Winners & Losers: Aug. 26, 2013

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - TV news averages more than 400 stories a week, and Craig O'Neill helps make sense of it all. I had the Craig Cam out this weekend, catching people at play and, of course, all for a cause bigger than themselves. We begin with those highlights.

    The Corvette Club of Central Arkansas is a winner. You can see the passion of these Corvette lovers shining through when they produce a show, and their compassion for charities across the state is a testimony to the spirit of giving. They met Saturday outside the First Methodist Church in North Little Rock.

    Families Are Special Incorporated is another winner in my book. The nonprofit adoption service celebrated 20 years of bringing children and new families together. They recently had their annual barbecue bash--a fundraiser that helps defray costs for prospective adoptive parents.

    Youth Challenge also celebrated its 20th year and is also a winner. These teenagers go through an intense training and discipline regimen at Camp Robinson as a way to alter their life's path to a more positive outcome. They are dedicated to going in one direction-up.

    Elizabeth "Sharp-as-a-Tack Macklin" celebrated an even bigger milestone this weekend. She turned 100 years old and became a winner in my book, too. They had a big party yesterday complete with telegrams from Governor Beebe and President Obama.

    Our first loser of the day is Power Grid Security. The fact that somebody could bring down a power transmission tower in Cabot last week, with a fairly simple form of sabotage, points out the vulnerability of the power grid, not just in Arkansas but the U.S. Now that I've got you powernoid, let's go back to winners.

    The Hogs are winners, too! They're number two in sports-related merchandise sales nationally, trailing only Alabama. So, despite being picked last in the SEC, the Hogs still have the most loyal fans.

    Arkansas Children's Hospital goes onto the ever-growing list of winners all because of Kali Hardig. The child could work an iPad thanks to the capable hands of Arkansas Children's Hospital. It's the comeback story of the year as she recovers from parasitic meningitis.

    Finally, The Cleveland Indians are winners. One of their biggest fans is 8-year-old Niko Lanzarotta, who suffers from cerebral palsy. When he got to meet his two favorite players, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis, the 8-year-old asked the players to hit home runs for him, and they did. Each player hit a two-run home run in the first and third innings in the team's victory over Minnesota.

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