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Cops Pay For Hotel Room For Homeless Woman Found Sleeping In Shed

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An officer and gentleman, indeed.

A photo of an police officer paying for a hotel room for a homeless woman he found sleeping in a shed has gone viral.

When Officer John-Paul Dorais of the Meriden Police Department in Connecticut happened upon a homeless woman sleeping in a shed on Saturday, he knew he couldn’t just leave her there.

“I sympathized with her,” Dorais told The Huffington Post. “She was well-educated, well-spoken, she was just going through a really difficult time.”

Dorais and his partner, Officer Jeff Witkin, decided to try and find her a place to stay for the night, but were having difficulties finding a shelter that would take her.

“We exhausted all our other options,” Dorais said. “That’s when I turned to Jeff and said ‘What could it really cost us to buy her a motel room?’”

Witkin was touched by Dorais’s idea.

“[Witkin] said, ‘I’ll go half.’ He didn’t even skip beat. So we made it happen,” Dorais said.

Dorais and Witkin brought the woman to a Comfort Inn & Suites, where Dorais says he is familiar with the front desk clerk. Dorais explained the situation to the clerk, who agreed to give the woman a room for the night at a discounted price. As Dorais paid for the room on his credit card, Witkin snapped a photo of his partner.

The photo was posted to the Meriden Police Department’s Facebook page on Sunday and it’s since received over 3,000 likes, more than 700 shares and hundreds of comments praising the officers’ good deed.

“Officer Dorais’s act of kindness exemplifies what the men and women of the Meriden Police Department stand for and we are proud of him and all our officers who do these kinds of deeds that are seldom recognized,” reads the post.

Dorais, who is not a frequent social media user, wasn’t even aware of all the attention the photo was receiving.

“My sister called me and was like, ‘Did you buy a hotel room for a lady?’ And I was like ‘Yeah.’ And she was like, ‘it’s all over Facebook.’”

The post’s popularity actually surprised Dorais.

“Police officers do tons of great things that people don’t know about all the time,” Dorais said. “I’ve seen officers do bigger and better things than what we did. Really it was small in comparison.”

Texas Diner Tips Waiter $750 So He Can Fly Home To Ireland

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“Hopefully this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays,” a note written across the receipt read.

 

My boyfriend got this tip last night at work. He’s from Ireland and is trying to take us back there once Killian is born so we can meet his family. Thought I would share it to show everyone that’s there is not only hate out there. Truly blessed.

A total stranger in Texas is being credited with leaving a $750 tip for a waiter from Ireland, a generous gift the waiter says will help fly his new family home to meet his folks.

In a Facebook post that’s since gone viral, Taryn Keith, the waiter’s girlfriend, who told The Huffington Post she is expecting a baby in late January, shared a photo of the remarkable triple-digit tip her boyfriend was given on a $122.87 tab.

“Hopefully this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays,” reads a handwritten message across the top.

Keith’s boyfriend, speaking to ABC News, said the surprising gesture followed a conversation he had with the customer about his home country.

“I jokingly said, ‘I wish I could go back that often to see my family,’” Ben Millar, who is from Belfast, told the station. “I thought nothing of it, and we all joked after. The night went on, and I proceeded to give good service and talk to them.”

It wasn’t until after the diners left that he said he noticed the remarkable sum of money that was left to him.

“My initial reaction was shouting, ‘Holy s**t!’” he recalled to ABC.

As for what he plans to do with the money, he told ABC that he’ll put it toward introducing his girlfriend and his new baby boy to his family abroad, whom he hasn’t seen in two years.

Keith is meanwhile using the kind act as an opportunity to spread some love.

“Thought I would share it to show everyone [that] there is not only hate out there. Truly blessed,” she wrote with her Facebook post.

6-Year-Old’s Act Of Kindness Touches Hearts Everywhere

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After witnessing her daughter’s act of kindness for a homeless man, Kenyatta Lewis learned how selfless kids can be.

According to Today, Kenyatta and her 6-year-old daughter, Janiyah, were leaving a store in Virginia on July 10 when they walked by a homeless man who was crying. Kenyatta shared the encounter on Facebook and wrote that Janiyah told her mom that the man might be “hot and thirsty” and then approached him.

According to the post, Janiyah told the man that the ground was dirty and asked why he wouldn’t go home. The man told her he was homeless.

After leaving out of the store today my daughter did something that really made me stop and think. There was this guy sitting there crying and she asks me ” did you see that man crying? What’s wrong with him?” I said yes but I’m not sure maybe he’s just sad…She said, “maybe he’s hot and thirsty” she walked over to him and goes “hi sir be happy it’s a nice day it’s not raining. Are you hot ? Why don’t you go home the ground is dirty?” He says I have no home but I will be ok. She looked at him with the saddest face and goes “so that means you’re homeless. So you have no food because you have no refrigerator.” She gave him a few dollars out of her purse and her drink and said, “Please go eat. It would make me happy. I like McDonald’s you should go there.” I could tell she made his day. On top of that 2 more people came up and gave money as well. We had a small conversation and he explained his trailer burnt down and he lost everything including his wife. I felt for him. It just warms my heart. A 6 year old lead by example this morning. AWESOME ! Kids see no color and that’s exactly how it should be. It’s not just a statement saying that the children are our future, it’s a FACT. That gives me a little more hope for the world

Kenyatta wrote that what her daughter did next made her “stop and think.” According to the post, Janiyah gave the homeless man a few dollars and told him he should go to McDonald’s. Kenyatta told Today that she later learned why the man was homeless.

“We had a small conversation and he explained his trailer burnt down and he lost everything including his wife,” Kenyatta said. “I felt for him.”

She also said the man’s “whole face lit up” after witnessing this act of kindness.

“He even commented on how surprised he was to see all of this coming from a 6-year-old,” Kenyatta told Today.

As of Tuesday, the Facebook post had more than 180,000 shares. Kenyatta also teamed up with her daughter to start a GoFundMe campaign. According to the fundraising page, the duo are asking for donations of food, water, clothes and shoes to hand out to people in need of those items. Thanks to thoughtful supporters, Kenyatta and Janiyah have already exceeded their $1,000 goal.

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In response to all the feedback she’s received, Kenyatta wrote a Facebook post on July 20 thanking everyone for sharing her story that highlighted such kindness. The next day, she posted about her “amazing daughter” and wrote that she was “so very blessed.”

“I always knew she was a special kind of child but now the world will know,” she wrote.

 

‘Dancing Doctor’ in Boston Busks a Move to Raise Tips for Charity (WATCH)

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Doctor, Doctor, give me the news!
Why are you dancing on the streets in your surgical blues?

The “Dancing Doctor” keeps a collection box front and center, just like any other street performer, but it’s not because his residency pay is so bad that he has to busk for his dinner.

Adnan Khera collects donations—about $6,000 so far—to give to charity, through his organization, DoctorBeDancing.

Since May, the anesthesiology resident from Tufts Medical Center, in Boston, has been popping up all over the city, cranking up the tunes on his beatbox, and getting down with his bad self.

Plenty of folks ask him why he does it.

“One of the missions of this project is to show the value of individuality inside of medicine,” Khera told TODAY. “What I do on the streets allows me to communicate with the population at large, whereas I feel like normally in medicine, we have trouble communicating with patients.”

 

Another reason: Khera misses show business. Several years ago, he performed as a stand-up comedian and public speaker.

In his new life of service, he came up with a way to combine both worlds and hopes to top $10,000 in donations by October.

(READ more at TODAY and WATCH video below)

Dave Bautista: Iron Man/Star-Lord Scenes in ‘Infinity War’ are ‘spontaneous combustion’

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His Guardians of the Galaxy alter ego, Drax the Destroyer, may be zipping around the far reaches of space, but Dave Bautista is logging plenty of international miles back here on terra firma. When Yahoo Movies connected with the former WWE star to talk about his new movie, Bushwick — a gripping “you are there” combat movie set in present-day Brooklyn and pitting ordinary citizens like Brittany Snow‘s frantic Lucy and Bautista’s gruff neighborhood guy Stupe against a well-armed Texas militia — Bautista confessed to having a “fuzzy” brain thanks to having just stepped off a plane from China. He wasn’t playing tourist overseas, though. Instead, he was playing Owen Davidson, a mysterious character in the martial arts extravaganza, Ip Man Side Story: Cheung Tin Chi, an extension of the popular Ip Man franchise starring Donnie Yen.

What possessed Bautista to fly halfway around the world to play an English-speaking character in a Mandarin-language film? As it turns out, it only took two words: “Woo-Ping.” That would be Yuen Woo-Ping, the legendary Hong Kong action choreographer and director who memorably taught Keanu Reeves kung-fu for The Matrix. “I heard his name, and I didn’t ask any more questions,” Bautista says. “I didn’t even know what the movie was. I just wanted to work with him!” Whatever fuzziness was still lurking in the actor’s jet-lagged brain quickly cleared out as we discussed the rigorous process of shooting Bushwick (which opens in limited theatrical release and on VOD on Friday after premiering at Sundance in January) and how his newfound talent for improvisation will play a big role in that film…and Avengers: Infinity War.

Yahoo Movies: You’ve got several Hollywood blockbusters under your belt. What was it like leaping into the Chinese action movie industry with Ip Man Side Story?
Dave Bautista:
 It was like guerrilla warfare, man! [Laughs] It’s terrifying, because they don’t rehearse a lot. I’ve had the luxury of being on bigger films here and getting plenty of rehearsal time. There, it’s like, “Set the cameras up, and let’s go.” I had to speak a little bit of Mandarin, and I’m sure it’s like a three year old speaking Mandarin! It was a crash course and great learning experience.

The experience of shooting Bushwick must have been like guerrilla warfare as well. It’s all choreographed to almost resemble one tracking shot, which just adds to the intensity of the action.
That was one of the huge appeals of the film to me. I’m still trying to find myself as an actor, and I knew with those long takes that I wouldn’t have the luxury of editing. We rehearsed quite a bit, but once you get into it, there’s not a whole lot of room for error. The camera is constantly moving and you’re trying to perform, often in very tight spaces.

How would you approach an actual survival situation like the one Stupe faces in the film?
We have our own little compound with a huge generator down here in Florida that’s right next to an Air Force base. So I hope we would be OK. My first priority would be to take care of my wife and our dogs, so I don’t know that I’d venture outside. But it was cool being out there in Brooklyn and roughing it a bit for this film. At the same time, there were a few occasions where we’d be five or six minutes into a take and somebody would waltz through eating a bag of Cheetos! I came out of character so fast the first time that happened. My fear going into the film’s premiere at Sundance was that I knew I would be judged on my performance. You’re baring your soul, and hope that people don’t shred you apart.

You certainly bare your soul in a long monologue you deliver towards the end of the film outlining your character’s emotional backstory.
That scene wasn’t in the script. When I first read it, I didn’t like Stupe at all, and the filmmakers told me that I could reinvent him. So I started putting some thought into it, and I came up with this backstory for him. I had the story in my head for weeks, and [before that scene] I said to them, “Do you trust me?” They said, “Yes” and let me do the monologue. I sat down and just told the story out of my head so it would be honest. After I did it, everyone was really quiet, and I thought: “Man, that was way too long. I guess they though it sucked!” But they were really kind of in shock and heartbroken over the story. They asked if I could do it again, so we did it one more time and that was it. That was my one opportunity to tell the backstory of Stupe, and to get people to root for him. I just went for it.

You improvised Stupe’s big moment in Bushwick: should we be on the lookout for any Drax improv in Avengers: Infinity War?
I have a lot of interaction with Chris [Pratt] and Pom [Klementieff, who plays Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2‘s breakout character Mantis], and it’s always great when they let me play the straight man to Chris’s humor. When we said something funny, [the Russo brothers, who are directing Infinity War and the next Avengers film back-to-back] would come in after the take and go, “What was that you said? Say that again!” They were really excited about it.

Robert Downey Jr., of course, is noted for improvising many of Tony Stark’s funniest moments as well. Did you get to riff with him?
We do. I’m excited about some of the stuff we did, but I don’t know what’s going to make it in the film. I always thought there would be a lot of good interaction between Tony Stark and Drax, and there was. And Star-Lord and Tony Stark as well. When you put those two guys in a room together, it’s like a spontaneous combustion. Talk about two talented guys who are so witty and smart and honed-in on their craft. It was a spectacle, and I’m so excited I got to witness it firsthand.

When we spoke with James Gunn recently, he confirmed that he had a lot of involvement in crafting the Guardians scenes in Infinity War. Were you happy about that?
Completely. I think one of the reasons we were so successful to begin with is because of James’s creativity. We had the luxury of him writing for us on Infinity War, and the Russos didn’t at all try to make us into something we weren’t. They encouraged us to own our characters and be the Guardians of the Galaxy, not their Guardians of the Galaxy.

You didn’t share any scenes with him in Vol. 2, but you do star opposite Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan 2. What’s your best Sly story?
I took that job because I wanted to work with Stallone so badly! And it was the easiest job I ever had in my life, because I spent most of my time hanging out bulls—-ing with Stallone. Our first scene together was in a car, and I told him, “Look man, it’s our first day, so I’m not going to bug you with all the fanboy questions. But tomorrow you’re probably going to get them!” We shot the scene for ten to fifteen minutes, and before we got out of the car I was asking him about Rocky and Rambo. I couldn’t contain myself! He was telling me all about an injury he had on one of the Rocky movies that changed the storyline of the whole film. What I love about him is that he doesn’t take anything too seriously. He just likes to riff and do his thing.

 

‘Game Of Thrones’ Theory Explains How Uncle Benjen Was In The Right Place At The Right Time

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Warning: this article contains spoilers from ‘Game of Thrones’. If you’re not up to date, then read on at your own risk…

Benjen Stark is one of those people that pops up just right when you need him. 

On two separate occasions he’s saved one of his nephews’ lives, stopping first Bran and then Jon from being killed by an army of wights. Selflessly, the second time.

In the most recent episode Beyond the Wall, Benjen showed up just as Jon’s situation got dire (one man against a whole undead army). He killed some wights with his swinging ball of fire, sent Jon off to safety on his horse, and stayed back – protesting that there was “no time” – presumably to get killed.

So (probably) bye bye Benjen. We can only imagine that he suffered a fate similar to poor old Hodor, and has been ripped limb from limb by wights.

There’s just one lingering question. How did Benjen know that Jon was in trouble?

When he saved Bran and Meera (just after Hodor had held the door) he explained that the Three-Eyed Raven had sent for him, presumably using some sort of psychic powers just before he died.

Could that be what happened this time?

Redditor ProbablyAPun reckons that it is. He/she thinks that Bran has managed to harness the powers of the Three Eyed Raven, and sent Uncle Benjen when he realised that Jon was in trouble.

“Uncle Benjen coming to save Jon Snow actually makes sense. It’s not just a shitty way to close up his plot line. It’s foreshadowing the fact that Bran has actually learned how to control becoming the Three-eyed Raven. When Benjen comes and saves Bran and Meera, he states that the Three-eyed Raven had sent for him. We can only assume that the original Three-eyed Raven did this through some sort of supernatural communication, which has precedence via Bran communicating with Hodor. So, somehow, Bran learned how to communicate with him using his powers, and sent him to save Jon.”

It’s an interesting theory, and one that does succeed in making Bran at least a little bit more interesting… Sure, he’s not using his new Three Eyed Raven powers to sort out the quarrel between his sisters Sansa and Arya, but maybe he’s using them to save his brother (who, by now, Bran probably knows is actually his cousin) from an almost certain death.

Either way, RIP Benjen. You did a great job of keeping your nephews safe.

Watch the epic trailer for Monday’s season finale here

Prepare For Confusion: Audi Is Bringing In A New Two Digit Naming System

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Audi is adopting a new naming structure across its range, in which model designations will be linked to power output rather than engine capacity.

The German firm says the move will allow future models to reflect the added performance delivered by electric-powered hybrid systems and/or pure electric powertrains, such as that being developed for the company’s 2018 E-tron SUV.

 

The new naming process groups together models on a scale that runs from 30 to 70, with 30 being models having a power output between 107bhp and 127bhp and 70 being reserved for models packing more than 529bhp.

The names increase in an increment of five depending on the output of any specific model. As an example, the Q2 1.6 TDI will become the Q2 30 TDI.

This initially creates eight new model designations:

– 30 for models with between 81 and 96kW (107 and 127bhp)

– 35 for models with between 110 and 120kW (145 and 159bhp)

– 40 for models with between 125 and 150kW (165 and 198bhp)

– 45 for models with between 169 and 185kW (223 and 244bhp)

– 50 for models with between 210 and 230kW (278 and 304bhp)

– 60 for models with between 320 and 340kW (423 and 449bhp)

– 70 for models with more than 400kW (529bhp)

The designation of each model is linked directly to the output of the driveline, irrespective of its layout. The new names will apply to all standard Audi models, meaning that petrol, diesel, natural gas, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrain models will be directly comparable.

Dietmar Voggenreiter, Audi’s head of sales and marketing, said: “As alternative drive technologies become increasingly relevant, engine displacement as a performance attribute is becoming less important to our customers. The clarity and logic of structuring the designations according to power output makes it possible to distinguish between the various performance levels.”

The roll out of Audi’s new models is set to begin during the third quarter of 2017 with the new A8: the traditional 3.0 TDI diesel will become the 50 TDI, and the 3.0 TFSI petrol will now be named the 55 TFSI. The parameters of 55 models are yet to be confirmed, but are believed to be for cars between 245 and 275 kW (328 and 468bhp).

The new Audi names will only apply to standard models, with S and RS models and the R8 retaining their classic names “in reference to their top position in the model range”.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R vs. 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo – Head 2 Head Ep. 92

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QuakeCon 2017: The Evil Within 2 Hands-On Impressions: Open-Ended Horror

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The Evil Within launched in 2014 to no shortage of foreboding atmosphere and spine-chilling scares, but caught flak for failing to let players make more choices. Directed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, the game had a nasty habit of shuttling players down a linear path. Without allowing for sufficient time to build and release tension, the game’s most nightmarish monsters and settings became tedious and frustrating instead of menacing and striking.

Based on the hands-on demo I played of Evil Within 2‘s early chapters at QuakeCon, Mikami and the team at developer Tango Gameworks have sewed up that problem while intensifying the original’s terrifying décor and tone. At first, though, I had good cause to believe that wouldn’t be the case.

My demo started in a dimly lit corridor where a demon that appeared at first glance to be an amalgamate of body parts and waving a chainsaw chased me down a hallway. That sort of greeting leaves one with little choice but to run straight ahead toward any point of egress within reach.

Once I escaped into dark and spooky countryside, Evil Within 2 hit me with literal and figurative breaths of fresh air. You’ll once again play as Sebastian, but this time he’s searching for his missing daughter. Before long he finds himself in a Silent Hill-type town full of the walking dead and worse monsters. With every step I took, I could feel the world expanding. Narrow corridors gave way to roads bordered by woods. In a cabin, I put down one monster before being set free to poke around for bullets, medicinal needles, and crafting items such as gunpowder and, of course, green herbs.

The next challenge was my greatest yet: Navigate a mob of zombies shambling amid a street clogged with derelict vehicles to follow an NPC into a building at the far end of the screen. Mikami and Resident Evil taught me 21 years ago that it’s always better to evade enemies and conserve ammo when possible. Not only does Evil Within 2 give you the freedom to make that choice, it ups the tension by tempting you to take bigger risks in exchange for bigger rewards.

Choice is the keystone of good survival-horror experiences. Killing a tough enemy or pack of monsters could clear the way to a better weapon or much-needed healing items, while skirting danger lets you save ammo and health for later. Alone on a country road in Evil Within 2, I snuck up behind an enemy and performed a stealth kill that dispatched him instantly without alerting his buddies. When his body began to ooze and bubble, I looted him and recovered green slime used to upgrade my character’s abilities.

That’s the rub. I was able to pick out a path around the horde of monsters and into the safety of a nearby building, at the expense of looting more precious slime. I wondered if staying out of danger and missing out on harvesting the ooze would hurt me later in the game, when upgrades to my health and abilities will likely come in handy.

My hope is that Evil Within 2 shapes up to be the sort of game that will let me make that crucial choice: Become adept at killing lots of enemies and stockpiling upgrade materials, or forego confrontation for a slower, more circumspect style of progression. Although it’s too early to say for sure, the slice of the game I played indicated that favoring flight over fight could be possible. You need slime to spec out your character’s abilities, but other supplies are necessary for crafting ammunition and building parts to augment your weapons. In theory, skimping on slime could be a viable alternative, provided you explore thoroughly and take advantage of every opportunity to upgrade your weapons and craft supplies.

Provided Tango Gameworks makes good on giving players more agency, The Evil Within 2 seems poised to deliver a compelling serving of thrills and chills when it releases on October 13.

Blizzard Overhauling Overwatch’s Mercy With New Ultimate

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Overwatch’s Mercy has two roles on the battlefield: 1) stalwart, reliable healer of your team and 2) stalwart, reliable infuriator of the other team every time she nails a massive resurrection ult, canceling out all their hard work in a single, blinding flash. Blizzard’s decided to change the latter.

“It’s pretty disheartening to have Mercy just erase [a team wipe] with a full team res,” said Jeff “JKap” Kaplan in a new video. As a result, her resurrection ability is getting demoted. Soon, it will be single-target-only (as opposed to potentially being able to bring back the full team), and it won’t even be an ult anymore. Instead, it’ll be a secondary ability on a cooldown that Kaplan described as “rather long.” So it’ll be less powerful, but perhaps a bit more versatile.

Mercy will not, however, become Overwatch’s first ult-less hero. The Overwatch team isn’t that mean. Her new ult will be called “Valkyrie,” and upon activation, it’ll do multiple things. First, it’ll give her the gift of full-on flight. No jetpacks or whatever. She’ll have full freedom of airborne mobility. Second, it’ll make her better at everything, meaning she’ll be able to soar to allies who are further away, resurrect quicker, and her healing and damage beams will reach further, too. In addition, beams will chain to multiple allies at once.

Addressing Battle Mercys (“I know that you exist,” Kaplan said), he noted that even Mercy’s gun will shoot faster and hit harder while she’s in Valkyrie mode. So basically, prepare to get owned by flocks of flying Battle Mercys blasting Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” over voice chat.

“We feel like Mercy will feel a lot more engaging to play than standing around the corner, hiding and waiting for that moment to press the ultimate,” said Kaplan.

The Mercy changes should now be playable on Overwatch’s PC public test realm.

In addition, the Overwatch team is “experimenting” with some big changes to D.Va. The main target of their tinkering is her Defense Matrix, which Kaplan said feels “smothering” to both D.Va players and her opponents—the former because you’re basically expected to use it all the time, and the latter because, well, they’re literally getting smothered. The visual language of it is also muddier than, say, Reinhardt’s shield, which starts cracking when it’s about to go down. The plan, then, is to alter Defense Matrix but somehow maintain D.Va’s ability to tank. The Overwatch team also wants to give her more offensive options so you’re not just holding down a single button and spamming cannon fire all the time.