Torrential rains in L.A. this week led to firefighters using a helicopter to save a man and his dog from a raging L.A. River. The dog apparently fell in, and the owner jumped in to save him. (Here’s the rescue.)………. A pet duck in Michigan named Sophia was sad and lonely after another duck named Evie recently died. So her owners used Facebook like a matchmaking service for ducks and went looking for a friend. Hundreds of people reached out. They ended up getting two more ducks named Lucy and Goosey, and Sophia’s doing a lot better. It sounds like one of them might be a boy, because they’re hoping for ducklings this spring. ………..And finally……………..
A Las Vegas dad noticed his daughter falling behind in reading after schools closed during the pandemic. So even though he had no coding experience, he started working on an A.I. reading app to help her catch up. Using ChatGPT, it tracks the words your kid knows . . . pairs them with words they’re struggling with . . . and creates a custom children’s story using just those specific words. It’s called WordStumble, and it’s now free for anyone to use.