His family had reason to believe he was living in New Orleans; a family friend had bumped into him there at Mardi Gras. But that was before Hurricane Katrina. Turnbow's mother, Jean Aaron, tried not to consider whether his long silence meant he was alive or dead.
Earlier this month, 69-year-old Jean heard her son's voice for the first time since he had left home. She heard him on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, in a story about homeless people living in Duncan Plaza, a park in front of City Hall. (NPR)
A K-2 teacher at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y., Deutsch, 28, has been using Free-Reading.net, a reading instruction program that allows him to download, copy and share lessons with colleagues. (USA Today)
John Hutton, the energy secretary, will this week announce plans to build enough turbines to generate nearly half Britain’s current electricity consumption. (Times)
This year's increased estimate is the largest since 2001 when 386 whales were counted. (AP Wire)
A fire broke out at about 4:00 a.m. Monday morning, in a house where Tamara Groves and her three children were sleeping. The smoke finally woke 7-year-old Kelby Yelder, who was sleeping in her top bunk. She knew what to do, but it sure wasn't easy. (ABC7 News)
Now, thanks to India's biggest effort yet to educate every last child, he has a smart blue uniform and has started going to a mainstream state school in the Indian capital -- something he had once considered a luxury for destitute children like himself. (Reuters)
Katlyn Demerchant was born with adenosine deaminase severe combined immunodeficiency [ADA SCID], sometimes referred to a "bubble boy" syndrome.
The 18-month-old toddler has spent much of her life in a hospital room at the National Institute of Health in Maryland undergoing gene therapy. (CBC)
A consortium of coal industry players has announced that they'll build a pilot power plant in Illinois that will have zero emissions. The facility will sequester the plant's CO2 emissions deep into the ground rather than release them into the atmosphere. (NPR)
A 50-year gap in his higher education didn't stop Garrett. (CBC)
Internet initiatives make everyone a philanthropist: AOL founder launches two efforts to encourage online giving
Leveraging new technologies and the growth of social-networking websites, several online-giving pioneers are trying to expand the pool of potential donors by democratizing philanthropy and making it more transparent. (CS Monitor)
While the mats may not be the obvious choice among hazardous waste experts, they hit San Francisco's green chord: More than 700 volunteers have tried them in recent days. Organizers hope their success will inspire more ecological responses to toxic waste removal. (SF Gate)
"(Bill) Lishman is on to a new project - a tiny, skeletal aircraft he hopes will revolutionize the business of disaster relief. Mr. Lishman wants to pack more than a dozen of the little planes into a container that can be flown to areas such as Sudan's Darfur region, where they could be deployed like mechanized hornets, buzzing to hard-hit sites with loads of food and medical supplies." (Al Fin)
Instead, 300 kind-hearted fund-raisers dressed up as Father, and Mother, Christmas to bring some festive cheer to sick children.
And they helped raise more than £20,000 that will spread joy to youngsters being treated by Acorns Children's Hospice. (Birmingham Mail)
So far, he has built three windmills in his yard here, using blue-gum trees and bicycle parts, the first when he was just 14. His tallest, at 39 feet, towers over this windswept village, clattering away as it powers his family's few electrical appliances: 10 six-watt light bulbs, a TV set and a radio. The machine draws in visitors from miles around. (Wall Street Journal)
According to Mayor Chris Odishaw, the roughly 1,500 households in the town each use 75 litres of water every day.
He wants to reduce that figure by replacing every toilet, shower head and bathroom tap aerator in Battleford with water-saving units. (CBC)
They must be in a cooperative fishery, like those operating in New Zealand and Australia, where individual fishermen own a share of the total harvest rather than the competitive fisheries more common in the United States, where it's a race to catch the most fish. (Yahoo)
At the tender age of 17, Danielle journeyed to Haiti in order to volunteer on a humanitarian project. “I wanted to do something good and so my first mission in Haiti taught me a lot.”
She adds, “I always thought travelling was my passion, but a priest made me notice that it’s not the case. I love helping people. I don’t like resorts or cruises or modern countries. I need to get out there and help others.” Since then, Danielle has been a part of over 18 different international development projects in over 22 different countries. (here nb)
It had been snowing in Chicago when the call came from the hospital telling Rachel Dalomba that transplant teams had acquired two kidneys from a trauma victim -- one for each of her twin, 10-year-old daughters. “The snow and everything this time of year -- it really felt like we were getting a great Christmas gift.” (story and video at MSN Today)
Cristina Fernandez was sworn in Monday as Argentina's first elected female president, completing a rare husband-wife transfer of power that the nation hopes will ensure continued recovery from an economic meltdown.
Fernandez, whose husband Nestor Kirchner is credited with leading Argentina out of its 2001-2002 economic meltdown, vowed to increase his center-left economic programs, create jobs and reduce high poverty levels. (Guardian)
Childhood cancer isn't rarer than it used to be. Cases of childhood cancer rose by less than 1% per year from 1990 to 2004.
The CDC today reported that the nation's childhood cancer death rate -- which includes kids and adolescents -- decreased by 1.7% per year from 1990 to 2004, thanks to advances in treatment. (Web MD)
Now a team from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore has done a study that suggests the fever effect is real. The findings might lead to a treatment that could mimic the beneficial effects of fever without actually making a child sick. (story and audio at NPR)
Yet Chiseka has the best academic record in its district by far. Last year all 40 students in the eighth grade passed their exams. And 30 did well enough to qualify for secondary school -- a significant achievement in a country where less than 30 percent of students finish primary school. (ABC)
Aquamaker converts the humidity in the regular everyday air we breathe into water, and it will work practically anywhere in the world, even the desert. The system filters out the pollutants and because it doesn't come from the ground it isn't full of harsh minerals. (Jerusalem Post via Good News Network)
“It is all about safety in the community,” said Isaac. “Whenever there is too much stress in their lives that’s when things go sideways. It’s about friendship—it is not rocket science—it is just being a friend.” (MCC)
Socially responsible gifts are growing in popularity in Canada as people turn to charities and aid groups for what are sometimes called gifts that give twice.
The polling firm Ipsos Reid, which surveyed 1,429 Canadians on behalf of World Vision Canada, found that 77 per cent of those surveyed said they didn't need anything this year, while only 36 per cent felt there was something in particular they wanted.
A full 84 per cent said they would prefer to have a gift given on their behalf to help someone else instead of receiving a sweater or a pair of socks. The survey results were released in November. (CBC)
Doran Smestad walks through the empty gym to the office in the back corner. The high school sophomore's mission: to recover an important file that physical education teacher Jim DiFrederico can't seem to open on his new Macintosh laptop. Doran's long fingers cover the keyboard as he taps at it with cool concentration. (CS Monitor)
Created in 1972, the WIC program supplements the diet of 8.5 million low-income pregnant women, new mothers and young children annually.
Recipients will be allowed to substitute items -- such as replacing whole wheat bread with soft corn tortillas, or canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables in place of their fresh counterparts -- in order to reflect cultural differences and make it easier for people to participate. (Reuters)
“I like drawing, animation, like anime,” Hester said. “I’m really into the computer. I like taking pictures of people.”
Hester suffers from chronic lung disease, scoliosis and an immune system problem, hypogammaglobulinemia. Despite these illnesses, Hester said she has lived a pretty good life.
“Pretty normal, the only thing I can’t do is physical activity,” Hester said. “It’s been OK.”
Last Tuesday, “Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day - Lessons from a Wish Child” was released in e-book form. The book, written by Hester, talks about life’s struggles and what you can do to stay strong. (Star Community Newspapers via Happy News)
Lee's achievements in greening the congested capital of 10 million people made him one of Time magazine's "heroes of the environment" in October. (AFP)
In addition, Cheerios is again working with First Book, an award-winning children's literacy nonprofit, to give a year's worth of children's books to 50 reading programs serving disadvantaged children across the country. Over the past six years, Cheerios has donated more than $2.5 million to support First Book and its mission: to help get brand new books to children from low-income families. (Literacy News)
The George Dumont Hospital is looking at ways to share the isotopes it has, Colosimo said, especially for children who may need emergency procedures. (CBC)
Over the weekend, more than 2,000 cookies and other goodies were stolen from Simply Good Catering, a company that provides jobs for people with mental illness in the southern New Brunswick city.
After CBC News broke the story of the holiday theft, two donors, who asked to remain nameless, stepped forward to help the non-profit group. (CBC)
Engel said he was inspired to take on the challenge to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation after his best friend, Shane Burn, was stricken with the disease. (CBC)
The Sankuru Nature Reserve — at 11,803 square miles, it is larger than the state of Massachusetts — is being created through a partnership involving American and Congolese conservation groups and government agencies. (NY Times)
Monday's session opened with delegates giving a standing ovation for Australia as the country's delegate, Howard Bamsey, announced Canberra was ratifying the Kyoto accord.
The move ends more than a decade of resistance to the environmental pact and leaves the United States as the sole developed nation that has not recognized the accord. (CBC)
India has already pledged millions of dollars in aid for the cyclone-hit nation.
Mukherjee said India was willing to "adopt" 10 coastal villages for rehabilitation and would allow the sale of an additional 500,000 tons of rice to Bangladesh. (Guardian)
The extraordinary successes in Africa are thanks to national governments' firm commitment to fully implement the measles reduction strategy, including vaccinating all children before their first birthday and providing a second opportunity to be vaccinated through mass campaigns, the Initiative said. (UN News Centre)
While he was undergoing chemotherapy he decided there has to be a better way to fight this illness. And even though he wasn't a doctor, he figured he could figure it out himself.
Kanzius said he was inspired to invent his cancer-fighting machine after seeing the children who were getting chemotherapy at the same time he was. "I noticed young kids losing their smiles, losing their hair. And I said to myself, 'Today's chemotherapy is cruel. There's gotta be a better way to cure cancer,'" Kanzius told ABC News. (ABC)
The Street Samaritans: Post-Katrina volunteer medics on bicycles created a new model of community health care in New Orleans
Then one morning four days into the storm, something happened that melted the fear and eased the tension.
Mark Dybul, who runs the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — a five-year, $15 million dollar effort to reduce suffering from AIDS in poor countries – speaks with Renee Montagne. (NPR)
For years, the staff of Mengo Hospital has struggled to care for AIDS patients in a smaller building without enough private rooms. The new clinic includes six counseling rooms, a pharmacy and other facilities to serve about 1,700 men, women and children with HIV. (MCC)
But earlier this month, in a relatively unnoticed announcement, the several UN agencies that are charged with tracking the HIV/AIDS epidemic revised their most recent estimates for 2007 significantly downward, by roughly 16 per cent. (CBC)
The surviving family members, often young women and grandmothers, are being empowered through their employment by SOA. They work for a fair wage stitching shoes and making footballs. Many of the women have been trained with new skills by SOA to do this work and the initiative also provides childcare development centres so the youngest children can be cared for while the women work. (Treehugger)
Drug maker Merck Frosst says it has been given permission to bring Isentress to the Canadian market for treatment of HIV-positive people whose viruses are resistant to other HIV drugs.
AIDS expert Dr. Mark Wainberg says there is tremendous optimism about the drug in the community of HIV patients, doctors and researchers. (CBC)
"What matters most is our humanity," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty at the Toronto release of World Vision's Global AIDS Attitudes Survey. "We come to pledge our part in the battle against AIDS, to do what needs to be done." (CBC)
Microloans, often used to help small businesses, are now helping private schools in Ghana and elsewhere. (CS Monitor)
The province scored a B in a report card issued Wednesday by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, an improvement over last year's C-minus rating.
"It brought in a pretty good climate action plan, the first real one we've had that set reasonable targets for cutting the pollution that causes global warming," said David Coon, policy director for the council. (CBC)
And then he proceeded: A donor had given a staggering $100 million to the Erie Community Foundation, and all of the charities would receive a share.
That was when the tears began to flow -- and the mystery began -- in this struggling old industrial city of 102,000 on Lake Erie, where the donor is known only as "Anonymous Friend." (CNN)
Like the Internet, sustainability spurs innovation in everything, from how you see your business model to whether you see your employees (why not let them work at home more?). In this article, Fast Company lists its favorite ways that today's companies are greening up. (Fast Company via Daily Good)
Beah, a 27-year-old survivor of Sierra Leone's civil war, was appointed UNICEF's first Advocate for Children Affected by War on Wednesday, saying he wants to show that his story of redemption need not be unique.
''For many observers, a child who has known nothing but war, a child for whom the Kalashnikov is the only way to make a living and for whom the bush is the most welcoming community, is a child lost forever for peace and development. I contest this view,'' Beah said. ''For the sake of these children it is essential to prove that another life is possible.'' (AP via Happy News)
It's a growing Big Country symphony. Roscoe, a farm town with a population of just 1,300, is about to become Wind City U.S.A. — the locus of one of the biggest wind farms in the nation and the world. It's a striking development in a state better known as the U.S. leader in emissions of global warming gases.
The wind project is largely due to the vision of a one-armed, 65-year-old cotton farmer named Cliff Etheredge. (audio and narrated slideshow)
Amy Pickard, 23, had lain in her bed, unable to eat or breathe for herself since falling unconscious in 2001.
But after being enrolled in a study of the side-effects of the sleeping pill Zolpidem, her eyes have begun to sparkle and she has even managed to stand. (Telegraph)
“There are no bad men. There are no bad men on the planet,” Korry Holtzlander says. “There're just those who are lost."
By all accounts, this married father of two has always had a good heart. But it swelled to greatness after a series of three chance encounters at work. (CBS)
"We wanted this gas bar to give a signal to our people that we are also turned toward the future," said Marcel Garvie, the co-op's president. (CBC)
Scientists at the University of Kentucky created the mouse by introducing into the animal the tumour-killing Par-4 gene, taken from the prostate. Par-4, which was discovered by radiation-medicine expert Vivek Rangnekar and his team, kills cancer cells but not normal cells. It is actually found in every kind of cell, the researchers say. (CBC)
Flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Bush said the two leaders agreed to "immediately launch good faith, bilateral negotiations in order to conclude a peace treaty resolving all outstanding issues, including core issues, without exception." (CBC)
He has spent the last 10 months off school and the family had to move his bedroom downstairs because going to bed had become to great an effort. But now William, of Great Lumley, County Durham, is recovering thanks to the skill of surgeons and a four month course of Botox injections. (Daily Mail)