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7-year-old asks NBA commissioner for earlier tip-off in NBA Finals, citing ‘unfair’ bedtime

With the 2018 NBA Finals on East Coast time, some young fans are voicing concern that they can’t watch the games in their entirety, especially on school nights.

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Riley Roussell, 7, from Pennsylvania, wrote a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressing his concern.

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The letter states,

“Dear Commissioner Silver, My name is Riley Roussell. I am 7 years old. I love the NBA. Especially the playoffs. My only problem is some games start too late. Sometimes after 9 p.m. My parents make me go to bed while they stay up and enjoy watching it. Can you please make the games earlier for kids on the east coast? Thanks!!”

Riley is the son of Bucknell University women’s basketball coach Aaron Roussell.

Monkey in diaper found clinging to Florida man in stolen car, police say

A Florida man had to be separated from his Capuchin monkey after he was arrested for reportedly driving a stolen vehicle into a ditch in Holiday.

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The monkey, named Monk, is seen clinging to the shirt of Cody Blake Hesson, who was arrested for auto theft. Sheriffs officials say Monk was wearing a diaper.

Hesson did not have a permit for the animal and could face additional charges, officials said. 

The sheriff’s office posted Hesson’s arrest video on YouTube.

In the video, Hesson and Monk share a goodbye hug before the animal was confiscated. 

Wildlife officials took possession of the monkey and took it to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary for evaluation.

Teacher who quietly amassed fortune leaves $1 million to special needs students

Emanuele Triggiano, superintendent for Dumont Public Schools, thought it was a joke when retired special education teacher Genevieve Via Cava said she was going to donate $1 million to the district. 

Then he got the paperwork. 

Via Cava, who started with the district in 1945, lived frugally and amassed a small fortune, donating $1 million to fund a scholarship to help special needs students when she died in 2011according to the Bergen Record.

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The money will be used to fund a $25,000 scholarship for one special needs student who wants to attend post-high school education, including college or a trade school, according to the Record

The $1 million will be into a fund that generates interest so the district will be able to give out the scholarship for many years.

“She’s leaving behind a lasting legacy,” said Richard Jablonski, Via Cava’s close friend and the executor of her will.

Minnesota teen rescues boy unconscious in pool

A Minnesota teen’s quick reactions helped save the life of a young boy who was unconscious at the bottom of an apartment complex pool, KTTC reported.

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Cody Runyon, 13, was swimming in the pool at the Villages at Essex Park in Rochester when he noticed a boy underwater.

"I went under water, and all of a sudden I see him just laying on the ground just sitting down in 5 feet, just passed out," Runyon told KTTC.

Runyon swam over to the deep end of the pool and dove down.

"I grabbed him like that like around his waist, and then his head was over my shoulder and I started carrying him," he told KTTC.

There was no lifeguard at the pool. Runyon brought the boy to the shallow end of the pool, where Desiree Pasko took over and performed CPR.

"Adrenalin was so surreal at the time that I walked over and said to the young man that had drowned, 'This isn't funny. If you're playing this isn't funny,'" Pasko told KTTC. "I said it two or three times before I knew that it was just time to pull him out and I pulled him out and initiated CPR."

After laying him on his side then performing mouth-to-mouth with no avail, she began chest compressions.

"And then I could hear a small gurgle, and his cheeks got pink. When his cheeks turned pink, I gave one more breath, I did two more big pumps, and then I tipped him over just praying that he would vomit and he did," Pasko said. "And when he'd vomited I started screaming 'He's alive! He's alive!"

Pasko told KTTC she was grateful that Runyon noticed the boy.

"He's the coolest kid. He is … he's the hero," she said.

Beyonce’s mom shares photo of Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins

Beyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, released a photo of her twin grandchildren on her Instagram page Thursday.

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This is only the second time the general public has seen the 11-month-old twins, Sir and Rumi, after Beyonce’s iconic photo posted after the twins were a month old.

Lawson’s photo is causing more buzz online that Beyonce and Jay-Z recently celebrated a ceremony to renew their wedding vows.

Beyonce and Jay-Z kicked off their international tour On the Run II in Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday. The couple will tour Europe and have scheduled stops in cities including Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

The final show is slated for Oct. 4 in Seattle.

Couple who asked sister with Down syndrome to be groom’s best friend forever has more big news 

The couple who included the bride’s sister as part of their proposal and wedding now has more big news. 

Will and Ashley Seaton’s story was first told last year when Will asked Ashley to marry him, and asked Hannah, Ashley’s sister, to be his “best friend forever.”

When Will and Ashley were dating, Hannah, who has Down syndrome and diabetes, was always there, ABC News reported.

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Before he popped the question to Ashley, Will asked Hannah to be “best friends forever,” presenting her with her grandmother’s ring, ABC News reported.

Ashley and Will tied the knot in October. Hannah was there, wearing a white dress of her own, and exchanged “best friend vows” with Will at the wedding, WXIN reported.

Hannah has a new role: Not only is she best friends with the couple, she’ll soon be an aunt too.

The moment was captured, frozen in time, as Hannah found out the news, WFIE reported.

Ashley and Will told her Sunday that Hannah will have a new best friend around New Year’s Eve, WFIE reported.

Hannah is already proving she loves the new bundle of joy as Ashley told WFIE that Hannah is telling her baby bump, “I love you, baby.”

Who was Virginia Apgar? Google honors trailblazing doctor who saved millions of babies

In honor of what would have been Dr. Virginia Apgar’s 109th birthdayGoogle wants to say thank you.

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The search engine paid a colorful doodle tribute Thursday to the late anesthesiologist’s innovative contributions that ultimately helped save the lives of millions of children since the 1950s.

Born on June 7, 1909, in Westfield, New Jersey, Apgar grew up with a love for music, much like her family. According to the Encyclopedia of World Biography, her childhood home had a basement laboratory, where her father tapped into his scientific curiosity, building a telescope and experimenting with electricity and radio waves.

Apgar, too, would go on to chase her scientific curiosity, but in high school, she was a reporter at the school newspaper, a star athlete, an actor on the drama team and she played violin.

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 1929, working multiple jobs to support herself throughout, she enrolled at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons right at the peak of the Great Depression.

Though she was rejected from her surgery residency, Apgar ended up becoming a leader in anesthesia and eventually became the first female department head at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center when she accepted the role as director of anesthesiology.

But the scientist is best known for the iconic Apgar Score System, which she presented and published in the early 1950s. During this time in progressive medicine, while more women were having babies in hospitals, the newborn mortality rate was still quite high, according to Time.

“As late as the 1940s, delivery-room doctors focused on mothers and paid little attention to babies,” Apgar’s friend, Melinda Beck, told The Wall Street Journal. “Those who were small and struggling were often left to die, since doctors assumed little could be done for them.”

One day, over lunch, a medical student asked Apgar how she would evaluate the health of a newborn baby. So she jotted down a list of signs and symptoms to watch out for, developing a scoring system to accompany the list.

The 1949 five-part test assessed a newborn’s heart rate, respiration, color, reflexes and muscle tone and was initially meant to be administered one minute after birth, though it was later used at the five- and 10-minute marks as well.

The Apgar Newborn Scoring System was eventually adopted as a worldwide standard to determine a newborn’s chance of survival. 

“Every baby born in America benefits from Dr. Apgar's pioneering work to identify quickly which newborns need emergency care or have a serious birth defect,” Dr. Alan R. Fleischman told MarchOfDimes.org in 2009 in celebration Apgar’s 100th birthday. “The babies whose lives are saved by the special care in newborn intensive care particularly benefit from your efforts to develop the resources that made these units possible.”

According to the Google blog, some doctors remembered the test by using an acronym of her last name (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration).

During her time as a researcher, Apgar also studied the effects of anesthesia on women during childbirth and found that a commonly used anesthesia (cyclopropane) was harmful to the baby. When she published the research, doctors all over the nation stopped using the anesthesia.

She was undoubtedly married to her work, and when asked why she never married and had babies of her own, she said, “It’s just that I haven’t found a man who can cook.” 

Apgar died of cirrhosis on Aug. 7, 1974, in New York. She was 65. 

One year before her death, Apgar received the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, becoming the first woman to earn the honor. It was only one of her many accolades.

Apgar was also later inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her progressive attitudes toward race and gender, along with her significant contributions to medicine.

Read more about the innovator at google.com/doodles.

Taylor Swift goes redhead in Sugarland ‘Babe’ music video

Taylor Swift is transforming into a redhead for Sugarland’s new music video, “Babe.”

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Swift stars alongside “Superman” actor Brandon Routh and Jennifer Nettles.

The teaser aired Wednesday night during the 2018 CMT Awards. 

>>Photos: 2018 CMT Music Awards red carpet 

The teaser features Nettles as a wife whose husband, played by Routh, is cheating on her with Swift.

Swift co-wrote ‘Babe’ with Train singer Patrick Monahan for her 2012 album, “Red,” Billboard reports.

The song will appear on Sugarland’s new album, “Bigger,” which will be released Friday.

Check out the "Babe" trailer below. The full video will be released June 9.

Crayola launches cosmetics makeup line with ASOS

Crayola has launched a cosmetics line for everyone who remembers using the big colorful crayons to draw makeup on with.

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Some products include big, colorful crayons in colors like periwinkle, dandelion and mermaid used for pigmentation and blending. 

The line also features face palettes and mascara, sold in bright Crayola pencil tubes.

Crayola’s makeup is sold exclusively through ASOS, and prices range from $10 to $50.

Full circle: State trooper pulls over retired cop who delivered him

It wasn’t the first time a state trooper and a retired police office had crossed paths.

A routine traffic stop by the New Jersey State trooper turned into a reunion with the man who had delivered him 27 years ago.

Michael Patterson pulled over Matthew Bailly. They started talking and Bailly told Patterson that he was a retired police officer who had worked for Piscataway Police Department, ABC News reported

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Patterson said that was his hometown, so Bailly asked where exactly he lived.

When Patterson said what street, Bailly said that’s the same street where he delivered a baby when he was a four-year rookie. He described the house and said that baby’s name was Michael, ABC News reported.

Patterson said that he was that baby.

The story started back in October 1991. Karen Patterson had been shopping but had gone into labor. She went home and her husband Bobby picked her up and carried her inside. 

Bailly was on scene and was walked through the delivery by a doctor on the phone. 

Flash forward 27 years later, the trooper and his mother visited with Bailly and his wife at their home after the traffic stop and said they were ecstatic about their reunion after nearly three decades, WRC reported.

Photos of the two members of law enforcement and their chance meeting were posted to the New Jersey State Police Facebook page.

The state police saying, “We’re not sure what the odds are of this happening -- maybe they’re close to the odds of a hole-in-one, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning -- but it happened.”

By the way, Bailly didn’t get a ticket for his violation, WRC reported.

CMT Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, who will perform?

The 2018 CMT Music Awards is set for Wednesday, live from Nashville.

>>NEW: Photos from the 2018 CMT Music Awards red carpet

Leading the list of nominees is Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, with four nominations each.

Underwood holds the record for most CMT Music Award wins, with 17 trophies. 

Celebrity presenters include the Backstreet Boys, Hoda Kotb, Joel McHale, Johnny Knoxville, Kaitlin Doubleday, Katie Cook, Lindsey Vonn, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland.

The CMT Awards is country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show.

Here is how to watch the 2018 CMT Awards, a list of nominees and some of the artists scheduled to perform on Wednesday. 

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What time: The CMT Music Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EST

Where is the ceremony: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

What channel: CMT is broadcasting the show

Livestream: Click here for the CMT livestream

Who is hosting: Little Big Town, opening with the live world premiere of its new single “Summer Fever.”

Who is performing:  Here is a list of some of those scheduled to perform Wednesday:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Blake Shelton
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Kelsea Ballerini 
  • Sam Hunt

Who is nominated: Here is the full list of nominees for the 2018 CMT Awards:

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
  • Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy”
  • Jon Pardi “Heartache On The Dance Floor”
  • Luke Bryan, “Light It Up”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Kelsea Ballerini, “Legends”
  • Lauren Alaina, “Doin’ Fine”
  • Maren Morris, “I Could Use a Love Song”
  • Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man” (from 2017 ACM Awards)

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Big & Rich, “California”
  • Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault”
  • Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
  • Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth”
  • High Valley, “She’s With Me”
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “Speak To A Girl”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Little Big Town, “When Someone Stops Loving You”
  • Midland, “Make A Little”
  • Old Dominion, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Yours If You Want It”
  • Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Danielle Bradbery, “Sway”
  • Devin Dawson, “All On Me”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Russell Dickerson, “Yours”
  • Walker Hayes, “You Broke Up With Me”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley, “Flatliner”
  • Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton, “Say Something”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, “Craving You”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • Andra Day, Common, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack And Danielle Bradbery, “Stand Up For Something” (from 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Backstreet Boys And Florida Georgia Line, “Everybody” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Charles Kelley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Derek Trucks, “Midnight Rider” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)
  • Earth Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum, “September” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town, “I Won't Back Down” (From 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”
  • Brett Young, “Mercy”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours”

Woman graduates from Naval Academy 5 years after struggling to get ex-NFL player dad's signature

Florida's military community has a new addition: Ashanti Curry of Jacksonville graduated last week from the United States Naval Academy.

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ActionNewsJax first introduced you to Curry when she was 17 years old and her dream of attending the Naval Academy almost didn't happen.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: ActionNewsJax helps Naval Academy hopeful get dad's signature for admission

Her smile says it all. It’s even more of an accomplishment when you consider what it took to get her here.

In 2013, the honor student faced losing her academy acceptance because it required both parents’ signatures.

Her father, former Jacksonville Jaguars player Eric Curry, was never in her life and had an arrest warrant out for unpaid child support. Her attempts to get him to sign all failed.

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“This man has never made one decision in my life, but the most important decision that needs to be made he has that in his hands. I was very upset,” Curry said at the time.

It took phone calls to Eric Curry, his attorney, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s office and eventually a temporary stay of his arrest warrant.

But finally, Curry got the signature she needed.

Now, five years later, she's graduated from the Naval Academy. Her first salute was to her stepfather, a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps.

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Curry is now writing the next chapter to her story, a story of service that Jacksonville and our country can be proud of.

Curry's mother contacted ActionNewsJax’s Paige Kelton on Facebook this weekend with pictures and two words that were a reminder of the power one person’s story can have. The picture was of Curry’s graduation, the words – “thank you.”

Original Gerber baby poses with latest Gerber baby

Ann Turner Cook, the first-ever Gerber Baby, recently posed for a photo with Lucas Warren, the company’s latest spokesbaby, which quickly went viral.

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According to Gerber spokeswoman Bernadette Tortorella, Lucas’ family asked if Gerber would arrange a meet-up with Cook.

Chris Colin, Cook’s grandson, shared the image on Twitter over the weekend.

“My grandmother was the Gerber baby. It was a funny bit of trivia, never made her rich or got us free strained peas or anything. But last week she got to meet the company's newest spokesbaby, named Lucas. Pretty pretttty cute.”

Lucas Warren, the 1-year-old baby from Dalton, Georgia, is the first child with Down syndrome to be selected as a Gerber baby.

Lucas’ mom hopes that people see more than his disability.

“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” Warren told “Today” in February. “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child. ... We’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”

Ann Turner Cook, 91, was just 4 months old when her iconic image became a sketch that is known around the world as the face of Gerber baby products.

The sketch was drawn by a family friend, Dorothy Hope Smith, in 1927 and entered into Gerber's contest in 1928. When the drawing won, Smith said she would finish it, but Gerber liked it in its original state.

Cook's identity was kept private until she joined the company for a 50th anniversary celebration in 1978.

Cook, originally from Tampa, is a retired English teacher and novelist.

Mississippi teen helps veteran bury dog after helping him at hardware store

A Mississippi teen who helped an elderly veteran bury his beloved dog is being praised for his kindness.

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Milton Lowe told WLBT he went to the Cleveland Ace Hardware to find a shovel to bury his German shepherd, who recently passed away after 15 years.

Sam Coleman-Dancer, 19, an employee at the hardware store, struck up a conversation with the man and learned he had also recently been diagnosed with cancer. 

Coleman-Dancer told WLBT that Lowe reminded him of his grandfather and said that if his grandfather needed him, he’d be there.

Coleman-Dancer helped the man bury his dog when he got off of work. 

“Something he said stuck with me," Coleman-Dancer said. "He told me that great things come to you at unexpected times, and we both smiled. Definitely something we will both remember. He asked me if there was any way he could repay me, and I told him, ‘Yeah, by taking a picture with me,’ because I know that picture is something I will cherish forever.”

Cleveland Ace Hardware shared the photo on Facebook.

“We have an excellent staff and good-hearted people that work for us and go out of their way to make sure our customers are taken care of,” the post read.

Firefighter cuddles baby after car accident

A photo of a firefighter shows what they really go through in the course of a day.

Capt. Chris Blazek had just returned to the fire hall after a house fire on Saturday. He was getting a shower when a call of a car crash came in. When fire crews from the Chattanooga Fire Department arrived, they found a pregnant mother and one of her children screaming, CBS News reported.

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The department said that the mother was having abdominal and back pain and the baby of the group of three children, who ranged from 7 years to 4 months, was screaming. 

The mother had to be taken to the hospital, WDEF reported. Two of the children told firefighters they were OK. But it was the third, a baby, who needed comforting.

Blazek checked out the baby to make sure she was OK then what happened next is what went viral.

“She immediately laid her head on my shoulder. Shortly after that I decided that my guys had the scene under control, so I decided to sit and take a break with my new friend. She immediately fell asleep in my arms,” Blazek explained in the Facebook post.

Blazek said it was all part of the job and something crews “do on a daily basis,” WDEF reported.

Sheriff deputies escort daughter of fallen deputy to graduation

Gloria Garza was missing one important person when she graduated from high school Friday, -- her father -- but he was close on her mind thanks to his brothers and sisters in blue.

Jesus Garza was killed in the line of duty 15 years ago while responding to an emergency call, KSAT reported.

On Friday, his little girl was escorted to her high school graduation by the men and women who still wear the uniform, honoring Garza’s memory.

Gloria arrived at graduation in a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. Then she walked into the ceremony on the arm of Sheriff Javier Salazar, walking under a U.S. flag held high by ladder trucks from area fire and rescue departments, WOAI reported. The San Antonio Police Department’s Pipes and Drums Band gave a soundtrack to the moment, KSAT reported

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It was a ceremonial law enforcement escort done for the children of fallen police officers.

“It’s a member of the family whether we knew him or not. We all wear the same uniform. We all wear the same badge. We’re going to step and do what we need to do for each other,” Salazar told KSAT.

Gloria was only 3 years old when her father was killed.

“My mom tells me stories. I don’t remember because I was little. I don’t remember too much, but I see pictures of me and him and things we would do.” Gloria told KSAT. “My family tells me I’m just like him -- the way I walk and talk. I know that he’d be proud of me for who I am.”

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office also honored the fallen deputy by naming its new horse for the mounted division, calling it Jesse. The horses that are part of the BCSO Mounted Unit are named after fallen deputies, WOAI reported.

Jesse and Gloria met before the ceremony and he followed her as part of the official escort.

She also received a small badge, with the number 1357, her father’s badge number, to wear around her neck. 

Gloria plans on attending Stephen F. Austin University and will study biology in an effort to become a neonatal doctor, KSAT reported.

Massachusetts graduate gets diploma, is surprised by father's return from overseas

Massachusetts high school graduate got quite a surprise when he received his diploma on Saturday.

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In a video posted by Marshfield Student Broadcasting, Marshfield High School senior Tyler Solomon was reunited with his father after receiving his diploma Saturday afternoon.

Solomon's father made the surprise return trip from a yearlong deployment overseas, and surprised his son on the football field where graduation was held.

Former drug addict, prostitute earns diploma

Once, she was a prostitute, a drug addict and a gang member. But on Thursday night, a California woman beat the odds and added a positive label to her résumé: graduate.

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Catarina Morales Reyna, 49, of Sanger, graduated from Sanger Adult School, KFSN reported. 

"I feel extremely proud of myself," she said. "I'm so happy I'm overflowing with joy. I'm sitting here tearing up cause it's hitting me that today at the age of 49, ex-drug addict, ex-prostitute, ex-gang banger, I'm getting my diploma. I'm truly blessed. God is good!"

Reyna became hooked on drugs as a youth and served a five-year term in the Valley State Prison for women, KFSN reported. She also gave birth to seven children and lost custody to six of them. But she has been drug-free for seven years and has been out of prison for 10.

“I got all my children back in my life today,” Reyna told KFSN. “I'm so grateful for life today and I'm truly blessed. It feels so right to be in my own skin. As I look back it's only to remember that I've come a long way and I never wanna go back."

Reyna is one of 110 graduates from the Sanger Adult School. All of them have had faced obstacles, according to Gloria Garcia, who works at the school.

"They all had some block in their path. The fact that they're moving forward in life -- it's inspiring to see that," Garcia told KFSN. “I remember telling (Catarina) don't give up. We just kept telling her 'just keep going' and she did it. It's never too late to keep going."

Dog saved from euthanasia becomes champion in competitions

A dog on the verge of being put down made the most of her second chance, becoming a champion.

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Stitch, an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, was one day from being euthanized last December when Millie Sawyer came to her rescue, WFAA reported. 

Sawyer is a foster mother for Habitat for Paws and has saved more than 70 dogs, WFAA reported.

Sawyer found Stitch in 2017, two days before Christmas.

"We got her at the very last minute," Sawyer told WFAA.

Stitch was turned away from three homes before landing with Kaitlyn Johnson, who introduced the dog to the sport of fly ball, where dogs run a short course.

"Two months in she runs a 4.35," Johnson told WFAA.

That’s a fast time for a novice dog. Stitch soon began placing at competitions.

"We want her to learn to run fast and flat," Pam Martin of Top Dog Obedience Training told WFAA.

But Stitch really surprised Johnson when she ran a record time of 4.117 seconds -- the fastest time for the Staffordshire class.

"I turn around and my whole team at that point is screaming," Johnson said.

Stitch continues to compete and excel at fly-ball competitions, Johnson said.

"Every time I set a goal for her she just leaps over it," Johnson told WFAA.

Happy birthday: Rubble the cat turns 30

Rubble the cat hit a big milestone this week, celebrating his 30th birthday, the Daily Mail reported.

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The feline, one of the oldest cats in the world and the United Kingdom’s oldest cat, had a party at a veterinarian’s office in Exeter, England, the newspaper reported.

Rubble, who lives with Michele Heritage, got his favorite cat food and a free checkup to mark his big birthday.

“He's a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age,” said Heritage, 50, who works at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The oldest cat on record is Creme Puff of Austin, Texas, who was born Aug. 3, 1967, and died Aug. 6, 2005 -- according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest living cat is Scooter, a Siamese from Mansfield, Texas.

Heritage said she met Rubble when he was a kitten in 1988.

“It was just before my 20th birthday when I got him,” Heritage told the Daily Mail. “He was part of a litter cat that my sister's friend had and I had just left home.

'I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten. It was in May 1988.”

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