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This Homeless Man Will Amaze You

Sarasota's Donald Gould becomes an Internet star on the piano

(Newser) - A homeless man in Florida is an Internet star after footage of him playing the piano went viral this week. But more than that, the newfound fame may give him a chance to stop being homeless, reports People . Donald Gould, 51, who has been living on the streets of Sarasota... More »

Grand Gestures: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

'I don't want you to be mad, but I do not remember the wedding'

(Newser) - Generous gestures, not necessarily involving money, highlight the week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Bride Loses Memory, Hubby Steps Up : When a car accident left newlywed Justice Stamper with a gap in her memory that wiped away all recollections of her wedding day, her husband came up with the perfect
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Town Honors Its Hero Dog

Little Leo defended a girl, paid with his life

(Newser) - Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. But not on this day. When a raging bull-mastiff cross-breed attacked a 10-year-old girl last year, the small dachsund jumped to her rescue, barking and biting at the dog way above his size and strength. Leo paid with... More »

Mom Finds Long-Lost Son Thanks to Facebook Photo

He had been taken to Mexico 15 years ago, and Dad cut off communication

(Newser) - An old Facebook photo has led to the reunion of a mother in California and the teenage son she hadn't seen in 15 years, reports NBC Bay Area . Hope Holland says her boy, Jonathan, was taken by his father at the age of 3 to Mexico, where all communication... More »

Charleston Victims' Kids Given Big Gift, Anonymously

Scholarship fund named after murdered pastor

(Newser) - A group of donors has raised more than $3 million for a scholarship fund for families of victims of the Charleston church shooting—and they have named it after the church's murdered pastor. Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley says the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was "committed to quality education and... More »

9/11 Responder Hits Lottery

Retired New York City firefighter wins $5M

(Newser) - Hard to begrudge this lottery winner: He's a retired firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11. Carmelo Mercado won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket, and the 63-year-old will get $3.3 million in a lump-sum payment after taxes are taken out. Mercado was among... More »

Best Boss Ever? CEO Gives Workers $1.5M of Own Stock

'Enjoy being an owner of the company,' says Bobby Frist

(Newser) - It was just another day at the office yesterday for 600 employees at Nashville health care company HealthStream—that is, until they received a welcome surprise via a video message sent to their cellphones. In it, CEO Bobby Frist announced that as of late August, they'll all be part-owners... More »

Family IDs Mystery Calif. Woman With Amnesia

Her name is Ashley, not Sam—and she's American

(Newser) - A woman found on the streets of Carlsbad, Calif., in February and believed to be suffering from retrograde amnesia has been claimed by a family that's now filling in the blanks about her identity, the BBC reports. "Well we have some great news...PRAYERS have been answered!!!!"... More »

Bride Loses Memory, Hubby Throws Wedding 'Round 2'

Will wed on one-year anniversary with help from kind strangers

(Newser) - Justice Stamper won't soon forget the day her high school sweetheart got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their church in their hometown of Marion, Va., where they first met at age 10. "He taped the ring underneath a bottle cap to hide... More »

Girl Scouts Who Returned $100K Quickly Reap Much More

Crowdfunded donations support troop for refusing to discriminate

(Newser) - After returning a donation for $100,000 that stipulated the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington decided it was still important to raise the money it had declined. That $100,000 amounts to nearly a third of its 2015 financial assistance... More »

Black Ballerina Makes History

Misty Copeland is now the principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre

(Newser) - Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre today— the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company's 75-year history. The company announced the promotion... More »

Mom's Honest Pic of 'Perfect' Post-Baby Body Goes Viral

Kimberly Henderson's 'flabby belly' inspires

(Newser) - What's sexier than a six-pack? Rocking a "flabby belly" and stretch marks, says mother of four and musician Kimberly Henderson. After fans told her she had a "perfect" body, Henderson bravely uploaded an "unedited" selfie of her bare belly to Facebook for all to see, reports... More »

Generous Acts: 5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including a homeless man's donation of donations

(Newser) - Acts of generosity and kindness highlight the week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Homeless Man Turns Down $5K in Donations : A community in British Columbia is feeling warm and fuzzy after a homeless man's generosity inspired residents not once but twice. First, the unidentified man found a suitcase with
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Homeless Man Turns Down $5K in Exchange for This

Unidentified BC man just wants a job

(Newser) - A community in British Columbia is feeling warm and fuzzy after a homeless man's generosity inspired residents not once but twice over the past two weeks. First, the unidentified man with little to his name found a suitcase with $2,000 in it on a street in Victoria, but... More »

Moms Swoon Over Rapper's Breast Pump Selfie

George Moss: Breastfeeding moms are heroes

(Newser) - A day in the life of a rapper probably isn’t what you'd think—at least in George Moss' case. "If you ever wonder what #rappers do when they get off stage, they clean breast pumps for their wives so their baby can eat. #thuglife," the rapper... More »

Kenneth Cole's Google Alert Leads to Good Deed

Designer decides to replace man's stolen bag

(Newser) - Kenneth Cole has set up a Google alert for his name, and when the designer saw a bummer of a story pop up on said Google alert earlier this month, he decided to take action. The DNAinfo article was about a Brooklyn man who set his $300 Kenneth Cole tote... More »

3 Sons of Slain Cop Offered Free College

University of Cincinnati will cover everything if they go there

(Newser) - When Cincinnati officer Sonny Kim was shot to death in the line of duty last week, he left behind three sons. But while his family is still dealing with the grief from his death, there's one thing they won't have to worry so much about anymore: college for... More »

Cop's Photo Goes Viral for Really Nice Reason

He comforted little girl after her dad died in crash

(Newser) - A heartwarming photo came out of tragedy in Brighton, Colo., last week. Nick Struck was one of the police officers to arrive at the scene Thursday after a one-car crash ejected six people from an SUV, including one man who died at the scene. Struck was handed the man’s... More »

Boater Saved; Marriage, Too: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Including a novel marriage proposal

(Newser) - Rescues of all kinds factor large in the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Author's Atlantic Odyssey Succeeds in One Big Way : South Carolina author Michael Hurley set sail for Ireland hoping to do some research for his next novel. Instead, he ran into bad weather, had to be rescued,
... More »

Parachutist Saved by Pal in Mid-Air After Chute Fails

It happened at a military air show in the UK

(Newser) - Somebody owes his work buddy a beer: Spectators at a military air show in Britain watched an unplanned but dazzling display of skill as one parachutist rescued a colleague in mid-air, reports the Telegraph . A member of the army's Red Devils aerial team began hurtling to the ground when... More »

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