A Last-Minute Lobster Save: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including a car rental employee's kind move
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2016 5:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – An unusual lobster rescue and a moving final column make the list:

  • Car Rental Worker Goes Extra Mile for Mom of Twins: Coty Vincent's car was smashed, so she lugged her twin boys to a rental car company in Tulsa. That's when 25-year-old employee John Goodlett, knowing Vincent had her own hands full, held one of her twins while he worked on Vincent's order—resulting in a priceless viral photo. There's a reason Goodlett may have felt a special kinship with the little ones.
  • Long-Lived Lobster Saved From Pot: Larry the Lobster lives another day, thanks to a group of rescuers who saved the 15-pound crustacean from ending up on Florida diners' plates. The Good Samaritans chipped in to buy his freedom—after he'd been ordered for dinner. Even more astounding than his size: his age.

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  • Dying Journalist Writes One Last Column: After seven years fighting a brain tumor, South Carolina columnist Alison Piepmeier has no treatment options left and is in hospice care at age 43. Piepmeier says she particularly wanted to write one final column—one that turned out being "especially hard to write," she says. "I wanted to say goodbye while I still could." Her last column, headlined "Thank you for my beautiful life," does just that.
  • Experimental Cancer Treatment Gives Hope to Newlyweds: A British couple have received what may be the best wedding gift imaginable: a cancer-free diagnosis. Mike Brandon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, only a month after proposing to his then-girlfriend, Kate. A bone marrow transplant sent the leukemia into remission, but when it came back, the couple raised money for experimental CAR T-Cell therapy in the US. So far, the results couldn't be better.
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Made 'Entire Family Trees' Possible: A Vietnam War veteran who helped save 40 soldiers was presented with the Medal of Honor this week. Retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Ypsilanti, Mich., led helicopter flights into the battle and, as President Obama said, made "entire family trees" possible. All that after repeatedly taking enemy fire—and repeatedly returning to help.
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