Good News Today

Updated: Jul 18

Getting the week off to an upbeat start with a collection of good news nuggets.


  • Raise a glass to Jonathan Bauer, who jumped off a bridge in Ocean City, Maryland last month to save a toddler who had fallen into the bay after a multi-vehicle crash. Bauer has been hailed a hero, and was recently selected to ride in the back seat of an F-16 as part of the Air Force Thunderbirds' "Hometown Hero" program. "His selfless act shows the best America has to offer," the Thunderbirds posted on Instagram. Bauer and his family were also named honorary members of the Ocean City Fire Department.

  • The European Parliament has approved a landmark law to make the European Union's greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, paving the way for a policy overhaul to cut planet-warming pollution faster. The bill sets targets to reduce net EU emissions by 55 percent by 2030, from 1990 levels, and eliminate net emissions by 2050. "This is the law of laws, because it will discipline us in the years to come," Frans Timmermans, head of EU climate policy, said.

  • In good news for an anonymous buyer, a drawing he or she bought in a small French sale on a hunch has been identified as a rare surviving page from an important notebook made by a young Peter Paul Rubens. If Rubens’ original Theoretical Notebook still existed it would be a true art wonder, but it was all but destroyed in a fire in 1720. Only two pages were thought to have survived, treasures of collections in London and Berlin. Sotheby’s, however, has announced that a third page has been found, authenticated and will be sold at auction with an estimate of between £400,000 and £600,000, far more than the “low thousands” spent by the anonymous buyer.

  • Sage of Omaha: Philanthropist and investor Warren Buffett has announced he is donating $4.1 billion to various charitable foundations. In 2006, he pledged to distribute all of his Berkshire Hathaway shares - more than 99 percent of his net worth - to philanthropy. With his latest $4.1 billion distribution, he’s already more than halfway there. But there's still $100 billion to go!

  • A UK nurse who was fired for not agreeing to work weekends has won an employment tribunal; an outcome described by her lawyers as a “landmark victory for working mothers”.

  • Boat captain Jennifer Dowker was cleaning the bottom of her glass-bottomed boat on the Cheboygan River in Michigan when an old-fashioned green bottle caught her eye. She thought it would just be a cool find, until she saw a piece of paper carefully rolled up inside. Sure enough, it was a note, written all the way back in November of 1926: "Will the person who finds this bottle return this paper to George Morrow Cheboygan, Michigan and tell where it was found?" Dowker's first mate put the message on Facebook. Amazingly, a woman named Michele Primeau, who doesn't even use Facebook, was alerted to the post. She recognized the handwriting as her father's. Morrow passed away in 1995, but Primeau says the bottle brought back a lot of good memories - especially since it all happened on Father's Day weekend.

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