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An off duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer is pepper-sprayed by two suspects while trying to sell his cell phone early Thursday morning. It's something police officers warn people to be very carefulMore >>
An off duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer was pepper-sprayed by two men while trying to sell his cell phone, authorities say.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:09:02 GMT
Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and other cities in Louisiana. More >>
Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana.More >>
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
Saying a teenager is independent isn't a surprising headline.
But when you say 16-year old Cassidy Hooper is independent, we think it's something noteworthy.
Cassidy is one of the few kids in America born with no eyes and no nose.
We first met Cassidy when she was 11. Five years later, we're getting a major update on her life, her medical procedures to surgically build a nose and, in a fantastic moment, Cassidy shares with us what she calls the secrets to living a joyful life.
For this story, Anchor Molly Grantham and Photojournalist Brian Stephenson have been following Cassidy for months. She invited them to her school for the day in Raleigh.
Cassidy attends The Governor Morehead School, which works closely with students who or blind or deaf.
Cassidy maneuvers from Spanish II class to hopping on a bus and singing to a homeless shelter, with ease. She keeps her days packed. And she always – as in ALWAYS – has a smile.
"I get better grades here than in public school," she said. "There are less students. It's better for me to be here than in a class with 30 kids."
Cassidy has been in the process of getting a nose. It is a multi-year, multi-surgery procedure full of skin grafts and facial reconstruction. She said she near the end of the process.
"By the end of the school year I should have a nose," she said. "There are only 4 surgeries left, and they'll all be in a 2-3 week period," she paused, "…Soon I'll have a real nose, like everyone else's."
It's an unbelievable thing to witness Cassidy smile… to laugh… to overcome everyday obstacles.
How does she do it? Through a lesson she says she taught herself.
"If somebody says something, I try not to let it bother me," she says. "I just basically deal with everything. I'm just happy all the time. I don't let other people get to me – I just try to live my own independent life."
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:40:11 GMT
(CNN) – Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate. The employees have to take furlough days thanks to the forced spending cuts that kicked in March 1. TheMore >>
Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:54:54 GMT
(POOL/CNN) – George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone. His attorneys said the data paints a different picture of the 17-year-old Martin than what hisMore >>
George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone.More >>