The Week in Uppers

This week's bleak news got you down? It wasn't all bad. Check out this collection of inspiring current events

By Peter Finocchiaro
Published March 13, 2011 2:25PM (EDT)

Amidst all the gloom and doom this week, it's not a bad idea to take a break every once in a while. Here are some heartwarming, inspiring or just downright wholesome stories from the past week:

  • A pre-school for autistic children in the U.K. is teaching attendees about emotions and physical contact with a child-sized robot. (AOL)
  • Twin sisters gave birth to their children -- both girls -- two hours apart. (AP)
  • Niki Lamparelli, of Norwell, MA, became the first girl ever named to her hockey league's all-star team. (AOL)
  • The oldest wild bird in America gave birth to a baby chick in the Pacific. (AP)
  • The owner of a burrito place was repaid for his integrity after returning $20,000 to a gambler who left the stash in the restaurant. The owner of the missing loot wrote him a check for $1,000. (AOL)
  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' personality is starting to shine through as her remarkable recovery continues. (Yahoo News)
  • A troubled, paralyzed former NASCAR racer is turning his life around and setting his sights on a new checkered flag. He says he wants to walk again. (AOL)
  • Four times as many people are surviving cancer now as were 40 years ago. (Yahoo News)
  • Former game show host Bob Barber donated $2 million to the Semper Fi Fund, a charity that assists injured service members and their families. (MSNBC)
  • And now for something entirely adorable: baby turtles. (BuzzFeed)

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