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Good News Tuesday: Fire Escapes, Helping Wildlife, and Silent Respect

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Construction Workers Help People Escape Building

Construction workers in New Mexico were putting on a roof when they heard a man scream in the building next door. They ran over to the burning building and saw a father holding his baby out the window. There was no doubt in Mason Fierro’s mind that he could catch the baby. With encouragement, the father dropped the baby into Mason’s arms and then dropped his other child to Mason. The rest of the construction crew brought ladders over and went banging on doors to get people out. The apartment building was a total loss, but all people are in stable condition. Here’s the story from CNN.

In another CNN story, this young uncle rescues his niece from a house fire.

Catching Wildlife Traffickers

109 countries worked together in a successful sting operation to save animals.

Over the month of June, officials seized 23 live primates, 30 big cats, more than a ton of pangolin scales, 74 truckloads of timber, more than 2,600 plants, and nearly 10,000 marine species.  _ Good News Network

You can read more about “Operation Thunderball” in this article from Good News Network.

Silent Ovation for Sound Sensitive Student

At the Carmel High School Graduation, students were asked to let one of their classmates, Jack Higgins, receive his diploma first and that they not cheer. Jack is sound sensitive like my grandson, so I appreciate their respect and patience. I don’t recall the students being asked to stand in the instructions. They did that on their own.

 

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Good News Tuesday: Front Yard Veggies, Think 4 Peace, Graduating While Homeless, and a Heroic Cat Rescue

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Florida Couple Wins Right to Plant Vegetables in Front Yard

After six years, Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll, finally won the right to plant vegetables in their front yard.  They’d had a vegetable garden years before in their front yard where the sun was good, but the neighborhood banned front yard gardens stating they were “unsightly.” That finally changed on July 1st when a Florida law went into effect which nullifies the banning of residential gardens. Get the details in this article from NPR.

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A Think Tank for Peace

Billionaires George Soros and Charles Koch who are generally on opposite sides of the political spectrum are teaming up to finance a think tank to promote diplomacy and restraint. You can read more about it in this article

Graduating While Homeless

 

14 Year Old Boy Saves Cat Hanging from Overpass

Trust me. Read this heartwarming story.

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Good News Tuesday

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My personal good news is that I’m reporting from my balcony, surrounded by trees, in the  Appalachian Mountains AND my son got married on Saturday!

No Whaling in Icelandic Waters this Summer

“A shrinking demand for whale meat” has led the major whaling companies of Iceland to “abandon their summer harpooning.” Let’s hope this trend continues to spare the lives of highly intelligent and social beings.

Here’s more of the story from the Good News Network:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/no-whales-will-be-harpooned-in-iceland/

Phasing Out Plastic Bags

The states of Maine and Vermont banned plastic bags on the same day. There are some exceptions, but this is progress. Plus, Woolworths Department store is making progress in Australia.

Math Teacher Fosters Student Needing a Kidney

I always love Steve Hartman’s stories.

Amazing Grace

In 2018, professional singer, Elly Brown had life changing surgery for oral cancer. Doctors  removed half of her tongue and part of her jaw. They later used bone and muscle tissue from this her leg to repair her tongue.  Her recovery process has been a long and continuing road. She wants us to share this video to give hope to people with oral and facial cancer. You can read her story while she sings.

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I might take a while to respond to comments. The birds are singing, and the fresh mountain air is intoxicating.  The years of heartache fade into history as my soul overflows with amazed gratitude. Oh! And there were fireflies here last night!

 


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Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness, Free Dad Hugs, and Rain Forests

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Finding the Father Who Abandoned Her Twenty Years Earlier

“I asked the Lord for strength to help me know how to talk to her.” The only thing I wanted to ask her: Forgive me. ”  Ileana’s father,  Ernesto Quintanilla

Ileana’s mother was 16 when she gave birth to her daughter. Her father left when she was a baby, and Ileana was raised by her loving maternal grandparents.  She asked them and her mother about her father, but didn’t learn much more than his name. As an adult, she had a passion for children. Ileana volunteered for the non-profit Food for the Hungry and then became a staff member traveling to rural communities in her country of Nicaragua. One day, she met a boy with the same last name as hers. She asked him his father’s first name. It was the same name as her father’s, Ernesto.

The story below brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I hope you will read the article and watch the video included in this link:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/fathers-day-miracle-reunites-woman-and-dad/

Free Dad Hugs at the Pride Parade

This one made me cry too. Scott “Howie” Dittman shares about the responses he got to his offer of free dad hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade.

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Costa Rica Has Doubled its Tropical Rain Forests

Setting an example for the rest of the world, Costa Rica had doubled its tropical rain forests in just a few decades.  In the last half of the 20th century the country’s forests were cleared indiscriminately.  But Costa Rica has reversed this destruction by focusing on tourism and creating programs to protect its rich ecosystems. You can read more about how Costa Rica takes care of its forests in this article from World Economic Forum.

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Good News Tuesday: Teens Save Neighbor, Recycling for School, and a Free Food Forest

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Teens Save 90 Year Old Neighbor from Burning House

High school students Dylan Wick, Seth Byrd, Nick Byrd and Wyatt Hall were hanging out at Wyatt’s house when they stepped outside and smelled smoke. Then they saw the flames coming from the home of their 90 year old neighbor. Two of the boys broke into the house to save her while the other two called 911 and alerted neighbors. Here’s more of the story:

Recycling for Tuition in Nigeria

Families in Lagos, Nigeria who were struggling to pay school tuition can now pay student fees with plastic bottles. A recycling company picks up the plastic bottles, cans, and cartons twice a month. It would be nice if we could get rid of plastic all together, but for now, it’s helping students earn money for school. I’m thankful they have that option. Here’s the story from BBC.

Free Food Forest

Atlanta has turned 7 Acres near a “food desert” into the biggest free food forest in the US. Read more here.

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Good news can be global, local, or personal.

(Next week I’ll be sharing about Canada’s new law that bans the captivity of whales and dolphins.)


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Good News Tuesday: “Zoo”Rescue, Alex Trebek Update, & Art Saves a Town

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Over 200 Animals Rescued from “Roadside” Zoo

“This is the first time in Quebec that animal welfare charges have been made by way of indictment – a type of prosecution reserved for the most serious offenses and which opens the door to more serious penalties.”

Alex Trebek: Progress Update

Alex Trebek is making progress in fighting pancreatic cancer, and it “has to be more than chemo.” He credit’s the tremendous love and support of family, friends, and fans for aiding in his progress. Some of his tumors have shrunk by more than 50%. Mr. Trebek, long time host of Jeopardy,  has vowed to beat the statistics. Here’s an overview from ABC news, and I found the following interview well worth watching.

How an Artist Saved His Town

This story might not be recent, but it’s never too late to make a difference. The government was going to tear down his town, but the “Rainbow Grandpa” started painting the buildings. Now, it’s a tourist attraction.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/how-97-year-old-artist-used-doodles-to-save-his-beloved-hometown-from-being-torn-down/

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Good News Tuesday: Student Stories

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I’m posting a day early this week as we focus on cleaning out my parents’ old house during a summer-come-early heat wave. Most of the work today will be inside with air conditioning, but I’ll be without internet Tuesday morning. As always, please feel free to share your good news items in the comments. I’ll catch up later this week. Enjoy!

Caring College Classmates

Savannah’s classmates bought her glasses so she can see color and follow her dreams. Watch her reaction!

Sharing the Wealth

Billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith promised a grant to pay off student loans for the 2019 Morehouse College graduates.  Apparently  Morehouse  is an all male college, so it’s refreshing that Mr. Smith refers to God as “her” in his speech.

 

Man Graduates with Nursing Degree where he used to work as a Housekeeper

As a teenager, Frank Baez worked as a janitor in a NY hospital. While working, he became interested in the medical field. Now he’s a nurse who says,

“Never give up on your dream.”

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/man-graduates-nursing-degree-university-started-janitor-63077836