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Jhaqueil Reagan's lucky day, and more

When Jhaqueil Reagan approached Art Bouvier outside his Indianapolis restaurant, he only wanted directions.

Jhaqueil Reagan's lucky dayWhen Jhaqueil Reagan approached Art Bouvier outside his Indianapolis restaurant last week, he only wanted directions—but he ended up with a job. Lacking the money for a bus, the teenager had been trudging through 10 miles of snow and ice for a job interview at a thrift store. Bouvier was so impressed by Reagan’s tenacity that he promptly offered him a job at his restaurant, at double the minimum wage. Since the story went public, the Indianapolis bus system has offered Reagan a free year-long travel pass.

A panhandler makes a fortuneA panhandler who returned a diamond engagement ring accidentally thrown into his change cup has had his generosity repaid many times over. Sarah Darling of Kansas City, Mo., mistakenly gave her ring to Billy Ray Harris last week, and he happily returned it the next day when she retraced her steps. Since Harris’s good deed hit the headlines, over 7,300 donors have pledged $168,000 to a donations website set up by Darling’s fiancé. “I like it, but I don’t think I deserve it,” said Harris. “What has the world come to when a person returns something that doesn’t belong to him, and all this happens?”

Castle Rock's favorite petA small town in Washington state has grown so fond of a local dog that it officially allows the elderly mutt to roam wherever he pleases. Castle Rock changed the “no pets” signs at a local sports complex to read “except Bear Dog,” so that the friendly and well-behaved black Lab mix could greet visitors, attend baseball games, and walk kids home from school. Bear Dog is now 18 and approaching the end of his life, so the town is already considering raising funds for a memorial. “He’ll be well taken care of,” said owner Don Caulfield, 62. “I really appreciate everyone offering.”

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