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11-year-old graduates Florida college 

When William Maillis was 2-years-old, he learned simple mathematical equations. At 4 he was on to algebra.

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He was declared a genius when he was 5 by an Ohio State University psychologist. At 9, he graduated high school.

Maillis, now 11, turned the tassel on his mortarboard Saturday as he graduated with his associates degree from St. Petersburg College. He plans to start on his bachelor’s degree next month at the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reported

His goal is to have his Ph.D. at 18.

"I want to be an astrophysicist," Maillis told BayNews9. "I want to prove to the world that God does exist through science."

World War II veteran awarded Prisoner of War medal after 73 years 

During World War II, Ralph G. Rumsey of Woodstock was a prisoner of war in Germany for six months. After struggling with his wartime experiences for 73 years, he’s been awarded a Prisoner of War Medal, gaining the recognition he thought might never come. 

At 96, Rumsey said he’s finally feeling some sense of closure.

He’s not satisfied yet, however; now, he wants to put the focus on other veterans.

“I always wanted to be able to help veterans,” Rumsey said. He hopes to support other veterans in tackling the issues they face, particularly psychological issues.

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Rumsey himself has struggled for decades with feeling a horrible itching sensation that he believes was caused by his time as a prisoner, when his bed and clothes were filled with bugs.

Despite his vivid memories of the war, his family said he never talks about it. Until two years ago, no one in his family knew that Rumsey had been a prisoner of war, according to his wife Ruby.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson helped Rumsey secure the medal, and Isakson presented it to him at a special ceremony for his friends and family.

One of Rumsey’s friends, Christine Maza, was crucial in helping Rumsey get the medal. She met him when she was a hospice volunteer several years ago, and one day while taking him to the VA, she noticed a poster advertising the medal.

“He was so excited,” she recalled. Maza helped him submit the paperwork, but when it stalled at the VA, she called Isakson’s office, remembering how he had helped her father, also a veteran. Isakson made it happen, she said.

“I’m just happy that Ralph is finally getting what is long overdue,” Maza continued. “He’s just been sinking. This really revived him.”

Rumsey’s stepdaughter, Jean Thomas, also believes that the medal will help Rumsey psychologically. “I’m so happy for him and pleased,” she commented.

At the ceremony, Rumsey was in high spirits, eager to share stories of his experiences in the war, both good and bad. Though he remembers the bug infestation in the prison clearly, he also recalled the way Paris lit up at night in; the days he spent there after he was released.

When Isakson walked into the room, Rumsey joked that Isakson was a “youngster” compared to him. 

With a laugh, Isakson agreed. “I’ve only been here 73 years, you’re 96!”

As Rumsey received the medal, many of his friends and family shed tears.

“Thank you for putting up with the Germans for a couple of months in captivity, but in the end, you won and they lost, and that’s all that matters,” Isakson told Rumsey.

Officers responding to noise complaint end up in dance-off with kids

Barnstable police officers found themselves in an unexpected competition on Thursday while responding to a noise complaint.

The department posted a video on their Facebook page of an impromptu dance-off that the officers had with children after responding to the complaint on Spring Street in Hyannis.

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Raphael Morales sent in the video. He said a noise complaint had been sent in to police as he was teaching the kids about a viral dance to the song "In My Feelings" by Drake. 

The officers eventually got called again, and when they drove by 15 minutes later, Morales said the dance-off challenge was put on the table.

The initial challenge then led to the officers challenging the kids, with ice cream as a reward.

Marine son stationed overseas surprises firefighter father for his birthday

A Marine stationed in Norway traveled around the globe to surprise his father in South Carolina on his birthday.

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The two reunited in an emotional moment at Friday’s celebration for Perry Clanton, an assistant volunteer fire chief, in Lancaster, South Carolina. Family and friends gathered for the occasion at the Buford Fire and Rescue building.

Clanton thought he was doing an interview with WSOCTV, but instead, his son, Cpl. Matthew Clanton walked into the room.

“I’m so proud of him, to have him home,” Perry Clanton said. “No one told me anyone would be here. (It) truly is a gift.”

Perry Clanton was also honored for his work in the community with diabetes. His father-in-law died from complications of diabetes a few years ago, and Clanton was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015. He lost more than 100 pounds to get healthy and urged others to do the same.

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“He's always been there for me,” Matthew Clanton said. “If this is one thing I can do for him, to be here for him, he’s one of my big heroes that I look up to.”

Matthew Clanton gave his father a plaque, with a proclamation calling the day “Perry Clanton Day."

“When you finally reach that moment, get diabetes managed, you want to share that,” Perry Clanton said.

Deadly duck tour boat crashes date back nearly two decades

As families and friends mourn the deaths of 17 people killed on a tourist duck boat in Branson, Missouri, the National Transportation Safety Board is beginning its investigation into what caused the crash.

>>Related: 9 members of one family among 17 killed in duck boat accident on lake in Branson, Missouri 

The tragedy at Table Rock Lake wasn’t the first time a duck amphibious vehicle had been involved in a deadly crash.

Since 1999, 40 people have been killed in deadly crashes involving amphibious tour buses, according to The Associated Press.

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1999: Arkansas

“Miss Majestic” sank May 1, 1999 near Hot Springs, Arkansas in Lake Hamilton. 

The boat was only seven minutes into its tour when it sunk by the stern and went to the bottom of the lake, according to the Associated Press

Thirteen people were killed.

The boat had to be hoisted out of the lake by a crane.

The NTSB report found that roofs or canopies on the duck boats put passengers in danger, because passengers could become trapped underneath them -- especially if they were wearing life jackets, because of their natural buoyancy.

The cause of the accident was determined to be inadequate maintenance of the vehicle, built by the U.S. Army in 1944.

2003: Boston

Rosemary Hamelburg, 63, fell backward off a duck boat into a parking lot while taking a photo.

She died four days later.

Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Her family and lawyers said the duck boat operation failed to follow its own safety policies on board the Boston Duck Tours Boat.

The company settled with Hamelburg’s estate for $425,000.

2010: Philadelphia 

A collision between a duck boat and a stalled tugboat on the Delaware River in Philadelphia caused the duck boat to sink.

Two students from Hungary were killed and over 25 people hurt, WPVI reports.

The NTSB determined that the tugboat operator was distracted by talking to family members on his cellphone and laptop. 

The duck boat was also found at fault -- investigators found the boat had maintenance issues and faulted the captain for anchoring in an active boat channel.

2015: Philadelphia 

Elizabeth Karnicki, 68, of Beaumont, Texas, was hit and killed as she crossed a busy Philadelphia street at rush hour in May 2015.

Her husband argued duck boats have large blind spots and drivers cannot see pedestrians. 

According to the Kansas City Star, he sued the company but eventually settled.

2015: Seattle

Five college students were killed and 69 others hurt after a duck boat collided with a charter bus on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge in September 2015.

The NTSB determined that an axle on the duck boat broke, causing the driver to lose control and slam into the charter bus, carrying a group of international students.

NTSB investigators determined that Ride the Ducks International, the duck boat parent company, violated law by not telling regulators about a safety defect on the duck boat’s axle and failing to recall the vehicle.

The company agreed to pay all penalties. 

2016: Boston

Allison Warmuth, 28, was hit and killed by a duck boat while riding a motor scooter in downtown Boston in 2016, NBC reports.

NTSB investigators found that the duck boat driver took his eyes off the road to point out landmarks along the tour before the accident.

This prompted the Massachusetts legislature to pass a new law prohibiting drivers from serving as a tour guide and driver.  

The duck boats were also required to add new safety equipment, including blind spot cameras.

The  Associated Press contributed to this article

Millions fall for South Carolina dentist in viral ‘In My Fillings’ dance video

A dentist in Greenville, South Carolina, is inspiring millions to get their teeth cleaned after taking on the Drake-inspired “In My Feelings” dance challenge.

Dr. Rich Constantine’s version of the “shiggy” -- a dance inspired by the rapper -- has over 24 million views on Facebook.

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Over 100,000 people have commented on the video since it was posted Thursday.

>>Related: Watch: Will Smith, Ciara join ‘In My Feelings’ challenge dance-off in epic fashion

“I have 12 wisdom teeth that need to be pulled, and I think my baby teeth trying to come back, and I swear my k 9s have become L 2's ( whatever that might mean) I just need an appt immediately, yesterday, right now!” one user said.

“I just ordered a pound of gummy bears and washing it down with fruit punch,” another woman commented. “Cavity Watch 2018!! I never wanted one so bad!”

“I found myself looking for his wedding ring, then I remembered that I’m married,” another said.

For the record, Constantine is married, KSLA reports.

No winner in Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot; prize skyrockets to $493 million

No winners in Friday’s Mega Millions means the jackpot keeps rising -- Tuesday’s drawing has topped $493 million.

It’s possible that the prize could surge over the half-billion mark based on ticket sales, lottery officials state.

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Tuesday’s jackpot of $493 million will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history.

If there is a winner and they choose the cash payout, they will take home $296 million.

Friday’s winning numbers were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1.

While no one took home the big prize, there were two $1 million ticket winners, in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

There were over 1.8 million winning tickets in Friday’s drawing at all levels, with 47 ticket winners of $10,000.

Tuesday night’s drawing will take place July 24 at 11 p.m. ET.

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $433M for Friday’s drawing

UPDATE: The winning numbers for Friday, July 20 were: 01-14-30-44-62

Mega Ball: 01

Megaplier: 2

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The Mega Millions jackpot reached $433 million ahead of Friday night’s drawing.

It is the sixth-largest prize in the game’s history, lottery officials said in a news release.

It is also the seventh time the jackpot has exceeded $400 million.

While the top prize is still up for grabs, there were some big winners in Tuesday night’s drawing.

Three $1 million tickets were sold in Florida, New Jersey and Oklahoma, according to lotto officials

2018 seems to be a lucky year for lotto players. Since the last jackpot was won in May, there have been more than 12.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, according to lotto officials.

A 20-year-old in Florida won a $451 million prize in January, and a food production manager from New Jersey won $533 million in April.

The record for the highest Mega Millions jackpot was set in 2012 when three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split a $656 million prize.

Friday night’s drawing will take place at 11 p.m. ET.

Fence doesn’t keep boy, ‘new best friend’ from playing fetch

A Minnesota 2-year-old and a neighbor’s dog have become viral video stars after a family friend recorded them playing a unique game of fetch that even a wooden fence couldn’t stop. 

Chad Nelson, a photojournalist with KARE11 in Minneapolis, told the news station that he, his wife and their son Conway were at a friend’s Savage home for a play date Wednesday evening when his friend’s neighbor’s dog, a Labrador retriever named Dozer, peered over the fence and dropped a ball into the yard. 

An excited Conway picked up the ball and chucked it back over the fence. The moment quickly turned into the cutest game of fetch ever. 

“Conway just loves playing catch,” Nelson told KARE11. “We have two dogs, but neither one will play fetch. So he was pretty excited to have someone that would.”

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Nelson’s friend, Erin Richter, captured the game of fetch on video, which Nelson shared on social media. 

“A fence can’t stop my 2-year-old from playing with his new best friend,” Nelson wrote. 

As of Friday morning, the video had been watched more than 7.7 million times on Facebook. It had been shared nearly 250,000 times and garnered more than 14,000 comments. 

It was also a sensation on Twitter

Nelson said he and his wife were stunned by the response. 

“It was just a cute thing,” he told the news station. “We just thought Conway was being cute and our friends would like it, and all of a sudden it’s being shared to thousands of people.”

Richter said Dozer is a frequent playmate of her son, Landon, despite the fence. 

“They play ball every time they are both outside,” Richter told KARE11. “Landon quits throwing once the ball becomes too slobbery, but Dozer will keep dropping balls or bones over until he has to go inside.”

Several of the commenters on the video of Dozer and Conway were impressed by the toddler’s strong throwing arm. 

“So cute, and what a good arm and aim for a 2-year-old,” a man wrote on Facebook

“Nice arm,” another man wrote on Twitter. “Teach him to throw with his left and he could pitch in the MLB as a LOOGY (Left-handed One Out Guy) into his 40s!”

“He has quite the cannon, doesn’t he?” Nelson responded. 

Twitter users, by Friday, had watched Conway and Dozer play fetch more than 10.7 million times and shared the video over 255,000 times.

Army pilot surprises dog after return from six-month deployment

A six-month separation because of deployment has come to an end with a slobbery surprise.

Zach Vohaska was deployed to Afghanistan, WFLD reported. During his tour of duty, he had to leave Buddy behind. 

When he got home, he decided he needed to surprise his four-footed friend, so he hid under a pile of blankets on the family couch, Fox News reported

Buddy realized that he knew that smell and started nosing more and more under the blankets. 

When he realized it was Vohaska, the tail didn’t stop wagging and Buddy jumped up to hug and lick his owner. 

The heartwarming moment was caught on video.

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Police officer says prayer over boy before brain surgery

A Georgia police officer is going viral for his act of kindness, but he says he was just doing his job.

Jason Lambert, an officer with the Warner Robins Police Department, took a moment to comfort a boy before the child went in for a surgical procedure on his brain.

Jalen Manns, 9, was diagnosed with a brain tumor called thalamic glioma in May. He started battling headaches over a year an a half ago. His mother had to quit her job to take care of her son full time because they became so bad. Then he was having anxiety and terrors at night. After going to see a sleep therapist, and going to the Autism Center, he had a brain MRI that discovered the tumor, WMAZ reported.

Eventually the officers at the Warner Robins Police Department heard about Jalen’s story and his planned biopsy.

Before his procedure, Lambert, along with members of the K-9 unit, stopped by to visit the boy.  They gave him a t-shirt and a stuffed animal of a German shepherd to add to his collection called “Jalen’s guard dogs,” WMAZ reported.

That’s when Lamberth knelt down and said a prayer for Jalen before escorting him to the hospital for his surgery.

Lamberth never thought he’d get the attention he has and that’s not why he prayed over Jalen.

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“I just wanted to get, one, believing in God’s healing powers. I never expected anything like this to go viral,” Lamberth told WMAZ.“I don’t want the attention. It’s not about me. It’s about God. It’s about Jalen and getting his story out there. I  just really hope and pray for his total healing and that people will go and support the family,” Lamberth told WMAZ.

After the escort, the officers helped get Jalen settled, and while he didn’t want them to leave, they promised him they’d be back.

“They all wanted to follow up with him,” Hannah Manns told CBS News. “They said they want to redo everything again after the procedure is over.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Jalen and his family. 

Restaurant tries shaming teen who used quarters to pay, inspires campaign to buy other’s meals

A restaurant that faced backlash after trying to shame a teenager who paid a bill mostly in quarters, inspired the customer to start fundraising to pay for more people’s meals with change. 

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Cohen Naulty took a couple of his friends out for lunch Monday to Beer 88, where he picked up the $45 tab. He used a $20 bill and mostly quarters to cover the check as well as a $10 tip, he said. 

"It's just U.S. currency. I'm allowed to use it. It's not illegal. I'm not doing anything wrong," Naulty told WSET

Later that day, the restaurant shared a picture of the change and included hashtags “#nohometraining” in a post that has since been removed. 

The restaurant said in a later post that its original post was not intended to be hurtful. That post has also been removed. 

“In response to our earlier post, it was posted as a joke, intended as a joke and should be taken as a joke. It was posted as a light-hearted way of saying that something like this can be annoying to people that work in the restaurant/retail industry. In no way did we publicly shame ANYONE for paying OR tipping. We try to keep our page funny and relatable. And had no idea that this would be offensive to anyone.”

"On that part, yes, I do apologize," Yao Liu, the owner of Beer 88, told WSET, referring to the hashtag. "Because, you know, I didn't see it."

Naulty, 17, who works as a server at Kountry Kitchen, turned the worldwide interest into a way to keep buying lunch for people. He started The Quarter Boy, a fundraiser to pay for stranger’s meals in change at least once a week. It has raised $4,900.

“If you are a restaurant that wouldn’t mind a register filled with quarters at the end of the night and a special treat for one of your patrons now and then please post so I know who I won’t offend by coming by,” he wrote on Facebook.

Starbucks to the rescue when weather cancels teen’s senior pictures

The employees at some Starbucks locations really feel like they don’t just work at a coffee shop, they’re part of the community. One shop in Fountain, Colorado, apparently is one of those type of stores. 

Sydney Johansson was getting ready to have her senior portraits taken Sunday afternoon, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate. So her mother drove her around, with the photographer in tow, looking for anywhere that could accommodate them, KKTV reported

The photography session couldn’t be rescheduled because Sydney has an upcoming surgery. She is also in a wheelchair. 

Sydney has cerebral palsy among other health conditions, KKTV reported

Laura Johansson suggested Starbucks, thinking the worst that could happen, would be that the shop would say no.

Photographer Jessica Vallia posted what transpired at the store to Facebook

Vallia said that the man at the counter told them that they could absolutely use the store for the photos. The employee, Chris, offered the Johanssons his umbrella so they could stay dry as the trio transferred from the vehicle into the store. Chris then went out with them, getting soaked in the rain in the process, to help Sydney and Jessica into the shop.

Chris warmed the group up with hot chocolate and inquired multiple times if they needed anything else. As the session progressed, Chris got paper and markers out to make Sydney a backdrop for her photos. 

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Vallia said they took over the Starbucks for at least an hour. 

“All of these fates aligned and gave me the most perfect story for my most perfect kid, and I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Laura told KKTV.

Vallia’s post caught the attention of Starbucks’ offices, which said in its own Facebook post, “To Chris and the partners at our Fountain, CO store -- thank you for going out of your way to do the right thing, for setting an example for all of us, and most of all, bringing some sunshine to Sydney and her family on this very special day.”

Burger King gives dog with terminal cancer free burgers for life

He doesn’t have long to live but the days he does have left will be filled with free cheeseburgers. 

Cody the dog was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, CBS News reportedWNWO reported that he has only months left. 

His owner Alex Karcher went to his local Burger King to pick up a burger to help Cody take his medications, CBS News reported. A worker wondered why Karcher ordered a plain burger, and he explained it was for his dog who was suffering from cancer.

The employee spoke with her manager, who told Karcher that Cody could have free cheeseburgers for the rest of his life at that location, CBS News reported

Karcher posted the story to Twitter and it got the attention of the Burger King home offices which responded to Karcher, saying that, “The world needs more kindness and empathy.”

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The owner of the Burger King franchise  told WTOL that he is proud his employees did the right thing and that they are following the company’s motto: “People pleasing people.”

Atlanta students take home top prizes at Harvard University debate competition

A high school student from Atlanta took home the top prize at a prestigious international debate competition at Harvard University over the weekend. 

Jordan Thomas, who attends Grady High School, took home first place at the annual Harvard Debate Council tournament, where scholars from all over the world come together to debate social and political issues. 

Thomas was one of a group of 25 African-American students from Atlanta who were selected this year to attend the tournament through the inaugural year of the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project. The Atlanta-based initiative was created to recruit, train and sponsor minority students to participate in the annual program at the Ivy League university. 

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The group didn't just participate -- they excelled. 

In addition to Thomas' win, two out of the four teams participating made it to the semi-final round -- beating out hundreds of other students. 

"Our kids dominated the competition," Diversity Project creator Brandon Fleming told WSB. "Of our 12 teams, 10 advanced past preliminary rounds."

Fleming, a Harvard assistant debate coach and a former teacher at Ron Clark Academy, said he created the Diversity Project because he saw so few African-Americans represented at the competition. 

For its first year, the Diversity Project had more than 150 applicants in Atlanta, out of which 25 were selected. Most of the students -- chosen from 16 high schools across Atlanta -- had little experience with debate. 

The young students spent eight months learning public speaking, analysis, critical thinking and debate skills before attending the two-week summer intensive program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their tuition, travel and board were fully funded through corporate sponsors including Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and the Art Institute of Atlanta. 

Thomas said in a news release that he was thrilled to bring first place back to Atlanta.

“To bring the championship back to Atlanta was the most satisfying feeling, and to walk onto the campus of one of the most elite universities in the world and meet personal and council goals, brings a unique and new satisfaction that I’ve never experienced,” Thomas said in a statement.

Thomas said he was also happy to be able to challenge stereotypes and represent his city.

“Being a young, middle class, black, public school student from the South created a stigma that automatically set me back in comparison to the competition, most of who were international students or from preparatory schools in the Northeast,” Thomas said. “But I was determined to represent my city and my story. I wanted people to see where I came from and how I could keep up with them.

Applications for the 2019 Harvard Debate Council open Aug. 15. More than 350 nominations have already been submitted. 

McDonald’s giving away free french fries through the end of the year

McDonald’s is giving away free french fries for the remainder of 2018.

Every Friday until December 30, you can get an order of medium fries for free, McDonald’s announced as part of a promotion for National French Fry Day.

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>>Related: Celebrate National French Fry day with what else, french fry deals

In order to get the free fries, customers have to download the McDonald’s app to get the deal’s coupon.

Customers also have to make a purchase of at least $1 to redeem.

Lay’s releases 8 new potato chip flavors inspired by ‘local cuisine’ of America

Lay’s is releasing 8 brand new potato chip flavors this month inspired by food favorites from across the United States.

Each flavor of the “Taste of America” collection is inspired by a regional favorite, based on customer feedback from different regions, a representative of Frito Lay told USA Today.

Starting July 30, the eight flavors will be available in the regional markets that are represented, through September 23.

Customers can also order all eight flavors online

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Here is the Lay’s Taste of America summer collection and featured region as described on the Lay’s website:

1. Cajun Spice, Central Gulf

Inspired by the flavors of the Gulf Coast with a taste of garlic, paprika, onion and oregano.

2. Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice

Inspired by crab shacks along the Atlantic, here’s a taste of the Bay with custom-blended spices ready to savor.

3. Chile Con Queso

Inspired by legendary Tex-Mex of the Southwest, here’s a taste of velvety cheddar queso with a dash of spice. 

4. Deep Dish Pizza

Inspired by the Giordano’s pizza recipe made famous in the Midwest, here’s a taste of their iconic stuffed deep-dish pizza.

5. Fried Pickles with Ranch

Inspired by a deep-fried favorite at Midwest state fairs, get a taste of fried pickles with ranch. 

6. New England Lobster Roll

Inspired by lobster shacks of the Northeast, here’s a taste of fresh lobster served on a buttery grilled roll. 

7. Pimento Cheese

Inspired by Sunday socials and Southern charm, here’s a taste of creamy sharp cheddar with a hint of cayenne pepper.

8. Thai Sweet Chili

Inspired by the food truck scene of the Pacific Northwest, get a taste of Thai sweet chili sauce with a hint of heat. 

Deputy loses dance-off after accidental 911 call turns into competition

An accidental call to 911 ended with a dance showdown near Los Angeles.

Vic Ekanem, a patrol deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, responded to the 911 call that turned out to be an accident.

The call could have been quick, but Ekanem was challenged by a young man at the home to a dance-off. 

According to the sheriff’s department, Ekanem, who works out of the Palmdale station, had the winning moves --t is, until it came to a popular dance called the Floss. That’s when the young man took the virtual dance trophy. 

The sheriff’s office did concede on its Facebook post that Ekanem wasn’t king of the dance, but said “it was very hot that day and that flashlight kinda threw off his balance.”

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Ekanem is part of the department’s S.H.A.R.E. program. S.H.A.R.E. stands for Stop Hate and Respect Everyone and was started in 2008. The focus of the initiative is to connect with kids as they leave grade school and enter high school and to hopefully prevent kids from falling into “cliques which may practice very negative views such as hate and intolerance.”

The team of deputies works in the summer visiting community events to introduce the program to younger kids. 

Bare-chested Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London park on ‘Jurassic Park’ anniversary

A 25-foot statue of actor Jeff Goldblum, posing open-shirted in a famous pose from “Jurassic Park” has appeared at Potters Field Park in London.

It honors the 25th anniversary of the release of the first installment of “Jurassic Park” in the United Kingdom, USA Today reports.

The statue depicts Goldblum’s character, Dr. Ian Malcolm, in a famous scene after a run-in with a T-Rex that left him with a broken leg. 

European telecommunications company Now TV had the statue erected in Potters Field, in front of London’s Tower Bridge, on Wednesday. 

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Missing bunny returned after Publix employees comb through landfill to find stuffed animal

If you’ve seen “Toy Story 3,” you know what happens to toys at a landfill, but this story has a happy ending thanks to employees at an Alabama Publix. 

Madison, 3, forgot her stuffed bunny in a shopping cart last week. Her mom, Jenna Rachal, went back to the store in hopes of finding her daughter’s toy, but it wasn’t turned in, WPMI reported

She did what almost any mother in this day and age would do: turned to Facebook for help. 

The manager of the store, Mike Gayhart, saw the post and what he did eventually helped Madison be reunited with her toy, WKRG reported

Thanks to security cameras, Gayhart tracked Madison and her bunny’s movements from the store, the parking lot, the cart and eventually a trash can and a dumpster. It then went to a trash compactor before being dumped into a garbage truck and driven to a landfill, WPMI reported

The story could end there, with Madison getting the bad news that her friend was gone forever. 

But Gayhart and three other employees went to the landfill and started digging, WPMI reported. Against all odds, they found him.

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Gayheart then took the bunny home and washed him three times, so he could be returned to Madison, WPMI reported

“These guys did not tell me they were going to the dump. I did not ask them to do that either,” Rachal told WKRG

Rachal said that the bunny still has a smell, but Madison doesn’t care. She hasn’t let go of him and says he smells fine. 

Rachal says she will call Publix corporate offices to tell them what the employees did for her family, WPMI reported.

“Such kindness and above and beyond for their customers, community. Awesome people deserve to be recognized,” she told WKRG.

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