Here’s your weekly progress report. Enjoy:
• Florida police nice time! A Sarasota police officer, with the help of hotel guests, saved nearly 100 disoriented sea turtle hatchlings. Awwwww, thanks officer!
• I thought this story about how Paducah, Kentucky transformed its downtrodden Lowertown neighborhood into a thriving artist’s colony was awesome.
• A major breakthrough in the hunt for a malaria vaccine was announced this week.
• Here’s a weird place to get the warm-fuzzies: burglars returned the items they stole from the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services after they realized they had robbed a charity. And they left a note:
“We had no idea what we were takeing [sic],” the burglars wrote in a note attached to the no-longer-stolen goods. “Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless.”
• Bill Clinton is now a vegan. Not sure this is “good” news but at least he’s not eating Big Macs anymore.
• Childhood obesity rates fall among low-income Americans for the first time. The bad news is that they’re up in Tennessee.
• NOAA Fisheries denied the Georgia Aquarium’s request to import 18 Beluga whales from Russia to be held in captivity. Belugas do not handle life in captivity well at all, and the Georgia Aquarium has a poor track record with the animals.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• The city of Collegedale now offers benefits to the same-sex spouses of its government employees.
• Related: same-sex couples in three Tennessee counties descended on county clerk offices to request marriage licenses, in an action organized by the Tennessee Equality Project. They were of course denied, setting the stage for a court battle.
• North Carolina-based Strata Solar announced plans to build two, 20-megawatt solar farms in McNairy County, TN. They will be the two largest solar farms in the state.
• Nashville’s Rolf and Daughters is in the running for Bon Appetit magazine’s Best New Restaurant of 2013. No, we’ve never eaten there.
This week’s cool video: drinking water out of thin air? Why not!