It wasn’t all bad
After a gunman murdered 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the director of a local mosque was determined that the victims’ families wouldn’t shoulder the funeral costs alone. Wasi Mohamed contacted two U.S. Muslim nonprofits, MPower Change and CelebrateMercy, and arranged an online fundraiser. The fundraiser quickly shattered its $25,000 target, bringing in more than $214,000. “Whatever the community needs, we’ll be there for them,” Mohamed said. “If it’s guarding the synagogue, if it’s walking to the grocery store, we’ll be there to support them.”
A rare and valuable copy of a Dec. 28, 1774, newspaper urging its readers to “Unite or Die” against British rule has been found in a pile of donations at a New Jersey Goodwill center. The framed page from the Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser had been sitting at the facility for months when it was spotted by Mike Storms. While other employees had thought the yellowed broadsheet was a worthless reproduction, Storms—a self-described “lover of old things”—suspected otherwise. A New York auction house said the Revolutionary War–era paper was “unquestionably authentic,” and valued it at $18,000. “The fact that it survived,” Storms said, “is just amazing.”
A Minnesota woman is being likened to a superhero after she saved her husband’s life and four days later gave birth to their first child. Ashley Goette was 39 weeks pregnant when she woke to her husband, Andrew, gasping for air and suffering cardiac arrest. She performed CPR for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and took Andrew to the hospital, where he was placed in a medically induced coma. He woke the next day, and Goette headed off to be induced. After a 22-hour labor, their son, Lennon, was born. The family is now at home together. “We’re really lucky,” said Goette.