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For 160K People Who Can't Afford Bail, Hope

The Bail Project is going national, with an ambitious 5-year goal

(Newser) - A national effort is launching that aims to help low-income defendants get out of jail by bailing them out as their criminal cases progress through the courts. The Bail Project grew out of a successful 10-year campaign in the Bronx to pay bail for needy cases, led by attorney Robin... More »

Teen Heroes: 'They're Going to Die If We Don't Do Something'

Calif. 16-year-olds Alex Schrier, Jeffrey Bounds help rescue passengers in burning car

(Newser) - Two quick-acting teens and a third Good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes for rushing to save a man and woman trapped in a burning car that crashed in Southern California. Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds, both 16 and teammates on their high school baseball team, spotted the vehicle on... More »

TJ Maxx Wins Praise Over Decision in Puerto Rico

Parent chain TJX is paying workers even though stores are shuttered

(Newser) - Some employees of the chain that owns TJ Maxx in Puerto Rico haven't worked in weeks because of Hurricane Maria, but that doesn't mean they've lost their paychecks. Parent company TJX, which also owns Marshalls and HomeGoods, has continued to pay its employees all the while, reports... More »

She Made It to College. He Was Determined to Help Her Stay

Teacher helps former student raise funds to stay in school

(Newser) - Kevonna Stevens graduated as valedictorian of her class and became the first of her family to head to college, thanks in part to teacher Jason Boll, who helped her apply. Now Boll is stepping up for Stevens again, in an even bigger way. The 18-year-old told the Pittsburgh teacher in... More »

She Was Dictating a Comment to NYT. Then Things Got Weird

An auto-to-text gaffe charms the internet

(Newser) - It started off in normal enough fashion. "Zero optimism that the Democrats can ever regain ..." wrote Christine McMorrow in a comment to the New York Times . And then things started getting weird. “Hello hi oh you're there are you outside oh well let me come to... More »

Principal Spends Night on Roof for Awesome Reason

Elementary school students hit their fundraising goal

(Newser) - Steven Vercellino likes to come up with fun challenges for his students at Michigan's Forest Elementary School during the annual school fundraiser, and this year he went really big: The principal promised to spend a night on the roof of the school if the students raised $20,000. And,... More »

2 Americans and Their Dogs Rescued After 5 Months at Sea

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were 5K miles from their original destination when found

(Newser) - Two Americans and their two dogs set out to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti in the spring, but after their engine died in bad weather May 30, they were forced to use only the ship's sails to attempt to get back to land. Instead, they drifted in the Pacific... More »

What New York Is Doing for College-Age Maria Victims

Tuition help being offered to displaced students at 64 state universities

(Newser) - Mainland US universities are offering a helping hand to students in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria. Some schools are granting students discounted tuition at the rate for in-state residents; others are waiving tuition altogether for a semester, NPR reports. Tuition help is being offered... More »

A Big Harvey Donation, From an Unexpected Source

More than 6,600 prisoners in Texas donated almost $54K

(Newser) - As Americans open their wallets to help victims of a recent rash of tragedies—beginning with Hurricane Harvey—a big donation comes from a group that managed the feat despite not having wallets to open. The Dallas News last week reported that more than 6,600 Texas inmates donated $53,... More »

From Ashes of Calif. Home, Mom's Dog Comes Running

Izzy somehow survived after family fled wildfire in the middle of the night

(Newser) - Jack Weaver and brother-in-law Patrick Widen skirted police barricades, and traversed a creek and hilly roads to save Weaver's mother the grim task of recovering the family's beloved dog Izzy. Katherine Weaver was convinced Izzy died in a ferocious wildfire that sent them fleeing, Katherine still in her... More »

Michael Jordan Making Biggest Donation Ever to NC City

NBA star is donating $7M to open 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

(Newser) - Michael Jordan, who grew up in North Carolina, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and now owns the Charlotte Hornets, is making his biggest ever donation—$7 million—to build two medical clinics in Charlotte. Per his rep, the NBA legend learned of a 2014 study that found children in the North Carolina... More »

Man Saves Missing Teen. Then, Another 'Act of Kindness'

Earl Melchert gave his $7K reward to the girl he saved

(Newser) - Two heroes have emerged in Minnesota: an abducted 15-year-old girl and the 65-year-old farmer who found her. Fox News and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press report Jasmine Block disappeared from her Alexandria home on Aug. 8, and she was reportedly held for nearly a month in an abandoned house, where... More »

He Drove 2K Miles to Install Crosses in Vegas

Greg Zanis creates tribute to the victims

(Newser) - An Illinois man known for honoring the victims of mass shootings around the country installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday. Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to install the crosses on a patch of grass near the iconic "Welcome... More »

As People Flee Bali Volcano, This Woman Is Saving Its Dogs

Janice Girardi is trying to rescue canines left behind as thousands run from Mount Agung

(Newser) - As the small convoy carrying volunteers, dried food, and canned meat pulls up before a revered Hindu temple on the slopes of Bali's Mount Agung volcano, dogs trot out from the mist shrouding the temple's cascade of steps. Now, an animal welfare organization founded by a Californian woman... More »

Survivalist Who Stockpiled for 40 Years Makes Heartwarming Decision

Joseph Badame is donating his food, supplies to Puerto Rico hurricane victims

(Newser) - For four decades, Joseph Badame and wife Phyliss stocked their house and other buildings on their Medford, NJ, property with enough food, water, coal, and other supplies to keep 100 friends and family members alive and comfortable for the indefinite future, all in anticipation of a possible economic doomsday scenario.... More »

'ICU Grandpa' Gets Puked On, Peed On, Loves Every Minute

Meet David Deutchman, aka 'ICU Grandpa,' who cuddles preemies at Atlanta hospital

(Newser) - You'll probably wish David Deutchman were your grandpa after reading about him, but then that would mean all of the tiny babies at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta would miss out. People reports on the 82-year-old's efforts at the Georgia hospital, where for the past 12 years the... More »

Celebs Share Awkward Photos —for a Cause

Stephen Colbert, Nick Kroll donating $2K in aid to Puerto Rico for each

(Newser) - Even the biggest names in Hollywood went through that awkward pubescent stage—and now we have the proof. Celebrities including Sarah Silverman , Jimmy Kimmel , and Judd Apatow have been sharing less-than-flattering photos of their awkward younger years on Twitter using the hashtag #PuberMe after Stephen Colbert vowed to donate $1,... More »

Anonymous Couple Keeps Picking Up Strangers' Tabs

'I grew up poor and now I'm not'

(Newser) - A mystery couple has been picking up the checks for other customers at a southwestern Pennsylvania restaurant, per the AP . In fact, KDKA-TV reports that the couple has been doing it for years at the Applebee's in Washington, Pennsylvania, but only recently have their good deeds come to light.... More »

Groom Jumps Into River to Save Child, Suit and All

Wedding photographer got some unforgettable shots

(Newser) - A Canadian couple got some unexpected and unforgettable wedding photos when the groom jumped into a river to save a little boy, the BBC reports. Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing on a bridge in an Ontario park when they saw the boy go in the water. The photographer says... More »

Metal Detectorist Saves the Day After Proposal Gone Wrong

Man finds $3K engagement ring that Seth Dixon dropped in pond while proposing

(Newser) - It was the "little plop" heard 'round the world. Seth Dixon and Ruth Salas likely thought they'd never find Salas' $3,000 engagement ring again after Dixon accidentally dropped it off a wooden footbridge and into a pond while proposing in Kansas City earlier this month. But... More »

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