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Happy 4th of July!

Given that today is a holiday for the US, I thought I would look around for good news about America for today’s post — news that is not necessarily broadly important, but heartwarming. Thus:

This Water Park for People With Disabilities Is the First of Its Kind

The “ultra-accessible” park was designed by Gordon Hartman and his 23-year-old daughter, Morgan, who has cognitive and physical disabilities. “We decided to call it ‘Morgan’s Inspiration Island’ because Morgan truly has been the catalyst for every project we’ve pursued to help the special-needs community,” Hartman said. They worked tirelessly with doctors, special education teachers and water park consultants to produce an all-inclusive design down to every detail — and it really seems like they thought of everything.

Here’s one that makes me roll my eyes, even though it is good news:

Utah Legalizes Lemonade Stands and Other Businesses Run by Kids

I should think so. All states should do the same.

Kids in Utah will no longer have to worry about the police shutting down their lemonade stands. Under a new state law (SB 81) that passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support, cities and counties cannot require a license or permit for any occasional business operated by a minor.

Here’s something impressive:

Quadruple Amputee Vet Opening Retreat for Wounded Warriors & Their Families

This one is a video clip.

Had you heard about this next one?

Police officer adopts 8-year-old boy he saved from severe child abuse

He and his wife are also fostering this boy’s baby sister.

Here’s something nice:

Total strangers surprise man who walks 6 miles to work with new car

A restaurant employee who thought he was just getting a ride to work has ended up with a ride of his own thanks to the generosity of strangers…Within less than 30 hours of his Facebook post on June 21, strangers donated $5,500 toward getting Korva a car.

A good Samaritan:

Watch this man dive into a moving car to help driver having a seizure

The car wasn’t moving all that fast, but leaping into any moving car means you’re risking being involved in an accident — plus this guy, Randy Tompkins, had to decide and move really fast. I think most of us would dither till it was too late to take effective action. Good for Tompkins.

And one more: about country music stars stepping up in surprising ways:

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Stage Deep Space Surprise for U.S. Astronauts

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood helped make the upcoming 4th of July holiday extra special for a pair of U.S. astronauts who are currently living and working on the International Space Station….The superstar country couple broadcast a special episode of Inside Studio G on Facebook Live from NASA’s Mission Control in Houston to talk to astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer. Brooks has a longtime interest in space exploration, and he was moved to tears when Fischer recounted the story of how Brooks’ “The River” was played for him the first time he was on the launch pad. Brooks co-wrote the song with Victoria Shaw, and it scored him his ninth No. 1 hit …

“I’ll never reach my destination if I never try / So I will sail my vessel ’til the river runs dry.”

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