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Month: July 2006

Korean War MIA Project Needs Volunteers

Korean War MIA Project Needs Volunteers

I read about this on the Genealogue blog and I thought it might be something genealogists in our online community might like to participate in. The Korean War Project has information on Korean War MIA, KIA, and WIA. Due to changing times, the remains of many of these soldiers have now been located and turned over to the US. Here’s the problem:Current family members are needed to do DNA testing to prove identity. Here’s where genealogists come in:On the website,…

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Rap it up, Palestinian Style

Rap it up, Palestinian Style

Growing up in Hayward, California wasn’t easy for Ibrahim Batshon. He was the only Arab in a largely African American and Latino neighborhood. Batshon is the son of Palestinian immigrants who also had a speech impediment. Kids were merciless with their teasing. he had a penchange for poetry as a teen and used it as an outlet to voice his frustrations. At the age of 24, he’s turned it all into a career. He’s a bright new star on the…

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Citizenship to Descendants of Slaves

Citizenship to Descendants of Slaves

Tourism is a big industry in Ghana these days. It’s a country that draws African American searching for their ancestral ties. As Ghana was a slave trade route, many can lay claim to ancestry in the region. In order to capitalize on the growing interest, Ghana is waving a bone at their American cousins. They will begin offering lifetime visas to those who are descendants of slaves. They will also be offering dual US-Ghana citizenship to those who are interested….

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Ship’s Crew Saved

Ship’s Crew Saved

A 654 foot ship (the Cougar Ace) carrying 4813 Japanese cars sits precariously on it’s side in the shores off an Alaskan island called Adak. It was hit by a large wave on Sunday. The crew clung to the ship for hours waiting to be rescued. A Coast Guard cutter was on the scene Monday. All 23 crew members were rescued then shuttled to Adak Island. They were treated for minor injuries and severe muscle strain. Attention now turns to…

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Big Papi has a Big Heart

Big Papi has a Big Heart

I’m a huge Oakland A’s fan. The other night, while watching my poor team be slaughter by the Boston Red Sox, there was a brief interlude. In between batters, they showed David Ortiz of the Red Sox, in the stands. He was walking with a little boy no more than five years old. He had taken the boy to the dugout and given him one of his bats. The boy walked next to this giant holding the bat that was…

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