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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 27, 2020: Teen’s Research to Fight Covid 19, Conservation Progress, Drones in the Rainforest, and a Teacher Saves Grandma

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Middle School Student Wins 25,000 for Research to Help Fight Covid-19

Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Texas, won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, which has been described as “the nation’s premier middle school science competition.”  In her research, “….which included analyzing close to 700 million compounds,” Anika discovered a molecule that can bind to the spike protein of COVID-19. You can read more in this article from Good Morning America.

Conservation Efforts Have Made a Difference

Up to 48 species would have become extinct without reintroduction programs, zoo-based conservation, and legal protections enacted since 1993 when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came into force. Here’s more from The Guardian

Drones Help Indigenous People Spot Illegal Logging in the Amazon Rainforest

With help from the World Wildlife Fund, indigenous Andean tribes are starting to use drones to help protect wildlife and collect evidence on illegal logging in the rainforest. This article from the Good News Network includes an informative video.

Teacher Saves Grandma

On September 22, first grade teacher Julia Koch was teaching her virtual class when she got a call from grandparent Cynthia Phillips about technical difficulties. Ms. Koch noticed Ms. Phillips was having trouble speaking and knew something was wrong. It turns out Ms. Phillips was having a stroke. You can read about how Ms. Koch got help for her student’s grandmother and also sign up for CNN’s Good Stuff here.

Plus, here’s a video!

Thank you to all the teachers on the front lines, virtually and in person!

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 20, 2020: Miracle Baby, River Cleanup, a Stolen Painting Returned, Dementia App Winners, and a Sweet Reunion

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One Pound Baby Goes Home After 133 Days

Russell Appold Jr. weighed only one pound when he was born. After fighting for life in neonatal ICU for 133 days, Russel finally went home on October 1st. Here’s more from Good Morning America.

Moving Closer to Sources of Ocean Plastic Pollution

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat is removing plastic from the ten rivers that carry the most pollution to the ocean.

“So if we focus on the worst rivers, we believe we can really have the fastest and most cost-effective way to close the tap and prevent more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place,” Slat told CNN.

(I’m hoping this initiative will provide information to help decrease plastic pollution at its sources.)

This article from CNN includes an interesting video on the process.

Stolen Painting Returned 87 Years Later

In 1933, the Mosse family had to flee Berlin to escape Nazi rule. Many of their paintings, including “Winter” by American Impressionist Gari Melchers, were stolen by the Nazis. After 87 years, “Winter” was returned to the family heirs at a repatriation ceremony which took place at the FBI office in New York. Here’s the story from CNN.

Teen Girls Win International Award for App to Help Dementia

A team of Nigerian-Irish girls won an international award for the app they developed to help people with dementia. In spite of experiencing racism as mentioned in the video, the girls have kept their spirits high. You can learn more more in this article from the Good News Network.

Married Couple Reunited after 215 Days

Joseph and Eve Loreth have been married 60 years and reside at an assisted living facility in Florida. Since March, they’ve had to be separated for 215 days, with only phone calls and a few window visits, until Joseph made a full recovery from surgery. Here’s the video of their sweet reunion.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 13, 2020: Progress for the Planet, Otter Love, Barbie Stands Against Racism, and a Ten Year Journey

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Progress with Polystyrene and Plastics

On October 7, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change presented the next steps in the government’s plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. The plan includes banning single use plastics like plastic checkout bags, straws, six-pack rings, cutlery, and hard to recycle plates by 2021. The Good News Network has details.

Additionally, several US states like Maryland have made progress in banning foam food containers and plastic bags as reported here by US News.

Otters Get a Second Chance at Love

Harris the otter was lonely after his mate, Apricot, died a few weeks ago. So the staff at the UK Seal Sanctuary created an on-line dating ad for him. A match was found at the Sea Life Scarborough Sanctuary where Pumpkin had recently lost her partner, Eric, who died at the age of 21. Here’s more from CNN.

Barbie Stands Against Racism

Good job, Barbie, for the following video blog where Barbie and her friend Nikki discuss racism, racial bias and discrimination.

A Decade of Work Pays Off

Finally, a message from ABC news and their person of the week, Jaines Andrades, who worked her way from hospital janitor to nurse practitioner.

There’s plenty more good news out there.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 6, 2020: Bee Populations, Jet Suits, Hope for Planet Earth, and Paying Medical Bills with Volunteer Hours

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Bee Populations Growing in Some US States

The Good News Network reports that bee populations are increasing in many US states with Maine showing a 73% rise in the past two years. Click here for details and how you can help.

A Jet Suit for Paramedics

In the UK a new jet suit is being tested that would allow paramedics to “fly” over rough terrain to reach patients. With small engines on their arms and another on their backs, these heroes will be able carry med kits and skill to the injured much faster. My Goodnewsletter led me to this story and video from BBC News.

Update: I just found a better video: ( I think this is a test run.)

Hope for the Planet

Geophysicist Michael Mann says on 60 minutes, “If we stop burning carbon now, we stop the warming of the planet.”

We’re making progress according to this Good News Network article, but we still need to stop burning fossil fuels.

One Doctor Does What He Can About Medical Costs

Demetrio Aguila has created a program so patients can pay for surgery by volunteering at a charitable organization. Patients can gather a team to help with the volunteer hours.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 29, 2020: Helping a Neighbor, A Pledge for the Planet, Friendly Abundance, and a New Job

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North Dakota Farmers Rally to Help Neighbor after Heart Attack

When Lane Unhjem’s combine caught fire at harvest time he went into cardiac arrest. But about 60 farmers put their own work on hold to join to help their neighbor harvest his wheat and canola crops …. “in a record time of seven hours.” The Good News Network has more.

Pledging 100% Renewable Energy in New Zealand in Ten Years

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and the Labour party have pledged to have their country running on 100% renewable energy by 2030 if re-elected. The Good News Network has more on their plan.

Lonely Widower Receives an Abundance of Friends

I’ve lost Jo

My lovely wife and soul mate

I have no friends or family

No one to talk to

I find the unremitting silence

Twenty-four hours a day

Unbearable torture

Can anyone help me?

That’s what was on the sign Tony Williams put up outside his house in England. Before that, two newspaper ads and handing out cards didn’t work and Tony felt cursed with loneliness. Now, he has thousands of friends from around the world. A good reminder to not give up. Keep asking for what you need. Here’s more of the story.

You’re Hired!

LeShenda Williams was homeless and sleeping in her car at Krogers in where she used to shop. Then she she saw a flyer that the store was having a job fair and decided to ask for a job. The manager saw something special in LeShenda (you will, too) and hired her. Now, LeShenda has an apartment furnished with help from her co-workers.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 22, 2020 Happy Autumn!: Sea Turtles, Saving Food, Ancient Seeds, Fire Cat Rescue, and Home Repair Heroes

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Sea Turtle’s Flourish in Lebanon

“… as Lebanon reels from multiple tragedies, conservationists are pointing to one bright spot. They say a record number of endangered green sea turtles have come to nest on the country’s shores.”

Here’s the story from NPR

Saving Food

When George Ahearn found out how much produce was being wasted due to COVID 19 slowing food supply chains, he wanted to get food to the people who needed it. Farmers were ready with truckloads of potatoes and onions, but food banks need food that’s washed and bagged. With help, George co-founded EastWest Food Rescue. Mobilizing farmers and volunteers, the non-profit has moved nearly eight million pounds of produce across the state of Washington to food banks and meal programs. Here’s more from CNN Heroes.

Reviving Ancient Seeds Adds Fruit to Cooperative Learning for Arab and Israeli Students

Fifteen years ago, scientists Elaine Soloway and Sarah Salon were able to germinate date seeds that lived around the time of Jesus. One seed grew into a male tree they named, Methuselah. In 2014, ancient seeds dating back close to the same time were unearthed in the Judean Desert and near the Dead Sea. Six of those seeds grew into trees at the Kibbutz Ketura campus of the Arava Institute located on the Israeli-Jordanian border where Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian college students learn and work cooperatively to solve regional and global challenges. One tree, a female named Hannah, flowered. In the spring of this year Hannah was pollinated using the powdery grains from Methuselah. She produced 111 dates that were recently harvested. For pictures, details, and a deeper look into the significance of these events, please read this article from the Good News Network.

Fire Cat Rescue

The ground smoldered as fire fighters worked to make sure a fire in Northern California did not re-ignite. LA Fire Department Captain Daniel Trevizo heard a meow. Then he saw a kitten running toward him. For more of the story and feel-good pictures, click this piece from redding.com

Gloria’s Gladiators

When 72 year old Gloria Scott called electrician John Kinney to fix her light, she had no idea what it would lead to. John saw that Gloria’s house needed a lot more work, so he returned to do other repairs at no charge. He created a Facebook page, “Old Lady Needs Help,” to rally support. The response was overwhelming in a good way.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 15, 2020: Firefighters, Canada’s Progress, Dog Rescue, Water from Air, and Music for Plants

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Ex-Inmates to Become Firefighters


California lawmakers passed a bill last month that would allow former inmates to pursue careers as firefighters after their incarcerations…….The bill gives nonviolent offenders who have spent time fighting fires the opportunity to have their records expunged so they can become firefighters….inmates are only paid between $2 – $5 a day, and an additional $1 per hour while fighting fires. (Source)

 The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom to be signed. 

Here’s more from Spectrum News.

Canada Reported No New Covid Deaths

In Canada, deaths from COVID started to plateau after July. This article from CBS reports on a day of no new deaths and Canada’s progress in fighting the coronavirus. Good job, Canada!

Oil Rig Worker Rescues Dog from Ocean

Vitisak Payalaw was first to spot a dog swimming 135 miles off the coast of Thailand. He and his coworkers rescued the exhausted dog who was later transported to a shelter. Vitiskak had to work ten more days on the rig, then went back to adopt the dog they named Boonrod. The Good News Network has the story with a sweet video.

Water From Air

In Arizona, solar-powered hydropanels are getting water from the air for 15 Navajo households who previously had no basic access to water. According Zero Mass Water CEO who manages the demonstration project with Navajo Power and Public Benefit Corporation, “A standard, two-panel array, produces 4-10 liters of water each day…” Read more from The Good News Network.

Music for Plants

When Spain lifted it’s state of emergency, they still weren’t ready for large gatherings, so a Barcelona opera house opened with a concert for plants. Over 2000 plants were brought in with each plant having its own seat to listen to a string quartet. After the concert, the plants were given in gratitude to health care workers.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 8, 2020: It Takes a Village, From Homeless to Law School, Wild Birds, and Tech for Good

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Alaska Residents Used Car Headlights to Land a Medevac Plane

In the remote village of Igiugig, Alaska, a Medevac team was attempting to land to transport a child to a hospital in Anchorage. Normally in Igiugig, a pilot can turn on the runway lights from the aircraft. But on this night night that system failed, and so did trying to turn the lights from the ground. Working together, the people of the village made phone calls and coordinated with the medevac team in the air. Within 20 minutes, 20 vehicles showed up to light the runway. Read more on how it happened from CNN.

From Homeless to Law School

Kevin Lee always wanted to go to college. Now he’s made it to law school and wants to be a judge.
“After losing their house in Pittsburgh in a flood, Lee and his mom spent a year bouncing from shelter to shelter. Soon after, his uncle, who was his biggest role model, was murdered.” Sean Giggy WCNC

Here’s more on the story.

Farmer in India Provides Half an Acre for Wild Birds

“I love this atmosphere where such a large number of birds come from long distances to eat the food I have grown for them. We take so much from nature and I believe it is our duty to give back as much as we can. Every farmer must save a small piece of land to grow food for birds.” Muthu Murugan

 Muthu Murugan, a 62-year-old farmer in has provided half an acre of his land to grow food for hundreds of wild birds some of which are on the verge of extinction. Here’s more on the story.

Tech For Good: Blind Runner Competes in Ultramarathons

Simon Wheatcroft has shown how the wrist device that helps him run marathons can also help with everyday movement of people experiencing blindness.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept 1, 2020: Eradicating Polio in Africa, Wind Turbines, Baby Elephants, and Trumpets for Guns

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Africa is Declared Free of Wild Polio

I still remember being scared as a 4 year old when my mother told me I had to take a nap so I didn’t get polio. Now, wild polio, a virus that has caused paralysis and death in children, has been eradicated in Africa. Hopefully it will be eliminated in Afghanistan and Pakistan soon. Here’s an informative article from BBC about polio and how it has been fought with vaccines.

Painting Wind Turbine Blades Black Saves Birds

Painting one blade of a wind turbine black can reduce bird deaths by 70%. I wondered why just one blade was painted. The answer is, the motion smear effect. You can read more in this interesting article from Fast Company which I found in my GoodNewsletter. .

Elephant Baby Boom in Kenya

With heavy rainfall and a decrease in international travel, 140 elephants were born in a single calving season–a record in In Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Additionally, the Kenya Wildlife Service reported that elephant population in that country has doubled over the past 30 years due in part to reduced poaching. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Trumpets for Guns

New Orleans jazz musician Shamarr Allen says music saved him as a kid. Now he’s started a program where kids can give him a gun and get a trumpet. No questions asked. Here’s the story:

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Good News Tuesday for Aug. 25, 2020: Beluga Sanctuary, Statues Honoring Women, “Solidarity Batman,” and Young Heroes

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Beluga Sanctuary

Little White and Little Grey are two beluga whales who were captured at a very young age off the coast of Russia. After spending years in a Chinese aquarium, they are currently transitioning to an 8-acre sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay in Iceland. Your can read more about the journey of Little White, Little Grey, and the Beluga Sanctuary Project at this link.

Central Park Gets its First Statue Honoring Real-Life Women

New York’s Central Park is finally getting a statue honoring real-life women. The statue of Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Caty Stanton will be unveiled tomorrow, Aug. 26. There are statues of animals, authors, scientists, and historical figures, but for 160 years, the only female statues in Central Park depict fictional characters like Alice in Wonderland. Here’s more on this story from ABC News.

Anonymous Caped Crusader Delivers Food and More

“Solidarity Batman” takes food, kind words, and a sense of humor to homeless people in Santiago Chili. There’s a short video with cool music near the end of this article from The Good News Network.

Young Heroes

Marcus Harvey and Tre Jones from Marion, Indiana risked their lives to save a stranger from a burning house. Here’s the story:

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