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Shaping up a city in the nation’s fattest state

With her weight-loss challenge, Linda Fondren has helped residents of her Mississippi town lose nearly 15,000 pounds.
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Shaping up a city in the nation’s fattest state

Story contains video Source: CNN, Wed September 29, 2010
With her weight-loss challenge, Linda Fondren has helped residents of her Mississippi town lose nearly 15,000 pounds.

Disney Spends $7 Million to Conserve Forests in Peru, Congo, USA

Source: ENS, Tue November 03, 2009
The Walt Disney Company, which for 60 years has portrayed the glories of nature in film, today announced a $7 million investment to protect forests in the United States, in the Peruvian Amazon and in the Congo Basin.

Feds designate $320 million to improve Mississippi River water quality

Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune, Wed September 30, 2009
The river that begins as a trickle in Itasca State Park in Minnesota and ends 2,350 miles later at the Gulf of Mexico will get a $320 million infusion from the federal government to improve water quality.

Mystery donors give $45 million to colleges

Source: MSNBC, Fri April 24, 2009
A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least eight universities have received gifts totaling nearly $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity.

Secret Santas in 3 states spread cheer, $100 bills

Source: Associated Press, Sun December 07, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri, USA - At a suburban Goodwill store on Friday, Theresa Settles selected a large, black comforter to warm her family until she can raise the money to turn the gas heat back on.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Katrina-Hit Animal Shelters Slowly Rebuilding

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - More than 17 months after Hurricane Katrina forced their animal shelter into a makeshift warehouse, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) recently opened a new, multimillion-dollar facility in New Orleans.

Boy who slept in trash bin is student of the year

Source: MSNBC, Thu May 24, 2007
Decatur, Alabama, USA - Eleven-year-old D.J. Graffree didn't realize he was a child ... He spent a lot of times out on the streets.

Gates Foundation gives $7.1M to support Gulf Coast housing

Source: Seattle Times, Thu May 17, 2007
Seattle, Washington, USA - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Thursday it would give $7.1 million to help Gulf Coast organizations advocate for affordable housing and workers' rights.

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