Hook shots in a hot pink cast
By Conrad Sloane in
KENNESAW, Georgia, U.S.A. – Ever play knockout? Ever win
knockout? Ever done both of those things while wearing a
hot pink cast?
Hi. I'm Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Conrad Sloane, a first year
male freshman cadet in the Civil Air Patrol Program in Atlanta,
Last fall, I was playing a football game in the Salvation Army
Football League when I broke my left leg while defending a pass.
Laying there on the ground, quite a few things ran through my
mind, including what was going to happen at school when I got
What am I going to do about getting to school? How am I going to
get around? Who's going to carry my backpack? Will I still be
able to wear my uniform? What will my friends think?
These and many more questions awaited answers that long day.
That first Monday back, I arrived at school to find myself
welcomed back warmly and with open arms ... literally.
People left and right kept on wanting to give me hugs, so much
so that it got tiring by the end of the day with people still
wanting to hug me.
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Ali Rosen, formerly a broadcast journalist, works with Book of
My Own, an organization that provides books to underprivileged
children in India.
American, Indian youth share ideas in Mumbai
By Pushkal Shivam in MUMBAI, India
Before American President Barack Obama set foot on Indian soil, youth of India
met here with their American counterparts to discuss issues ranging from climate
change and terrorism to education and jobs.
The Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, a
Mumbai-based think tank, organized a panel discussion that
included three Indian and three American youths.
American panelist Russell Mason, who works with the Mahindra
Group, said that through the use of technology, American
knowledge and resources can act as a supplement to India’s
Building on that idea, Akanksha Mohla, an Indian who works with
the Mahindra Group, said in the Indian context, “The wave is
going to be led by technology of the internet on the mobile.”
Panelists addressed ticklish issues like outsourcing,
intelligence exchange, U.S. aid to Pakistan, hikes in visa fees
and whether the U.S. would support a permanent seat for India on
the United Nations Security Council with veto power.
Climate change stimulated the greatest response both from the
youthful panel and its young audience.
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Godspeed offers a 'Peachy' show
By Francis Byrne in CHESTER,
The new musical James and the Giant Peach is an
astounding production combining top-notch choreography
and stellar vocalists.
The show, a Goodspeed Opera House production now at the Norma
Terris Theatre, was really well written and obviously took a lot
Writer Timothy Allen McDonald says in his notes, “You’re about
to enter our collective imaginations and I warn you it’s not
always a pretty place.”
Well, I found it to be a very enjoyable place. It isn’t easy to
condense a 123-page novel into a little over an hour, but
McDonald did it, and he didn’t leave out the humor.
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