Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:
Harry Dean Stanton Age: 85 Occupation: Actor Known For: Films such as 'Cool Hand Luke,' 'Pretty in Pink' and 'The Green Mile,' and a recent recurring role on the HBO series 'Big Love'
Jane Lynch Age: 51 Occupation: Actress and Singer Known For: A long career in both TV and films, but her most notable role of late is her wickedly funny portrayal of cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the hit series 'Glee'
In her first public statement regarding the tragedy, Jenny Stone, the widow of the firefighter who fell to his death at a Texas Rangers game last week, thanked the Rangers organization, and said that Rangers star Josh Hamiliton remains her son's favorite player.
Her husband, Shannon Stone, who was attending the game with their six-year old son Cooper, was trying to catch a ball tossed to him by Hamilton when he tumbled over the railing at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Christian Lopez, the 23-year-old fan who scooped up the home run ball after Derek Jeter notched his 3,000th hit and graciously returned it, was expected to be hit with a nasty tax bill for all the Yankees swag he got in exchange for his good deed.
It's the photo they waited 30 years to take (click to enlarge).
Chris Bray and his father attended the first space shuttle launch back in 1981 -- and the last, just a few weeks ago. Bray posted a link to the photo on Reddit on Monday and the reaction was immediate -- almost 600 comments have been left thus far, and various media outlets have picked up the story.
The search and rescue group that organized the search for Caylee Anthony has filed a civil suit against her mother, Casey Anthony, to recover money spent in the search to find the girl.
Anthony, 25, was found not guilty in her daughter's 2008 death last week and is scheduled to be released from prison on Sunday after receiving credit for time served on a four-year sentence, CNN reported.
While most eight-year-old girls might be content to simply busy themselves with toys, Jasmine Parr seems to be embarking on a career as a diminutive Muay Thai kickboxer. In June, Parr's father, Australian kickboxing champion John Wayne Parr, pitted his daughter against a seven-year-old in a kickboxing match in front of a paying audience, reported 'Today.'
Not surprisingly, the match drew heavy criticism, including a comment by Phil Reeves, the Queensland Minister for Child Safety and Sport, who said he was "appalled at the image of children of this age being put in a boxing ring."
There are times when I am mildly entertained by the name my parents chose for me.
Particularly, I enjoy going to the doctor’s office and watching the face of the nurse as she first struggles to pronounce my first name and then as she finally says it and sees me in all my goatee-d glory stand and head her way.
Amused or not, however, if someone searches for my name on a social networking site or the Internet in general, it’s a pretty sure bet it’ll be me you find and not some poor unfortunate soul who shares the same name.
When Christian Lopez caught the home run that was Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit last week, he gave the historic ball to the Yankee's shortstop without asking for any money, even though it may have fetched over $100,000 on the open market.
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