June 26th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Mash-up: Florida flooding, blind insight

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.

Insight from a blind man

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.

Police hire homeless man

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.

The end of a species - or is it?

That kid better not run for president someday

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.

Gale on the beach!

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."

Are you a Mac or a PC?

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:

yelownumero5

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.

Ouch!

On the horizon: Congressional Gold Medal, Loughner hearing

Ted Britton was one of the original Montford Point Marines.

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.

Vera Wang

June 27 birthdays

  • Businessman and presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, 82
  • Fashion designer Norma Kamali, 67
  • Fashion designer Vera Wang, 63
  • Actress Isabelle Adjani, 57
  • Filmmaker J.J. Abrams, 46
  • Actor Tobey Maguire, 37
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  1. Orange County Lumber Truck

    When are Beavis and Butthead (Martin and Zimmerman) going to get there due in the news again?

    June 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Shhhh!
      They have a system...a cycle, if you will.
      Give it a few days.

      June 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it. What more can be said than what's already been said ?

      June 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anonymouse

    I was there when Phelps said "I can't even touch the water unless I'm high as a kite" and then jumped into that lagoon in Florida. Dade County Water and Sewer District. What a swell character.

    June 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piers Morgan, Supervillain

      Well I don't see how smoking a phatty before he swims would give him an advantage. In fact, he'd probably be even faster if he'd use reefer as a reward for winning instead of part of his warm-up routine.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zoot Horn Rollo

    Loughner, the near-brain dead Loughner. The poster boy for lobotomy. With a brain damaged smile on his face after being beaten senseless. The photo that defines a generation of brain washed, mentally handicapped youth.

    June 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Couple of thoughts:
    I think it's terrific that the Marysville Police gave the man a home in exchange for being a watchman!
    Well done!

    Is the restaurant in France the same owners as the restaurant in Japan that uses toilets for seating?
    Although I'm glad the blind man is employed, why would anyone want to eat in the dark?
    If their food •that• scary?

    June 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Haven't you guys at CNN heard that most of the states of Colorado, Utah etc are friggin' burning? I know Anthony's brows are interesting, but jeez, not one blog?

    June 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    @ Portland tony, You live in Co or Utah?
    Just checked one video (8am briefing) that said winds cause the fire to take out another 1000 acres. from 4000 to 5000

    June 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Yeah, I was wondering about Colorado and how that's going....but who cares when their's a unibrowed wunderkind trademarking his excess hair, right?
    (Rolling eyes)

    June 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      S/B "when THERE'S a uni..."
      Yeesh, I'm getting as bad as the original article for grammar mistakes...

      June 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mickey1313

    @Philip, agreed. Yesterday you said you are only 50 blocks from one of the fires, is it worse where you are now? Drivers for my work in golden have to find a different way to c. Springs, and pueblo tonight, because of road close ings on i-25. My heart goes out to all my Colorado friends.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ mickeyl3l3, ive been wondering about that very same thing! The day after he told us that, i asked Mary about him and the fires but was told he was too busy to be worried about the fires. So now im really wondering about the whole thing.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |