Marine who lost leg in Afghanistan runs Boston Marathon with U.S. flag

On the best day for Americans in the Boston Marathon’s prize-money era, it was a man who took nearly six hours to finish who provided the most indelible image of American pride.

Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, a retired Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, was filmed and photographed throughout Monday’s 26.2-mile race.

Sanchez wore a “Semper Fi” shirt, ran on a prosthetic left leg and carried an American flag.

“I wanted to not only recognize veterans, but everyone that thinks that they’re unable to do something,” Sanchez told media afterward. “I couldn’t stand up for more than three seconds or walk more than two feet [after stepped on an IED]. And I found my for four, five years, just to be able to walk farther, be able to lift my body up. I kept on pushing it. Mentally and spiritually, I was good, so I wanted to push it even farther and do the marathon.”

The flag Sanchez carried Monday was full of inspirational messages. Via Runner’s World:

The flag was sent to him by his patrol unit as he recovered in the hospital. “I boxed it up for three or four years because I didn’t want to acknowledge it,” Sanchez said. “One day I opened it back up and read through the inspirational quotes they sent me and I was motivated.”

“It’s not for me, it’s for others to be inspired, to be motivated,” Sanchez said on local Boston TV in the finish area. “We live for others. I’ve learned that throughout being angry, being frustrated. With all that PTSD, I’m channeling it to do positive.”

He previously ran the Boston Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., last year, carrying that same flag.

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1st woman to officially run Boston Marathon to do it again 50 years later

(CNN) A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

Now, 50 years later, Kathrine Switzer will return to the Boston Marathon starting line wearing the same number an official tried to rip off her clothing in the 1967 race.

The incident was captured in an iconic photo that turned Switzer into a role model and launched her career as an advocate for women’s equality in sports. Now 70, with 39 marathons under her belt, it will be her first time running the Boston race since 1976 and her first marathon since 2011.

Switzer has said she did not intend to break barriers by entering the race. After all, another woman, Roberta Bingay Gibb, had completed the Boston Marathon the year before without a bib.

But the photo exposed the ugly nature of sexism in sports, thrusting Switzer into the spotlight and altering the course of her life.

‘No dame ever ran the Boston Marathon’

Unlike Gibb, Switzer managed to score a bib by signing up with her initials, K.V. Switzer. As she tells it, there were no official written rules saying only men could enter the race. Nor was there a spot on the entry form to select gender.

But in those days women rarely participated in professional or competitive sports. Even her coach at Syracuse — where Switzer trained with the men’s cross-country team — told her the distance was too long for “fragile women.”

When Switzer completed the 26-mile trial, Briggs insisted she sign up officially. She said she used her initials because her first name was misspelled on her birth certificate, Kathrine, and she was tired of repeating the error. Plus, she said she wanted to be a writer, and using her initials, like J.D. Salinger and e.e. cummings, seemed like a “cool, writerly” thing to do.

Her bib number would come to represent fearlessness in the face of adversity for female runners ever since. The Boston Marathon will retire number 261 in Switzer’s honor after she runs the race on Monday with supporters from around the world.

Switzer said she did not try to hide the fact she was a woman. She wore lipstick, earrings and burgundy shorts, but ended up wearing baggy sweats over her “feminine” running gear because of the wintry weather.

It was snowing by the time she and her teammates reached the starting line in Hopkinton. One of them told her to wipe off her lipstick so organizers would not notice her. She refused and began the race.

A few miles in she saw a man with a felt hat and overcoat in the middle of the road shaking his finger at her as she passed. Then, she heard the sound of leather shoes, a distinctly different noise from the patter of rubber soles, and knew something was wrong.

“Instinctively I jerked my head around quickly and looked square into the most vicious face I’d ever seen. A big man, a huge man, with bared teeth was set to pounce, and before I could react he grabbed my shoulder and flung me back, screaming, ‘Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!'” she wrote in her memoir.

The man was race director Jock Semple. Press photographers captured Semple’s contorted face as he grabbed at Switzer’s numbers while her boyfriend pulled Semple off her.

After escaping the scene she ambled on for a few miles before her anger transformed into energy. She finished the race in four hours and 20 minutes, but would later be disqualified and expelled from the Amateur Athletic Union.

Support soon eclipsed the fallout and she became a celebrity.

‘I could not let fear stop me’

Switzer used her influence to campaign to get women into the Boston Marathon by 1972. She went on to run 39 marathons, winning the New York City Marathon in 1974 and achieving her personal best in 1975, 2:51:33, when she finished second in Boston.

She created the Avon International Running Circuit of women’s-only races in 27 countries, paving the way for the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984. She became an author and TV commentator for the Olympics, World and National championships before returning to marathons at 64.

“Because I knew if I did that no one would believe women could run distances and deserved to be in the Boston Marathon; they would just think that I was a clown, and that women were barging into events where they had no ability. I was serious about my running and I could not let fear stop me,” she said.

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Borussia Dortmund fans offer stranded Monaco supporters accommodation in classy gesture

Borussia Dortmund fans showed their class once more on Tuesday evening by offering accommodation for the night for Monaco supporters, left stranded after their Champions League clash was postponed.

Dortmund’s team bus was rocked by three explosions that caused defender Marc Bartra to need hospital treatment and forced the postponement of the match until Wednesday.

That left many travelling supporters without a place to stay for the night. However, Dortmund’s supporters – through a #bedforawayfans hashtag campaign – have lent help.

The club ensured the message spread to supporters by tweeting the hashtag.

Woman gives birth to baby girl mid-flight (at 28 weeks Pregnant) on Turkish Airlines. Baby and Mother in Good Health!

By: Trends Desk | Kolkata |

Published:April 10, 2017 5:59 The baby was born mid-air at 42,000 ft! (Source: Turkish Airlines)
In a surprising event, a Turkish Airlines flight crew found themselves with an extra passenger on their plane. Yes, the unexpected passenger, a baby girl was born at 42,000ft (12,800m) when a woman went into labour mid-flight.
The mother, then a 28-week-old pregnant traveller was flying with Turkish Airlines’ TK538 Conakry (Guinea)-Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) flight. Shortly after the plane took off she was suffering in pain. The crew members noticed her and understood she was in early labour.
The cabin crew promptly responded and assist her during childbirth in the flight. The mother, Nafi Diaby, was laid across a row of seats and the stewardesses sprang into action to make it as comfortable as they could.
The woman went into labour shortly after the flight took off. (Source: Turkish Airlines)
“The lady was in great pain,” flight attendant Bouthayna Inanir told Hurriyet Daily News, adding that “and then the baby was on the seat”. Inanir further added, “This was the hardest part. I had to grab the baby. I took her and give her to the mother.”
The happy news was shared by the airlines on Twitter with a congratulatory message that read, “Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew!” They also posted pictures of the newborn with the caring attendants, which are now going viral.

Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew! 👏🏻👶🏽
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) April 7, 2017
After the landing at Ouagadougou Airport, the mother, a French-Guinean woman and her newborn Kadiju were shifted to a hospital. It has been reported that the baby and the mother are in good health.
Most airlines allow expectant mothers to travel until they are 36 weeks pregnant. Turkish Airlines in their website specifies, “Pregnant women expecting one baby can fly with a doctor’s report that states that they are fit to fly by air carriage between 28-35 weeks. (Early days of the 28th week and last days of the 35th week.) After that, they are no longer fit to fly even with medical clearance.”
The crew members helped the woman to deliver her child and later the baby was also named in the flight. (Source: Turkish Airlines)
People around the world were happy with the untimely arrival and praised the crew for helping the woman. While most reactions were that of excitement as they claimed the baby would enjoy “free” services by the airlines for life, many also enquired and joked about what would be the place of birth in her birth certificate. And, of course, what would be the nationality of the all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now
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South Dakota Man Gets $190 Fine for Snake Without Leash

South Dakota man gets $190 fine for snake without leash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who was fined for allowing his pet snake to slither freely in a South Dakota park said an animal control officer suggested he use a leash to restrain the reptile.

Jerry Kimball said he initially thought the recommendation was a joke because it was April Fool’s Day when he was fined $190 and ticketed last week for “animals running at large,” told the Argus Leader ( ).

“He was literally asking me to put a rope around my snake,” Kimball said. “I was like, ‘Dude, no.’ I was dumbfounded.”

Kimball was approached by the officer after a woman complained that his Fire Bee Ball Python was roaming freely at Falls Park in Sioux Falls.

Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong said a city ordinance requires all pets to be leashed or restrained in public. She said pet snakes can be held or kept in a container to comply.

“If it’s in public and it’s not on a leash, it’s at large. The ordinance doesn’t really distinguish between animals,” she said.

DeJong added that snake lovers should be more sensitive to the aversion many people feel toward the animal. While non-venomous snakes are legal to own, not all park visitors will welcome a python in a park.

But Kimball said he considers it his mission to rid the public’s fear of snakes.

“That’s my purpose in life: To let people know that snakes aren’t killers,” he said. “What better way to give back than to help people understand these misunderstood creatures?”

Kimball said he plans to fight the ticket in court.

Kansas firefighters, sergeant help to rescue bald eagle that could barely fly

A sheriff’s sergeant, two firefighters and an animal conservationist became birds of a feather to help rescue an injured bald eagle that was struggling to fly near a Kansas lake.

On Thursday morning, Sgt. Justin Antle, range master for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, said someone called in to report the bird near Lake Afton, a recreational park outside of Wichita.

When he got there, the eagle wouldn’t let him get more than 30 to 50 feet near him, Antle told ABC News.

“You could tell that it was injured,” he said. “It did not want to fly up at all.”

Sedgwick County Sheriff/FacebookMembers of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Sedgwick County Fire Department and Eagle Valley Raptor Center rescued an injured bald eagle near a lake west of Wichita, Kan.

Since Antle said he is “not a bird expert by any means,” he called Ken Lockwood, the program director for the Eagle Valley Raptor Center, for assistance. On his way over to the scene, Lockwood stopped by Station 39 to enlist the help of two firefighters with the Sedgwick County Fire Department, he told ABC News.

Antle kept an eye on the eagle until the fellow rescuers arrived. The eagle would fly about 10 feet up in the air before it had to land again, he said. The group followed it around for nearly two hours before they were able to contain it on some cedar trees, Antle said.

“Even when they can’t fly, they run like jack rabbits,” Lockwood said. “They do. They run like crazy.”

Sedgwick County Sheriff/FacebookMembers of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Sedgwick County Fire Department and Eagle Valley Raptor Center rescued an injured bald eagle near a lake west of Wichita, Kan.

Once Lockwood was able to examine the male eagle — which he estimates to be able 3 years old — he originally thought the issues was in its legs. Its legs now appear to be fine, so it is being sent to the veterinary school at Kansas State University for blood work and X-rays.

The eagle is currently “extremely thin,” Lockwood said, adding that juvenile eagles can often be skinnier due to their inexperience in hunting and older eagles stealing their food. Handlers will tube feed the eagle to get its weight up, and once the bird is “nice and healthy,” Lockwood will place it in a pen with another eagle for a couple of weeks for exercise and conditioning.

Once the rescue center thinks the eagle is “ready to go,” Lockwood will call the members the sheriff’s office and fire department who assisted in its rescue to be apart of the bird’s release back into the wild.

The agencies often work together for eagle captures, Lockwood said, adding that the sheriff’s office has stopped traffic on more than one occasion so he could retrieve an injured bird.

“The sheriff’s department can put it on their resumes that they’re eagle catchers now,” Lockwood said. “It’s an eagle — that’s our national symbol. You just have to go rescue them. You can’t just let it die.”

Courtesy Justin AntleToday wasn’t Sedgwick County Sgt. Justin Antle’s first time rescuing a bird of prey. Last year, he retrieved an owl that had flown into a Kansas home.

While eagles are commonplace around the range, Antle said this was his closest encounter he’s ever had with one. But, this wasn’t his first time rescuing a bird of prey. Last year, retrieved an owl that had gotten into a resident’s home, he said.

“Today was my second bird rescue, I guess,” Antle said, laughing. “It’s pretty amazing.”

Top court awards Quebec woman parking spot on neighbour’s property

OTTAWA — It’s not the kind of case you expect to be decided in Canada’s highest court, but the Supreme Court has found in favour of a woman who essentially argued possession is nine-tenths of the law.

A Quebec woman, Hélène Allie, has been awarded property rights over a parking spot she used for 17 years following a years-long court battle that ended at the top court.

The judgment only affects the law in Quebec because it hinges on the province’s civil code.

Under the Quebec Civil Code, one can declare property rights after possessing something for 10 years in a peaceful, continuous, public and unequivocal way.

Allie said she used two parking spots on her neighbour’s property from 1994 to 2011, when the neighbour sold the property to Alain Ostiguy and Valérie Savard. Ostiguy and Savard sought an injunction to stop her from using the spots, and the case wound its way through the court system as Allie asserted her possession rights. The question for the court was whether the official property registration by Ostiguy and Savard outweighed Allie’s squatter’s rights, and whether Allie needed to have obtained a judgment confirming her ownership.

The courts awarded Allie one spot rather than two because of lack of evidence for the second spot.

Ostiguy and Savard’s only option now may be pursuing a lawsuit against the property’s previous owner. Justice Clément Gascon, writing the majority decision, noted the “acquisitive prescription” property right denies them a portion of the right of ownership they thought they were getting when they bought the property.

“It is possible for them to claim the corresponding loss from their predecessors in title if they can prove that the latter were aware of the respondent’s encroachment before the sale and failed to disclose it to them,” Gascon wrote.

“This personal action is of course not a perfect substitute for the desired right of ownership.”

I owe her my life: Mum hails off-duty police woman who saved choking son while on Ards shopping trip

A Co Down mum has hailed the quick-thinking actions of an off-duty police officer who saved her choking son, saying she owes the woman her life.

Lynsey Hagen was on a visit to Ards Shopping Centre when suddenly her son Lucas began choking on a soft mint close to the entrance.
The four-year-old turned pale as he struggled to breathe. Mum Lynsey panicked and screamed for help.”I’ve had the first aid training course but I just froze,” she told the Belfast Telegraph, “I suppose when it’s your own child it’s different.”
As people gathered around it was then that the off-duty police officer came forward. “She was so calm. She put him over her knee and tried slapping his back and then she tried to get her arms around him to squeeze his stomach, but his knees kept buckling and it was tough to do,” Lynsey continued.”She called for an ambulance and I really feared the worst. I just knew that if we waited on an ambulance then he would be dead… But thankfully she managed to dislodge it.”
Newtownards woman Lynsey said that such was her relief that her son was ok, that she only managed to say a quick thank you to the officer before they parted ways. She says her son, as with most little boys, is over his ordeal although he was shocked.”I owe her my life and my son’s and I just want her to know how grateful we are for it and would like to acknowledge that,” the 26-year-old said.”It’s your worst fear, but she was there in the right place at the right time and able to step in and be so calm, we would love to thank her properly.”

Posting on Facebook, PSNI Lisburn praised the woman. “Never Off Duty… You know who you are. Well Done!”

Never Off Duty A shout out to our colleague who put her quick thinking and first aid training to good use yesterdsy whilst at Ards Shopping centre.
You know who you are. Well Done!
#NeverOffDutyPosted by PSNI Lisburn on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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Random Customer Surprises Popeyes Employee by Paying for Her Nursing School Education

One Popeyes employee in Kansas City received the surprise of her life when a customer raised $14,000 for her to attend nursing school and pursue her dreams.

Donald Carter, a retired Kansas City cop, explains that he ordered some fried chicken at the drive-thru from employee Shajuana Mays and noted the “spark” of determination from the “polite and respectful” young woman.

“As I messily crunch on some really untasty fried chicken, I get this idea,” Carter said. “What if I got some friends together and we put this girl through school to get her CNA license?”

That’s exactly what he did. Carter set up a GoFundMe page and over the course of a little over a week, raised $14,300, about ten times the amount it costs to take a CNA Course, pay for taking the test, and get a license. The extra funds could help her become an RN, which requires more education and will eventually pay a higher salary.

“You kind people who are reading this helped it, made it happen,” Donald said on the GoFundMe page. “You are still making it happen. You are the ones who are changing the life of one young lady and the lives of others and your own life in the process. You are changing the world — your world.”

Watch the video of Mays’ reaction below: