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Month: October 2006

One Woman’s Fortune

One Woman’s Fortune

Through her entire life, Eugenia Dobson scrimped and saved. Although she and her husband did quite well, they lived frugally, putting away everything for a rainy day. Dobson died last year. She never did get around to spending their fortune. She had amassed a whopping 35.6 million dollars! Just before she passed away, she gave it all away to charity. The money will be divided between the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Originally, Dobson’s…

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Thank You to my Favorite Team

Thank You to my Favorite Team

The Oakland A’s made it to the playoffs this year. The series against the Minnesota Twins was perfectly played. All the bad hops and lucky hits went their way. Then they came up against the destined Detroit Tigers. No matter how hard they played, they were outdone. Each day the newspapers ask “What went wrong?” I’d like to ask “What went right?” After all, the A’s were racked with injuries all year long yet they were one of only four…

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Update: Muhammad Yunus Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Update: Muhammad Yunus Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Last September, I wrote about Muhammad Yunus and the program he developed to aid the poor. He came up with the idea to give people living poverty small loans which would help jump start their lives. The Nobel Committee has rewarded Muhammad Yunus by awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize. Yunus’ Grameen Bank has given small loans called microcredit to millions of people. These people didn’t needed hundreds of thousands of dollars to live on. They only needed a small…

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Still Playin’ the Violin

Still Playin’ the Violin

Stanley Block, a member of the Oakland Community Orchestra, was honored atht eend of September. During a concert, the Orchestra threw him a birthday party. It was his 100th after all! Block graduated from New York University in 1927. He married in 1938 and has two kids. His wife, Ruth, is still around too. He retired from law in 1987. He began playing the violin in high school. He dabbled with the oboe, saxophone, and drums. He’s a composer as…

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Baby on a Plane!

Baby on a Plane!

Flight crews have alot on their minds these days. Terrorism has made even short flights an anxious affair. The crew of a British Airways flight from London to Boston may have been well trained in case of trouble, but they never thought they’d have to deliver a baby. Five hours into the flight, a pregnant women showed signs of discomfort. The crew thought she was nervous about flying. And, then the labor pains began. She was a little over 7…

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