The Week in Uppers

Because there was plenty of news that didn't involve incriminating tweets

Published June 5, 2011 6:06PM (EDT)

While everyone was distracted by the Anthony Weiner debacle this week, there was no shortage of news far removed from the world of errant tweets and bizarro press conferences. For proof, check out this collection of heartwarming stories:

  • Third-grader Bobby Bradley soared into the record books this week, becoming the youngest person ever to complete a solo flight in a hot-air balloon. (ABC New)

  • Celebrity cancer survivors speak out about their winning battles against the disease. (Huffington Post
  • Electric-car manufacturer Tesla Motors has now raised $600 million in equity, underlining confidence in the market for battery-powered vehicles, experts say. (FT)
  • Aelita Andrew may only be 4 years old, but paintings by the Australian toddler are already selling for tens of thousands of dollars. (ABC New)

  • Two new drugs are being hailed by scientists as major breakthroughs in the treatment of advanced melanoma, prolonging the lives of those afflicted. (NYTimes)
  • Thirty years after the discovery of AIDS, hope shines through. (Huffington Post)
  • Hope for Heroes, a charity formed three-and-a-half years ago to help build recovery centers for injured soldiers, is on the verge of raising its one-millionth pound (or, roughly, $1.6 million). (BBC)
  • A nonprofit scholarship program, Girls' Access to Education, helped a Cambodian girl escape a life of human trafficking. It only took $92 per year. (Huffington Post)
  • Unable to fit through a cat door, one feline decides to take the door with it. (YouTube)

By Peter Finocchiaro

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