LeBron's Best Move Yet: 5 Great Things This Week
Inner-city kids are getting a free ride to college
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2015 3:33 AM CDT
LeBron James speaks with reporters following the LeBron James Family Foundation "I Promise" event Thursday at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.   (Robin Hecker/The Register via AP)

(Newser) – Not all the news was doom and gloom this week. Here are five stories in the opposite camp:

  • LeBron's Announcement Stuns Ohio Families: LeBron James had some amazing words for inner-city kids in Ohio this week: "We're giving you guys free scholarships." There's a few conditions, all aimed at keeping the kids on track.
  • Child Taken From Mother by Nazis Finally Finds Her: Margot Bachmann's Italian mother was living in a forced-labor camp in Germany in 1944 when she was impregnated by a German soldier she had fallen in love with. Nazi authorities took the baby away and placed the girl in a children's home. When the war ended, the woman returned to Italy, believing the child had been killed. She hadn't. The two were reunited last weekend in what advocates say is something "close to a miracle."

  • US Hostage Gave Up Chance to Escape to Protect Girls: US hostage Kayla Mueller had a chance to escape her ISIS captors but chose not to take it so two young sisters would have a better chance. Mueller figured her foreign appearance would jeopardize the girls' odds, and the two did, in fact, make it out OK. Months later, Mueller was killed, but her mother is fiercely proud of how she protected those girls.
  • Teen's Rudeness Rallies a Community: A teenager walking by an old man's home in Oregon remarked loudly that it was so shabby it should be burned down. The low-income homeowner was in earshot, but fortunately so was a Good Samaritan—and his public request to help the man met with an overwhelming response.
  • Dog, Owners Reunited After 9 Years: If it's not a record, it's got to be close: A Tennessee family has been reunited with a dog that went missing nine years ago. The amazing tale of Boozer began when the Boxer disappeared from his family's yard at the age of eight months. It ended with a very surprising cross-country phone call.
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