22. A joyful noise
> Date: Feb. 16
> Location: Baltimore, Maryland
For the first time in his life, David Alianiello heard applause, and he heard it was on his wedding day. Alianiello, born with congenital hearing loss, received a cochlear implant in his ear and was able to hear the response from the guests at his wedding. The 34-year-old Baltimore teacher got his implant at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
23. Inmates rescue 1-year-old
> Date: Feb. 17
> Location: New Port Richey, Florida
After a father accidentally locked his keys in his car with his 1-year-old daughter in it, a group of inmates doing road work volunteered to help. Five non-violent offenders got permission from their supervisor to try and open the door. While the father comforted his daughter on the other side of the car window, the inmates forced open the SUV’s door just enough for another inmate to slip in a coat hanger that he was used to activate the electronic lock and open the door.
24. Sign of a good neighborhood
> Date: Feb. 18
> Location: Newton, Massachusetts
Samantha Savitz is an outgoing 2-year-old, who is also deaf. This has been obstacle for her neighbors trying to get to know her better, so they did something about it. Samantha’s neighbors in Newton, Massachusetts, started attending sign language classes so they could communicate with her.
25. Tortoise no longer extinct
> Date: Feb. 21
> Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
A living member of a tortoise species that had not been seen for more than 112 years and was considered extinct has been found on the Galápagos island of Fernandina. The giant tortoise, also known as Chelonoidis phantasticus, was seen by an expedition of the Galápagos National Park and the Galapagos Conservancy, according to Ecuador’s environment ministry. Researchers think more tortoises of this species will be found because of tracks and fecal evidence. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the Fernandina giant tortoise as critically endangered and possibly extinct. The group said the only other living specimen was found in 1906.