| Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week
- Hero of the Year: Nepalese Woman Frees Kids of Incarcerated Parents
Pushpa Basnet, a Nepalese woman who runs a home for children so they don’t have to live behind bars with their incarcerated parents, was named the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year on Sunday night. She was in her twenties when she started a home in Kathmandu where children can receive education, food, medical care and a chance to live a more normal life.
- Six Photos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity – and Cops This photo taken by a tourist in Times Square, shows a 25 year-old police officer stooping on his knee against the cold sidewalk to talk to a homeless man with bare feet. He asked his shoe size, went into the Skechers store and bought all-weather boots. Here are 6 photos posted in November on social media that serve to inspire and restore your faith in humanity.
- Lego Surprises Boy After He Saved for Years to Buy Discontinued Toy A Massachusetts boy who believed that his dream toy was no longer available received an amazing surprise on his 11th birthday – all courtesy of the Lego company.
- Self-Taught Boy Genius From Sierra Leone Impresses MIT
15-year-old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz kid in Sierra Leone who has invented or manufactured his own batteries, generators and transmitters for radio broadcasting using spare parts he gathered from trash bins. Completely self-taught, the boy was invited by MIT to visit America recently to expand his horizons.
- Growing Food in the Desert: Solving the World’s Food Crisis Now
Agriculture uses 60-80% of the planet’s scarce fresh water, but what would happen if food production used no water at all? That is happening now in Australia, and soon in Qatar. A group of scientists is using the sun to create something-from-nothing — fresh water for irrigation, from condensation — to grow high-quality, delicious, pesticide-free vegetables in greenhouses year-round.
- Anonymous ‘Santa’ Hands Out $100 bills in Storm-hit NY
A wealthy Missouri man posing as Secret Santa stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy. The Kansas City businessman is giving away $100,000 this holiday season, and spent the day in New Jersey and New York giving away thousands.
- No Person Shot, Stabbed, or Murdered in NYC Monday: A Trend?
For a blissful 36 hours beginning on Sunday night, there was no gun or knife violence reported in New York City. Officials couldn’t remember the last time that happened. But it may not be as rare in the future. Homicide rates in the Big Apple have fallen continuously since the 1990’s.
- Missouri Couple Hopes to Live Normally Having Won Powerball Jackpot
To announce one of the biggest events of their lives, and surrounded by family and friends, Cindy and Mark Hill were introduced Friday as winners in this week’s huge Powerball lottery — an extraordinary stroke of luck that gives them half of the $588 million jackpot.
- From Dog Fighting to Prison Pup to Famous Therapy Dog
Judging from her scarred body, Peyton had been used as a bait dog in vicious dog fighting rings. A day or two before her scheduled euthanizing, a group called New Leash on Life plucked her from the shelter and brought her to a prison for training. Now 2 years old and a long way from her heartbreaking past, Vivian is being honored by the National Dog Show as one of this year’s featured therapy dogs.
- Catholic Bishop Builds Peace Between Jews and Arabs in Israel
In contrast to what the news media portrays as a hopeless situation in the Middle East, there is an Arab village in northern Israel, Ibillin, where the leaders of tomorrow are gathering daily in school classrooms, Jews befriending Muslims befriending Christians. At the Mar Elias Educational Institutions, children receive a superior education but also work together to promote peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Middle East.
Video of the Week: This is Why You Should Never Judge Too Quickly
A series of funny TV ads produced by Ameriquest clearly demonstrate why it is not a good idea to judge our fellow human beings too quickly. Situations are often not what they seem. Humor makes the point so very well in these clever ads.
(A Fun Way to Learn a Lesson!)
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