Extra-Sweet Success: 5 Great Things This Week
Including a surprise note to cops written on a napkin
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2016 5:37 AM CDT
Mikaila Ulmer holds a bottle of Bee Sweet Lemonade in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

(Newser) – The kids are all right—a young entrepreneur, a girl who took time to thank cops, and a teenage crimefighter are among this week's list of feel-good reads:

  • 11-Year-Old's Lemonade Now for Sale at Whole Foods: A sixth-grader in Austin, Texas, has turned a lemonade stand into a booming business in multiple states through a deal with Whole Foods. Mikaila Ulmer's secret recipe comes from her great-grandmother—and she's got some altruistic plans for some of her proceeds.
  • Cops Moved by Teen's Surprise Napkin Message: Two Kansas City police officers were eating lunch at a restaurant when a teenage girl dropped off a napkin with the message, "Thanks for keeping us safe." The posted image has gone viral. When the officers went to leave, they discovered another surprise from the anonymous Good Samaritan.

  • Woman Swaps Prize Twitter Handle to Help Flint: For seven years, Diana Hussein had held the @DrDietPepper Twitter handle she created on a whim. But when the Michigan resident heared about the Flint water crisis, she struck a deal to hand over the handle to the soda company—and it's a deal that benefits residents of that city, not herself.
  • 14-Year-Old Football Player Tackles Shoplifter: Police pursuing a shoplifter through a Bellevue, Wash., mall got a little help from a high school football player when Kevin Merz, 14, executed a timely tackle. A police spokesman doesn't advise others do this, though he's got a suggestion for Kevin to pursue in about seven years.
  • Star Shuts Down Fat-Shamers: While starring in the show Prison Break, Wentworth Miller cut a notably buff figure. But when a meme this week mocked him for gaining weight, Miller explained in a moving Facebook post that he'd been suffering from depression when the "after" photo was taken. He encouraged others to reach out for help, and even earned an apology from one of his online tormentors.
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