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Month: August 2006

A Personal Battle for Armor

A Personal Battle for Armor

In October 2003, Brian and Alma Hart got the news they’d been dreading. Their son, John, was serving in Iraq. His Humvee hit a roadside bomb. They were caught in a firefight and John was killed. The hart’s grieved for their beloved son. During this time, they learned that John’s Humvee had not been armored sufficiently. Their son’s life might have been saved with the proper armor. The Hart’s began a crusade. They’ve taken it upon themselves to get in…

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Firefighters Challenge

Firefighters Challenge

Firefights from California to Florida converged on Fremont, California last week for the Third Annual Fremont Firefighters Challenge. 36 teams from across the country participated in th event. What’s involved in a firefighters challenge? Competitions are set up for individuals, two member teams, and five member teams. The participants have to don 50 lbs of equipment. They run through obstacle courses, up and down flights of stairs, and so forth. If that isn’t hard enough, they have to drag a…

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Quilting for Freedom

Quilting for Freedom

Afghan women are known for skills in arts and crafts. Under the Taliban, much of that talent was hidden. A new project called “The Afghan Freedom Quilt” is allowing women to showcase their creativity and their commitment to survival. The Afghan Freedom Quilt came into being in 2003. Afghan women from the San Francisco Bay Area travelled to Afghanistan. They brought back patches sewn by war widows in Afghanistan. The patches show off their sewing talents. Some are purely artistic….

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DNA Shoah Project

DNA Shoah Project

Throughout Europe, unmarked graves from World War II can still be found. Some of the dead were victims of the Holocaust. Others, the usual casualties of war. In all cases, their names have been lost and forgotten. Howard Cast of Gene Codes has joined up with Syd Mandelbaum and Michael Hammer, founders of the DNA Shoah Project. The project was launched in November 2005. The project will take DNA samples from the bones in the unmarked graves and create a…

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Construction Worker Rescued

Construction Worker Rescued

A construction worker, Casey Johnson, was trapped Tuesday when tons of concrete fell on him. The incident happened in Phoenix, Arizona at the Civic Plaza which was being demolished. Rescue workers arrived on the scene shortly after the accident. Over 100 firefighters were on hand. Medical staff had access to Johnson as he lay under the rubble. They gave him pain medication and oxygen. Fluids were administered intravenously. All of this was done through a hole in the concrete. The…

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