Jobless Man Uncovers Buried Treasure

Exquisitely crafted gem-encrusted pieces from the 7th century Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia were recently discovered.

Recent discovery from 7th century Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia astounds archeologists.

An unemployed British man discovered a treasure worth millions with a used metal detector he bought for about six dollars.  This discovery is one of the most amazing finds of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever unearthed.  Eleven pounds of gold and five pounds of sliver make up the 1500 exquisitely crafted gem-encrusted pieces.  This historic treasure includes golden military helmets inscribed with biblical scriptures.  They tell a story of England in the 7th century and the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.  This is the stuff of treasure hunters and archeologist’s dreams.

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Coldplay Donates £1 Million to Charity

The Band Coldplay Helps A London-Based Children's Organization

The Band Coldplay Helps A London-Based Children's Organization

British rock band Coldplay has just donated £1 million to a children’s charity called Kids Company. The South London based charity works to give educational, emotional and practical support to inner-city kids. The band made the generous gift after many visits to the charity’s various centers.  Coldplay also mentioned plans to give music lessons to the children.  Founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh reported that she ‘got the feeling the donation was something they had planned from the start of their careers.’

Kids Company, running since 1996, works with children and young people who live in severe deprivation with little or no support from parents or guardians. Their aim is to provide an environment where relationships of empathy and attachment can be fostered between children and trusted adults. More than 12,000 children and young people have accessed their services.


Eye Care By Air

ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital has directly treated more than 9.7 million people.

ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital has directly treated more than 9.7 million people.

The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital is literally a hospital with wings that brings together dedicated eye care professionals and aviators to give the gift of sight to developing countries around the world. ORBIS is a nonprofit, global development organization whose mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries. The majority of ORBIS projects concentrate on avoidable blindness among children. Onboard the refurbished DC-10 jet aircraft, local doctors, nurses and technicians work alongside ORBIS’s international medical team to exchange knowledge and improve skills.

 Since its first flight in 1982, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital has traveled to more than 70 countries and has directly treated more than 9.7 million people for blindness-related diseases and conditions. By training local doctors and eye care workers, who in turn teach their colleagues, ORBIS is strengthening the capabilities of local health care communities in blindness prevention and treatment.


Best Days for Shopping Discounts


Of course you don’t want to pass up the “on sale” offers, but there is a pattern to be aware of for the best shopping discounts.  By choosing the right day of the week to make your purchases, you can make your money last a bit longer. 

  1. Airplane Tickets: Wednesday Mornings
  2. Hotels: Sundays
  3. Gas: Thursday Mornings Before 10am
  4. Buying a Car: Monday Mornings in September
  5. Dining Out: Tuesdays
  6. Groceries: Sundays
  7. Entertainment: Wednesdays
  8. Clothes: Thursday Nights
  9. Department-Store Wares: Saturday Nights
  10. Books: Thursdays

 For descriptions of why these days are best, watch the ABC News special @

Hubble’s Deep Space Photos Amaze

A celestial object photographed by the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope

A celestial object photographed by the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope

A refurbished Hubble Space Telescope is showing Earth the sharpest photos yet of cosmic beauty. NASA unveiled the first deep space photos taken by Hubble since its expensive repair mission last spring that included installing two new cameras and other advanced instruments. “Hubble is back in action. Together, NASA and Hubble are opening new vistas on the universe,” said astronomer Heidi Hammel.  The brilliant glow of light resembles a cosmic butterfly.  It is a stellar nursery or nebula not too far away. The astronauts who helped repair Hubble basked in the celebration of the new photos.

What I see is the grandeur of creation, however it got there.” -Dave Leckrone, Hubble senior scientist


Bobcat and Fawn Find Friendship After Fire



While thousands of firefighters devoted their time to containing the Jesusita wildfire raging near Santa Barbara, one group of rescue workers worked around the clock to help displaced pets and wildlife. Thanks to the tireless dedication of volunteers from the Animal Rescue Team ( and the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care network, a 3-week-old bobcat kitten and 3-day-old fawn became an unlikely pair of friends.

Although predator and prey, these babies simply took comfort in each other’s company, snuggling under a desk at a dispatch office for hours. The bobcat and fawn would not normally be placed together, due to regulations, but the rescuers had no choice.  They snagged the bobcat kitten first, finding it dehydrated and near death.  Later, they brought in the fawn and discovered they didn’t have a crate large enough for it.  No matter – the kitten ran right over to the fawn, and the two became fast friends.

Teen Raises $62,000 for Siberian Orphanage

Alex Griffith

Alex Griffith doesn’t remember it, but he lived the first year of his life at a Siberian hospital in the city of Krasnoyarsk for abandoned children where the playground consisted of a single metal swing and an unkempt sandbox. Today, because of the efforts of Alex, the play area has slides, a climbing wall and dozens of other pieces, and has become a symbol of friendship and cooperation between two nations separated by an ocean and vastly different ideologies.

Alex was adopted in 1994 by Dwight and Jenny Griffith of Jarrettsville, Maryland. As he grew, the Griffiths shared their journal of their trip to Russia with their son. The photo of the stark and lifeless playthings moved Alex to launch the playground project.

For the past two years, Alex, his family, his Scout Troop 809 of Boy Scouts of America and the Bel Air Rotary Club, an organization whose leaders unite worldwide and provide humanitarian service, have worked to raise money for the effort. After collecting $62,000 from pit beef, candy sales and donations, there was enough to purchase 20 playground pieces and ship them, along with two 8-foot-tall wooden carvings of an eagle and a bear to style the entrance of the playground.

Alex celebrated his 16th birthday this month in the town of his birth, as he and several other volunteers completed their work. The project will almost certainly earn Alex his Eagle Scout badge, the highest Boy Scout honor. It has also generated good will, spawned friendships and led to the start of Siberia’s first Scout troop. One morning, when the Americans arrived on the construction site, they saw a Russian worker writing “U.S. + Russia = Friends” in the playground’s sandy base.