A British man has abandoned his attempt to walk from Bristol, England, to India after only a month. Amid much fanfare, Mark Boyle, 28, set out on the 9,000-mile, two-and-a-half-year “peace pilgrimage” to Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace without money, intending to rely on donations of food and lodging from strangers. Boyle made it as far as the French port of Calais, where he says he was thwarted by a shortage of vegan food and the language barrier. “I just couldn’t explain to people in France what I was doing,” says Boyle. “They thought I was begging.”
City officials in Los Angeles are forcing Paris Hilton to give away 14 of her 17 dogs. A city ordinance caps the number of dogs at three per residence, unless the owner is a professional breeder, which the 27-year-old hotel heiress is not. Hilton has already found new homes for seven of her beloved pets, but is having trouble giving away the rest. “I gave some of them away to people I really know and trust,” said Hilton. “I gave some to my stylist and to a few of my best friends, so now I’m down to 10.”
A Chinese man is being hailed as a hero for diving into a pond to save a drowning 7-year-old boy—20 years after he jumped into the same pond to save the boy’s father. Wang Weiqing, 58, sprang into action when he saw the child struggling in the water as he walked past. Only when the boy’s grandfather arrived did the two men recall their previous encounter two decades earlier. “I can hardly believe it,” said the grandfather, Wang Huajian, “and don’t know how to express my gratitude.”
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