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U.S. Air Force veteran David Tyler Harmon met dentist David Nguyen at their local gym. When Harmon decided to go to Nguyen for a routine teeth cleaning, the dentist found that he needed weeks of dental work. Harmon was having pain from severe teeth-grinding due to the head trauma he suffered while serving in the U.S. Air Force. "There was infection in his gum tissue, a lot of cracked teeth everywhere, a lot of crowding, a lot of grinding problems," Nguyen told FOX 26. The grand total for all the dental work would be $15,000 and Harmon would need help from the Veterans Administration to be able to pay for the procedures. Instead of waiting for the paperwork to be processed and to be approved, Nguyen foot the bill and went to work! "All veterans are heroes," said Nguyen. "They give up so much for this country, and whatever I can do just to help him out a little bit, it's all worth it to me." #news #veterans #dentalwork #houston #helpingothers #airforce #bestof

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car has donated $30 million to The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to protect and preserve rivers in the U.S as well as internationally. The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that operates in 34 countries, including the United States. The nonprofit will spend $60 million on river conservation over the next five years. According to Shelly Lakly, the Nature Conservancy's managing director of Saving Rivers Strategy, "This donation will make a significant impact on us and our mission. We're at a critical point in the development of the world with population increases and the need for people to work together. It's truly a tipping point." The money that Enterprise donated will go towards reducing the amount of excess nutrient runoff that enters the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and will also help improve water quality on the Colorado River, as well as the wetlands and major rivers of Canada and Europe. #news #enterprise #car #rivers #preserve #environment #donation #saving #rivers #strategy #thenatureconservancy #bestof

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A student organization at Texas Christian University is working hard to eliminate food waste on their campus by donating leftover food to the Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter after every home football game. This same organization also delivers leftovers from the campus dining hall to the shelter two times a week. According to Robert Clethan, the food services director at the Union Gospel Mission, "Everything that gets brought here gets used. Everything." Union Gospel Mission currently serves meals to about 300 people three times a day. According to Megan McCracken, a senior student and the president of the Food Recovery Network, the organization has big plans for the future. "Being a young organization, our main focus has definitely been food recoveries. But we hope as we continue to grow, we can do more stuff on campus and reach out to more community organizations." #news #charity #donations #tcu #football #mission #foodwaste #bestof

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Jarrett Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault when he was only 17 years old and was sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. During his sentence, he met a cellmate who worked for the prison law library who encouraged him to try to get his conviction overturned. Adams took his advice and started reading law books. He then got in touch with attorney Keith Findley who works with the Wisconsin Innocence Project. His sentence was overturned and his charges were dropped because of the research he did at the law library. He was set free in 2007, enrolled in community college, earned a Bachelor’s degree, attended law school and passed the bar in 2015. He is now an attorney for the Innocence Project. Recently, Adams worked with Findley, the man who freed him, to free a man named Richard Beranek was wrongly convicted of rape in 1990. “Nothing pays me back more, or my family, than me walking in the same court, in the same state, where they didn't even look at me when they gave me 28 years," Adams said. "But now they have to acknowledge me as 'Attorney Adams.'" #news #wrongly #convicted #justicesystem #court #innocent #wisconsin #innocence #project #attorney #bestof

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Many companies with locations in Puerto Rico have continued to pay their employees even though their stores have not yet reopened due to hurricane damage. One of the companies, TJX, is the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshalls. "We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances," TJX said in a statement to ABC News. Nordstrom and Starbucks have also continued to pay their employees while their Puerto Rico locations are closed. “We’re working to find opportunities to transfer employees who are interested in staying with the company and will offer some relocation assistance to any employee who needs it,” Nordstrom said in a statement to ABC News. Starbucks has also started an employee assistance fund for workers whose homes have been destroyed by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico. Kudos to these companies! #news #hurricane #maria #irma #puertorico #damage #starbucks #nordstrom #marshalls #tjmaxx #homegoods #bestof

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A Japanese marketing firm, Piala Inc, is giving their non-smoking employees an additional six days of paid vacation per year to make up for the time that their smoking employees take for cigarette breaks. The firm introduced the new benefit after their non-smoking staff complained that they were working more than their co-workers who smoked. Piala spokesperson Hirotaka Matsushima told The Telegraph, “One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems." The company's CEO, Takao Asuka, decided to give the company’s non-smoking employees extra time off to compensate. Asuka says that his hope is that the extra incentive will encourage the rest of their staff to quit smoking. #news #smoking #japan #quit #breaks #vacation #timeoff #bestof

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A Dutch company called VolkerWessels has announced plans to collect plastic waste from the ocean and use it to build new highways in Rotterdam, Netherlands. According to Rolf Mars, one of the leaders of VolkerWessels, "The plastic offers all kinds of advantages over the ongoing construction, both in the development of roads and maintenance." According to the company, these new roads will be able to withstand extreme temperatures from -40° to 80° C or -40° to 176° F and will take much less time to install. Inventors Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma "expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017." #news #environment #construction #netherlands #plastic #waste #protect #oceans #volkerwessels #bestof

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Thanks to the efforts of Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the previous CEO of Patagonia, and the late Doug Tompkins, the co-founder of North Face, Chile has added 11 million acres of protected national parks. The Tompkins Foundation bought one million acres to form a network of 17 national parks along Patagonia that spans most of Chile. The Chilean government agreed to pledge an additional 10 million acres. This expansion will not only create five brand new national parks, it will also add acreage to their other parks.The total 11 million acres of protected land is three times larger than Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks in the US...combined! #news #chile #conservation #nationalparks #southamerica #patagonia #northface #nature #awesome #bestof

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Paws for Life is the first program of its kind in California that involves inmates from a high-security prison who are serving life sentences. The program brings shelter dogs to live with the inmates on a full-time basis for a period of 12 weeks. During that time, trainers teach the inmates how to train the dogs so that they can achieve “Canine Good Citizen” certification. Everyone involved greatly benefits from this program: the dogs benefit because once they achieve certification, their chance of being adopted greatly increases. The inmates benefit because they get rehabilitative therapy from being in the dogs’ presence. The program has even positively affected other people throughout the prison who weren’t directly involved: “The calming effect of the staff, the interaction between the staff and inmates is amazing,” says prison warden John Soto. #news #prison #dogs #rehabilitation #california #secondchance #uplifting #goodnews #bestof

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MASS SHOOTING AT THE MANDALAY BAY:

Police identified Stephen Paddock, 64, in his high rise hotel after unleashing 100’s of rounds onto a crowd of concert attendees. He was found dead. At least 50 people are confirmed dead and over 400 injured.

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Australia is already one the most expensive countries in the world to buy cigarettes, and it's about to get even more expensive. After new legislation was cleared in the Australian parliament, a pack of cigarettes in Australia will cost $40 by the year 2020. In a move that was billed as a health measure by ministers rather than a financial one, the budget papers stated: "One of the most effective ways to discourage smoking is to increase the price of cigarettes." After previous tax increases in 2010 and 2013, the country's smoking population is currently less than 15 percent. #news #cigarettes #australia #smoking #taxes #health #bestof

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Oskar Blues Brewery has teamed up with the Ball Corporation and shipped 88,800 cans of fresh water to residents devastated by flooding in the Houston area, according to the Longmont, Colorado-based brewery. Oskar Blues employees stopped canning beer and canned water for nearly 20 hours. Last week, Oskar Blues sent 4,800 cans of water to Denham Springs, LA., in anticipation of the hurricane making landfall. #news #beer #hurricaneharvey #houston #texas #flooding #naturaldisasters #oksarbluesbrewery #gooddeeds #uplifting #awesome #bestof

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The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing coming back to life, 70 years after the United States dropped 23 nuclear bombs on it, including one in 1954 that was 1,100-times larger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Scientists from Stanford University have discovered an abundance of marine life (schools of fish including tuna, sharks and snapper, and coconut crabs) apparently thriving in the crater of Bikini Atoll, which was declared a nuclear wasteland after the bombings, with its 167 inhabitants moved to other islands. Even though plant, animal and ocean life are showing strong signs of recovery, humans are still unable to live and work on the atoll. Said Steve Palumbi, a professor in marine sciences at Stanford University, “The fact there is life there and the life there is trying to come back from the most violent thing we’ve ever done to it is pretty hopeful.” #news #science #sea #marinelife #nuclear #stanford #pacific #island #nature #amazing #bestof

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Scotland is leading the way in the fight against “period poverty” by giving more than 1,000 women and girls on low incomes free sanitary products for six months. The pilot project will focus on seven regeneration areas in Aberdeen. The project, if taken forward, will make Scotland the first country in the world to provide free feminine sanitary products to low-income women and girls. A similar project was established in New York City, but Scotland's is the first country-level plan of its kind. Said Dave Simmers, the pilot's project leader, “The cost of sanitary products are pricey at the best of times and can be exorbitant for many women." #news #women #womenissues #scotland #lowincome #poverty #periodpoverty #femininehygiene #awesome #bestof

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This past April seven wolf cubs were born at the Zoologico los Coyotes in Mexico City to a she-wolf named Pearl. The cubs are known as Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi), a small, rare subspecies of the gray wolf. Originally inhabiting the southwestern US and central and northern Mexico, the wolves' numbers started to dwindle at the start of the 20th century as populations of deer and elk declined and the canines turned to cattle for food and ranchers began to kill them off. Since roughly the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves have been an endangered species in both countries. The hope is that these seven cubs — five males and two females — will be healthy enough to eventually be released into the wild to help create more wolves. Next month wildlife experts from the United States and Mexico will compare notes on the populations of these wolves in each country and decide if the seven new cubs can be released. #news #wolves #endangeredspeciies #mexico #cubs #canines #wildanimals #bestof

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The French government has announced that parents in France will be legally obliged to vaccinate their children starting in 2018. The World Health Organization has warned of major measles outbreaks spreading across Europe despite the availability of a safe, effective vaccine. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe stated it was “unacceptable” that children are "still dying of measles.” The announcement follows a similar initiative in Italy, which recently banned non-vaccinated children from attending any state schools. #news #france #vaccinations #anti-vaxxers #europe #medicine #health #disease #children #bestof

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Retired mechanic Adi Astl took it upon himself to build a small flight of stairs after several neighbors stumbled down the steep path to a community garden in Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ontario. The project only ended up costing $550, far less than $65,000-$150,000 price tag the city had estimated for the job. “I thought they were talking about an escalator,” Astl told CTV News Channel. Astl says he hired a homeless person to help him and built the eight steps in a matter of hours. The city is now threatening to tear down the stairs because they were not built to regulation standards. City bylaw officers have taped off the stairs while officials make a decision on what to do with it. However, Astl has not been charged with any sort of violation. #news #canada #parks #stairs #localgovernment #bureaucracy #politics #awesome #bestof

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This past April seven wolf cubs were born at the Zoologico los Coyotes in Mexico City to a she-wolf named Pearl. The cubs are known as Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi), a small, rare subspecies of the gray wolf. Originally inhabiting the southwestern US and central and northern Mexico, the wolves' numbers started to dwindle at the start of the 20th century as populations of deer and elk declined and the canines turned to cattle for food and ranchers began to kill them off. Since roughly the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves have been an endangered species in both countries. The hope is that these seven cubs — five males and two females — will be healthy enough to eventually be released into the wild to help create more wolves. Next month wildlife experts from the United States and Mexico will compare notes on the populations of these wolves in each country and decide if the seven new cubs can be released. #news #wolves #endangeredspeciies #mexico #cubs #canines #wildanimals #bestof

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The ensuing tax revenue from the $1.3 billion industry in Colorado is helping students pay for college. In Pueblo County, every graduating high school student will qualify for a scholarship funded by pot tax revenue that can be used at local colleges. “I don’t think without this scholarship I could continue my education without taking out loans and worrying about how to pay it back,” Colorado State University freshman Janet Calzadillas stated. Said Pueblo County commissioner Sal Pace, “A couple years ago, these are dollars that would have been going to the black market, drug cartels. Now money that’s used to fund drug cartels is now being used to fund college scholarships.” #news #colorado #marijuana #college #scholarships #taxes #bestof

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Becca Longo is believed to be the first female to receive a football scholarship to a Division II school or higher, signing to play at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. While there have been about a dozen women who have played college football, none were on an NCAA scholarship like Longo. The teen has wanted to play football since she was a little girl: She especially loved watching her older brother play in high school. Yet she only began competitively playing football during her sophomore year in high school. This past season, she succeeded on an impressive 35 out of 38 extra point attempts, said her high school coach Gerald Todd. Her mother, Andrea Longo, has always supported her daughter playing on the boys' team: "I know my daughter. She is one of the strongest women I know. She's incredible." #news #college #football #teens #yesallwomen #ncaa #collegesports #adamsstateuniversity #colorado #women #inspiring #awesome #bestof
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