Entire Plane Offers Comfort: 5 Brilliant Stories of the Week
Including a sweet graduation ceremony
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2016 5:19 AM CDT
This undated photo shows Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, one of the people killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.   (Facebook via AP)

(Newser) – Two heartwarming stories about grandmothers were among the week's most uplifting:

  • Fliers React Incredibly to Orlando Victim's Grandmother: The grandmother of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo—at 20, one of the youngest victims of the Orlando massacre—flew to Florida this week to attend his funeral. During beverage service on her flight, the JetBlue crew passed around a piece of paper so passengers could sign their name. Instead, people wrote long notes—so long that flight attendants passed out multiple pieces of paper, which they presented to the grandmother. The kindness didn't end there.
  • Grandma's Politeness Charms Google: When Ben John went to his grandma's house last week, he decided to surf the Internet—and the search query she had open blew his millennial mind: "please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you," she had typed. It seems she thought actual people handled the requests and was just being polite. As it turns out, her request did catch Google's attention, just not the way she'd imagined.

  • Teen in Coma for Graduation Gets a Surprise: A car accident put Scott Dunn in a medically induced coma for six days last month, causing him to miss his high school graduation. Classmates at East Juniata High School in McAlisterville, Penn., weren't OK with that—so phone calls went out, and they returned with the caps and gowns for a do-over of sorts.
  • Orlando Tribute From 'Middle-Age Straight' Guy Strikes a Chord: One of the post-Orlando speeches that resonated this week came from Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. "I recognize fully that I am a balding, youngish, middle-age straight, white, male, Republican politician ... with all of the expectations and privileges that come with those labels," he told people at a vigil in Salt Lake City. "I am probably not who you expected to hear from today." But he went on to win over the crowd with an apology for his own unkind treatment of gay people when he was young.
  • Video Shows Hero Taking Down School Shooter: Newly released video shows a student at Seattle Pacific University risking his life to stop a shooter wielding a shotgun. Police had called him "selfless" at the time of the 2014 incident, and the video more than backs that up.
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