Meet Charles Ramsey, who reportedly rescued three women from an alleged captor after they had been missing for a decade. Ramsey told local and national media that he called 911 when he heard one of the girls screaming from inside the house. His televised interview has gone viral. Just one word: Wow.

NEW VIDEO: Cleveland hero: “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms”

— NewsBreaker(@NewsBreaker) May 7, 2013

The man who says he found the missing Cleveland women is becoming an Internet star. WATCH it here before it’s viral:

— WTOP(@WTOP) May 7, 2013

Cleveland’s newest hero – straight BLOWING my mind right now

— SLR (@_stephrob) May 7, 2013

Neighbor who rescued long-time missing Cleveland girls is a made-for-TV hero, a real character.See for yourself:…

— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyABC7) May 7, 2013

Charles Ramsey. Clevelander. Hero. MVP of the internet for at least this week. God bless you buddy.…

— Aaron Sechrist (@okpants) May 7, 2013

I am so happy they are alive and safe- can’t imagine the horror they’ve been through. Also Charles- hilarious hero!…

— Heidi Griffin (@twittyheids) May 7, 2013

This dude is a true Citizen Hero…

— Citizen Heroes (@CitizenHeroes) May 7, 2013

They’re calling him the “Dead Giveaway Guy:”

Cleveland’s Dead Giveaway Guy is America’s new hero. Here’s his official photo.…

— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) May 7, 2013

Somebody Autotune the news and make the song “Dead Giveaway”

— jesty beatz (@jestybeatz) May 7, 2013

“Bro I knew something is wrong when a little white girl ran into a black mans arms! Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!”

— Andrew (@notmoochie) May 7, 2013

God bless Good Samaritans.

So happy to know #CharlesRamsey – great guy!! You never know how one person can make a difference and help change lives! #CLE

— Erini Anthopoulos (@erinivictoria) May 7, 2013

Editor’s note: This post has been amended to reflect that the three people rescued in Cleveland are now adult women.

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Obama hugs Silvana D’Ettorre, who introduced him to deliver remarks at the University of Buffalo. Jason Reed / Reuters

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In a bus tour across the state of New York on Thursday, President Obama sought to repair the immense damage this year’s NSA scandal has done to his reputation among his college-age base by going to battle with the biggest villains in many students’ lives: college administrators.

Briefly put, Obama proposes redefining the way the federal government interacts with colleges and college students to focus on value and results. The president called for a government college-rating system that lists schools based on factors like the amount of debt average students carry and the amount of money they make when they graduate. At the same time, Obama called for tying aid to student achievement to ensure that students don’t rack up debt they can’t pay back. Finally, the president called for expanding the program aimed at keeping student loan payments limited to 10% of discretionary income.

Casting the new plan as a righteous crusade against the educational powers that be, Obama repeatedly made the case that he was on their side.

“I’ve got to tell you ahead of time, these reforms won’t be popular with everybody, especially those who are making out just fine under the current system,” Obama said at the first rally of the day, on the campus of SUNY Buffalo. “But my main concern is not with those institutions. My main concern is the students those institutions are there to serve, because this country is only going to be as strong as our next generation.”

But while the students cheered Obama’s aggressive push on college tuition, the NSA surveillance scandal that has consumed his presidency for months — with its echoes of the same Bush-era policies that inflamed college campuses with indignation — loomed large.

“I think the rating system was pretty awesome,” said Nick Johns, the 20-year-old student body president at the Buffalo university, referring to a key component of Obama’s college affordability plan. “It really showed us what kind of goals he has. It wasn’t just empty promises, he had something to back it up too.”

But Johns said his friends have been upset with the NSA revelations, and that many of them have aimed their outrage at the Oval Office. “It has definitely had a significant impact in a lot of people’s views on him, especially since he started off his term with taking a strong stance against the violation of privacy,” he said.

“Coming from such a very liberal president on so many other issues, it was surprising and bit shocking for us to have that information come out,” he said. “Obviously security is a huge goal in this country, but…the fact that people found out from a leak definitely affected myself and my friends’ feelings about that aspect of his administration.”

Polling has shown a dip in Obama’s approval rating in recent months, with some surveys showing a more pronounced dip among younger voters, a core part of Obama’s political army since he first rose to national prominence. Some have attributed the slide in part to the NSA controversy, which polling has found pits young supporters of Edward Snowden against Obama, who has called for his prosecution.

On his bus tour, which stopped at SUNY Buffalo, a Rochester diner, and a Syracuse high school, chasing downpours across the state, Obama tried to get close to the college kids once again by promising to pull no punches with the people sending them tuition bills.

Obama called for a new, federally administered college-rating system that will focus on “value,” helping students pick schools that will give them the biggest bang for their buck. He took a swipe at existing college ratings.

“Right now, private rankings — like, the U.S. News and World Report puts out each year their rankings, and it encourages a lot of colleges to focus, ‘How do we game the numbers?’” Obama said in Buffalo. “And, you know, it actually rewards them in some cases for raising costs. I think we should rate colleges based on opportunity.”

The students seemed excited to see him. Both the Buffalo and Syracuse stop shared a similar light moment when students began to scream as an announcer introduced the first speaker only to see the scream cut off when the first speaker turned out to be Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who gave brief remarks at both stops. The cheer would resume when Obama finally showed up.

Doug Usher, a pollster with the bipartisan firm Purple Strategies, said strong rhetoric on college costs is a rare no-brainer when it comes to wooing the youth vote.

“If you’re going to target young people with a specific policy prescription, this is one of the best ones,” he said. “College costs is a clear winner, especially talking about loans and debt and that sort of thing. It’s one of the few issues that you can so discreetly pull out as directly affecting younger people than just about anybody else in the electorate.”

Usher isn’t sold on the idea that the dip in Obama’s polling with young people is due to the NSA scandal. Indeed, some polling has shown young people are less likely to expect privacy when going online than older people.

“[The NSA] is a big deal, but I don’t know how big a deal it is when compared to all the other things not happening in Washington, the economy improving but not as strong as what was expected plus turmoil overseas,” he said. “I think it’s one thing, but it’s not the driving factor.”

Young Obama voters along the president’s route didn’t just talk about the NSA. Some are still looking for Obama to live up to a more progressive ideal. Despite the frustrations, they’re holding out hope.

“The great evil of our time is plutocracy,” said Lyle Rubin, a 30-year-old former Marine and Ph.D. student at the University of Rochester. “We’re in need of leaders who understand this, and act on it — politicians like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Bill de Blasio. Do I count Barack Obama among them? No, I do not.”

But Rubin’s not ready to give up on the president.

“If he picks Janet Yellen over Larry Summers for Fed chair, I might be willing to give him one last shot,” he said.

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Iraq War veteran and wounded warrior J.R. Salzman has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s handling of the situation in Iraq so far:!/jrsalzman/status/477285790997696513

A Twitter user with a bio claiming he’s a veteran, Hillary 2016 supporter and wants people to “get covered” made this vile remark:!/mikeejoe/status/478055175215931392

What a horrible, disrespectful thing to say.!/jrsalzman/status/478313283444019201

The remark sparked support for Salzman and anger toward the tweeter:!/BradHempel/status/478314016998035456!/woodyfarley/status/478316236342706176!/MissJitter/status/478327536288817152!/tam69sc/status/478325097611005952!/TarynOnthenews/status/478327996848541697!/missumuggins/status/478314235634544640!/jrsalzman/status/478333145348337664



Wounded warrior J.R. Salzman recalls IED blast that cost his arm

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Timelapse videos provide for some pretty amazing online viewing — but what exactly are they?

These fascinating videos are created by capturing motion with an intentionally lower frame rate than that of video, then playing the footage back at normal video speed. The technique allows us to trace motion that is normally imperceptible, like stars moving across the sky or melting snow, and view it as an expedited process.

The results are truly visually inspiring. This is why it’s also a great way to test out new photographic techniques, like high dynamic range, or super-shallow, constantly changing tilt shift focus.

The grandfather of the genre is Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, which has no conventional plot but rather centers on the slowing down and speeding up of natural elements like ocean waves, clouds and the moon. The images are accompanied by the haunting compositions of Philip Glass.

Aside from shining a light on the film technique, Koyaanisqatsi also demonstrated the importance of soundtrack for a successful timelapse video. After all, who wants to watch grass grow without an epic score behind it?

Check out the full videos from above, in order of appearance:

What’s your favorite timelapse video? Let us know in the comments.

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In an amazing outpouring of unity and support, hundreds if not thousands attended a vigil tonight at the William H. Garvey Playground in Dorchester, Mass., to remember the three killed in yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing, including 8-year-old Martin Richard.

Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil in Dorchester for 8 year old victim of Boston Marathon bombings,Martin Richard…

— Liz Montaquila (@LizMontaquila) April 16, 2013

Crowd at vigil for Martin Richard #BostonMarathon @ Garvey Playground‎

— Garrett Quinn (@GarrettQuinn) April 16, 2013

The crowd at Dorchester vigil now in prayer. Powerful moment. @necn…

— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) April 16, 2013

Sea of candlelight in Garvey Park. Vigil for Martin Richard. #Dorchester #wbz…

— BobbySisk (@BobbySisk) April 16, 2013

Hundreds gather at Dorchester, Mass., park at vigil for Martin Richard, remembered as “gentle soul.”

— Melanie Eversley (@MelanieEversley) April 16, 2013

Garvey Park vigil. #prayforboston (Picture courtesy of @macca2step)…

— Bryan McGrath (@Bryan_McGrath) April 17, 2013

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50. It’s that time of year again. You’ve bought your plane ticket, taken the time off at work, and now it’s time to lie awake at night and fear-sweat.

49. You’re going home for Thanksgiving. And your whole family will be there.

48. Why are you even still celebrating this holiday? Aren’t we over eating jumbo-sized birds yet?

47. Luckily for you, you have some plans for how to minimize the agony and maximize the eating.

46. Well, kind of.

45. Divide the day into a pie chart, so that you can track your progress.

44. Make plans with your family! Like watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV (i.e. falling alseep on the couch).

43. Watch the National Dog Show after, and don’t mention that you’ve become a cat person since you graduated.

42. When your parents ask about your friends, don’t panic. Make up some names and go with it.

41. Ignore your mom’s comments about your weight.

40. If you need to, cry in the bathroom later (but turn the fan on and actually sit on the toilet, or she’ll know you’re faking it).

39. And definitely don’t take this opportunity to zing her back.

38. When your family sits down to eat, make sure you choose a seat that is, a) close to the desserts,

37. b) far, far away from the kid’s table,

36. c) next to your favorite relative,

35. d) within arms’ reach of alcohol.

34. d) *just have a bottle of alcohol with you at all times.

33. If your brother comments on how much you’re drinking and asks if everything in your life is going ok and do you need to talk, do not resort to violence. This will only prove his stupidface point.

32. Don’t use your phone at the table, this will give your grandmother an excuse to talk about the devil that is technology.

31. Try not to flip out when your baby cousin blows spit bubbles into the communal pan of stuffing. You share a gene pool, you’ll live.

30. Whenever someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, stuff your mouth full of food and start humming.

29. Your grandfather will never understand your job. Ever.

28. Your chatty aunt is who she is, just let her tell you about that medical procedure she had last August for the millionth time.

27. Avoid political talk at the dinner table, your dad isn’t going to suddenly trade in his shotgun for a peace pipe.

26. Give yourself small rewards for good behavior. Your uncle brings up Prop 8 and you don’t go bananas? High-five to you, self!

25. Remember, you are surrounded by food, the ultimate therapy!

24. The ultimate theraPIE!

23. So when your second cousin asks if you’re wearing plaid because you’re a lesbian, eat those feelings.

22. And if your favorite food isn’t there this year, try not to lose it.

21. If your awful demon of a younger cousin tries to sit on your lap during dinner, politely tell him that anything that comes between you and food today will be promptly destroyed.

20. Ignore your skinnier sister who’s only eating salad, you were way more popular than her in high school anyway.

19. And don’t worry about overdoing it, because bathroom time = alone time.

18. Stay out of the kitchen. Don’t go near your mom, she’s on the verge of killing you, everyone else, and herself.

17. And if, somehow, your mom is faking happiness, don’t question it. Smile/nod/repeat.

16. If something looks or tastes off, don’t say a word. Smile/nod/repeat.

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So here’s what residents in Philadelphia are waking up to this morning in the wake of Donald Trump’s new immigration proposal for a“total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our countrys representatives can figure out what is going on”:

Godwin’s Lawconfirmed, once again.

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Like many a betch obsessed with thigh gap and pink matte Chanel lipstick pics, the President of the United States has started blogging. Obama “took to tumblr” yesterday to answer questions about education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.  He emphasized the importance of easing the burden of repaying student loans because it is the key to encouraging more students to pursue careers as teachers or social workers (aka the jobs we need people to do but pay nothing cause we’re giving all our money to the Kardashian family).

President Obama is fighting with Congress to cap monthly payments for student loans to be just 10 percent of their income.  He answered questions from Tumblr users (who knew they had the ability to speak?) and promised them college is still one of the best investments they can make in their future. However, he also explained that college isn’t for everyone (aka poor people with low test scores) saying that students should look into trade schools and be “practical.”

With an average debt for a college student around $30,000 and a total outstanding student loans debt that has now surpassed  $1 TRILLION, this seems like a difficult problem to fix. Unless Gucci Mane wants to give out more $cholarships to strippers or Kanye wants to donate one of his gold toilets so a dozen kids can go to college, most people just don’t have the money (feeling #blessed for my trust fund).

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Looks like things are about to get Pinteresting.

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2. With Pinterest being one of the most popular beauty resources, we got five women with different hair types to try out the most popular DIY hairstyles.


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Allison: I’m Jewish so I got that Jew hair: longish, darkish, curlyish, frizzyish.

Kirsten: I have short, thick, wavy hair. I’ve never been very into doing my hair, so this is going to be interesting for me. I’ll be excited if I can find some quick, easy hairstyles.

Candace: Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been “blessed” with more hair than I can handle. It always air-dries into a a grown-ass Simba mane.

Kristin: I have long, fine, curly hair. If it’s too long I look like a cocker spaniel; if it’s too short, it frizzes up and I look like a clown. I am bad at Pinterest, so I do not have high hopes for this.

Sheridan: Well, I’m black. But really, I like to describe my hair as “What the fuck are you?” It does this weird curly-wavy-straight thing and there’s a reason why I see my hairdresser as often as possible.

4. The Half-Crown Braid Tutorial from Hair Romance from the front…

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6. …and from the back:

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Allison: Not to be Allison Bragg, but I was pretty sure this one was going to be easy for me since I’ve been known to dabble in the braid crown. My technique is typically the poor man’s version of this, so I was a little thrown off, but overall it was pretty easy.

Kirsten: This one isn’t bad. I mean, I am pretty bad at hair, but I can conquer a braid, so this one wasn’t terrible for me. Though I do wish I had some Rapunzel locks to make this look cooler.

Candace: Braiding is actually a way for me to pin down the puffiness of my hair. It was hard to determine how much hair to actually grab though. I was really proud of my braids, so I discovered I DID get something out of Girl Scouts.

Kristin: I got lucky. I got so lucky. I was not expecting this turn out OK and THEN IT TOTALLY DID. I haven’t seen it from the back, but I suspect I am living the American hair dream. Also, taking this out was easier than putting this in.

Sheridan: Like WTF kind of black magic is this shit? The chick’s hair looks FLAWLESS in the tutorial, and if she’s gonna tell me she didn’t blow-dry, straighten, then perfectly wave the bottom in order to have a good base to do this, then buh-bye. In the end, it didn’t look as terrible as I thought it would, but let’s be honest, this style is for longer hair.

8. The Two-Minute Updo With a Headband from Hello Natural

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Allison: LOL! We all looked like George Washington or judges from the 18th century.

Kirsten: Is my rat tail out? My ears kept poking out like that girl from Lord of the Rings. Actually, just Orlando Bloom. But like a not-hot version. Also, this did not take me two minutes. This could come out at any second. Actually — like right now, it is coming out right now.

Candace: I think my hair is just too damn thick for the Pinterest lifestyle. I aimed for 1920s chic, but because of how bad I am with hair, I got George Washington mixed with Princess Leia.

Kristin: I think this only takes two minutes if you are good at things, which I am not. Also, my hair is way too fine for this. I feel like I’m wearing a hat. Allison and Kirsten look good, though.

Sheridan: I feel like it’s the Regency era and I’m a Bennet sister but no one mentions me because I’m worse than Lydia.

10. The Easy Hair Bow from Beautylish

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Allison: I was so excited for this one because it’s a BOW MADE OF HAIR, GUYS! But it ended up looking like three buns on the top of my head. Whatever, I’m not mad at it. Going to try this every day for the rest of 2015 and see if I can perfect it. Hoping to really nail it down as my summer look.

Kirsten: I feel like this is a hairstyle that I would see on Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Or maybe Ariana Grande would wear this and people would look at you like, “How does that girl not have a headache?”

Candace: I swear, it is pretty much impossible for me to line something up perfectly in the center of my head. I need to live in the ’80s where everything was to the side. I’m proud because I could actually get a semi-decent bow, but the lopsidedness was so sad, so, so sad.

Kristin: Look, I’ve always wanted to join the Mickey Mouse Club, so this worked out fine for me.

Sheridan: LOL. No.

12. The Half-Up Criss-Cross Updo from Ma Nouvelle Mode from the side…

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14. …and from the back:

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Allison: I don’t get this one at all. It’s just like a half pony thing? Also teasing my hair is a big mistake, and I know not to go there.

Kirsten: When I teased my hair that gave me a nice “after sex” look, but not the kind you want, the kind where you run into the bathroom and fix yourself so the person isn’t terrified of you.

Candace: So, I feel like Snooki pre-baby right now, and I’m ready for my duckface selfie. You’re supposed to tease your hair for more volume in the tutorial, and I should have known not to do that based on how poofy my hair already is.

Kristin: This took me three tries. I tried so hard, you guys, but all I got was mad bumps. My hair just didn’t wanna. No amount of back-combing was gonna make this happen for me. Now I just have a head full of frizz.

Sheridan: So, according to the tutorial, short hair girls can totally rock this hairstyle, and I have to say…doesn’t look too terrible. The teasing was my favorite part — it brought me back to my picturesque New Jersey childhood in which bumps were REQUIRED. I wish I had a little bit straighter hair just so that the sides would look less frizzy and a little more ~sleek~ but I didn’t hate this so SUCCESS.

16. The Straightened Braid Waves Tutorial from Hey Wanderer

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Allison: This made me look like I’m in an ’80s hair band. I guess it’s supposed to curl your hair, but it kind of straightened mine?

Kirsten: I think I should have tried larger braids because I kinda look like I got electrocuted. This hairstyle was described as “after beach” wavy and I look like “after I got caught in the undertow” wavy.

Candace: Welp, I was super excited about this, thinking, “YAS I can finally do my hair in under an hour.” Wrong, so wrong. I ended up getting this, like, ’00s middle school crimped-lion hybrid. I made my natural waves turn into teeny tiny riptides. I feel like I have no skill.

Kristin: Yeah, my hair looks the same.

Sheridan: I feel like this hairstyle actually made my hair look straighter. I could totally rock this look normally — no sarcasm. Maybe people will mistake me for Solange Knowles. Don’t white people think that all black people look alike? They’ll be like, “Black girl, big hair, Solange, Solange!” I’m just getting carried away now. This one is an A+, y’all.

18. After putting our hair expertise to the test, we had some final thoughts:

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Allison: I don’t even own a brush, hair dryer, or straightener, soooo I suppose I’m not the target demo here. I prefer to keep my look au naturel, but I am a big fan of all these braids and bows and will definitely incorporate them into my look (summer 2015 here I come).

Kirsten: I’m the type of person that can’t even get all of my hair into a ponytail correctly, so these tutorials were hard for me to say the least. They are advertised as being super easy and quick to do, but if you don’t have fine, long, wavy hair I think they don’t work as well.

Candace: I mean, it’s always been incredibly hard to do anything with my hair, and I know I am an exception, but people still have insanely thick hair like me. I guess there really are hairstyles that are specifically for certain hair, and that’s OK. To those with coarse and unruly hair out there, you’re NOT alone.

Kristin: I think the important takeaway here is that doing your hair is hard, and being good at it is harder, so everyone should just try to be a little nicer and more patient with themselves because we all have to go through a lot of bologna to look good in the morning.

Sheridan: I’m glad I got to be a part of this and represent the awkward black girl who doesn’t know how to do her own hair, but this honestly just reaffirmed my belief that you don’t get in between a black woman and her weekly hairdresser, whether that’s her sister, mom, paid professional, aunt, or even a dad who knows how to wield a comb like no other.

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