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  • Man killed after his random act of kindness

     

    Their only encounter was brief, about five minutes in a grocery store on Nov. 10. But what happened in those moments, and the tragedy that followed, put the Carlsbad woman on a quest to honor the 28-year-old whose kindness left a deep impression.

    “It is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time,” she said Wednesday. “We are trying to turn something sad into something really good.”

    The late evening trip to Trader Joe’s in Oceanside had been stressful for Knighten, her fussy 5-month-old in tow as she navigated a market she had not been to before. The trip to the register was worse: A $200 tab, her debit card at home, her credit card declined thanks to an anti-fraud lock, and, of course, a crying baby.

    Knighten began fumbling for her phone to call the bank, as a long line stretched behind her, when a young man stepped up and asked if he could cover the cost. She first refused, but he asked again. Knighten said when she looked into his eyes, she realized that he truly wanted to help.

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    Matthew Jackson, 28, was killed in a car accident in Oceanside on Nov. 11.
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    “It just felt like this huge hug, this great big bear hug,” the married mother of two said.

    The man said he wanted nothing in return, he simply wanted her to do the same for someone else.

    She agreed, but asked his name and where he worked, thinking that somehow she still wanted to acknowledge his selfless act.

    So more than a week later, when she finally had a moment, Knighten called Jackson’s boss at LA Fitness, to say how kind he had been, and perhaps bring him a gift.

    The gym manager began crying, Knighten said. Days earlier, Jackson had died in a car accident — his Ford Fiesta struck a tree along a shopping complex at the end of West Vista Way, not far from the store where Knighten met him. Two passengers in the car were hurt, but have since been released from the hospital.

    The crash happened less than 24 hours after Jackson had paid her grocery bill.

    After a sleepness night, Knighten took to Facebook: “I still cannot believe it. I thought for sure I would get the chance to see him again, give him a hug and thank him at least once more in person. Now I won't get that chance, but more importantly no one else will get the chance to meet him. And that breaks my heart.”

    The response from friends and family to her Nov. 20 post, she said, “was incredible. People saying they were going to pay it forward in Scotland, in Wisconsin, in Australia. Overwhelming. It was overwhelming.”

    As a fitness trainer, Jackson didn’t make much, and $200 was a lot of money to lay out for a stranger. But his mother, LeeAnn Krymow, said Wednesday that such kindness defined her son.

    She remembers one day under a sweltering desert sun — Jackson grew up in Phoenix — when mother and son stopped to get cold bottled water. At a stop light a block later, he suddenly jumped out of the car, ran over to a panhandler and handed his unopened bottle to the stranger.

    “I knew my boy was like this,” Krymow said. “He loved to be kind. He was just a really special kid. So cute, so intelligent, so talented, an accomplished musician. You wonder why these things happen.”

    She said he had attended Liberty University in Virginia, and later moved to San Diego County to be with his longtime girlfriend, whom he planned to marry.

    Knighten, who is from Canada and had recently returned to North County after a lengthy visit home, said she hopes to spread the word of what she calls “Matthew’s legacy.” She has started a Facebook page and Twitter account under just that name: “Matthews legacy.”

    Krymow said she is touched to know that her son will be remembered for his good works.

    “There has got to be some good to come of this,” she said. “He would be happy to know that other people are learning from his example.”

    There’s a postscript to this story: Jackson’s sister and brother-in-law, who is a youth pastor, drove out to Carlsbad from their home in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, to attend the memorial service. Along the way, they stopped with their four young kids for a meal in Yuma. When they went to pay the bill, they got a surprise: someone had already paid their bill.

    It was a random act of kindness from a stranger.

    Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/nov/25/tragedy-follows-kind-act/

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  • Haile Gebrselassie has announced his retirement from competitive running.


    The 42-year-old Ethiopian confirmed his decision after finishing 16th in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.

    It brings to an end a 25-year career in which he claimed two Olympic gold medals, eight World Championship victories and set 27 world records.

    "I'm retiring from competitive running, not from running. You cannot stop running, this is my life," he told BBC Sport.

    Gebrselassie remains the world record holder at 20,000m and the one-hour race.

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  • US offers $20m in rewards on 'four IS leaders'

     

    The US government is offering rewards totalling $20m (£13m) for information on what it says are four leaders of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

    It named the four as Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli; Abu Mohammed al-Adnani; Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili and Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-'Awni al-Harzi.

    They join a list of suspects sought under the Rewards for Justice Program.

    On Tuesday, IS said it was behind an attack in Texas.

    It said "two soldiers of the caliphate" had attacked a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being held at a conference centre in Garland near Dallas.
    Zawahiri tops list

    The US State Department offered up to $7m for information on Qaduli whom it described as a senior IS official who originally joined al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq.

    It offered $5m each for Adnani and Batirashvili and up to $3m for Harzi.

    It describes Adnani as an official IS spokesman; Batirashvili as a battlefield commander in northern Syria and Harzi as chief of IS's suicide bombers.

    IS has seized swathes of territory in eastern Syria and northern Iraq, declaring them a caliphate and imposing a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the inhabitants.

    The state department said the group was responsible for systematic human rights abuses, including mass executions, rape and the killing of children.

    The highest reward offered under the Rewards for Justice scheme is up to $25m for Ayman al-Zawahiri who was named leader of al-Qaeda in June 2011, shortly after Osama Bin Laden's death.

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  • ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead: Radio Iran

     

    NEW DELHI: The enigmatic chief of Islamic State jihadist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, Radio Iran has reported on Monday.

    Earlier, a Guardian report quoting sources with inside knowledge of the group reported that al-Baghdadi was severely injured in a US-led coalition air strike in March.

    According to that report, al-Baghdadi was inujred at al-Baaj district of Nineveh, close to the Syrian border. It also said he was making a slow recovery and was out of his day-to-day control of the jihadist group.

    Read More at Times of India

     

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  • Ethiopians protested IS killings in mass rally

    Angry Ethiopians have demonstrated today in Addis Ababa to condemn the IS killings and call for a more prompt government action. The move came as parliament weighed a response to the killings.

    Hundreds of protesters departed from the homes of two of the victims and tried to reach Meskel Square on Tuesday but police blocked them. They also tried to go to the Parliament but were blocked again.

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  • Bust lock-down: Bra only unhooks for love, true love

    Japanese lingerie company Ravijour doesn't want its customers to settle for anything less than true love. That's why it developed the True Love Tester, a bra with a mission to keep its contents contained until the wearer is really head over heels. Ravijour calls it "a revolutionary bra that knows how women truly feel." A promotional video implies the brassiere could help save women from one-night stands with less-than-savory men.

    The bra contains a heart-rate sensor and sends the data it collects, via Bluetooth, to an app for analysis. The app calculates what the designers call the "true love rate," comparing the readings to activities like shopping, watching a horror movie, flirting, jogging, or receiving a surprise gift.

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  • Alexis Sanchez dumped by Laia Grassi over issues in the bedroom

    Alexis Sanchez was dumped by his girlfriend Laia Grassi because he could not provide the goods in the bedroom, reports Chilean newspaper La Cuarta.

    The Gunners star saw his face eradicated from Grassi's Instagram account last week in what was the clearest indication that the two had parted ways.

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  • Cow Leads Police On Wild Chase After Escaping From Idaho Butcher Shop

    A cow being prepared for slaughter refused to go down without a fight as it escaped from a butcher shop and led police on a wild chase through neighborhood streets.

    The 1,000 pound cow was on the chopping block at Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing company in Pocatello, Idaho. Authorities say the cow jumped a six foot fence and the chase was on.

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  • Ethiopia: Ethio telecom announces 3.64 billion Br (182 Million USD) gross profit for the last three months operations

    Ethiopia’s state-owned telecom monopoly has seen first quarter operations bring its books 3.64 billion Br gross profit, from an operating revenue of over five billion Birr. Its profit, described by its corporate communications head, Abdurahim Ahmed, as “remarkable results”, represents an 11pc growth compared to the same period last year.

    However, ethio telecom’s operating revenue is five percent short of its plan, yet experienced a 20pc growth in comparison with the same period last year. Of this, about 70pc was earned from mobile services. International call service, data and internet accounts about 10.5pc and 13.3pc of the general revenue, respectively.

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