The Week in Uppers

Spent the week fretting about the apocalypse? Here are some things that did happen that give reason to cheer

Published May 22, 2011 4:23PM (EDT)

Sure, apocalyptic prognostications snagged the lion's share of media attention this week. But Harold Camping wasn't the only person in the news. Here's a selection of uplifting news stories that don't involve the Rapture.

  • A chihuahua lost five years ago in California was reunited with his family when animal services scanned a micro-chip the dog's owners had implanted before he was lost. (ABC News

  • Bids on eBay for Princess Beatrice's much-discussed royal wedding hat have reached nearly $30,000. Proceeds will go to UNICEF and Children in Crisis charities. (Reuters
  • A 26-year-old New Jersey women has donated a kidney to a stranger, in an effort to start an altruistic chain reaction. (Huffington Post)
  • A man paralyzed from the waist down five years ago has once again stood on his own thanks to an amazing new therapy in its experimental stage. (CBS News

  • Charities in Alabama have been overwhelmed by donations from people looking to give back to communities hit hardest by this spring's destructive tornadoes. (AP)
  • A new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that men who drink more than six cups of coffee per day are 60 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer. (Los Angeles Times)
  • An extraordinary friendship in a Kenyan slum, between an American woman and a local activist, has yield remarkable results -- including the non-profit Kibera School for Girls. (NBC News)

By Peter Finocchiaro

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