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Month: July 2005

Gun Slingin’ Opera Singer

Gun Slingin’ Opera Singer

Carl Tanner knew he had a gift. He could sing. Little did the country boy from Virginia know that this gift would take him all over the globe some day. The Arlington native came from a working class family. After high school, he worked at odd jobs. Then went to college and earned a degree in performance. But, he was not comfortable with a career in music. How could he earn a living in the arts? After college, he moved…

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They are not afraid

They are not afraid

When terrorism strikes in any form by any group, it sends shivers down our spines. The recent strikes in London, coupled with Egypt, Spain, New York, and everywhere else, have put us all on edge. We see shadows everywhere. Everyone is suspect and no one is without suspicion. And, that’s how terrorists win. The people who created werenotafraid.com think otherwise. They want to tell the world that we are not afraid and are going on with our lives. And, they…

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Can You Play Video Games With Your Eyes Close? He Can!

Can You Play Video Games With Your Eyes Close? He Can!

Video games confound me. Oh, I was really good way back in the day when Atari was king (no one could beat me at Megamania!) When it comes to Nintendo, PlayStation, and the like, I’m all fumble fingers. When I need an ego boost, I play the Jeopardy game against my nephew. (He’s beat me at everything else, so I can at least have this one win over him! LOL) That’s why I’m so impressed with Brice Mellen of Nebraska….

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Joseph Lekuton: A Teacher of Life

Joseph Lekuton: A Teacher of Life

I originally heard of Joseph Lekuton from Reader Digest (Readers Digest, June 2005, “Lessons Under the Acacia Tree” By Brooke Lea Foster & Cindy Rich [Washingtonian] page 153-158). His story is an inspiration to all… The students in Joseph Lekuton’s seventh grade social studies class learn more than your average student. Oh, they learn the usual things social studies teachers teach and then they get some real life experiences in a country far from their American homes. Their teacher, Lemosolai…

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Basketball for the Blind

Basketball for the Blind

I have never really thought about it, but people who are blind cannot play catch or any other physical activity that involves seeing a object coming towards them. Without seeing the ball one would be hard pressed to know what direction it was coming from or to chase after it when it rolls away. Three undergraduates at John Hopkins University have come up with a solution. They have designed an audible basketball and backboard system. The ball gives off an…

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