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'Army of Moms' Patrols Chicago to Stop Shootings

But they say they need more adult involvement to keep their neighborhood safe

(Newser) - When 34-year-old Lucille Barnes was gunned down June 23 on the 7500 block of Chicago's Stewart Avenue, a group of local mothers wearing neon-pink shirts that said "Moms on Patrol" set up chairs on street corners to prevent retaliatory violence. The Mothers Against Senseless Killings volunteers organized by... More »

Jimmy Kimmel Has Best Way to Respond to Lion Shooting

Emotional talk-show host says killing was 'vomitous'

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel is as outraged as anyone about the killing of Cecil the lion, who was lured away from a Zimbabwe national park, killed, skinned and beheaded, then left to rot in the sun. "Why are you shooting a lion in the first place?" he asked on last night'... More »

Desperate to Read, Boy Asks Mailman for Junk Mail

He says reading is interesting, 'Plus, it gets you smarter'

(Newser) - It all started when Ron Lynch, a mail carrier in Sandy, Utah, spotted a boy sifting through ads and newsletters in a junk mail bin. The boy, 12-year-old Mathew Flores, asked Lynch if he could spare any junk mail because he was looking for reading material; Lynch suggested the library,... More »

Cop's Kindness to Homeless Man Warms Hearts

'Truly a sign of compassion'

(Newser) - Another day, another viral post about America's police: This time, though, a Florida woman spotted a police officer's random act of kindness and posted a series of photos earlier this month celebrating Ocala Police Sgt. Erica Hay, who sat down on a curb with a homeless man to... More »

After Mom Rushes Kid to ER, Strangers Swarm, Save Car

Women respond to Facebook plea, feed meter, offer coffee and moral support

(Newser) - When ultrasounds and X-rays revealed the cause of her 6-week-old son's two-hour screaming fits, Kaylee Goemans was told to get baby Dominic to the ER immediately to treat a loop in his bowels filled with air and fluid. But the mom of three, who'd lost her job when... More »

A Life-Saving Pose: 5 Great Stories This Week

Including a best friend's incredible favor

(Newser) - Not all the news is doom and gloom. Here are five of our favorite stories from the week to prove it:
  • Couple Adopts Friend's Daughters When She Dies : How does a family double in size from four to eight overnight? When a dying woman asks her best friend to
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Restaurant Whose Kindness Went Viral Is Floundering

Okla. owner Ashley Jiron helps feed those in need and now needs help herself

(Newser) - As Ashley Jiron explains in a post on her Oklahoma restaurant's Facebook page , she's spent the past few weeks mulling over words that she really didn't want to say: "It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce P.B. Jams' permanent closing after... More »

Heartwarming Photo Saves 2 Dogs' Lives

Kala and Keira were about to be put down

(Newser) - Things weren't look good for Kala and Keira, two rescue dogs in a shelter near Atlanta. They were due to be euthanized at the end of the day Tuesday—until the Angels Among Us Pet Rescue Center posted an image of the two hugging on Facebook . About two hours... More »

With Pet Cemetery Doomed, a Classy Act Emerges

Animal-loving state engineer hopes to relocate all grave markers

(Newser) - A highway expansion in Oklahoma City will wipe out an old pet cemetery, but the more unusual part of the story is the effort that state officials are making out of respect to the animals. They're reaching out to the public—a construction engineer put up an ad on... More »

Rescuers Keep Beached Orca Alive Until Tide Comes In

It took 8 hours

(Newser) - A dramatic whale rescue unfolded in British Columbia this week, as rescuers kept alive a stranded orca for eight hours until high tide returned. The female whale likely got stranded on rocks off the coast while chasing a seal, reports the Globe and Mail . Rescuers kept gawkers to a minimum... More »

How a Teen's Nosebleed Saved Her Parents

In fact, it saved the teen herself, too

(Newser) - It had to be the luckiest, and most lifesaving, nosebleed in the world. As KTVT reports, it befell 14-year-old Crystal Enns of Wylie, Texas, in 2013. Her parents took her to the doctor when the bleeding wouldn't stop, which led to the diagnosis of a serious kidney disease called... More »

Couple Adopts Friend's 4 Daughters After She Dies

And suddenly, they're a family of 8

(Newser) - There's keeping a promise to a friend, and there's this: A couple in suburban Buffalo has adopted the four daughters of a friend who died of cancer, reports WKBW . “She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly... More »

Coast Guard Swimmer Pulls Off Herculean Rescue

Darren Harrity swam 1,750 yards in dark, windy conditions to save 4 fishermen

(Newser) - When the Coast Guard in North Bend, Ore., got a report early yesterday that the crew of a commercial fishing vessel was stranded in a life raft after their boat started taking on water, it sent a chopper, a USCG release notes. But after 27-year-old rescue swimmer Darren Harrity was... More »

The Man Who Built Sears Built Something Much More Incredible

New documentary explores Julius Rosenwald's philanthropy

(Newser) - Julius Rosenwald is well known as the 20th-century American businessman who co-founded what we now call Sears. But a new documentary by Aviva Kempner explores Rosenwald's lesser-known role as a Jewish philanthropist who brought education to thousands of African-American children at a time when most had no schools to... More »

Letter Carrier Saves Man Trapped for 10 Days

He would have died if mail hadn't piled up

(Newser) - Letter carrier Cissy Cartwright says she's no hero, but 66-year-old Tommy Hope begs to differ. The Hope Hull, Ala., man was stuck on the floor of his rural home for 10 days after falling and breaking several bones on July 4, NBC News reports. He probably would have died... More »

Insane Odds: Lightning Bolt Survivor Wins Lottery

What are the odds? A mathematician is glad you asked

(Newser) - Peter McCathie's first grand stroke of good luck happened when he got hit by lightning at age 14 and lived to tell the tale. His second came this month when he won a $1 million lottery in Canada with a co-worker, reports Huffington Post Canada . If you're scratching... More »

Bighearted Bikers Find Missing Ring for Man's Widow

They searched in waist-high weeds to find ring of Rhonda Thill's deceased husband

(Newser) - When Rhonda Thill got husband Randy's belongings back after he died in a motorcycle crash last month, her heartbreak was compounded when his wedding ring wasn't among them, she tells Kare 11 . "It had to be somewhere," she says. "Maybe the force of the impact—... More »

Black Cop's Kindness to White Supremacist Hailed

Leroy Smith helped white supremacist suffering in the SC heat

(Newser) - The battle between black activists and the Ku Klux Klan over the Confederate flag in South Carolina this weekend was labeled an ugly affair. But a surprisingly tender moment, captured on camera, is making waves. The image shows an African American police officer, identified as 25-year law enforcement veteran Leroy... More »

With 3 Words, 94-Year-Old Checks Off Bucket List

Shirley Batchelder's message: 'Love one another'

(Newser) - Shirley Batchelder has lived a "fantastic" life. The 94-year-old of Franklin, Tenn., was married for 57 years to a man who was "handsome as can be," has three children, plenty of grandchildren, and now hosts games at Steeple Chase Manor Retirement, just like her idols Pat Sajak... More »

A Baby's Infectious Joy: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

An infant sees her parents clearly for the first time

(Newser) - A special pair of glasses and an extra-special bottle of beer highlight the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Baby's Amazement at New Glasses Goes Viral : Piper Verdusco can finally see clearly, and a "melt-your-heart" video that captures the first moments of the baby experiencing clear vision has itself
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