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Good Day #GoodNews! Former Homeless Teen Helps Fight For Others Like Him
Good Day #GoodNews! Former Homeless Teen Helps Fight For Others Like Him
July 28, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews! Former Homeless Teen Helps Fight For Others Like Him

• As a young teen, Levi Bohanan was homeless and fending for himself on the streets.
• "The biggest fight every day wasn't how I was going to survive, it was deciding whether or not I wanted to," Bohanan, now 23.
• His parents kicked him out of the house because he is gay.
• "Struggling to survive was a constant battle, but having your entire support system, your entire family, stripped from you so quickly and so completely -- it's an experience I will never be able to fully and accurately articulate," Bohanan said.
• Now, Bohanan is working alongside the nation's top education experts at the U.S. Department of Education which issued federal guidelines yesterday for states and school districts across the country to better serve homeless students
• Homeless students are among the nation's most vulnerable. There are about 1.3 million in the U.S.
• The new guidelines include prioritizing the identification of homeless students, including designating and training a "school liaison" within each district to help provide students with professional development and college readiness.
• The guidelines also help ensure coordination with various groups, like law enforcement, juvenile and family courts, mental health groups, and public housing agencies.
• Students who are older and have moved often will now be able to receive partial credit for work they've completed in other schools.
• "Homeless students have absences beyond their control, so they fall behind on their credits," Bohanan said. "They feel real discouragement to stay in school because they've fallen behind, and sometimes think, 'why bother?'"
• The federal legislation that was signed into law last year by President Obama and the new guidelines will become mandatory on October 1, 2016.

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Good Day #GoodNews!Enterprise Employee Lends a Helping Hand
Good Day #GoodNews!Enterprise Employee Lends a Helping Hand
July 24, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews!Enterprise Employee Lends a Helping Hand

• One simple act of kindness toward a mom of twins has inspired a heartwarming response online.
• On July 13, Coty Vincent posted a photo on Facebook of an Enterprise Rent-A-Car employee named John Goodlett holding one of her twins. In the caption, she explained that Goodlett helped her with more than just a car rental.
• "While he helped me with my rental due to a hit-and-run accident, he held one of my twin sons as I don't have a double stroller," she wrote. "One of the most compassionate and caring people I've ever met. We need more people like John who go that extra step."
• To encourage others to be as selfless as John Goodlett, Coty Vincent added the hashtag #BeAJohn to her post, which has since gone viral with more than 199,000 reactions and 22,000 shares. Coty said she was shocked her post became so popular and that she simply wanted to highlight that Goodlett's gesture "meant so much" to her as a mom of twins.
• "Daily tasks that used to be simple are no longer that when you have two babies who can't independently walk yet," she said.
• Eventually, the Facebook post caught the eye of Enterprise. On July 15, the company posted that it was giving Coty Vincent a double stroller for her twins and that a surprise was in the works for Goodlett.
• John said, "I'm a twin myself, and it was instinctual," he said. "I understood she just needed somebody to help her out."

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Good Day #GoodNews! - Woman Sues Low Point in Life to Start Inspirational Magazine
Good Day #GoodNews! - Woman Sues Low Point in Life to Start Inspirational Magazine
July 21, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews! - Woman Sues Low Point in Life to Start Inspirational Magazine

• Sarah Dubbeldam was at a low point in her life. She was 23, her boyfriend had just broken up with her and she wasn't happy with her career progress.
• She took that dissatisfaction as inspiration to start a new magazine, called Darling, designed to speak to women like her. Its mission: to improve women's self-esteem by focusing on character and dignity instead of obsessing on body image.
• Dubbeldam, who did some modeling work before launching the magazine, wants Darling to present realistic portraits of what it is to be a woman and refuses to Photoshop anyone on its pages.
• "By not Photoshopping women, we are saying women are not in need of alteration in any way shape or form and that they are beautiful the way they are. That in itself just makes a huge statement."
• The magazine features women of all sizes, ages and ethnicities.
• "We need to broaden the definition of beauty," says Dubbeldam.

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Good Day #GoodNews - A Beer Cart gets Turned into a Special Bike for Man with ALS
Good Day #GoodNews - A Beer Cart gets Turned into a Special Bike for Man with ALS
July 20, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews - A Beer Cart gets Turned into a Special Bike for Man with ALS

• Mike Cimbura missed the wind in his face: After years of cycling, ALS has left him paralyzed and unable to speak or breathe on his own, but what he misses most is cycling and "going fast"
• Mike's friend, Zach, who is also a cyclist, had the brilliant idea to take his "Bootlegger Bike", a bike he used to haul beer that has a large cart attached to the front, and give it a more meaningful purpose.
• Zach outfitted the bootlegger to fit Mike's special wheelchair on the front so he could pedal and Mike could ride once again
• With help from friends and family, Zach and Mike covered 232 miles over three days on the open road
• Reaching a top speed of 50mph, Mike once again got to feel the wind in his face and he definitely got to "go fast" again
• After the journey Mike said via his computer communicator "The ride was the most exhilarating thing I have done since my ALS diagnosis."

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BRAVO's Top Chef judge and Culinary Expert, Gail Simmons Joins Us on Good Day!
BRAVO's Top Chef judge and Culinary Expert, Gail Simmons Joins Us on Good Day!
July 20, 2016

BRAVO's Top Chef judge and Culinary Expert, Gail Simmons. She shares her secrets for throwing a fabulous and delicious summer bash!

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Good Day #GoodNews! - Guys Who Really Want to be Dads
Good Day #GoodNews! - Guys Who Really Want to be Dads
July 19, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews! - Guys Who Really Want to be Dads

• Dr. Conrad Cean was nearing 40 when he felt his biological clock ticking - with no special someone to help him start a family.
• So he did something that's only recently become an option for single men: He turned to IVF and a surrogate halfway around the world to make a family of his own.
• The 43-year-old pain specialist from New York City is now the proud, single father of 18-month-old twins, Konrad Fritz II and Kennedy-Josephine Marie
• He says, "I grew up in a very close family with two sisters, parents in Queens and cousins. We've always been a tight family and I always wanted children."
• Fertility experts say that although no one keeps track, there are plenty of bachelors like Dr. Cean who are starting their own families and not waiting to find the right woman first
• One Male Reproductive expert says: "The desire to be a parent is similar, whether you are gay, straight, in a relationship or not," he said. "For these men, they are getting older, they have the resources and the love to give and they want to go ahead. Technology gives them the ability to have children outside traditional means."
• The price of starting your own family in the US can run up to $150,000 so bachelors and couples looking to use surrogacy are often going to other countries like India and parts of South America where the cost is one third

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Good Day #GoodNews! Black Lives Matter Protest Becomes BBQ And Real Talk With Police
Good Day #GoodNews! Black Lives Matter Protest Becomes BBQ And Real Talk With Police
July 18, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews! Black Lives Matter Protest Becomes BBQ And Real Talk With Police

• The city of Wichita, Kansas has cooked up a brilliant idea.
• On July 17, hundreds of people showed up to a Sunday barbecue in Wichita's McAdams Park, which was hosted by Black Lives Matter activists and city police officers.
• The "First Steps Cookout" included free food - provided by the police, the community and local businesses - and the opportunity to have open conversations with law enforcement.
• Protesters had planned to march on July 17, but after Ramsay spoke with community organizers for the Black Lives Matter movement after a peaceful July 12 protest, the two sides decided to break bread on Sunday instead.
• Chief Ramsay led a Q&A session during the gathering, allowing those in the community to voice their concerns. And those in attendance got pretty candid with police.
• He also announced that all Wichita police will be wearing body cams from now on.
• "Very good vibe. Very good vibe. It's everything I was hoping for," Wichita police chief Gordon Ramsay said.

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Good Day #GoodNews! New Study: People Who Help Others Share Personality Trait
Good Day #GoodNews! New Study: People Who Help Others Share Personality Trait
July 18, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews! New Study: People Who Help Others Share Personality Trait

• A study published this month in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, finds people who make prosocial - as in, benefiting others - actions are likely to be high in the Big 5 personality trait agreeableness
• In personality psychology, the Big 5 is the most rigorously verified and replicated model; the other traits are Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Openness to Experience.
• Agreeable people are sincerely pleasant; words like cooperative, friendly, supportive, empathic, and humble all describe it.
• They really love social approval, and they're more likely to use social media to help people rather than complain or seek attention.
• Previous research on agreeableness found that agreeable people tend to be happier than everybody else because although seeing someone in need is uncomfortable, if you help them out, it turns into a happy memory, rather than something you'd rather forget.

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Good Day #GoodNews! Animal Shelter Hops on Pokemon Go Craze
Good Day #GoodNews! Animal Shelter Hops on Pokemon Go Craze
July 18, 2016

Animal Shelter Hops on Pokemon Go Craze

• An animal shelter in Muncie, Indiana, caused a buzz online when it asked Pokιmon Go players to use their daily walks for a doubly good cause: taking rescue dogs on much-needed walks.
• Muncie Animal Shelter started a volunteer program called "Pokιmon Dogs" after the shelter's director, Phil Peckinpaugh, said he realized the potential of the app after watching his 6-year-old daughter playing the popular game
• "Then the other day on my way to work, I noticed droves of young people walking around playing this game. I thought, Wouldn't it be great if all those people were walking with our dogs?"
• Peckinpaugh then put together a digital flyer and posted it to the shelter's Facebook page - and users quickly took notice. At present, the post has been liked more than 9,000 times and shared nearly 30,000 times.
• The shelter houses about 75 adoptable dogs, and Peckinpaugh says
• "I just want our dogs to have stimulation and exercise. I didn't have any ulterior motives, I just wanted our dogs walked. That's still all I want."

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Good Day #GoodNews! - A Lesson in Coffee Ordering Etiquette Goes Viral
Good Day #GoodNews! - A Lesson in Coffee Ordering Etiquette Goes Viral
July 18, 2016

Good Day #GoodNews! - A Lesson in Coffee Ordering Etiquette Goes Viral

The sign outside CUPS Coffee & Tea in Roanoke, Virginia, reads "Welcome to Cups!"
It continues:
"One small coffee"
$5.00
"One small coffee, please"
$3.00
"Hello, I'd like one small coffee please."
$1.75
Austin Simms, the barista who wrote the sign, says he was just trying to make people smile with his sign and before he knew it, the story had gone viral.

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