Good News Headlines 2/2/16


German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

by Sally McGrane, The New York Times

They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots… Read more



Watertown’s Power Café Seeks To Empower Disabled Community

by Reenat Sinay, Spare Change News

Power Café, as you may have guessed from the name, refers to empowerment: the coffee shop exclusively employs people with disabilities… Read more



Amherst College Drops Mascot Criticized As Offensive

by Merrit Kennedy, NPR

Amherst College says it will stop using the controversial "Lord Jeff" as an unofficial mascot following complaints that the character is racist… Read more



11-Year-Old Girl, ‘Sick of Reading About White Boys and Dogs,’ Starts Global Book Drive

by Mike Albo, Good Magazine

Realizing that she wasn’t reading any books in school that spoke to her, 11-year-old dynamo Marley Dias started a book drive, #1000BlackGirlBooks, to source stories where black girls are the protagonist… Read more



President Obama Issues New Action To Close The Gender Pay Gap

by Bo Suh, Good Magazine

On Friday, President Obama announced a new plan to require companies to include salary info based on gender, race, and ethnicity in a yearly report to the federal government… Read more



Aretha Franklin To Donate Hotel Rooms, Food To Flint Residents Amid Water Crisis

by Dominique Mosbergen, The Huffington Post

The Queen of Soul is one of many celebrities who has offered a helping hand to the troubled city… Read more



Kids In Wheelchairs Finally Have A Lego Figure That Looks Like Them

by Hilary Hanson, The Huffington Post

Disability activists are celebrating the announcement that Lego will release a new toy set featuring a young man in a wheelchair… Read more



In A Victory For Environmentalists, Officials Halt Offshore Fracking Permits In California

by Samantha Page, Think Progress

The federal government won’t be issuing any new permits to frack for oil or gas in the waters off California, after a settlement was reached Friday in a case brought by the Center for Biological Diversity… Read more


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