Generous Gesture Surprises Campus

5 most uplifting stories of the week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2014 5:03 AM CDT
Generous Gesture Surprises Campus
Kentucky State University's Jackson Hall.   (Wikimedia Commons)

A college president's generous move and an incredible family reunion highlight the list of the week's most uplifting stories:

  • University Prez Takes $90K Pay Cut to Help Lowest Paid: Kentucky State University's new president has given the lowest-paid workers on campus a pay raise—out of his own salary. Before his contract was approved, Raymond Burse asked how many employees earned less than $10.25 per hour and volunteered to take a pay cut to bring their salary up to that level. It cost him $90,000.
  • Family Finds Girl Lost in Tsunami 10 Years Ago: At age 4, Raudhatul Jannah got swept away from her parents in Indonesia by the devastating 2004 tsunami. They assumed she had died, until her uncle spotted stumbled across a teenager bearing a striking resemblance to his long-lost niece.
  • Crowd Shoves Train Off Trapped Man: A guy who fell into the gap between a train and the platform during rush hour in Perth, Australia, survived without a scratch, thanks to an amazing group rescue by his fellow commuters.

  • Instead of Saving Himself, Diver Dies by Friend's Side: Two Navy divers "resisted the natural instincts of self-preservation" and asphyxiated together, trapped at the bottom of a pond in Maryland during training exercises last year—and one of them sacrificed his own life in an effort to save the other. Ryan Harris will be honored posthumously.
  • New Tactic Cuts Shark Attacks, Saves Sharks: Researchers in Brazil say they've found a way to curb shark attacks without culling sharks. State officials opted to capture them instead, take them to deep waters, and let them go. Shark attacks were all but eliminated in the test locale.
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