Prom Story to Remember: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including a story about a compassionate judge
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2016 5:22 AM CDT
Prom Story to Remember: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week
Catherine Malatesta on the night of her junior prom on May 29, 2015, three months before she died of cancer.   (GoFundMe)

A judge's emotional connection with an inmate, an EMT who went above and beyond, and a teen who helped out Thor make our list of inspiring news this week:

  • After Teen's Death, Friends Wear Her Dress to Prom: When Catherine Malatesta attended her junior prom as a 16-year-old in May 2015, she knew she didn't have long to live because of cancer. What she didn't know was that almost exactly a year later, four of her friends would, in quick succession, wear her dress to their own proms to honor her.
  • Happier Reunion for Judge Who Recognized Inmate: Last summer, a video of a Florida burglary suspect appearing before a judge who turned out to be his middle school classmate went viral. Almost 10 months later, Arthur Booth was released from jail—and Judge Mindy Glazer was there to see him on his way.

  • Man Faints While Mowing, but EMT Steps Up: After an 87-year-old Sacramento man passed out while mowing the lawn, an EMT went above and beyond the call of duty. Yes, this involves a lawnmower.
  • Teen Who Returned Thor's Wallet Gets a Hero's Reward: Actor Chris Hemsworth was eating out in LA when he left his wallet on the table and figured it was gone for good. But he didn't count on teen Tristin Budzyn-Baker, who found the wallet. "I looked up at my mom and was like, 'Ma, do you know who this is?' We found Thor's wallet." His honesty was repaid, and then some.
  • Face Transplant Recipient Describes New Life: Mitchell Hunter was the second recipient of a full face transplant in the US, and five years after the procedure, he's talking publicly about his success story. Memorably so: "Hot, cold, pain, tickle, rubbing my beard, someone kissing my face—I can feel everything."
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