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Good News Tuesday: Lego Arm, Compromise, Suicide Prevention, and Labs on a Mission

Prosthetic Arms Made from Legos

Lots of media outlets are sharing this story about David Aguilar who used Legos to build himself a series of prosthetic arms when he was a teenager. He tells his story in this video:

 

Compromise is Possible

In hopes of avoiding another government shutdown, US negotiators have reached an “agreement in principle” regarding the issue of the border wall. Whether the US administration will accept this bipartisan deal negotiated by members of congress remains to be seen. But the point is: compromise is possible and, regardless of how I feel about the wall, I want to applaud their efforts.  Here’s the story from Good Morning America.

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The Guardian of the Bridge

Kevin Briggs has “talked” over 200 people off the ledge of the Golden Gate Bridge in his job with the California Highway Patrol.  What he did most was listen. Click here for the story from CBC Radio.

Labs on a Mission

Two Labrador retrievers race outside and get the attention of a neighbor who helps their mom who had a stroke.

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Good News Tuesday: Warm Rooms, Free MH Crisis Clinic, A Law for Animals, and Solar Batteries

A Warm Place in Chicago

Volunteer, Candice Payne used her personal credit card to get hotel rooms for homeless people during a record-setting freeze in Chicago. Then, other volunteers joined in and followed her lead.

 

 

Nashville Opens Free 24 Hour Mental Health Clinic

Designed to streamline assessments of mental health patients in crisis, this clinic is open to the public who can come in any time. You can read the Nashville Public Radio post or watch the video below of the grand opening.

Having worked in the mental health and crisis fields, I know how important it is for people in crisis to have easier access to services. The Nashville program sounds to be compassionate and well thought out.  If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, at least listen to the first few minutes.

 

 

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Lawmakers Aim to make Animal Abuse a Felony in US

Representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan — a democrat and a republican, respectively — are introducing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act  a new bill that will make animal cruelty a felony in the United States. Let’s hope it passes. Click here for details in Green Matters.

 

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Solar Batteries on the Way

A research group in Sweden has developed a storage system that uses a special molecule in liquid form to store solar power.  They hope the system will be available for commercial use within the next ten years. Here’s how it works:

“First, the liquid captures energy from sunlight in a solar thermal collector on the roof of a building. Then it is stored at room temperature, leading to minimal energy losses. When the energy is needed, it can be drawn through the catalyst so that the liquid heats up. The warmth could then be utilized in, for example, domestic heating systems, after which the liquid can be sent back up to the roof to collect more energy – all completely free of emissions, and without damaging the molecule.”

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Click here for the article from The Good News Network.

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Good News Tuesday: Lost and Found, Way to Go Germany, Fox Rescue, and The Gift of Shoes

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Rescuers Found 3 Year Old Casey Alive and Well

Young Casey Hathaway wandered into the woods a couple of counties north of where I’m living. He was missing for almost three days through wet freezing nights until rescuers found him tangled in thorny bushes. I’d been following this story on the local news, but hadn’t heard about the bear. The Good News Network reports Casey said he spent some of his time in the woods with a friendly bear who kept him safe.  There’s no other confirmation about the bear besides Casey’s words, but thank goodness for friendly bears! You can read more about Casey’s rescue here.

 

 

 

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Rakotzbrücke Bridge in Germany. Photo from Pixabay

Germany to Close its Coal Fired Plants

The Los Angeles Times reports that Germany plans to close all 84 of its coal fired plants over the next 19 years with the goal to rely mostly on renewable energy.  Here’s the story.  

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Foxes Rescued from Fur Farm

174 foxes were rescued from a fur farm in China and given sanctuary at a Buddhist monastery. The fur farm planned to close and “dispose” of the foxes, but animal activists took them to the monastery at where the foxes were were released from cages.

The residents of Buddhist Jilin Nursing Garden in Mudanjiang, China said that they were happy to welcome the critters onto their property.   (Good News Network)

The foxes will reportedly be staying at the monastery until volunteers are able to construct a permanent shelter.  You can read and get links to video in this GNN story.

He Gave his Shoes

Nine year old Cheikh Faizal was walking with his father in in Malaysia noticed a boy with no shoes. He stopped and took off his shoes and socks and lovingly put them on his new friend.  You can read the story from The Good News Network.

 

 

 

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WATWB: Teenage Diver Fights Golf Ball Pollution

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At age 16, free diver Alex Weber found an astounding number of golf balls in the ocean near her home in California. Five golf courses – two near the ocean and three along the Carmel River- were the source. Golf balls degrade in water releasing toxic chemicals and microplastic harmful to marine life. Alex has  brought over 50,000 golf balls up from the ocean.

“She and her father would haul hundreds of pounds of them up, and then of course more golfers would hit more into the ocean.” NPR (source below)

The following video is from Alex’s website: https://www.theplasticpick-up.org/

 

With help from Matt Savoca and Stanford University, Alex published an article about the golf ball pollution in the journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin. Now 18, Alex plans to study marine science at a university. She is still collecting golf balls.

You can read more of Alex’s story in this article from NPR

Here’s a video from Alex and Jack’s gofundme page.

 

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Good News Tuesday: Bee Vaccine, A Special Coat, and 99 + Stories from 2018

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The First Vaccine for Bees

Scientists at the University of Helsinki, Finland have developed a vaccine for bees. The vaccine called “PrimeBee” targets the deadly bee disease American foulbrood and can be delivered on a sugar patty.  The vaccine is not yet available for sale, but I’m thankful researchers are working hard to save bees. You can read more in this article from NPR

A Special Coat for Zoey

Zoey lives in Michigan where the winters are very cold. Having cerebral palsy and being in a wheel chair made it hard for her to bundle up for recess. So Zoey’s mom invented a special coat. I hope you enjoy meeting Zoey and learning more about her mom’s invention in this video.

 

 

99 + Good News Stories from 2018

We still have a lot of work to do as a species, but this collection of good news stories from “Future Crunch” celebrates some of the progress we’ve made this year. The stories are arranged in the categories of conservation, global health, kindness/tolerance, living standards, decrease in war/crime/violence, and environment. Take your pick or read them all!

And on the personal front, I got my computer fixed!

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Good News Tuesday: A Bag of Money, Good News Graphs, Violence Intervention, & a Surprising Friendship

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Homeless Man Gives Bag of $17,000 to Food Bank

Kevin found the bag of money at the Sumner Food Bank near Seattle. He thought about what to do. It wasn’t easy, but he feels good about his decision to give the money to the first staff person who arrived at the food bank. They turned it into the police, but since no one claimed it, the food bank got to keep it. Kevin got a certificate from the town and gift cards to his favorite store. He’s still proud of his decision and loves being famous as you’ll see in this sweet video from ABC news. 

(There might be a commercial, but it’s worth watching for the good news story.)

Some Things are Getting Better!

When you take a look at overall trends, you can see that some things are getting better. According to the graphs in this article, child mortality, extreme poverty, and the cost of renewable energy are going down. We’re also getting better at preventing diseases like malaria.

Group Violence Intervention (GVI) makes a difference.

“So far this year, shots fired in New Haven are down by almost 80% from 2011. Chicago experienced a 32% reduction in victims among the gangs represented at call-ins, New Orleans a 32% decrease in gang homicides and Stockton a 55% reduction in homicides.”

The Guardian reports on the success and spread of “Boston’s Miracle.” Read more here.

Democrats and Republicans can be Good Friends

I love seeing the positive energy and good humor between former first lady Michelle Obama and former president George Bush. They are regularly assigned seats next to each other at official events.  Former President Bush was caught on camera giving Ms. Obama a cough drop at Senator McCain’s funeral, and the video went viral. Recently when greeting her at his father’s funeral, Mr. Bush gave her a cough drop showing  his sense of humor even in his grief. The friendship between the Obamas and the Bush family gives me hope that we can learn to get along regardless of our differences. Maybe there’s something about sitting side by side that encourages friendship.

 

 

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#WATWB : A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table is a restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina where customers pay what they can. 27-year-old Maggie Kane started the restaurant after she graduated from college. Eighty percent of the customers pay the suggested price. Some pay more, some pay less, and some volunteer for their meal. A Place at the Table will soon be celebrating its one year anniversary and has given away almost 7,000 meals.

 

Another pay-what-you-can cafe is located in Boone, NC. The F.A.R.M. Cafe is a non-profit restaurant. You can learn more here: http://farmcafe.org/index.html . Since I have family in Boone, I hope to visit the F.A.R.M. Cafe sometime in 2019. Maybe some day every city and town will have a pay-what-you-can restaurant.

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We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world. For more information, visit:

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Our co-hosts this month are:  Eric Lahti , Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Damyanti Biswas Please visit them and say hi!