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Hundreds took part in a parade celebrating the first birthday of a boy who lost both his parents...

(CNN)A Texas community hit by terrible tragedy months ago came together over the weekend to celebrate a survivor's first birthday.

Paul Gilbert Anchondo was two months old when his parents died shielding him from a shooter at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on August 3, 2019.

Over the weekend, the toddler turned 1, CNN affiliate KVIA reported, and hundreds of residents drove in a parade to celebrate the boy.

They wanted to remind him "he's not by himself," Gilbert Anchondo, the baby's grandfather, told the news station.

"We want him to remember that everybody here in the El Paso area and our community is supporting him," he said.

Relatives said in August the boy's mother, Jordan Anchondo, shielded the baby with her body when she was shot and his father, Andre Anchondo, tried to protect them both.

"The shooter had aimed at Jordan. And Andre jumped in front of Jordan. And the shooter shot Andre, and the bullets went through Andre and hit Jordan," Misti Jamrowski, Jordan Anchondo's mom, told CNN at the time.


UNSHAKABLE: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared calm when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake


Man vs. Squirrel- Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Trump's Fourth of July Rally is Coming Back. Trump Hotel Rates Are Spiking in Anticipation.

President Trump is planning to reprise his notorious Fourth of July celebration this year in Washington DC, and it’s not just the “Salute to America” rally that’s coming back, but also the corresponding spike in room rates at his nearby hotel.

Last year, Trump raised eyebrows by using government resources to stage a rally on the National Mall for the Fourth of July, complete with tanks and fireworks. While the event put a strain on the DC government, which still hasn’t been paid back for the expenses it incurred, at least from the perspective of Trump’s personal business, the event appears to have been a success. CREW reported at the time that the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the National Mall, raised room rates to an unusually high $1,166, and only allowed guests to book if they were booking at least three nights. The hotel called it the “Independence Day special,” and noted “high level of activities in the city over this special holiday.”

Despite the public health concerns raised by hosting a huge public gathering in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has made it clear that he plans to charge ahead with another big party in the nation’s capital this summer. During a coronavirus task force briefing in April, Trump shrugged off the risk of having the event, saying, “On July 4, we’ll be doing what we had at the Mall… We’re going to be doing it. Last year was a tremendous success.” He said that attendees of the event would “leave a little extra distance” and stay six feet apart.

But it looks like he’s banking on another big celebration: at his hotel, where room rates are double their typical daily cost over Fourth of July weekend. We shouldn’t have to question whether Trump is pushing ahead with the event despite the health risks in order to sell hotel rooms at a spiked rate.


While his wife is on bed rest in the hospital, this husband has been setting up "date nights"...


These stray cats were spotted occupying the circle marks intended for the implementation of social..

These stray cats were spotted occupying the circle marks intended for the implementation of social distancing protocols in front of a store in Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City on Sunday amid enhanced community quarantine.


This video is on Snapchat in the Lake of the Ozarks? Unreal. What are we doing?


It's been 1yr since I cuddled my child as she took her last breath, 12months since I held her, 52wk

It's been 1yr since I cuddled my child as she took her last breath, 12months since I held her, 52wks since I heard her giggle, 365days since I kissed her, 8760hrs since we held hands & 525,600 minutes since I whispered in her ear that she’s the most beautiful girl in the world

It feels like an eternity, but knowing I have decades more to live without her makes this feel like no time at all. I will continue to fight for my strength so I can honor her life, keep her story and impact alive, and change this world for the better, in her name. ⁣

#SweetSophia is forever in our hearts & souls. Please continue to share our messages of awareness & acceptance. Please commit to helping us normalize facial differences & profound disabilities. Go to http://sophias-voice.com to donate.

Thank you to those that have supported me and stayed by my side. #SweetSophia #Grief #ChildLoss #NormalizeFacialDifferences #facialdifference #disabilityawareness #disability

Here’s the video of her first weeks being in this world. It makes me happy. She was a life changer.


Aww, fuck.

Teacher Missed Her Students So She Knit 23 Adorable Dolls to Represent Each of Them

Many schools are still closed due to COVID-19 lockdowns, forcing parents to homeschool their kids, and leaving many children missing their friends and routine. Teachers are another group affected by the changes. Some have had to adjust to taking their classes online—through video calls—but this doesn’t achieve the same intimacy as a traditional classroom. In fact, Dutch primary school teacher Miss Ingeborg Meinster-Van der Duin misses her pupils so much that she crafted 23 knitted dolls, representing each one of them.

Meinster-Van der Duin works as a primary school teacher at the Dr. H.Bavinck school in Haarlem, Netherlands. Ever since her school temporarily closed its doors, she’s struggled with not being able to see her beloved students every day. “It was all up and running that the school closed. It all hit me like this,” she says. “The children were no longer in school. And I miss them so much.”

After coming across a similar knitted doll project on Pinterest, Meinster-Van der Duin decided to create tiny, textile versions of her 23 students. Taking 3-4 each to complete, each cute doll features an impressive amount of detail. Each knitted pupil has been given an outfit, according to their style in real life, and Meinster-Van der Duin has even included glasses, hair bows, and other accessories for some. The dedicated teacher even knitted a doll representing herself!


'I had to choose being a mother': With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of..

When parents can’t do it all, women’s paid labor is often the first to go

If day cares closed because of the novel coronavirus, Aimee Rae Hannaford expected her family to fare better than most. She worked full time as the chief executive of a tech company while her husband stayed home. He’d been taking some time off from his own tech career, managing a rental property while considering his options. He could look after their 3-year-old son, she thought — at least for a while.

“That lasted a grand total of three days,” Hannaford said.

Once her son was home full time, she realized they’d need a different solution. She was holed up in the guest room, wielding dual-monitors at her desk. Her husband was exhausted. “I can’t do it,” she remembers him saying: “I can’t watch him for this long.”

Hannaford, 46, had been logging 70-hour weeks for years — and she was proud of the work she’d done. When she started her career in San Francisco, she was one of two women at a video game company, buying nondescript jeans and hoodies so she could be “one of the guys.” Eventually she came to run a company she co-founded, building open-source websites for clients like Stanford University. Hannaford, who oversaw software development, co-led a diverse team of 13 employees. She was intentional about hiring women, minorities and others who challenged the stereotypes about Silicon Valley.

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