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Amanda Ferris

Amanda Ferris graduated with a 3.5 GPA and a B.A. in English from Wagner College in May of 2009, and has since written for several different websites and magazines.These publications include NearSay.com. New York Family, The Camel Clutch Blog, Silhouette Urban Mind-Body Fitness's official site, and 2Blue Media Group. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching dance, going to museums, reading, and volunteering at the Love Wanted Pet Adoption events in Brooklyn. Amanda is a founding member of the Boulevard Books Creative Wring Group and she can also be seen reading her poetry at the Tom Kane Boulevard Bards Open Mic sessions as well.
Girl Scouts Use Sasquatch to Promote Positive Self-Esteem
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Girl Scout Troop Uses Bigfoot to Promote Self-Esteem

With all the peer pressure surrounding young girls today, it can be difficult to foster self-esteem in a society that often demands perfection -- "perfect" hair, "perfect" skin, and so on and so forth. In order to combat this harmful pressure, the Cadette Girl Scout Troop #22052 put together an incredibly cute and creative video that use Bigfoot to preach the beauty of being who you are and not following the crowd. The video itself was also researched, written, directed, and produced by the bright young women of the Troop.

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Bichon Frise/Poodle Mix Survives Being Stuck in Car Grill
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Lucky Pooch Survives 11 Mile Drive After Being Stuck in Grill of Car

This adorable six-year-old Bichon Frise/Poodle mix named Suzie clearly has nine lives or a guardian angel on her furry shoulders: William Muggle of the East Providence Animal Control tells the harrowing tale of how the little pooch survived an 11 mile drive from Massachusetts to Rhode Island while being stuck in the grill of the car.

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Police Officer Checks Traffic at a Checkpoint
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Pinterest Aids in Helping Police Nab Criminals

Never underestimate the power of the internet or its users: it may sound crazy, but the social network Pinterest, aka the place where you can find a cute-sy cashmere sweater and a recipe for caramel fudge brownies, has helped local Pennsylvania police departments catch criminals.

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Grover and Cookie Monster Sing About Pop Culture
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Cookie Monster and Grover Make ‘Avengers’ and ‘Hunger Games’ Even Better

In an adorable new video for Entertainment Weekly's website, the much-beloved Sesame Street characters Grover and Cookie Monster sing about pop-culture hits such as 'The Avengers' and 'The Hunger Games.' Sadly, Elmo wasn't available to join the duo's little choir, as he was busy working on his new musical, but the Blues Brothers decided the show must go on and still performed in the EW office.

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JK Rowling
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JK Rowling to Write More ‘Potter’ Books, Fans Completely Lose It

If you're missing 'Harry Potter' and are desperately in need of a good Potter fix, then J.K. Rowling has some good news for you. In a recent interview with BBC News, she admitted that she'd written many of the 'Potter' novels on the run and is sorely tempted to expand upon the universe by writing a "director's cut." While that's not a direct "yes, I am writing a new Potter book," it's still a good sign for the legions of her devoted fans who miss Harry and his adventures at Hogwarts.

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Death of Baby Panda
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Panda Cub Mysteriously Passes Away at National Zoo

Washington's National Zoo is in mourning for the tiny newborn cub of their panda bear Mei Xiang. Her baby was born a week earlier and was the center of attention, especially since pandas are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity. As of now, the death remains a mystery.

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Mother Furious Over Spanking of 15 Year Old Daughter
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Mother Objects to Teen Daughter Being Spanked By Vice Principal

When 15-year-old Taylor Santos, a sophomore at Springtown High School in Texas was called in to be disciplined for allegedly letting another student copy her work, she was punished by having a two-day suspension. In a bizarre request, after the first day, Taylor asked if she could be paddled instead of missing another day of school. The teen called her mother, who also approved the request.

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Demi Lovato Visits The Young Women's Leadership School
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Demi Lovato Is Your New Peppy Anti-Bullying Ambassador

'X-Factor'-judge and former Disney tween starlet Demi Lovato has battled bullies growing up and has also struggled with mental health issues two years ago, which included both an eating disorder and cutting. Now she has a new title that will allow her to help teens who face similar issues. 

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Jack and Naomi Carter
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High School Sweethearts Reunite and Marry After 58 Years

When you're truly in love, there are something worth waiting for. Naomi and Jack Carter are living proof of that: they were once high school sweethearts torn apart by life's circumstances, and after reuniting online, are now living happily ever after.

Naomi was the first to reach out, writing Jack a letter after they reconnected. Eventually, they started speaking on the phone too and a few months later, Jack sent her a package with a wedding ring inside. Naomi accepted and they were married within a few months.

They would've been married sooner, if it wasn't for a series of unfortunate events that blocked their path.

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