Five Unique Ways The 2012 Academy Awards are Going Green

February 24, 2012
Plaza College
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The Academy Awards, one of the most prestigious entertainment award shows, is right around the corner, airing this Sunday, February 26th at 7pm. Many of Hollywood’s most admired actors and actresses, directors, writers and other moguls will unite to help celebrate this past year. This year, the award show is taking huge strides towards going green! From dresses to gift bags to preparing for next year, the Oscars is sure to be “a green hit.”
Below are the top 5 ways this year’s ceremony’s contributes to the environment, provided by
  • Missi Pyle to Wear Sustainable Dress
Missi Pyle will wear sustainable dress on 2012 Academy Awards red carpet

The red carpet is always full of fabulous dresses. One to keep an eye on this year is Missi Pyle’s sustainable gown designed by Valentina Delfino, winner of the Red Carpet Green Dress design contest. Founded by James Cameron’s wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, the contest gives aspiring designers the chance to craft a sustainable dress for the Oscar red carpet. Delfino is this year’s lucky winner and now “The Artist” star will strut her stuff in the gown made from silk peace chiffon, recycled polyester and natural mineral dye. “It is an incredible honor for me to walk the most glamorous red carpet in the world in such a stunning and meaningful dress,” Pyle said.

  • Celebs Dine with Fresh California Cuisine

Wolfgang Puck to cook with fresh California produce and sustainable seafood at Oscars Governors BallAfter hours of sitting in the audience, Academy Award attendees get famished, so thankfully they have Wolfgang Puck preparing delicious food. The famous chef will be cooking over 50 dishes for 1,500 guests at the Governors Ball in the Hollywood & Highland’s Grand Ballroom. For the past 18 years, Puck has showcased his talent and this year his buffet and lounge style food will feature fresh California produce and sustainable seafood. The menu includes beet salad with pistachio butter, burrata and citrus balsamic, lobster tacos and traditional favorites like macaroni and cheese. However, for dessert he is serving gold-dusted chocolate Oscars, which may cause some controversy like this year’s Golden Globes.
  • Actors and Actresses Celebrate with Green Parties
It wouldn’t be the Academy Awards without a magnificent party, especially before the show even begins! With several pre-parties to choose from, two sound worthwhile. First, Global Green USA hosted its ninth annual event with favorite green celebs in attendance like Adrian Grenier, Kyra Sedgwick, Ed Begley Jr. and Sophia Bush. Bush even showed up in a Chevy Volt electric car. In addition to promoting eco-awareness, an electric Xenon “lightcycle” from Evolve will was auctioned off. Can you say sweet?! The event also raised money for Global Green’s National Green Schools initiative and the launch of its Rio Earth Summit.
Colin and Livia Firth to host Oxfam America Dinner benefitting Green Carpet ChallengeThe second party that was an eco-hit was the Oxfam America Dinner hosted by Vanity Fair, Zenga clothing and Colin and Livia Firth. Colin may be an Oscar-winner for his role in “The King’s Speech,” but his wife deserves an award for her eco-fashion efforts. This particular dinner benefits not only Oxfam’s international relief efforts, but also Livia’s Green Carpet Challenge that has tried to get top designers to jump on the sustainable design bandwagon. If you remember, Livia made a fashion statement at the Golden Globes with her eco-friendly Armani dress. Livia also took time to tweet about her sustainable evening wear, “Wearing gorgeous dress #BeulahLondon #GCC2012 perfect as example of relieve women out of poverty @Oxfam India.” Hopefully, we’ll see more of this on Sunday.
  • Green Gift Bags
Oscar nominees and presenters to receive gifts from Green PolkaDot Box and Essential Safe ProductsIf being nominated for an Oscar isn’t enough, nominees also receive plentiful gift bags filled with goodies. This year, organic, eco-friendly and non-toxic gifts will be given away. For the nominees in major categories who don’t win, they will receive non-toxic, food safe kitchen products from Essential Safe Products in their “Everybody Wins at the Oscars®” nominee gift baskets. Valued at over $250, the baskets include reusable items like produce bags, stainless steel snack containers and bamboo utensil sets. A $200 ESP gift certificate will also be inside.
Academy Award nominees and presenters will luckily take home an “Academy Awards Celebrity Gift Box” from Green PolkaDot Box, a company that provides organic and natural goods. The recycled boxes will be stuffed with a one-year GPDB savings membership, $75 in reward points and 48 organic products, such as Eden’s Pumpkin Seeds, Vermont Soap’s Oatmeal Lavender bars and St. Dalfour’s Black Raspberry Conserves. Well, at least the noms (who don’t win) won’t go empty-handed, but of course I’d rather go home with an Oscar.
  • Oscars Prepare Greeness for Next Year
The Oscars aren’t even here yet, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already planning for next year. They’ve partnered with Everyone Counts Inc. to develop an electronic voting system, rather than a paper one. This new electronic ballot will not change the traditional tabulation of Academy members’ votes. It will also remain tightly secured. Sounds like the 85th awards show is off to a good start!
It’s nice to see how the Academy Awards contribute to the environment, even in the smallest of ways. Also, be sure to check out our other gallery of “The Ten Most Charitable Oscar Nominees” and see how the most talented actors and actresses are giving back to others.

A Few (Out of Many) Notable African Americans To Mention Throughout Black History Month

February 17, 2012
Plaza College
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February is African-American History Month. There are many African-Americans who have made a difference for the lives of African-Americans and the history, and future, of American History. Here are a few notable people to mention during African-American History Month.

Dr. George Washington Carver - Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. carver was scientist, botanist, educator and inventor. Dr. Carver's research gained him much worldwide acclaim. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were a few of his many fans. His humanitarian efforts were well documented and he received much recognition for his selfless acts to help others.

  • Dr. George Washington Carver was a scientist, botanist, educator and inventor. His research gained him much worldwide acclaim. Additionally, his humanitarian efforts were well documented and he received much recognition for his selfless acts to help others. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison are among many others who were fans of Dr. Carver.
  • Barack Obama, the current President of the United States, is the first African American to be elected President. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008.
  • Octavia Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
  • Mae Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit abroad the Space Shuttle Endeavor on September 12, 1992.  
  • Dr. Cater G. Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. HE was one of the first scholars to value and study Black History. He recognized and acted upon the importance of people having an awareness and knowledge of their contributions to humanity, and left behind an impressive legacy. Dr. Woodson is known as the Father of Black History.

Maya Angelou attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.  Born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928, Angelou is an American autobiographer and poet who has been called

  • Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator and was the first female pilot of African American descent. She was also the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license.
  • Maya Angelou is an American autobiographer and poet who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer.”  She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing, tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cook Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die.

February 13, 1866: Jesse James’ First Bank Robbery

February 13, 2012
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On February 13, 1866, Jesse James held up his first bank. Although Jesse was unable to actively participate in the robbery because of a near fatal chest wound he received shortly after the close of the Civil War, he planned the robbery of the Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty, Missouri for weeks. Jesse’s “gang” of thirteen or so men rode their horses to the front of the bank where Frank James and Cole Younger dismounted their horses and entered the bank. The encounter went down like this:
Cashier Greenup Bird went to help Frank James at the counter. Frank gave Bird a large bill and asked it to be changed. Suddenly, Frank yanked out his pistol and shoved it in Bird’s face. Cole Younger then pulled his pistol and jumped over the counter. Cold grabbed Bird’s son, William Bird, who was the only other person in the bank at the time. The Birds were handed a large grain sack and ordered to put all the money in the bank into the sack. The two Birds quickly put money into the sack, including a tin box of government bonds. The gang got away with $60,000. When all the money was stolen, Frank and Cole forced the Birds into the vault and slammed the door. The two bandits then ran outside. What they didn’t realize was that the vault wasn’t locked, so the two Birds just pushed it open after Frank and Cole left. The Birds ran to a window and began yelling “robbery!” 
Two young men, George Wymore and S. H. Holmes, were walking down the street when this happened. When they stopped to see the robbers, who were now all outside and mounted, the robbers all drew their pistols and began firing into the air to scare Wymore and Holmes away. The method of firing into the air was an old guerrilla tactic which the gang would use again and again. Compulsive killer and gang member Arch Clements fired one shot at Holmes, but the bullet went through his coat. After the two began running away, Arch shot Wymore dead for no reason. The original plan was to have no one killed. It was foolish to bring Arch along since he was well known for killing “just for fun.” The thirteen bandits then rode out of town. 
After the robbery, around two dozen men were listed as suspects. A few days after the robbery, the family of George Wymore received a letter  from Jesse James, or someone claiming to be him, apologizing for the murder of Wymore. The letter went on to state that it was not the robbers’ intention to kill anyone. Since Jesse was not famous as a robber at this point in time (after all, this was the first bank robbery in America during peacetime), it is doubtful that anyone would impersonate him by signing this letter with his name. Therefore, the letter is probably authentic, and since it would have been nearly impossible for Jesse to actually participate in the robbery, the letter seems to prove that Jesse did help plan the robbery.

February is Black History Month

February 10, 2012
Plaza College
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February is Black History Month. Every year there’s a different theme for February’s celebration of Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. The 2012 theme for African American History Month is “Black Women in America: Culture and History.”

This national observance originated in 1926, by historian Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week.” Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans; Abraham Lincoln, former President and abolitionist; and Frederick Douglass, a former slave.

National, social, scientific and political contributions by black Americans are recognized during Black History Month. Historic accounts related to the civil war era, the civil rights movement of 1955-1968, abolitionist movements, slavery in America, etc.

In honor of the celebration, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has created interesting, interactive programs, starting on February 18th through February 25th. Click HERE for the full list of activities available to celebrate Black History Month.

Check out this “Origins of Black History Month” video, provided by 

February 8, 1587, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots Gets Beheaded in England & in 1910, The Boy Scouts of America is Founded!

February 9, 2012
Plaza College
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On February 8, 1587, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was beheaded at Fotheringhay, England, after 19 years as a prisoner of Queen Elizabeth I. She became entangled in the complex political events surrounding the Protestant Reformation in England and was charged with complicity in a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. 
Mary, Queen of Scots, was queen regnant of Scotland from December 14, 1542 through July 24, 1567, and queen consort of France from July 10, 1559 through December 5, 1560. She was only nine months old when crowned Queens of Scots. Even though she was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle, in Northamptonshire, the tomb of Mary can be found at Westminster Abbey. 
Later in time on February 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded by William Boyce in Washington, D.C., modeled after the British Boy Scouts. 
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the US, with over 4.5 million youth members in its age-related divisions. Since 1910, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.

New York Giants Bringing Home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, But the Winning Color of Super Bowl XLVI was GREEN!

February 6, 2012
Plaza College
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Although the New York Giant’s are bringing home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the overall winning color of the 2012 Super Bowl was not blue, but GREEN!
Article Tab: indianapolis-february-giaSure, between air travel, overbooked hotels, packed bars, all-night parties, exhibits, fan activities and busloads of media crews, Super Bowl XLVI generated more solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions than there were yards rushed during the course of the game.
However, the folks at the NFL Environmental Program were committed to doing their part to help offset all of that. This year, the 18th year of the program, they seem determined to outdo anything else they’ve ever done. The slate of green programs for Super Bowl XLVI was pretty impressive.
This year’s NFL Environmental Program included a waste management effort designed to salvage recyclable and reusable trash, collection and donation of leftover food, and recovery of leftover decorations, office supplies and other materials that could be auctioned off, reused, donated or re-purposed.
The program also featured a book and sports equipment-donation center coordinated with local school districts, and a tree-planting program that will put thousands of new trees in local neighborhoods.
The program even covered team travel through the purchase of carbon offsets for air and ground transportation.
As for renewable energy initiatives, the NFL is looking not just to meet, but beat, its previous use of renewable energy. 
The highlight is a renewable energy certificate purchase through the company Green Mountain Energy, which for the first time will cover all of the major venues, a total of six, instead of only covering the football stadium.
According to Green Mountain’s press materials, that means 15,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy, which will power “everything from the computers in the Motorola Super Bowl XLVI Media Center to the lights that shine down on the teams as they compete during Super Bowl.”
The NFL is also supporting the local “Rebuilding Together” program as its officially sanctioned charity, and as part of the Super Bowl festivities Green Mountain donated a rooftop solar array for a home involved in the program.
It would be a little much to ask Lucas Oil to install solar panels at Lucas Oil Stadium, but that’s the direction other NFL teams are going in. The Philadelphia Eagles have a comprehensive program that includes onsite wind, solar and biofuel to power their Lincoln Field exclusively with renewables.
The Washington Redskins are not too far behind; that franchise has partnered with the company NRG to install a two-megawatt solar array at FedEx Field. The array is part of a public awareness boost for renewable energy that also includes a solar power educational display prominently located outside the stadium.
Check out the 1st and Green, a web-based program developed to encourage individuals, households and groups to make a difference in our environment by offsetting carbon emissions and saving water. The program was aimed to educate and change people’s habits to be more sustainable using the Super Bowl as a common ground. 1st and Green was part of the NFL Environmental Program to create an environmentally responsible event.

January 1882: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Was Born

February 1, 2012
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Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Born in 1882 at Hyde Park, New York, Franklin attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School. On St. Patrick’s Day, 1905, he married Eleanor Roosevelt.
Following the example of his fifth cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly admired, Franklin D. Roosevelt entered public service through politics, but as a Democrat. He won election to the New York Senate in 1910. President Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and he was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920.
In the summer of 1921, when he was 39, disaster hit-he was stricken with poliomyelitis. Demonstrating indomitable courage, he fought to regain the use of his legs, particularly through swimming. At the 1924 Democratic Convention he dramatically appeared on crutches to nominate Alfred E. Smith as “the Happy Warrior.” In 1928 Roosevelt became Governor of New York.
He was elected President in November 1932, to the first of four terms. By March there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and almost every bank was closed. In his first “hundred days,” he proposed, and Congress enacted, a sweeping program to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing farms and homes, and reform, especially through the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

By 1935 the Nation had achieved some measure of recovery, but businessmen and bankers were turning more and more against Roosevelt’s New Deal program. They feared his experiments, were appalled because he had taken the Nation off the gold standard and allowed deficits in the budget, and disliked the concessions to labor. Roosevelt responded with a new program of reform: Social Security, heavier taxes on the wealthy, new controls over banks and public utilities, and an enormous work relief program for the unemployed.

In 1936 he was re-elected by a top-heavy margin. Feeling he was armed with a popular mandate, he sought legislation to enlarge the Supreme Court, which had been invalidating key New Deal measures. Roosevelt lost the Supreme Court battle, but a revolution in constitutional law took place. Thereafter the Government could legally regulate the economy.
Roosevelt had pledged the United States to the “good neighbor” policy, transforming the Monroe Doctrine from a unilateral American manifesto into arrangements for mutual action against aggressors. He also sought through neutrality legislation to keep the United States out of the war in Europe, yet at the same time to strengthen nations threatened or attacked. When France fell and England came under siege in 1940, he began to send Great Britain all possible aid short of actual military involvement.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt directed organization of the Nation’s manpower and resources for global war.
Feeling that the future peace of the world would depend upon relations between the United States and Russia, he devoted much thought to the planning of a United Nations, in which, he hoped, international difficulties could be settled.
As the war drew to a close, Roosevelt’s health deteriorated, and on April 12, 1945, while at Warm Springs, Georgia, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Jan. 27, 1967: 3 Astronauts Die in Capsule Fire

January 27, 2012
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Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed on the launch pad when a flash fire engulfed their command module during testing for the first Apollo/Saturn mission. They are the first U.S. astronauts to die in the line of duty.
The command module, built by North American Aviation, was the prototype for those that would eventually accompany the lunar landers to the moon. Designated CM-012 by NASA, the module was a lot larger than those flown during the Mercury and Gemini programs, and was the first designed for the Saturn 1B booster.
Even before tragedy struck, the command module was criticized for a number of potentially hazardous design flaws, including the use of a more combustible, 100 percent oxygen atmosphere in the cockpit, an escape hatch that opened inward instead of outward, faulty wiring and plumbing, and the presence of flammable material.
Regarding the cabin atmosphere and hatch configuration, it was a case of NASA overruling the recommendations of the North American designers. North American proposed using a 60-40 oxygen/nitrogen mixture but because of fears over decompression sickness, and because pure oxygen had been used successfully in earlier space programs, NASA insisted on it being used again. NASA also dinged the suggestion that the hatch open outward and carry explosive bolts in case of an emergency mainly because a hatch failure in the Mercury program’s Friendship 7 capsule had nearly killed Gus Grissom in 1961.
The test on Jan. 27 was a “plugs-out” launch simulation designed to see if the Apollo spacecraft could operate on internal power only. It was considered a non-hazardous test. Several problems delayed the beginning of the test until evening. 
After the accident, NASA reduced the amount of flammable Velcro in the crew cabin, and tested many of the capsule’s materials for flammability.
Now, as a result of the lessons learned from Apollo 1, many new materials have been developed for spaceflight with fire safety in mind. The insulation surrounding wires, for instance, is now made of a special coating so fire-resistant that it can’t burn even when put in a pure oxygen environment.
While spacecraft safety has improved leaps and bounds since Apollo 1, the business of flying in space is still risky, and NASA aims to remember that. The Apollo 1 fire was not the last of NASA’s deadly space accidents. Two fatal space shuttle accidents, one in 1986 and the other in 2003, killed 14 astronauts in all, forcing NASA each time to reexamine its spacecraft safety.

January 26, 1880: Douglas MacArthur Was Born

January 26, 2012
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Douglas MacArthur was born on 26 January 1880 in Little Rock Arkansas, one of three sons of Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. When Douglas was thirteen the family moved to San Antonio in Texas where he attended an Episcopalian school and later the West Texas Military Academy. In June 1899 he entered West Point Military Academy and graduated as valedictorian in 1903.

MacArthur commenced his professional military career as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers, serving for a time in the Philippines. In 1911, with the rank of Captain, MacArthur served as Officer-in-Charge at the Staff College at Leavenworth in Kansas and, following the death of his father in 1912, with the War Department in Washington DC. In 1915 he was promoted to Major and in 1916 became the Army’s first ever public relations officer. Upon the entry of the US into the First World War, MacArthur served as Chief of Staff with the so-called Rainbow (42nd) Division, and was then appointed in June 1918 as the youngest ever Brigadier General and Commander of the 84th Infantry Brigade. Aided by his excellent war record MacArthur was appointed in June 1919 as Superintendent of West Point. From 1922 to 1925 he again served in the Philippines before returning to the United States as the youngest two star general in the US Army.
Following the break-up of his six year marriage to divorcee heiress Louise Crowell Brooks MacArthur had another two year tour of duty in the Philippines before his appointment in November 1930 as a full general and Chief of Staff of the United State Army. In this role in July 1932, in the depths of the Depression, there occurred the most infamous event of MacArthur’s career when he led infantry and cavalry in Washington DC to force the evacuation from government property of more than 10,000 members of the so-called Bonus Army. This ‘Army’, alleged by MacArthur to be led by Communists, consisted of World War One Veterans who had been in the capital for several weeks seeking earlier payment of their promised war bonuses. Although no shots were fired, two babies died and there were many injuries when the veterans and their families were routed and their camps destroyed by fire.
In 1935 MacArthur reverted to the rank of Major General and served as Chief Military Adviser to the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines, helping prepare the islands for independence. He retired from the Army in 1937 and was included on the retired lists with the rank of full general (and the rank of Field Marshal in the Philippine Army). In April 1938, while coming to terms with the death of his mother, who had lived with him for much of the time since the break up of his first marriage, he married 39-year-old Jean Faircloth. The couple’s only son, Arthur MacArthur IV, was born in 1938.
In July 1941 MacArthur was recalled to the Army and appointed Commanding General of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in December, he was promoted to full general and ordered to defend the Philippine islands from invasion. However, with the military situation rapidly deteriorating, he was ordered to leave on 22 February 1942 delivering his famous parting message ‘I shall return’. As Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in the SouthWest Pacific Area he initially had his command base in Melbourne where he arrived on 21 March but his headquarters were relocated in Brisbane from 20 July. In 1944 he returned to the Philippines and in December was promoted to the rank of General of the Army: Manila was liberated on 5 February 1945. At one stage it was envisaged that Macarthur would lead a massive invasion of Japan, an outcome which did not eventuate with the Emperor’s announcement of a Japanese surrender following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Instead it was MacArthur who formally received the Japanese surrender in September 1945.
Between 1946 and 1948 MacArthur, as Supreme Commander of the Allied powers, was responsible for overseeing the reconstruction of Japan, including creating the constitution promulgated in 1946. The new Japanese government took power in 1949. In the following year MacArthur was named Commander of all United Nations forces in Korea to lead the Allied counter offensive against North Korea. However in April 1951 he was recalled by President Truman after issuing a unilateral ultimatum to Mainland China. On 19 April in his farewell address to the US Congress, MacArthur concluded with reference to the old soldiers’ barracks ballad, ‘Old soldiers never die, they just fade away’.
After one unsuccessful attempt to run as a Republican for the US presidency, MacArthur spent his last years in New York apart from one visit to the Philippines in 1961 where he was decorated with the Philippine Legion of Honor. In May 1962 at West Point, when receiving the Sylvanus Thayer Award, he delivered his famous ‘Duty, Honor, Country’ valedictory speech. 
On 5 April 1964 he died in Washington, survived by his wife (who died in 2000 at the age of 101) and was buried in his mother’s birthplace-Norfolk, Virginia. DC. To date MacArthur and his father remain as one of only two father-son combinations both to have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Top Winter Safety Tips From Plaza College

January 24, 2012
Plaza College
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With its cold and often stormy weather, winter presents many safety challenges both indoors and out. Being prepared and following simple safety tips can help you stay safe and warm this season.
Tips to Keep Your Home Safe and Warm:
  • Install a smoke alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly! If it has a 9-volt battery, change the batter once a year.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. If your alarm sounds, press the reset button, call emergency services (911 or your local fire department), and immediately move to fresh air (either outdoors or near an open door or window). Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, get fresh air right away and contact a doctor for proper diagnosis.
  • Make sure heating equipment is installed properly. Have a trained specialist inspect and tune up your heating system each year.
  • Keep Children and Pets away from space heaters. Never leave children in a room alone when a space heater is in use. 
  • Never use your range or oven to heat your home, even for a short time.

Tips To Survive a Winter Storm:

  • Be prepared before cold weather hits, make sure you have a way to heat your home during a power failure.
  • Keep on hand extra blankets, flashlights with extra batteries, matches, a first aid kit, manual can opener, snow shovel and rock salt, and special needs items.
  • Stock a few days supply of water, required medications, and food that does not need to be refrigerated or cooked.

Tips For Clearing Snow and Ice:

  • Dress warmly, paying special attention to feet, hands, nose, and ears.
  • Avid shoveling snow if you are out of shape. If you have a history of heart trouble, do not shovel snow unless your doctor says it’s okay.

  • Do light warm-up exercises before shoveling and take frequent breaks for water.
  •  Use rock salt or de-icing compounds to remove ice from steps, walkways, and sidewalks. Sand placed on walkways may also help prevent slipping.

Winter Safety Driving Tips:

  • Keep emergency gear in your car for everyday trips: cell phone, flashlight, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter, ice scraper, snow brush, small shovel, blankets, and warning devices.
  • For long car trips, keep food, water, extra blankets, and required medication on hand.
  • If you must travel in bad weather, drive slowly. Let someone know what route you’re taking and when you plan to arrive so they can alert authorities if you don’t get there.
  • Don’t sit in a parked car with the engine running unless a window is open. Do not let your car run while parked in a garage.
  • If you car stalls or gets stuck in snow, light two flares and place one at each end of the car, a safe distance away. Make sure snow has not blocked the exhaust pipe. Then stay in your vehicle and open a window slightly to let in fresh air.

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