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A Sharp-Eyed Savior: 5 Great Things This Week

TV viewer goes above and beyond

(Newser) - A TV viewer who followed a hunch and a daughter's moving gesture toward her dad were among the good-news stories of the week:
  • Observant Viewer Saves TV Host : Tarek El Moussa, the co-host of HGTV's real estate and renovation show Flip or Flop, is in remission after a
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A Viewer Saved This HGTV Star's Life

She noticed a cancerous lump on Tarek El Moussa's neck

(Newser) - Tarek El Moussa, the co-host of HGTV's real estate and renovation show Flip or Flop, is in remission after a battle with thyroid cancer and has an observant viewer to thank. Back in 2013, El Moussa visited a doctor about a lump that had appeared on his neck, but... More »

A Recluse Dies, a Nonprofit Gets Surprise $125M

Surprise donation is major boost to San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind

(Newser) - The email was short, and it caught Bryan Bashin's attention. "A businessman has passed away," it read. "I think you might want to talk to us." The executive director of San Francisco nonprofit LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired says his organization had just... More »

4 People Meet for First Time After Kidney Swaps

It was an emotional meeting for Connecticut group

(Newser) - Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and Julissa Canales, had an emotional meeting for the first time on Wednesday following the... More »

Family Celebrates Baby's Recovery After Pope's Kiss

Gianna's tumor appears to be shrinking

(Newser) - Baby Gianna Masciantonio developed a rare brain tumor just weeks after her birth last year when her red blood cells attacked her brain stem. After multiple chemotherapy treatments, an August brain scan revealed that the tumor was still there, and parents Joey and Kristen Masciantonio decided to do one more... More »

Daughter Weds in Hospital So Dad Can Give Her Away

It was the family's 2nd hospital wedding in a week

(Newser) - Jubal Early Kirby, 49, is terminally ill with a lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis and has spent three weeks in a hospital in Charlotte, NC. So Kaila Kirby, the younger of his two daughters, decided to move her July 2016 wedding up a bit—to Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving,... More »

Soccer Team Jerseys Drop Sponsor, Add Paris Tribute

'Je Suis Paris' to temporarily take place of Emirates Airline on Paris team's shirts

(Newser) - The Paris Saint-Germain soccer team wanted to show the world that its thoughts are with its home city and the victims of the recent terror attacks —so it has (temporarily) ditched a major sponsor from its jerseys and replaced it with a message of solidarity instead, reports For the... More »

Cruise Ship 'Miracle Baby' Finally Goes Home

Haiden Morgan, born 15 weeks prematurely, weighed just 1.5 pounds at birth

(Newser) - Little Haiden Morgan is finally back in Utah. The baby born 15 weeks prematurely in August on a Royal Caribbean cruise and not expected to live much past his birth was reunited with his family at Ogden Airport after spending 78 days at Miami Children's Hospital, Fox 13 reports.... More »

A Big Wedding Alteration: 5 Great Things This Week

Including a father's talk to his young son after the Paris attacks

(Newser) - A shift in wedding plans for the best of reasons and a stranger's kind act were among the good-news stories of the week:
  • Couple Downsizes Wedding to Lend a Hand : Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a big wedding, a Toronto couple downsized to a small
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Landscaper Leaving Canada to Become a King in Ghana

'OK. No problem. I will talk to my boss'

(Newser) - A 32-year-old landscaper is leaving Canada to become the king of a 6,000-person tribe in Ghana, the National Post reports. Eric Manu—who's been living in British Columbia for the past three years—got the surprising phone call in July. “So I said, ‘OK. No problem.... More »

Couple Downsizes Big Wedding to Sponsor Syrian Refugees

They're raising $27,000 to sponsor a family of 4 instead

(Newser) - The idea came to them in September, when Samantha Jackson and Farzin Yousefian saw the tragic photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body washed ashore after he and his family fled their home in Syria. Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a big, catered wedding in... More »

Young Boy's Cancer No Match for True Love

'She is kinda like the real Snow White'

(Newser) - After their 8-year-old son David was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in his short life, his parents decided to stop treatment and let him be a normal kid for the time he had left, WTKR reports. Little did the Spisaks know what a major life event David would... More »

'World's Most Random Good Samaritan' Strikes

Installs hubcap for guy with only 3

(Newser) - A kind stranger has created an alter ego as "the world's most random Good Samaritan" after an odd selfless act involving hubcaps. Reddit user ThatGuyBeezy explains he's been driving around with three hubcaps ever since losing one during a trip across the country. When he got off... More »

Ariz. Trooper Helps Mom Give Birth in Her Car

Miguel Rincon was dealing with a speeding driver when more pressing matters arose

(Newser) - Miguel Rincon was trying to settle up a speeding violation Saturday on a highway outside Bisbee, Ariz., when things went in a totally unexpected direction. A car pulled up behind him, and the driver told Rincon that her granddaughter was about to give birth, the AP reports. But Courtney Benavidez... More »

Father, Son Have Poignant Talk About Paris Attacks

'They might have guns, but we have flowers'

(Newser) - A video interview is going viral thanks to the poignant father-son discussion it portrays, People reports. The little boy was asked by a reporter if he understands why attackers terrorized Paris on Friday, and he answered, "because they're really mean" before adding that his family will need to... More »

Pregnant Woman Reunites With Bataclan Rescuer

Man pulled her up from window ledge; both escaped

(Newser) - One of many terrifying images from Friday's Paris attacks was of a pregnant woman dangling from a window of the Bataclan. Now, a friend of the unidentified woman says she survived and has been in touch with the man who helped save her. A man identified only as Sebastien... More »

How a Burn Victim Got Another Man's Face

41-year-old Patrick Hardison now has 27-year-old David Rodebaugh's face

(Newser) - In September 2001, 27-year-old Patrick Hardison was burned beyond recognition, his face melted off in a horrific house fire, his story in New York magazine begins. The Mississippi firefighter underwent more than 70 surgeries over 12 years, with every aspect of his life impacted. His relationship with his wife, Chrissi,... More »

Once-Homeless Dad Whose Story Went Viral Is Paying it Forward

James Moss is now helping the homeless himself

(Newser) - A once-homeless single father who was recently helped by the kindness of strangers is now helping other homeless people. James Moss moved to Denver from New York because he wanted to raise his young son in a more "peaceful place," he explained to Leon Logothetis, who found Moss... More »

Customer Rips Autistic Driver, Eatery Fires ... the Customer

Sometimes customer isn't right, he's rude

(Newser) - The old adage about the customer always being right ground to a precipitous halt at one Alaska restaurant earlier this month when aforementioned customer called Little Italy Restaurante to loudly complain that its delivery driver had messed up an order, "was an idiot and strung out on drugs."... More »

A Haircut With a Point: 5 Great Things This Week

Including a woman's response to haters on Twitter

(Newser) - An inspirational haircut is among the stories this week that might just raise your spirits:
  • Actress Chops Off Hair, Tells of Own Childhood Cancer : When Nashville star Clare Bowen debuted her new pixie cut on Facebook, lots of fans weren't happy. After she shared her reason, however, warm reactions
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