|Quotes of the Week: 'Welcome Home Ethan'|
|Feb 9, 2013, 7:22 PM|
From the Super Bowl to a happy ending in the Alabama hostage standoff, click through to see the quotes that made news this week.
As a beaming 6-year-old Ethan said "cheese" for photos and played with toy cars at his birthday party, there were no immediate signs of the turmoil the young boy had endured just days earlier.
The boy, identified only as Ethan, was held hostage in a nearly week-long standoff in Alabama. He was physically unharmed after Jimmy Lee Dykes kidnapped him from a school bus and held him hostage in a booby-trapped underground bunker.
Ethan was rescued by the FBI Monday after they rushed the bunker where Dykes, 65, was holding him. Dykes was killed in the raid.
On Wednesday, Ethan celebrated his sixth birthday at a local church with abundant hugs from his family and friends as well as from the SWAT team, FBI agents and hostage negotiators who had rescued him.
Signs saying "Welcome home Ethan" hung on the walls of the church for the homecoming celebration.
The Northeast began the arduous process of cleaning up Saturday after a fierce storm swept through the region, leaving behind up to three feet of snow in some areas.
By early Saturday, 650,000 homes and businesses were without power and at least 10 U.S. deaths were being blamed on the storm.
Massachusetts was hard hit by the storm, with more than two feet of snow in Boston and even more in coastal areas. State police and national guard troops helped rescue more than 50 stranded motorists and even helped deliver a baby girl, according to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Patrick enacted the first statewide driving ban since the 1978 blizzard, which left 27 inches of snow and killed dozens. The ban was to be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday/
However, Patrick cautioned residents to act with extreme caution even after the ban is over.
"Stay inside and be patient," Patrick said.
Spending too much time on Facebook? More than half of Facebook users say they've taken vacations from the site. Now comes the story of a 14-year-old who did better -- she managed to get paid for quitting.
Rachel Baier, a high school freshman in Massachusetts, went to her dad with a deal: no Facebook for the rest of the school year in exchange for cash.
"She approached me. She has been frustrated she hasn't been able to find a babysitting job and she has been looking for ways to get cash," Baier told ABC News. "So she asked, 'If I didn't use Facebook for so long would you pay me?'"
Baier, knowing that his daughter spends hours and hours on the site every day, thought she was joking at first.
A lesbian couple who were denied a wedding cake by an Oregon bakery have accepted a sweet offer from "Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldman.
The celebrity baker offered the brides-to-be a free wedding cake after they were shunned by an Oregon baker who said he does not serve same-sex marriages.
Goldman, who recently baked the cake for the inaugural ball, said he is happy to help.
"It involves cake, it involves love, marriage, all things I'm a big fan of," he said.
Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show performance was electrifying, but it did not cause the stadium's power outage that followed shortly after, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell talked Monday at a press conference about the power outage Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans that killed lights, darkened the scoreboard, halted escalators and knocked out air conditioning shortly after the start of the third quarter, delaying the game for 34 minutes.
"There's no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show," Goodell said. "Absolutely none. I know that's been out there, to say that Beyonce's halftime show had anything to do with it. That's not the case from anything we have at this point. "
An Arkansas couple struck gold twice after winning $1 million and $50,000 jackpots, both of them during the same weekend.
Stephen, 54, and Terri Weaver, 55, of Stuttgart, Ark., left on Friday, Feb. 1, for a weekend trip to a cabin near Greers Ferry Lake, over 100 miles away. On Saturday evening, they stopped at T-Ricks convenience store in the nearby city of Pangburn. Stephen bought five $1 Million Riches instant scratch-off tickets while his wife bought four.
Once they brought the tickets to the cabin, they realized one of Stephen's $20 tickets won the $1 million jackpot.
"I almost had a heart attack," said Stephen, who owns a plumbing company. "I had to have an aspirin."
On Sunday, they stopped at the convenience store again and bought six tickets "just for the heck of it, because it was fun," Terri explained.
This time, Terri's instant ticket for which she paid $10 was a $50,000 winner.
"When she handed it to me, I fell back in my chair and almost went into cardiac arrest again," Stephen said of the second ticket. "We jumped around, hollered, and screamed. It's just not possible that it happened twice. The odds must be astronomical."
The man who purchased one of the earliest-known baseball cards in the country said he will list it on eBay and use the profits for his sick son.
Jason LeBlanc, 36, was the highest bidder in an auction on Wednesday for an 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics. Described as one of the first baseball cards in the country, a similar baseball card captured from the same camera that took LeBlanc's card is said to be in the Library of Congress.
LeBlanc, a retail consultant from Hamilton, Mass., is a baseball card collector who also sells collectibles on eBay.
"It's an amazing piece of American history," he said.