Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 3:20 PM UTC
Good cancer news, a rabies miracle, a 99-year-old college grad, and much more
News these days can be a bummer. And sometimes, all the uplifting stories get buried below the fold. That’s we we compile some of the most heartwarming stories from each week. Check ‘em out:
- Nothing like adorable father-toddler YouTube videos to get you in the Father’s Day spirit. (NBC News)
- If at first you don’t succeed: An Oregon man who quit college nearly eight decades ago finally earned his degree — at the tender age of 99. (AP)
- In an effort spearheaded by British Prime Minister David Cameron and billionaire Bill Gates, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations raised more than $4 billion at a donor conference this week. (Huffington Post)
- When Whomas and Ann Rose realized they’d never have grandchildren, they decided to reach to other kids in need of support.. Since then, they’ve served as foster parents to 71 boys and girls. (Huffington Post)
- In a shfit that pays both economic and environmental dividends, more and more Americans are participating in bike-sharing programs across the country (AP)
- A medical miracle this week: An eight-year-old California girl survived a rabies infection without receiving any vaccine, making her only the third person in the country known to have ever survived the disease without treatment. (AP)
- Cancer death rates continue to decline across virtually all demographics, according to a new report issued by the American Cancer Society (Boston Globe)
- Post-Stanley Cub riots in Vancouver were a downer, but a group of more than 10,000 residents have already pledged their time to clean-up efforts through social media. (Huffington Post)
- The town of Phil Campbell, Ala., was devastated by tornados this spring. But, in an unusual, and uplifting, twist, Phil Campbells from across the country have arrived to help rebuid. (NBC News)
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
Credit: AP/LM Otero
Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
Credit: AP/The Duluth News-Tribune/Clint Austin
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