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Dying Son Saves His Mother's Life

She receives his kidney after he suffers a stroke

(Newser) - A woman in suburban Chicago received a kidney transplant this month that turned out to be a near perfect match, and a life-saving one. But Rose Perry's good fortune is tempered by tragedy: The kidney came from her son, a 24-year-old who suffered a stroke out of the blue... More »

2 Former Cleveland Captives Receive Belated Honor

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus get their high school diplomas

(Newser) - Ariel Castro robbed them of the chance to graduate from high school as teenagers, but two of his former captives picked up honorary diplomas this week in Cleveland. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus donned caps and gowns and received them during John Marshall High School's commencement, reports WKYC . Berry... More »

Girl Saves Kitten in Drain After Firefighters Couldn't Fit

Being 6 years old pays off

(Newser) - Firefighters were too big to rescue a kitten from a storm drain in south-central Pennsylvania, but a 6-year-old girl proved to be just the right size. Lancaster Township firefighters responded when the girl, Janeysha Cruz, and her friends saw the trapped kitten Tuesday afternoon. The girl's mother called 911... More »

Dying Dog Goes on Epic Bucket List Journey

New York City's Poh swims in the Pacific

(Newser) - When vets told New York City's Neil Rodriguez that his 15-year-old dog, Poh, didn't have long to live, two words came to mind: road trip. The DJ and his fiancee took Poh on a cross-country road trip over seven weeks, reports the Daily News . "I initially wanted... More »

Police Dog Rushes to Ambushed Cop's Rescue

3 men 'were going to finish him'

(Newser) - When Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy Todd Frazier saw a lone car at a rest stop along a remote stretch of Mississippi's Highway 90 last week—with an unmoving driver inside—he pulled over to investigate, leaving K-9 partner Lucas in the car. What Frazier wasn't expecting: Two... More »

Seniors Give Principal Their Trip Cash for Cancer Fight

Courtney Vashaw is reaping rewards of having taught the kids compassion

(Newser) - Kids these days: They're selfish navel-gazers who ... well, scratch that because apparently they give up four years of hard work to help out their principal's fight against cancer: The graduating class at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, NH, is giving the money raised for its class trip... More »

Sikh Man Breaks Protocol, Removes Turban to Help Boy

Harman Singh got a surprise of his own after his act of kindness

(Newser) - Harman Singh is a devout Sikh, meaning his turban stays on his head at all times when he's not in the privacy of his own home. But Singh broke religious protocol earlier this month when 5-year-old Daejon Pahia was hit by a car in Auckland, New Zealand. The 22-year-old... More »

A Most Unusual Will: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Also, an abused dog wins the hearts of donors

(Newser) - A Seattle couple who said thanks to their adoptive country in extraordinary fashion and a sleeping baby who defied the odds make the list of the week's good-news stories:
  • Seattle Couple Remembers 'America' in Will : Peter Petrasek escaped Czechoslovakia during World War II and met and married his
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$20K Pours In for Dog Left Hanging From Tree

Sunny is recovering in Arizona

(Newser) - A brutal story is moving toward a happy ending. A shelter in Arizona has received more than $20,000 in donations after it began caring for a young dog left hanging from a tree, reports AP . Sunny, a 2-year-old mix, is now recuperating in foster care . "She's getting... More »

Seattle Couple Leaves Entire Fortune to 'America'

Perhaps they wanted to say 'thank you' with their $847K gift

(Newser) - The US government is $847,215.57 richer thanks to an extraordinary gift from an immigrant couple. Peter Petrasek escaped Czechoslovakia during World War II and met and married his wife Joan, an Irish immigrant, in Canada. The pair made Seattle their home in the late 1950s. Joan died in... More »

SUV Crashes Into Crib— and Sleeping Baby Is Fine

Student driver mistook gas for brake

(Newser) - There's a reason the police spokesman in Bellevue, Washington, uses the phrases "pretty miraculous," "nothing short of miraculous," and "miraculously not injured" when discussing this accident with KOMO News and the Seattle Times . It seems a woman learning how to drive yesterday mistook the... More »

After Kids Succeed, Texas Teacher Eats Worms

Teachers step up to the plate, do 'gross but awesome' things

(Newser) - "It kind of made me want to throw up. But it was pretty awesome." That from a 10-year-old student at Clements/Parsons Elementary School who was marveling over what her teachers in Copperas Cove, Texas, did last Thursday. Namely, they fulfilled a bet: If their fourth- and fifth-grade students... More »

Waffle House Diners Wowed by 5-Year-Old's Selfless Act

Kindhearted Josiah Duncan begged his mom to buy a meal for homeless man

(Newser) - Josiah Duncan isn't just any 5-year-old. When he saw a homeless man standing outside a Waffle House in Prattville, Ala., he started quizzing his mom. "Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?" were some of Josiah's queries, Ava Faulk tells... More »

911 Response for the Ages: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Including a Good Samaritan's gift at an auction

(Newser) - A pair of stories about generosity in action highlight the week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Ailing Vet Calls 911 for Food, Gets 'Miracle' : Clarence Blackmon, an 81-year-old Army veteran, returned to his North Carolina apartment after battling prostate cancer to find his cupboards bare and his stomach rumbling.
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Wild Coincidences Bring Separated Sisters Together

Lizzie Valverde and Katy Olson tell their story to the 'NYT'

(Newser) - There are simple coincidences, and then there's the story of Lizzie Valverde and Katy Olson. The New York Times describes them as "strangers" who, in their early 30s, found themselves in the same writing class at Columbia University on a January day in 2013. That was the day... More »

Ailing Vet Calls 911 for Food, Gets 'Miracle'

Clarence Blackmon's story resonated with the dispatcher

(Newser) - Clarence Blackmon, an 81-year-old Army veteran, returned to his North Carolina apartment after battling prostate cancer to find his cupboards bare and his stomach rumbling. "The grocery store wouldn't deliver without a deposit and I couldn't make it there," he tells the Huffington Post . So he... More »

Classy Move: Slain Deputy's Son Gets Dad's Car as Gift

Rancher outbids teen at auction, then turns over keys

(Newser) - When Tanner Brownlee was 15, his dad was shot and killed in the line of duty as a deputy for the Weld County Sheriff's Office in Colorado. Last night, about five years after that shooting, his dad's old patrol car came up for bid at a charity auction.... More »

A Doctorate Foiled by the Nazis No Longer

Ingeborg Rapoport will be the oldest person ever to receive a doctoral degree

(Newser) - Ingeborg Rapoport, a 102-year-old retired neonatologist, is about to become the oldest person ever to receive a doctoral degree. Already impressive—but adding more intrigue to this story is the fact that Rapoport submitted her thesis on diphtheria to the University of Hamburg in 1938. The 77-year-long wait for a... More »

Couple With 12 Boys Gets Lucky No. 13

The Schwandts aren't ruling out a 14th, either

(Newser) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13. Jay Schwandt says his wife Kateri gave birth yesterday morning, four days after her due date. The Rockford couple, both 40, had said they were sticking to the tradition... More »

Dead Diner Leaves Waitresses a Wild Tip

Robert 'King of Ming' Ellsworth hands the 2 Maureens $50K apiece

(Newser) - When famed art collector Robert "King of Ming" Ellsworth passed away last August, the 85-year-old was said to have been worth an estimated $200 million; now, two employees of his favorite NYC restaurant have something big to remember him by: $50,000 each. That's what Ellsworth, a decades-long... More »

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