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Oakland Zoo Has Become a Leader in Elephant Welfare

The Oakland Zoo has become a national pioneer in elephant welfare, especially because it helped revolutionize the way these large animals are cared for...

Oakland NFL Player Gives His Paycheck to 4-Year-Old with Heart Condition

The NFL Oakland Raiders team recently hooked up Ava Urrea—a four-year-old with a heart condition—with a lot of gifts that made her very happy....
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Coffee With Cats: America’s First Cat Cafe Opens In Oakland

Cat Town Café – the nation’s first permanent cat café – is now open in downtown Oakland to serve coffee and promote feline adoptions. Cat...

Buddha Statue Brings Tranquility to Oakland Neighborhood

Crime has plummeted in a neighborhood in Oakland, California where Dan Stevenson decided to install a Buddha statue in 2009. Dan is not at all religious...

Weekly ‘Pop-up Picnic’ Builds Community in Oakland

No one knows exactly who started it, but since spring, people who live in Oakland, California have been showing up Sunday afternoons for a...

Oakland’s Mother of the Year Donates Clothes to Babies in Need

Lisa Klein was a new mom when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. She wanted to do something for the people of...
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Oakland Artist Turns Illegally Dumped Trash Into Homes For Homeless

Each morning, Greg Kloehn takes a cup of coffee and drives around the streets near his home studio looking for the piles of illegally dumped...
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Struggling Oakland Families Lift Themselves Out Of Poverty

Maurice Miller remembered how his mother was a poor Mexican immigrant, and somehow figured out — on her own — how to get out...
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Oakland Leads Way in Restorative Justice for Troubled Students

Jacob Mathis was a classic underachiever and troubled child. The 15 year old’s grade point average was just 0.77 and by his own accord,...

Good News in History, January 15

10 years ago today, a cool-headed pilot, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, made an emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia...

NBA Star Gives Heartwarming Response to 9-Year-old’s Letter Asking Why His Shoes Were Only for Boys

When a 9-year-old girl expressed her disappointment over the sizing options for Stephen Curry's shoes, he had the sweetest response.

Good News in History, November 12

Happy 75th Birthday to Wallace Shawn, the American character actor, comedian, playwright and essayist. His films included the Louis Malle directed comedy-drama My Dinner...

This Elementary School Classroom for Parents Has Dramatically Improved How Kids (and Adults) Thrive

When these parents and their youngsters go to their own elementary school classrooms, it has a dramatic impact on how they thrive.

Good News in History, August 23

Happy 40th Birthday to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers win three straight NBA Championships from 2000 to 2002 and...

Years After Stealing Iconic Clock, Honest Thief Returns It So Detroit Can Rebuild

“Thank you so much. I loved that clock and I loved that station,” said the thief after workers rescued the antique from its secret hideout.

Good News in History, May 18

85 years ago today, in the midst of the Great Depression, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt created the Tennessee Valley Authority to establish navigation, flood...

Cat Running Across a Baseball Field Triggers a Movement That Saved 38,000 Animals

Evie the cat became a televised superstar when she ran across the baseball field 28 years ago – but more importantly, she became the inspiration for a life-saving movement.

‘Angel’ Dad is the Only Foster Parent Willing to Take in Terminally-ill Children

LISTEN to this Good News Guru story from the radio broadcast with Ellen K. and Geri on KOST-103.5 (Subscribe to our new podcast on iTunes – or for Androids, on Podbean) — or Read...

Cop Writes Amusing “Police Report” of Furry Carjacker Found on His Windshield

Everyone needs a break from the seriousness of life – including the police. This officer in particular took a break from fighting crime to write...

Watch Elephants and Lions Frolicking on Donated Leftover Christmas Trees

All of these Christmas trees that weren't able to find proper homes for the holidays will be used to delight elephants, lions, and wildlife instead.