Archive for August, 2010

identitytheftHow safe is your identity? A study from Javelin Strategy & Research showed that more than 11 million adults were victimized by identity thieves in 2009. That’s a 12% increase from the previous year.

The report also revealed that identity theft was responsible for a $54 billion loss to Americans. Victims typically spend more than 21 hours attempting to resolve this crime. It’s become an epidemic – so what are you doing to prevent identity theft?

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martinlutherkingHis dream was worth sharing with the world. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech that became one of the most respected and iconic discourses in American history.

It was a warm summer day when Reverend King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. He addressed a crowd of more than 250,000 people, and gave his plea for civility, understanding and basic human rights.

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Jaycee Dugard: One Year Later

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Jaycee RecoverdOn August 24, 2009, a registered sex offender named Phillip Garrido entered the University of California in Berkeley with two young girls. He spoke to campus police official Lisa Campbell about hosting an event for his group, “God’s Desire.” Campbell found the trio’s behavior to be highly unusual, and told Garrido to come back the following day.

That night, Campbell asked police officer Ally Jacobs to join her for the meeting. Jacobs ran a background check on Garrido, and discovered that he was still on parole for kidnapping and raping a woman in 1976. She quickly agreed to attend.

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flagIt’s hard to imagine a more touching moment. Soldiers who have been deployed in Iraq return to applause, cheers and the open arms of loved ones.

On August 19, 2010, the last American combat brigade left Iraq. The final members of this 4,000 member unit made their way out of the country and into Kuwait early that day. By the following morning, the first of these troops arrived back home.

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The 19th Amendment Celebrates 90 Years

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

19AmendmentIt may be hard to believe, but if you look back more than 90 years in American history women did not have the right to vote. That changed on August 18, 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was officially ratified.

American women had begun fighting for the right to vote several decades before this triumphant day finally arrived. It started with a movement known as women’s suffrage.

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rundyrobertsonLast June, Rundy Charles Robertson supervised a group of people who were hired to clean up oil from the beaches of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Among them is a woman who claims Robertson raped her one night after work.

Her accusation led to an immediate police investigation. What they found was shocking.

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Back To School Safety Tips For Kids

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

School BusIt’s hard to believe, but August is almost half over. Parents everywhere are starting to focus on preparing their children to go back to school.

A new semester can be an exciting time. Kids will soon be meeting new people, learning new things and having experiences that will shape the rest of their lives. It’s up to parents to show kids how to make going back to school a rewarding, enriching and safe event.

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Facebook LogoPicture this: you have reason to believe your spouse is seeing someone else, so you search for that person’s profile on Facebook. What you find confirms your fears, but it gets worse. You also see pictures of your beloved’s wedding – and you’re not in them.

Lynn France used Facebook to find a woman she thought might be dating her husband. The nightmare she discovered is now making national news.

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Happiness Happens In August

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

smileyAre you happy? Have you told anyone about it? August is National Happiness Happens month, and everyone is encouraged to share life’s little moments of joy.

According to The Secret Society Of Happy People, there are three goals for this month. They are to help people:
• Recognize and express happiness
• Listen to others talk about their happiness
• Not rain on other people’s parades

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