Archive for September, 2009

Jennifer SchuettOn August 10, 1990 Jennifer Schuett was an 8-year-old girl who fell asleep in her own room during a hot summer night. Her mother was a single parent who worked hard to raise a daughter in the small town of Dickinson, Texas. What happened next would change Jennifer’s life forever … and nearly end it.

As Jennifer slept, an unidentified man snuck in through her window and took the girl in his arms. He left the house quickly, and ran to his car while covering her mouth so she couldn’t scream for help. The abductor told Jennifer that he was an undercover cop and a friend of the family. He placed her inside the car and drove away.

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Obama’s Unique Gift: A Heart Shaped Potato

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

PresidentObamaOn Monday, September 21, 2009, President Barack Obama made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. His visit resulted in a more serious interview than you would usually expect from Letterman, but the two men also found a little time to laugh.

Before Obama took the stage, an audience member informed Letterman that she had a very unique item with her: a potato shaped like a heart. The woman was very proud of her unusual potato, and excited to be given the spotlight on national television. This moment soon passed, and the veteran talk show host brought things right back on track.

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facebookThere are dozens of Social Networks available to people all over the world, and two of the most popular are making big news … again. Facebook is in the spotlight for its impressive growth, and Twitter for a message that only had a short lifespan.

Facebook has more registered users than some countries have people. Their latest statistics show that the website is catching up with the populace of the United States. According to the most recent Census, the U.S. currently has 305,529,237 residents. The “population” of Facebook isn’t far behind – they now have just over 300 million users.
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Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

laborOn the first Monday in September people all across the United States enjoy a little extra time away from their jobs as we celebrate Labor Day. It’s a great holiday to share with friends and family as we start to say farewell to the summer.

The origin of Labor Day goes back to the time of the American Industrial Revolution. It was first celebrated in New York City on September 5th, 1882 by members of the Central Labor Union. Workers took a day off to have a picnic and enjoy the fruits of their labors. They agreed to make this an annual event, and the following year the concept began to spread around the country. By 1894 it had gained so much attention that it was turned into a national holiday.

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How Jaycee Dugard Became Free

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Jaycee2By now we’ve all heard the chilling tale about Jaycee Dugard being kidnapped at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years. During that time her alleged captor, Phillip Garrido, fathered two girls with Dugard and forced her and their children to live in a hidden section of his backyard. Two Berkeley police officers deserve the lion’s share of recognition for the rescue of Jaycee Dugard and her daughters.

Officer Lisa Campbell first met Garrido at The University of California on August 24th. Garrido had his daughters with him when he approached Campbell to discuss setting up an event on the college campus. Campbell noticed that something seemed very unusual about the girls, and noted that they should have been in school. She asked Garrido to return the next day to discuss his event.

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