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Real heroes: Few and far between - Aurora Beacon News

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CBS2 Chicago Real heroes: Few and far between Aurora Beacon News Among those everyday heroes were employees of The Forum restaurant, who ignored orders to go out the back door when the second bomb detonated next to this sidewalk eatery, and...
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Names of Philadelphia's Latest Fallen Heroes Added To Franklin Square Memorial - KYW Newsradio

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Names of Philadelphia's Latest Fallen Heroes Added To Franklin Square Memorial. May 1, 2013 2:28 PM.
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Decades later, Minnesota veterans get heroes welcome - KARE

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WASHINGTON -- It was a heroes welcome for Minnesota war veterans -- many who didn't get that welcome seven decades ago.
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Country remembers fallen heroes - Zambia Daily Mail

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“As Government, we would like to thank the Football Association of Zambia for achieving the departed heroes' dreams by winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title.
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Wall of Heroes: Airman 2nd Class James C. Thomas - NJ.com

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The Wall of Heroes honors the Gloucester County men and women who were killed in action or are missing in action while serving in the U.S. military protecting our freedoms and rights.
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New Jersey Heroes: June 2011

First Lady Mary Pat Christie traveled to Augusta New Jersey tour Arthur & Friends Greenhouse and honors fourth New Jersey Hero of 2011. Thursday, June 16, 2011.

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Justice League Battles Hunger - Variety

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After raising more than $2 million last year to boost awareness for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, the Justice League is returning for philanthropic initiative We Can Be Heroes.
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Local firefighters will go to Newtown to honor slain heroes - The Daily News - Longview Daily News

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WINLOCK — Local firefighters will travel to Newtown, Conn., next month to honor six Sandy Hook heroes.
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Wall of Heroes: Pfc. Elmer F. Powell - NJ.com

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The Wall of Heroes honors the Gloucester County men and women who were killed in action or are missing in action while serving in the U.S. military protecting our freedoms and rights.
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Will Allen’s Growing Power

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Meet Will Allen, a 60 year old giant in urban farming. Allen runs an inner city farm in the heart of Milwaukee, creating an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

He calls his program “Growing Power,” and it’s huge. On a mere two acres of land surrounded by housing projects and fast food joints, Will Allen grows a quarter of a million dollars worth of food, feeding more than 10,000 urbanites.

 

Imagine a space teeming with life, life stacked high and wide and deep. Chickens, ducks, heritage turkeys, goats, beehives, tilapia, perch, and thousands of pounds of vegetables and fruits all share the inner city plot. It’s intensive, organic, and wouldn’t be possible without the scores of employees Allen has on hand as well as thousands of community volunteers who work in exchange for knowledge, food, and a sense of empowerment. And, it’s as sustainable as it can be for being in the heart of a city.

Last week, the NY Times Magazine ran a large story on Allen and the attention he’s been receiving, and I thought you’d enjoy a few highlights from the piece:

If inside the greenhouse was Eden, outdoors was, as Allen explained on a drive through the neighborhood, “a food desert.” Scanning the liquor stores in the strip malls, he noted: “From the housing project, it’s more than three miles to the Pick’n Save. That’s a long way to go for groceries if you don’t have a car or can’t carry stuff. And the quality of the produce can be poor.” Fast-food joints and convenience stores selling highly processed, high-calorie foods, on the other hand, were locally abundant. “It’s a form of redlining,” Allen said. “We’ve got to change the system so everyone has safe, equitable access to healthy food.”

Get this: Allen saw a food desert, and he started doing what he could to change it based on his own loves and special talents (gardening and sales). In other parts of the country, people are working to persuade their local governments to offer more incentives for opening up grocery stores within walking distance of people’s homes. Inspiring, isn’t it?

“We need 50 million more people growing food,” Allen told them, “on porches, in pots, in side yards.” The reasons are simple: as oil prices rise, cities expand and housing developments replace farmland, the ability to grow more food in less space becomes ever more important. As Allen can’t help reminding us, with a mischievous smile, “Chicago has 77,000 vacant lots.”

Amen! And further down in the article, after reading about Allen’s illiterate sharecropping father, his career in professional basketball, and his return to farming, we get this little grace-filled gem:

This nondogmatic approach may be one of Allen’s most appealing qualities. His essential view is that people do the best they can: if they don’t have any better food choices than KFC, well, O.K. But let’s work on changing that. If they don’t know what to do with okra, Growing Power stands ready to help. And if their great-grandparents were sharecroppers and they have some bad feelings about the farming life, then Allen has something to offer there too: his personal example and workshops geared toward empowering minorities. “African-Americans need more help, and they’re often harder to work with because they’ve been abused and so forth,” Allen said. “But I can break through a lot of that very quickly because a lot of people of color are so proud, so happy to see me leading this kind of movement.”

Why do appreciate his sentiment so much? Because it\’s not elitist in the slightest. He’s about helping people — helping all people — have access to locally-grown, organic, nutrient-dense Real Food. It’s not just for the wealthy, those who picked up a love for fine cuisine while traveling through Europe, or tree-hugging hippies.

Go ahead, read the whole thing and get to know Will Allen.


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The next phase of public service reform: people helping people - Nesta

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Nesta promotes innovation in the UK. We help people and organisations bring great ideas to life by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.

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Calling All Writers, Attorneys, Artists, Web Designers, and Blerd ...

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Calling All Writers, Attorneys, Artists, Web Designers, and Blerd Humanitarians! 9:14 AM Black Women, Blogging, Community, Empowerment, Humanitarianism, Raising Awareness, Social Causes 1 comment. Even if you ...
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Sonya Meyer: Hidden heroes may be all around us - Post-Bulletin

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Horrible as each event was, as the initial shock wears off it is important to remember not only the victims, but also the heroes who raced to their aid.
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Five Winners Announced in Montage Hotels & Resorts’ National Search for Young Humanitarians :: Hotel News Resource

Article - Five Winners Announced in Montage Hotels & Resorts’ National Search for Young Humanitarians - The contest, which launched in February 2013, was designed to award five humanitarians between the ages of 13-17 with a $10,000 college...
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Heroes' vain bid to save fire victim - The Australian

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The elderly man, who was the single occupant of the home, was taken to the Geelong hospital, where he died this morning. A CFA spokeswoman said the two neighbours were very brave.
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Literacy heroes honored at Longwood - Kennett Paper

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To date, over 85 individuals have benefited from the literacy program run by Harmon and her volunteers, an accomplishment that led to her selection as the 2013 Community Impact Literacy Hero.
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Heroes for Carter: Local police rally around fellow officer - Russellville Courier

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Heroes for Carter: Local police rally around fellow officer Russellville Courier Six heroes — including (from left) Tammy Marcoe, Brandie Daniel, Ashley Hobby, Tiffanie Ward and Brenda Stephenson — organized a super hero theme 5k to raise money...
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Rescue workers in China finally reach quake ravaged region to help people ... - Scrape TV

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Beijing, China – Rescue workers have finally, after days, reached the regions most heavily damaged by Saturday's earthquake.
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Keep Calm and Save the Day - New York Times

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Keep Calm and Save the Day
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In studies of heroism, psychologists find that heroes often display personal modesty by playing down the dangers that they faced.
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Book finds WWII's hidden heroes - The Detroit News

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Book finds WWII's hidden heroes The Detroit News Award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone is clear about why she's written her new nonfiction book, "Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers"...
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Global Heroes Honored in L.A. - Ms. Magazine

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An Afghan rapper. The founder of the first primary school for girls in a Kenyan village. A trailblazing member of Congress who fights to create an AIDS-free generation. An advocate for women's and children's rights and ...
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The New Heroes . Meet the New Heroes | PBS

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Fundraiser will benefit Youthlinc - Park Record

Fundraiser will benefit Youthlinc
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Jessica Kern is all smiles with children while on a Youthlinc assignment in Kenya last year. Youthlinc, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to create lifetime humanitarians.
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In Rememberance: Profiles of Young Heroes Killed In Tragic Mortar Blast In Nevada

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Former Marines and family members gathered in Hawthorne, Nevada, to pay their respects to seven Marines killed during a training accident.

 

Six remained hospitalized in Reno on Thursday, and their overall conditions were improving. Five were listed in fair condition, and one was in serious, compared with two who had been serious a day earlier.

 

The bodies of the seven victims arrived Wednesday night at Dover after a procession and small ceremony on the ramp at the Reno airport, said Maj. April Conway, spokeswoman for the Nevada Army National Guard.

 

The seven Marines killed ranged in age from 19 to 26. Some had served overseas; others were training for their first deployment. They were in the final night of a training exercise spread out of several days in California and Nevada when the accident occurred.While many had long dreamed of being Marines, some were already making plans for a life after the Corps.
The explosion Monday caused an immediate suspension of the use of 60 mm mortars by the Marine Corps, with an exemption for troops in Afghanistan, U.S. military and Marine officials said. Marine units on the warfront may continue to use the mortars with the review and approval of their commanders. U.S. military officials in Afghanistan said they have not stopped using the mortars there.The suspension, which will be in effect until the accident investigation is complete, largely affects units that are training, although those Marines could use the larger and more powerful 81 mm mortar systems if needed.
  

 

 


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Such a tragic accident. Not that it is any more or less tragic when the lives of our military heroes are lost on the battlefield, but when they are lost in a senseless accident or in any other way such as the Ft. Hood terrorist attack on our own land it seems worse. They were all so young and vibrant and had so much to live for. I mourn their loss with their families because they were willing to join the military and protect our country and defend and preserve our freedoms. I pray for their families and for the families of those injured and hope those injured recover soon. Sadly, one remains "very seriously injured". As a daughter of a WWII veteran who is reaching his 91st birthday, or at least I pray he does this summer, my heart is always thinking of our military and the young men and women in harms way. I pray we can end the war soon and do it in a manner our military can be proud of.

I fear many feel like we left Iraq too soon and all the lives lost were sacrificed for nothing, but I commend all who served and did the job they were sent to do. I hope they find peace knowing they did their best and removed a dictator, but unfortunately most of the chemical weapons, WMD's, were already moved into Syria before we invaded Iraq. Now Syria has them and they are at risk of getting into the hands of the opposition/rebels, otherwise known as Al Qaeda, who are trying to remove Assad. I don't expect things to go well if we have to get involved in yet another war over there while trying to end the Afghanistan war after 12 years. Pray our military leaders will stay out of yet another Middle East war which could evolve into a greater threat from Iran, Russia and China.


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