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Chilean miner runs New York marathon

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After enduring 69 days trapped in a mine, Edison Pena completed the ING New York City Marathon, reports the NY Daily News.

Pena, 34, completed the race in five hours, 40 minutes and 51 seconds according to the NY Daily News.

Pena ran even while trapped in the mine. He could cover up to six miles a day in the dark according to the Guardian (UK).

"I ran to forget I was trapped ... I became two people: the weak person who wanted simply to give up and the person who chose to be strong - to run and survive. Eventually, I chose to live," Pena told the NY Daily News.

The Dalai Lama to visit University of Minnesota

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will visit the University of Minnesota in May, according to the Pioneer Press.

The university's Center for Spirituality & Healing, in partnership with the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota will host three events around the theme "One Heart, One Mind, One Universe."

This visit marks the first time the Dalai Lama will be in Minneapolis in 10 years.

The Minnesota Daily reports that ticketing for this event will be done through Northrop ticket office.

R.I.P. June Cleaver

Barbara Billingsley, who started as mother June Cleaver in the iconic sitcom Leave it to Beaver, passed away at the age of 94, according to E! News.

Billingsley's son, Glenn Billingsley, said that "She was every bit as nurturing, classy, and lovely as June Cleaver, and we were so proud to share her with the world," states She Knows Entertainment.

Billingsley suffered from a rheumatoid disease and has been in poor health for several years, according to E! News.

Suicides draw attention to pressures on gay teens

Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old Californian boy, died Tuesday after attempting suicide the week before, reports the New York Times.

On Top magazine reports that more than 500 people attended Walsh's memorial service on Friday.

Walsh is one of many gay teens who commit suicide in recent months. The pressures these young men face in classrooms and in society at large.

A gift for mindfulness

His Holiness the Dalai Lama made a large donation to a Center in Wisconsin, according to The New York Times.

The University 0f Wisconsin-based Center for Investigating Healthy Minds received a gift of $50 thousand to advance research in mindfulness. The research will be lead by Dr. Richard Davidson.

The research project will teach meditation skills to fifth graders and will follow those students through middle school to see how they benefited.

"We are deeply honored that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is so supportive of our work," Davidson said to The Cap Times.

Missing "cult" members found alive in California

Five women belonging to what some have called a "cult-like" religious group were found alive with their eight children on Sunday after being reported missing with a fear of group suicide on Saturday reports CNN.

The adult members of the group, all female Salvadoran immigrants, left notes for their husbands and all of their legal identification and cell phones behind when they left their homes. The children in the group ranged from the age of three to 17 according to The Huffington Post.

The group's leader, Reyna Marisol Chicas, is currently being detained for 72 hours because authorities deemed that she was unable to care for herself or others.

The members of this group say that it was just a misunderstanding at they no suicide was ever planned. One member, Martha Clavel, said, "I guess it was a misunderstanding, and I'm sorry about that."

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