No Bad News

In today’s world, there seems to be more bad news than good news. The truth is, there’s just as much good news out there; the media just isn’t reporting it. If you’re tired of being fed only bad news by the media, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find lighthearted news: inspirational, funny, uplifting and interesting.

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The Boeing 727 That Simply Vanished



Disappearing commercial jets are rare events. While most people are familiar with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014, sometimes the disappearance of passenger jets fly under the public radar. That’s the case with a Boeing 727 that departed from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Angola 18 years ago. It took off late one afternoon and was never seen again. It was, however, no ordinary disappearance. There are layers of complexity in the case. The plane was leased to TAAG Angola Airlines, but was grounded at the time because of unpaid airport fees. The men who took the plane — a private U.S. pilot named Ben Padilla and an Angolan named John Mutantu — weren’t certified to fly it, but due to poor regulatory oversight managed to snatch the aircraft. Because it was considered stolen, the FBI and CIA were called in to investigate, but even those well-resourced organizations found no trace of the plane. An older model Boeing disappearing from an African airport might not normally arouse such interest in Washington, DC, but this was two years after 9/11, and the memories of weaponized airplanes were on everyone’s minds. It was never clear whether it was stolen for insurance purposes by the owners, whether it was stolen with the intent to make it available to unsavory characters, or whether it was a deliberate concerted terrorist attempt. It wasn’t automatically assumed that the plane had crashed. There are a lot of long, unpaved runways in Africa that could accommodate a Boeing 727. A Boeing 727 is kind of hard to disappear long-term, but there have been no ongoing reports of Boeing 727s flying around Africa. Now, some 18 years down the road, most people connected with the plane – lessors, pilots, U.S. Government officials, debtors, and other stakeholders, believe the plane crashed in the ocean, but with no trace ever found, the true fate of Boeing N844AA remains a mystery.
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How One Man Bought An Island for $10,000 and Transformed It Into a Paradise



In the early 1960s, newspaper editor Brendon Grimshaw purchased Moyenne Island off the coast of Mahé in Seychelles for just over $10,000. At the time, the island had been abandoned for half a century and was extremely overgrown. Determined to start his life over, Grimshaw commenced on a 40-year-long journey that would see the island completely transformed. He planted 16,000 trees by hand — including 700 mahogany trees that have grown to reach 60-70 feet in height — and also constructed approximately three miles of nature paths. The nature lover also attracted about 2,000 new birds to the island, which he helped to care for, along with 120 giant tortoises. In 2006, Grimshaw was offered $50 million for the island, but refused to sell, saying he didn’t want the island to become a vacation destination for millionaires. Finally, in June 2008, after years of struggle to protect his island from privatization, Grimshaw’s Moyenne Island was declared a National Park in Seychelles. He died after a brief illness in 2012 at the age of 87. Brendon Grimshaw was the quintessential islander and a devoted lover of nature who poured his love for Moyenne into the island for nearly 50 years.

 


 

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Home Depot Uses the Latest Technology to Combat “Organized Shoplifting”



The outbreak of brazen smash-and-grab robberies and shoplifting is showing no signs of stopping, but some stores are taking extreme measures to stop would-be thieves in their tracks. Videos online have shown one home jammed with more than $1 million in shop-lifted power tools, while another shows a line of police officers emptying out a storage unit filled with goods that were stolen from Home Depot. The home-improvement chain has a clear message for professional shoplifters: Stay away. One of the ways they’re combating shoplifting is by introducing power tools that won't work unless they're properly scanned and activated at the register via Bluetooth technology. If a thief managed to smuggle a power drill out of the store without paying, the drill simply wouldn't turn on. Another way Home Depot is fighting back is by stopping thieves in their tracks……literally. The store has begun rolling out new shopping carts that have wheels that lock and won’t move unless the products in the cart have been scanned at a check-out. Additional surveillance in the aisles and high-cost items being locked in cases are other ways the store is working to stem the loss due to theft.
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The City Official Who Committed Suicide on Live TV



An unhinged politician, a room full of reporters and photographers, and a .357 magnum tucked in a manila envelope. These three volatile elements came together on Jan. 22, 1987, in one of the most shocking episodes in Pennsylvania history. Everyone expected Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convicted of corruption, to announce his resignation at a news conference. Instead, during a rambling speech in which he blamed the press and others, he pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the mouth. At first, people in the press thought he was going to shoot them, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. Since Dwyer died in office, his widow was able to collect full survivor benefits totaling over $1.28 million ($3.1 million today), which at the time was the largest death benefit ever paid by the state. If Dwyer had been sentenced, state law would have prohibited the payment of pension benefits. Some wondered if he had committed suicide in order to preserve the benefits for his family, whose finances had been ruined by his legal defense costs. Others say he was an innocent man who simply couldn't face 55 years in prison for something he didn't do. Dwyer's reasons for his actions, of course, will remain a mystery.

 


 

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