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HAMLIN - A video of a Lincoln County fire department kitten rescue has gone viral on the Internet. The video, posted to YouTube by Brandon Davis of the West Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department, has been viewed almost a million times, as of press time for this issue.

According to comments posted online by Davis, a small kitten had fallen and was trapped in a small pipe at the fire station. The firemen came up with an innovative approach to rescue the forlorn feline. They used a leaf blower to blow the kitten out of the pipe from the other side of the building. Davis noted in his posting that the kitten was not harmed in the making of the video.

The noise of the leaf blower can be heard in the video and, once applied to the other side of the pipe off camera, the kitten shoots out of the pipe and is immediately picked up. As of late last week, the video had attracted around 3,000 comments on YouTube.

As is often the case in the unfiltered world of random Internet commentary, a number of negative remarks were posted, including the suggestion that the firemen had deliberately put the kitten into the pipe, or were cruel in the way the kitten was handled. Such claims were swiftly countered by those who took part in the rescue. The majority of the commentary was posted in praise of the firemen for their swift thinking and novel rescue.

The kitten was subsequently adopted by one of the VFD members and is said to be doing fine.

Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox Co-Writes Song in Tribute to Caylee Anthony

In light of the controversial acquittal of Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her adorable 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Rascal Flatts‘ lead singer, Gary LeVox, co-penned a tribute song called ‘She’s Going Places’ to the little girl. Country parody singer Cledus T Judd got serious, along with Jimmy Yeary, to co-write this piano-driven ballad. A Nashville demo singer also contributes vocals to the song. Country station KICKS 105 alerted us to the song, which the artists hope will spread virally. Judd was reported as saying, “The greatest way to heal is to help, and that’s what we want to do with this song.” Both Judd and LeVox have daughters, which no doubt fueled their desire to write such a heartfelt and touching song. Sometimes pop culture watchers get so caught up in the drama surrounding the mother that they place less emphasis on that beautiful baby girl with the big brown eyes, so this song squares the focus to Caylee, and Caylee alone. The song ponders all the things Caylee should be doing but will never get the chance to do. It opens with the lyric: “Just a baby barely two-years-old / A story that shouldn’t have to be told / See that little girl with big brown eyes / Stole our hearts and touched our lives,” and then addresses her hopes and dreams with: “She wanted to learn to play guitar / Be a ballerina or movie star / She could have gone so far.” It’s such a tragic story, since she was taken from the earth at such a young age. The song goes on to think about Caylee riding her biking, laughing and playing with her dolls and games, just like all little girls should be allowed to do. Once the song fades out, you’ll end up with a lump in your throat. It’s that good!


These amazing pictures from the United States show a wall of dust moving through the city of Phoenix in Arizona. Sandstorms like this happen during the region's monsoon season, which is underway. They occur over desert land and can reach thousands of feet into the air, spurred by strong winds. The dense cloud dramatically reduced visibility, grounding flights at a major airport and leaving thousands without electricity.

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