It wasn’t all bad
Hundreds of divers swam out from Florida’s Deerfield Beach last week to set a new world record for the largest underwater cleanup. The team of 633 wetsuit-wearing litter pickers retrieved at least 1,626 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of fishing line during their two hours in the water. The participants, said organizer Tyler Bourgoine, pulled up “everything from a boat ladder to a barbell.” The previous cleanup record was set in Egypt in 2015 and involved 614 divers. “I have 600 new friends just as a result of this,” said one Deerfield diver.
Slate and Gwen on graduation day
Gwen Lynch was the undisputed star of her class graduation this week. The eighth-grader was the last remaining student at a one-room schoolhouse on the tiny Massachusetts island of Cuttyhunk, which is home to only 10 year-round residents. More than 100 family and friends packed into Cuttyhunk’s small church to watch the ceremony and cheer on 13-year-old Gwen, who will attend a boarding school in New Hampshire next year. The commencement speaker was someone Gwen had met only the week before: comedian Jenny Slate, whose boyfriend runs a writing workshop on the island. Gwen, said the Parks and Recreation actress, “is truly in a class by herself.”
Alex Walker has spent many days in the hospital since she was diagnosed with epilepsy at 11 months old, and Sky Bear has always been at the 7-year-old’s side. But during one stay in the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Alex noticed that many of the young patients didn’t have stuffed toys. So she put aside her birthday dollars and chore money, saving $65 to buy 13 stuffed animals for the kids. Over the past three years, Alex has bought 400 plushies for children. The youngster says she always tells the kids who receive the toys “to just cuddle them and you won’t be scared anymore.”
Cover illustration by Howard McWilliam.
Cover photos from Newscom, Reuters, AP