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Here are seven stories from the "Nightly News" team that caught our attention as we get ready for tonight's broadcast.
1. A Girl’s Act of Compassion Lands Her in Trouble at School
Remember those awkward preteen years? Braces, pimples, hormones -- it’s not an easy time for anyone, which is what makes the good deed of a young girl in Colorado even braver. Kamryn Renfro, 9, shaved her head in solidarity with her cancer-stricken friend Delaney, who lost her hair while undergoing chemo in her fight against neuroblastoma. But it turned out that a shaved head is reportedly a violation of her school’s dress code policy, and Kamryn was instructed not to return to class without a wig. Kamryn’s mother told school administrators why her daughter chopped off her hair, and Kamryn was permitted to return to class due to the “extraordinary circumstances” of the situation. Even though the school may not have initially appreciated the gesture, Delaney -- and the rest of the Internet -- certainly did.
2. Autocorrect Mistakenly Sends $30K In Donations to a Polar Bear
What happens when you change one word in a text donation? A campaign to raise money for cancer research says it can be a $30,000 mistake. Numerous donors meant to type “beat,” as in “beat cancer” for the #nomakeupselfie grassroots campaign, but autocorrect changed it to “bear.” Next thing they knew, their money went to help adopt baby polar bears. Others mistakenly typed “donate.” That money went to children’s aid. World Wildlife Fund and UNICEF officials say they’re working to redistribute the $30,000 in donations as originally intended, but isn’t that polar bear cute?
3. And the Most Feel-Good City in America Is ...
Birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the residents of Provo, Utah, have an extra spring in their step today. Their city was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for overall well-being in a Gallup poll of 189 American cities released today. The survey looks at such factors as emotional and physical health, community and financial security. Notably, past studies have ranked Provo as the most religious city and it’s also known for having the fewest smokers. The city’s 116,000 residents could be proof that the secret to happiness may just be as simple as … well ... living simply.
4. So You Think You Can Dance?
Public dancing is a tough skill to master, especially for guys. Luckily, a group of researchers in Europe claim to have discovered what women find most attractive when men dance. Apparently, large movements of the neck, head and torso are quite appealing. An active right leg helps, yet arm movements don’t seem to impress the ladies. But don’t study these moves too closely, guys. Unfortunately, some women are protesting that the code to male dancing has not been cracked … and that these moves are just plain bad.
5. More Snow. More Snow. More Snow.
When will the freezing cold finally end? Hopefully after this week’s looming winter storm passes. Cold weather is expected to move in from the Midwest to the East Coast over the next day or so, and a strong storm will form late Tuesday over the Atlantic Ocean offering one last blast of wintry temps and snow before spring emerges. Fingers crossed that this is the last storm of winter, the gift that just keeps on giving.
6. Things That Will Get You Arrested: BASE Jumping From 1WTC
Let’s just get this out in the open: climbing to the top of 1 World Trade Center will get you arrested. Once again this month WTC trespassers are in trouble with the law -- and this time, there is helmet cam video of the stunt. Three of the four-member crew BASE jumped off the building last fall, while one kept watch on the ground below. On the bright side for these attention-seekers, the video went viral ...
7. Save the Salmon: Fish-Hiking in California
The drought in California has gotten so bad, even the salmon are hitching a ride north. Tanker trucks in California will haul 30 million Chinook salmon hundreds of miles toward the Pacific Ocean to save the fishing industry after one of the state’s driest years left rivers too low for the fish to migrate. The 2016 fishing season may very well depend on the salmon’s safe passage inside the climate-controlled “fish taxis,” according to the Golden Gate Salmon Association. Bon voyage!