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Amazon vs. Hachette Saga

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LOS ALTOS, Calif., May 30, 2014 / - While Amazon and Hachette continue to haggle over their business contracts, consumers can still find coveted titles on ISBNS.net's free search engine specializing in books.  Though Amazon has taken steps to reduce both the visibility and availability of Hachette publications on their website, this has not impacted consumer's ability to either locate or purchase any of Hachette's publications online. In fact, Hachette's broad selection of titles have always been available, both new and used, from hundreds of different online retailers and marketplaces. For example, the new highly anticipated hardcover book The Silkworm, written by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is no longer available for pre-order at all through Amazon, and is simply marked as "Currently Unavailable." Before any J. K. Rowling fans panic though, keep in mind it is also available for pre-order from dozens of other onl…

The Legend Maya Angelou dies

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(CNN) -- A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent. Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress One of Angelou's most praised books was "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The memoir bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South, portraying racism in stark language. Readers learned of the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou's birth name) up to the age of 16: how she was abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother's boyfriend. She was homeless and became a teen mother. Its publication was both daring and historic given the era of its debut in 1969. "All of the writ…

Muhammad Ali "SAVED BY THE BELL"

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 23, 2014   -- Crest Mountain Press announces a new book about World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali is being released that will take "SAVED BY THE BELL" from the Top of the Mountains to the Ends of the Earth. SAVED BY THE BELL by author Arnold L. Beizer, a lifelong fan and long-time associate of Muhammad Ali tells the story of Muhammad Ali Championing the Cause of Freedom on behalf of American POWs/MIAs from the Vietnam War. It provides an exclusive and unique inside look into the POW issue for the world to see with untold secrets revealed and new facts uncovered about the plight of over 2500 missing and unaccounted for American servicemen last known alive and left behind after the Vietnam War was declared over. SAVED BY THE BELLreveals some amazing truths about the challenges faced by Muhammad Ali not only in the boxing ring but also in the larger arena of life and how the Champ may still win another great Victory that can set the captives fre…

Michelle Obama Promote Arts Education

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BOHEMIA, N.Y., May 24, 2014 ArtSchools.com, a leading online directory of top art schools, applauds Michelle Obama for organizing a White House talent show to raise awareness of the importance of arts education.
According to a May 20th article published by PBS titled "First Lady Michelle Obama promotes arts education program with White House talent show," the First Lady teamed up with the Committee on the Arts and Humanities to host a talent show at the White House. The talent show, in collaboration with the Education Department, featured students from "poor-performing schools that participate in the committee's Turnaround Arts program."
The committee started the Turnaround Arts program in an effort to prove that arts education fosters positive learning environments. The talent show helped to showcase students from each of the schools participating in the program. Michelle Obama also spoke on how this program has improved student learning and education…

AJC: Polish MP Attacks Holocaust Restitution

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NEW YORK, May 18, 2014 /  -- AJC is enraged by a Polish lawmaker's claim that Holocaust-era restitution by Poland should cease. MP Slawomir Kopycinski, of the Europa Plus party, called the Regulatory Commission for Jewish Communities "the fourth partition of Poland," and said the government body should be shut. "Mr. Kopycinski's claims are specious and completely divorced from the reality of Polish restitution, which has largely been a slow and incomplete process," said Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs. Baker, who has long been involved in negotiations with the Polish government regarding restitution issues, also questioned the timing of Kopycinski's "incendiary remarks."  In addition to serving in the Polish parliament, Kopycinski is a candidate for a seat in the European Parliament. "By disparaging the legitimate claims of the Jewish community Mr. Kopycinski is injecting anti-Semitism directly …

Los Angeles Food & Wine Descends On The City For The Fourth Annual Culinary Extravaganza, August 21-24, 2014

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The country's most celebrated culinary talent, artists, and personalities take over Downtown Los Angeles - amid the epicenter of culture and art - over a three-night, four-day food and wine celebrationLOS ANGELES, May 16, 2014 / -- Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), the producers of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Harvest Farm-to-Table, and restaurateurs behind the recently opened Faith & Flower concept in Downtown Los Angeles, announce the fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival taking place August 21-24, 2014. For the fourth straight year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, returns to Downtown Los Angeles, one of the country's premier cultural destinations.  The culinary world's most recognized names and faces will come together for an epicurean kaleidoscope of festivities that will take over the heart of Los Angeles for a three-night, four-day extravaganza. "We are setting the bar high for the fourth …

World-Renowned Inventors Inspire The Next-Generation Of Innovation Through 2014 Nationwide Camp Invention Program

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Curriculum Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Developed to Inspire Curiosity and Prevent "Summer Slide"CANTON, Ohio, May 12, 2014 -- National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Inductees and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are igniting a nationwide call-to-action to inspire America's next generation of innovation and creativity through Camp Invention. The program is the nation's premier summer enrichment day camp that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and encourages creativity and curiosity for youth during summer vacation in order to prevent "summer slide," a term used to describe the loss of students' academic skills and knowledge during the summer.  "Camp Invention provides us, as Inductees, the opportunity to inspire and challenge the children through our experiences in youth and beyond," said Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera and 2011 National Inventors Hal…

My Cinco de Mayo

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Todayis celebratedin Mexico andin most oftheU.S."Cinco de mayo." Its origins areto be foundin the willof theMexican-Americancommunityto enhance thethemesoffreedomanddemocracyduring the first yearsof theAmerican Civil War. Today,the anniversary isseen asa celebration ofMexicanpride. In Mexico, principally in the state ofPuebla,theholidaycommemorates the dayof victory overthe French armyat the Battle ofPuebla(May 5,1862)and is alsoknown as ElDíade laBatalladePuebla.
ButMay 5reminds me ofanotherevent, perhaps lessimportant, butI would like toremindthose whohave no memoryor pretendnot to have:

But May 5 also reminds me ofother events,perhapsmostimportant:

1981Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.

1920 – Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.

1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.

1860Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Tho…

Children's Oncology Drug Alliance (CODA) Formed to Facilitate Development of Treatments for Childhood Cancers

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Alliance of Australian and U.S. researchers and children's cancer advocates focused on developing drugs as potential treatments for neuroblastoma, the most common solid form of childhood cancer
SYDNEY and COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 4, 2014 -- Researchers and children's cancer advocates in Australia and the U.S. have formed a unique research and development alliance to facilitate development of treatments for children fighting neuroblastoma, the most common and fatal form of solid cancer affecting infants. The Children's Oncology Drug Alliance (CODA) unites the research and resources of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia and its commercialization arm, NewSouth Innovations; The Kids' Cancer Project, an Australia-based childhood cancer research charity; Novogen, an ASX and NASDAQ-listed Australian oncology drug development company; and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. CODA's mission is to help accelerate development of an inn…

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President Obama Appoints Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 / The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies – welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that three new members have been appointed to the agency. In addition, Councilmember Janice Lehrer-Stein was reappointed for a second term. New members are expected to begin work with NCD immediately. NCD's new members Benro T. Ogunyipe, Dr. Katherine D. Seelman and Royal P. Walker, Jr. will join Janice Lehrer-Stein who is returning to the Council, NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen, and Council members Clyde Terry, Gary Blumenthal, Chester Finn, Sara Gelser, Ari Ne'eman, Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, Stephanie Orlando, Captain Jonathan F. Kuniholm, USMC (Retired), Lynnae M. Ruttledge and Alice Wong all previously appointed by the Pres…

President Obama Appoints Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability

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WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 / The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies – welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that three new members have been appointed to the agency. In addition, Councilmember Janice Lehrer-Stein was reappointed for a second term. New members are expected to begin work with NCD immediately. NCD's new members Benro T. Ogunyipe, Dr. Katherine D. Seelman and Royal P. Walker, Jr. will join Janice Lehrer-Stein who is returning to the Council, NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen, and Council members Clyde Terry, Gary Blumenthal, Chester Finn, Sara Gelser, Ari Ne'eman, Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, Stephanie Orlando, Captain Jonathan F. Kuniholm, USMC (Retired), Lynnae M. Ruttledge and Alice Wong all previously appointed by the President, to round out NCD's roster. Biographies for the new Council members are at the end of this rel…

LGBTQutie.com Sponsors GayDays Orlando 2014, Announces National Rollout of All-Inclusive Dating and Social Networking Site for the LGBTQ Community

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NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, GayDays draws more than 150,000 people to central Florida for a week of celebration and community. Among this year's event sponsors is LGBTQutie.com, the online dating and networking portal that's taking the country by storm. For more than twenty years, GayDays Orlando has provided an opportunity for people from around the world to meet and greet other members of the LGBTQ community. GayDays festivities fall into three main categories: theme park visits, hotel events, and city events. Organizers rightly describe the seven-day party as an "all-over-town, something-for-everyone extravaganza." This year's event runs from June 3 to 9. GayDays generates an estimated $600 million in economic stimulus for the greater Orlando economy, so ensuring the week kicks off without a hitch is important. Making that possible are the many sponsorship partners like LGBTQutie.com. "We're very excited to be sponsors …