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Good News: Girl Lifts a Car to Save Her Father; Plus, Top 10 Good News of the Week

GNN is throwing a private party in DC and you are invited, Karah! We are bringing good news to Washington, DC on Sunday, Sept. 9 in honor of our 15th anniversary. Please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your seat. More details to come; limited seating available, so contact me asap if you will be attending the 4:00pm soiree. ~ xxoo Geri

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Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week

  1. Lottery Winners Buy Prosthetic Leg for 13-year-old Olympic Torchbearer

    Crowds cheered as he donned a cane and carried the Olympic torch through northeast England in June, even when the young amputee tripped and fell. His parents had been fundraising to buy him a lighter replacement limb. This week Britain’s biggest lottery winners stepped in to supply the money.

  2. Virginia Girl Lifts a Car, and Breathes Life Back into her Father A 22 year-old woman performed ‘the impossible’ when she found her father unconscious having been crushed by his car that slipped off its jack. She managed to pick up the BMW weighing a ton and a half and shove it away from her father’s body. When she discovered he was not breathing, her skills as a former lifeguard kicked in and she brought his limp body back to life.
  3. Brother’s Last Wish To Tip $500 Turns Into $47,000 Fund for Waiters
    Remember Aaron’s Last Wish, the video showing his family giving a waitress five hundred dollars as a last remembrance of their brother? Well, the cash was raised online from friends and family to fulfill the request. Three weeks later, the family announced it had collected nearly $50,000 and three more lucky servers have been surprised with $500 gratuities. The family is posting videos weekly as they spread the good cheer.
  4. Science Says Smiling is Helpful When You’re Stressed – Even Faking it

    Feeling good usually makes us smile, but does it work the other way around? Scientists investigated the potential benefits of smiling by looking at how different types of smiling, even faking it, affects individuals’ ability to recover from episodes of stress.

  5. Endangered Whales Sing Like Birds in Recordings, Numbers Rebound
    A University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland. She was stunned at what she heard: whales singing nearly constantly for five months using the most remarkable variety of songs. The findings also hint at the possibility of a rebound in bowhead whales.
  6. Covert Teddy Bear Airdrop Into Belarus Promotes Human Rights
    Belarus’ authoritarian President Lukashenko has sacked two of the nation’s top generals after two Swedish ad agency employees piloted a light plane into the country’s heavily guarded airspace, dropping 879 teddy bears decked out in parachutes and slogans supporting human rights. Following the incident, Belarus officials denied the flight took place, but then jailed a journalist for posting a photo of these bears on the internet. Fellow journalists are now rallying with their own photos.
  7. Boy Rallies Restaurants to Recycle Used Crayons for Schools in Need
    After a family dinner at a local Outback Steakhouse, Yoni Kalin noticed the waiters tossing into the trash small packs of crayons given out to young diners. He wondered how many thousands were being thrown out around the country at a time when news reports showed teachers digging into their own pockets to buy school supplies for students.
  8. ‘Pay it Forward’ Business School in Africa Gives Free Tuition for Service
    A unique, not-for-profit business school in South Africa held its fifth graduation ceremony for students who are not required to pay for their education monetarily, but rather to ‘Pay it Forward’ by transferring the knowledge, skills, and resources into their communities. Since its first classes in 2004, 760 students have been awarded full scholarships to the private college who would otherwise be unable to access higher education.
  9. British Player Finally Wins at Wimbledon – 1st Man in 75 Years… w/ Gold

    Four weeks to the day after Roger Federer downed him on the same patch of grass at the Wimbledon finals, Britain’s Murray routed the Swiss superstar in the Olympic men’s singles final to win Olympic gold. The victory broke a losing streak for British tennis players at the hallowed Wimbledon grounds. Not since Fred Perry in 1936 has a British male won on the center court.

  10. Comeback: Why the US Economy Is Much Stronger Than You Think

    In America these days, if you are watching too much news, you’re not getting the truth about the economy as much as political messaging and strategy. The truth is that the U.S. still has the strongest economy on the planet. America’s performance should be measured against the current competition, not against the records it set in the 1990s or 2000s. (Atlantic)

Video of the Week: Town Solves Crime of Stolen Flags at Veterans’ Graves

Just before the 4th of July, local New York media started reporting about dozens of flags stolen, ripped right off the flag poles pushed in the ground at the graves of veterans. Town residents were angry and disgusted by the "dirtbag who did this," until cameras caught the real culprit. (Watch Steve Hartman Play the Clever Sleuth)

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Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week!

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  1. Aaron’s Dying Wish: Family Leaves $500 Tip for a Pizza
    A dying man’s last wish was to impact a stranger, to make their day with a lasting gift. While alive, 30-year-old Aaron Collins didn’t have the means to make it happen. After his death, Aaron’s family set about to fulfill his wish in a local cafe: Ordering a pizza, they gave the waitress a $500 tip, and videotaped her reaction.
  2. Family Finds Old Baseball Cards in Mint Shape, May Fetch Millions A 51-year-old man was cleaning out the contents of an old house that belonged to his grandfather and found a soot-covered box that had been tucked away in the attic. Inside he found hundreds of new baseball cards bundled with twine, including 16 mint-condition ‘Ty Cobbs’. They remained untouched for a century, making them perhaps the most significant sports card find in history.
  3. Reverse Begging: Man Gives Away Money at Intersection (Video)
    Many drivers commonly see homeless people carrying cardboard signs asking for money at intersections, but commuters who passed Doug Eaton on Wednesday were instead surprised that he was handing out money. In honor of his 65th birthday, he decided to distribute free money to people, advertising his giveaway with a hand-painted sign that read: Do you need a few bucks for some coffee?
  4. 13-yo Recycles Cooking Grease into Heating Oil for Needy Families

    After reading an article in the local newspaper, Cassandra Lin discovered that many residents could not afford to heat their homes. Inspired to do something, she formed a team of seventh graders to recycle waste cooking oil and turn it into biofuel for distribution to needy families. They collected 36,000 gallons in one year.

  5. Ships Permanently Rerouted to Save Whales in San Francisco Bay
    Federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay. Shipping industry representatives joined with whale researchers to establish new cargo lanes that will protect blue whales, the largest marine mammal, in their feeding grounds outside one of the busiest ports in the world.
  6. Man Plants Heart-shaped Tribute to Late Wife Using 6000 Oak Trees
    A bereaved husband painstakingly planted a tribute to his late wife, Janet using 6,000 oak trees to imprint a giant heart-shaped meadow in the middle of his 112-acre farm in South Gloucestershire, England. In a sudden flash of inspiration to mark her legacy, Winston Howe hired a gardener and spent weeks planning and setting out each oak.
  7. Strangers Hoist Disabled Fan So He Can See Favorite Concert Two strangers became heroes at an Overland Park Blake Shelton concert last Saturday. Patrick Connelly’s wheelchair kept him from being able to actually see his favorite country singer perform at the outdoor show. In the sweltering summer heat his mom and sister tried to hold him up but he was too heavy for them. Then, suddenly two strangers come over.
  8. Teen Wins $10,000 Hero Award for Giving Fashion Makeovers to Deserving Girls
    A 16-year-old California girl wasn’t satisfied with the idea of underprivileged teen girls settling for wearing used clothing from a thrift shop. At an age when outward pressures can easily threaten a girl’s self esteem, she should be able to look her best and take pride in her appearance. That’s why Allyson created Threads for Teens, a clothing boutique confidence-booster.
  9. Teresa Project Update: 375 Cards Deliver Joy to Homebound Sister

    We received an update on the Teresa Project’s birthday card campaign. As of today, Teresa, whose brother sought to flood her mailbox with birthday cards this year, has received 375 cards and letters, along with gifts from all across Florida and Tennessee and two dozen other states, as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Germany and The Netherlands.

  10. Student Cycles Across Canada to Support Taboo Topic
    Sean Jacklin, 21, is riding his bicycle coast to coast — 4,660 miles — in an effort to shine a light on a topic many people find difficult to talk about, raising awareness and funds for the hospice movement across Canada. As the second cyclist to organize a solo tour supporting end of life care, Sean knows it is hard to raise money for something no one likes to talk about.

Video of the Week: Best Prank Ever, Aussie Gent Wears Wig of Own Hair

Two and a half million people around the world have been laughing at an Australia man’s prank to trick his friends and family using a wig of his own hair.

(Watch as the Hair-larity Ensues)

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9-Year-old Silenced By Politicians Has Changed School Lunches Forever; Plus, Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week!

This week the Summer Solstice brings with it the most light of any day all year (for the Northern Hemisphere), offering great cheer — but, during the same week that Paul McCartney turned 70, which makes me feel very old! The good news is that still-handsome ‘Macca’ looks like he’s 55. (It’s all that vegetarian food.) Glad tidings to him, and all who have a landmark birthday in June. xxoo Geri
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Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week

  1. Hiker Finds Stolen Picasso in the Woods
    A hiker in the hills found a Pablo Picasso lithograph worth tens of thousands of dollars missing since teens broke into a California mansion.
  2. 9-Year-old Silenced By Politicians Has Changed School Lunches Forever A new blog started by a 9-year-old in western Scotland shows daily photos of the lunch plates she was being served in her public school. Just started in early May, her lunch photos went viral in days. She had a million viewers within a few weeks; was written up in major magazines; and won the support of TV chef Jamie Oliver, who kicked off school-food reform in England.
  3. Aussies Petition and Secure Historic Marine Protection for Coral Sea
    Pushed by a chorus of 486,900 citizens, the Australian government announced their intention to create the world’s largest marine reserve, a highly protected zone in the Coral Sea stretching almost 200,000 square miles in one of the last remaining ecosystems in the world where populations of large ocean predators – sharks, tunas, and marlin – still thrive.
  4. China Unearths 100 Life-Size Terracotta Warriors
    Chinese archaeologists have unearthed 110 new terracotta warriors that laid buried since 210-209 BC, part of the famed army built to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor. The life-size figures were excavated by archaeologists near the site where in the 1970’s farmers found the first bits of a terracotta army, including chariots with full-size horses.
  5. Brazilian Slum Landfill Turned into Park by Volunteers
    A former landfill in a Rio de Janeiro slum has been turned into a park thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers. People came here to get rid of old refrigerators, stoves, tires and even their dead dogs, said Mauro Quintanilha, a musician and craftsman who started the initiative to create a green oasis out of the pungent garbage dump. (MNN)
  6. ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’: The Best Quotes From Graduation 2012
    Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill, and J.K. Rowling have all lit fires in the bellies of graduates with their words. Whether or not you’ve walked across that stage, commencement speeches can be helpful, no matter your age. Watch this inspiring homage to college graduation, featuring some of the best moments from the 2012 season on video.
  7. World’s Oldest Body-Building Grandma Shows How to be Healthy, Happy She started body-building at age 71 and begins every day with a ten-mile run. At 75, this Baltimore grandmother has made it her mission to teach others how to to be healthy, happy and prosperous. Age is just a number, Miss Ernie tells the class at her church. (Video)
  8. Surprise Marriage Proposal for Fan at Foster the People Concert
    Will Staney contacted the rock band, Foster the People, via Twitter asking if he could ‘pop the question’ to his girlfriend on their stage during an upcoming show. Mark Foster was happy to oblige, and gave backstage passes to Will and his friends. His girlfriend of two years had no idea why the singer suddenly called out to Will to join him onstage in front of thousands of screaming fans. (Video)
  9. Swimming Off Mogadishu, a Sense of Hope Returns to SomaliaWith almost a thousand newly trained government troops, augmented by thousands of African peacekeepers, Mogadishu, the war torn capital of Somalia, and former jewel of the Indian Ocean, has a newfound sense of liberation these days, since al Qaeda-linked rebels were forced out last year. (Reuters)
  10. Homeless Man Finds $77,000, Gets to Keep it
    A homeless man who stumbled on $77,000 in a city park in a Texan town may now keep the money, the City Council decided last week. (MSNBC)

Video of the Week: Brilliant Mr. Rogers Remix: Garden of Your Mind

When PBS discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell on YouTube, they immediately hoped to collaborate. It turns out that Boswell is a huge Mister Rogers Neighborhood fan, and was thrilled to get the opportunity to pay tribute to the Public Television hero. This is the first in a planned series of PBS icons set to be remixed using auto-tune to transform words into musical tones. (Listen and enjoy!)

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