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11 Year Old Wants to Get Rid of the “N” Word

11 Year Old Wants to Get Rid of the “N” Word

You know what the “N” word is.  It’s one of the most hateful things one human being can say to another human being.  Yet, it’s in our music, our conversation, and casually batted around every day. 11 year old, Jonathan McCoy is trying to raise awareness about the harm the word does.  He’s trying to get 100,000 signatures on a petition to send a message about hurtful and degrading the word is. He won a special oratory award for an…

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Brussel’s Floral Carpet

Brussel’s Floral Carpet

This is truly amazing. In Brussel, Belgium they have replicated a medeival carpet using begonias.  It includes close to a a million flowers and spreads out for 300 square meters.  Grass, tree bark, and other materials were added to blend the colors.  1,000 volunteers are needed to put it all together. In 1971, the first Carpet of Flowers was created in Belgium’s capital.  Now, the carpet is recreated every two year.  The next display will be created in 2010. You…

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Home Cooked Meals for the Homeless

Home Cooked Meals for the Homeless

If you are homeless in Jackson Heights, New York, you probably know the local bus driver who delivers home cooked meals.  His name is Jorge Munoz and he’s been doing it since 2004. Munoz is an immigrant from Columbia.  He came to American in the 1980s to meet up with his Mother.  He has since become a citizen. In 2004, Munoz stared the An Angel in Queens program.  His goal was to pick up meals that business throw away and…

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24th Annual California Coastal Clean Up Day

24th Annual California Coastal Clean Up Day

If you’ve got some time on your hands, join volunteers Saturday September 20th for Caliofnria Coastal Clean Up Day.  The day is designed to get all the garbage dumped by Summer revelers off of California’s shorelines and beaches.  Groups from all over the state are planning clean up operations. Last year, over 60,000 folks showed up.  The cleaned up beaches, lakes, and rivers.   If you can believe it, they hauled in over 90,000 pounds of trash.  That’s alot of…

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Coffee Shops Lend Support

Coffee Shops Lend Support

What do you do after a hurricane has ravaged your community?  Stop in at the local coffee shop to get the support you need.  According to CNN, coffee shops have become the place where weary folks come to chat and lend help to their neighbors. Here’s the story: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/09/17/ike.recovery.starbucks/index.html