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The 54-year-old Michigan tree trimmer severely beaten after he accidentally struck a child who had stepped into the street earlier this month is breathing on his own, according to his daughter.

CNN: Photo of woman with facial hair leads to conversation, understanding September 27, 2012
A picture of a woman with facial hair wearing a turban posted to the social media site Reddit has garnered a firestorm of Internet reaction and has taught at least two Ohio college students lessons in graciousness, humanities and religious studies.

CNN: Documentary cultivates real-life lessons, May 23, 2012
What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real? According to the last few seasons of MTV's "The Real World," they get drunk, hook up and make innumerable questionable decisions.
What happens when strangers come to live on a family farm in rural Arkansas, grow their own food, give up modern-day conveniences and attempt zero waste? While it may not sound like a compelling reality show by MTV's standards, that's exactly the premise of the independent film, "The Garden Summer," which debuted to a sold-out crowd in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 16.

CNN: Dr. Dog on staying true to the process, April 10, 2012
To an outsider, Dr. Dog has all the makings for the stereotypical "eighth-graders start making scrappy recordings in their home and become overnight sensations" "Behind the Music" special.  Only nothing about the band's success -- which includes six albums, performances on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "Conan," among others, and touring as an opening act for My Morning Jacket -- has come overnight.

CNN: Opinion: An optimist's journey towards dropping the D-bomb, April 1, 2012
In August, after several months of seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist, I was diagnosed with depression.  The news came as a shock.  "I'm not depressed," I said defiantly, shaking my head when the doctor deduced that must be what was ailing me. "I hate depressed people."

CNN: Who should be allowed to teach yoga?, January 26, 2012
Joe Palese took his first yoga class in the 1990s, right as the practice began gaining in popularity in the United States.  "They didn't even have any yoga mats," he said, recalling the New York sports club that offered the class.  It wasn't until Palese started taking classes at yoga studios that he realized a lot of the previous sessions were "watered down" versions of yoga.

CNN: Linguists name 'occupy' as 2011's word of the year, January 8, 2012
The linguists have spoken and they have decided -- "Occupy" is 2011's word of the year.
Members of the American Dialect Society came out in record numbers to vote Friday night at the organization's annual conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon.

CNN: Beer Pong skills reap $50,000 for duo, January 5, 2012
Don't be confused, Las Vegas.  You did not wake up in a fraternity house. You are not still in college.
Those celluloid-ball-throwing, beer-chugging patrons invading the Flamingo Hotel and Casino are not trying to scare you. They are probably just members of Seek and Destroy -- Wednesday night's winners of the annual World Series of Beer Pong.

CNN: Fraternity Brothers embark on a journey to create 'Moonshine' cologne, November 21, 2011
Whoever said, "Don't mix business with pleasure" obviously didn't say it to Matt Moore, Colin Newberry, and Charlie Holderness. The three University of Georgia graduates recently embarked on a journey few other Southern fraternity brothers have gone on before -- to create their own fragrance, Moonshine. 

CNN: Just in Time for Thanksgiving, it's National Clean Out your Refrigerator, November 15, 2011
Who said springtime was the only season for cleaning? Get out your trash bags (and plastic gloves and gas masks), because today is National Clean out Your Refrigerator Day.

CNN: Ohio Hamburger Festival dishes up fried patties to brave attendees, August 21, 2011
Step aside Iowa and fried butter -- there is a new national fried treasure to feast upon. The country's first deep-fried cheeseburger is making its debut among at least 30 other varieties of hamburgers served by 15 different vendors at the National Hamburger Festival in Akron, Ohio, this weekend.

CNN: Comedy festival-goers show love of Lucy, August 6, 2011
Donning her signature red updo and red lipstick and polka-dotted dress, 915 Lucy Ricardo look-alikes gathered in Jamestown, New York, on Saturday, setting a record for the most Lucys in one place at one time.

Post & Courier, Charleston, SC:  The $20 Date is a Piece of Cake, April 4, 2004
With all the Dr. Atkins and steadfast South Beach dieters out there, lately dessert has become a dirty word. Ever the iconoclasts, for this installment of the $20 date we decided to buck the trends of carb- and calorie- counting and indulge in some of the sweeter things in life. Looking for refined sugar and forkfuls of empty calories, our dessert date took us to Kaminsky's, located inside the downtown Millennium Music (372 King St.). The visit provided for a post-cake game of checkers, as well as CD- and book-browsing.

Post & Courier, Charleston, SC: The $20 Date: Let's Go to the Movies, March 18, 2004
n a cosmopolitan city such as Charleston, the possibilities for dating seem endless. The supply of money, however, does not. For two struggling writers, no one knows this better than us.  It seems most everyone we know is in the same boat — short on cash, but still looking for a good time with that special someone. So in the hopes of aiding the citizens of the Holy City on their respective quests for romance, we offer to you, dear Preview Readers — the $20 Date.