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Daniel Radcliffe Pays Back Cab Fare 2 Years Later, Stays True To His Word

Let it never be said that Daniel Radcliffe isn’t a man of his word.

The 25-year-old “Harry Potter” star has paid back the cab fare loaned to him two years ago by a group of reveling Irish athletes. In 2012, Radcliffe accompanied the group to a party in celebration of a big win, then found himself without cash for the cab ride home.

As proof, Conor Mulally, one of the athletes Radcliffe partied with, tweeted a photo Thursday of the €50.00 note the actor sent, along with a thank-you letter. Mulally’s caption reads, “Two years later, Daniel Radcliffe pays us back the taxi fare from that infamous night.”

Two years later,Daniel Radcliffe pays us back the taxi fare from that infamous night #gent pic.twitter.com/pwraDjpUoN

— Conor Mullally (@ConorConorj) September 18, 2014

Radcliffe’s thank-you note reads: “Hi guys, So, Thanks again for paying for my cab! I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t honour my word and pay you back. Once again great meeting you all. Hope this covers it!”

According to the Toronto Sun, Radcliffe partied with the Dublin Minor Football team in 2012, after the team won its first championship since 1984.

Yes, Mulally also tweeted a photo of the team celebrating in 2012, with Radcliffe in the center of the group:

Careful Now..! Down with this sort of thing…!
#Dubs picked up Harry Potter when they won Minor title!@ConorConorj pic.twitter.com/TtLMspFzfm

— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) May 3, 2014

Radcliffe apparently took advantage of his recent stay in Dublin while filming “What If,” an upcoming romantic comedy, to cover the debt.

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Syrian Refugee Barber Provides Haircuts To Iraqis Displaced By Violence

Nawan remembers how powerful a simple gesture can be. As a barber forced to leave his home country of Syria due to civil war and benefiting from the generosity of strangers in the process, the 20-year-old said he now wants to be the one helping those in similar circumstances.

That’s why he — along with five other young Syrian refugees — helped set up an impromptu barbershop in Iraq’s Badjet-Kandela camp, where several Iraqi IDPs (internally displaced persons) took advantage of their free services, Liene Veide, a public information officer for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), wrote in a story she shared with The Huffington Post.

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Photos courtesy of Liene Veide, UNHCR.

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The six Syrians traveled from their temporary homes at the Domiz refugee camp to provide services to some of the approximate 16,000 displaced Iraqis in Badjet-Kandela.

“I wanted to be one of those supporting displaced people of Iraq, and barbering is something I know how to do,” Nawan said, according to Veide. “Once I reached the Kurdistan region, local authorities and many organizations were assisting me and other refugees. Now that I can support myself, I can help others.”

A startling number of people have been uprooted by civil violence in Iraq. According to the United Nations, an estimated 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced since January due to growing influence from the Islamic State militant group, RIA Novosti reported. And turmoil in neighboring Syria is not helping to stabilize the region. Syrians forced to leave their homes seeking safety in Iraq — like Nawan and his fellow barbers — add pressure to an already unstable infrastructure trying to provide basic needs to its displaced citizens.

Even while facing their own struggles in the face of war, however, Nawan and his five peers have chosen to help others.

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Rozhan Muhsen, a community services team member at UNHCR, came up with the idea for the pop-up barbershop — which provided haircuts to 122 people in just four hours — after seeing the need in many displaced Iraqis.

“Many of those people stayed up in the mountains for 15 days or more, and when they arrived in camp, had no way to cut their hair,” Muhsen said, according to Veide, noting she believed the haircuts could help “boost their mood.”

Those getting serviced at the barbershop weren’t the only ones benefiting from the experience, either: the six Syrian refugees are considering turning their volunteerism into a small business, Veide told HuffPost.

To support UNHCR’s efforts helping refugees around the world, visit the organization’s website.

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Retired Ailing Police Dog Brought To Shelter To Be Euthanized Now On Upswing, Needs New Home

K-9 the canine was dropped off at a Kansas animal shelter this summer, by an owner who said the elderly German shepherd was a retired police dog with cancer who should be euthanized.

And it’s hard to imagine, but this bad turn appears to have started the dog on the path toward a happy home.

dogK-9’s adoption photo. Photo credit: Coffeyville Friends of Animals

The former owner’s health claims were quickly found to be wrong, when a veterinarian diagnosed K-9 as having thyroid and joint problems, not cancer, and put him on the appropriate medicine. Physically, the pup has been “doing pretty well” ever since, says Jim Percival, who works with the volunteer-run Coffeyville Friends of Animals Shelter and Adoption Center.

But after a couple of months, K-9 went onto the shelter’s “urgent” adoption list — which more or less meant, in the grim language of animal rescue, he was running out of time to make it out alive.

That could have marked an even darker turn for K-9. Except suddenly, the shelter was inundated with “phone calls from all over the country. All these people wanting this dog,” says Percival, explaining he “thinks the key here” was K-9’s perceived background as a police dog.

That background was never checked, since “we take people at their word,” he says. “To me he was well-behaved, never gave us one bit of problem. But as far as commands and all that? I don’t think we know. We all just took a liking to him.”

dogK-9 driving off to his new life in Oklahoma.

Lisa Moser, a longtime animal welfare advocate who runs a parrot rescue in Oklahoma, made one of those calls.

“I have always had a heart for animals. I was the kid who brought home baby bunnies and birds and other assorted creatures. All of my own personal pets were somebody else’s castoffs,” she says.

And the story attached to K-9’s adoption listing, Moser says, “tore my heart.”

“How could a dog that had given loyal service be cast aside when he became old and ill? My heart breaks for all of the animals in shelter[s] who lose their lives, but how could this happen to this guy?”

She went to collect him on Thursday morning. Not for herself — she already has three dogs, four cats, two sugar gliders, a half-dozen birds, a husband and a couple of kids. But she wanted to transport K-9 to a German shepherd rescue group in Tulsa, where he will be put in foster care until he can be placed with a permanent family.

“If I could have a magic wand or millions of dollars I would save them all,” says Moser. “Realistically we save as many as we can, as many as we can do right by.”

K-9 went to a new veterinarian on Friday morning, who said that his heart and lungs sound good, and that he’s a charming and friendly boy, but his skin is in bad shape and will need treatment.

“He is very thin, lots of hair loss and smelled horrible,” says Karla Wilson, of the German Shepherd Rescue of Tulsa. “I truly think he was neglected.”

Blood tests will reveal any other problems that need attention. They will not, of course, reveal the truth about K-9’s professional resume, though Wilson thinks it’s possible that he really was a police dog, as his former owner purported him to be, since he “does appear to know German commands.”

For now, Wilson will be taking care of K-9 at her home, where he can luxuriate on a big orthopedic bed, before he completes his medical vetting and treatment, for which the group is requesting donations. After that, she says, “he should go to a calmer household, due to his advanced age.”

dogK-9 at the vet’s office in Oklahoma.

Back in Kansas, Jim Percival says it can be frustrating that so many other shelter animals languish while one gets so much attention.

But he’s thrilled that K-9 — who clearly suffered, if his job history isn’t entirely certain — has been granted this wonderful change in fortune.

“I hope he’s spoiled rotten in his new home,” Percival says. “He deserves it.”

h/t Examiner.com, which first reported on K-9

Visit the Facebook page for the Coffeyville Friends of Animals Shelter and Adoption Center to see more Kansas shelter pets looking for homes. Keep tabs on K-9 at the German Shepherd Rescue of Tulsa Facebook page, where you’ll also find information about donating to K-9’s medical care. And get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com if you have an animal story to share!

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‘First Comes Love’ Showcases Enduring Queer Relationships (Photos)

A new book of photographs that documents and tells the stories of enduring relationships within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and we’ve got a selection of the beautiful pics below.

Called First Comes Love, the book is the culmination of years of work by photographer Barbara Proud (aka B. Proud) and merely one aspect of the larger “First Comes Love” project. As a whole, the “First Comes Love” project aims to be a traveling exhibition of photographs that document the lives and relationships of couples in the LGBT community.

First Comes Love is more than a book of beautiful photography, it’s an essential document,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “It testifies to a moment in history that all of us made possible and none of us will ever forget—when our community left the closet for good, and equality finally became a mainstream American value.”

But really, what it comes down to, is that after seeing these photos, there’s just no way you can’t feel better than you did a few minutes ago. Check them out below.

First Comes Love will be available for purchase on Sept. 26. Head here for more information.

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UN Ambassador British actor Emma Watson talks women at table in Uruguay

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) Montevideo, URUGUAY, AMERICAS: On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson in Uruguay highlighted the need for women’s political participation as the country gears up for elections with a first-ever national quota law guaranteeing 30 per cent women’s representation. “Women must have a say in […]

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Groom And His Dying Mom Share Last Dance 72 Hours Before Her Death

Just three days before she died of breast cancer, Mary Ann Manning summoned the strength to share one last dance with her son Ryan at his wedding.

Ryan and Katelyn Manning of San Francisco tied the knot at the St. Regis in Dana Point, California earlier this month. At the reception, he and his mother danced to Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” medley — an amazing accomplishment given that she began using a wheelchair months before the wedding.

“It was incredibly emotional, especially to see her pop out of the wheelchair,” daughter Karie Chamberlain told KTVU. “For the days leading up to it, we were helping her do everything — even walk.”

The groom told KTVU how much he admired his mother’s determination. Mary Ann’s kids believe she was living for the wedding — she died exactly 72 hours after the ceremony began.

“There is absolutely no doubt that that woman, a very strong woman, fought incredibly hard to get to that point,” he said, holding back tears.

Watch the video above to see their emotional last dance.

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Prince Harry Comes To The Rescue Of Little Girl, Gives Her Fairytale Treatment

This little concertgoer felt like princess thanks to one valiant prince.

Last Sunday, 5-year-old Isabelle Nixon was having trouble seeing the stage during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games — an international competition for wounded, injured and sick members of the armed forces — in London, England. Lucky for little Isabelle, Prince Harry, who launched the games, noticed how upset she was and came to the rescue, lifting her onto his shoulders and dancing with her while the Foo Fighters performed on stage, according to Today.com.

@InvictusLondon @H4H_SR Thank you!! What an amazing end to an amazing week.#invictusgames pic.twitter.com/YEuHe46n0E

— taryn nixon (@tarynnixon1) September 15, 2014

“He approached us and smiled at me and just literally picked her up and just started to dance so she could see the stage,” Isabelle’s father, Adam, the captain of Britain’s wheelchair basketball team, told the Daily Mail.

Isabelle was unaware she was dancing with the 30-year-old royal, until her mother, Taryn, told her, “You’re dancing with Prince Harry,” according to Today.com.

When she realized who it was, she was lost for words. She just danced along to the Foo Fighters with him and hasn’t stopped smiling since,” Adam said, according to the Daily Express.

Taryn told the outlet that the 5-year-old has since been exercising her bragging rights: “Isabelle now says she’s a princess and tells all her friends she danced with ‘Uncle Harry.'”

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‘It’s Like They Know Us’ Is The Tumblr Every Parent Needs To See

The stock photos that accompany many online articles tend to be a tad unrealistic. This is especially true of stock photos that depict families. Image provider websites are full of pictures of blissful families, dressed all in white, relaxing on their spotlessly clean white sofas with their perfect, well-behaved children.

Put off by these absurdly un-relatable images, a mom in Ohio named Sara Given decided to poke some fun at the abundance of ridiculous stock photos. Last week, she launched the hilarious Tumblr It’s Like They Know Us. “Relax on your pristine white couch and enjoy these realistic depictions of motherhood,” the cheeky tagline reads.

The concept is simple. Given takes one of the many photos of white-clad moms serenely navigating the always-peaceful world of motherhood and then adds a hilarious caption to it. The mom told The Huffington Post in an email that she started the Tumblr after a fellow member of the Facebook group for The Longest Shortest Time Mamas podcast posted “the most ridiculous picture of a woman pumping (without an actual pump) and eating a bowl of cereal in front of a window.”

Soon, other parents joined in posting unrealistic stock photos, and after one member suggested that someone make a Tumblr of it, Given “jumped at the chance.”

Given hopes that It’s Like They Know Us can be a source of comfort to other parents. “It’s cathartic to poke fun at these pictures when we know what parenting really looks like,” she said. “There is so much pressure to get mothering ‘perfect’ that it makes every decision, every action, feel like it will make or break your child. And all of this is coming at a time when we are already mentally and physically exhausted.”

Here’s a hilarious selection of the images — head over to It’s Like They Know Us for more.

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