Saturday, August 8, 2015

Just When You Thought You Heard It All News (8-8-2015)

This lady wears many hats, but one in particular stands out.

Amy Murphy is known by her Greensboro, North Carolina, community as “The Chicken Lady,” because she serves up poultry to people in need, all while wearing a funky hat to match. “It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “It just feels right.”

Murphy first got her nickname in 2013 when she asked the owner of a local Church’s -- a fried chicken restaurant chain -- for leftover food to distribute to the city’s needy, reported. She had seen an ad in a newspaper looking for volunteers to help the homeless, so Murphy then went on to collect chicken, and other food items, from various restaurants.

“This is for my friends downtown,’’ she said. “They’re not homeless. I don’t call them that because that is not who they are. I tell people, ‘Two steps sideways and that could be any one of us.’ That’s all it takes.’’

Now, Murphy serves up food weekly to people in Greensboro -- all while sporting a chicken hat, complete with a beak and bright yellow legs.

“It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. It just feels right,”. “You come to a point where nothing else makes any sense, you just have to go do that which is in your heart.”

Love hurts, they say, but not for this teenage couple.

Dylan and Lexie were walking in Claremont, California, on Thursdaywhena doctor says the two were likely struck by lightning-- but spared severe pain or injuries because they were holding hands. 

"It helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies,” Stefan Reynoso, a physician at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, explained to the news channel.

The pair was along a tree-lined street on Thursday, when Claremont was experiencing severe thunderstorms.

“Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly", Lexie said..

Though the chances of being struck by lightning are about 1 in 600,000, strikes injure about a thousand people each year, according to FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Dyla described the force as  “kind of shove” and “getting hit over the head with metal or something.” but Reynoso reports that the pair is in good health.

The two now say they have “an electric love.” Oh, to be young

Zion Harvey just wanted to swing from the monkey bars.

That's what the Baltimore youngster told his doctor when asked why he wanted hands. Sometimes in an 8-year-old's simplicity is profundity.

Earlier this month, Zion took a big -- nay, massive -- step toward that long-awaited jaunt on the jungle gym when he became the first child to receive a double hand transplant.

"When I was 2, I had to get my hands cut off because I was sick," Zion succinctly put it, in a video taken last year.

Actually, he downplayed it, as is indicative of his disarming optimism. At 2, Zion suffered a life-threatening sepsis infection, resulting in the failure of multiple organs and necessitating the amputation of his hands and feet.

At age 4, after two years of dialysis, he received a kidney from his mother, Pattie Ray, and despite an early lifetime of hardship, Zion figured out not only how to get by, but how to do it with the widest of grins across his face.


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