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Month: January 2007

We Will Miss Her Wit

We Will Miss Her Wit

It’s with sadness that I write that the wonderful, smart alec columnist, Molly Ivins, has passed away. She had recently been hospitalized for breast cancer. This was her third bout with the dreaded disease. She was 62 years old. Molly Ivins wrote about politics at the federal level and within the state of Texax. She was sarcastic, funny, and incredibly intelligent. She always got you to chuckle and the same time making her point. In addition to her columns, she…

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My Grandma is My Mother

My Grandma is My Mother

Antoinette never gave it a second thought when her daughter, Leanne, needed a kidney. The transplant she had seven years earlier was failing. So, Antoinette donated hers. When Leanne found out she could not have children, Antoinette stepped up to the plate once again. She offered to be a surrogate mother for her grandchild. Leanne was sceptible at first. After all, her mother had already given her a new lease on life when she gave her a kidney. Could she…

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Morgan’s Dream Fulfilled

Morgan’s Dream Fulfilled

Today is the anniversary of the Challenger explosion. That day, Christa McAuliffe lost her life. The Teacher in Space program was shut down by NASA. The hopes and dreams of many Americans died with it. Twenty one years later, the woman who had been McAuliffe’s back up is going to live her dream. Barbara Morgan of Idaho decided to stay with the astronaut program. She’s a full fledged astronaut trained as a mission specialist. Soon she’ll go off into space…

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The Lone Republican

The Lone Republican

I don’t normally touch on politics in this blog. However, I think events this week warrant a mention. Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska was the lone Republican on the Armed Services Committee to vote for a resolution against the President’s troop surge. Senator Hagel has been voicing his opposition to the war for the last two years. The Vietnam veteran has become very vocal in his opposition to the war in Iraq. Yesterday, he spoke firmly to the Senate. He…

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Kids Learn From DNA Research

Kids Learn From DNA Research

Seventh graders at Middle School 223 in New York got to play around with DNA. As part of a school project, eleven students were chosen to submit DNA samples. When the results came back the entire class was involved in the analysis. The students used the results in a historical context. They were asked to come up with reasons why certain genetic markers appeared in their test results. Then they concluded what historical reasons or events might have affected their…

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