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US poorest population

Problem is a project which is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty. if we create the political will, we can cut poverty by half in ten years.

Poverty in America collects data from people living in poverty by those dedicated to the fight against poverty and gets involved with local, state and national organizations to take action. offers a bridge between local and national voices, grassroots activism and policy work, and those who are struggling and those who are more economically secure.

Bowl Game Dangers


They call them foot ball games, but some fear that a few participants may be playing with fire. This weekend, its college football with a day full of bowl games from across this great nation.

A half dozen are scheduled this morning and others will be played past midnight. These are not professional sporting events, but those playing are subjected to similar injuries their counterparts have experienced over the years. It has been said that Life keeps imitating art, but in this case it may be the reverse.

Global Warming Woes


Although some so-called world leaders claim it is a hoax, global warming continues to worry climate experts.

Record-breaking and dangerously hot weather continues to affect part of our planet as it is forecast for much of California and the Southwest over this weekend, as temperatures soar well above 100 degrees in many spots.

In Los Angeles, a temperature record that's stood since 1886 95 degrees may be broken on Saturday. Excessive heat advisories and warnings have been posted for much of western Arizona, southern Nevada, and The Southland of California, with 120 degrees.

This Week in Her and History


This Week in History, Feb 16 - Feb 22

Feb 16, 1923
Archaeologist opens tomb of King Tut. On this day in 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs containing rich treasures to accompany the rulers into the afterlife. In the 19th century, archeologists from all over the world flocked to Egypt, where they uncovered a number of these tombs. Many had long ago been broken into by robbers and stripped of their riches.

Feb 17, 1904
Madame Butterfly premieres. On this day in 1904, Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly premieres at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. The young Puccini decided to dedicate his life to opera after seeing a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in 1876. In his later life, he would write some of the best-loved operas of all time: La Boheme (1896), Tosca (1900), Madame Butterfly (1904) and Turandot (left unfinished when he died in 1906). Not one of these, however, was an immediate success when it opened. La Boheme, the now-classic story of a group of poor artists living in a Paris garret, earned mixed reviews, while Tosca was downright panned by critics.

Feb 18, 1885
Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. On this day in 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous--and famously controversial--novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck's story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was far more serious, focusing on the institution of slavery and other aspects of life in the antebellum South.

Feb 19, 1847
Donner Party rescued. On this day in 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the summer of 1846, in the midst of a Western-bound fever sweeping the United States, 89 people--including 31 members of the Donner and Reed families--set out in a wagon train from Springfield, Illinois. After arriving at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, the emigrants decided to avoid the usual route and try a new trail recently blazed by California promoter Lansford Hastings, the so-called "Hastings Cutoff." After electing George Donner as their captain, the party departed Fort Bridger in mid-July. The shortcut was nothing of the sort: It set the Donner Party back nearly three weeks and cost them much-needed supplies. After suffering great hardships in the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Salt Lake Desert and along the Humboldt River, they finally reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains in early October. Despite the lateness of the season, the emigrants continued to press on, and on October 28 they camped at Truckee Lake, located in the high mountains 21 kilometers northwest of Lake Tahoe. Overnight, an early winter storm blanketed the ground with snow, blocking the mountain pass and trapping the Donner Party.

Feb 20, 1985
Ireland allows sale of contraceptives. In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives. Up until 1979, Irish law prohibited the importation and sale of contraceptives. In a 1973 case, McGee v. The Attorney General, the Irish Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to marital privacy covered the use of contraceptives. Pressured by strong conservative forces in Irish society, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, the government was slow to change the law to reflect the court's decision, and a number of proposed bills failed before reaching the books.



New York legislators today announced an agreement on a bill that will establish a medical marijuana program for New York State. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered in a manner that protects public health and safety.

Medical Marijuana Reserved for Patients with Serious Conditions:



Now that Spring is here, it is time to know the risks and to prepare our home and family. Spring can bring about a mix of wild weather as it’s a time of transition; and depending on where you live you could be affected by:

Tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, floods, lightning, heat, wildfires, and even tsunamis if you live by the coast.

A few precautionary steps now can help you prepare for weather changes:

Know the potential hazards in your area and stay abreast of your local forecast at

Prepare or restock your disaster supplies kit.

Nanjing Massacre


As The Rio #Olympics in Brazil end, the world focus turns to Tokyo Olympics.

However, back in 1930's hundreds of thousands were reportedly killed by a ruthless Japanese army. Then on December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The Hawaii bombing operation was planned by Imperial General Headquarters as a devastating surprise.

Rape of Nanking Atrocities in Asia Nanjing Massacre

Extremely rare evidence of Nanjing Massacre filmed by US pastor in 1937 via @YouTube



NYC Council member James Vacca today gave the City Island Nautical Musem a grant for thousands of dollars. The funds will support the on going costs associated with the operation of the City Island Museum.

The photo opportunity and presentation was made to the Historical Society for $5,000. The money comes from the discretionary funds that Jimmy Vacca receives from the City Council for projects in his district and will go to fund general improvements at the museum.

RIP Peter O'Toole


He was not only a terrific actor, but a movie star as well. Peter O'Toole passed away at age 81 after a long illness on yesterday at the Wellington Hospital in London, according to his agent and spokes,man Steve Kenis.

O'Toole was one of the most well known performers of his generation, rising to fame almost with his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia".

One fan responded by saying that Peter O'Toole was drama combined with wit and humor personified.