving Capri Sun to their kids. Any leaky or punctured pouches should be discarded,” the site reported.
Hardwick used a Facebook post Monday to note that officials with Kraft, the parent company of Capri Sun, had reached out and sent a third party to visit him and collect the pouch for testing.
The results, he said, revealed a “micro-puncture" in the package, which allowed oxygen to enter the pouch and create the mold.
Capri Sun officials also answered Hardwick’s post:
“Thanks again, Cameron, for bringing this to our attention and sharing more information with others. Although it's rare, it is possible for mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your home. We understand it’s unpleasant, but the mold is naturally-occurring, just like if you left an apple on your counter for too long and mold begins to grow.”
Atlanta-based Delta said it is capping fares at $299 each way Oct. 9-11 for coach class to and from Pensacola, Panama City, Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama.
First-class fares are capped at $499 each way for those cities during that Tuesday-Thursday time period.
Delta is also waiving certain change fees for passengers flying to, from or through those cities Tuesday or Wednesday who want to change their plans to avoid the storm.
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