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Video of baby stroller falling onto subway tracks

Commuters in a West Philadelphia train station leaped into action today after a woman's baby stroller containing her 14-month-old daughter fell onto the train tracks and the mother climbed down to rescue the child.

The incident, captured on surveillance video, occurred at 12:46 p.m. at the 56 th Street station on the Market-Frankford line of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) transit system.

Video from the station's surveillance camera showed the woman standing in front of the stroller on the eastbound platform at the elevated station. It was not clear from the video what the woman was doing, but the stroller slowly started to roll away from her, and it kept going until it fell over the edge of the platform and landed on the tracks about four feet below.

The woman climbed down onto the tracks, and the video showed several other passengers rushing to her aid.

The woman could be seen hoisting the baby up into the air and one of the waiting passengers taking the child. After the woman handed the baby up to one of the riders on the platform, they helped her up.

I couldn't figure out how to embed the video, it's in the srticle though.

100 year old woman goes skying on here birthday

This is just holly cow !

skying at 100 yo

Elsa Bailey may be 100 years old, but that didn't stop her from hitting the slopes last weekend to celebrate her birthday in true snow bunny fashion.

"It was something that I planned years ago," Bailey, of Colorado Springs, Colo., told "That on my 100 th birthday I'd have one last ski, then hang up my skis. I've done it for 75 years. That's a long time. I've had enough."

On May 11, surrounded by friends and fellow ski buddies, Bailey took to the slopes at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Keystone, Colo., just as she did when she turned 90, for one final whirl down the mountain.

"When I got up on the hill, it wasn't so much the energy I was worried about, but if I knew how to turn," Bailey explained. "But it comes back to you."

Legally Blind Pole Vaulter

Very inspiring video

At just 15 years old, Charlotte Brown has learned to fly - with a pink pole vault.

She's not just the best pole vaulter Emory Rains High School, in Emory, Texas, has ever had, Charlotte is one of the best in the nation. She's cleared 11 feet, 6 inches. And at the Texas state championships last week, the sophomore took eighth place - to a standing ovation.

What's most amazing, however, is that Charlotte is legally blind. She said her vision was like looking down the inside of little black straws.

"I can't really make up a blur even," she told ABC News. "It just blends in for me."

She frightened her parents, Ian and Stori Brown, when she told them that she'd like to try to jump.

"I said, 'I have some concerns,'" Ian said.

"We never told her no," Stori said. "We never told her she couldn't do something, that we weren't going to sign her up for an activity or a sport."

Video of a crashed overturned SUV
Harrowing dash-cam footage shows officer Steve Nunez of the New Mexico State Police and some good Samaritans lifting an overturned SUV off of a little girl last week.

Nunez spoke with about the incident. "It's always hard to see anybody in that situation, but especially children," he said. "And daddy mode kicked in."

Nunez explained that the 8-year-old girl was face down under the SUV. "Momentarily she stopped breathing," he told KOAT.

Nunez and a bystander tried to lift the SUV, but couldn't. The officer called over more good Samaritans, and eventually they were able to put the SUV onto its side and pull out the girl. In the dash-cam footage, Nunez can be seen running back to his patrol car to radio for medical help.

The girl was rushed to the University of New Mexico hospital. KOAT reports that she is expected to make a full recovery.

Hero the dog graduates

A woman known only by her Reddit name, f3b14, responded to a thread on the site about the happy commotion that she and her service dog, Hero, caused at a commencement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over the weekend. She and Hero wore matching caps and gowns to the ceremony, and even crossed the stage together when she went to accept her degree.

A picture of the woman in her wheelchair with her dog standing next to her was uploaded to Reddit on Sunday, and it quickly went viral.

In her response, f3b14 wrote, "Hero knows over forty commands to assist me! He loves to retrieve objects for me like envelopes, pens, my crutches, etc. He also turns off the lights, opens doors, and he pulls me in my wheelchair up ramps! I couldn't have gone to college without him!"

So what did Hero think of wearing the cap and gown? F3b14 wrote, "He loved it! He loved all the attention too. When we were walking outside to reunite with my family, we were stopped every 10 feet for pictures by random people that loved his cap and gown! He was like a celebrity! I think he realized it was a special day!"

Dad's coming home suprise!

sorry about the commercial ! A must watch video in that link !

This one might get you misty: Nine-year-old Alayna Adams threw out the first pitch before Thursday's Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox game. She was told she'd been selected by the U.S.O. for the honor, partially because her father, Lt. Col. Will Adams, had been deployed overseas in Afghanistan for most of the past two years.

Before Alayna threw her pitch, a message from Dad played on the video board, saying he'd see her soon. Indeed he would.

Because it turned out the whole thing was a ruse orchestrated by the U.S.O and the Rays. Lt. Col. Will Adams was, in fact, dressed in catcher's gear, crouching behind home plate, awaiting the throw from his daughter.

(AP)When he caught the ball and flipped up the catcher's mask, Alayna looked at him for a second, realized what's going on, ran full speed toward him and launched herself into his arms.

Tornado hits a Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood


Granbury, a town of 8,000 people about 35 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth, took the hardest hit.

The tornado, which killed six people, took a tremendous toll on a neighborhood filled with families who, before moving in, performed hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" by working to construct their own homes and those of others as required by Habitat for Humanity.

None of the people who died lived in Habitat homes, but all but two of the 61 Habitat homes in Rancho Brazos were damaged and 15 were destroyed, according to Mario Flores, director of disaster response for Habitat for Humanity International.

"It's incredible what Mother Nature can do," Flores said. "There are entire houses that are nowhere to be found. If it weren't for the concrete foundation, you wouldn't know a house was there."

On Friday, the streets in Rancho Brazos had been cleared of debris, and where homes once stood there was nothing but tree limbs, doors, broken windows and bricks. The twisted metal frames of mobile homes were strewn about and trash blew across the empty lots.


Chris Hadfield

"Without the constant pull-down of gravity, your body gets a whole new normal, and my body was quite happy living in space without gravity," Hadfield, 53, said in a video conference call with Canadian reporters on Thursday, three days after returning to Earth.

The video conference was posted on the Canadian Space Agency's UStream channel.

"Right after I landed I could feel the weight of my lips and tongue ... I hadn't realized that I had learned to talk with a weightless tongue," he said.

He is suffering overall body soreness, particularly in his neck and back which are again having to support his head after months in weightlessness.

"It feels like I played full-contact hockey, but it's getting better by the hour," Hadfield said. "The subtle things and the big things are taking some re-adaptation to get used to and they are coming back one by one."

Navy Pilot earns a degree while serving in a combat zone

Navy Pilot

The Navy lieutenant needed armed guards and an armored car to get to an exam site, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A deadly bomb attack also caused him to his miss classes — transmitted live via the Internet — but he persevered and earned a master's degree in engineering from the University of Southern California while commanding a top security team.

His class graduated on Friday, as he joins a growing number of service members earning college degrees while deployed in a war zone.

"Not only was he out there living on the edge, but he had to get his homework done," USC professor Frank Alvidrez said.

The Obama administration is pushing universities to find creative ways to help service members complete their degrees as it tracks the success of its post 9/11 GI Bill, which is designed to be the most comprehensive education benefit for veterans since World War II

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