May 14th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

The CNN Daily Mash-up

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'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

An American University student got an extraordinary graduation gift from a special man in her life. Watch:

Dog's best friend

Steve Soba wept with joy and gratitude after firefighters in Manchester, New Hampshire, rescued his dog, Sam, from the rushing waters of the Merrimack River. CNN affiliate WMUR captured the exciting rescue on video.

Help is on the way - eventually

Another rescue moved a little slower than the New Hampshire dog heroics. Veronica McFoy's van went over a 30-foot embankment and landed in an area so overgrown with vegetation that her vehicle disappeared into it, CNN Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA reports. McFoy was trapped for nearly three days, surviving on soda and rainwater before she used a wrench to break out a window, climbed up to the road despite numerous broken bones, and flagged down help. She is recovering in a hospital just across the state line in Morgantown, West Virginia, KDKA reports.

A civil rights icon addresses gay rights

President Barack Obama's declaration of support for same-sex marriage prompted plenty of comment from black ministers Sunday. The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was a part of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle, says Obama had to support gay marriage because he believes in equal rights.

You can't believe in equal rights for some people and yet not believe in equal rights for everybody. That includes the right to marry the person of your choice. Equal rights for some people [is] an oxymoron.

Colorful scenes from Philippines

CNN iReporter Veronica Pantaleon Mendoza shot some unusual and artsy photos of a colorful festival in the Philippines, where she lives. She said the Bangkero festival celebrates the area's hardworking people and skillful boatmen. Mendoza said the area of Pagsanjan is the tourist capital of Laguna, and the boatmen also work as tour guides, navigating tourists through the impressive sights of the region.

All hail Stan Lee

Stan Lee is basking in the success of "The Avengers," the blockbuster movie that features superhero characters Lee created in his comic books. The 89-year-old whiz kid shared a fun conversation with CNN's JD Cargill, which elicited its share of enthusiastic comments. Commenter Whosharted summed up a lot of fans' feelings:

So many times in life we see examples of someone's life's work not being appreciated until they are dead and gone.  It is gratifying to see Stan Lee, a true genius in his field, be given the credit he so richly deserves.  The Avengers is one of those rare movies that live up to the hype.  Do not miss it!!  The digital version on the big screen is amazing!!  Thank you, Stan.

On the horizon: President on 'The View'; two primaries

President Obama will appear as a guest Tuesday on the daytime talk show "The View." What do you suppose they'll ask him about?

The Nebraska and Oregon primaries are Tuesday. With Ron Paul pulling out and leaving Mitt Romney as the last Republican standing, do the remaining contests still matter?

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Rev. Joseph Lowery has stood up to say to the world that he has guts.
    We've already seen that President Obama has guts.
    I wonder how many more have them.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      yea he's got guts but he just flushed his reelection down the toilet and thank god.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      Jj,
      Don't be so sure that the President did what you said.
      He's pretty savvy about many things.
      We'll see in November.

      May 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Toxic Avenger

      Let's see if you've got any guts.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. randpaulreview

    Nope. Don't matter one bit. Don't bother showing up to the upcoming conventions Romney people! Let us Ron Paul people take it from here! Hehe.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MOJO

    THE ADULTS WITH COMMON SENCE NEED TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND STRAIGHTEN OUT THIS COUNTRY THATS IF ITS NOT TOO LATE

    May 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Equal rights for all.
    That's not hard concept to grasp; too many people want to pick who are qualified to enjoy them.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Jj i think youre in for a rude awakening, if anything he will be getting more votes.

    May 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |