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Town Helps Boys After Lemonade Stand Cash Is Stolen

Even 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author offered distraught boys money, advice

(Newser) - Spencer Bergman really wanted a dog, and his mom said if he could save up $500, he could get one. His pal Spencer Tarbet needed to save money for Scout camp. So the two boys, ages 13 and 12, set up a lemonade stand over the summer in their Round... More »

Donations, Big and Small, Make Waves

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - A church windfall and a plea from a man's two young daughters to save his life highlight the week's list of most uplifting stories:
  • Church Hands Each Member $500, With Instructions : After landing big money in a real estate transaction, a Chicago church opted to give a tenth
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Swiss Woman Treks 10K Miles Over 3 Years

Sarah Marquis endured dengue fever, sandstorms, Mongolian horsemen

(Newser) - When Sarah Marquis tells people what she's done, they usually tell her she's crazy. But neither those words nor the harsh weather, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, or even intimidating Mongol horsemen can keep the 42-year-old Swiss explorer's wanderlust in check: For three of the past four years, Marquis... More »

Stranger Sees Girls' Plea, Gives Their Dad a Kidney

Donation saves life of Georgia police officer

(Newser) - A Texas man decided to step up and save the life of a total stranger hundreds of miles away after seeing the man's two young daughters plead that "Our Daddy needs a kidney." After Greensboro, Ga., police officer Raleigh Callaway went into stage 5 kidney failure, the... More »

Mexico Spots Hopeful Glimmer for Dwindling Monarchs

Migrating butterflies turn up early after hitting lowest levels last year

(Newser) - Experts in Mexico said yesterday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year. The head of Mexico's nature reserves, Luis Fueyo, said the first butterflies have been seen entering Mexico earlier than usual... More »

Church Hands Each Member $500—With Instructions

LaSalle Street Church in Chicago got boost from real estate sale

(Newser) - After landing big money in a real estate transaction, a Chicago church opted to give a tenth of it to attendees—to the tune of $500 each. That money, the church suggested, should be donated to a cause of the congregant's choice, the Chicago Tribune reports. In the 1970s,... More »

Kids Get Drug Dealer's Custom Shoe Collection

As Casey Molina heads to jail, Boys & Girls Club gets donation

(Newser) - A convicted drug dealer in El Campo, Texas, won't need his custom sneakers and hat collection in prison—so they're going to the Boys & Girls Club, the Houston Chronicle reports. Cops found 22 pairs of collector Nike Air Jordans and quite a few sports caps in the... More »

Injured Biker Saved by ... Mike Tyson?

Boxer blocked traffic, soothed crash victim

(Newser) - A Las Vegas man injured in a motorcycle crash last week had to take a photo to make sure he wasn't hallucinating the person who came to his aid: Mike Tyson. Ryan Chesley tells TMZ that after a taxi cut him off on a freeway, sending him flying off... More »

Bridesmaids Brave Mud for Bride Killed in Crash

Friends and family wear dresses in Wisconsin 'Udder Mudder'

(Newser) - A group of would-be bridesmaids took part in a mud run on Saturday and wore their bridesmaid dresses through every inch of muck. It was all to honor the bride-to-be, Shannon Hall, who died in a car accident earlier this month. "We thought it would be a good '... More »

Motherly Instincts Save the Day

5 most uplifting stories of the day

(Newser) - A nurse's incredible act, and a mother bear's adoption of an outcast cub strike similar, motherly themes in the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Nurse to Raise Son of Dying Single Mom : A Pennsylvania woman diagnosed with terminal liver cancer had a second, awful problem to deal with:
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Nurse to Raise Son of Dying Single Mom

Mother made unusual request in hospital room

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman diagnosed with terminal liver cancer had a second, awful problem to deal with: The single mom had nobody to take care of her 8-year-old son upon her death. But as WHTM of Harrisburg reports, salvation appeared in the form of her nurse. Tricia Somers, 45, had struck... More »

WWII Vet Gets Purple Heart 70 Years Later

Plus, it was a surprise for Fred Zurbuchen

(Newser) - A World War II veteran was finally awarded a Purple Heart this week after earning it 70 years ago. When he was just 17, Fred Zurbuchen of Wisconsin enlisted and became a B-17 gunner in the Air Force. He got injured on his 10th mission, but fire destroyed his paperwork,... More »

Teacher Wins $1M on Wheel of Fortune

Sarah Manchester is show's third big winner

(Newser) - The puzzle itself was a pretty easy solve—"loud laughter," with most of the letters in place beforehand—but the payday for math teacher Sarah Manchester of Maryland was spectacular: She won the $1 million Wheel of Fortune prize, only the third person to do so, reports WJLA-TV... More »

Skeletons Holding Hands for 700 Years

Ancient remains found at burial site in England

(Newser) - Archaeologists in England digging at a 14th-century burial site made an unexpected discovery: A couple buried together holding hands had remained that way all this time, reports ABC News . The man and woman were found at the site of an ancient chapel in Hallaton, along with nine other skeletons, reports... More »

Kidney Donors Have Brains 'Built for Compassion'

'Empathy zone' is bigger than average, study finds

(Newser) - People who donate kidneys to total strangers aren't just bighearted, they're big-brained compared to most people, researchers say. Neurologists scanned the brains of 39 such donors and found that their brains were 9% bigger than non-donors' brains—with significantly greater volume in the part of the brain that... More »

Woman's Lost Bible Returned After 40 Years

It was a cherished gift from her late father

(Newser) - A little sleuthing and a little luck has resulted in a Tennessee woman getting back a Bible she lost in 1972. But as the Tennessean explains, it wasn't just any Bible to Deborah Savely. Her dad had given it to her as a girl a decade previously, and he... More »

Wildlife Rarity: Mama Bear Adopts Abandoned Cub

After real mother ran off with boyfriend, 'supermom' steps in

(Newser) - An Alaskan brown bear that had already rescued one cub after it broke its leg has once more become Katmai National Park and Preserve's resident hero. Holly—officially known as "brown bear 435" but described by park rangers as "supermom"—took in an abandoned grizzly cub... More »

Gun Instructor's Kids Make Video for Girl Who Shot Him

Charlie Vacca's children say they hope to meet her

(Newser) - The family of a gun instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old has a video message for the girl, Mediaite reports: "Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life," says Charlie Vacca's 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. "You should not let this... More »

Acts 'Lost in the Fog' of Vietnam Honored

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on Bennie G. Adkins, late Donald P. Sloat

(Newser) - President Barack Obama honored the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops, bestowing the Medal of Honor on them in a White House ceremony today. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, who attended the ceremony, and Army Spc. Donald P.... More »

Mystery of Ground Zero Wedding Photo Solved

It turns out everyone in it is alive

(Newser) - Every year on 9/11, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has tweeted out an image of a tattered wedding photo that a friend of hers found at Ground Zero, in the hopes that this time, the right person would see it. And now, after 13 years of trying, the right person has. On... More »

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