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Boy gets new hands for Christmas

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/27/19, 12:04 pm

An 11-year-old Tennessee boy got a handy Christmas present this year. Gavin Sumner, who was born without a left foot, most of his hands, and with only 40 percent of his tongue, told his mom he wanted hands for Christmas—and he received a pair of customized prosthetic hands during a ceremony at Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett’s office in Clarksville, Tenn., on Monday.

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California storm snarls post-Christmas travel

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/27/19, 10:49 am

Southern California had a white Christmas a day late, closing major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year. A winter storm system moved across the Southwest, bringing snow, ice, and a tornado to the region.

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Mississippi minister moved by decorated pothole

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/26/19, 12:13 pm

“O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how lovely is thy pothole?” A McComb, Miss., man decided to add a bit of holiday cheer to a pothole in the middle of a city street by erecting a wiry tree on top of the traffic cone marking the damaged pavement. After other residents added decorations and presents to John Drummond’s tree, the Rev. Leon Hitchens of Webb Chapel Church wrote a song about it. “If a man can take a pothole and bring the whole world together, the question is what are you doing to spread the Christmas joy?,” asks the lyrics to “Pothole Christmas Tree.”

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