There have been a sprinkling of reports of sites that have seemingly been in the sandbox being recently released. From the few I've checked out, it seems to be those sites that are hitting the 6-7 month age.
One of those sites is a friend's that I looked at when he first started the site, and I gave him a few tips. It is now #1 in Google for its money phrase. I was really happy to hear about that.
While I'm sharing good news about friends' sites, I thought I'd give a shout out to a friend who had some good news today. She has a forum for a particular reality tv show, and a recap she did got highlighted as a feature story on Fox's reality tv site today. Congrats, girlfriend! Good content is always a winner!