In the news
■ Teresa Danks, an elementary school teacher in Tulsa who, to raise money to pay for school supplies for her students, collected $55 in six minutes by holding a sign saying “Anything Helps” near an intersection, has now raised more than $14,000 online in her effort to offset education funding cuts.
■ Nic Berry, 19, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., heard screams from a nearby canal as he changed a battery at the auto parts store where he works and then stripped to his boxers, jumped into murky water that he said “seemed like sewage” and pulled a man to safety.
■ Nicole Baltzer of Winchester, Mass., said she remembered reading about Kara Yimoyines, a single mother with lupus who needed a new kidney, and thinking “this is so unfair” before learning she was able to donate one of her kidneys to Yimoyines, a stranger.
■ John Hanson, spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority, said two photographers were arrested on multiple felony charges after they set off motion detectors around 1 a.m. while trying to climb the 400-foot-tall Ben Franklin Bridge between Philadelphia and Camden, N.J.
■ Ronald Pixley, 59, of Florissant, Mo., was fired from his job as a City Hall custodian after authorities said he took photos under the skirts of female employees and broke into homes to steal women’s underwear, resulting in his being charged with burglary and invasion of privacy.
■ Justin Armstrong, 38, of Springfield, Mass., pleaded innocent to charges of forcible child rape stemming from the pregnancy of an 11-year-old girl, telling prosecutors that the girl might have become pregnant by having sex with him as he slept.
■ Kevin Riley, a Coast Guard pilot, said it was incredible to see a fishing boat captain wearing an orange life vest jump into 47-degree water to save the lives of two crewmen struggling to stay afloat after their vessel capsized off Raspberry Island, Alaska.
■ Evan Stafford, 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted robbery for an attack on a television news crew in October as they worked on a story about a public art display in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
■ Monique Quarles of Topeka, Kansas, tried to kill a bug on her mattress using a cigarette lighter but sparked a fire that burned her thirdfloor apartment, extensively damaged the building and displaced several other residents.