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Guy's Hilarious Obit: 'Don't Email Me, I'm Dead'

Adman Kevin McGroarty leaves his loved ones cackling

(Newser) - Kevin McGroarty worked in advertising for some 30 years. His final project: a hilarious "500-word mini masterpiece," AdWeek reports— his own obituary . McGroarty, who died last week at 53, kicks it off with a bang—"McGroarty Achieves Room Temperature!"—before explaining he died "after... More »

Teen Invents Way to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

System tracks parents as they leave the vehicle

(Newser) - An inventor has developed a possible solution to the recurring problem of kids left in hot cars—and she did so before even graduating from high school. Alissa Chavez, 17, came up with the basic idea for her lifesaving contraption for a school science fair, the Washington Post reports. (Yes,... More »

Helping Hands Reach Out to Animals, Humans

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - People trying to cheer up a seemingly lonely bear, along with a pair of individuals who literally carried someone in need, highlight the list of the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Thousands Sign Petition to Help 'Lonely Bear' : Arturo might feel better if he knew how many people want
... More »

In Traffic Jam, Cop Carries Injured Man to Hospital

Mumbai officer hailed as a hero

(Newser) - A Mumbai police officer is getting the hero's treatment for bringing a seriously injured man to the hospital the only way he could: He carried him on his shoulders. As the Mumbai Mirror reports, the man suffered leg and head injuries when he apparently fell from a train. Constable... More »

Boy, 8, Carries Disabled Brother Through Triathlon

6-year-old has rare brain condition

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

17 Siblings Will Split $20M NJ Lottery Jackpot

They say lottery pool was in honor of late mom

(Newser) - A huge Norwegian-American clan in New Jersey has a huge $20.1 million lottery jackpot to divvy up. The 17 Endreson siblings, ranging in age from 53 to 76, started a lottery pool a decade ago after the death of their mother, who dreamed of buying homes on the Jersey... 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 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
... More »

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 »

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