It wasn’t all bad
■Three California fishermen are being hailed as heroes after they risked their lives to save a whale entangled in crab pot lines. When the crew of the Legacy found the trapped animal, it was bleeding heavily and in distress. Although the massive whale could have capsized their boat, the men came alongside and began cutting the ropes. The whale rolled over, seemingly showing the crew where the lines were snagged. “It was like he knew we were trying to help him,” said deck boss Ken Garliepp. Finally freed, the whale circled the Legacy several times as if, the crew said, to say “Thank you.”
■A kindhearted British girl has added some much-needed sparkle to her hometown’s Christmas celebrations. Margate residents were disappointed when officials installed an almost bare Christmas tree, adorned with only one sad-looking string of lights, in the town square. “It didn’t look Christmassy at all,” said Mia Kirkden, 10. She decided to spruce up the fir, and began buying baubles and other ornaments for it with her weekly $3 allowance. Moved by her generosity, a local electricians’ firm donated colorful Christmas lights to wrap around the tree—which now shines brightly at night. “I am so proud of her,” said Mia’s mom, Kelly.