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104-Year-Old Sky Diver Breaks Record

104-Year-Old Sky Diver Breaks Record

Jonathan Buscher March 1, 2024

On October 1, 2023, 104-year-old Dorthy Hoffner set off and ended up meeting one (perhaps unexpected) goal: to become the oldest verified person to skydive. First skydiving when she was 100, according...

Signing Elf Allows Deaf Girl to Meet Santa for the First Time

Signing Elf Allows Deaf Girl to Meet Santa for the First Time

Jonathan Buscher January 1, 2024

With a new holiday season every year, children around the world visit Santa; yet, for some, this can be a difficult experience, such as it has been for four-year-old Emily Andrews. Andrews, who is deaf,...

Back And Better Than Ever: The Diary of Alicia Keys 20

Back And Better Than Ever: The Diary of Alicia Keys 20

Monika Jeraj December 1, 2023

The Diary of Alicia Keys 20 is set to be released on December 1, 2023, the 20th anniversary of the release of The Diary of Alicia Keys, Keys’ second studio album which came out on December 2, 2003. This...

Wednesday Breakfast Club at Grandmas after Student Death

Wednesday Breakfast Club at Grandma’s after Student Death

Jonathan Buscher December 1, 2023

At Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis, Missouri, the Wednesday Breakfast club has existed for some time: yet, over the past few years it has undergone some major changes. Having met at a local diner,...

Claudia Goldin: Third Woman to Win Nobel Prize

Claudia Goldin: Third Woman to Win Nobel Prize

Monika Jeraj October 31, 2023

Claudia Goldin, a decorated economist focusing on women in the workforce, was awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Economics on Monday, October 9. A trailblazer, Goldin is the third woman to ever win the...

Skin Cancer Curing Soap Created by 14-Year-Old

Skin Cancer Curing Soap Created by 14-Year-Old

Jonathan Buscher October 31, 2023

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is an annual competition asking students from fifth through eighth grade to submit a 1-2 minute video for a chance to win not only $25,000, but also exclusive mentorship....

Indonesian Siblings Remove 2.6 Million Pounds of Trash from Rivers

Jonathan Buscher October 1, 2023

Led by Sam Benchegjib, an environmental organization started within the last few years has started to make major progress in fighting the pollution issue in Indonesia. Founded in October, 2020, by Benchegjib...

82-Foot Long Dinosaur Found in Portugal Backyard

82-Foot Long Dinosaur Found in Portugal Backyard

Jonathan Buscher October 1, 2023

In August of 2022, an initial excavation five years in the making was finally completed, as several pieces of a massive fossilized skeleton were uncovered from a Portuguese digsite. Starting in 2017, an...

3 Generations, 1 Family, 1 College

3 Generations, 1 Family, 1 College

Jonathan Buscher October 1, 2023

Carthage College, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, recently had a first for the school as its fall students contained a set of four women making up three generations of the same family. Samantha Malczewsi,...

Powerlifter with Down Syndrome Wins European Gold

Powerlifter with Down Syndrome Wins European Gold

Jonathan Buscher September 2, 2023

Dan McGauley recently won not only one, but two European gold medals in Bordeaux, France, making his lifetime total five gold medals. McGauley himself only weighs 127 pounds (57 kg) and is 5 ft 2, but...

After 14 Years in a Lake Wisconsin Locals Wedding Ring is Found

After 14 Years in a Lake Wisconsin Local’s Wedding Ring is Found

Jonathan Buscher September 2, 2023

Fourteen years ago in 2009, Mike Kroening and his family were at a hangout with his neighbors at Swimmers Island near their home on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage close to Mercer, Wisconsin. As they were...

Affordable Housing Projects Funded by Apple

Affordable Housing Projects Funded by Apple

Jonathan Buscher September 2, 2023

Previously announced in 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple has been carrying out its  plan of providing $2.5 billion dollars to support affordable housing initiatives in the state of California....

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