Firefighter Andrew Klein pulls unconscious dog from burning apartment, gives him CPR to save his life


LOS ANGELES — California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes.
The dog’s owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire.
Lamirande frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu, but the smoke was too thick for her to go inside, she said Thursday.
Moments later firefighters arrived and Lamirande told them her dog was trapped inside.
That’s when firefighter Andrew Klein sprang into action, getting on all fours to search the apartment for Nalu as another firefighter sprayed water to keep the flames at bay. Klein found the unconscious dog a few feet from the fire in a bedroom.
“He was totally lifeless,” Klein said. “I picked him up and ran out of the apartment because time is key, especially with a small dog … Failure was not an option.”
As Lamirande knelt nearby crying, Klein and his crew spent the next 20 minutes working on reviving the dog using oxygen, CPR and what’s known as mouth-to-snout resuscitation.
Video taken by a passerby and posted on Facebook shows Klein and another firefighter patting Nalu’s belly as he starts breathing again with the help of oxygen.
“Alright, bud,” Klein tells the dog as he continues to rub him and encourage him to walk.
Lamirande, a radiology nurse, said she couldn’t believe how much time the firefighters took to save her dog, who she describes as family.
“His eyes were glazed over and he was not breathing and I assumed he was dead,” she said. “The firefighter said ‘I’m a positive person. Let’s just get him back.’”
Lamirande said Nalu spent the next 24 hours recovering in an oxygen chamber and was almost back to his normal self again Thursday.
“He’s been coughing but right now he’s fine and he’s so happy and smiling,” she said.
Klein, a self-described dog lover with two four-legged friends at home, said he felt proud of the outcome.
“He was essentially dead, so to see him kissing people and walking around wagging his tail was definitely a good feeling,” he said.
“He’s very happy, and we’re very happy, too.”

Woman found wet, mostly naked – says she is a mermaid


FRESNO (KSEE) – A woman was found near Table Mountain on Tuesday morning, and she doesn’t seem to know who she is, the Fresno Police Department said.
“She was wet, she said she had been in the lake, said she needed help and needed to be taken to the hospital,” said Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson.
The woman was found about 3:15 a.m. walking in the middle of the street on Millerton Road (Friant Road) about a mile south of Table Mountain.
When she was found, her hair was wet, and she was mostly naked. She told officers she had been in the water.
She answers, “I don’t know” to most questions, police said. She has claimed to be a mermaid named “Joanna.”
“We did go through records after fingerprinting her and we still did not come up with her identity,” said Hudson.
She is 5-foot-4, weighs 150 pounds and has webbed feet.
“There are some strange things that happen up here,” said neighbor Karon Renwick. “We’re in the mountains.”
Anyone with information on this woman should call (559) 621-2455 or email the missing persons unit Detective Paul Hill at paul.hill@fresno.gov.

Austin man pays off outstanding traffic tickets for disabled woman


AUSTIN – A random act of kindness inside an Austin courtroom shocked not only the judge but other workers at the Austin Municipal Court on Monday.
The Austin man, who only wants to be known as Bruce, told KVUE’S Jenni Lee by phone that he was touched by 57-year-old, Carlotta Davis’ discussion with Judge Alfred Jenkins.
Bruce was waiting to see Judge Jenkins to discuss a traffic ticket when he overheard Davis tell Jenkins she couldn’t afford to pay the $790 on her disability. She suffers from a variety of health issues, including kidney disease and Type 2 Diabetes. She said the latter led to her legal blindness.
Bruce paid for her tickets in full.
When Davis discovered what Bruce had done, she was overjoyed.
“I was kind of like, whoa! Oh my God! And I says, ‘oh thank you, Jesus! And I just started praising the Lord,” Davis said.
Workers at the courthouse couldn’t help but notice Davis’ excitement, like Austin police officer, Johnny Washington.
“And she started hugging everybody and she was going through the lobby,” said Washington.
He said everyone is still talking about what happened inside courtroom one.
Davis said others with tickets were envious.
“She said uh, I wish I had a friend like that to pay my ticket. And I said he’s not my friend. I don’t know him. I don’t know nothing about this white man. I said he just wanted to pay my ticket. And she said she still wished he paid her ticket too. And then I walked back over here to him. And I was so excited. I had grabbed him and kissed him. Before I know it and he just started crying… tears were welling down his face,” Davis explained.
Judge Alfred Jenkins has presided over courtroom one’s bench since 2004. And out of the thousands of cases he has heard, he has never seen generosity to this extent, even inspiring him.
“It makes me want to be a better person,” said Jenkins, “To see this person do a selfless act like this is something that is rare.”
“People just don’t do that nowadays… people don’t seem to care and cold hearted – but there was someone that did. There was someone that said I’d do it,” said Davis.
Bruce declined our request for an interview because he wants the good deed to speak for itself and doesn’t want attention for it. He did say he hopes this inspires others to pay it forward too.

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar commits $100m to fight 'fake news' and hate speech


The billionaire founder of eBay is to donate $100 million to fund investigative journalism and to combat the spread of misinformation online.
Pierre Omidyar, one of the world’s richest men, aims to tackle the “global trust deficit” by giving money to projects around the world.
The funds will be dispersed over the next three years through the Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm which he and his wife founded in 2004 and which has committed more than $1 billion to good causes.
The first recipients include the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the group behind last year’s release of the Panama Papers, which will receive $4.5 million.
The Anti-Defamation League will also receive a grant towards the building of a new centre in Silicon Valley to fight the growing threat posed by online trolls.
“What we’ve seen over the last 12 months particularly has been an increase in distrust – distrust in government institutions, in the media and in social media,” said Stephen King, partner at Omidyar Network.

Humpback whale ‘knew rescuers were trying to help’ when it was saved from fishing nets for a second time

Just a week ago the whale had to be cut free on the Devon shoreline.

And on Saturday it was caught up in whelk pot lines off a fishing vessel, prompting the RNLI to be called in.

Dan Jarvis of British Divers Marine Life Rescue told the BBC: “Fortunately this time it was a much easier operation and with the experience we had from the last time, it was all done and dusted in about an hour.

“The whale was quite exhausted, but they’re very intelligent animals, so I’d like to think it knew we were trying to help and was very cooperative.”

Restaurant owner fed emergency workers for free during Westminster attack

A Muslim-born restaurateur has told how he fed hundreds of emergency service workers for free in the aftermath of Wednesday’s terror attack.

When police ordered Ibrahim Dogus to evacuate and close his three restaurants in the wake of the incident, he decided to keep Troia, on Belvedere Road yards from Westminster Bridge, open so police officers had a place to eat and keep warm.

“I went to one of the officers and said ‘I can shut all the businesses, but I want you guys and all the emergency staff to use this place for food, drinks, and for warmth for free’,” he told The Independent.

“All these great people need our support. Some of them tried to give us money—one said, ‘I’m a police officer, you have to take my money.’ We said, ‘We’re not going to take any money from you.”

Mr Dogus, the founder of the British Kebab Awards, kept the restaurant open until 11.30pm “until the last officer was fed”. He estimates he fed between 300 and 500 emergency workers from the police, London Ambulance Service, and London Fire Brigade.

“We wanted to play our role in terms of supporting the emergency crew. This was happening right at our doorstep. If you walk two seconds on my doorstep I would be on the bridge. I use the bridge to take my kids to school, not on that day, but I live next to the area, I work next to the area.”

All three of Mr Dogus’ Kurdish restaurants—Troia, Cucina and Westminster Kitchen—were inside an exclusion zone cordoned off by police in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack.

“It could have been any of us killed by these lunatics,” he said. “It’s so terrible, but London has pulled together very quickly. The first day after business was quiet but now it’s back to normal.”

Mr Dogus said he was born into a Muslim family but does not currently practise any religion.

A Muslim-led fund to support victims and victims’ families of the terror attack in Westminster, in which five people were killed including the attacker and 50 were injured, has raised more than £25,000 in a few days.

Nine-year-old boy opens lemonade stand to pay for grandfather’s cancer care

A nine-year-old boy opened a lemonade stand outside his home to raise money for his grandfather’s cancer care bills and ended making more than $5,000 (£4,000) in the process.

Angel Reyes has been pouring out the juice in front of his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico to raise funds for his grandfather Richard Sanchez, who suffers from third stage colon and rectal cancer.

After having a nine-inch tumour removed, he will likely need chemotherapy.

The schoolboy has raised more than $5,025 (£4,027) via his gofundme.com page after his mother and uncle helped set up the makeshift stall.

“He just wants to help his grandpa in any way that he can, and for a nine-year-old, this is the best idea he could think of and I’m so proud of him for doing it,” his mother Chasity Sanchez said.

Zane Vila, another nine-year-old boy, handed over a $1,000 (£801) cheque this afternoon which was raised by Cancer Aid Resource & Education Inc.

The crowds were so big that police had to show up to give Angel a special permit for the stand, news channel Fox 29 reported.

Many of the visitors did not want lemonade but just wanted to donate.

Approximately 6 million men in the US suffer from colon and rectum cancer.