Thursday, February 09, 2006

We are experimenting with new technology and delivery of material

This week we have begun experimenting with some additional technology. We have posted some a sample news video we found through Google video. You will see this video at the top of the site if your browser and software permit.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Getty Foundation Makes New Orleans Donation

Getty Foundation Makes New Orleans Donation: "Getty Foundation Makes New Orleans Donation

The Associated Press
Wednesday, February 8, 2006; 2:42 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- The Getty Foundation has established a $2 million fund to aid the city's visual arts organizations in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

'New Orleans is an extraordinary city; its arts and architecture are cherished by people all over the world,' Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation, said Wednesday in a statement."

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Calif. Man Gets Prison for Katrina Scam - Yahoo! News

Calif. Man Gets Prison for Katrina Scam - Yahoo! News: "man who pleaded guilty to impersonating a relief worker collecting donations for Hurricane Katrina victims was sentenced to a year in federal prison Monday."

Monday, February 06, 2006

Thank you for giving, Central Texas

Thank you for giving, Central Texas: "SEASON FOR CARING
Thank you for giving, Central Texas
With almost a half-million dollars in donations, you changed the lives of 12 families
By Ricardo G�ndara


Sunday, February 05, 2006
Because of you, she and her longtime companion, Glyn Esco, have new dentures, and her grandchildren have a computer, new clothes and toys.
A 1998 Ford Windstar minivan and a washer and dryer also helped lessen the devastation they felt after losing all they owned in Hurricane Katrina.
'You can't replace everything we lost but what we found in Austin was very special,' she said.
Because of the generosity of thousands of donors to the Austin American-Statesman's Season for Caring campaign, Porter and Esco, her two grown daughters and six grandchildren have landed on their feet.
So have 11 other families featured in the seventh annual fundraising campaign that helps Central Texans in need and the nonprofit agencies that serve them.
This year, 2,261 donors gave $387,981.95 in cash and more than $100,000 in goods and services. (The financial donations are administered by Austin Community Foundation, which al"

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 02/05/2006 | 'This is the Taj Mahal'

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 02/05/2006 | 'This is the Taj Mahal': "'This is the Taj Mahal'BY BRIAN BONNERPioneer PressIt totals just 600 square feet, but a new home built by Minnesotans is more than enough for a Sri Lankan family of five devastated by 2004's tsunami.MONROVIA ESTATE, Sri Lanka � The tsunami happened 13 months ago. Recovery for Anil and Kamani started 12 days ago. � That's when the Sri Lankan couple and their three sons moved into a new home, courtesy of a half-million-dollar relief project by Minnesotans. � The house is modest by many standards, but a palace to them. � The dwelling, with four rooms and 600 square feet, replaces the shack where they had been 'living like animals' and battling snakes, mice and mosquitoes, Kamani said. � It is also double the size of their old seaside home, which was ruined by the tsunami that also swept away their most valuable possessions. � With the burden of homelessness lifted, they can start to live again. � 'Getting out of that shack is the most important thing,' Anil said. 'Look at this place. We went from two rooms to four rooms. This is the Taj Mahal.' � 'It is absurd to look back,' his wife said. 'A person has to look forward.' � More tsunami victims in Sri Lanka wish they could do the same."