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Boy, 8, Carries Disabled Brother Through Triathlon

6-year-old has rare brain condition

(Newser) - Because of a rare brain condition, Idaho 6-year-old Lucas Aldrich has a shortened lifespan and doesn't have the ability to walk, talk, or eat by himself—but he has got a pretty amazing older brother. Noah, 8, is his brother's best friend and tries to involve him in... More »

Stranger Returns Mark Ruffalo's Lost Wallet

'Another point for the decency in people,' Ruffalo tweets

(Newser) - Mark Ruffalo has a new hero: a stranger by the name of Ross McHale. Ruffalo apparently lost his wallet in Chicago last week while in town to serve as a grand marshal at a race at Chicagoland Speedway, Us reports, and McHale just happened to find it. Though he didn'... More »

'Slender Man' Victim Gets Purple Heart Medal in Mail

Anonymous donor sends it to Wisconsin girl who was stabbed

(Newser) - Since her release from the hospital in June, the 12-year-old girl from Wisconsin who was stabbed 19 times (allegedly by two friends) in a “Slender Man”-inspired attack has received gifts and cards from all over the world—many of them made out of purple hearts, the girl’s... More »

Toddler Rescued as Stroller Rolls Onto Subway Tracks

Maintenance workers, mom both jump down

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl escaped with some minor bumps and bruises after her stroller rolled onto the subway tracks in Queens, reports the Daily News . Her mother and a maintenance worker jumped down and pulled her to safety before a train arrived, say police. The drama began yesterday when the mother... More »

Over 550K Sign Petition to Help 'Lonely Bear'

Arturo seems to be going crazy in Argentinian zoo

(Newser) - Arturo might feel better if he knew how many people want to help him. The polar bear, who seems miserable in an Argentinian zoo, could end up relocated to a zoo in Canada if social-media activists get their way, NPR reports. A Change.org campaign has over 550,000 votes... More »

Toddler Saves Elderly Man Trapped in Hot Car

Bob King, 68, found himself stuck in his car

(Newser) - The "hot car" and the "saving" parts are the same, but the roles have been reversed: An elderly Tennessee man who found himself trapped in his hot car in a church parking lot on July 12 was rescued—by a 3-year-old. As Bob King explains to WVLT , "... More »

Gesture of Kindness Touches Vietnam Vet

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - Stories about people going above and beyond in their jobs—from three workers at Lowe's staying late to help out a vet to a teacher who literally adopted a wayward student—make the list of the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Lowe's Workers Fix Vet's Wheelchair (After
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Teacher Adopts 'Holy Terror' Student No One Else Wanted

Linda Hooper rescued Cruz Riojas from a troubled life—and now he's family

(Newser) - Cruz Riojas came from a troubled home: He was reportedly beaten by his stepfather, lived in a decrepit one-room lean-to with six other family members, and wore the same clothes to school every day, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal . He also caused trouble in school and was known as a... More »

Pit Bull Saves Deaf Teen From Burning Home

Ace is the toast of Indianapolis

(Newser) - Indianapolis has a new hero, but not the kind that wears a cape. This one has four legs and an affinity for bacon. Ace, a 2-year-old pit bull, woke up his deaf teenage owner by licking his face to alert him the house was on fire, say fire officials and... More »

Mom of 2, Age 40, Makes NFL Cheerleader

Kriste Lewis was inspired to try out by her kidney disease

(Newser) - Finally, a nice story about cheerleading in the NFL : Kriste Lewis is a 40-year-old mother of two who has a debilitating kidney disease that will ultimately require dialysis and a kidney transplant ... and she's also one of the newest cheerleaders for the New Orleans Saints. Her diagnosis inspired Lewis... More »

Woman Missing Part of Heart Defies Pregnancy Odds

After 9 months of bed rest, new mom Shanelle Ragin, baby survived childbirth

(Newser) - After surviving major heart surgery at one day old, spending a lifetime taking medication, and losing her breath just going up the stairs, Shanelle Ragin has survived both pregnancy and childbirth and is now the proud mother of a healthy baby boy with a healthy little heart. When the Maryland... More »

Lowe's Workers Fix Vet's Wheelchair (After VA Wouldn't)

It broke down in store, and 3 employees stayed late to repair

(Newser) - A public thank-you by a Vietnam vet to three workers at Lowe's is providing yet more ammo for critics of the VA . As he explains in a letter to the Staten Island Advance , Michael Sulsona lost both his legs to a landmine during the war. He'd been trying... More »

Dad's Internet Plea Pays Off in Images of Baby Girl

He wanted help Photoshopping out hospital tubes for deceased daughter

(Newser) - Little Sophia Steffel was attached to tubes in Ohio hospitals for the entire six weeks of her life—and when she died last Thursday in Cincinnati of complications from a liver tumor, parents Nathen and Emily realized they didn’t have a photo of her without the tubes and tape... More »

Inspirational Toddler, Generous Pilot Lift Spirits

Along with an honest bartender

(Newser) - Here's a look at some of the week's more uplifting stories:
  • 'I Got It!': 2-Year-Old Teaches Self to Use Walker : As catchphrases go, this one is perfect given the circumstances. As 2-year-old Kayden Elijah takes his first steps with a walker, he repeatedly says, "I
... More »

Good Samaritan Buys Groceries for Strangers

Anonymous do-gooder surprises shoppers in California

(Newser) - Shoppers at a grocery store in Concord, Calif., got an unexpected surprise at the register this week: free food courtesy of an anonymous stranger, reports the Contra Costa Times . The Good Samaritan showed up at the Grocery Outlet yesterday afternoon and got the permission of the manager for his unusual... More »

Grandma, 71, Graduates— as Valedictorian

Jerry Duncan, 71, proves age is just a number

(Newser) - "Just because you got a little age on you, don't let it stop you." Those words come from Jerry Duncan, a 71-year-old grandma and now the valedictorian of the 2014 certified nursing assistant program graduating class at Texas' Kilgore College-Longview. Duncan, who worked as an unlicensed nursing... More »

World Cup Fan Catches L'Oreal's Eye—Briefly

Belgium's Axelle Despiegelaere gets famous, then infamous, in a hurry

(Newser) - Argentina may be playing Germany in the World Cup final this weekend, but Australia's News Network is already anointing a different tournament winner: 17-year-old Axelle Despiegelaere of Belgium. The teen got famous in classic Internet fashion as photos of her cheering on her team went viral around the world.... More »

911 Dispatcher Handles Call About Her Choking Son

Panic gives way to calmness, and all ends well

(Newser) - A 911 dispatcher in California had to handle a call that struck particularly close to home—the caller was her fiance pleading for help because their toddler son was choking. "I heard him say an address and I perked up, and then I heard him say it again and... More »

Bartender Returns $200 She Stole 15 Years Ago

Guilty conscience finally wins

(Newser) - She was, by her own admission, a lousy bartender. What's worse, she stole from the register at Gibb's sports bar in Beatrice, Nebraska, when she worked there 15 years ago. But as ABC News reports, the anonymous woman has tried to make things right by mailing a long-overdue... More »

How Pilot Appeases Stuck Fliers: With Pizza

Pilot Gerhard Bradner buys 50 Dominos pizzas, with his own money

(Newser) - Airplane delays have been known to lead to bad situations . Enter pilot Gerhard Bradner, who bought all of his stranded passengers Dominos pizza on Monday night, forking over his own money for 50 pies. As KUSA-TV reports, Frontier Flight 719, which was headed to Denver from Reagan International Airport in... More »

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