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Marisa Bacani, nurse at the Northport VA hospital, dies at 75 - Newsday

Monday, September 26, 2016

PhotosRecent notable deaths See alsoSee more LI, U.S. obitsBacani, a native of Tugatog, in the Philippines, graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 1960 and in 1962 moved to New York City, joining a wave of nurses recruited from abroad to meet a nationwide nursing shortage.She was the first in her family to attend medical school, and the first to immigrate to the United States, Rosalyn Bacani said. Being a pioneer carried responsibility: "Anytime they had a payday, it was an event for them to go to a bank around Rockefeller Center and send money back to the Philippines."Bacani transferred in the late '70s to Northport VA and worked there until 2002.In a statement released by the VA, Patricia Burke, the associate director of patient care, said Bacani was "compassionate and very tender with our veterans. She was a skilled clinician with a wonderful sense of humor. What most people remember about her is her sharp sense of humor. She always could make both staff and patients laugh. She always brightened our days through her humor."She and her husband, Ruben Bacani, moved in 1976 from Manhattan to Holbrook, where they were among the first members of a small but vibrant Filipino community. About 180 Holbrook residents identified as Filipino in 2013, according to the U.S. Census.Bacani was born Jan. 17, 1940. Bacani attended daily Catholic Mass at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Holbrook, where she served as a Eucharistic minister, taught religion classes and participated in prayer groups that visited parish homes.Besides her daughter, she is survived by a brother, Jesus Cabrera, and a son, Gre

Kerry visits American wounded in Nice attack - Roanoke Times

Monday, July 25, 2016

Abbas' family. Kerry departs France on Sunday for Laos, where he will attend at Southeast Asian regional security conference and then make a stop in the Philippines' capital of Manila.© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest,' dies at 74 - Press Herald

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ali did. He fought anyone who meant anything and made millions of dollars with his lightning-quick jab. His fights were so memorable that they had names — “Rumble in the Jungle” and “Thrilla in Manila.”But it was as much his antics — and his mouth — outside the ring that transformed the man born Cassius Clay into a household name as Muhammad Ali.“I am the greatest,” Ali thundered again and again.Few would disagree.Ali spurned white America when he joined the Black Muslims and changed his name. He defied the draft at the height of the Vietnam war — “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong” — and lost 3 1/2 years from the prime of his career. He entertained world leaders, once telling Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos: “I saw your wife. You’re not as dumb as you look.”He later embarked on a second career as a missionary for Islam.“Boxing was my field mission, the first part of my life,” he said in 1990, adding with typical braggadocio, “I will be the greatest evangelist ever.”Ali couldn’t fulfill that goal because Parkinson’s robbed him of his speech. It took such a toll on his body that the sight of him in his later years — trembling, his face frozen, the man who invented the Ali Shuffle now barely able to walk — shocked and saddened those who remembered him in his prime.“People naturally are going to be sad to see the effects of his disease,” Hana, one of his daughters, said, when he turned 65. “But if they could really see him in the calm of his everyday life, they would not be sorry for him. He’s at complete peace, and he’s here learning a greater lesson.”The quiet of Ali’s later life was in contrast to the roar of a career that had breathtaking highs as well as terrible lows. He exploded on the public scene with a series of nationally televised fights that gave the public an exciting new champion, and he entertained millions as he sparred verbally with the likes of bombastic sportscaster Howard Cosell.Ali once calculated he had taken 29,000 punches to the head and made $57 million in his pro career, but the effect of the punches lingered long after most of the money was gone. That didn’t stop him from traveling tirelessly to promote Islam, meet with world leaders and champion legislation dubbed the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. While slowed in recent years, he still managed to make numerous appearances, including a trip to the 2012 London Olympics.Despised by some for his outspoken beliefs and refusal to serve in the U.S. Army in the 1960s, an aging Ali became a poignant figure whose mere presence at a sporting event would draw long standing ovations.With his hands trembling so uncontrollably that the world held its breath, he lit the Olympic torch for the 1996 Atlanta Games in a performance as riveting as some of his fights.A few years after that, he sat mute in a committee room in Washington, his mere presence enough to convince lawmakers to pass the boxing reform bill that bore his name.Members of his inner circle weren’t surprised. They had long known Ali as a humanitarian who once wouldn’t think twice about getting in his car and driving hours to visit a terminally ill child. They saw him as a man who seemed to like everyone he met — even his archrival Frazier.“I consider myself one of the luckiest guys in the world just to call him my friend,” former business manager Gene Kilroy said. “If I was to die today and go to heaven it would be a step down. My heaven was being with Ali.”One of his biggest opponents would later become a big fan, too. On the eve of the 35th anniversary of their “Rumble in the Jungle,” Foreman paid tribute to the man who so famously stopped him in the eighth round of their 1974 heavyweight title fight, the first ever held in Africa.“I don’t call him the best boxer of all time, but he’s the greatest human being I ever met,” Foreman said. “To this day he’s the most exciting person I ever met in my life.”Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali began boxing at age 12 after his new bicycle was stolen and he vowed

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Alex Tizon, former Seattle Times reporter who won Pulitzer Prize, dies at 57 - The Seattle Times

Monday, March 27, 2017

Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 2003 to 2008. He also contributed to publications like Newsweek and programs such as “60 Minutes.”He then spent two years in Manila, where he helped track efforts by the government to eliminate poverty in poor communities, and taught workshops in far-flung locales like Romania. And he wrote a memoir, “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self,” about the challenges of being an Asian-American man in the United States.He turned to teaching in 2011, but his passion for writing still burned.A year ago, he revived a story he began working on at the Los Angeles Times a decade before, about an Alaskan family whose son had disappeared. People go missing there all the time — about 3,000 a year at one point — but in the remote corner of the world, it garners little attention or news coverage.The family had learned that authorities had found remains that might provide closure to their grief. Mr. Tizon flew to the tiny town to write a lengthy magazine piece for The Atlantic on the family’s struggles and the broader phenomenon of why so many people vanish in that state.Those who worked with Mr. Tizon said the story was emblematic of his career — the way he spent so much time deeply reporting the piece, and the fact that he chose a topic that others in the media likely would have ignored.“He had a real interest in marginal characters and people who had not been in the spotlight,” said his editor on The Atlantic piece, Denise Wills. “He almost became a member of the extended family for these people.”In an interview last year, Mr. Tizon told the Harvard journalism program: “The stories I work on, especially for any length of time, do tend to become personal to me.”Jacqui Banaszynski, a University of Missouri journalism professor who was Mr. Tizon’s editor for two years at The Seattle Times, echoed others who said his death was a loss to the journalism community. She recalled Mr. Tizon as “an almost philosopher essayist” in his approach, and that the paper would send him on stories that were complex and needed to be told at a deeper level than the standard news story.A day after Sept. 11, 2001, for instance, the paper sent Mr. Tizon and photographer Alan Berner out for a series of several lengthy vignettes from various parts of the country that chronicled how communities were coping with the fallout of the terror attacks.“We need more people doing the kind of work he learned how to do, telling those authentic, true stories, rather than just race-and-chase journalism,” Banaszynski said.Mr. Tizon had a profound impact on other reporters, as well.Lisa Heyamoto remembers starting out as a summer intern at The Seattle Times in 2001, sitting at the desk across from Mr. Tizon.“I was just this flush-faced kid and was so hungry to get better and Alex paid attention to my work, and gave me feedback and clarified a lot of things for journalism for me at a time when I was really hungry and really i

Bob Ream | Obituaries | - The Missoulian

Monday, March 27, 2017

Philippines for his senior year, where his dad took another job with USAID.  There he met his life-long friend, Peter Harken, and they spent much of their free time sailing in Manila Bay and occasionally crewing for races. Bob often recounted sailing with Peter up to a huge aircraft carrier, part of the U.S. 7th fleet, and being invited aboard. These adventures in Asia inspired Bob’s life-long interest in travel and world cultures, and his year in the Philippines cemented his enthusiasm for sailing, an activity he continued throughout his life.Bob entered the University of Wisconsin in 1955. Coincidentally, his friend Peter Harken also enrolled at UW, and with others such as Art Mitchell and Peter Barrett, they continued their wild adventures, tales of which would fill many a room with laughter over the years. Bob was a member of UW’s Hoofers outing club, through which he continued sailing, and learned to mountaineer, ice sail, canoe, and ski. College summers included working in western Washington, first in a logging camp and then on a Forest Service trail crew in the Cascades, with weekends reserved for mountain climbing in the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains. Bob graduated UW in 1959 with a degree in agronomy. A graduate level plant ecology class taken during his junior year was a turning point, as it was an opportunity to study plants and animals in their natural environments instead of as agricultural commodities. Following graduation, Bob left for an assistantship at the University of Utah working on plant communities of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. During his year and a half in Utah, he and his team sampled and plotted the entire Wasatch range. With friends living in the Salt Lake Valley, he skied much of the local terrain long before most of the ski areas were developed, and built a couple of kayaks for floating rivers. While completing his master’s degree, Bob married Catherine Hardy, his college girlfriend. They returned to UW where Bob began his Ph.D. program in the fall of 1960.  Bob learned programming on UW’s first computer and entered the data he had collected from the Wasatch Range on punch cards – one card for each species in every plot in every stand sampled – an immense task. Bob received his Ph. D. in 1963 in botany and zoology and was hired to teach at the University of Denver. While there, he started the Colorado chapter of The Nature Conservancy, served on ski patrol at Arapahoe Basin, and helped start the DU Alpine Club. He honed his skiing skills while in Colorado, and skiing became a lifelong passion he shared with family and friends.Bob was hired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1966 to study ecology in Minnesota’s million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over the

WISH LIST: February 12 - Tuscaloosa News

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Call 205-554-0011. For a complete list of needed items, visit Samaritan ClinicThe Good Samaritan Clinic needs CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines for its patients. The clinic currently has a waiting list for patients in need of a CPAP. Donations are accepted at 3880 Watermelon Road, Suite A, Northport (next to Sunset Funeral Home and behind Rice’s Valley Baptist Church), anytime Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday mornings. Call 343-2212.Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa seeks donations of new or used construction materials and home improvement supplies to stock the Habitat ReStore at 1120 35th St., Suite B, Tuscaloosa. Open M-F 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will be used to support Habitat’s construction work. Call 349-4620, email rest

LEND A HAND: How you can help | December 18 - Houma Courier

Monday, December 19, 2016

Call 554-0011. Visit Cell AssociationThe Sickle Cell Disease Association of West Alabama, 3011 Fifth St., Northport, needs donations of deodorant, bleach, diapers, cotton swabs, hand lotion, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, toothpaste, soap, office supplies such as copy paper, Post-it notes, pens, and postage stamps. The association also needs new flooring for area up to 1500 square feet and/ or rugs. Call 758-1761.Good Samaritan ClinicThe Good Samaritan Clinic needs CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines for its patients. The clinic currently has a waiting list for patients in need of a CPAP. Donations are accepted at 3880 Watermelon Road, Suite A, Northport (next to Sunset Funeral Home and behind Rice’s Valley Baptist Church), anytime Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday mornings. Call 343