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July 11, 2013 |
A 65-year-old retired physicist and park volunteer with a passion for nature died this week when he tried to board a boat and fell, seriously injuring his head, officials said Thursday. Joe Wysocki began volunteering at Channel Islands National Park in the mid-1990s as a naturalist. Wysocki was "highly valued for his skills as an audio visual technician and camera operator for the park's distance learning program Channel Islands Live," officials said. Wysocki's fall was described as an accident that occurred Wednesday about 3:15 p.m. at Anacapa Island, where "Wysocki fell off the landing dock ladder as he was boarding the National Park Service (NPS)
July 10, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman told Judge Debra S. Nelson that he didn't want to take the stand in his murder trial, and his defense promptly rested its case Wednesday, preparing the way for a jury of six women to begin deliberations on whether the neighborhood watch volunteer murdered Trayvon Martin or shot the teenager in self-defense. A month after jury selection began, the case that galvanized civil rights demonstrations across the nation will move to closing arguments when jurors return at 1 p.m. on Thursday and deliberations will begin Friday, the judge said in court after discussing the schedule with both sides.
July 1, 2013 |
Two police investigators outlined their interviews with George Zimmerman as the prosecution and defense in the murder case sparred over inconsistencies in the neighborhood watch volunteer's statements about how he met and shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman talked to police right after the shooting, then again after midnight at the police station.
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June 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - They piled into their white Prius in Los Alamitos at midnight and arrived at City Hall here not long after sunrise Saturday with one simple goal in mind: A marriage license. Right now. Sandy Palmer and Mary Dang knew they couldn't get the crucial piece of paper over the weekend in Orange County, where they have lived together for 10 years. And they worried that the right to marry granted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday afternoon could be taken away again Monday morning.
June 28, 2013 |
Vacation in Haiti? Yup, that's what Elevate Destinations is offering those who may be looking for what the company calls a "transformative summer experience. " Here's the scoop: Travelers will be based on the island of Ile a Vache, a 30-minute boat ride from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Elevate is partnering with the Edem Foundation -- a nonprofit group supporting the education of children in Haiti and community economic development -- to run a Children and Youth Leadership Workshop (similar to a summer camp)
June 13, 2013 |
An environmental group is looking for a dedicated, detail-oriented volunteer to help count the number of eared grebes that swarm Mono Lake in California's eastern Sierra Nevada range during their fall migration, covering the water in huge flocks totaling about a million birds. The position requires training and practice to assure consistency in counting grebes that appear as tiny dots in aerial photos. “The volunteer will need access to a computer,” said Rosanne Catron, office director of the Mono Lake Committee, “and will be manually counting the grebes in approximately 800 photos and then entering this data in an Excel spreadsheet.” The task will take roughly 40 to 60 hours annually in the late fall and early winter.
May 30, 2013 |
Food and volunteers continue to arrive in Moore, Okla., where last week's tornado killed 24 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. Volunteers nationwide have packaged and sent essentials such as lentils, rice and dehydrated vegetables and pallets of water. They've sent paper goods and diapers and blankets. But some folks showed up at the storm-ravaged region with one thing on their minds: barbecue - for the tornado victims, for first responders, for just about anyone who was hungry.
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May 26, 2013 |
With tears in her eyes but pride in her face, Abby Beck stood at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newport Beach on Saturday. "It's an honor being here," said Beck, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. "You just really realize how important this is, and how great the luxuries and freedoms that we have are. Being a veteran made me realize how important those things are and how lucky we are to have them. " Newport Beach resident Beck and her son Levi, 7, helped place more than 250 American flags on the grave sites of fallen soldiers, as part of Costa Cub Scouts Pack 108's Memorial Day commemoration.
May 25, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - Hours after Monday's tornado plowed through town, volunteers who had helped with search-and-rescue operations began pouring into a makeshift shelter carrying boxes and bags of valuables - precious links to lives that had just been shredded by disaster: Hundreds of photographs, a smiling elderly couple, a mother holding a newborn. There was a letter from an apologetic husband to his wife, birthday cards, a will. And most wrenching of all, dozens of student photos from Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children died when their school crumbled on top of them.
May 22, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla.--The Moore Cemetery was full of life on Wednesday. Hundreds of volunteers, clutching shovels, rakes and trash bags, marched down SW 4th Street to go to work in this vast, normally flat grassland where the city has buried its dead since the late 1800s. The far south and west sides of the cemetery border what is now a disaster zone. As far as the eye can see, the ground is caked in trash and rubble left by Monday's monster tornado. Except there are keepsakes mixed in too -- a stray photograph, for example, gleaming in the sun amid jagged bits of concrete, spears of battered wood, mud and crushed grass.