Friday, April 11, 2014

Un grupo que se defiende sin balas. Mérida, 03/04/2014

Un grupo que se defiende sin balas. Mérida, 03/04/2014

Un grupo que se defiende sin balas. Mérida, 03/04/2014

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:13 AM PDT

Un grupo que se defiende sin balas.
- Los perdigones también vienen con velas... Hay una intención.

Fotografías: Andrea Mora.
Mérida, Venezuela.

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''El Banderazo'' en el viaducto Sucre, Mérida 10/04/2014

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:55 AM PDT

El día de ayer en la ciudad de Mérida se realizó una protesta pacifica, la cual se desarrollo de manera simultanea en los 3 viaductos de la ciudad. Las fotografías nos acerca a uno de ellos: El viaducto Sucre.

Fotografía: Andrea Mora.

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Marcha de la Luz por el Futuro Perdido

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 07:23 AM PDT

El dia 10 de Abril los estudiantes y la sociedad civil marcharon juntos nuevamente tras la convocatoria de la marcha de la Luz por el futuro perdido, iluminando con sus velas las calles de Caracas y recordando los muertos caidos por parte del Gobierno

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Marcha de la Luz

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 04:22 AM PDT

El 10 de Abril los estudiantes y la sociedad civil salieron nuevamente a la calles con la marcha de la Luz, iluminando con velas las calles de Caracas y recordando los muertos caidos por parte del Gobierno

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Oscar Pistorius Trial Day 21

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 12:37 AM PDT

Journalists wait patiently for Oscar Pistorius' appearance on day 21 of his trial in Madiba Street in downtown Pretoria, South Africa. The trial has been dubbed the trial of the century.

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Final Corvette raised from sinkhole

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:54 PM PDT

For years, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky has been a mecca for this classic sports car's devotees. The 115,000 square foot building beautifully documents the history of this "gotta-get-one" vehicle. From interactive displays to films to a driving simulator, there is lots to like in this museum.

But on February 12, 2014 things got even more interesting as eight priceless Corvettes were swallowed up by a giant sinkhole. Just this week, the last Corvette was removed from the dirt and debris.

The "Great 8" classic Corvettes were on display in the Skydome section of the National Corvette Museum. Luckily, the hole opened up in the middle of the night so no one was injured.

Now that the cars have all been removed, repairs can be made to fill and close the giant sinkhole which measured 40 feet across and 50 feet deep. Barrier walls with plexiglass viewing windows have been installed so that visitors to the museum can watch as repairs are being made to the area. For more information, check out their website at:

TAG: Corvette sinkhole disaster Bowling_Green Kentucky cars autos automobiles sports_car

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1960's A Decade of Changing Fashion

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 01:36 PM PDT

The sixties were a decade of ever changing style,  from beehive hair do's to long sleek hair, conservative twin sets, below the knee skirts to wild colors and prints, bell bottoms and mini skirts .


Vintage photos from 1968 and 1969.
I married my high school sweetheart in 1970 .We were inseparable from 1966 until 1969 when he went into the military. Most of the images are of us together.
Although I did not really come into my own until the 70's I suppose we did have some sense of the 60's style.
At times we even dressed alike, which was not unusual for those 'going steady' back in the day, as nerdy as it was.
Stove pipe jeans gave way to flared and then full fledged bell bottoms in the late sixties. Oxford shoes were hot, especially the suede kind with the flap that you could remove if you wanted to.
Gunnesax dresses were the rage or something similar. I often chose this style if I wanted to really feel dressed up.


December 1969
Fall 1968 Cades Cove
1969 Nashville trip
1969 Chorus Concert Senior Year
1968 dressing a like
1968 Christmas Outfit from De
1968 De at my house before date
1969 dressed for Senior Chorus Concert

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A Really Great Bike Giveaway

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:53 AM PDT

On August 13, 2008, Sydney Maria Lynn Todd made her entrance into this world. I gave her a kiss and she was immediately whisked away from the delivery room for further examination as it was suspected that she might have Down syndrome. One week later at her first doctor's appointment, the diagnosis was confirmed. Her father and I were heartbroken and I was afraid because I did not think that I could care for a child with Down syndrome. I have never been more wrong. After a few weeks of crying and mourning the loss of the life that we had dreamed for our child, we began to dream new dreams for our daughter and got busy with making those dreams a reality.


We contacted Alabama's Department of Rehabilitation Services to begin early intervention services. From birth, her pediatrician (who was wonderfully supportive) stressed the importance of early intervention. Through the state's program, Sydney was assigned a Speech, Physical, and Occupational therapist. From the age of three months to three years, they each visited our home once a month to work with her and teach us techniques as well. But, we wanted to do more. So, we also enrolled her in The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs. The Bell Center of Birmingham, AL is an awesome place that is "dedicated to maximizing the potential of children from birth to three years of age who are at risk for developmental delays." At the Bell Center, Sydney was also assigned a Speech, Physical, and Occupational therapist and a Special Education Teacher.


Today, Sydney is a very active 5-year-old kindergarten student who: reads at, or above the level of some "typical" children her age; knows her ABC's; can count to 20; and enjoys being a cheerleader. However, do to her diagnosis some of the simple pleasures of life, such as riding a bicycle, are a little more difficult for her than they are for the "typical" child. Remembering the joy and sense of accomplishment that we felt as children learning to ride a bicycle and wanting the same for our daughter, we set out on a mission to win an adaptive bicycle for Sydney.


Each year during the month of March, the Friendship Circle (a non-profit organization that provides programs and support for families of individuals with special needs) sponsors the Michaela Noam Kaplan Great Bike Giveaway. Through this campaign, families of individuals with special needs are given the opportunity to win an adaptive bicycle through a voting process and a random drawing. In March of this year, we entered Sydney in the contest and began contacting family, friends, and co-workers to solicit their votes.


The response was overwhelming. My co-workers and friends inquired about making donations towards the purchase of a bicycle for Sydney. But before that could gain any traction, her dad, who is a police officer with the Tarrant Police Department in Tarrant, AL, sent a text message to his co-workers explaining our mission and asking them to vote for his "Sugar" and they immediately responded by saying that they wanted to purchase a bicycle for her. I asked if they were aware that the bicycle costs around $1200, and the response was, "yes, they still want to purchase it for her." With that, Chief Dennis Reno, Sergeant Larry Rice, Sergeant Phillip George, Ms. Desiree Fitts and the many wonderful officers and fire fighters of the Tarrant Police and Fire Department began a process to secure a bicycle for our angel.  Mr. Lamar Hatcher, owner of Hatcher Wrecker Service, heard of the department's efforts and also joined in.


Sergeant Rice and Ms. Fitts put me in touch with another local organization, The Exceptional Foundation, to secure all of the information needed to have an AMBUCS Foot Cycle built for Sydney and purchased from AMBUC'S Birmingham Chapter - a non-profit organization.   Initially we requested a pink bicycle but later learned that AMBUCS bicycles are built in their signature color - red. However, the Tarrant Police Department was dedicated to making sure that "Sydney had what Sydney wanted" – a pink bike. Enter Classic Car Motoring.


Classic Car Motoring is an award winning Collision Repair center that concentrates on Mercedes and other high-end autos, and is the only Certified Collision Facility approved by MBUSA in Alabama. Upon hearing that the department was not going to be able to purchase a pink bike, Mr. Jeff Baggett, owner of Classic Car Motring eagerly jumped on board to help in deliver the perfect pink bicycle. The guys at Classic Car mixed and created a "special" pink just for Sydney. They also purchased a helmet for her, painted it to match her bicycle, and personalized the bike by painting "Sugar" on the frame just above the right pedal.


Do you remember the day you learned to ride a bike? Do you remember the overwhelming sense of joy and freedom you felt, the confidence you gained, and the pride that you had? Through the efforts and generosity of the Tarrant Police Department and Classic Car Motoring, Sydney Maria Lynn Todd now experiences those same feelings. When seeing the bicycle for the first time her response was, "Wow!" As her father and I think about the kindness extended to us, our expression is also, "Wow!"

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