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He’s Not A Firefighter, But This Latino Saved 18 Lives From A Burning Building

A local police officer in Boston rescued not one, not two, but 18 people out of a burning building. But he doesn’t want to be called a hero.

Officer Luis Lopez was the first to arrive at the townhouse that caught fire in the middle of the night. He rushed to save 18 people, including four children.

“You could see the flames and it didn’t look good. As soon as I exited my cruiser, people started pointing to the building and yelling that there were still people inside,” Lopez told MyFoxBoston. “I immediately entered the building and started knocking on doors, kicking doors in and ordering people to evacuate the building.”

Although his acts were heroic, Lopez remains humble.

“While I appreciate the compliment. I’m not a hero. I’m a police officer. This is what we do. This is what we signed up for, and I’m grateful I was able to make a difference today,” he said. “I’m just happy everybody got out alive. One guy was sound asleep when I kicked in his door. I know I startled him but I’m just glad we got him out.”

If he doesn’t want to be called a hero, we’ll call him an angel.

Read more about this Latino hero here

READ: A Real Mexican Superhero is Saving Lives One Pedestrian at a Time

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Krispy Kreme Is Making The Man Who Bought Donuts In Iowa To Sell In Minnesota An Independent Contractor

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Krispy Kreme Is Making The Man Who Bought Donuts In Iowa To Sell In Minnesota An Independent Contractor

Nathan Jacob Vasa / Krispy Kreme Run Minnesota / Facebook

College is a tough time for a lot of students. With the demands of school work, exams, rising debt, there’s not much that students can do to ease the pressure. Sure, there are house parties here and there but that kind of thrill wears off after a couple of hours. What college students really need during desperate times is support from friends and family, and more importantly good old comfort food. That kind of stuff really warms the heart, which makes sense why one student sacrificed his free time to make others feel good. 

Jayson Gonzalez is a 21-year-old college student at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, drove 270 miles to Iowa to buy Krispy Kreme doughnuts and sell them to students.

Credit: Krispy Kreme Run Minnesota / Facebook

Some of you reading this may take for granted that you live close to a Krispy Kreme or an In N’ Out, but for others, these eateries are hard to find and can’t easily access these favorites where they live. So, Gonzalez took it upon himself to drive from Minnesota to the closest Krispy Kreme in Ohio and serve his friends these hard-to-find goodies. CBS News reports that Minnesota hasn’t had a Krispy Kreme in 11 years. 

A box of 12 dozen Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts costs roughly between $8 and $12. Gonzalez’s customers would buy them for $17 to $20 a box. Some even paid $100.

Credit: Krispy Kreme Run Minnesota / Facebook

Gonzalez first had the idea in a pretty natural way. He was driving up Iowa to get some doughnuts for himself and was kind enough to ask others if they wanted some as well. His request, however, wasn’t to just those around him, but whoever saw his post on social media. 

“I thought maybe someone else would want me to bring some up, so I posted it on Facebook Marketplace,” Gonzalez said in an interview with the Twin Cities Pioneer Press last week. “I kid you not, a couple days later, I had over 300 replies.” Well, who would turn down an offer like that? 

Gonzalez saw his idea take off so quickly, he took his business idea even further and started a Facebook page to take more orders. 

However, after Krispy Kreme found out about his money-making venture, they told him to stop all sales. 

“Hi all!” Gonzalez told his followers last week. “I bear some bad news. Unfortunately, the run for this Saturday will not be taking place, as I have been told I have to shut down operations. I figured it would come eventually, but it arrived early with the surrounding articles. Life happens, and it could be a sign that something else it meant to be. I appreciate everyone’s love and support to make this happen, couldn’t have done it without you all. I would love to connect with some of you via LinkedIn if you wouldn’t mind! Also, you can add me on Facebook as well as maybe I will have another entrepreneurial adventure you will be interested in as I would love to follow some of you as well! Thanks everyone.” We love his entrepreneurial spirit!

Now it looks as if Krispy Kreme has had a change of heart and is looking to work with this young student. 

Credit: Gofundme

“I am pumped to announce that I will be able to continue the business soon, and have the support of Krispy Kreme,” Gonzalez shared on Facebook. “They want to ensure I become an independent operator and make sure the brand is represented well. On both ends, there are things that are being worked on right now to achieve that as this is being made as a special exception. But nonetheless, we can get started up again soon once certain things are in place.  This being said, I am definitely going to need a bigger vehicle with how much this has grown over the past few days. I know a couple of you have asked about a GoFundMe. I decided to create one because I won’t be able to cover the costs on my own I realize. Any donation would mean the world to me, no matter how small. Maybe I can decal it with some donut stickers! I am happy that things turned out positive, and this can continue to strive and grow over the next couple of years. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has supported me on this journey.”

Click here to help him get a new car so he can continue earning that money for school!

READ: There’s A Black Market For Krispy Kreme Donuts, And This Family Is Behind It

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A Small Crowd Marched In Boston For ‘Straight Pride’ And AOC Had The Perfect Response

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A Small Crowd Marched In Boston For ‘Straight Pride’ And AOC Had The Perfect Response

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White people across the country are freaking out. Okay, let me rephrase that. Some white people with too much time on their hands are growing increasingly paranoid that non-white and non-heterosexual people are taking over this great land we call the United States. Not only are white supremacists wreaking havoc, killing innocent people, but we also have ridiculous white people parading around town, causing pure embarrassment. 

Yesterday, an estimated 200 people marched in downtown Boston for the first (and hopefully the last) “Straight Pride Parade.” 

Credit: Twitter/@cp24

Back in June, right in the beginning of Pride month, three men formed the Super Happy Fun America organization and said they too would have their own pride day to celebrate straight people everywhere. One thing they didn’t openly say is that organizers of the “Straight Pride Parade” also have affiliations with white supremacy groups. Needless to say, the concept for the “Straight Pride Parade” drew instant ridicule yet the parade went on as planned. The permit for the parade stated they were expecting around 2,000 people, but that was not the case. More than a thousand counter-protesters showed up and police report that 36 people were arrested

People on social media could not help but mock these sad individuals, but the best line came from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

“For men who are allegedly so ‘proud’ of being straight, they seem to show real incompetence at attracting women to their event. Seems more like a ‘I-Struggle-With-Masculinity’ parade to me. ????????‍♀️ Hope they grow enough over the next year to support/join LGBTQ fam next #Pride!”

Her tweet was in response to a video of the “Straight Pride Parade” that showed people holding the American flag, others in dinosaur costumes, a majority with MAGA hats, and a huge Trump float. 

As we mentioned, 36 people were arrested, and many of those were counter-protesters. Rep. Ayanna Pressley urged people to donate to the Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund that would help contribute to the bail of the individuals arrested. 

“Join me right now in making a contribution,” Rep. Pressley tweeted. “Thank You to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march. To everyone feeling unseen & vulnerable today…we got you. Equitable outrage. Our destinies & freedoms are tied.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told her followers to do the same. 

“One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade? Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community: (Any $ left over goes to @MassBailFund + @Boston_GLASS ).”

This is not the first time Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made a hilarious jab at the organizers and supporters of “Straight Pride Parade.”

When the initial concept was first announced, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Will ‘Straight Pride’ be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives? Will people have to come out as straight? What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?” Well, she wasn’t far off. People were wearing weird-ass clothes and clown costumes.  

Here are some other of our favorite tweets from yesterday’s bogus parade. 

Jemain Clement from Flight of the Concords nailed it!

If this parade is so straight, why are there more men than women?

In all honesty, there was a handful of women there, but why didn’t did their girlfriends or wives come and support them? Oh, wait…never mind. 

Well, this is a good representation of the parade: sad and lonely.

That trash bin actually looks like it’s having more fun. 

Why would “normal” straight people want to be associated with this?

A shark? Really?

Maybe next year they will change the name to what it actually is. 

Why hide its real message?

By the way, these are the organizers of “Straight Pride Parade.”

Things that make you go hmm…

Now, if you really want to be confused by these odd people that put on this spectacle and refer to themselves as “Super Fun Happy America,” they proclaim to be “advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to build respect, inclusivity, equality, diversity, unity, solidarity, dignity, social mobility, empowerment, sustainability, justice, awareness, intersectionality, human rights, education, access, participation, dialogue, visibility, tolerance, and alliances with people from all walks of life. We encourage everyone to embrace our community’s diverse history, culture, and identity regardless of sexual orientation.”

We know that line is complete BS because the major of people there were white, and I didn’t see one LGBT person supporting their cause. They are the antithesis of inclusivity. 

Straight Pride is code for Trump rally. 

Perhaps a MAGA permit was more expensive so they went with “Straight Pride Parade.” 

We hope this sad display of a gathering will finally put this question to rest. 

The answer: because every day is a straight pride parade. 

READ: Boston Heteros Are Calling For A Straight Pride Parade And Twitter Is Not Having It

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