Mari writes human interest stories for The UpSide section.

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For special-needs kids, post-graduation plans need to hatch in middle school

Adults on the spectrum have far lower rates of employment than their peers with other disabilities.

These horses are helping veterans and first responders take the reins against PTSD

“They don’t have that brotherhood or sisterhood when they leave the military,” said Brennan, a former trauma nurse and pharma executive. “This gives them a feeling of purpose.”

A win all around for a N.J. cross-country team

It was a win-win for the Ocean City High School cross country teams.

Sometimes the worst-case scenario can be fun

The exhibit is based on the "Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” book series.

The RoundUP: Rails-to-trails adds another link, distinguished daughters are honored, and volunteers help feral cats find shelter.

A new rails-to-trails, building a cat shelter workshop and honoring women of achievement are part of this week's roundup.

Beware of ‘Halloween hand’ and other scary holiday-related injuries

During October and November 2013, more than half of the estimated 4,400 Halloween-related injuries involved pumpkin carving, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.

Man fatally shot in West Philadelphia

The victim was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

Philadelphia man arrested in 2-year-old Delaware County murder

The victim knew the gunman, according to reports.