The Week in Uppers

Inventors, veterans and bionic dogs are just a few of this week's feel-good stories

Published July 3, 2011 8:14PM (EDT)

The bionic dog.
The bionic dog.

While debt ceiling brinksmanship dominated the Beltway conversation this past week, there were plenty of happier news stories that didn't involve the prospect of a U.S. government default. We've culled some of the best, and present them here:

  • A dog who lost his paws to frostbite has a new lease on life after doctors attached prosthetic appendages. (ABC News)

  • An Afghanistan veteran who lost his arm in 2008 showed impressive poise  at a Yankees game recently, snagging a foul ball with one hand. (Huffington Post
  • A bag worn by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during negotiations with leaders like Reagan and Gorbachev has fetched nearly $40,000 in a charity auction in London. (Huffington Post)
  • GM is giving back to Detroit: It's charitable arm, the General Motors Foundation, announced on Monday that it will donate $2.5 million to the city's College for Creative Studies. (AutoWeek)
  • In related news, donations to the arts increased nearly 6 percent across the board in 2010. (Huffington Post)
  • Beyonce gave some young fans a moment to remember this week, when she appeared, unexpectedly, at a Boys and Girls Club benefit in Harlem. (MTV)
  • Meanwhile, another singer, Shakira, visited Israeli and Palestinian children at a school in Jerusalem, as part of a trip to advocate for the advancement of educational opportunities the world over. (NYTimes)
  • Octogenarian George Weiss has been tinkering with inventions for the past 50 years, with limited success, until now. A game he created called "Dabble" is now sold in 50 stores, and won Creative Child Magazine's 2011 Game of the Year Award. (NBC News)
  • The non-profit Hope in Bloom is making a difference and lifting spirits by building free gardens for breast cancer patients. (NBC News)

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