The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.
Samuel Davis III has found a home as a server at Dans Le Noir?, a restaurant in Paris where guests dine in complete darkness and are served by blind staff. Davis, 51, from the Bronx, was blinded when he was shot in the head in 1984, but he can still wait on tables and he has a deep philosophy:
God took away my sight to give me sight. I have a brand new outlook on life. I was supposed to be dead.
The police department in Marysville, California, can't afford to post an officer to watch over the historic Marysville Cemetery and keep it safe from vandals, so it did the next best thing. CNN affiliate KTXL reports the department recruited a homeless man to take care of the cemetery in exchange for a roof over his head. Donald "Shortstack" Oliver will live in a city-leased trailer overlooking the cemetery, which has sustained $28,000 in damage over the past year. "I never thought in my lifetime I'd be overseeing a graveyard, but hey, the good Lord has his ways," Oliver said.
We've all heard stories about children being accidentally left behind at gas stations or rest stops during family road trips. One family passing through Memphis, Tennessee, turned that on its head Monday when the dad got out of the car to pay for gas and one of his children woke up, took the wheel and drove off. CNN affiliate WMC takes it from there.
Vacations are being ruined in a different way along Florida's Gulf Coast. CNN iReporter Tracy Bond, an Alabama resident, was staying at a resort in Destin, Florida, last weekend when she snapped some evocative images of Tropical Storm Debby skirting the coast. "We were in awe at the power of nature, watching these huge clouds rolling in toward the shore from the horizon," she told CNN. "It took my breath away."
The Wall Street Journal has discovered that the online travel search engine Orbitz has been steering users of pricey Macintosh devices (yes, they can tell what you're using) toward more expensive accommodations. It didn't really need the boost, but the revelation stirred the old Mac-vs.-PC pot again, including among our readers. One particularly tart comment:
What Orbitz doesn't tell you is that they also put a pretentious neckbeard hipster in every room Apple users book so they'll feel more at home.
In a ceremony at the Capitol, U.S. House and Senate leaders will award Congressional Gold Medals to recognize the nation's first African-American Marines. Those Marines received basic training at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina from 1942 to 1949.
A competency hearing will be held for Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting six people to death and wounding 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at a Tucson, Arizona, political event in January 2011. Loughner has been under mental health treatment at a facility in Missouri for almost a year.
June 27 anniversaries
1844 - A mob kills Mormon leader Joseph Smith in Carthage, Illinois.
1985 - The legendary Route 66, running from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, is officially decertified as a U.S. route.
2007– Gordon Brown becomes the new British prime minister, replacing Tony Blair.
June 27 birthdays