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  • @DemetriaObilor/Twitter(DALLAS) -- Demetria Obilor, a local traffic anchor with ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, is making headlines for her inspiring response after a woman body-shamed her on social media.“I’m waking up from my Friday nap to some controversy, but a whole lot of love,” Obilor, who began working at the station earlier this month, said in a video she posted to Twitter. “The controversy is coming from people who aren’t too happy with the way that I look on television saying, ‘Oh, her body is too big for that dress. It’s too curvy.’ Or, ‘Her hair, it’s unprofessional, it’s crazy. We don’t like it.’”Obilor, who is African-American, took to the social media platform to address a woman’s recent post on Facebook attacking the way she dressed on air.“Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size six dress and she looks ridiculous,” Jan Shedd wrote in a Facebook post that has since been deleted. “I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”Shedd’s post was deleted after it started going viral. Even celebrities shared screenshots of her comment.Chance the Rapper weighed in, re-tweeting the post to his more than 6 million followers.Meghan McCain told Obilor she is “absolutely gorgeous” and thanked her for speaking out against body-shaming.Obilor was never going to let the body-shaming comments get the best of her, instead choosing to rise above Shedd’s commentary by posting her own thoughtful response online, which WFAA-TV later shared on its website as well.“This is the way that I’m built. This is the way that I was born,” Obilor said in her now viral video, addressing the haters. “I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it, you have your options.”She then praised those who stood up in her defense.“I love you right back,” she said. “You know, when you look a little different, people think it’s OK to talk to you a little different. And I’m on TV. I can’t clap back how I want to clap back all the time."Obilor said she’s “forever grateful” for the people who told her, “You don’t have to put up with this.”“We don’t have to put up with this, and we’re not going to,” she agreed. “So once again, just everybody know that I love you, I appreciate you, and we’re in this together.”Shedd told ABC News she had “no comment.”
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  • Justin Selph(PARIS, Tenn.) -- A baby girl born on Halloween was still able to celebrate, thanks to her doctor.Dr. Paul Locus, an obstetrician at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, helped Oaklyn Selph into the world, donning a costume that made him appear like The Joker. The doctor sported a green wig along with white face paint and The Joker's signature sloppy lipstick."My actual due date was not until today, but Tuesday morning I woke up and I felt like my water was leaking," mother Brittany Selph told ABC News on Sunday.The mother of three said she'd given birth two times before, so knew it may be a while before she actually delivered. She then sent her two children -- 10-year-old Brenden and 4-year-old McKinley -- to school as they were excited for the holiday.Selph, 32, and her husband of six years, Justin Selph, didn't arrive at the hospital until about 12:30 p.m. Halloween."That's when we found out [Dr. Locus] was dressed for Halloween that day as the infamous Joker," Justin Selph, 33, told ABC News. "We couldn't help but laugh when he walked in the room."The doctor told the parents it'd be a while before Selph actually gave birth, the couple told ABC News, adding that he planned to give out candy at his home then return to the hospital without his costume."But I told him, if he came back in it, it's OK. That'd be a pretty cool story to tell," Brittany Selph of Waverly, Tennessee, added.Around 8:20 p.m., she gave birth to her third child. Locus -- still in his costume -- later handed Justin Selph the scissors to cut Oaklyn's umbilical cord."It was a good laugh," the proud mother said of her festive delivery. "It was all in good fun and it was Halloween."Justin Selph added, "The next morning, he came in to check on Brittany, and he said, 'Sorry I couldn't make it in last night, glad to see the delivery went well.' [He was] joking of course. He also gave her a card of congratulations, and he signed it 'Dr. Joker.'"The hospital declined to comment on the incident other than to confirm that it happened.
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  • Hannah Summers(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) -- One teen who lost her mother after a battle with cancer was comforted after she read a letter her mother penned to her months before her passing.Hannah Summers told ABC News her older sister found the letters Peggy Summers wrote to each of her children hours after her death last Tuesday. Peggy Summers, who was diagnosed with cancer last July, was 55.The letters, which Peggy wrote to each of her three children and her husband, Timothy Summers, were placed on her dresser tucked behind her jewelry box, Hannah Summers said."She actually wrote them in June, but we didn't find them until Tuesday night," Hannah Summers detailed.And when Hannah Summers, 18, read what her mother wrote, which she admitted was "really hard to read," she became "really emotional," she said.The letter not only shared the well-wishes Peggy Summers had for her youngest child, but also gave her solid advice as she transitions to adulthood.
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  • Zoom Room Virginia Beach(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- Strudel the dog once weighed a whopping 80 pounds, but now she’s working on her summer body.The 7-year-old rescue pup was surrendered after her owner died, and now lives with a loving foster family, Kristen and Wynn Horton in Chesapeake, Virginia.The golden retriever mix is down to 54 pounds after working out at Zoom Room, a dog training facility in Virginia Beach, since June.“When she came in we did everything nice and slow in 30-minute sessions,” John Cotthaus, owner of Zoom Room, told ABC News. “Halfway through she was completely puttered out, which we expected."But Cotthaus could tell Strudel was different than most of his canine clients.“Normally it’s like leading a horse to a carrot,” he said of coaxing other dogs to do their workout routines. “She didn’t need any of that. You pointed her in the direction, and you saw the twinkle and sparkle in her eye that she really enjoys it. It’s really cool to watch her transformation.”They’re slowly but surely getting Strudel back in shape and getting “her beach body going,” Cotthaus said with a laugh.Strudel has been enjoying her exercise and diet plan and seems to be thrilled to have the nearly 30 pounds off her.“She definitely has gained a lot more energy,” said Strudel’s foster dad, Wynn Horton. “There’s a lot more pep in her step. It was a complete behavioral shift. She went from being very sluggish and slow to respond to all of a sudden coming alive. She loves walking and running around. It’s like a whole new dog.”
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  • Tara Artinyan(PORTLAND, Maine) -- A boy and his family are wishing for cards from people around the world in honor of his favorite holiday of Christmas.Jacob Thompson, 9, is fighting cancer at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.When doctors told his mother he had a month to live, Jacob's family began asking people on Facebook to send him cards so he can celebrate his last Christmas early.Soon, Jacob had received 100 cards.“It really showed him that the world is good and that there are a lot of people thinking of him,” mom Michelle Simard told ABC News. "He's been getting some handmade cards from other children on the floor and slowly getting stuff from the public. He's been very smiley. It's really lit up his face to see everybody's support."Jacob's dad, Roger Guay, said, "He smiles and does his nose scrunch it brightens his day -- just by opening a card, it's wonderful."Jacob was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma in February 2014 when he was 5 years old.In early October, Jacob entered hospice care."We were speaking with the medical doctors about if we had time [with him] for the holidays and what the plan was," Simard said. "The idea came about -- 'Why dont we bring the holidays to us?' This way, we know it's going to happen and give our family time with him for Chrismas."To “fast forward” to the holidays, Jacob's mom and stepmom requested Christmas cards from people through Facebook.Jacob began receiving handmade cards, electronic cards and gifts from strangers in Maine. Simard anticipates more cards will be sent from people living in Europe, Australia and Anartica, she said."The outpouring has made my heart very full and very happy," said Tara Artinyan, Jacob's stepmother. "Given his short time, it's amazing that people are trying to get him through this."Jacob’s family will be celebrating a two-day, early Christmas with him at the hospital this month. They are also asking for people to upload videos of their families or friends singing holiday carols to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital's Facebook page.If you'd like to send a card to Jacob, please mail to:Jacob ThompsonC/O Maine Medical Center22 Bramhall StreetPortland, ME 04102
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