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■ 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.

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