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Jul 282013
 

ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Just one day after Amanda Berry’s kidnapper pleaded guilty to holding her and two other women captive in his home for over a decade, Berry made her first public appearance at a Nelly concert.

The rapper was performing Cleveland’s Roverfest music festival Saturday night. Berry and her family were introduced as special guest on the state by a WMMS radio host, who goes by the name Rover.

“I want you to give this person a bigger round of applause and cheer than me, anyone on the show, any of the acts that are here,” Rover said to the crowd, who had no idea Berry was in attendance. “Give it up for Amanda Berry!”

He said that Berry had “a little bit of time to make up on the partying,” and hoped that the concert would help.

Nelly called Berry on stage with him later in the night and dedicated a song to her.

This is the first appearance Berry has made at a public event since her escape in April.

Castro was pleaded guilty to 937 charges Friday, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus an additional 1,000 years. Castro made a plea deal to avoid facing the death penalty.

 

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Jul 282013
 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — A California couple born on the same day and married for 75 years, died only one day apart.

According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Helen and Les Brown died on July 16 and 17 respectively, both were 94.

Zach Henderson, owner of the Ma N’Pa Grocery in Long Beach, Calif., said he saw the couple almost daily and called their relationship “a wonderful blessing.”

“About a year ago, [Helen] had her hand on his face and they were cheek to cheek,” Henderson said. “She said, ‘Isn’t he the most handsome man you’ve ever seen?’ That’s exactly how they were. They were full of love and passion.”

According to the Press-Telegram, the couple also shared the same birthday of Dec. 31, 1918, and eloped in 1937 after they met in high school.

Henderson said that even though the couple was in their 90s they remained active in their community and insisted a local band set up in their driveway during a residential block party.

“They were fun-loving and beautiful people,” Henderson said.

The couple was Jehovah’s Witnesses and their oldest son, Les Brown Jr., told the Press-Telegram their faith strengthened their marriage.

“It was a real love match, wasn’t it,” said Les Brown Jr. “They were together every day for 75 years.”

When they died, the Press-Telegram reported that Les Brown was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and Helen Brown had stomach cancer. However, Henderson said he never realized that Helen Brown was sick, even though he dropped off groceries to their home almost on daily basis.

“She was completely cognitive,” Henderson said, describing how he found Helen Brown a few days before she died. “It seems like she was waiting for Les to be comfortable and they were going to move on to something else with each other.”

A public service was held for the couple on Saturday afternoon in Long Beach, Calif.

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Jul 272013
 

ABC News(CHICAGO) — A 6-year-old Indiana boy who survived being buried under a sand dune for three hours has left the rehabilitation facility where he had been recovering.

Nathan Woessner left the La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Friday, two weeks after he was buried under a 124-foot sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Woessner had been walking with his parents when the sand dune collapsed on top of him.

It took rescue crews approximately three hours to get to Woessner, who was buried under 11 feet of sand.

After his rescue, Woessner was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago in critical condition after he ingested sand, but by Tuesday, less than two weeks after being buried, he had recovered enough that he was transferred to the rehab facility.

Dr. Michael Hobaugh, Woessner’s attending physician at La Rabida, said doctors at the rehab facility had focused on helping him with his physical ability and his memory.

“When I first met Nathan and his family, I was surprised he looked so great,” said Hobaugh, told ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago.

Although Woessner was released, Hobaugh told WLS-TV that the 6-year-old would need to return for continued physical therapy with therapists and doctors.

“They recognize certain areas of deficit and then work on improving those things, so for example, he will have someone to sort of guard him as he walks if there is a balance issue,” Hobaugh said.

Woessner and his family also received therapy on how to talk about the traumatic event at the rehab facility, although Woessner did not remember much of what happened.

“It’s quite a story and quite a miraculous recovery,” Hobaugh said. “There’s a lot we don’t understand about the universe, though, and I think it’s good to be modest about what we don’t understand.”

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Jul 212013
 

Comstock/Thinkstock(AURORA, Colo.) — A young couple who survived the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting turned their worst night into their best day this weekend.

Eugene Han and Kirstin Davis tied the knot Saturday, exactly one year after the Colorado massacre that left a dozen people dead and more than 70 injured.

The couple got married at Village East Baptist Church in Aurora, where they were joined by other friends who also survived the shooting.

In an interview before the wedding, the couple said that the love and support of many along with their strong faith has helped them overcome a tragedy.

“Our faith is definitely a big part of this story,” Han said. “Jesus saved me once because I accepted him, but then he saved me physically in the theater.”

The Night of the Shooting

A year ago, Han, 21, and Davis, 22, didn’t know if they would make it through the night.

The childhood friends who met in church in the fourth grade started dating three years ago. On the night of the shooting, the couple and three friends decided to go to the midnight showing of the new Batman movie.

Han was tired from a 12-hour day at his job at a medical supply company, but said he thought it would be fun to take Davis to her first midnight screening.

When they got to the theater, it was packed. The only place they could find five seats together was in the second row, close to the emergency exit that accused shooter James Holmes would soon enter through.

Han was so tired that he dozed off during the previews.

“When the movie started, I kind of woke up, but I woke up not to the movie, but more like something felt wrong to me but nothing was happening yet,” Han told ABCNews.com. “I wasn’t really sure what it was and kind of blew it off.”

Soon after, he saw someone walk in through the exit door near them. The figure was only about 10 feet away in the dark theater.

“I’ve never seen anyone walk in an exit door,” he said. “The next thing that worried me the most was seeing the gun strapped to his shoulder. The screen actually showed the outline of the gun.”

Within moments, Han saw the person throw something into the crowd. He would later find out that it was a gas canister.

“I didn’t even know what was going on at the moment. I thought it was a prank,” Davis told ABCNews.com. “The next thing I know, I see red things coming out of the corner.”

The “red things” were the little bursts of flame created by gunfire. Han threw himself to the ground and grabbed Davis.

“Next thing I know he’s pulling me out of my seat and telling me, ‘Don’t move. Just stay still. Whatever you do, don’t move,” she said.

Han said he pushed Davis under the chairs and put himself between her and the shooter, who was spraying bullets into the crowd. Han got shot in the hip. His reflex was to lift his leg and then he got shot in the knee. He “saw pieces of flesh fly.”

“The hip hurt more. The knee was more a through-and-through,” he said. “I was kind of freaking out.”
Then the shooting stopped and Han saw an opportunity, albeit a risky one.

“His gun jammed and I heard a clicking noise so I told her, ‘If we leave, we need to leave right now,’” Han recalled.

The group of friends got up, with Davis supporting an injured Han. They decided to make a break for the emergency exit from where the gunman had entered.

“I just remember having my back towards the screen and looking up and down the hallway just a little bit,” Davis remembered, right before locking eyes with the shooter. “He was looking up and he was looking at me.”

She said the shooter had a mask on and his gun pointed down as he tried to un-jam it. Han saw Davis looking towards the gunman.

“He saw Holmes drop the gun he was working on and pull out another gun that he had on him,” Davis said. “That’s when God gave him strength to push us into the cubby hole.”

The “cubby hole” was a small entryway between the theater and the exit. The group fell to the floor as the shooting began again. They made it out of the theater and ran as far and fast as they could, with adrenaline fueling the wounded Han.

He was treated in the hospital and has undergone physical therapy over the past year. Now, he’s running again. Davis recovered from her minor injuries.

Nine months after the shooting, Han said he realized it was time to take the couple’s relationship to the next level.

“We were still dating and I was planning on proposing even before [the shooting] but I never had the chance to,” he said. “When the theater shooting happened, that’s when I was like, I really need to do this because you don’t know what’s going to happen after tomorrow.”

He proposed on April 9 while the couple was visiting South Padre Island in Texas. She said yes and he asked how she felt about getting married on the one-year anniversary of the shooting. Davis told him she had to think about it.

“I was kind of uncomfortable about the idea because I didn’t think it was OK to take a bad day and turn it into a good day, so I had to really think about it,” she said.

She thought about it and came to a conclusion about a half hour later.

“I think it would be a good date to have our wedding,” she recalled saying. “That way we can make good memories and start a new chapter of our lives rather than allowing this memory from a year ago to stick with us every single year.”

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Jul 192013
 

(BRAZIL, Ind.) — In an act of extraordinary devotion to their father, four siblings bought the car he sold 24 years ago and shipped it to his home in Indiana.

Richard Lookebill first purchased the car, a bright green 1972 Ford Mustang on March 1, 1972. He had to part ways with it 24 years ago for financial reasons, his son Cory Lookebill told ABC News.

“He needed to make sure he could take care of [us] when we were kids,” said Lookebill.

But the family never forgot it. The car’s presence was always felt, even if it was no longer with them physically.

“It was part of our family,” said Michael Lookebill, Cory’s brother. “It’s just been something my dad always wanted back and we got the crazy idea to look for it.”

Michael found the car on an eBay auction, identified Bruce Hrobak as the owner, and contacted Hrobak to purchase the car.

The car was relatively easy to identify, Michael Lookebill told ABC News, because they had the vehicle identification number and there were “unmistakable characteristics” like pinstripes on each side of the car.

The siblings shipped the car to their father’s house in Brazil, Indiana. It arrived in April. When they finally did reveal the surprise to their dad, Michael videotaped his reaction and put it on YouTube, displaying his father’s shock on social media.

“Our father gave us everything when we were kids, so we decided we wanted to do something for him now that we are older, to show him we appreciated him,” Sarah Misner, Cory and Michael’s sister, told ABC News.

The siblings declined to disclose the cost of the car.

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