Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 11:18 am
More than 100,000 trees — including many beautiful live oaks and magnolias — were lost when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.
In response, Hike For KaTREEna — a nonprofit group dedicated to reforesting the Crescent City — was created.
Since 2006, more than 10,000 volunteers have helped to plant 13,400 trees — including oaks, cypress, red maples, crepe myrtles, magnolias, redbuds, Savannah hollies and citrus trees such as navel orange, satsuma, lemon, lime and grapefruit.
Armstrong in the lunar module after the historic moonwalk.
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Armstrong in November 2011 at the U.S. Capitol, when he and the other astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission were awarded Congressional Gold Medals.
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On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface.
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Armstrong (left), Collins (center) and Aldrin after the Apollo 11 mission in a shot from the 2007 film In the Shadow of the Moon.
President Richard Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the lunar landing mission. Armstrong (left) and his fellow colleagues are in the mobile quarantine facility.
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This May 1969 file photo shows the astronaut crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission (left to right): Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module.
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The huge, 363-foot tall Apollo 11 Spacecraft is launched from Kennedy Space Center July 16, 1969.
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With a half-Earth in the background, the lunar module, in its ascent stage with moon-walking Armstrong and Aldrin, approaches for a rendezvous with the Apollo command module, manned by Collins.
Commander Neil Armstrong (right) and pilot David R. Scott prepare to board the Gemini-Titan VIII. Gemini VIII successfully launched March 16, 1966. The mission conducted the first docking of two spacecraft in orbit and landed safely back on Earth after an emergency abort.
Neil Armstrong in the lunar module after a historic moonwalk on July 20, 1969
Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 5:28 pm
Former astronaut Neil Armstrong, known for his words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," has died. The first man ever to walk on the moon was 82.
Update at 5:15 p.m. ET:
Armstrong's family has released a statement, saying he died following cardiovascular procedures. NASA published it here. They say, "Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job."
Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:55 pm
Tropical Storm Isaac has been difficult to track, but its potential to affect Florida has caused the Republican National Convention to change its plans. Events for Monday have been canceled, though the committee will convene briefly. As Alan Greenblatt reported for It's All Politics, this is now the second-consecutive Republican National Convention to be delayed by a storm.
Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:39 am
Washington, D.C. blogger Sam Hiersteiner is a hot sauce fan turned maker. He's already harvested two pounds of chiles — serranos, jalapenos, and habaneros — from his 30-plant pepper garden this month, and he's ready to mash them into hot sauce as soon as more ripen. Last year, he mashed fifty pounds total.While he loved the results, he thought it would be even better with a whisper of the flavor imparted by a barrel used for aging bourbon.
R Community Bikes is a grassroots organization in Rochester that repairs and gives away bikes to people in need.
The vision and tireless work of Dan Lill has helped this group grow from a seasonal bike clinic in a soup kitchen parking lot — with two would-be bike mechanics — to a full fledged nonprofit with 50-60 active volunteer bike mechanics and a 6,000 square foot shop-and-warehouse that provides free repairs to the entire population.
Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 10:20 am
If you want to understand how the White House race will play out in North Carolina as we enter the convention phase, talking to Carter Wrenn, a Republican, and Gary Pearce, a Democrat, is a good start.
The two veteran political strategists have, over decades, been involved in many a Tar Heel campaign.
One of Wrenn's best known clients was Jesse Helms, the late North Carolina senator renowned for both his surliness and race baiting.
Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:55 pm
Lance Armstrong may soon be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, but many supporters are sticking by him — if not as the celebrity cyclist, then as the relentless advocate for cancer survivors.
That's encouraging news for his Livestrong foundation, which must deal with the delicate matter of a scandal-tainted figurehead.
The Obama administration has been leery of any military intervention in Syria and says the idea of a no-fly zone is on the "back burner." But Turkey says it won't be able to handle the influx of refugees much longer and safe zones inside Syria are needed. Analysts say if Turkey and the Syrian rebels push for that, the U.S., as a NATO ally, will have no choice but to provide air cover.