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Michaela Mabinty DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer. With her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince, Michaela authored the book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. She rose to fame after starring in the documentary First Position in 2011, following her and other young ballet dancers as they prepared to compete at the Youth America Grand Prix. She formerly danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem as the youngest dancer in the history of the company and currently dances as a soloist for the Dutch National Ballet.

Liam is a talented 9-year-old with a passion for the arts and theater.

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The talented dancer has two dads, a twin sister and an older sister.  Every Halloween, Liam loves to go all out in creating his very own costumes. "He takes part in designing and drawing them out," his father, Will, told The Gaily Grind. "We encourage him to do what he wants. He's a kid and halloween is a great creative outlet." The last few Halloweens, he has chosen a not so traditional boy's costume. He has been a Black Swan, Cleopatra, Medusa and this year, he was Cruella de Vil.

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Please light a candle in memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by Cancer or is still living with it.  A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle but it certainly helps create awareness of the disease and the need to fight back.

Writing over at Bloomberg Businesweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out publicly for the first time about his sexual orientation.

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook

"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me".

American swimmer Michael Phelps swam his final Olympic race on Saturday August 4, 2012, winning his 18th gold and 22nd overall medal with his United States teammates in the the 4x100 medley relay. Young swimmers and athlets will be looking at Michael Phelps as the greatest olympian of all times. Let's take a look at 22 facts about Michael Phelps' 22 career Olympic medals.

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1. Only eight countries have won as many gold medals in London as Phelps.

2. Michael Phelps won his first Olympic medal in 2004. His 18 golds since the Athens Games would rank 12th overall for all nations, ahead of Olympic powers like Romania, Poland, the Netherlands, Cuba and Spain.

3. Speaking of the Spanish, with tennis powers, World Cup champions and Tour de France winners, the nation is generally thought of as a world leader in athletics. Phelps has 10 more golds than Spain since 2004.