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This Youth Orchestra is Giving Marginalized Students a Chance to Shine
Underrepresented young musicians in Los Angeles are finding a home and purpose with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. The all-volunteer organization provides free music education and instruments to kids who may not otherwise have opportunities to play classical music. The students hone their chops through weekly rehearsals, culminating in an annual performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The experience builds confidence and pride in the young musicians, Dickerson said, with skills that are transferable into other aspects of their lives.
What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News
Tired of seeing negative headlines dominate your news this week? We've got just the cure. Good news is all around us, and we believe it's just as important as any other headline. Some of the most positive stories this week include cheetahs making a historic comeback in India, a new move by the European Union to reduce carbon emissions and make travel more environmentally friendly, and some incredible news for the UK's live music venues!
This Dog and Goat BFF Duo Proves That Friendships Can Be Made Anywhere
Cinnamon the goat and Felix the dog are taking friendship goals to a new level! The unlikely pair became inseparable after meeting at Wake County Animal Center in NC, where their owner had become unable to care for them. Now they’re off on an epic journey — run-body bumping, chirpy bleating, gentle cuddles and all - to join a family that already has a small goat herd & space for another pup. It's true: love really knows no bounds!
After One Year, This Man Was Reunited With a His Missing Luggage and Beloved Items
What was a "misadventure" for David Lennam has turned into a happy ending: after nearly one year of separation, the Vancouver Island man is reunited with his luggage in Dublin and back with his beloved glow-in-the dark travel dominoes! Unexpectedly, last week, Lennam received a call from Dublin airport's baggage tracing department informing him that his luggage had been found, and it was delivered to his home on Wednesday.
These Tech-Savvy Teens are Helping Seniors and Making New Friends Along the Way
The residents at Brookdale Senior Living have lots of wisdom, but tech skills? Not so much. Until a group of computer-savvy Gen-Zs from Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida came to the rescue! Led by Aaron Smolyar and his friends Christian Laquis and Derrick Hueniken, the teens created CLEO (Computer Literacy Education Outreach). Now they visit once a week, teaching seniors how to send pictures and emails and even clear out one resident's inbox with 122,000 emails! When the iPads eventually turn off, the teens ensure the conversations keep on going.
From War to Peace: This Man Turns Bullet Casings into Artwork
Thoeun Chantha is a champion of peace - using the symbols of violence to tell the world that what we really want is harmony. For more than 25 years, he has been taking brass casings from AK-47s and M16s to turn then into beautiful works of art – jewellery! The 42-year-old said he wanted to show the world "doesn't want war … we all want peace" through his creations, which he has been making for more than two decades.
Meet the 106-Year-Old Making History on the Vogue Cover
Vogue Philippines has made history by featuring 106-year-old tattoo artist Apo Whang-Od on its April cover, making her the oldest person ever to grace the front of Vogue. Whang-Od has been perfecting the art of hand-tapping tattoos since she was a teenager, learning under her father's guidance. Her traditional Kalinga tattoos, created using a bamboo stick, a thorn from a pomelo tree, water and coal, symbolize strength, bravery and beauty.
This Rainforest Could be the World's Most Important Carbon Sink
The Congo rainforest is an amazing ‘lung’ for our planet! New data shows it is even more important than the Amazon in terms of its CO2 absorption. The 57 metre ‘climate tower’ located in the Yangambi river basin has shown massive levels of CO2 absorption - almost twice as much as in a Belgian forest.This special rainforest not only helps regulate global temperatures and oxygen levels, but also provides habitat to so many wonderful species that live only here on Earth!
These Therapy Dogs are Supporting Families Following a Shooting in Nashville
Dogs and their heroic handlers from across America are on the road to Nashville. The "Crisis Response Canines" group is providing emotional support in the wake of a school shooting. "The interaction is very calming and very soothing," says dog handler R.A. “Bear” Berman. "Most people really like dogs and when they look at them, they just smile." These brave pups will be there for children and families until Monday, offering smiles and snuggles that can bring warmth during tough times.
Watch: This Retiring Therapy Dog Was Given a Special Farewell
In Australia, a beloved therapy dog named Norman has retired after seven years of supporting patients at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. To celebrate his final walk through the hospital, Norman was met with an honor guard of applause, cheers, and bubbles. Despite his retirement, Norman’s compassionate contributions will not be forgotten, as his visits have been a highlight for both patients and staff. Hospital staff and patients remember Norman for the happiness and comfort he brought to those he visited.
This Heroic Passerby Saved a Grandmother From a Burning Home
In West Linn, Oregon, a heroic man named Ronnie Coulam saved a grandmother from a burning home. Kai Brown was the first to spot the fire and called 911, but when he tried to help his grandmother down the stairs, she fell and was unable to get back up. Fortunately, Coulam happened to see the smoke and rushed into the burning home to carry the injured grandmother to safety. Thanks to Coulam's bravery, the grandmother was rescued and made a full recovery!