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Peter Sears gets his guitar back, and more

Thirty-five years after Peter Sears's guitar was stolen during a riot at a rock concert, a fan has stepped forward to return it.

Peter Sears gets his guitar backWhen Pete Sears had his customized bass guitar stolen in 1978, the Jefferson Starship bassist knew it was irreplaceable. The instrument had a unique silver inlay shaped like a dragon, and was carved from the same block of wood used to make rock icon Jerry Garcia’s guitar. But now, 35 years after the guitar was stolen during a riot at a rock concert in Germany, a fan has stepped forward to return it to its original owner. Sears will soon get to play it with his new band, Moonalice. “I can’t wait to get it in my hands again,” he said.

Veterans visit Boston bombing victimsVeterans who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan visited amputee victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last week to deliver a message of hope. “Life’s not over,” said Capt. Cameron West, a U.S. Marine who lost his right leg in combat. “With hard work and rehab, they’re going to get back to a normal life.” West was one of several members of the Semper Fi Fund, a military charity for disabled veterans, to visit at least 15 people who lost arms and legs in the April 15 attacks. The charity is raising funds to help pay for prosthetics for the bombing victims.

A new playground for siblings with cerebral palsyTwo siblings with cerebral palsy will finally be able to play outside, after students at Colorado State University built them a customized playground in their backyard. Libby and James Waechter, 11-year-old twins from Fort Collins, Colo., are unable to use regular playground equipment, so five construction management students designed a wheelchair swing and an elevated sandbox for them. While they were there, the students also built the Waechter family a wooden deck. “It’s a great opportunity to apply skills,” said student Kyle Snow, “but more importantly to make a difference in these kids’ lives.”

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