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The University of British Columbia - Prof. Suzanne Simard talks about Mother trees.

Gary Quentin Nordgren 1963 ~ 2012 Gary Quentin Nordgren passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yvonne Mounsey, City Ballet Dancer and a Teacher, Dies at 93 By ALASTAIR MACAULAY Published: October 2, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," is dead at age 54

A longtime anti-gay activist, California Prop 8 donor,  and  elementary school teacher was taken into custody on August 17th after admitting inappropriate contact with young boys.Caleb Douglas Hesse, a teacher for the Morongo Unified School District since 1987 (most recently, he was teaching first grade at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree) and a longtime youth volunteer with the virulently homophobic Evangelical Free Church of Yucca Valley, has  confessed to sexually abusing ...

Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (French pronunciation: [a.lɛə.tɔk.vil]; 29 July 1805, Paris – 16 April 1859, Cannes) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both of these works, he explored the effects of the rising equality of social conditions on the individual and the state in western societies. Democracy in America (1835), his major work,

"I came to Washington to work for God, FDR, and the millions of forgotten, plain common workingmen," Francis Perkins (1882-1965) was the tough but loving godmother of Social Security and much of the New Deal.

Philadelphia author Eliza Leslie (1787-1858), the first American writer to derive a living from cookbooks. Her first book, Seventy-Five Receipts (1828) became a bestseller. Engraving based on an oil portrait by Thomas Sully.

Malcolm Margolin, Founder, Heyday Books

The founders of the Save San Francisco Bay Association, (L to R) Esther Gulick, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Catherine Kerr.

Mark Hulbert Watch out for a correction — or worse Commentary: More bulls now than at the May 1 bull market peak. Mark Hulbert is the founder of Hulbert Financial Digest in Annandale, Va. He has been tracking the advice of more than 160 financial newsletters since 1980.

Evan Mascagni I am an attorney living in San Francisco, currently working on a documentary film, Toxic Profits: ( I am also working for the California Anti-SLAPP Project ( and the Public Participation Project (

Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68: Sudden, brief illness halted busy life 8-6-2012

1917 Katherine McCormick, first female biology graduate from MIT and millionaire philanthropist, aligns with Margaret Sanger and smuggles diaphragms into the US. Unlike condoms, diaphragms put control of fertility in women’s hands. Later she funds research that leads to the pill.

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), also known as International A.N.S.W.E.R. and the ANSWER Coalition, is a United States-based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations. Formed in the wake of the September 11th attacks, ANSWER has since helped to organize many of the largest anti-war demonstrations in the United States, including demonstrations of hundreds of thousands against the Iraq War.

Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was an American education reformer. Arguing that universal public education was the best way to turn the nation's unruly children into disciplined, judicious republican citizens, Mann won widespread approval from modernizers, especially in his Whig Party, for building public schools. Mann has been credited by educational historians as the "Father of the Common School Movement".

Iconoclastic Gore Vidal dead at 86, 073112. The author of two dozen novels, Vidal questioned traditional views of gender and sexuality in “The City and the Pillar” and “Myra Breckinridge,” satirized religion in “Kalki” and “Live from Golgotha” and demythologized American history in fictional accounts of Abraham Lincoln. He won the National Book Award for nonfiction for “United States” (1993), a collection of essays on topics including literature and film, feminism and imperialism.

On Sunday, American shooter Kim Rhode became the first American — and fifth person in the world — to win an individual medal in five consecutive Olympics.