Ron Santo was 18 years old and a high school star in Seattle when doctors told him he was a diabetic. They said the future of which he had dreamed since he was a boy -- to play Major League Baseball -- was in doubt. Diabetes would make his blood sugar levels dip, causing him to swoon or even faint, and make his vision blurry.
Almost as an afterthought a doctor added, "If you take care of yourself, though, there's no reason why you can't live another 25 years."
A group of volunteer coaches are building a tiny football dynasty in North Philadelphia. The pre-teen players on the North Philly Blackhawks usually play on a dirt field littered with broken glass and rocks, but that might just be the kind of grit that makes them champions this weekend at the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
For many kids on the team, however, playing for the Blackhawks is about more than learning how to play football; it's a chance to connect with the positive male role models they may not have at home.
The United States is sending a three-person Forest Service team experienced in aerial firefighting to Israel to help that country with a wildfire that has killed at least 41 people and is described as the worst in its history.
The site ynetnews.com reports that officials in Israel plan a "major operation for Saturday using some 30 firefighting aircraft" to combat the fires that are raging in the country's north.