Blanca works her magic. When dog handler Linda Alvarez and Blanca visited eight-year-old Kourtney Najjr, the young girl had been having a difficult day. After an incredibly long stay at the hospital, she’d undergone a 4-organ transplant and, for a while, it looked like she wouldn’t make it. When Blanca got in the picture, the child’s face lit up and, for a moment, Kourtney could forget her troubles. Photo By Reed Hutchinson; Courtesy UCLA.
The News of the Week can be read every Friday. Bob Sassone rounds up the week's news in pop culture, books, food, technology, health, and current events, looks back at important moments in history, and gives a preview of upcoming holidays and events.