Friday, November 28, 2008

CBS News Sunday Morning: Good News!


Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

By any measure, these are tough times. Our economy is sagging and the news from overseas is anything but good. But while these stories grab the headlines, there are thousands of others out there of people stepping up to make their communities and their world a better place. This week as part of our Sunday Morning cover story, correspondents Charles Osgood, Russ Mitchell and Armen Keteyian have three “Good News” stories to tell.

Armen Keteyian starts things off from inner city Cleveland with a tale about Ted Ginn Sr., a man with the special gift of motivating young people. That gift has brought Ginn from an early career as a school security guard to the founder of a very successful magnet school. The school has produced stellar performers who have gone on to win multiple college scholarship awards. His is literally a gift that will keep on giving.


Our second “Good News” story is reported by Russ Mitchell out of Boston. There, an elderly homeless man named Peter Phelps found a rather unique way to give back. After being given shelter by an organization called Hearth, Phelps, who has some talent as an artist, donated many of his paintings to the charity as part of their fund-raising drive. In all they fetched $5,000 for Hearth, a sum Phelps would never have been able to give in cash.


Charles Osgood rounds out our “Good News” cover story introducing us to Jourdan Urbach, a 17-year-old Long Island, N.Y. boy who has turned his gift for music into a charity for children that has raised more than $1 million!  


Correspondent Rita Braver has been spending some time lately with singer-song writer Sheryl Crow who tells her about life on the road with her 19-month-old son. 


Also, in keeping with this uniquely American holiday weekend, correspondent Jerry Bowen will take us to the Coeur d’Alene art auction where objects of western art are on display and selling quite well…and Bill Geist will serve up a holiday treat, as he catches up with the turkey that President Bush pardoned on Wednesday. You’ll be pleased to know, this prized turkey will be nothing more than the guest of honor at any Thanksgiving celebration.


Those stories and more, this Sunday Morning.


Listen for the trumpet.   


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