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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 14, 2021: College for 9/11 Children, Education Reforms in China, Mexico Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals, A Boy and his Dog, and a Special Chandelier

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Bank Pays Tuition for Children of 9/11

In the aftermath of 9/11/01, the banking firm of Sandler O’Neill that was on the 104th floor in the World Trade Center started a foundation to pay the college tutition for the children of employees who died in the attack. So far, 54 young men and women have had their college tuition paid, with 22 still eligible. The ones who’ve attended or are attending college have gone to many different schools “from Stanford to Notre Dame to community colleges and technical institutes.” The Good News Network has details.

China’s Educational Reforms Aim to Reduce Unhealthy Pressure

China’s Ministry of Education’s published sweeping reforms on Monday such as banning end-of-year exams for 6 and 7 year old children.  It is hoped that the reforms will close educational and finanacial gaps between schools which have led to social distortions and financial burdens for parents. This article includes insights from a reporter who worked in the Chinese private tutoring industry.

Mexico Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Mexico had become the first North American country, and the 41st country worldwide, to ban consmetic testing on animals. Here’s more from Tree Hugger.

13 Year Old Boy Saves Sisters from House Fire (and the Dog Saves the Boy)

When his parents were at the grocery store, Briar saw that the house had caught on fire. He got his four sisters outside to safety, then Mandy, the family dog, led Briar out. Here’s the video:

Nurse Creates Beautiful Chandelier from Vaccine Vials

After working for seven months as part of a Covid vaccinating team, retired nurse Laura Weiss repurposed 300 vaccine vials into a beautiful chandelier. See the best photos of her creation, “Light of Appreciation” in this article from NPR. Here’s a preview:

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Good News Tuesday for August 24, 2021: From Mining to Fruits and Flowers, Goodbye Pesticide, Raising Butterflies, and the Cat Who Knew Where to Look

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An Indian Mining Community is Switching from Coal to Forest Fruits and Flowers

The state of Chhattisgarh in India is moving away from opening new coal mines and toward supporing the harvest of forest goods like tamarind, cashew nuts, flowers, and medicinal seeds. Sushma Netam, who oversees the state program has reported an increase in fmaily incomes since setting a minimum price prompts middlemen and traders to pay a fair price. You can read more about this green economy at Good Good Good.

EPA Finally Bans Pesticide Linked to Neuroligical Problems in Children

After years of pressure, the US Environmental Protection Agency is following the scienc to ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which has been linked to neurological problems in children. The chemical will be banned from food crops, but has not yet been banned for use on golf courses. For details, see US News and World Report.

97 Year Old Encourages Others to Join her in Saving Butterflies

Just a few years ago, Gwen Erickson, 97, of Minnesota started raising and releasing endangered monarch butterflies. She collects the eggs to let them go through metamorphosis in relative safety for a better survival rate. Read more and see her getting a butterfly kiss here in this article from Postbulletin.com.

Cat Helps Rescuers Find 83 Year Old Woman

Piran, a black cat whose 83 year old guardian went missing was meowing persistently by a gate to a cornfield. When rescuers searched the field, they found where the woman had fallen into a ravine. Here’s the video:

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Good News Tuesday for August 3, 2021: Hydrogen Power at the Olympics, Sharing the Gold, Old Growth Forests, and Students Build Wheelchair Stroller Attachment

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Hydrogen is Powering the Olympic Village

At the International Olympic Village in Tokyo, hydrogen fuel cells power dormitories, cafeterias, stadiums, a hotel, and a fleet of vehicles. This power source, not to be confused with hydro-electric power, produces no emissions of any kind except water, which can be used to irrigate agriculture or gardens. After the games, the village will be “converted into hydrogen-powered flats, a school, shopping center, and more.” Learn more from the Good News Network.

Sharing the Gold

Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim tied for first place in the men’s high jump competition in Tokyo. Instead of competing in a jump-off to decide who would receive the gold medal and who would get the silver, the Qatari athlete asked an official “Can we have two golds?” Going outside the box, the athletes ended up sharing the gold medal. This article includes details and moving photos of the two athletes who are also friends.

US Stops Old Growth Timber Sales in Largest Temperate Rainforest

The US Department of Agriculture announced in July to stop large-scale old growth timber sales in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, 9.3 million acres of the world’s largest temperate old growth rainforest. For more information and phenomenal tree photo, visit the Good News Network.

Students Design and Build Wheelchair Stroller Attachment

High school students in Maryland designed and built a wheelchair stroller attachment so that people with disabilities can walk their babies. The idea came about when the students found out their theatre teacher, Chelsie King was expecting a baby, and her husband Jeremy has impaired mobility. You can read more about it here at CNN and/or enjoy this video:

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Good News Tuesday for July 20, 2021: Saying No to Oil, Fixing Old Cars, and A Girl and Her Dog

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Saying No to Oil

A major Oil Company in India and the country of Greenland have decided stop looking for oil and plan to invest more in renewable Energy.

“The age of fossil fuels, which powered economic growth globally for nearly three centuries, cannot continue much longer. The huge quantities of carbon it has emitted into the environment have endangered life on Earth.”

Mukesh Ambani Chairman of Reliance Industries

The Good News Network brings us details on this story.

Doing What He Can

Restaurant owner Eliot Middleton of South Carolina is also a trained mechanic. He rehabs old cars and gave 32 cars to rural families where there is no public transportation, no taxis and no Uber. Then CBS did a story about him, and the donations are pouring in.

A Girl and Her Dog

Bella was born with morquio syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes a person’s muscles progressively waste away, along with other painful health issues. Watch what a difference a Great Dane named George has made in her life. “Before George, Bella’s leg muscles were quickly deteriorating, but her family says after six months with him, her legs were strong enough to hold her own weight. “

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Good News Tuesday for July 6, 2021: Wales Takes a Big Step, Nurse Stops Hospital Fire in India, Florida Creates Wildlife Corridor, and Valedictorian Speaks his Truth on Acceptance, Mental Health, and Identity


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Wales Puts a Hold on New Road Building

As part of their plan to reach zero emissions by 2050, the Welsh government is putting a hold on new road building. They’re not saying they will never build roads again, but for now, no new roads.

“We need a shift away from spending money on projects that encourage more people to drive, and spend more money on maintaining our roads and investing in real alternatives that give people a meaningful choice.” Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for climate change. For details, see this article from The Guardian found in my Goodnewsletter.

Nurse in India Saves 36 Babies from Hosptial Fire

P Jayakumar, a nurse and father of two, put out an electrical fire at a public hospital in India saving 36 babies. After stopping the fire, Jayakumar, who has asthma, was hospitalized in the ICU for five days for smoke inhalation before going home. Here’s the story from The New Indian Express

Florida Creates Protected Wildlife Corridor

The governor of Florida recently signed bipartisan legislation to create one of the biggest wildlife corridors in the developed world with $400 million of initial funding. The act will help protect many species, including endangered Florida panthers. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Valedictorian Bryce Dershem Finishes his Speech

(I first heard this story on Sunday when the priest at my church shared it in his sermon about different kinds of power.)

In spite of spending six months of his senior year in treatment for anorexia, Bryce Dershem graduated as class valedictorian of his New Jersey high school. Multiple videos and articles indicate that Bryce’s high school principal took a hard line in telling the valedictorian he could not say anything in his speech about his LGBTQ status or his mental health treatment. At the graduation ceremony, when Bryce started to speak his truth, the principal disconnected his microphone and took away Bryce’s printed speech notes. Students yelled, “Let him finish!” The good news is that someone brought him another mic and Bryce finished his speech from memory. He talked about overcoming challenges and accepting yourself. I was impressed by Bryce’s courage and composure.

Here’s an interview with Bryce from NBC News followed by a video of his speech.

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Good News Tuesday for June 29, 2021: Premature Baby’s First Birthday, Honoring Parents, Free Phone Calls from Prison, and Saving Pangolins

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Most Premature Baby Celebrates His First Birthday

When Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born five months early weighing less than a pound, doctors said he had zero chance of survival. On June 5, he celebrated his first birthday! Here’s the story from CNN.

College Graduate Honors Parents with Photos from the Field

Jennifer Rocha, a recent graduate of the University of California, honored her parents by taking graduation photos in the farm fields where they worked to support her education. You can see the photos in this story from Good Morning America.

Connecticut is the First US State to make all Phone Calls from Prison Free

When a person is in prison, connections to loved ones offer support for rehabilitation. Connecticut has become the first US state to make calls from prison free. A new law allows incarcerated men, women, and juveniles a minimum of 90 minutes a day of free calls. Here’s more from WHDH 7News.

Vietnamese Conservationist Wins Goldman Prize for Saving Pangolins

Thai Van Nguyen founded Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, which rescued 1,540 pangolins the world’s most trafficked mammal. Van Nguyen is a recent winner of the Goldman Prize also known as the Green Nobel Prize. Here’s his Goldman Prize film:

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Good News Tuesday for June 15, 2021: Recycled Hospital Ward, Peaceful Protests, Rainbow Cookies, and an Eagle Rescue

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Hospital Ward Made from Recycled Material

A hospital ward in Taiwan was made from recycled material. Engineer Arthur Huang is the co-founder and CEO of Miniwiz — a company that transforms waste into “…1,200 materials that can be used for construction, interiors and consumer products.” This article from CNN includes an interesting video showing Arthur Huang’s innovation and passion for recycling.

Research Confirms BLM Protests were Overwhelmingly Peaceful

The Harvard Radcliffe Institute has been collecting and studying data on protests in the US. What they’ve found is that Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations were “overwhelmingly peaceful.” (This is what happens when we look beyond the mainstream headlines.) Here’s the report from the Harvard Radcliffe Institute which came in my Goodnewsletter.

Community Supports Bakery’s Rainbow Cookies

After a Texas bakery made beautiful rainbow heart shaped cookies, they lost a few customers and got some cruel anti-pride comments. “But for every negative comment or bad review they’ve received as a result of the rainbow-striped cookies, there are “20 positive ones” that make all the difference,” said the co-owner Dawn. Here’s more the story from CNN.

Kayakers Save Eagles

BBC News reports a kayaking couple from Hungary saved two eagles who were stuck together on the water and in danger of drowning. (It’s possible the eagles got stuck during fighting.) The rescuers, Klaudia Kis and Richard Varga, then resumed their three month journey to promote eco-awareness. Here’s the rescue:

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Good News Tuesday: June 8, 2021: Animals X 4 and a Pregnant Mom Rescues Three Girls from Drowning

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My Good Newspaper issue #24 which arrived last week is all about animals, so I’d like to share a sample of those good news stories with you. The paper focuses on a different topic every month. To learn more about the Good Newspaper, visit, Good Good Good .

US House Reintroduces Bill to Ban Shark Fin Trade

On Earth Day, the US House of Representatives reintroduced a bill to ban shark fin trade. The bill had previously passed in the house but stalled in the Senate. I’m glad they’re not giving up. Shark finning is a cruel and unnecessary act and illegal in the US though there are still places where shark fins can be bought and sold. Here’s more from the Humane Society.

Philadelphia Dims Lights to Help Birds

Philadelphia is joining 33 other US cities in dimming lights to reduce the number of birds crashing into windows at night. In this voluntary program, lights are turned off between midnight and six AM in the spring and fall when birds migrate. It’s especially important to turn the lights off in of tall buildings. Learn more here.

First Drug Without Animal Testing Submitted to FDA

Researchers in Jerusalem have submitted a cancer therapy drug to the FDA. What makes this drug unique is that a chip with human tissue was used instead of testing the drug on animals. Your can read more about it in this article.

Poacher Arrested

A long time poacher of Bengal tigers has finally been arrested and charged with numerous violations of wildlife conservation law. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Pregnant Mom Rescues Children from Drowning at Lake Michigan

Alyssa DeWitt was considering whether to take her children to the beach at Lake Michigan on a windy day. It’s a good thing she went. Alyssa, who is five months pregnant, ended up saving three girls from drowning. She said in another interview that she doesn’t usually go to that part of the beach and that her medical check indicates everything is okay. Here’s the story:

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Good News Tuesday for June 1, 2021: Four Years of GNT, Court Orders Shell to Cut Emissions, Police Making a Difference, Working Together in Israel, and a Second Chance Pays Off

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GNT Four Year Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe Good News Tuesday has been going for four years! My first GNT post was on May 30, 2017. THANK YOU to all my readers and contributors for supporting the good news, one Tuesday at a time!

Court Orders Fossil Fuel Giant to Cut Emissions

A Dutch court has ordered Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% to comply with the Paris Agreement. “It is the first time a company has been legally obliged to align its policies with the Paris climate accords, says Friends of the Earth…” Read more about this historic decision in BBC News.

Police Officers Living in High Crime Neighborhoods Make a Difference

A program in Atlanta helps dedicated police officers buy homes in high crime neighborhoods. Even with the financial assistance and other benefits, it’s a big commitment. Officers are expected to work to help tackle issues in the community. Lt. Ralph Woolfolk, a 14-year police veteran, is one such officer. This article about Lt. Woofolk and the program includes a great video.

Working Together

This is a photo I discovered on Facebook shared by T. B. Shamir who wrote: “This too is happening in Israel. My niece Tali working in one of Israel’s main hospital in harmony with her fellow staff – Jews and Arabs coexistence in the work force!”

Jewish and Arab Hospital Workers

The Judge Gave Him a Second Chance

Judge Bruce Morrow gave a 27-year-old Edward Martell, a high school dropout/drug dealer, a second chance sixteen years ago. Instead of jail time Martell got probation and to challenge to make something better of himself. Recently, Martell passed the Michigan state bar exam to become a lawyer and was sworn in by the same judge who gave him the second chance. I first saw this story on someone’s WATWB post (remind me who please) and then on the Good News Network. The video tells the story.

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Good News Tuesday for May 25th, 2021: Cancer Killing Compounds, Reducing Damage from Natural Disasters, Arts Education, and a Hero Cop

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Scientists Discover Cancer Killing Compounds

Oregon university scientists discovered “a new class of anti-cancer compounds that effectively kill liver and breast cancer cells.” The scientists focused on specific types of cancer that are hard to treat. Read more on the research here.

President Biden Doubles Funding to Mitigate Natural Disasters

US President Joe Biden announced that his administration is doubling the amount of money the government spends “to mitigate natural disasters before they hit, along with developing a new climate data effort at NASA.” Good Morning America reports that $1 billion will go to FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.

Including the Arts for Better Outcomes in Education

New studies from the Universities in the UK propose that students be taught arts and sciences together “…around real-world problems, and in a manner rooted in pupils’ lived experiences.” The movement seeks to add the ‘A’ of arts back into STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) turning STEM into STEAM. I found this to be an interesting article from the Good News Network.

Deputy Saves Woman By Lifting Car

Deputy sheriff, J. Holt, from Virginia lifted an SUV off of a woman saving her life. This happened three months after he saved two people from a burning house. You can read more from CNN, and watch the video below. Watch till the very end for extra good news.

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