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Month: August 2006

Update: Maria Esther de Capovilla Passed Away

Update: Maria Esther de Capovilla Passed Away

You may remember that I wrote about Maria Esther de Capovilla, the oldest person in the world, on 16 Dec 2005. Guiness Book of World Records had listed Maria as the oldest person in the world in 2005. She was 116. Maria passed away Monday, August 28th. She was just shy of her 117th birthday on September 14th. Her family was already planning the celebration. Although Maria was in good health, she contracted pneumonia and died two days later. Maria…

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Helmets to Hardhats

Helmets to Hardhats

As you may know, soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have many obstacles to overcome. They must transition from military life to civilian life. Some may have jobs waiting for them, but a good many have to start new careers. It’s a tough road to travel and a few find themselves struggling financially before they can get back to work. Building and Construction Unions and the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment, and Veterans Employment have joined forces to combat the…

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Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Today we celebrate the 86th anniversary of the 19th amendment. The 19th amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. This was a long battle that begun seriously in 1848. That year Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others organized the Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention. The anti-suffrage movement was well funded and strong. They opposed a woman’s right to vote with arguments such as women were not smart enough to vote and most women really did not want to vote. It took…

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Hearing for the First Time

Hearing for the First Time

Little Amina, a 3 year old Iraqi girl, was born deaf. She has never heard the birds chirp, a dog bark, or her mother and father’s voices singing her to sleep. Thanks to Colonel Warner Anderson, she now knows the world of sound. Anderson was stationed in Iraq in 2003, working as a doctor. He heard about Amina and mentioned her story to his wife, Ruth. Ruth contacted the head of otolaryngology at Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas Balkany….

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Forgiving Hatred

Forgiving Hatred

Timothy Zaal and Matthew Boger are the best of friends. They volunteer at the Museum of Tolerance in Southern California. Boger is gay. He ran away from home as a teenager to escape the pain. He came to the museum to work out some issues. Zaal, a former neo-Nazi, served time for assaulting an Iranian couple. He had turned his life completely around since prison. Zaal and Boger’s paths had cross when they were teens. And, Boger almost didn’t survive….

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