Lamborghini with “Top Gear” star Richard Hammond at the wheel.
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Emilia Palmer, 8, suffers from an unspecified, very rare lung condition that makes her reliant on constant oxygen. She made her amazingly cool request—“I wish I could ride in a pink Lamborghini driven by Richard Hammond”—through Rays of Sunshine, a charitable organization in England that’s similar to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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"This wasn’t just any old wish," Emilia's father Julian told Yahoo Shine in an email. "This was a wish of a dying girl and I am obliged to all those involved, particularly Rays of Sunshine, in making her wish come true and for us, as a family, to have a very bright day in what have been a dark few months."
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“It’s made flying with him miserable,” Renee Bergeron, a Washington photographer and mother of 14 children, told Yahoo Shine about her youngest child, Apollo, who suffers from a rare heart defect.
Bergeron described the late-September TSA incident on her blog, on which she writes about her large family, including topics of adoption (five of her kids have been adopted), homeschooling, and Apollo’s condition. She then contacted Yahoo Shine with her story.
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“Part of me gets it. There are terrorists. We need to keep people safe,” she wrote. “The other part is irate.”
The TSA looked into Bergeron’s complaint for Yahoo Shine on Friday before issuing the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 2:25 PM EDT
superwealthy this week, albeit briefly, when a system error made it look like they had trillions of dollars.Some customers at a Tupelo, Mississippi, bank got to feel Read More »from Bank Error Makes Customers Look Like Trillionaires
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“It feels awesome. I mean, it’s something that doesn’t happen every day,” said one customer, Brandon Frazier, while speaking to local news station WTVA. “It’s a good feeling — until it goes away.” When he checked his BancorpSouth account on his mobile phone Wednesday morning, it appeared as if Frazier had a balance of over $4 trillion. Some other customers, meanwhile, had what appeared to be balances of over $40 trillion.
“For one second, when I didn’t realize it was $40 trillion, I thought maybe, for one second…” WTVA reporter Allie Ware, also a BancorpSouth customer, told the station about her brief hope that she could be loaded. “Then I saw all the zeros and just laughed, because I knew that was not true.”
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YouTube resignation, set to Kanye West’s “Gone,” made her a working-woman’s hero, Shifrin appeared as a guest on the Queen Latifah Show, saying she had no regrets. “Sometimes I think that you need to forcefully close one door in order for another one to open a little easier,” the former video producer for Next Media Animation told Latifah.Viral “I Quit” video star Marina Shifrin is already being recruited. On Thursday, just five days after her interpretive-dance Read More »from 'I Quit' Girl Lands Job Offer
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The talk show host then shocked her guest by offering her a job. “With your experience, maybe I could create a position. What if I created something called ‘digital content producer,’” she said on her show on Wednesday, grinning a bit like the Cheshire cat. “You think that might be something you’d be interested in?
Shifrin, who is also a writer and photographer, looked stunned. “Are you doing a standup joke right now? I mean…”
“I’m a humorous person
surrogacy center’s expansion in India — where impoverished women have been hired out to birth more than 500 babies for Westerners — has reignited a debate on the ethics of what some have called a "rent-a-womb" practice. But the clinic’s director, Dr. Nayana Patel, is defending what’s become a $1 billion-a-year industry in the country.News of a controversial Read More »from India's 'Rent-a-Womb' Industry Draws Criticism
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“These woman are doing a job. It’s a physical job. They are paid for that job,” Patel noted in the BBC documentary “House of Surrogates,” which aired on Tuesday in the U.K. and provided a look inside Patel’s Akanksha Infertility Clinic. “These women know there is no gain without pain. I definitely see myself as a feminist. Surrogacy is one woman helping another.”
To those who say the practice exploits women, Patel told Yahoo Shine in an email, "It is very easy to criticize, but it is very difficult to face the reality. If the critics can
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 12:31 PM EDT
golden retriever turned into a morality test for one New Hampshire boy and his dad recently. And the two — who found $1,450 in cash but immediately turned it over to police — passed with flying colors, receiving a reward for their honesty last week.A quick walk with their Read More »from 8-Year-Old Boy Rewarded for Returning $1,450 to Happy Owner
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“I grew up in this town and raised my kids here, and it really is the place it is because of people like Max’s parents, who used the opportunity to teach him, hey, we could put it in our pockets, but no, we all take care of each other,” Cheri Smith, the Exeter proprietor whose money was lost and found, told Yahoo Shine. She left a thank-you note with $100 at the local police station to convey her gratitude.
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Smith, who has owned the Puddlejumpers Children’s Shop for 25 years, was walking to her car one evening in August when she dropped her tote. That’s when a stuffed bank deposit bag fell out onto the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Oct 1, 2013 4:22 PM EDT
In these first five years of my daughter’s life, I’ve watched more Julie Andrews than in all the decades I’ve been alive. And I will confess: I’ve cried, at least a tiny bit, almost every time. How else to react when Maria clicks her heels and swings her suitcase when she leaves the abbey, or when she waltzes with the captain outside of the party in that filmy blue dress? Or when Mary Poppins first appears, perched on a cloud, the ultimate combo of fierce and pure? Most moving, though, have been my little girl’s reactions: enraptured, amazed, and in love. And ready to learn. Dame Andrews teaches in-character lessons through unforgettable lines that reach across generations. And today, on her 78th birthday, we’re thinking about our favorites, and saying thank you.
1. Express yourself.
2. Give people a chance.
3. Control your destiny.
4. Challenge assumptions.
5. Focus on the positive.
6. Be yourself, without apology.
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Scandal” comes the promise of much more drama from Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington’s Emmy nominated, not-to-be-messed-with “fixer,” who cleans up messes for A-listers, including herself.With Thursday’s season three premiere of “Read More »from The Real-Life Fixer: the Woman Behind 'Scandal'
But as over-the-top as her character might sometimes seem, rest assured that it comes grounded in truth, and inspired by someone real: “Scandal” executive producer and real-life crisis-management adviser Judy Smith.
So where does Smith end and Pope begin? Pretty much onscreen, though there are some similarities, according to Smith — who did work as special assistant and deputy press secretary for President George H.W. Bush, but who did not have an affair with the man (unlike Pope and the fictional prez on the show).
Check out some other facts about Smith, a woman who's been called in to fix some of the most broken, scandalous situations on on Earth — situations which are, incidentally, just as exciting as the fictional ones.
She helped save face for the seriously
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 30, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
melanoma may now survive for up to 10 years longer than before, according to new findings about the drug ipilimumab, which first came on the market in 2011. Scientists are finding that patients who respond to the medication are living much longer than originally anticipated, and the drug is being touted as the key to a cure for skin cancer.Patients with advanced Read More »from Breakthrough Melanoma Treatment Hailed as Key to Cure
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"This is a major breakthrough," Tim Turnham, PhD, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation, told Yahoo Shine about the announcement, which came over the weekend at the 2013 European Cancer Congress in Amsterdam. Though Turnham was careful to note that the drug represents "nothing close to being a cure," he said that it was moving the world closer to one than ever before.
"Melanoma has been a fortress, but we're beginning to see a crumbling of its foundations," he said, adding that, according to these new findings, "at least half of those
Afghanistan, he was met by a thrilling surprise. Habitat for Humanity was going to help his family build a new house.When wounded U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Wood returned to Illinois from two tours of duty in
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Things quickly took an unpleasant turn when neighbors, who feared that the home would not fit in with other houses in the subdivision, protested. That ended up being a good thing. The publicity inspired a flood of generosity from folks in the small village of Morton, who are now donating everything from electrician services to a roof.
“Bad has turned to good,” Lea Anne Schmidgall, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria, told Yahoo Shine on Friday. “The people who started the petition did us a favor in a roundabout way, because it raised awareness, as well as funds for the project.”Read More »from Town Pitches In to Give Army Vet a Home
Wood, who spent a total of 28 months away from his wife and three young children — ages 8, 2, and 2 months —