Thursday, May 04, 2006

Holy Forrest Gump


The Forrest Gump of India has been found! A 4 yr old boy broke the Guiness Book of World Records by running 40 miles recently. His mother, a poor lady, tried selling him for money when a running coach discovered him. People say that the boy would have been able to run further, but doctors noticed signs of extreme exhaustion and dehydration. Budiah Singh, the four year old boy, was escorted by doctors and 300 cadets of the Central Reserve Police. Budiah's coach once witnessed Budiah running laps around a track for over 5 hours due to a punishment. Apparently, the length or the amount of time never affected him. I dont understand how it's phsyically possible for a 4 yr old to have the stamina and endurance to run one mile let alone 40!!!! This kid is like a miracle baby, and I'm sure sponors and companies are going to jump all over him and use him as a marketing tool. His mother should be lucky that she was unsuccessful when she tried to sell him. The child was cheered on by thousands of people and if I saw this before my eyes, I'd be cheering too!!! This is an incredible story, a little unbelievable but definitely incredible!
-Em-

Monday, May 01, 2006

Farewell Footy


For those of us who are local south floridians, we will be saying goodbye to two decades of Y-100's morning talk show host, Footy. For those who commute to work in the morning, Footy has provided them with charisma and wit for the past 25 years. His show, known as "Footy and the Chicks at 6" has started various charities over the years including the annual Wing Ding, which is named for him. Surely, when I think of Y-100 or when I even listen to it, its usually Footy that I'm listening to. His final show will be this coming Friday, but he is also hosting a week-long farwell tour, visiting various resteraunts and bars and broadcasting from those locations. Footy has done wonders for South Florida, including a drug-rehab treatment program in Opa-Locka. He's developed charities over the years and says he will continue to be a role-model figure in South Florida. His shoes will be very hard to fill, after all, people of my age and older have been listening to Footy for over 20 years. We will have to adjust to a new voice and a new show altogether, but decades of being on the air is a long amount of time for anybody, and I'm sure he is looking foward to his retirement. For those who have access, tune into 100.7 this week in the moring between 6 and 10 to hear Footy for the last time!
-Em-

Thursday, April 27, 2006

A step in the right direction


Florida, under the ruling of Governor Jeb Bush, has issued a 12-day break in which items that are necessitites for Hurricanes will not be taxed. As the hurricane season is only one month away, the state just simply is not ready to be hit hard again. The 12 day break will not tax items such as batteries, flashlights, radios, generators up to $1,000 and shutters up to $200. The bill was rushed through the legislative process in hopes of giving the stores enough time to stock up on these items. The 12 day tax break will be from May 21st until June 1st, the first day of hurricane season. This 12 day tax break will cost Florida an estimated $34million in tax revenue and and cost local governments an additional $7 million. But, it will also save residents an estimated $41.4 million on supplies. For once, it seems like Florida and its government is trying to at least seem like they are preparing for the hurricane season. The citizens that live through hurricanes need the proper supplies to do so, and the 12 day tax break allows for people of all class to stock on necessary items. Unfortunately, it took such a hard-hitting hurricane season for the government to take action, and forecasters predict an even busier one for the upcoming years. May 21 through June 1 will be a very busy week!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Answered Prayers

DANIEL LUTZ, A LOCAL TEENAGER WHO ATTENDS DAVID POSNACK JEWISH DAY SCHOOL WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A BOMBING ATTACK IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL DURING PASSOVER. AFTER A REQUEST FOR PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR DANIEL, HE FINALLY OPENED HIS EYES YESTERDAY, BUT IS STILL LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. DANIEL AND HIS FATHER WERE HAVING LUNCH WHEN A PALESTINIAN SET OFF 10 POUNDS OF EXPLOSIVES, KILLING AND INJURING SEVERAL PEOPLE. DANIEL IS IN A HOSPITAL IN TEL-AVIV AND HIS CONDITION IS DAY-TO-DAY. A RESIDENT OF WESTON, FLORIDA, DANIEL HAS RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF PRAYERS NATION-WIDE FOR HIS RECOVERY. HIS FATHER WAS INJURED, BUT WAS TOLD BY HOSPITAL DOCTORS THAT HE WILL HAVE A FULL RECOVERY. THIS 17 YR OLD SENIOR WAS VISITING RELATIVES WHEN THE BLAST OCCURRED. ALTHOUGH ISRAEL HAS ITS FAIR SHARE OF VIOLENCE EACH DAY, THIS INCIDENT HITS CLOSE TO HOME BECAUSE IT REGARDS A LOCAL TEENAGER FROM OUR COMMUNITY. ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE THERE WILL NEVER BE WORLD PEACE, I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT TENSION IN ISRAEL WILL SOMEWHAT SETTLE, AND PEOPLE CAN RETURN TO THEIR NORMAL LIVES. MYSELF, AMONG THOUSANDS OF OTHERS, WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR DANIEL'S RECOVERY IN HOPES THAT HE SURVIVES THE BLAST. HE IS A MEMBER OF A VERY STRONG JEWISH COMMUNITY WITH HIS SCHOOL AND HIS COMMUNITY, AND I HOPE HE KNOWS JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THINKING OF HIM DAILY. THIS REALLY IS AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION FOR ALL, BUT I DONT THINK THAT WE REALIZE THE SEVERITY OF IT UNTIL IT HITS CLOSE TO HOME. DANIEL, IN ADDITION TO THE OTHERS IN THE BLAST, WERE INNOCENT PEOPLE TRYING TO HAVE LUNCH IN A CAFE. HIS CLASSMATES ARE WEARING BRACELETS IN HIS HONOR- A STRING WITH BLUE AND WHITE BEADS ON IT SYMBOLIZING THE COLORS OF ISRAEL. DANIEL- WE WILL KEEP PRAYING FOR YOU.
-EMILY-

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A ruined reputation

Duke University, a school known for its great academics and athletics has been the most highly talked about subject for the past couple of weeks. The reason- the men's lacrosse team at Duke is being accused of raping and kidnapping an exotic dancer they had hired to perform at a private, off-campus party. More than ever, this decade has reported drug and sex crimes against collegiate athletics. The more complicated problem in this case is that of racism. The 49 member lacrosse team hosts 48 white males, and the accuser is black. The question is...did a young girl take the opportunity to file charges against a wealthy, all white lacrosse team because she saw them as an easy target for money or did rape really occur?? Two men from the team were arrested yesterday and posted bail of $400,000. Later, their dorm rooms were searched for two hours by Durham police. I personally believe that the dancer is embellishing the story. It was proven that a party was held in which the accuser was hired, but I really don't believe that these lacrosse players took the extra step by raping her. These men go to a very prestigious school in which they have an amazing opportunity to study for free, and I dont think that they would jeopardize that. Subsequently, the lacrosse season was cancelled due to these allegations. The accuser, who is calling herself "Jackie", saw a great opportunity to capitalize on some money and used it. She and her family have now gained nationwide attention, going from talk show to talk show. The wonderful reputation of Duke University is now being questioned..reporters have been there all week, interrupting campus life and the students at Duke. Although this case won't be solved for a long time, I have a good feeling that no solid evidence will point in "Jackie's" favor. After all is said and done, the Duke mens Lacrosse team will be able to carry on.
-Em-

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ready for Closure


Another lead has been posted in the case of the missing Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway. Its been almost a year since the girl disappeared from Aruba during a class trip, and almost a year in which her parents, friends and family have no answers as to her where-abouts. Recently, a 19 yr old man was arrested on suspicion of involvement of the case, but to me, it seems like just another unanswered lead. A young girl disappeared in the capital of Aruba and nobody can come forth with any information...I find this really hard to believe and my heart goes out to her family because they really are hopeless in a case such as this one. Many have assumed that she has been murdered, but it would be so much easier if her body could be found and closure brought to the case. The court has received a request to hold the man, whose name has not been released, to remain in jail for at least 8 days, leaving a substantial amount of time for evidence gathering and questioning. This truly is a sad case- Natalee Holloway was on her way to a full academic scholarship to the University of Alabama. She would have been starting her freshman year in the coming fall semester after her disappearance. I hope her parents find an end to the case in the iminent future, whether Natalee is still alive or not, her parents and family deserve closure.
-Em-

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Happy Passover


those of you out there who are Jewish, its that time of the year again- Passover. Here comes a week of no bread, wheat, corn, grain, pasta or any other of our indulgences. Last night and tonight are the traditional Passover Seders...the dinners in which families gather around the table and give tribute to the Jews that fell to the Romans thousands of years ago. There will be a service at the dinner table in addition to traditional Jewish meals such as Potato Cugal, Falafel, and Casaroles. I watch my mother slave in the kitchen for three days cooking a feast that takes only 20 minutes to eat but even longer to clean up. It is an important holiday for us, we pay tribute to the Jews that were stuck on top of Masada, eating only Matzoh. But, we are spoiled in our ways. For me, not being able to eat bread or anything else that Passover entails is going to be a challenge. I eat all of the above without thinking twice, but for the next 10 days, I will change my way of thinking. This weekend will be filled with religion as the Catholics will celebrate Good Friday and Easter and the Jewish people have passover. For those celebrating Passover, the week will go by quicker than you think!!!
-Em-