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Good News Tuesday for September 13, 2022: Ukraine Reclaims Territory, Blind Football in Uganda, Logging Equipment is Removed in Malaysia, Aspiring Doctor Gets White Coat, and Three Rescued Dolphins are Released in Bali

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Ukraine Reclaims More Territory

Ukrainian troops have retaken a significant portion of land near their northeastern border as reported in this article from AP.

Playing Blind Football in Uganda

Blind Football Uganda has developed technology for visually impaired people to play football, aka soccer. After just one year, they have four men’s teams and two women’s teams, containing mixed abilities and classifications. Read about how it works from CNN.

Logging Equipment Removed from Sensitive Deep Forest in Malaysia

A Malaysian timber giant has removed logging equipment from a long-disputed area of culturally sensitive deep forest after the Penan Indigenous organization Keruan filed a police report and planned to start a blockade to protect the forest. The area is slated to be part of a new government led conservation effort. Here’s more from goodgoodgood.com.

Medical Student Gets White Coat in a Moving Ceremony

Aspiring doctor Maria “Robles told “GMA” she and her brother grew up in impoverished conditions in the Philippines….” Last month her brother Carlito, a P.A. “coated” her in a ceremony signifying the beginning of her medical training. GMA has this remarkable story with photos of the sister and brother as children and now living their dreams.

Three Dolphins Rescued from Resort Hotel were Set Free after Years of Captivity

After regaining their health and strength, three bottlenose dolphins were released from a sanctuary in Bali. Johnny, Rocky and Rambo were rescued three years ago from their tiny pool in a resort hotel. Before that, they’d spent years performing in a traveling circus. You can read more about their release in this article from AP which contains the video below.

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Good News Tuesday for September 6, 2022: Largest Offshore Windfarm, Babies in Japanese Nursing Home, Recycling 300 Tons of Paint, and Police Rescued a Father and Son Clinging to a Cooler in Boston Harbor

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The World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm is Fully Operational

 Hornsea 2, “The world’s biggest offshore wind farm” is now fully operational 55 miles) off the coast of Yorkshire, England. Here’s more from CNBC.

Babies Bring Smiles to a Nursing Home in Japan

A nursing home in Japan recruits babies and toddlers to cheer up elderly residents from the surrounding area. The home offers flexible hours, baby formula and diapers, as well as tea for the accompanying mothers. This article from CNN offers provides details and smiles.

Rescuing Paint from the Landfill

Since opening in 2004, the staff and volunteers at Seagulls Paint Store have collected around 300 tons of paint each year from the landfill. They sort and mix the pain into colors requested by customers and sell it for about 75% less than regular paint stores. The Good News Network has more on this story.

Boston Harbor Police Recue Father and Son Clinging to a Cooler

A father and son were out lobstering in the Boston Harbor when their boat hit rocks and sank. They hung on to their cooler until police were able to rescue them from the cold water. This article from the Good News Network includes a video of the rescue. The video below shows the follow up thank you meeting.

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Good News Tuesday for August 30, 2022: Tasmanian Rainforest Victory, Erasing US Student Loan Debt, The World’s Largest Community Garden, and a Cat Wakes Up Woman Having a Heart Attack

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Environmental Activists Halt Work on Toxic Waste Dump

A Federal court justice upheld environmentalist’s objections to a toxic waste dump in the Tasmanian rainforest “on the grounds that the endangered Tasmanian masked owl was not properly considered.” A new assessment will have to take place. Here’s more from EuroNews.Green.

Erasing US Student Loan Debt for Lower Income Households

US President Biden is eliminating $10,000 in federal student loan debt for citizens with incomes below $125,000 a year, or households that earn less than $250,000. Here are details from AP.

Rio de Janeiro is Creating the World’s Largest Community Garden

The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is growing what is likely to become the world’s largest community garden. Created in 2006, the project currently has 56 active neighborhood gardens with about 50,000 families involved. When completed, the urban garden will connect several neighborhoods with a green strip of land and be as large as 15 soccer fields. Mayor Eduardo Paes made it a goal of his administration to have the garden fully operational by 2024. You can read all about it here in Bloomberg.

Cat Wakes Up Woman who was Having a Heart Attack

Sam says Billy is more her mom’s cat, but Billy woke her up by jumping on Sam’s chest and wouldn’t leave her alone. It turns out, Sam was having a heart attack and credits Billy for saving her life. Read more from the Good News Network. Plus, here’s a video of Sam and Billy:

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Good News Tuesday for August 16, 2022: Treating Tinnitus, Help for Endangered Salmon, Lyme Disease Vaccine Update, and Compassion in Little League Baseball

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Study Shows Improvement in Treating Tinnitus

“Encouraging results” have come from research in New Zealand where a smartphone ap was used to treat tinnitus. Out of 61 people studied, sixty-five percent reported improvement. “For some people, it was life-changing….” The treatment helps the constant ringing or buzzing noise fade more into the background. Here’s more from IFLScience.

Endangered Salmon are About to Swim Upstream Again after 80 Years

“Whatever happens to the salmon happens to us,” Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader

Since the construction of the Shasta Dam in 1942, endangered chinook salmon have not been able to swim upstream to spawn in the cold mountain waters of Northern California. Wildlife officials collected about 20,000 eggs from a National Fish Hatchery near Redding, drove them three hours north, then “lugged the cooler down a rocky slope to the riverbank….” This story includes the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s moving ceremonial blessings for the salmon and their importance to tribal culture.

A New Vaccine for Lyme Disease is Almost Ready

The Lyme disease vaccine is now in the final phase of a clinical study in humans. NPR has details.

Little League Batter Consoles Pitcher Who Hit Him with the Ball

At a little league baseball game, the pitcher Kaiden felt noticeably upset after accidentally hitting the batter in the head, knocking off his helmet. The batter, 12-year-old Isaiah, seeing that the pitcher was upset, went to console him and let him know he was okay.

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Good News Tuesday for August 2, 2022: Progress Toward HIV Cure, Solar Panels Raise Teacher Salaries, California Beach Returned to Black Heirs, and a Seven-Year-Old Saves Toddler in Pool

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Progress Toward HIV Cure

Two new cases presented at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal give hope to the possibility of remission from HIV. A 66-year-old man appears to have been cured by a stem cell donation, and a woman is in remission after immune boosting therapies. NBC News has details. (via 1440)

Solar Panels Save Arkansas school enough Money to Significantly Raise Teacher Salaries

In Batesville, Arkansas installing 1,500 solar panels saved the school about $600,000 yearly. This money was then funneled back to the teachers for up to $15K in raises. Here’s how they did it.

California Beach Stolen from Black Couple Returned to Heirs

Los Angeles County returned prime California oceanfront property to the heirs of a Black couple who built the resort for African Americans when beaches were segregated. Bruce Beach was stolen from entrepreneurs Charles and Willa Bruce nearly a century ago. Their great-great-grandson, Anthony Bruce, received the deed last week. Read more and watch the video from CBS News HERE.

A Seven-Year-Old Saves Toddler at the Bottom of a Pool

Messiah saw a toddler six-feet down at the bottom of the pool and swam down to get him out. His relative, 9-year-old Savannah, helped pull the toddler out of the pool. The mom says the toddler is doing well. Here’s the story from GMA with a video below.

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Good News Tuesday for July 26, 2022: Agreement to Resume Ukraine’s Grain Exports, Botswana’s Progress in Reducing HIV Transmission, India Bans Single Use Plastic Items, and “Rowdy” Cat Caught in Airport after Three Weeks

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Russia and Ukraine Sign Agreement to Resume Ukraine’s Grain Exports

Ukraine and Russia have signed an agreement for Ukraine to resume grain exports. Though the agreement was signed in separate rooms, it was backed by the United Nations and is the first agreement between the two countries since the Russian government started the war. CNBC has more on this story

Botswana Cuts HIV Transmissions from Mothers to Infants from 40% to Less than 1%

Botswana once had the highest HIV rates in the world, but a national program has reduced their mother to infant transmission of HIV from 40% to below 1%. The program included increased testing for all pregnant women and administering antiretroviral therapy to those who tested positive and to their infants. For details, click this article from the Good News Network.

India has Banned Several Types of Single-Use Plastics

India recently imposed a ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cutlery, ear buds, packaging films, and cigarette packets, as well as other products. CNN has more in this story from Reuters.

Cat who Escaped in Boston Airport for Three Weeks has been Caught

A cat named, “Rowdy,” escaped from her carrier in the Boston airport over three weeks ago. After a “massive search” Rowdy finally allowed herself to be safely trapped. Here’s more from HuffPost. and Here’s a video:

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Good News Tuesday for July 19, 2022: 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Oil Companies Cancel Leases in Artic Wildlife Refuge, 4000 Beagles Rescued, and A Young Man Saves Five Minors from a Burning House

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988 Suicide Prevention Hotline Launched Saturday in the US

The 988 “Lifeline” simplifies access and provides free 24/7 confidential emotional support to those in the US experiencing mental health distress. People can call, text, or chat. Here’s the 988 Website and here’s a report from NBC News.

Three Oil Companies Decide Not to Drill in the Artic Wildlife Refuge

Three oil companies have canceled leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich’in people and home to 45 species of mammals including polar bears, bowhead whales and caribou. EcoWatch has details.

4000 Beagles to be Rescued from Research Facility

A federal judge has approved a plan for 4000 beagles to be rescued from Envigo, a research facility in Virginia. The conditions at the facility were horrible, but the good news is that the Humane Society of the US will be transferring the dogs to Humane Societies across the US, and the parent company plans to close that research facility. Thank you to the Virginia senators who advocated for these dogs and to the federal investigators. For more of the story, click here.

Young Man Saves Two Children and Three Teens from Burning House

Nicholas Bostic, a 25-year-old pizza delivery driver, saved two children and three teens from a burning house at around 12:30 a.m. on Monday. This is one of the most dramatic and moving rescue stories I’ve ever seen. Huffpost has the details and the bodycam video. The video below includes commentary and Nicolas being interviewed later.

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Good News Tuesday for July 14, 2022: Waste Sharks, A Kitten Rescued from a Pepsi Machine, and a Teen Rescues Four People from Drowning

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Waste Sharks Clean Up Trash Before it Hits the Ocean

Dutch “waste sharks” collect plastic, algae, and other trash before it can get to the ocean. Read more from Euronews.green. Plus, here’s a video below.

Firefighters Rescue Kitten Trapped in a Pepsi Machine

This was just too cute to pass up. Lindsey Russell was working at a Walmart in Tennessee when she heard meows coming from the Pepsi machine. After spending her lunch hour trying to get the kitten out of the machine, she called on firefighters who were able get the kitten out. Lindsey adopted the kitten now named Pepsi. See a picture from the Good News Network.

Mississippi Teen Rescues Three Girls and Police Officer from River

16-year-old Corion Evans and friends rescued four people after a car drove off a boat launch and into a Mississippi river last Sunday. The car with three teenage girls inside drove into the water, floated about 20 feet away from shore and started to sink. Corion also helped a police officer who was pushed down into the water by one of the girls who panicked. Here’s the story from ABC News, and a later interview with Corion below

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Good News Tuesday for July 5, 2022: Sustainable Girls’ School, First Black Woman on US Supreme Court, Sequoias in the UK, and a Rescue from the Track

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A Sustainable Eco-School for Girls in India Keeps Students Comfortable Despite Desert Heat

The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School in the Thar desert of India is designed to be both beautiful and sustainable with solar power, geothermal energy, and lime plastered walls for insulation. See how the innovative oval design of the school creates a comfortable learning environment with plans for a larger learning community in this article from euronews.green.

First Black Woman on the US Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in Thursday as the first Black woman on the US Supreme Court. AP has details here, and here’s a video:

Planting Sequoias in the UK

Henry Emson planted a giant sequoia sapling in the UK for each member of his family to reduce their carbon footprints. His company, One Tree One Life, buys land where these giants can grow in safety and has planted 700 resilient sequoia saplings across Britain. Read more about the sequoia project in the Good News Network.

20-Year-Old Train Commuter Rescues Man from Electrified Track

Twenty-year-old Anthony Perry saved a man who fell on an electrified train track in Chicago. Watch the video with an extra surprise at the end.

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Good News Tuesday for June 28, 2022: US Passes Gun Safety Law, Mexico City Bans Bullfighting, Canada’s Sets Deadline on Plastics, Home Safe, and a 40-Year-Old Mom Sets Triathlon Record

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US Passes Gun Safety Law with Bipartisan Compromise

The US government has passed the first major gun safety bill in almost thirty years. Fifteen republicans joined democrats to pass the bill in the US Senate on Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the bill on Friday, and President Biden signed the bill on Saturday. The new law will toughen background checks, help states implement red flag laws, strengthen mental health programs, and seek to keep guns from domestic violence offenders regardless of marital status. AP has details.

Bullfighting Banned “indefinitely” in Mexico City

“A judge has extended a ban on bullfighting in Mexico City indefinitely, raising the likelihood that the season will be cancelled at the world’s largest remaining venue.” From ABC News

Canada Sets Deadline for Plastics

The Canadian government’s ban on making or importing plastic bags, takeout containers, straws, cutlery, and more will go into effect by the end of this year. Exporting non-reusable plastics will be banned by the end of 2025. Good job, Canada! Here’s more from CBC News.

Home Safe

In personal good news, we went to the mountains for the weekend – David, Marley, and Me – and made it home safe, in spite of our husky mix slipping out the front door and taking off to race through the unfamiliar neighborhood 300 miles from home. I prayed HARD and was able to catch up with him in the car. He got in with the offer of going, “home.” This motivates me to be more alert and diligent with our training. There’s no place like home. My gratitude is overflowing.

40-Year-Old Mom Completes Triathlon in Under 8 Hours

Nicola Spirig, a 40-year-old mom, became the first female Olympian to complete a full triathlon in under 8 hours. This was after breaking three ribs, fracturing her collarbone and puncturing a lung in a cycling accident earlier this year. Good News Network has the story with the following video.

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