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Tuesday
Oct042011

Amanda Knox 'Overwhelmed' as She Returns Home to Seattle

ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Amanda Knox, acquitted Monday after four years in an Italian jail for a murder she has steadfastly claimed she didn't commit, returned to Seattle Tuesday evening and told friends and supporters she was "overwhelmed" to be home.

"They're reminding me to speak in English because I'm having problems with that," Knox said, her voice trembling. "I'm really overwhelmed right now. I was looking down from the airplane and it seemed like everything wasn't real."

Standing at a podium in front of her family and lawyers, dressed in a loose gray sweater over a black t-shirt, Knox added, "What's important for me to say is just thank you to everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me, who has supported my family. ... My family's the most important thing to me right now and I just want to go and be with them."

She took no questions and left the room with her family.

Knox's arrival back home capped an emotional rollercoaster for the 24-year-old woman. Her legs buckled and she nearly collapsed when the Italian court threw out her murder conviction,  releasing her from prison for the first time in four years.

Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of killing Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. Knox had been serving a 26-year prison term and Sollecito a 25 year sentence.

After being hustled out of the courtroom crying and stumbling, Knox emerged back at Cappane prison where she was greeted with an exuberant welcome from the inmates.

Corrado Maria Daclon, secretary general of the USA Italy Foundation, said he engineered Knox's departured from the prison, an overnight stay near Rome and getting her to plane under the radar of the media.

"The foundation had been working on the plans to get Amanda out of jail for 20 days, carefully studying how to get her out of jail, her arrival in Rome, transfer to the airport, her arrival and transit through nonpublic area of the airport," Daclon said.

Knox thanked Daclon and her supporters in a letter released Tuesday.

"To hold my hand and offer the support and respect through the barriers and controversies of the Italians. There was the Italy USA Foundation, and many who have shared my pain and helped me to survive on hope," Knox wrote.

"I am forever grateful for their caring hospitality and their courageous efforts. Those who wrote to me, who defended me, who stayed close to me, who prayed for me. We are forever grateful. I love you. Amanda," the letter read.

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Friday
Nov192010

Arizona Homeless Man Turns in Lost Backpack With $3,300

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- When a homeless Arizona man found a backpack containing thousands of dollars in cash, he could have seen it as a windfall. Instead, he saw that it was returned to its owner, an honorable act that's now paying off.

Dave Tally, a recovering drug addict, came across the lost backpack earlier this month in a light rail station in Tempe. He opened it up, trying to find some sort of identification or baggage tag.

Inside, there were no clues about its rightful owner, but Tally did find an envelope stuffed with $3,300 in cash, as well as a laptop computer.

"Finding the envelope with the case was just mind-blowing," Tally said. "There were lots of crazy thoughts that went through my head."

The cash could have meant a lot for Tally, who's lived on the streets for several years after losing his home. He now sleeps in the basement of local churches, saving what little he can to fix his broken bike, his only source of transportation.

"I went into survival mode for a moment, actually more than a moment," Tally said, "thinking about all the things I could do for myself."

But in the end, the money wasn't worth more than his honor.

"It wasn't easy, but I know it was the right thing to do," Tally said. "I beat myself up pretty hard for even thinking I would spend one dime of that person's money."

Tally took the bag to his boss at the Tempe Community Action Agency, which helps homeless people in the area find shelter and where he holds down a part time job. With no ID on the bag, they had no way of finding the owner until someone thought to plug in a flash drive that was with the computer.

On the drive was the resume of Bryan Belanger, an Arizona State University student who thought he'd never see his belongings again after mistakenly leaving them in the station on his way to work. He was carrying the envelope of money with plans to buy a used car off Craigslist.

Thanks to Tally's good deed, the bag, cash and computer were back in Belanger's hands five days after he reported them missing.

"It's just the greatest thing I've ever experienced, I think," said Belanger. "It really is a lesson to keep your faith in people, and character exists no matter what your circumstances are."

When Belanger met Tally, he offered a grateful handshake and a cash reward. Belanger even promised to volunteer at the Tempe Community Action Agency.

But those aren't the only rewards Tally's decision brought him. After his story aired on ABC's Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV, strangers sent Tally checks, and even found him to hand him cash. More than enough money has come in to fix his broken bike.

For his part, Tally hopes his act will change some people's notions about the homeless.

"My time being on the streets, I met some of the most intelligent people that just made bad choices," Tally said. "They are just everyday people that have a different way of life right now."

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