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Dear School, I'm Taking Pictures Of My Lunches And Posting Them Online. No Pressure.

When 9-year-old Martha Payne started blogging about her school lunches in Scotland, kids from around the world began sending her pictures of their school meals, too. Martha created a Food-O-Meter to rate her meals, and now millions of followers check in to see what she's been eating for lunch.Scottish officials weren't quite so keen on Martha photographing her school lunches, so they banned her from posting the pictures online. The ban lasted a day; that's exactly how long it took the Internet to rise up in protest. The officials ate crow, and Martha's back photographing her lunches.

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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