by Firdia LisnawatiAssociated Press Writer BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World on Saturday amid tight security on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the contest’s final round was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups. “I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.
Daily Archive: October 1, 2013
Natalie Harrison, left, and Jasmine Barnett of Troop 2424 hold a promotional poster for their organization outside of Matthews Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. The fifth graders were volunteering at a Girl Scout Informational night at the school to share their stories about their experiences in the group. (AP Photo/Girl Scouts, Colleen Young) by David CraryAssociated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) — With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign this week aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation by girls and adult volunteers. Instead of placing ads on TV, in newspapers and on billboards, the decentralized campaign will unfold in neighborhood initiatives and on social media as local Girl Scout councils directly target elementary-school girls — even kindergartners — with promises of adventuresome fun. The first lady is pitching in with a video in which she lauds the contributions of the Girl Scouts and urges adults to find the time to help out.
Keith Trotter lost 158 pounds in three years using the same principles that worked for him in business: Research, testing and documenting his results.(Photos: Keith Trotter/iReport) by Daphne Sashin (CNN) — Keith Trotter stared at the picture that popped up on his Facebook feed. He felt like the floor was opening up and swallowing him whole. This photo of himself had been taken a few days earlier at a 2009 New Year’s Eve party and posted by his friend Jeremy. Trotter was 386 pounds at the time, wearing size 60 pants, and holding a plate of food. He had known for a while that he was overweight and out of shape. But this guy? He didn’t recognize himself. “I don’t have a neck, I don’t have a lap … I look like a swollen pig,” said Trotter, now 42 years old. He thought: “Why hasn’t someone just slapped me with something heavy and said ‘You’re going to die — you look awful’? “
Actors Dennis White and Cherie Johnson pose together for a photo on September 27. (Photo/Cherie Johnson/iReport) by Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Alan Duke (CNN) — Hollywood couple Cherie Johnson and Dennis White say they were improperly stopped by police, put in handcuffs, and harshly questioned during a recent weekend getaway in South Carolina. They claim the incident took place because of their race. Johnson, best known for her roles in TV shows “Punky Brewster” and “Family Matters,” and White, from the movie “Notorious,” are speaking out about their treatment by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy on September 22.
This CD cover image released by Republic shows the deluxe edition of “M.O.,” by Nelly. (AP Photo/Republic) by Cristina JaleruAssociated Press Writer Nelly, “M.O.” (Republic Records) Nelly’s seventh studio album isn’t a total waste of time if you have the patience to get through the first half.
Andrew McCutchen watches his single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) by Mike FitzpatrickAP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) – There was a time when MVP awards were practically passed around the Pittsburgh clubhouse, from one generation to the next. Dick Groat and Roberto Clemente in the 1960s. Dave Parker and Willie Stargell in the late ’70s. Barry Bonds twice in the early ’90s. And now, Andrew McCutchen appears poised to pick up that torch.
by Doug Gross (CNN) — Move over, Coke. It looks like Apple is the real thing. The tech giant has ended Coca-Cola’s 13-year run as the world’s most valuable brand on a highly regarded annual list.
by LZ GrandersonCNN Contributor (CNN) — If volunteer work is a requirement, is it really volunteer? Of course not. But that didn’t stop Michigan state Sen. Joe Hune from writing a bill that would require certain welfare recipients to do community service in order to receive public assistance.