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March 10, 2016

Marcie the dog doesn't have much time left, but a kind animal shelter volunteer is making sure that her last days are filled with love.

When Marcie was brought in to the Kenton County Animal Shelter in Kentucky at the end of January, the stray was blind, had flea-infested fur, and was covered in cancerous tumors. She was set to be euthanized, but Bill Baker stepped in and brought her home. "It was love at first sight," he told ABC News. In spite of the adversity she faced, Marcie has a "very sunny disposition," Baker said, and she fits in with the other dogs Baker and his wife had already adopted.

Elizabeth Cochran, director of the shelter, told ABC News that Baker has a special connection with Marcie, and is helping her "live out her life in a special way." She said most shelters have trouble adopting older pets, and she hopes Baker inspires others to take a chance on a more mature dog. Baker had photos taken with Marcie to remember her by, and is grateful for the short amount of time they have had together. "She just warms my heart," he said. Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2016

Barack Obama may be the country's first black president, but for babies born in 2009, he is the precedent for the country's highest office. The fact that he isn't always going to be president is a tough lesson for at least one Obama administration baby to take.

When Caprina D. Harris told her granddaughter, who shares a birthday with Obama, that the president will be leaving the White House soon, she was crushed.

"We have to vote for another president," Harris explained.

"I'm not ready for a new one," her granddaughter wails. Watch the heartbreaking video below.

On Saturday morning just before Gymnastics, My Dranbaby found out that our President Barack Obama was no longer going to be our President!!! He has been her President all of her life and Yes her birthday is also on AUGUST 4!!!! My poor baby!!!

Posted by Caprina D Harris on Monday, February 15, 2016

And this little girl probably isn't alone in her grief. Indeed, the writer and activist Feminista Jones tweeted this in solidarity.

Maybe Obama's presidency will inspire these young fans to change the face of politics as well. Lauren Hansen

December 1, 2014

Aaron Purmort used his obituary, published today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, to reveal his true identity to the world:

Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Purmort's obituary highlights his touching sense of humor in the face of a crippling disease. His life with terminal brain cancer is well-documented. His wife Nora writes a blog called My Husband's Tumor, which she calls "a love story... with some cancer," and the couple has been the subject of local and now national news reports.

Purmort is survived by his wife Nora and son Ralph, "who will grow up to avenge his father's untimely death." Samantha Rollins

November 8, 2014

Friends for 25 years, a 77-year-old cancer patient and her favorite horse Bronwen got to say a final farewell on Monday, BBC News reports.

Sheila Marsh was being treated at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, in Wigan, and after seeing one of her three dogs a week ago, she asked staff if it would be possible to bid Bronwen farewell, too. The hospital staff arranged for Bronwen to visit the parking lot, and they rolled Marsh's hospital bed out to see him.

Marsh had worked at Haydock Park Racecourse before she became ill. The grandmother owned six horses, three dogs, and three cats. She died early Tuesday morning. Sarah Eberspacher

October 15, 2014

China's Jinggu County rocked through a 6.6-magnitude earthquake last week, and when keepers at the region's Pu'er Sun River National Park arrived at work the next day, they couldn't find one of the red pandas, a female named Yuan Yuan.

What the keepers did find was Yuan Yuan's sister, Xiao Huang, grabbing fruit slices and carrying them off through the trees. The keepers followed the red panda to her missing sister, who had been crushed by a tree that fell during the earthquake. When park officials tried to put Yuan Yuan into a bag and carry her out of the forest, Xiao Huang clung to the bag:

You can watch a full local news report of the heartbreaking story, via The Independent. Sarah Eberspacher

August 5, 2014
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They were married for 62 years, and faced everything — even death — together.

Don and Maxine Simpson of Bakersfield, California, met at a bowling alley, and had an instant connection; after marrying, they raised two sons and enjoyed traveling around the world. Two weeks ago, Don was taken to the hospital after breaking his hip, but as his condition worsened, his family decided to bring him home to be with Maxine, who had been battling cancer for years.

During the last afternoon they spent together, Don and Maxine smiled and held hands. Maxine passed away first, and then four hours later, Don died. "I knew in my heart this is what's supposed to happen," granddaughter Melissa Sloan told KERO-TV. "Grandma and Grandpa are supposed to be together and Grandma and Grandpa are going to die together."

Sloan believes her grandparents had a special bond that was "absolutely beautiful," and an inspiration to all married couples. "It's a true love story," she said. Catherine Garcia

July 22, 2014

Do you live in New York? Are you a millionaire?

You're in good company, as a new study released today found that more than one in every 25 New Yorkers is worth at least $1 million. Consulting firm WealthInsight, in conjunction with Spear's magazine, took on the Herculean task of ranking the world's top 20 global cities based on portion of population exceeding $1 million in net worth.

New York is the top U.S. city to make the list with 4.63 percent of its population, or 389,100 people, worth at least $1 million — the other two are Houston (No. 18) and San Francisco (No. 19). Analysts at WealthInsight credited the rankings in large part to banking and financial centers, which were overly represented in the top cities (Monaco, Zurich, and Geneva claimed the first three spots, respectively).

Check out the full list via Spear's — then consider copying my plan of grabbing a lotto ticket on the way home. Sarah Eberspacher

July 17, 2014

Iconic sportscaster Stuart Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at Wednesday night's ESPYs and delivered a genuinely touching speech about living with — and not being beaten by — cancer.

"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer," he said. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."

The speech starts around the 7:00 mark. --Jon Terbush

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