It wasn’t all bad
The members of Metallica tribute act Blistered Earth have a new reason to love their heavy-metal heroes. After the Washington-based cover band played a gig in Portland, Ore., last month, their van was broken into and $20,000 worth of gear—their guitars, amps, and drumarth drummer Shawn Murphy.
Phil Coyne is a familiar face to generations of Pittsburgh Pirates fans. Coyne was 18 when he took a job as an usher with the Pirates in 1936, and 81 years later, he’s still showing Bucs fans to their seats. Over those eight decades, Coyne has seen nearly all the great moments in the team’s history, like Bill Mazeroski’s walkoff home run that won the Pirates the World Series in 1960. To celebrate Coyne’s 99th birthday last week, team president Frank Coonelly presented Coyne with a No. 99 Pirates jersey in a pregame ceremony on the field. “It’s the people that keep bringing me back,” Coyne says of his job.
A terminally ill Springfield, Mass., man is making the time he has left count. After Bob Charland, 44, was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative brain disease earlier this year, the mechanic decided he wanted to give something back to his community. So Charland began fixing up old bicycles for Springfield children in need. Last month, he handed over 35 finished bikes to local elementary school students, many of whom come from poor families and have never owned a set of wheels. “It’s really exciting to see all these kids so happy,” Charland says. “I’m going to keep doing this as long as I physically can.”
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