Good News, 25th May


Written by Oscar Henson
25 Thursday 25th May 2017

Welcome to Good News – your weekly roundup of the most blindingly positive, life-affirming news stories from around the globe.


Man aquitted after 24 years of false imprisonment takes whole thing fimly on the chin

A Philadelphia man has been acquitted and freed from prison 24 years after he was found guilty of a murder he did not commit - and has handled the whole thing unbelievably well.

"I feel wonderful," Shaurn Thomas said as he left prison. "I don't got no animosity towards nobody. What for? Life's too short for that. I just move on forward. It's a tragedy that happened to me, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one."


Homeless man given six months free rent after saving children caught in Manchester terror attack

A homeless man who helped pull glass and nails from the bodies of young victims of Monday's terror attack has been donated a place to live as a reward for his bravery. 

Steve Jones - a former bricklayer who had been sleeping rough in Manchester for more than a year - was close by when the attack occurred, and rushed to help carry out the younger victims and clean debris from their eyes and wounds. 

Steve's bravery caught the attention of West Ham United's chairman David Sullivan and his son, who tracked him down via social media and offered him six months rent on a house "to help him get on his feet." 


American high-school students invent anti-date rape straw for school project

As part of their high-school project, students Victoria Roca, Susana Cappello, and Carolina Baigorri from Miami, Florida have developed a straw that detects three of the most common date-rape drugs - roofies, GHB and ketamine. 

If traces of either drug are found, the tip of the straw turns blue. 

“We know it’s not a solution because it can’t end rape, but we were hoping to lower the amount of rape and dangerous situations you might be in through drugs,” Baigorri explained. 


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