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One the world's most greatest leaders, South African hero Nelson Mandela, died this past Thursday at the age of 95. Mandela had endured months of fighting a lung infection, and finally could take no more, though he reportedly passed peacefully in his home. The recurring lung illnesses dated back to the 27 years spent in apartheid jails.
President Obama spoke kindly of Mandela, saying the world had lost "one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth."
Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1993, for his heroics against apartheid and his fight to create a new democratic structure in South Africa. This was an honor he shared with many other great leaders and stand-out's such as Martin Luther King, Yasser Arafat, and President Obama.
The Obama administration is expanding ways to register for the affordable health care program.
To register by telephone, call 1-800-318-2596.
The "College Dropout" returned to school recently.
Rapper Kanye West made an appearance at Harvard school of design recently for an impromptu lecture on creativity and design, according to US Weekly.
West, who is a successful hip hop star, fashion designer, and businessman, was caught on camera by fiance Kim Kardashian, who tweeted a picture of Kanye.
SOURCE: US Weekly
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to expand access to mammograms for low-income women.
Though some financial experts wanted the mayor to privatize the city's program for providing the exams, the mayor has elected instead to spend more money to try to fix the troubled program, which had been criticized for allegedly not referring women with abnormal screenings for further tests soon enough and for having unqualified personnel performing the mammograms.
Emanuel pledged Wednesday to spend $200,000 more in city money next year to address the various concerns and expand the program.
"It's all about access," the mayor said during an appearance at Roseland Community Hospital. "It is one of the few cancers which, if you diagnose it early enough, you can actually deal with it. And it is essential that we give people here in the community and the surrounding area access immediately."
The program will continue to be run by the city Public Health Department, despite concerns about the staffing. Anne Marie Murphy, executive director of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, praised the city for increasing funding, but encouraged the Public Health Department "to continue to look for mammography experts" to run the program and said her non-profit agency will continue to work with the department "on quality improvement."
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
George Zimmerman's tenous relationship with the law took another turn recently.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July of charges that he murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, was arrested on domestic violence charges Monday. He allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, broke a table, and pushed her out of her Seminole County, FL home, according to police.
Charged with felony aggravated assault, domestic violence battery, and criminal mischief, Zimmerman is currently being held without bail at the Seminole County Jail. He was arrested at his girlfriend's home, where deputies said Zimmerman and his girlfriend appeared to be living together, after police responded to a call from Zimmerman's girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe.
"She was concerned for her safety, certainly from having the weapon pointed at her," said Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma of the Seminole County Police Department. Lemma also said that Scheibe suffered no injuries and Zimmerman did not offer any resistance when arrested.
If a judge elects to grant Zimmerman bond, the Sheriff's Office has asked that he be placed on electronic monitoring.
"This is an additional step we ask for in every domestic violence case in Seminole County," said Lemma.
Zimmerman has had several run-ins with law enforcement since his summer acquittal. He was accused of threatening his estranged wife and her father with a gun in September, but released without further incident.