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Heroes teaming up to help AIDS orphansCNN InternationalBut CNN Heroes can do it, too. Marie Da Silva, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and Evans Wadongo are working together to help AIDS orphans in the African nation of Malawi.


(CNN) -- In the movies, it's a familiar storyline: superheroes joining forces to tackle a world crisis.

But CNN Heroes can do it, too. Marie Da Silva, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and Evans Wadongo are working together to help AIDS orphans in the African nation of Malawi.
In 2002, Da Silva started the Jacaranda School in Malawi, where half a million children have been orphaned by AIDS. For her efforts, she was honored as a top 10 CNN Hero in 2008.

Today, there are 400 children in the school, and they're also benefiting from the help of two top 10 Heroes from 2010: Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, whose organization, Mary's Meals, feeds more than 600,000 schoolchildren around the globe; and Evans Wadongo, who has brought more than 23,000 free solar lanterns to rural African communities through his nonprofit, Sustainable Development For All.
CNN recently spoke with Da Silva about the team-up and how it's helping the children.
CNN: How did you connect with Magnus?

Marie Da Silva: I went to the CNN Heroes tribute show in 2010, and I saw Magnus because he was one of the top 10 CNN Heroes. In his speech, he mentioned ... how he was feeding over 300,000 children in Malawi. And it touched me. So, after he got his award, I had to go and see him and say thank you.
But there was something else that was happening at our school at that same time. For all the years that I had the school, I was buying the porridge for the children, costing me something like $500 a month. Then, for a time, we were given porridge by (another organization) ... but we had had a drought in Malawi, so I was panicking.
I went up to Magnus and ... I told him what was going on at the school. I felt a little embarrassed, but I just asked him to consider us. Now, he's feeding all 400 of our students a day.

Some of these children do go without food at home, and most of them come without breakfast to school. This porridge has all the nutrients needed and is made of soya, too -- one of the healthiest meals our orphans can have each day. We have many students who are HIV-positive, so Mary's Meals is saving lives by keeping our children healthy.
CNN: How has Magnus' support enabled you to do more for your students?
Da Silva: The high school students who stayed in school through the afternoon ... they were weak, most sleeping in class. (Mary's Meals) agreed to provide an additional meal of porridge for (them) at noon. This has resulted in a lot more attendance at the school and students studying with energy.

One of our college graduates is now working for Mary's Meals as a field monitor. We are so proud. ... This is what we want: to see them graduate and get quality jobs.
Mary's Meals built a new stove for us that uses less firewood and cooks our porridge even faster. ... Now, the most firewood we will use is about seven pieces, down from 40 pieces. So we've actually saved our costs. And the most important thing is, we're saving the environment.

Magnus, he's really a saint to me. His support means a lot to us. Every day, the children will always have something to eat, so we are thankful.
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CNN: How did you come to work with Evans Wadongo?
Da Silva: I first heard about Evans through CNN Heroes. I met him through a friend of mine, Lane Hill, who thought Evans should come to teach our kids to build the (solar lanterns).

Then Robert Burke, a math and science teacher at the Shanghai American School in China -- one of our biggest supporters -- was looking for another project for his students to become involved in. ... Since seeing my story on TV, they've visited us and donated money to build our first toilets with running water, a clinic and a physics and science lab. ... So, (he) raised money to bring this project to life.
Today, I'm happy to tell you that we have over 200 lamps made by the kids themselves with the help of Evans and his team, and we distributed the lamps to the kids who are taking their examinations.

For the family, (this) cuts the costs. And for the children, it's helping them to study. And during this examination time ... I'm sure we're going to see better results, so we're very thankful to Evans.

CNN: How did your students respond to him?

Da Silva: Evans brought a lot more than just those lamps to our students. ... He's a young African guy, and they're young African students, so ... he's motivated our kids to be inventors. They've come up with their own little models that work just like Evans' lamps. ... He really gave them confidence that they, too, can make something that can help people and change people's lives.

This summer, the kids will be making their own designs and (giving) a lamp and a book out in the villages and to schools. This will be our first outreach program ... teaching our kids to give back.

CNN: Are you surprised that two of your fellow honorees have been able to help you?
Da Silva: CNN Heroes coming together to work together is something that I don't see as that unusual. All of us (are) doing something that is helping others, so when we hear each other's stories, we just want to see if we can help.

It's a family, you know? You want to help your family. I love it, and it makes a huge difference.


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Not Just for Kids: In 'Tokyo Heist' teen sleuth tracks stolen art - Los Angeles Times

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Not Just for Kids: In 'Tokyo Heist' teen sleuth tracks stolen artLos Angeles TimesIn Diana Renn's work, 'Tokyo Heist,' Violet lives with her artist dad for a summer in a mystery novel about the art world, mobsters and all things Japanese.


By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2012
Tokyo Heist

A Novel

Diana Renn

Viking: 373 pp.: $17.99, ages 12 and up

When Japanese culture is fused with teen fiction, the result is usually shojo manga — black-and-white graphic novels with a girlish romantic twist. In "Tokyo Heist," Japanese comics aren't the format but serve as an undercurrent in a globe-trotting, art-themed mystery novel involving missing Van Goghs, Japanese gangsters and a 16-year-old girl on the outs with her father.


Violet had no idea how important her interest in all things Japanese would become when she went to live with her artist dad for a summer after years of seeing him every other month for dinner. Before moving to his house in a bohemian Seattle neighborhood, Violet's plans had been simply to work at the local comic shop for the summer and become more visible to her self-obsessed father, who hadn't informed his girlfriend or his gallery owner that he even had a daughter.


That changes in the book's first chapter, when Violet attends an art opening and meets the key players in her dad's life, many of whom become suspects in an art heist that Violet decides to solve. One of her dad's most important clients is a wealthy Japanese couple who recently had three Van Gogh drawings stolen from their home.


Were they taken by her dad's girlfriend, an art restorer who had just done some work on the Van Goghs? Or was it the gallery assistant, who intended to sell them on the black market and use the money to open his own space? Perhaps it was the yakuza members lurking outside the gallery, hoping to blend in to the Washington state environs by wearing REI gear and driving Priuses? Naturally curious, Violet begins to piece together the clues in a narrative that begins in Seattle but mostly takes place in Tokyo (where Violet's father was hired to paint a mural) and then in Kyoto.


Like Violet, debut young adult author Diana Renn is a Japanophile who peppers the text with foreign lingo and infuses the story with cultural touchstones that surpass the usual kimonos and sushi and bring the island nation to life. In her Tokyo hotel, Violet notes the bird and cricket sounds piped into the hallways and a toilet that plays music. While Violet shops with a Seattle friend now living inJapan'scapital city, readers can practically see the blinding neon and outrageous outfits of the Harajuku district and taste the squid chips they snack on during a bullet train ride.


Being the only daughter of a mostly absent father, Violet is lacking in chikaru (confidence), but being gaijin (a foreigner) and a teen, she and her American friend are keenly aware of kakkoin (hot) guys and sugoi (awesome) outfits and the unintentionally humorous "Engrish" slapped onto shopping bags that read "friendship worms the heart" and "be satisfined with pure beauty."


Like her dad, Violet interprets the world through an artist's eyes, but her medium is the pen-and-ink drawing style of manga. Her heroine: A comic book character she created named Kimono Girl, who plays out Violet's theories about the missing Van Goghs and leads to the discovery of a hidden painting. To deal with her messy life, Violet finds solace "going into a world where stories are laid out in neat panels," but she discovers manga isn't only entertainment. It's a guide for living, a career aspiration and a tool for solving crime.


Renn keeps the tension high and the pace moving in a modern, unique whodunit that raises the stakes with a ransom note, a death threat and 10 days to locate and return a painting. In the process, Violet not only solves a crime but builds the self-confidence she needs to foster her artistic talents and a better relationship with her dad. With a backdrop of cormorant fishing and traitorous yakuza mobsters, "Tokyo Heist" is a refreshing break from the tsunami of dystopian, paranormal titles in the young adult aisle.



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Justin Bieber's free concert Wednesday in Oslo, Norway did some serious damage.

While the Red Cross Norway's Facebook page said first aid was provided for 78 people and water was given to many dehydrated children, E! News talked to Camilla Bjorn, a VGTV reporter in Oslo, and she provided slightly different figures: According to local police, 19 girls were sent to the hospital and 49 fans from the concert were injured in one way or another because of the pressure and madness of the fans.


"No state of emergency was ever declared," Bjorn tells E! News. "However there has been a ton of critique towards official police and Universal Music [Bieber's label] because they were not prepared. They had not taken into consideration the chaos that could occur."


Bjorn explained that officials in Oslo, Norway did not really know who Justin Bieber was or how important he is to youth around the world.

Universal Music, the teen idol's label, issued a press release stating it "regrets strongly that some of those who were [at the] Justin concert had a bad experience."

"Fortunately no one was seriously injured," said a Universal Music exec, adding that despite this concert's negative publicity, the Biebs has shown the media he has a desire to "return to Norway and [perform] a new concert here."


Ola Stenberg, a VGTV news editor, said the "chaotic scene" was comparable to the excited fan reactions "we haven't seen since stars like Michael Jackson visited Norway."


Justin, of course, didn't want his devoted fans to hurt themselves. "for the show to happen u must all listen to the police," he tweeted Wednesday as the frenzy for his performance increased. "we are all concerned for your safety and i want what is best for u. please listen."


The 18-year-old pop star now has shows in Paris, Milan, Verona, Madrid, London, Cologne, Berlin, Mexico City, New York and Toronto.

He tweeted Thursday: "now off to another #secretshow but this time a little more intimate and romantic. #cityoflove #BELIEVE #AllAroundTheWorld promo #PARIS"

Wonder if "a little more intimate" means not overwhelmingly huge and out of control? We hope so. Stay safe out there, Beliebers.


—Reporting by Marcus Mulkin, Sharareh Drury, and Maureen Heaton

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Credit Dennis BerryPhotos Organization: Keller Williams Realty Los Alamitos/Be A MatchCauses: HealthDate(s): On GoingContact person: Elaine ArmogidaPhone: 562-626-8623Email: soldbyelaine@aol.comWebsite: www. facebook. com/ profile. php?id=1058028272#!/KWLosAlamitos




Kai Quinonez is like any 8-year-old boy.

He is active in sports, loves playing with the dogs and hanging out with his brother Klaus.


But that changed in October when he was diagnosed with severe Aplastic Anemia, a rare blood ailment that affects one in a million people.


Kai is not alone in his fight against this rare ailment.


Keller Williams Realty in cooperation with the Los Alamitos Police Officers Association (LAPOA) will be hosting a bone marrow drive with Be The Match, on March 26 between 11 am and 3 pm. Be The Match is supplying the Bone Marrow Match Kits.

Long Beach Memorial is also hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the bone marrow drive.


"Officer Chris Karrer has been phenomenal in working with Be The Match and helping to get the bone marrow drive off the ground," said Elaine Armogida, team leader at Keller Williams Realty Los Alamitos, where Kai's dad Gus is an agent. "He heard about our raffle and volunteered to help in any way he could."


Additionally, personnel from the Long Beach Police Department (part of National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation) will also lend a hand to help with the bone marrow drive.


"We are also thankful for the help from Commander Josef Levy, from the Long Beach Police Department," added Armogida. "He is the President of the foundation and has offered to help where needed." Levy himself is a cancer survivor.


The Be The Match Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.


"But the local community has rallied around to help Kai's family try to deal with not only taking care of Kai but to help with the staggering medical costs," said Armogida. "The agents at Keller Williams have been raffling off tickets for people to win an IPad and have the bone marrow drive in an effort to help Kai."


"Getting the bone marrow sample is very easy." said Armogida. "They do a simple swab on the inside of your cheek and it's done."


Aplastic anemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. The condition, per its name, involves both aplasia and anemia. Typically, anemia refers to low red blood cell counts, but aplastic anemia patients have lower counts of all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, termed pancytopenia.


Kai is undergoing 2 six month rounds of chemotherapy and weekly transfusions of blood and platelets. He recently had to return to the hospital after getting an infection.

For more information on helping Kai or purchasing a raffle ticket, please call Elaine Armogida at (562) 626-8623.


To reach Officer Josef Levy please e-mail him at josef.levy@longbeach.gov. To reach Officer Chris Karrer please e-mail at ckarrer@losalpoa.com.

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Seven thoughts on Superman Family Adventures #1 - Comic Book Resources

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Comic Book ResourcesSeven thoughts on Superman Family Adventures #1Comic Book ResourcesI'm not ashamed to tell you that when I read that DC Comics was canceling Art Baltazar and Franco's Tiny Titans series, I collapsed to my knees, raised my eyes...


I’m not ashamed to tell you that when I read that DC Comics was canceling Art Baltazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans series, I collapsed to my knees, raised my eyes to the heavens and let out a long, low “Nooo!” I would have torn out my hair, if I had any hair to tear out, and I did try to rend my garments. However, I quickly discovered that either I am too weak to rend garments, or my garments were simply too well-made to be easily rend-able.


Tiny Titans quite gradually had become my favorite comic book-format comic; I picked up the first issue out of a mixture of curiosity and cynical disbelief that you could do a mass-appeal kids comic based on DC’s Titans franchise (after all, DC seems to have had trouble doing a narrow-appeal grown-up comic based on the franchise over the decades, if you see how many times its been canceled, relaunched and given new directions and new creators since Marv Wolfman stopped writing it). But I never dropped it, as Baltazar and Franco had decided to do an old-school (like, John Stanley old-school) gag comic featuring kid characters for kid readers, and do it in Baltazar’s own super-cute style, and fill it full of DC trivia and ephemera.


The silver lining of its cancellation was the announcement of Superman Family Adventures, which uses a name most recently used by DC for their Showcase Presents collections combining stories from Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen. The new comic was to be by the exact same creative team, which preview art suggested would be told in a similar style. Well, the first issue hit the stands yesterday, and I have some thoughts about it.


1.) Look at what Superman is wearing! Superman is wearing his regular Superman costume, but a Baltazar-ized version of the New 52 costume that Jim Lee designed, complete with the high, v-neck collar, the bigger, differently styled S-shield, the red belt and the immodest lack of super-shorts.


What’s noteworthy about this is that DC insisted upon it at all, given that we haven’t really seen the New 52 costumes show up outside of the DCU comics (certainly any new toys or other licensed material to be released since last fall have featured the classic costumes), which might presage the new costumes starting to show up in such venues from now on (if they last that long).


Additionally, it’s worth noting how much better the costume looks in Baltazar’s style than in Lee’s. Because he doesn’t fuss with his art to the degree that Lee does, we don’t see the armor-plating that Lee, George Perez and the other artists have included in the super-suit, and the belt looks more classic than the oddly-shaped one Lee gave him.

Basically, at first glance, it just looks like Superman took off his shorts, making the costume change look less dramatic and, to my eyes anyway, more appealing.

2.) Look at what everyone else is wearing! Baltazar has drawn all of the characters elsewhere before; Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Superboy and Supergirl all appeared in Tiny Titans, as did Lex Luthor (but only from the neck down, which is the kids’-eye-view way Baltazar generally presented grown-up superheroes and supervillains in the book). Krypto, who was a puppy in Tiny Titans, is a full-grown dog here, and drawn as he in in the DC Super-Pets line of junior reader illustrated prose books (worth looking at your local library for, if you’re a fan of Baltazar’s art and/or superhero pets).


Supergirl is wearing a simplified version of her New 52 costume, complete with cut-out knees in her thigh-high boots. Superboy is wearing a version of his old T-shirt and jeans look, only now he has a long-sleeve shirt, allowing for red cuffs and collar to echo Superman’s costume. Lois and Jimmy are dressed as if they were pulled from their 1950s comics (I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve read a comic with Lois Lane in it in which she had all her buttons buttoned, and wasn’t popping out of her blouse).


Lex Luthor, the villain of the issue, is in his traditional purple and green; here a purple turtleneck, purple pants and purple boots, with a long green coat, suggesting his look in All-Star Superman(his wicked plot, by the way, is similar to that in All-Star Superman; to steal Superman’s powers for his own, although he accidentally steals Krypto’s instead, which has predictable side-effects.


3.) It’s a different beast … but not too different. Unlike Tiny Titans, this book doesn’t have the gag-book structure, in which it consists of short stories centered around particular jokes — often with a theme for the issue tying them all together. Rather, it’s one book-length adventure, with a prologue introducing Superman and an epilogue in which the chief finally gets his coffee.


Despite the different structure, it still looks just like an issue of Tiny Titans, right down to the lettering and the character design of the guy who works in the coffee shop. In addition to being lighthearted, there are plenty of jokes, some aimed straight at kids, like Lex’s arrogance or Lex acting like a dog, some more situational, like this one:

4.) A new character is introduced, Fuzzy, a super-mouse with a fine head of hair. Fuzzy is a mouse in Lex’s lab that accidentally gets some super-powers, and whom Superman decides to outfit with a super-suit. There’s a super-dog, super-cat, super-horse and super-monkey, so I suppose they might as well add a super-mouse to their super-menagerie.


5.) Superman says “Not cool!” in the course of the story. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Superman say “Not cool!,” and I don’t think I like it. Krypto says “Chillax,” at one point, but for some reason that’s not quite as distressing as hearing Superman say “Not cool!” Now, if Superman said “Chillax” … well, I don’t even want to think about it.

6.) Despite its title and focus on the extended Superman cast, the book doesn’t really achieve the sort of unique, lunatic feel of the old Girlfriend and Pal comics, something I don’t think is even possible these days, given the fact that Superman’s secret-identity is no longer so sacrosanct that entire series need to be devoted to the completely insane lengths he will go to in order to conceal it even from his best friends.

And, unfortunately, it isn’t quite the all-ages Superman comic you might think DC would want to have on the stands every month. It’s fine for kids, and it’s fine for grown-ups like me, but I don’t know if this lighthearted, gentle Superman comic would necessarily hit the same buttons of readers of a certain, in-between age in the way that, say, the Young Justice cartoon does (yeah, I know, they’ve got a comic to do that). This isn’t all-ages in the way that the old Superman Adventures comic was, nor is it all-ages in the way that, say, just about everything First Second publishes.

I think that there’s therefore still a hole in DC’s publishing line, where they’re excluding a certain segment of potential audience simply by not publishing anything for them to read: This, like Tiny Titans was, is for little kids and grown-ups; the DCU books are all for grown-ups.


7.) But that’s what it’s not, not what it is. What it is is a very entertaining comic featuring the same great art and sense of humor present in Tiny Titans, applied to new characters and a different story format. It hasn’t yet filled the Tiny Titans-shaped hole in its heart, but I’m more than willing to keep reading, as it certainly has the potential to do so.


Would I recommend it? Aw yeah.

May 31, 2012 @ 12:00 PM by J. Caleb Mozzocco


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Free Kayaking on the Hudson RiverNew York TimesAt the dead end of West Houston Street in the West Village is Pier 40, where an all-volunteer outfit, the Downtown Boathouse, offers a free program for seasoned mariners and complete neophytes alike.



 And kayaking. At the dead end of West Houston Street in the West Village is Pier 40, where an all-volunteer outfit, the Downtown Boathouse, offers a free program for seasoned mariners and complete neophytes alike. As long as you can swim, you can sign a waiver, don a life vest and enjoy 20 minutes of paddling within a designated area in front of the boathouse, safe from the Hudson River’s currents and within reach of assistance.


Take a lock and you can stash your stuff in a locker, change into your swimwear and shower after you’re done. The Miser is reasonably sure all is back to normal after last summer’s unfortunate sewage mishap, which contaminated New York’s waterways for a few days, but better to avail yourself of all the amenities on offer, no?


It turns out that “Downtown Boathouse” is a bit of a misnomer; there are two other locations on the West Side of Manhattan, one at Pier 96 (at 56th Street) and one at 72nd Street. Both offer free kayaking, though the hours at 72nd Street are slightly shorter, and that site lacks showers and changing rooms.


For the stoutest of body, heart and mind, assuming they can make it there by 8 a.m. sharp, Pier 96 offers guided three-hour tours along the Hudson, covering up to five miles. The Miser assumes the fleet won’t include a kayak called S. S. Minnow.

(Pier 40 is open Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; West Houston Street at West Street. Pier 96 is open weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; West 56th Street at the West Side Highway, Clinton. 72nd Street is open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 72nd Street in Riverside Park; downtownboathouse.org.)




We lovers of Russian literature live for the types: the smoldering, philosophical antihero; the cerebral, stormy-hearted countess; the inscrutable Communist spy. But how well do we really know them? On Saturday night 92YTriBeCa will host a free panel called “Russian Characters and Caricatures: Confronting Stereotypes” that is part of the Read Russia 2012 festival. The writers Alexander Arkhangelsky and Yury Miloslavsky, with Eugene Ostashevsky as moderator, will participate. (Saturday at 8:30 p.m.; 200 Hudson Street, at Canal Street, ground floor; 212-601-1000, 92y.org/tribeca.)







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