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Month: August 2007

Space Shuttle Returns Safely

Space Shuttle Returns Safely

Despite threats from Hurricane Dean, space shuttle Endeavor landed safely today. There was some concern because of the hurricane and damage to the tile on the shuttle which happened during the launch. This flight was pretty special. On board was teacher Barbara Morgan. She was the backup to Christa McAuliffe so many years ago. When space shuttle Challenger exploded killing McAuliffe, the teacher program was shut down. Morgan lost her chance to go into space. 22 years later, she got…

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Rene Lachmann is Baseball’s Ambassador

Rene Lachmann is Baseball’s Ambassador

Rene Lachmann is the third base coach for the Oakland, A’s. If you’ve ever watched any of their games you seen him on the third-base line given signs. His signature move comes after each inning. He walks over to the stands, find a child, chats with them, and hands them a baseball. You can see their eyes light up as they grasped their little prize. Why does he do it? In 1994, baseball was picking up the pieces after the…

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Guatemalan Children Found in Antigua

Guatemalan Children Found in Antigua

46 children who may have been stolen from their parents in Guatemala were found in a house on the island of Antigua. They ranged from a few days old to three years old. They were going to be used for illegal adoptions. It’s unclear where the children were going to be sent once adopted. Americans adopted 4,000 Guatemalen children last year alone. Illegal operations abound and it’s pretty cheap to get a Guatemalan child. Since the investigation got underway, the…

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Flozelle Woodmore Released From Jail

Flozelle Woodmore Released From Jail

At the age of 18, Flozelle Woodmore life was going downhill. She had a 3 year old son to take care of and an abusive boyfriend who she’d been with since she was 13. One day that same boyfriend hit and threw her son against the wall. He chased her with an ice pick. She ran across the street, got a gun, and shot him. She pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life….

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A Billionaire Invests in Laptops for Children

A Billionaire Invests in Laptops for Children

Carlos Slim is worth $53 billion. He’s the second richest man in the world according to Forbes. He could do anything he wants with his money and he probably the does. Slim is going to take some of that money and help school children in Mexico. He is going to give away 250,000 low-cost computers. Like a cost about $300 per machine. The first laptops will be handed out to public libraries and then distributed. His costs will roughly be…

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