Amish Give Couple a Unique 'Thank You'

5 most uplifting stories of the week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2014 5:11 AM CDT
Jeffrey M. and Pamela L. Stinson in Bigelow, N.Y. They brought home two missing Amish girls, and the Amish community is replaying them by building a garage.   (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Jason Hunter)

(Newser) – An Amish show of gratitude and a long-overdue military honor highlight the week's list of uplifting stories:

  • Black WWI Soldier May Get Medal of Honor: A black World War I soldier who single-handedly fought off nearly two dozen Germans with only a knife and a jammed rifle to save a fellow soldier is on his way to getting the nation's highest military honor almost a century after the fact.
  • City Plays Schindler's List Theme at Neo-Nazi Rally: The Swedish city of Norrkoping allowed neo-Nazis to stage a rally, but officials managed to tweak them just the same—by ringing the bells of city hall to the theme song from Schindler's List.
  • Buffett's Son Buys Rosa Parks Items to Donate: One lucky museum will be getting a treasure trove in the form of hundreds of items belonging to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. A foundation run by Howard Buffett, son of Warren, has purchased the items and will donate them to a soon-to-be-chosen museum or institution. They've been in storage for years amid a legal fight over Parks' estate.
  • Portland May Build Micro-Homes for Homeless: It isn't cheap for Portland, Ore., to house its sizable homeless population, so Mayor Charlie Hales' office is trying to think outside the standard dorm shelter box: The current top idea under consideration is providing micro-homes for minimal rent to help people get off the streets and into jobs. A task force will dig into the issue next week.
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