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.