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The Week in Uppers

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


Peter Finocchiaro
July 4, 2011 12:14AM (UTC)

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)

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  • 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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