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December 2005 – Page 2 – In Search of the Human Spirit

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Month: December 2005

Parking Ticket Santa

Parking Ticket Santa

While Londoners were tending to their “to do” lists, parking meters were out doing their job and ticketing them. A few violaters got a secret visit from ol’ St. Nick whose gift brightened their day. Drivers were surprised to find another envelope alongside parking tickets. Inside was a card from Santa and money to pay for their parking tickets. The note inside said “Don’t let this ticket spoil Christmas–here’s 30 to pay it off”. People were suprised but happy at…

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Happy 116th!

Happy 116th!

There are many ways to get into the Guiness Book of World Records. Maria Esther de Capovilla made it by becoming the oldest person on Earth. On December 9th, it was confirmed and she’s now recognized by Guiness. She beats Emiliano Mercado Del Toro, of Puerto Rico, who is 114 (he’s listed as the oldest man) and she stole the title from Elizabeth Bolden of the US who is a mere 115. Born in 1889 in Ecuador, widowed in 1949,…

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Christians Take on Congressional Grinches

Christians Take on Congressional Grinches

This month the Grinch has been lending his shrunken heart to members of the House of Representatives. The House has been desperately trying to cut every program that helps the poor, elderly, and disadvantage in the name of budget deficits. Meanwhile, they find the energy to give even more tax breaks to millionaires and corporations. On Wednesday, 200 religious activists converged on Washington, DC with signs saying “Help the Needy, Not the Greedy.” They urged our representatives to show they…

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Malcolm X Academy Makes the Grade

Malcolm X Academy Makes the Grade

Two years ago, Malcolm X Academy was considered school in the San Francisco School District when it came to attendance. In 2003, only 88.4 of the students showed up on any given day. A school’s goal is 90% or higher. After instituting an incentive program, attendance shot up to 95% in 2004 and is climbing in 2005. The program centers around rewarding kids for good behavior. In this case, showing up. Kids earn up to 10 tickets a week for…

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She Can Sing!

She Can Sing!

Last week, 10 year old Thia Megia got the chance of a lifetime. She sang the national anthem at the 49ers football game. This is quite an honor for any singer. To be asked at 10 years old is remarkable. This is the daughter of Filipino immigrants. She began singing when she was four years old. Her parents realized she had a gift and have supported her all the way. They’ve paid for lessons and made long treks wherever their…

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