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Month: March 2006

A Gift to the Gary Family

A Gift to the Gary Family

Trina Gary survived Hurricane Katrina. In that brief moment in time, she lost her home and means of supporting herself. She took her kids to California. She restarted her life in Hayward with hopes that some day she would return to New Orleans. Gary didn’t think life could get much worse. She was wrong. On February 27th, she went to a check cashing business to cash the $18,000 check FEMA had sent her. When she returned home, robbers were waiting…

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Hostage Freed

Hostage Freed

Hostage, Jill Carroll, was released by her captors today. Carroll had been held captived for three months. Carroll was working as a freelance writer for the Christian Science Monitor and was working in Iraq. She was kidnapped January 7th in Baghdad. She was working on a piece which involved interviewing a Sunni Arab Politician. Her party was attacked before arriving at the politician’s offices. Her translator was killed during the attack. Her kidnappers called themselves the Revenge Brigade. They demanded…

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Throw Your Own Memorial

Throw Your Own Memorial

Throw Your Own Memorial What would you do if you knew you were going to die? Vivian Clark knew exactly what she wanted! She was going to go out with a bang! Clark had been fighting cancer for 11 years. Her doctors let her know that she had roughly three weeks to live. Clark hated the idea of her friends and family attending memorial filled with sadness and tears. She wanted to be remembered for the good times and she…

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Library Taken Over By Dogs

Library Taken Over By Dogs

The “Paws to Read” program at the Pleasanton library has gone to the dogs. It’s the latest attempt to get children to read–and it’s working! Children are teamed up with a dog partner. They then get a book, plop down on the ground, and read to their partner. A good story is shared and a little bit of drool. Getting children to read can be a very difficult for many parents and teachers. There are many reasons why children don’t…

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World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic

When the WBC tournament started, there was little hope for South Africa. Many bets were placed on the United States and the Dominican Republic. Those two teams were were stacked with Major League Baseball stars–as well as Venezuela and Puerto Rico. These teams were expected to dominate. Something happened on the way to the championship. The United States was eliminated in round two. The Dominican Republic lost in the semis. South Korea had dominated the Asian division, but suddenly found…

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