Rebecca Looked for the Good in Everyone (even the robbers who took all her money)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore[Apologies for the notification that just went out to GNN fans today, March 10, 2016: We didn’t mean to send the alert! This story is from 2006 archives…]All I need to know about Rebecca Eddlemon, who died March 31 in Grand Prarie, Texas, is captured here in the first two paragraphs of a Dallas Morning News obituary I stumbled upon: Rebecca Eddlemon looked for good in everyone, even the two gunmen who surprised her and husband Oscar Eddlemon in their food market in the mid-1970s. “They had Daddy laying face down and had Mother down on her knees,” said Johnny Eddlemon, 54. “They took her purse and just about everything in the register.”“Afterward, Mother said: ‘You know, I think they were good boys. They just got in with the wrong crowd,’ ” … That faith and love of people was her trademark.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

CNN Launches Series on Happiness and Health

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWatch “Happiness and Your Health: The Surprising Connection,” a Sanjay Gupta special, tonight, November 19 at 10 p.m. ET. Check out slide shows, articles and surveys all related to happiness at CNN.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

GNN Archive Updated w/ Business Stories

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreI took some time recently to work on updating the archives at GNN-i, where all the stories are stored that I published from 1997 through Jan. 2004, before leaving for a two-year sabbatical. There is still much content to be uploaded, but am happy to report a large chunk of the Business stories are now online again! One of the most uplifting stories from Aug. 2001 is about a new sports arena in Dallas where city officials tried to avoid sending sports fans — and tax dollars — to the suburbs, by building the complex where a toxic waste dump once had been… Brownfield is the term for a contaminated area with the potential for reuse. The Victory Project, which was developed by Ross Perot Jr., son of the U.S. presidential candidate, has become a stellar example of cleaning up a “brownfield.” ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Where there once was arsenic and lead leftovers from a 100-year-old city dump, the American Airlines center opened this summer, serving sushi and sea bass to its sports and entertainment fans. Where once motor oil and benzene spills leached into soil and groundwater from abandoned industrial and railroad facilities, 8 million sq. ft. of apartments, offices, stores and entertainment will meander around the arena, providing auto-weary Dallas commuters with a place to live, work and play downtown. Read the full story in the Good News Network Business Archives: Sports Arena Rises From Toxic WastelandAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Family Drowning in Medical Bills Saved by eBay Angel

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Georgia family put all their belongings on eBay to pay their children’s medical bills, without a single taker. Then a Fort Worth couple offered $20,000 for the lot — on one condition. “Take our money but keep your stuff.” Keith and Donnia Blair didn’t want the bedroom sets, the appliances, the 62-inch high-definition television, the swing sets or the 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. (Story in the NY Daily News)(Photo courtesy of Sun Star)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

4,100-Student School Busts Myth that Small Classes Are Better

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA decade ago, Brockton High School was a case study in failure. Among the 4,100 mostly low-income students, one in three dropped out.Then a handful of teachers decided to take action. They persuaded administrators to let them organize a schoolwide campaign to improve instruction with a focus on reading and writing.Their efforts paid off quickly. This year and last, Brockton outperformed 90 percent of Massachusetts high schools.A new movie, Waiting for Superman, portrays five small charter schools — most with only a few hundred students — as the way forward for American schooling.But, the success of Brockton and other large schools, is featured in a new Harvard study, “How High Schools Become Exemplary,” which essentially busts the myth that small class size is a requirement for solving the educational crisis.(READ the article in the NY Times)Thanks to Barry Stevens for submitting the story! Photo credit: Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brockton HS, Eugena Ossi, Gov’s officeAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Oprah’s Top 20 Moments

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFrom Mattie Stepanek to Mary Tyler Moore, Oprah Winfrey throughout her 25 years as host of the Oprah show has met and introduced America to many amazing guests. Now, in her final season, she remembers her favorites with this heart-warming list of her top 20 shows.They’re the unforgettable moments that have most moved, elated, surprised, scared and utterly goose-bumped her. (WATCH the slideshow at Oprah.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Program Vaccinates One Billion Children

first_img“When we started the Measles Initiative ten years ago, we knew that we would help save millions of lives, but we never imagined where the world’s support would take us,” said David Meltzer, senior vice president of international services with the American Red Cross. “With every dollar donated, we vaccinated another child. Across the globe, we stopped outbreaks, improved treatment and protected future generations from one of the world’s deadliest diseases.” With accelerated immunization activities spearheaded by governments and the Measles Initiative, global measles mortality has decreased by an impressive 78 percent worldwide from 733,000 deaths in 2000 to 164,000 in 2008. Reductions in measles-related deaths during that same time period accounts for nearly a quarter (24 percent) of the overall decrease in childhood mortality, representing significant progress toward one of the Millennium Development Goals. Goal number 4, which was set by the UN, aims to reduce the mortality rate for children less than five years by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.Even as the Measles Initiative’s founding partners marked this significant achievement, they warned that governments and the global health community should not continue to redirect their resources elsewhere. Funding for the Measles Initiative decreased from a high of $150 million in 2007 to $68 million in 2010.Since 2009, widespread outbreaks affecting 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have resulted in more than 320,000 new measles cases and more than 2,400 measles-related deaths.India, however, is continuing to bolster their vaccination schedule. Three out of four children who died from measles in 2008 lived in India, where persistently low vaccination coverage was the norm. Last year, however, the country initiated measles vaccination campaigns in select districts and has plans to organize additional vaccination campaigns throughout the next two years. India, with a population of more than 1 billion, plans to self-finance these efforts.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Measles Initiative this week announced it has vaccinated one billion children in more than 60 developing countries, making significant gains in the global effort to stop measles.The child who received the history-making measles vaccination was one of 3.5 million immunized in Mozambique this May. The Measles Initiative began in 2001 with five founding partners – the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and World Health Organization. In 1980, before such vaccination programs, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.last_img read more

Muslim Bagel Business Owner Donates All Profits to Boston Charity

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEhab Sadeek, an Egyptian Muslim who owns a bagel store in Winchester, Mass., called the marathon bombers “cowards who don’t represent my faith or religion.”The all-natural bakery owner, who has run the Bagel Land wholesale business for 17 years, says he will give 100-percent of his profits to the One Fund Boston. And, he will continue to do so until the last victim is out of the hospital. There are more than two dozen people still being hospitalized.(WATCH the video below, or READ the story from CBS)Photo credit: CBS Newslast_img read more

Apple Bans Use of 2 Hazardous Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreApple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company’s latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.(READ the AP story from ABC News)Photo by Jorge QuinterosAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Garbage Man Returns Gift Card, Family Repays His Kindness

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA sanitation worker in Colorado returned a Christmas present to a family who accidentally threw it out. And they rewarded his honesty in a way that really touched his life.“I was just dumping the cart in the back of the truck and seen the card on top of the pile of trash,” garbage man Jimmy James told Fox News. He checked the card by phone to see if it had a balance and found it was brand new.The family couldn’t believe that someone would take the time to drive back on their own time and personally return the card.They gave him a cash thank-you worth more than the card.(WATCH the video below or READ it from Fox 10 Phoenix)Story tip from Kristen Susie CrumleyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more