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What do Chris Rock, Louis C.K., and Barack Obama have in common? They're all teaming up to support a new Heads Up initiative to make community college free.

Student loans are a drag. But the White House wants to lighten the load for future graduates by making two years at their local community college free. That's right. They want to give them a chance to graduate with a total bill of $0.00.


A future convo between Obama and aspiring community college students. GIF from "Bridesmaids."


Why #FreeCommunityCollege? It'll help more people gain access to a college education.

Community college lets folks who don't fit the picture of the "typical" college student have a chance at higher education. Right now, one-third of community college students are the first in their family to attend college. These students also tend to be older, with an average age of 28. Community colleges are cheaper and have more flexibility in course times, which has long made them attractive options for adults who are juggling a lot, like single parents or military veterans.

More first-generation college students, single parents, and veterans with associate degrees means more Americans who will have a fighting chance to get the jobs they want and the wages they deserve.

Mo' jobs + mo' money + less debt = everybody wins!

This doesn't solve the student loan debt problem, but it's certainly a start.

With American college graduates heading into the "real world" with an average of $28,000 in student loan debt, this is just the tip of the iceberg. It won't fix the problem (uh, I don't even want to tell you how much student loan debt I have), but giving more students the chance to graduate with less debt is something I can get behind.

Watch the video below and then visit HeadsUpAmerica.us to learn more and join the movement:

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Adorable Dexter and his new chew toy. Thanks Chewy Claus.

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Every holiday season, millions of kids send letters asking for everything from a new bike to a pony. Some even make altruistic requests such as peace on Earth or helping struggling families around the holidays.

But wouldn’t the holiday season be even more magical if our pets had their wishes granted, too? That’s why Chewy Claus is stepping up to spread holiday cheer to America’s pets.

Does your dog dream of a month’s supply of treats or chew toys? Would your cat love a new tree complete with a stylish condo? How about giving your betta fish some fresh decor that’ll really tie its tank together?

Or do your pets need something more than mere creature comforts such as life-saving surgery?

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Teen raises $186,000 to help Walmart worker retire.

In America, many people have to work well past the age of retirement to make ends meet. While some of these people choose to work past retirement age because it keeps them active, some older people, like Nola Carpenter, 81, work out of necessity.

Carpenter has been working at Walmart for 20 years, way beyond most people's retirement age just so that she can afford to continue to pay her mortgage. When 19-year-old Devan Bonagura saw the woman looking tired in the break room of the store, he posted a video to his TikTok of Carpenter with a text overlay that said, "Life shouldn't b this hard..." complete with a sad face emoji.

In the video, Carpenter is sitting at a small table looking down and appearing to be exhausted. The caption of the video reads ":/ I feel bad." Turns out, a lot of other people did too, and encouraged the teen to start a GoFundMe, which has since completed.

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Philadelphia is taking the city back to the past.

Remember when calling your parents, a tow truck or a friend when you were out and about meant digging in your pocket for a quarter to make a pay phone call? Well, a Philadelphia-based collective, PhilTel, is jumping into the past with a modern twist, by installing free-to-use pay phones throughout the city.

Of course, the pay phones that many of us grew up were removed from public places years ago. There no longer seemed to be a need for them when most people had a phone in their pocket or in their hand. But it's easy to forget that not everyone has or wants that luxury. For some people, staying that connected all the time can be too much and for others, it's simply financially impossible to own a cell phone.

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This article originally appeared on 07.22.21


As if a Canada goose named Arnold isn't endearing enough, his partner who came looking for him when he was injured is warming hearts and having us root for this sweet feathered couple.

Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts shared the story on its Facebook page, in what they called "a first" for their animal hospital.


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Think all cats are the same? These pictures prove they each have their own personality

Photographer Nils Jacobi shows how cats aren't nearly as aloof as one might think.

All images used with Nils Jacobi's permission. @furryfritz/Instagram

Catographer purrfectly captures cats' purrsonalities.

People often mistakingly attribute a singular personality to cats—usually the words "aloof" or "snobby" are used to describe them. At best, they might be given the "evil genius" label. But in actuality, no two cats are alike. Each has their own distinct ways of being, whether that’s silly, sophisticated, affectionate, downright diabolical or somewhere in between.

This photographer has the pictures to prove it.

Nils Jacobi, better known online as furryfritz, the catographer, has photographed literally thousands upon thousands of cats—from Maine coons who look like they should be in a perfume ad to tabbies in full-on derp mode.
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