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Entries by Victoria Fine from 01/2010

AIDS Drug Cocktail Cuts Death Rate By Half

Posted 01.04.2010 | Impact

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking a cocktail of powerful AIDS drugs appears to have cut the average death rate by half in a group of people infected ...

20 Years Later: Third Grade Class Reunites With Inspiring Teacher

Posted 01.04.2010 | Impact

Twenty years ago, Washington state elementary school teacher Richard Lewis asked his third graders to make a pledge to reunite with each him on Januar...

January Is National Mentoring Month

Posted 01.04.2010 | Impact

There's no better way to start off the new year than helping a child reach his or her full potential. That's the idea behind National Mentoring Month....

Detroit Millionaire Throws Down $30M For City's Urban Farm Makeover

Posted 01.04.2010 | Impact

Millionaire John Hantz has watched Detroit's population dwindle and buildings left abandoned as businesses and residents move away from the rustbelt's...

Indiana Community Raises Funds For Dying Girl's Funeral

Posted 01.05.2010 | Impact

Sierra Cooper is losing her battle with muscular dystrophy. At 21, she knows she has little time left and since she is ineligible for life insurance, ...

Tunnels Beneath Vegas A Refuge For Homeless

Posted 01.05.2010 | Impact

LAS VEGAS — Underneath its glitzy casinos, far from the bright marquees, there is another Las Vegas, a pitch-black, dank underworld virtually un...

Workshop Teaches Kids How To Make Movies Without Cameras

Posted 01.05.2010 | Impact

Children in Valladolid, Spain are discovering a love of film-making without using a single camera. The Asociación Espacio Rojo (Red Space Ass...

Dallas Police Help To Rehabilitate Prostitutes

Posted 01.05.2010 | Impact

DALLAS — It was nearly midnight in a cramped mobile courtroom in the back of an 18-wheeler, and a prostitute in a Tweety Bird shirt was apologiz...

Stranded Asylum Seeker Speaks Out

Posted 01.06.2010 | Impact

A fishing boat full of Sri Lankan asylum seekers stranded on their way to Australia has a reluctant spokesman, CNN reports. The boat was intercepted ...

New Orleans Shelters Bump Up Capacity As Temperatures Plummet

Posted 01.06.2010 | Impact

Prolonged frigid temperatures in New Orleans prompted city officials to launch their "freeze plan" Sunday. Shelters around the city are increasing a...

Survivor Winner Supports Cause While Battling Cancer

Posted 01.06.2010 | Impact

Ethan Zohn, winner of "Survivor: Africa" in 2002 is facing a different challenge as of late. The reality celeb was diagnosed with a rare form of Hod...

Teens Run Rural Radio Station In Argentina

Posted 01.06.2010 | Impact

In the far-flung Patagonian coast of southern Argentina, the government has backed a radio station run entirely by teenagers. Argentinian officials ...

7 Best Ways To Volunteer In L.A.

Posted 01.07.2010 | Impact

Want to kick off 2010 with a few good deeds? If you're in the Los Angeles area, ABC-7 has you covered. From giving back a little puppy love to raisi...

Southern Public School Students Are Predominantly Poor And Minorities

Posted 01.07.2010 | Impact

Southern public schools are the first in the country to have both a poor and minority student majority, The New York Times reported Thursday. A repo...

Memphis Covers Utilities For Freezing Residents

Posted 01.07.2010 | Impact

As an extreme cold snap continues to cover most of the country, people who can't afford to keep their utilities on are especially hard hit. In Memph...

Ex-Child Soldiers Released From Nepalese Detention Camp

Posted 01.07.2010 | Impact

DUDHAULI, Nepal — Scores of former child soldiers, many in tears, boarded buses Thursday for home, leaving a jungle detention camp where they ha...

Jonathon Slack, Second Grader, Organizes Community Effort To Help Homeless

Posted 01.07.2010 | Impact

A Chicagoland second grader proved that you don't have to be big to be a big help to the homeless, NBC reports. After seeing a homeless woman durin...

Skid Row 'Mayor' On Mission To Improve Lives Of L.A. Homeless

Posted 01.07.2010 | Impact

Skid Row resident and activist Jeff Page is L.A.'s only homeless public official. After his career as a rap promoter failed, Page landed on Skid Row a...

Alabama Students Freeze While Schools Try To Fix Broken Heaters

Posted 01.08.2010 | Impact

Students in Mobile, Alabama braved frigid temperatures in class this week due to broken heaters in their schools. School officials scrambled to fix ...

Homeless, Pregnant And Living In A Tent

Posted 01.08.2010 | Impact

Gala Crum is 21 and pregnant, and living just outside of Washington D.C. in a small tent community, The Washington Post reports. With her tangled br...

More Bodies Left Unclaimed By Families Who Can't Afford Burial Costs

Posted 01.11.2010 | Impact

Several states in the U.S. provide funding for indigent burials, or the burial of bodies who have no home or whose family could not be found. But in 2...

Budget-Conscious Couple Pays For Wedding By Recycling 400,000 Cans

Posted 01.11.2010 | Impact

When Andrea Parrish and Peter Geyer got engaged, they knew they wanted to have a low-key, low-cost wedding that would leave them happily wed to each o...

San Francisco Library First To Hire Social Worker For Homeless

Posted 01.11.2010 | Impact

San Francisco's Main Library has long been a gathering place for the homeless who sometimes disturbed studious patrons and librarians with inappropria...

It's National Blood Donor Month -- Learn How You Can Get Involved...

Posted 01.11.2010 | Impact

In the US, most blood centers have difficulty keeping any more than a three-day supply of blood for transfusions. This means that the blood you donate...

Video Games For Social Change?

Posted 01.11.2010 | Impact

Video games may be the next best way to tap into a new audience open to improving our world, Change.org suggests. Popular online games such as MTV...