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1:32 a.m.

Writing in cursive comes naturally to Sara Hinesley, and she has the award to prove it.

Hinesley, 10, was born without hands, and to write, she puts a pencil between the ends of her arms. She tried prosthetic hands, but quickly decided that they weren't necessary. "She can do just about anything — oftentimes better than me or my husband," her mom, Cathryn Hinesley, told CNN.

A third-grader at St. John's Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Maryland, Hinesley says that when her teacher taught her how to write in cursive, she thought it was "easy, and I would practice at school." She entered the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, and thanks to her neat cursive, won the Nicholas Maxim Award, which is given to an entrant with a physical, developmental, or intellectual disability. Hinesley said she hopes that other kids "who have challenges learn from me," and see that "if you try your hardest you can do it." Catherine Garcia

12:52 a.m.

Instead of giving Ka'Shawn Baldwin a ticket, Officer Roger Gemoules gave him a ride, and that made all the difference.

Baldwin, 22, of East St. Louis, Illinois, had to borrow a friend's car last Wednesday so he could get to a job interview with FedEx. Gemoules, an officer with the Cahokia Police Department, spotted the car and noticed it had expired tags. He pulled Baldwin over, and soon discovered that Baldwin didn't have a valid license. Baldwin explained that he was trying to get to a job interview, and driving his friend's car was the only way he could get there.

Baldwin said he was afraid Gemoules would tow the car and bring him down to the station, and he was stunned when Gemoules agreed to give him a ride to the interview. "He was polite when I pulled him over and he seemed like a good young man, so I wanted to give him a chance," Gemoules told KSDK. "I knew if I gave him a bunch of tickets and towed his car, it would be tough to recover from." His kindness paid off: Baldwin got the job as a package handler at FedEx, and started on Tuesday. This is Baldwin's second job — he also works at a McDonald's, taking the bus 90 minutes each way — and his plan is to save up to get his license back, buy a car, and one day, purchase a house. Catherine Garcia

April 21, 2019

Every time Avery Fauth, her two sisters, and her parents visit North Topsail Beach in North Carolina, they scan the sand, hoping to spot an ancient megalodon shark tooth.

The family kept up their tradition while at the beach over spring break. As they walked along, Fauth, a middle school student from Raleigh, saw something that caught her eye. Intrigued, she went to the object, which was buried in the sand. "I uncovered it and it keeps coming, and it's this big tooth, and then I hold it up and I'm screaming for my mom," Fauth told WECT.

It was a megalodon shark tooth, and her father, who started searching for megalodon teeth 25 years ago and got his daughters hooked on the hunt, was stunned. "I was really shocked and excited for her that she found something that big," he said. The megalodon, the largest shark ever documented, went extinct millions of years ago, and Fauth's tooth could date back three million years. "They're really rare to find and they're some pretty big teeth and they're pretty cool," she said. The tooth will live in a "special box" inside Fauth's home. Catherine Garcia

April 21, 2019

After creating a replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones, welding student Michael Hayes can tackle anything.

The Louisville, Kentucky, resident attends the Knight School of Welding. Ahead of his wedding, the Game of Thrones fan decided to make the ultimate gift for his soon-to-be wife: an Iron Throne. He enlisted some of his instructors to help him, and over the course of two months, they cut out 400 aluminum swords for the 200-pound throne.

It took nearly 110 hours to complete the throne, which became the centerpiece of Hayes' wedding. His new wife, Kacie, was impressed not only by the throne, but by how much work Hayes put into the project. "The show is one of the first things my wife and I bonded over," he told WLKY. "It's a really important thing for us." The Knight School of Welding funded the $7,000 project, and it's now renting the throne out to fans holding watch parties and Game of Thrones-related events. They're sitting on something special: Instructor Anthony Williams says the throne is even more authentic than the one used on the show, which is made of fiberglass. Catherine Garcia

April 16, 2019

While working 135 miles off the coast of Thailand, workers on an oil rig spotted something unexpected in the calm water below: a brown dog.

They had no idea how long she had been paddling in the water, or how she even got so far away from land, but they did know that they wanted to save the pup. Someone grabbed a rope and lowered it down to the exhausted dog, who was easily pulled up.

The workers gave the dog fresh water and food, a bath, and a name: "Boonrod," Thai for "survivor." Boonrod spent two nights on the rig before being transferred on Sunday to an oil vessel that deposited her back on land Monday. Boonrod has since received a clean bill of health from a vet, and one of the oil rig workers hopes to be able to adopt her. Catherine Garcia

April 15, 2019

Due to a lack of traffic lights, signs, and sidewalks in neighborhoods across Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the streets can be dangerous for anyone on foot.

Children are especially vulnerable; the World Health Organization reports that kids in sub-Saharan Africa are more than twice as likely to die in a road accident than anywhere else. The nonprofit SARSAI aims to change this by finding schools with the highest rates of death and injuries, and then improving road conditions in the area. This includes installing speed bumps, crosswalks, and traffic signs, with educators also going into the schools to teach kids about street safety. In Dar es Salaam, 38,000 students so far have benefited from SARSAI's work.

SARSAI, which stands for School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements, is already seeing results; at schools where eight to 12 kids were killed or injured in previous years, SARSAI interventions have reduced injuries by 26 percent. "What SARSAI does is to look at our cities from the angle of the child pedestrian," program director Ayikai Charlotte Poswayo said. "If we can design our cities from that angle, we would be designing it for the safety and security of all."

Last week, SARSAI received the inaugural World Resources Institute Ross Prize for Cities. SARSAI is already working in nine African cities, and with this $250,000 prize, the organization will be able to bring its safety program to even more places. Catherine Garcia

April 15, 2019

It all started 14 years ago, when Chef Bruno Serato and his mother, Caterina, met a first grader whose dinner consisted of just potato chips.

Serato owns the Anaheim White House restaurant in Anaheim, California, and Caterina told him to make a plate of his homemade pasta for the child. Wanting to help other underserved kids facing food insecurity, Serato founded a nonprofit, Caterina's Club, with the goal of feeding as many hungry kids as possible. Today, there are 80 Caterina's Club locations in Orange and Los Angeles counties, serving more than 25,025 pasta dinners every week. "When I see all the kids laughing and eating pasta, it makes my heart full," Serato said.

On Thursday, Serato served his nonprofit's three millionth meal, with a special guest on hand: Billy Saldana, one of the first kids to dine through Caterina's Club. Saldana helped dish out food to the kids, and remembered what it was like when he first met Serato. "I didn't even know what pasta was," he said. Caterina's Club also helps families living in motels find permanent housing, and teaches at-risk teens skills for jobs in the hospitality industry. "I am so grateful for all the volunteers who come out and help every day," Serato said. "Without them, none of this would be possible." Catherine Garcia

April 12, 2019

When the owner of a 7-Eleven in Toledo, Ohio, learned that a young shoplifter was stealing in order to feed his family, he did something unexpected.

Jay Singh noticed the teenager was acting suspiciously, and told an employee to call the police. Singh confronted the teen, and asked him why he was stealing. "He said, 'I'm hungry. I'm stealing it for myself and my younger brother,'" Singh told CBS News. "I said, 'You need food? I'll give you food. That's not a problem.'"

Singh filled up a bag for the teenager, and told officers when they arrived that everything was fine. "He's a young kid," Singh said. "That will go on his record that he was a thief. He cannot do anything in his life. He will not get a good job. This will not solve his hunger problem." Singh said in Indian culture, it's important to feed a person when they are hungry, and he felt it was his duty to help. Catherine Garcia

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