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Groom Killed After Stopping to Help Motorist

Indiana man was run over just hours after wedding

(Newser) - An Indiana woman became a widow while still wearing her wedding dress when her husband was run over and killed after stopping to help a motorist in trouble. Nikki Knight says she and new husband William Riley Knight were on their way to a hotel just a few hours after... More »

'Layaway Santa' Pays Off $20K in Walmart Gifts

Greg Parady paid down 76 accounts

(Newser) - When Greg Parady went into his local Walmart last Saturday, he was just planning to pick up some bikes for a Toys for Tots drive. Instead, he ended up making Christmas come early for nearly 80 strangers by acting as a "layaway Santa." After hearing a shopper saying... More »

Mystery 'TipsforJesus' Diner Drops $54K in Huge Tips

Anonymous Good Samaritan leaving considerably more than 20%

(Newser) - Someone is going around the country leaving humongous tips at restaurants under the moniker "TipsForJesus," and the Daily Dot estimates they've added up to $54,000 so far. Think tips like $1,000 on a $152 tab—you can see pictures of the receipts on Instagram . The... More »

Homeless Man's Good Deed Gets Benefits Yanked

James Brady returned $850 he found on sidewalk

(Newser) - In April, James Brady was taking his daily walk when he found $850 in cash in a bank envelope on the sidewalk. The New Jersey man, then homeless, turned the money in to police. No one claimed it, and last month police returned it to him ... and as a result,... More »

Homeless Man Who Returned $42K Gets Big Pay Off

We're talking $130K, and growing

(Newser) - Whoever said no good deed goes unpunished probably never got six figures out of the act. But turning in a lost backpack with $42,000 in cash and traveler's checks inside has paid off for Glen James, who's raked in more than $130,000 in donations from across... More »

Rescuers Sue Woman They Saved From Burning Vehicle

David Kelley filed suit after hearing driver had been attempting suicide

(Newser) - What began as a heroic rescue of an Ohio woman from her burning vehicle has turned into a nightmare for the two Good Samaritans who sustained life-altering physical and emotional damage while saving her life—leading them to sue her, the Columbus Dispatch reports. David Kelley and Mark Kinkaid spotted... More »

Inability to Stop Dad's Suicide Drove Hero Pilot: Memoir

(Newser) - Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot hero of January’s Hudson River jet landing, was driven to help others by his father’s suicide, the New York Daily News reports. “One of the reasons I think I’ve placed such a high value on life is that my father took his,... More »

Injured Good Samaritan Gets Traffic Ticket for His Efforts

Man who saved others cited for jaywalking

(Newser) - A good Samaritan who pushed three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: a jaywalking ticket. A Denver bus driver was helping two elderly women cross a busy street in a snowstorm when he... More »

Court Allows Suit Against Good Samaritan

Woman pulled her now-paralyzed friend from crashed car

(Newser) - Good Samaritans, beware: California's Supreme Court ruled today that a paralyzed woman can sue the friend who pulled her out of a crashed car. The victim contends that her friend, who feared the car was about to erupt into flames, pulled her out "like a rag doll" and contributed... More »

Good Samaritan Hits Thief With Frozen Fowl

Hobbled robber flees in car before police track him down

(Newser) - A man armed with a frozen turkey helped hobble a carjacker yesterday in a North Carolina town, the News & Observer reports. The rescuer battered a crook as he attacked a woman in a grocery store parking lot. The robber jumped in her car, smashing into parked vehicles, and was... More »

Pay-It-Forward Movement Finds Niche on Web

Small but growing number of sites highlight good deeds

(Newser) - The Internet is home to a small but growing trend that would seem anathema to hard-headed bloggers and pithy posters who regularly lay waste to others online: niceness. In Philadelphia, New York, and elsewhere, the Inquirer finds, civic-minded netizens are setting up sites that extol, and even enable, random acts... More »

One Man's Crusade Dents China Suicides

Keeping watch on busy Yangtze bridge has saved 144 lives so far

(Newser) - One bridge over China’s Yangtze River sees hundreds of suicides as the country's rate rises—though fewer since a Nanjing man started spending weekends there saving lives. With 280,000 killing themselves ever year—twice the US total—Chen Si has so far stopped 144 suicides, the Los Angeles ... More »

Man Finds $140K, Gives It Back

Money troubles don't stop conscience from winning out

(Newser) - When Eli Estrada found $140,000 in unmarked bills sitting in the middle of the road, he thought he was rich. “That’s just your first reaction,” Estrada tells the Los Angeles Times, “but it’s not yours, and you feel nervous… like you did something wrong.... More »

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