I’m sure there’s more good news out there, so if something has crossed your radar, put it in comments. In the meantime, here are a few items I’ve managed to pick up. Enjoy!
• The two Koreas agree to hold family reunions for the first time since 2010.
• Several Caribbean nations agree to swap diesel-generating power stations for renewable sources.
• CVS will stop selling all tobacco products by fall.
• A substantial increase in Kentucky’s minimum wage has passed the state House.
• Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill overwhelmingly passes.
• I don’t eat at Subway, but I suppose we should be happy they’ve announced they will no longer put azodicarbonamide, a chemical used to make shoe rubber and yoga mats, in their bread. This brings American Subway restaurants up to the standard already in place in Europe and Australia. Looks like socialism banned that crap already. America is grateful.
• Milwaukee police have recovered a $5 million Stradivarius violin stolen from Concertmaster Frank Almond after a concert last month. Three arrests have been made.
• American patients can now have access to their lab reports without a doctor’s permission.
• The minnow-like Oregon chub is the first fish to ever make it off the endangered species list.
• A judge refuses to drop public nuisance charges against Wisconsin gun shop.
• A teeny tiny pill-sized camera you swallow to detect colon polyps? Thank you, science!
• “The Republican Party Is A Corpse.” Find out why here.
• Life expectancy in post-Taliban Afghanistan rises from 42 to 65 years, thanks the accessibility of basic health services.
• It will be hard for creationists to debunk this.
• Unhackable software? Thank you, math geeks!
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Workers at a Volkswagon plant in Chattanooga will vote on whether to join the UAW next week. Anti-union elements had been trying to prevent a vote for months. The vote was called by VW, not the UAW.
• The Congressional Progressive Caucus has written a letter to Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant urging him to end the four-month-long labor lockout which has been going on at their Memphis plant. Boycott Kellogg’s.
• Remember the E. TN magistrate who ordered a baby’s name be changed from Messiah to Martin? She’s gone.
• Someone named Nashville on their top 10 list of places to be an artist.
This week’s cool video is for all of the creative types out there: