The Rising Cost – Part 1

September 30th, 2010
Justin Aaberg was only 15 years old. He had come out to his mother when he was 13, and while on the outside he seemed to have a great life going, on the inside he was a tormented storm. LGBT students at the Anoka-Hennepin School that Justin attended were, like is so frequently the case, easy targets as other students, and even teachers turned a blind eye. It finally got to a point where he just couldn?t handle it any more and feeling he had no where to turn to for help, he hanged himself in his room. Justin was the sixth student from the school to take his own life in the last 2 years and most are believed to have been the result of homophobic bulling.

More on Justin at WCCO including a video.


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History

Hiroshima – August 6th 1945

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65 years ago from today, America became the first and only nation to use a nuclear weapon in war against the Empire of Japan. The Enola Gay dropped the ?Little Boy? bomb directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the 1945 deaths from burns and radiation sickness brought the death toll to an estimated 90 ? 140,000 people. Approximately 67% of the cities buildings were completely destroyed. It was only the second nuclear explosion on Earth. While only 2 bombs have ever been detonated against actual targets in war, in the time since (up till 1998), 7 nations have set off an additional 2051 bombs

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Today in History – July 24th

Events

1148 ? Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.

1567 ? Mary Queen of Scots is deposed and replaced by her 1 year old son James VI.

1814 ? War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown‘s American invaders.

1823 ? Slavery is abolished in Chile.

1864 ? American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown ? Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.

1866 ? Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

1911 ? Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".

1943 ? World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian airplanes bomb Hamburg by night, those of the Americans by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.

1948 ? Looney Tunes character Marvin the Martian makes his first appearance in the cartoon Haredevil Hare.

1969 ? Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

1977 ? End of a four day long Libyan-Egyptian War.

2002 ? James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

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