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.”

88-year-old man honors wife’s legacy by making blankets for children in need

What started as a hobby his wife enjoyed has now become a beautiful way for Clayton Shelburne of Indiana to both honor her legacy and leave a positive mark on the world.

Clayton and Dolores Shelburne were married for 66 years before she passed away in May 2015. Clayton told CBS 4 Indianapolis that his wife initially started making blankets with a camping club, which would donate them to different organizations in the area. As the years went on, however, it became an activity that the couple could enjoy together — with one key distinction.

“She was the seamstress,” he said. “I was never a seamstress. This is a new ballgame because I was always an outside person.”

In his wife’s absence, Clayton has found himself with the time and resources to continue the charitable activity on his own. He now wields a yardstick and scissors, carefully measuring playful fabric and cutting it into patterns.

“My time is nothing,” Shelburne told CBS 4. “I’m 88 years old. I can do this when it’s raining outside and I enjoy doing it. I’m sure if my wife was here she would be happy I’m doing this too.”

In deciding what to do with the blankets when they’re done, Shelburne was particularly moved by a story about a father leaving his sleeping son in a vehicle along the highway while he went to get help with their broken-down car. It inspired him to help police in his county. So, he has now donated enough blankets to the Zionsville Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office that every patrol car can have one.

“We could show up to a crash and the weather could be like it is now where it’s nice and cold and that blanket will come in real handy when you wrap it around somebody in need,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department.

He’s given the officers more than three dozen homemade blankets so far.

“For an individual, a civilian for that matter, to take it upon themselves to not only to take their time and invest their money and their personal stake into a product or event that benefits any law enforcement agency, particularly Zionsville, we appreciate that,” Martin said.

Now that he’s fully stocked the local police, Shelburne is turning his attention to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis — further ensuring that his warm memories of his wife become a source of warmth for others as well.

In a first, women judges head all major High Courts in India

NEW DELHI: In the male-dominated world of higher judiciary, there is a silver lining — women now head the four major and oldest high courts in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.With the appointment of Indira Banerjee as chief justice of the Madras HC on March 31, women created history by heading the four historical HCs, which were among the first few created in colonial India. Madras HC has six women judges, including the chief justice, while there are 53 male judges. Bombay HC is headed by Justice Manjula Chellur , who first headed an HC on September 26, 2012. She became Bombay HC chief justice on August 22 last year.Incidentally, Bombay HC has the highest number of women judges, 11, against 61 male judges.The number two in the HC is also a woman, Justice V M Tahilramani. Delhi HC has been headed by Justice G Rohini since April 13, 2014. The HC has nine women judges and 35 male judges. Here too, the number two is a woman, Justice Gita Mittal.Calcutta HC has been headed by acting chief justice Nishita Nirmal Mhatre since December 1 last year. But this HC has a poorer women-to men-judge ratio — 4 to 35.Among the 632 HC judges in 24 HCs, there are only 68 women judges, a mere 10.7%. There is just one woman judge, R Banumathi , among 28 judges in the Supreme Court.

JUSTICE SERVED : Texas Man Who Intentionally Swerved into Bikers Sentenced 15 Years in Prison

Justice Served to this grumpy old man

Late 2015 this horrendous video clip surfaced, depicting an angry Texas man  intentionally swerving into bikers. Firstly let’s figure why he did it, well according to the video it was because the bikers crossed the double yellow. Although this is illegal, his reactions was definitely too far.

Furthermore he severely injured the passenger, 38 year old Debra Simpson, who was admitted into the intensive care unit. She received  a broken arm and multiple other injuries. The driver, 37 year old Eric Sanders got off lucky with only minor injuries. You could tell something was wrong when you saw the passenger just laying on the ground not moving.

The 69 year old man in the video was proclaiming, ” I don’t care”, multiple times but in court he had a different story and suddenly began to care when it came jail time.

He was claiming a spider bit him and he lost control, not the strongest of defences when you outright admit to your crime in the video. Lucky for the riders and everybody else on the road a fellow biker recorded everything with his helmet cam.

The man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. One more crazy off the road  and justice served , woo!

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.

Dutch men walk hand in hand for solidarity after gay couple attacked

Hundreds of people have walked hand in hand through Amsterdam to show solidarity with two gay men who were badly beaten at the weekend in the eastern city of Arnhem.

The peaceful march on Wednesday was part of a national outpouring of emotion over the beating of the married couple, who were attacked on the way home from a party in the early hours of Sunday morning. Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes told police the confrontation started because they were holding hands.

Five suspects, all in their teens, would be charged on Thursday with causing serious bodily harm, prosecutors said, adding that they were still investigating the motive for the attack.

Marcher Marion van Hees said she had campaigned for gay rights during the 1960s. “I thought we were finished with it, that we had achieved it. But that is not the case, and that is very sad,” she said. “So I’m going back on to the barricades.”

Sjag Kozak, who married his husband in Amsterdam and has lived in the city for 21 years, said he wanted to show solidarity with the beaten men but also “show the world that it is possible to walk hand-in-hand in Amsterdam”.

Politicians had given prominence to the show of defiance, with Alexander Pechtold, leader of the Democrats D66 party, and his finance spokesman Wouter Koolmees arriving hand-in-hand for coalition talks in The Hague on Monday.

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, condemned the attack. “It’s terrible what happened. Awful,” he said, adding that addressing homophobic violence would be a “top priority” for his new government.

The action was sparked by journalist Barbara Barend, who tweeted a call for “all men (straight and gay) please to just walk hand in hand”. The hashtag #allemannenhandinhand took off from there and was followed by images from the Netherlands and across the world of Dutch men showing solidarity.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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.

Indian federal government Allows transgender people to use public toilets of their choice

While the Donald Trump administration in the US recently rescinded Obama-era guidelines that allowed transgender students unrestricted access to bathrooms matching their gender identity, the Indian government has moved to allow the members of the community to use toilets of their choice.

In a significant move, the Ministry of Sanitation on Monday (April 3) issued guidelines to the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) stating that members of the third-gender community be allowed to use public toilet of their choice (men or woman), according to a report in Scroll.in.

Under the heading of ‘Inclusivity,’ the statement said that a “conscious effort” should be made to ensure that members of the community are “recognised as equal citizens and users of toilets”.

The guidelines on gender issues in sanitation also stated that there were examples from across India where those belonging to the third gender have played a significant role in taking the “message of Swachhata” to other households in their community.

“Where suitable, their support can be enlisted in engaging communities, and their efforts duly recognised and honoured to break any stigma around them, and also to enable them to use facilities without any embarrassment.”

In another move to ensure public toilet access for transgender people, the Madras high court on Tuesday (April 4) ordered the Tamil Nadu government to build public toilets for members of the community in parts of the city where they live in larger numbers.

According to a PTI report, Census 2011 indicates that there are around ten lakh people in Tamil Nadu who identify as transgender.

Even as the high court’s mandate was issued in response to a PIL, according to a Ladies Finger report, the 2014 Supreme Court judgment recognising transgenders as ‘third gender,’ which also included an order for separate toilets for members of the community in public places, is yet to be implemented.

The directive, according to the report, has only been followed by Mysore, which also has only one such separate toilet.

The government has before made efforts towards ensuring equality to transgender people when accessing public services. According to the Times of India, the urban development ministry has a “non-discriminatory clause” under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, which allows anyone, including transgender people, to buy property in a complex.

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.

College President tells students he doesn’t deal with demands

The white president of a college in Virginia just gave a Black Lives Matter group a real hard pill to swallow when they showed up in his office with a list of demands.

“I don’t deal in demands,” said College of William & Mary President W. Taylor Reveley III. “I don’t make demands of other people. I don’t expect to receive demands from people. I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments.”

“When you approach other people with a demand, instead of their ears opening and their spirit being unusually receptive, you get defensive walls erected,” he continued in the live video streamed on Facebook. “So, I think you all need to think about it.”

A student spoke up after this and said Reveley made an “interesting point” about making suggestions and added, “But I’m going to disagree.”

Reveley wasn’t fazed and reminded them, “That is the beauty of the First Amendment.”

In typical BLM fashion, the students saw their president as clueless and tried to tell him that making suggestions is too nice and makes them “not necessary.”

“No, no, no, that’s not the way the world works,” Reveley retorted. “It is not effective, in my opinion, to approach other people and say ‘we demand’ unless you have the capacity to demand.”

“We are students, and we pay tuition to be here,” someone said. “That is the reason why we are able to write these demands.”

Another said, “So, you have an issue with the way that we are phrasing this? … I think you’re missing the point … We’ve tried to be nice … It’s not working.”

They demanded he listen “to students of color when they tell you this is what needs to happen.”

Unlike those in the room, you will LOVE Reveley’s response:

The disgusted group left the meeting disheartened, with one of them posting the video to Facebook and complaining:

This is what being censored looks like. This is what white supremacy looks like. This is what patriarchy looks like. This is what condescension looks like. This is what being told “you, your issues and your life don’t matter” looks like. THIS is why we say #BlackLivesMatter… [He] is not a benevolent grandpa, he is a man with an agenda that excludes students of color. Call it what it is.

We will call it what it is: a college president with balls big enough to confront a group of anti-American bullies. Let us hope more follows his lead.