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Boston Marathon May Let Runners With Prosthetic Legs Compete

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius is known as a "blade runner."

It's not a reference to the old Harrison Ford sci-fi film, but the fact that he runs on two prosthetic blades.

He actually made it all the way to the London 2012 Olympics. Not the Paralympics, the regular Games!

He was so inspiring that the Boston Marathon has decided to allow runners with prosthetic blades to compete, saying:

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Tortoise Amputee Uses A Wheel To Get Around

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Slow and steady and on wheelz!

The tortoise, Gamera, is moving around just fine thanks to what looks to be a basic wheel you could buy at any hardware store.

It looks like someone just glued it to his body… but whatever, if it works it works!

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Tragic! Army Amputee Dies In Theme Park Accident

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So, so sad.

Twenty-nine-year-old Sgt. James Thomas Hackemer died in an unfortunate roller coaster accident at a New York amusement park over the weekend. The Army veteran had lost all of his left leg and most of his right one in 2008 when an explosive penetrated his armor, severely wounding him. He had lost tremendous amounts of blood, had two strokes, and was in a coma for six weeks. But, he was a a fighter and survived.

…Which makes this story so much more tragic. Hackemer was thrown from the roller coaster Ride of Steel at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort near Buffalo. He fell from the 208-foot-tall ride and died.

He was determined to ride every roller coaster," said his sister, who was on the ride with him. "That minute he was on that ride, he probably felt the happiest and most normal he's felt in three and a half years."

Another sister says that the park attendants did not question whether or not he should have been put on the ride, considering there was a height limit.

His sister said:

"What gives us peace right now with this whole situation is we've had James for the last three and a half years when we were told he wouldn't survive, we were told he would never wake up, he would be a vegetable. And he overcame that and we overcame it as a family. So I look on the last three and a half years as a blessing."

That's such a lovely way of putting it considering her brother's tragic death. Our hearts go out to the entire family.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Fresh For Awards Season! New Danny Boyle/James Franco Movie Coming In November!

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We imagine this one won't be easy to watch, but we're sure it's going to be amazing!

Director Danny Boyle's new film, 127 Hours - his first since the Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire - has just secured a November 5th release date, despite having no promotional material - or even a screening - released so far!

And right before awards season?! We think that's pretty bold!

The movie stars James Franco as the real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, who was forced to cut his own arm off with a knife when he became trapped under a boulder! Janis Ian Lizzy Caplan, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn co-star.

Like we said - not something that's going to be easy to watch! But we trust Danny Boyle!

And James Franco is still easy on the eyes - even if he's in various states of peril!

What do U think?? Will U go see 127 Hours??

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Wyclef Takes Injured Haitian Kids On Shopping Spree

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And they deserve it!

Wyclef Jean took three young amputees on shopping sprees of $1,000 each after flying them to the US.

As they arrived in New York, 17-year-olds Margarette Pierre and Chantal Mori each lost an arm, while 8-year-old Farah Maurice, had her leg amputated.

On Tuesday, Wyclelf took them to Kmart to pick out whatever they would like.

"When you come from a country where you make $1 a day, giving them $1,000 is like giving them $10,000," said Jean. "They need to know there are people like them and they're normal. Today they're not thinking, 'I don't have a leg.' They're just being kids and they're happy."

The trip for the children were sponsored by Wyclef's charity Yele Haiti and the Global Medical Relief Fund. The girls will head to Philadelphia in June to undergo complimentary treatment for their prosthetic limbs at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Amazing.

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