The week's good news: July 6, 2017

It wasn't all bad!

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1. Dog finds lost cat stuck in storm drain and refuses to leave its side

A dog's keen sense of smell reunited a long-lost cat with his owner. Shelly Colette was out for a walk with her dog, a border collie Labrador mix named Cash, in New Brunswick, Canada. When Colette and Cash passed by a storm drain, Cash stopped and "refused to move," The Star reported. When Colette peered down the grate, she spotted a cat. It turns out his name was Ghost, and he had been missing for six weeks. "I had never met Ghost, but I had seen the missing cat signs around town and I thought, 'That's Ghost,'" Colette said. She said it was clear that Cash "wanted to save this cat." Colette called Ghost's owner, Izzy Francolini, who rushed over. Francolini then contacted city workers to take off the manhole cover, a job that required multiple sledgehammers. Hours later, Ghost emerged and his owner took him home. "I love that dog dearly," Francolini said.

The Canadian Press

2. Best friends marry decades after meeting in preschool

Matt Grodsky was not a shy preschooler. In front of his peers, Grodsky announced that he was going to marry their classmate Laura Scheel. They laughed, but two decades later, Grodsky and Scheel, now 23, said "I do." The pals fell out of touch when they went to different elementary schools, but in high school, Scheel discovered a friend of hers had Grodsky's number stored in her phone, and they reconnected. The rest is history — they dated through high school and college, 1,600 miles apart, and at the start of their senior year, Grodsky proposed in front of the Phoenix preschool where they met; the pair married on Dec. 30, 2016.

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3. To celebrate the Fourth, Cincinnati preemies get star-spangled tutus and bow ties

The newborns in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's intensive care unit were decked out in their red, white, and blue best this Fourth of July, their sparkly tutus, onesies, and bow ties gifts from the March of Dimes. Babies in NICUs — and their parents — will "spend months and holidays away from home and without any sense of normalcy," March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart told ABC News, adding that these special outfits helped parents cope with the stress. A professional photographer took pictures of the babies in their new garb. Tim and Morgan Morris, whose twins Ryan and Simeon were born at 29 weeks, said the newborns "may not remember it," but "making these memories as if they were at home with us is just as special and important for them to see years from now."

ABC News

4. 7-year-old who started lemonade stand now runs her own food truck

Kyleigh McGee is a budding mogul at age 7. The Little Rock, Arkansas, girl had a successful lemonade stand last summer, set up in her grandparents' backyard. McGee did so well that she came up with an idea on how to expand. "I thought, 'Why don't we have a lemonade stand to bring to events?'" she told Good Morning America. Her mother, Gabrielle Williams, bought an old snow cone stand and converted into a food truck where McGee now sells lemonade, ice cream, and snacks. "She had so much fun with it and she had a chance to kind of get an idea of how it is to be an entrepreneur," Williams said. McGee is learning all kinds of new responsibilities, and the food truck is so popular it is booked through December.

Good Morning America

5. Strangers pitch in to buy car for man who walked 6 miles for work

To get to his job at Taco Casa in Rockwall, Texas, Justin Korva, 20, had to walk three miles, whatever the weather, then do it all over again when it was time to go home. On a 95 degree day in June, a stranger offered him a ride. Korva told Andy Mitchell about his commute and how he hoped to save enough for a car. Mitchell told Today, "I could tell he is honest and hard-working." Mitchell posted about this encounter online, and strangers jumped in to help. Just 30 hours later, Mitchell had enough donations to not only purchase a car, but also pay for a year of insurance and oil changes, plus a $500 gas card. Two days later, Mitchell and other supporters surprised Korva with a 2004 Toyota Camry. A stunned Korva hugged everyone and thanked them for his new ride.


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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.