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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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Good News Tuesday for June 21, 2022: Refugees and Dogs Safe in Poland, “Eco Mermaid” Sets Record, Teacher Teaches Father to Read, Teenager Saves Woman in Car, and “A Wild Hope”

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Ukranian Refugees with Dogs Safe in Poland

Two women and 17 dogs are starting a new life in Poland after spending 40 days in a Ukranian bomb shelter. Read about their amazing story and the shelter that took them in this story from CNN.

“Eco Mermaid” Sets New World Record and Picks Up Trash

Merle Liivand, also known as “Eco Mermaid,” broke a Guinness World Record in May by completing a 26.22-mile swim using a mermaid monofin. She could not use her hands or arms for swimming, but she did use them to pick up trash along the way. Read more from CNN.

Pre-School Teacher Teaches her Father to Read and Write

Luciana Flores had a rough childhood and never learned to read or write. He eventually moved to the US and has been working in the construction industry for most of his life. His daughter Lucy, a preschool teacher, has been teaching him how to read and write. Lucy is the first person in her family to graduate from college. Enjoy the full story from Good Morning America.

Teenager Saves Woman Who Drove Car into the Water

High school senior Anthony Zhongor dove into a New York bay to save a woman who drove her car into the water. (I guess it’s not just old ladies like me who’ve accidentally confused the gas and brake pedals, especially in parking lots where I now drive very s l o w l y.) Learn more about Anthony in this video:

Spix’s Macaws Released Back into the Wild

Spix’s Macaws are being returned to their natural forest home in Brazil after two decades of being extinct in the wild. You can read all about these rare and beautiful birds in “A Wild Hope,” from Science Magazine. The following video shows their release earlier this month.

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Good News Tuesday for June 14, 2022: “Only Yes Means Yes,” US Senators Make Progress on Gun Control, Saving Trees in Paris, Shelter for Pets During Addiction Treatment, and Good Samaritans Stop a Car

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Spain Approves Consent Legislation – “Only Yes Means Yes”

Spain’s parliament has approved legislation that clarifies consent as “an explicit expression of a person’s will” emphasizing that silence does not equal consent. Here’s more From Democracy Now.

Senate Committee Makes Progress on Gun Control

The bipartisan US Senate committee has made progress in agreeing on an outline for gun control legislation. USA Today reports: “Ten of the signers were Republicans – the number needed to break a GOP filibuster on the package.” Hopefully we’ll see this legislation move forward.

Paris Protestors Save 42 Trees around the Eiffel Tower

Protestors in Paris saved 42 well-established trees that were to be cut down around the Eiffel Tower “as part of a €72m scheme.” The Guardian has details on this successful protest.

Program Shelters Pets whose Owners are in Addiction Treatment

A new program in Utah will provide short-term housing for pets whose owners are going through substance abuse treatment. The program called Ruff Haven has been providing crisis-based shelter for pets since 2020. Read more from CNN.

Drivers Rush to Stop Car of Unconscious Woman

Watch people rush to stop a car after the driver became unconscious. I bet you’ll love this traffic stopping video which includes follow up details…

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Good News Tuesday for June 7, 2022: Nanofibers that Work Like Muscle, Israeli – UAE Trade Agreement, Donating Breast Milk, Bystanders Help Lift Car in Accident, and a Personal Update

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Engineers have Developed a Nanofiber that Performs Like a Muscle

Researchers at the University of Texas and Penn State University were trying to make membranes for water filtration, but the structures they made were too long – stretching out like muscle tissue. The researchers then shifted focus to develop nanofibers that can used in robotics and prosthetic limbs. This article came from my 1440 Daily Digest.

Israel and United Arab Emirates Reach a Trade Agreement

Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a free trade agreement last week. The agreement is the latest product of the two countries’ historic normalization deal in 2020 known as the Abraham Accords. CNBC has details.

Donating Breastmilk

Breastfeeding can be a little challenging at first. So can pumping. New mom Lucie Fink shared about her journey and how to donate breast milk on TikTok. Here’s more from CNN Heroes.

Bystanders Rush to Help in Vehicle Accident

When a man and woman on a motorcycle were hit from behind, good Samaritans rushed to help.

Personal Update:

My husband David is feeling better after testing positive for covid five days ago. He was sleeping a lot but has more energy this morning. I got a negative test result on a home test a few minutes ago. That’s no guarantee of course, and we’re still keeping our distance.

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Good News Tuesday for May 31, 2022: An Amazing Recovery, The Rights of Water, Growing Rhino Population, a Bus Driver Helps Family to Safety, and a Baby Sloth is Reunited with Mother

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Young Girl’s “Incurable” Hydrocephalus Disappears

At just a few months old, Evie-Mae Geurts was blind. With the continued pressure on her brain, Doctors said she would be blind forever and that she’d probably never learn to walk and talk. But her sight returned when she was a toddler. Normally, hydrocephalus cannot be cured and requires shuts to relieve the pressure, but today, seven-year-old Evie Mae is free of shunts, is at the top of her class, and can see perfectly without glasses. Here’s the story from the Good News Network.

The Rights of Water

In Florida, legal advocates are empowering bodies of water to have rights for self-protection.

“If you can grant (rights) to a corporation, why not the Great Lakes? Why not the Mississippi River? Why not the many waterways across our planet that we all depend on to survive?” Kelsey Leonard

Read more about this revolutionary movement in this article from Good Good Good.

One-Horned Rhino Population is Growing

At the start of the 20th century, the greater one-horned rhinos were close to extinction with only about 200 existing in the wild. Now, there are 4,014 of these rhinos in India and Nepal. The recent population growth is partly due to a “baby boom” during the pandemic, when protected areas were closed to visitors. Here’s more from CNN.

Bus Driver Helps Woman and Children Escape Abusive Ex

Kyle Caswell, an 18-year-old bus driver from Swindon, England helped a mother and her three children escape from her abusive ex. Kyle got permission from his supervisor to go “off route” at the end of his shift to take the woman and her children to safety. Here’s more from BBC News.

Baby Sloth Reunited with Mother

The staff from the Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica saw a baby sloth become separated from its mother. The Good News Network has the story of their reunion. Here’s the video:

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