RIP, Liang Yaoyi (梁耀艺)

He was eleven years old and was dying of a brain tumor. He told his mother he wanted to be a “great child” and donate his organs.

And he was.

Story here (in Chinese) and here (in English).


‘Veteran returns home to fixed-up surprise’

Video doesn’t seem to embed. Link here.

Jack Bernardo served for twenty-one years. He came home to a newly-renovated house, courtesy of another ex-Marine and friends.

(His daughter is wearing a t-shirt from Kubasaki High. In case you’re curious.)

RIP Franklin McCain

Feb. 1, 1960:  Franklin McCain, along with three other students, went to the Woolworth’s and sat at the lunch counter.  They were refused service.  Each day they returned with more people.  Across the nation, others staged sit-ins as well.

He was one of the Greensboro Four.  Story here.

“Good Samaritans have answer when robber asks ‘You guys want to get cut?'”

Brothers Joel (left) and Andrew Leach went running when they heard a woman screaming for help in the south loop.  She had been bitten by a man who stole her cellphone.  The Leach brothers chased him.  Here’s the Tribune’s account:

But the man turned on them and said, “Do you guys want to get cut?” according to the police report.

“I pulled my own knife and said, ‘Mine’s bigger than yours,'” Leach said. “He saw my knife and started running again.”

Apparently Leach must be a Crocodile Dundee fan. Kudos to the brothers for getting involved. (But am I the only person who thinks they did so at great personal risk, not just from the robber, but from law enforcement? Guess that’s just one of the costs of racism.)