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7.1 magnitude heartquake hits Honduras

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Around my house everything seems to be fine, my parents didn´t feel it (They are asleep)...There is some mixed information about San Pedro Sula so far, but I´m getting most of my information from friends or twitter so that´s not entirely objective... We are on Tsunami watch, the epicenter was just a few miles from Bay Islands so I guess that´s were there could be more damage...I´m just watching CNN but there´s no much information, beyond that there has been a 7.1 eartquake in Honduras... I´ll keep you informed later today... Now I should go to bed, it´s really late!

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Kathy Coleman 2009 Alumni Award Winner

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Alumni Weekend is fast approaching and boasts a schedule to interest everyone – and one of the premier events is the celebration of this year’s alumni award winners.kathy coleman All of the award winners plan to be present on Hiram’s campus, where they will accept their awards during Saturday’s reception. The Alumni Executive Board awards these honors. We welcome you to join us in recognizing and celebrating these deserving alumni. Mandy Mehlman ’02 is the winner of the Recent Graduate Service to Humanity Award. Menlman, who was nominated by Amber Pasternak ’01, is a Homework Help Coordinator at the Worthington Public Libraries, and is also a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County. Pasternak tells us of Mehlman’s accomplishments. Mehlman participated in Teach for America and spent two years teaching fifth grade in an underserved school in New York City while earning her master’s degree. Her commitment to humanitarian service continued, says Paternak, noting that Mehlman “joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to a site in Guatemala.

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Magnitude-4.7 quake rattles nerves near LA

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LOS ANGELES — A moderate earthquake that jolted Southern California was felt by millions and sent at least one person to a hospital, but the region avoided significant damage and major injuries. The magnitude-4.7 quake hit at 8:39 p.m. Sunday night, centered about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and three miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least 10 aftershocks had followed by early Monday, with the largest registering magnitude-3.1. The quake rattled the greater Los Angeles region for about 10 to 15 seconds and was felt as far south as San Diego, said USGS seismologist Susan Hough. "This was a serious jolt. It was probably felt within 100 miles," Hough said.

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S. Cali Wildfire Burns Homes

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Fierce winds blew a wildfire into Southern California homes Wednesday, forcing residents to flee as columns of smoke rose from a scenic coastal enclave. TV news helicopters showed homes ablaze in Santa Barbara, but the number could not be immediately determined because of thick smoke. Authorities ordered 2,000 homes evacuated Wednesday afternoon, up from an earlier evacuation order of 1,200. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency and asked federal authorities to issue an assistance grant to ensure financial resources are available for firefighting. The fire, last reported at nearly 200 acres, became active on all sides and spot fires developed around the perimeter.

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Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.[1][2] The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[3][4] The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had not been defeated in almost 50 years.[5]

Cinco de Mayo is not "an obligatory federal holiday" in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily.[6][7]

While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.[8] A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day,[9] which actually is September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish),[10] the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.[11]

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