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As boys, Kevin Alton and Martel Hedge grew up a block apart on Freeland and Climax streets and met when they were 9 and 8 years old, respectively. They first worked for and got to know their Beltzhoover neighbors while delivering newspapers. Now, 30 years later, as men, they are helping their neighborhood through the […]

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Hip-hop producer David Jassy was serving time for murder inside a California state prison when he noticed younger inmates trying to watch him produce music in his cell. Jassy arrived at San Quentin State Prison in 2013 and started working in the facility’s media center with only a keyboard and a stripped-down version of producing […]

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Shawn Dromgoole is a 29-year-old black man who has lived in the same Nashville neighborhood his entire life. His family has been in the neighborhood, known as 12 South, for 54 years. But Dromgoole said that since he was a child, he felt an unease in his hometown, acutely aware that few people looked like […]

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A Minneapolis middle school put out a call for 85 meal kits for students and families after many of the city’s stores were looted or destroyed during protests. On Sunday, faculty and families were pleasantly overwhelmed to find Sanford Middle School’s front lawn completely covered with bags of food and household goods. The food drive […]

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Two Montgomery County teenagers who started helping their grandparents during the novel coronavirus outbreak have turned their goodwill into a nationwide volunteer delivery service with 14 chapters across the country. The friends from Montgomery Blair High School, Dhruv Pai, 16, and Matt Casertano, 15, were both buying groceries for their grandparents in early March, as […]

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The bus drivers for Ohio’s Loveland City School District are wishing their 392 graduating seniors good luck in the best way they know how. A viral video from last week captured a bird’s-eye view of their special tribute: a fleet of 22 buses arranged to spell out “2020.” With schools across the country canceling commencement […]

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Florida seventh-grader Joshua Runde has been using his talent for robotics to help those on the front lines combating the COVID-19 pandemic. With help from his robotics coach and the money he was able to save up, Runde has been producing hundreds of 3D-printed face shields and donating them to the front line workers in […]

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The stack of mail waiting for Byron Woods was about a foot high when he reopened his barber shops after a two-month shutdown because of the pandemic. He tossed the pile of unpaid bills aside and opened a hand-addressed envelope. Inside was a $1,200 check made out to him from a retired schoolteacher. She was […]

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High schoolers across the country are missing out on many milestones due to the coronavirus pandemic. But one senior in Raleigh, North Carolina, got to have her own personal prom — thanks to a thoughtful 7-year-old. Curtis Rogers, a soon-to-be second grader, decided to create a mini prom for his babysitter, Rachel Chapman. He planned a backyard prom for […]

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A train buff has said he has “one of the best lockdown situations in the country” as he gets to self-isolate in his own railway station amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the last seven weeks, Matthew Armstrong has been living at the popular steam railway tourist attraction, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, in the U.K. […]

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