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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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Good News Tuesday for May 24, 2022: Hot Wheels’ Wheelchair, Coldplay Goes Low Carbon, Equal Pay in US Soccer, and a Dog’s Ashes Take Shape

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Hot Wheels Makes Remote Controlled Wheelchair Toy

The company that has been making toy cars and tracks for 54 years is launching a remote-controlled wheelchair toy with help from paralympic athlete Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. Here’s more from CNN.

Coldplay Pledges for a Sustainable, Low Carbon World Tour

The band, Coldplay pledges to make their Music of the Spheres world tour as environmentally sustainable and low carbon as possible. I got this from my 1440 Daily Digest. You can read about their their initiatives here: https://sustainability.coldplay.com/

Equal Pay for Women on US Soccer Team

Players on the US women’s soccer team will now be paid the same as men, with the World Cup Bonuses being split evenly. Here’s more from Good Morning America.

Dog’s Scattered Ashes Form a “Miraculous” Shape in the Wind

After her rescued shepherd-collie Biscuit died at the age of 12, Nelie Franko Larason tossed his ashes into the wind at one of his favorite parks. The Good News Network has the sweet story of what she saw. Here’s the short video:

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Good News Tuesday for May 17, 2022: Reversing Deafness Due to Aging, Aerobic Digester in The Bronx, Sheep Rescued from Rooftop, Reading for Money, and the Commencement Speech by a Nonspeaking Valedictorian with Autism

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Hope for Reversing Deafness Due to Aging

Scientists have overcome a major hurdle in reversing deafness due to aging with the discovery of a master gene that can change ear cells into either outer or inner sensory hair cells. The following article from the Good News Network explains more and contains this lovely quote describing the coordinated movement of the inner and outer cells: “It’s like a ballet… The ear is a beautiful organ. There is no other organ in a mammal where the cells are so precisely positioned with micrometric precision.” Professor Jaime Garcia-Anoveros. Click HERE for details.

Aerobic Digester at NY Housing Development Converts Food Waste to Fertilizer

A new community housing development in the Bronx will include an on-site aerobic digester that can turn 1,100 pounds of food scraps into 220 pounds of high-quality fertilizer every day. You can learn more about it from the Good News Network.

Sheep Rescued from English Rooftop

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue built a bridge to rescue five sheep from an English rooftop. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Company Wants to Pay People to Read Novels and Take Notes

Newsweek reports the company Words Related wants to pay people to read books and take notes on specific details. The current focus is on the representation of women in modern novels. Click here to learn more.

“Life is for Service,” the Commencement Speech by the Nonspeaking Valedictorian with Autism

College graduate Elizabeth Bonker, who has autism and does not speak, was one of four valedictorians at Rollins College, the alma mater of Fred Rogers. Her valedictorian peers voted for her to give the commencement speech. You can read more about Elizabeth Bonker from CNN. Here’s a video of her speech:

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Good News Tuesday for May 10, 2022: Sea Lion Pups, Decarbonizing Scooters, AI Testing, and Prosthetic Arms (x2)

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Watching Sea Lion Pups in New Zealand

Volunteers in New Zealand are “babysitting” endangered sea lion pups. Meet one teen volunteer and read more about sea lion history in this article from CNN.

Decarbonizing Scooters

The Taiwanese company Gogoro has created a system to convert polluting scooters to electric with battery swapping stations. Here’s the story and podcast from Voltz.

Artificial Intelligence is Gradually Replacing Animal Testing

The company Smarter Sorting realized they could use a computational model to determine substance toxicity, “…which is not only faster, more cost effective, but also more humane,” says CEO Jacqueline. Claudia. Read about how AI can help reduce suffering from animal testing from FAST Company.

Teenager Invents a Mind Controlled Prosthetic Arm

High school student Benjamin Choi created a “non-invasive, mind-controlled robotic arm … able to withstand weights up to about four tons…. And it only costs around $300 to manufacture.” Read this fascinating story from Smithsonian Magazine.

And in related news….

8-Year-Old Beknur Gets a News Prosthetic Arm made from Legos

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Good News Tuesday for May 3, 2022: Free Gym Memberships for Teens, Turning Sewage into Green Energy, a Congolese Nun with Special Skills, and the Mysterious Journey of a One-Eyed Cat

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Planet Fitness Offers Free Summer Memberships to High School Students

Teenagers 14-19 can work out for free at Planet Fitness this summer. If they register early, they’ll have a chance to win a scholarship. Younger teens can sign up with a parent. According to their website map, Planet Fitness has gyms all over world. You can read more about it here.

Oregon Town Turns Sewage into Green Energy

Treating wastewater consumes a lot of energy, but a town in Oregon is turning wastewater to green energy. The process “creates heat for five of the buildings on site and an estimated 4,324 megawatts of electricity, providing about half of the facility’s energy usage.” I learned a lot from this article from Reasons to be Cheerful.

Congolese Nun Creates and Maintains Hydro-electric Plant

A Congolese nun became an electrician and raised money so her town would have more consistent electricity.  Through her work, Sister Alphonsine Ciza helps provide reliable electricity for convent, a church, two schools, and a medical clinic. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

One-Eyed Cat Shows Up on an Offshore Oil Rig after Missing for Five Years

Here’s a mystery with a happy ending. A friendly black cat named Dexter went missing five years ago. Turns out he’d been living at a prison in Scotland where he was fed and loved by staff and inmates. Dexter had a habit of hanging out in shipping containers and was accidentally shipped to an offshore oil rig in the North Sea. The folks at the oil rig put his picture on Facebook which got him shipped back home to his original owner who plans to take him to visit the prison.

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Good News Tuesday for April 26, 2022: Defending Lions, A Miniature Heart, Teacher of the Year, and a Very Supportive Dad

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The Lion Defenders of Tanzania

Lions are classified as vulnerable in Tanzania. But people and livestock are at risk from lions. A project called Lion Landscapes has developed innovative ways to protect lions and help villagers, including a team of Lion Defenders of the Barabaig tribe who track lions to let herders know where the safest grazing areas are. Here’s more from CNN’s Good Stuff.

Miniature Heart Designed to Help in Treatment Research

 A miniature heart replica, built by a Boston University team, will help with heart disease research and treatment. The “mini-pump” is roughly the size of a postage stamp and made from nanoengineered parts and human heart tissue. Here’s more from Boston University (via my 1440 Daily Digest).

Teacher of the Year

There are many excellent teachers all over the world. This one, Kurt Russell of Ohio, was named 2022 “Teacher of the Year” in the US. He talks about engaging students for a diverse education in this video from CBS.

Supportive Dad: She’s Gonna be a Nurse!

Want to see some happy tears? Just watch Shannon Rose and her dad, Mark, as they find out about Shannon’s nursing board exam:

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