5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including a truly lucky dog
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2013 6:01 AM CST
Demolished cars line the path as homeowners dig out what they can Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Washington, Ill.   (AP Photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)

(Newser) – This week, hope took the form of ... a Led Zeppelin album:

  1. Amid Tornado Cleanup, Hope Arrives Via Led Zeppelin: When your town is decimated by a tornado, you'll take solace wherever you can find it. In Gifford, Ill., that just happened to be in the form of a sleeve to Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album—found in quite the unusual way.
  2. 'Underdog' Rescued From Giant Hole: A massive rescue operation succeeded in saving a dog who had gotten stuck at the bottom of one of the world's biggest manmade holes, a gigantic South African crater known as the "Big Hole."

  1. Anonymous Officer Helps Girl in Need: It's another story of a nice gesture by a Florida cop: An officer visiting an elementary school in Melbourne noticed a young girl whose shoes were split down the front and "flapping in the breeze." So he did this.
  2. Frugal Seattle Man Leaves $188M Secret Fortune: An elderly man who had holes in his clothes and took buses instead of taxis has amazed Seattle Children's Research Institute with what it says is the biggest gift ever earmarked for pediatric research—in the entire US.
  3. Teen With Cancer Finds YouTube Fame Before Death: A 16-year-old with terminal brain cancer died Monday—but not before her YouTube cover of Katy Perry's "Roar" moved countless viewers, including Perry herself.
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