The Good News: restaurants, blue whales and Dr. Suess


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Reporter Alyssa Dickstein shines light on this week’s most cheerful news: football, pizza and dogs

Alyssa Dickstein

All-day, we are accosted by stories like “The stock market tanks,” “Australia is on fire” and “Venice is underwater.” In a world where stories like these are the headlines at the epicenter of our lives, maintaining a positive outlook on life can be hard. Let’s face it, when headlines that incite negativity are the only ones we hear about, it can be hard not to be negative as a result. It can be especially hard not to be negative given the current outbreak of COVID-19 that has afflicted our well beings. In order to brighten up your day, here are some current events that, indisputably, qualify as good news.

The worldwide pandemic of the Coronavirus has caused many restaurants to limit their service to takeout only. In Columbus, OH, this meant that the local restaurant, Coaches Bar and Grill, might have to close its doors. However, on one of its last days offering dine-in service, in order to help the small business stay afloat, a customer eating at Coach’s Bar and Grill left a $2,500 tip in order to help the place through the hard times to come. This act of kindness, especially when the world is filled with so much uncertainty, is just the type of good news we’re all in desperate need of hearing.

The next piece of good news I have to share with you all is that blue whales, once an extremely endangered species, have seen a major population increase. Four decades ago, blue whale sightings were limited to only one per year. Now, that number has risen to 55. This is extremely good news, as blue whales are vital in combating climate change. Indeed, blue whales are responsible for the disposal of many tons of carbon each year.

Although this next bit of news may come as a little bit of a shock, it is 100 percent true: Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss will have a new book coming out this fall. Surprise! The book’s existence was announced on March 5th and is set to hit the shelves in September 2020. Back in 2012, two manuscripts were found in his home and in 2015, one of the books, “What Pet Should I Get?” was already published and immediately went on to become a New York Times bestseller. This new tale, which follows a group of children joined by a horse through an art museum, is promised to entail the charm and rhymes typical of Dr. Seuss’ work.


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