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Paula Deen’s Sons Defend Their Mother
Paula Deen’s sons Bobby and Jamie spoke out today in defense of their famous mom. They asked everyone not to judge their mother entirely on those headlines. “That is not her heart,” they told CNN. “It is certainly not the home that we were raised in. Our mother is one of the most compassionate, good-hearted empathetic people that you’d ever meet. These accusations are very hurtful to her, and it’s very sad.” They said that as kids, their mom taught them to look up to admire people of all races.
Dogs Similar to Babies, Study Finds
A new study out today in PLoS One says dogs are similar to young children. Puppies, like babies, share a “secure base effect,” which means they are attached to their human parents for safety the same way babies are. In an experiment, animals were less eager to work for a food reward when their owners were absent. Researchers also found that animals barely interacted with non-care giving humans.
Victory for the Blackhawks
It took the Chicago Blackhawks 17 seconds to score two improbable goals – earning them hockey’s highest honor, the Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins enjoyed heartache while the Blackhawks enjoyed their second championship in four years. After the victory, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called it “a fairy tale ending and an amazing season.”