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On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, a bomb went off in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea.

As of this writing, there are still many unknown details. But we do know 29 people were injured and the act was intentional.

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Immediately after the explosion, NYPD officers rushed to the scene and began an investigation. Within hours, they found a second device and prevented it from exploding. On Monday, Sept. 19, a suspect was identified and arrested.

It's times like this when we all need to take a moment and appreciate our first responders.

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When they're rushing toward the scene that everyone else is running away from — putting themselves in harm's way to keep the rest of us safe — they deserve our respect and our deepest thanks.

And maybe a cup of coffee.  

That's why this man showed up in Chelsea to give the officers there a well-earned pick-me-up.

His name is Jermaine, and he was captured on video handing NYPD and FDNY officials cups of coffee and bags of pastries from Starbucks — as a thank-you for their hard work.

ACT OF KINDNESS

ACT OF KINDNESS » As NYPD Guards the Explosion Scene Created by the Worst in People, First Responders Get Free Starbucks Delivered by New Yorkers, Seeing the Best in PeopleWe flew a crew to NYC to cover the #ChelseaNYC explosions the governor called terrorism this morning. Officials have not yet linked it to an international group. More stories like this to come.

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In the video, Jermaine says he wishes he could do more for the first responders keeping his neighborhood safe. The thankful officers say they are just happy to help.

Despite what you may think of New Yorkers, this small act of kindness isn't out of character.

Sure, most of us New Yorkers spend our days with tunnel vision — hopping from subway to subway, deli to coffee shop, just trying to get where we're going and make ends meet.

What little interaction we have with each other is either desperately shoving our way onto the 6 train or cursing at the cab driver who slammed on his brakes and stopped about four inches short of killing us in the crosswalk.

But there's so much more to the people of NYC than that. With the collective acceptance of the madness of city life, we also understand the importance of lifting each other up in times of need.

The secret to living in New York City is having each other's backs.  

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That's never more clear than when a tragedy strikes, and we're forced to take a moment and see if everyone's OK.

For better or worse, New Yorkers know how to handle things like this.

We may go back to ignoring and yelling at each other soon, but when the chips are down, the best of us are there to help, say thank-you, and hand over a bag of muffins.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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