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UNT Graduate Overcomes Life-Threatening Injuries

'Miracle' UNT grad can't wait for what's next

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    UNT Graduate Overcomes Life-Threatening Injuries

    A University of North Texas student overcame life-threatening injuries from a car crash to learn to read and write again and walked across the stage to receive her diploma in broadcast journalism. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017)

    College is hard work. Just ask the hundreds who graduated recently from the University of North Texas. But one young woman had to overcome much more than her classmates in order to receive her diploma.

    Amber Lacy knows all about the power of hard work. It paid off Saturday for the UNT broadcast journalism major, when she walked across the stage during graduation.

    "I was super happy," she said. "I was thinking, I did it! I really did this."

    For Amber and her family, commencement was emotional — a reminder of what it took to get to that day, one which she thought might never come.

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    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    Four years ago, just days after high school graduation, Amber was a passenger in a small car which was involved in a major accident. She was sitting right behind the driver, and took the brunt of the impact. The crash left Amber in a coma for several days with a traumatic brain injury.

    "Everything was going so good," she said. "And one thing can just throw off everything."

    While classmates went off to college, Amber had to learn to read and write all over again.

    "At first it was really frustrating," she said of the everyday tasks she could no longer do. "In your mind I'm like this is every day stuff. I know I can do stuff like this."

    Friends helped in her recovery, giving her pictures of moments they shared and writing their names on the back of those photos, to help her remember their names. They sent get-well cards and wrote letters of encouragement.

    As she recovered, it gave Amber time to reflect.

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    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
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    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    "It's constantly brought up to me," she said. "Like, do you know how blessed you are? I know."

    It all led to Saturday, when a young woman who doctors thought might not live walked across the stage to get her diploma.

    "Sometimes it's kind of unbelievable, looking at how far I came," she said.

    And how far she still wants to go. Amber recently was hired for a promotions job by a Dallas radio station.

    "I'm just ready to get started," she said. "To see what's out there. To get my life going."

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