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Published: 03/23/11

WTC Steel Angel to Honor 9-Year-Old Arizona Shooting Victim Born on 9/11

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WTC Steel Angel to Honor 9-Year-Old Arizona Shooting Victim Born on 9/11

NEW YORK -- A piece of World Trade Center steel is being molded into an angel in the memory of a girl who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and died in a barrage of gunfire in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The 5 1/2-foot-long fragment of an I-beam was to be picked up from a hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday before being trucked to Arizona in time for an April 1 dedication ceremony. The Freedom's Steadfast Angel of Love statue will incorporate artifacts from the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines...

Published: 01/25/11

State of the Union Address [LIVE FEED]

By  David Knowles - AOL News
State of the Union Address [LIVE FEED]

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress today. Surge Desk has a live feed of the proceedings, which will be followed by an official response delivered by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, and an unofficial tea party rejoinder given by Rep. Michele Bachmann. Coverage of the speech begins at 8 p.m. EST, and the president is scheduled to begin speaking approximately an hour later. Live TV : Ustream More State of the Union coverage from Surge Desk: Dr. Peter Rhee: 5 Facts About Gabrielle...

Published: 01/25/11

John and Roxanna Green: 5 Facts About Christina Taylor Green's Parents

By  Chris Sesno - AOL News
John and Roxanna Green: 5 Facts About Christina Taylor Green's Parents

The parents of Christina Green, the youngest victim of the Tucson, Ariz., shootings, were invited to Washington, D.C., to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight. Honored in the president's speech, John and Roxanna Green came into the public eye after the horrific events of Jan. 8 and have since granted a few interviews about the anguish of losing Related Stories State of the Union Address [LIVE FEED] their youngest child in the rampage that shocked the nation. Surge Desk offers the following facts about the Greens. 1. They donated...

Published: 01/17/11

Dad: Arizona Girl's Corneas Saved Vision of 2 Kids

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Dad: Arizona Girl's Corneas Saved Vision of 2 Kids

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Donated corneas from the young girl killed in the Arizona mass shooting have saved the eyesight of two children, the girl's father told The Associated Press on Monday. John Green said the Donor Network of Arizona told him and his wife about the successful transplants. He said he doesn't know whether any of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green's other organs have gone to any other children, but he's under the impression that her wounds rendered her internal organs unusable. Christina was the youngest victim of the shooting that left a total of six dead and 13 others wounded -...

Published: 01/15/11

Christina Green Organ Donation Saves Boston Girl

By  Hugh Collins - AOL News
Christina Green Organ Donation Saves Boston Girl

The family of Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl killed when a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a "Congress on Your Corner" event, has donated some of her organs, already saving another child's life. Some of the organs went to a little girl in Boston, CNN reported. "It was very poignant to find out. That's what Christina was all about," father John Green told CNN. "It's a blessing." Los Angeles Times / MCT The family of Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old killed in Tucson shootings, donated her organs to help others. Her father told CNN some of her...

Published: 01/14/11

Westboro Church Protestors -- Ignore Them

By  Mary Winter - Politics Daily
Westboro Church Protestors -- Ignore Them

Mainstream media don't publish pornography or gratuitous violence. They don't give soapboxes to extremist groups such as the Aryan Brotherhood or the Man-Boy Love Association. So maybe they should think twice about covering Westboro Baptist Church members, who picket funerals of soldiers and newsmakers. This small-town Kansas congregation spews hate, vilifies a minority and spreads a message that offends even the thickest-skinned among us. Church members haul out their "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" signs for one reason -- to get national exposure for their bizarre belief that God is...

Published: 01/14/11

Ariz. Judge Remembered as Wise Jurist, Devout Family Man

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Ariz. Judge Remembered as Wise Jurist, Devout Family Man

A devout Catholic, Judge John Roll tried to go to Mass every day. It was a clear, crisp morning on Saturday when he emerged from his Tucson, Ariz., church and decided to say hello to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was meeting constituents at a nearby Safeway supermarket parking lot. He wanted to thank her for her help tackling an overload of cases in Arizona's federal courts. Federal 9th Circuit Court / AP A funeral ceremony for Judge John Roll, who died Saturday in the Tucson, Ariz., shootings, was held Friday at his church. Less than a week later, Roll's funeral was held at...

Published: 01/13/11

Youngest Arizona Shooting Victim Laid to Rest

By  not in system - AOL News
Youngest Arizona Shooting Victim Laid to Rest

TUCSON, Ariz. - Some 2,000 mourners packed a Catholic church to honor Christina Taylor Green, the bubbly 9-year-old who was the youngest victim of the Arizona shootings, while hundreds more lined streets outside in a show of unity and support. Christina's was the first of half-a-dozen funerals in the coming days, and was to be followed Friday with a service for U.S. District Judge John Roll at the same church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Security was expected to be tight at the ceremony, with many federal judges among the mourners. Roll and Christina were among six people killed Saturday when a...

Published: 01/13/11

Michelle Obama's Advice to Parents in Wake of Tucson Shooting

By  Lynn Sweet - Politics Daily
Michelle Obama's Advice to Parents in Wake of Tucson Shooting

First Lady Michelle Obama is offering advice to parents who are struggling to help their children understand the horrific Tucson massacre that killed six and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) Mrs. Obama accompanied President Obama to the Tucson memorial service for the victims Wednesday at the University of Arizona, sitting next to Mark Kelly, the NASA astronaut who is Giffords' husband. Her main advice: use the tragedy to teach kids about faith, compassion, hope and community service. A White House official told Politics Daily, "It was something she personally...

Published: 01/13/11

Ex-Girlfriends: Jared Loughner Was 'Very Sweet,' but Then He Changed

By  David Lohr - AOL News
Ex-Girlfriends: Jared Loughner Was 'Very Sweet,' but Then He Changed

Jared Loughner's former girlfriends describe him as "very intelligent" and "a pretty great guy," but they eventually noticed darker traits in the Arizona man now accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage. Two women who dated Loughner paint a very different picture from the grinning, shaven-headed man who appeared in federal court this week on charges including the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. "He was a very nice kid," Ashley Figueroa told Tucson's KGUN9-TV. "He was very, very intelligent." Another ex, Kelsey Hawkes, 21, shared similar sentiments on CBS's...

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French Comedy 'Potiche' Mixes Laughs With Social Message

By  Eleanor Clift

For women, and men too, weary of nuance and...

3/14/11 at 8:27 AM

Can the Girl Scouts Help Balance Georgia's Budget?

By  Joanne Bamberger

If Georgia lawmakers get their way,...

3/13/11 at 1:30 PM

Mom Has Cancer. Her Son Reacts.

By  Donna Trussell

My friend Julie Levine had everything I...

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