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The youth of Kenya s streets Invisible children UNT students campaign to end the 23-year war in Uganda and rescue child soldiers. 13 Wheel woes Cyclists' hopes for more bike lanes in Denton and legislation for safer road cycling are curbed. Marachi Quetzal brings Latin to Denton 30 Our writer talks with the actors of (500) Days of Summer 14 Glass promise A UNT professor pushes the limits of glass' abilties, walking a fine line between science and science fiction. 18 On the fast track Freshman sprinter Keyth Talley made history last month as UNT's first gold medalist at the 2009 U.S.A. Junior Championship, The Daily's Heather Jackson catches up with Talley before he dashes off to Trinidad to compete with some of the world's best track and field athletes. 19 Naming the "Best of Denton" The Daily needs your input on picking the best places to go in Denton to grab a beer, grab a bite or grab a book. 22 One O'Clock in Bangkok The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band packed up their instruments and f...
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FROM THE EDITOR Kerry Solan u WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT INSPIRATION Where there is love and inspiration, I don'/ think you can go wrong. Ella Fitzgerald If you find it in your heart to care for some- body else, you will have succeeded. Maya Angelou We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspira- tion and survival. Winston Churchill No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body to risk his life, in a great cause. Theodore Roosevelt I am guilty of latent passion. Oh, my heart is in the right place, but my planner always isn't. Thus, some atrocity that might get me up in arms one day is lost within a week of life events. Let's face it, we're all guilty of getting caught up in our own lives. What an amazing phenomenon that we all inhabit the same planet but have such different experiences. I have never known the life of a refugee, I've never gone hungry. I have a roof over my head and relative peace on the other side of...
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Contributors Kip Mooney Contributing Writer Kip Mooney is a journalism junior and will be the Daily's Arts & Life Editor this fall. As an avid film buff, it's no surprise he landed a job working at a Blockbuster Video store this summer in his hometown of Garland. When he's not watching mov- ies, Kip can be found voraciously defend- ing his questionable taste in music, writing and making lists, reading books about Jesus, and preparing to one day compete on Jeopardy. Check out his blog at kip- mooney.blogspot.com. Christena Dowsett Contributing Writer and Photographer Christena has spent several years in the NT journalism program honing her skills as a backpack journalist, writing and shoot- ing natural disasters including hurricanes, tornados and floods. She has won numerous awards from the journalism department and the Daily for her work. On Staff Lauren Blewett Contributing Designer Lauren Blewett is a journal- ism junior who likes to spend her free time either hanging outside ...
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The Invisible By Kerry Solan A soccer player and former altar boy who was teased at school began to claim that he received messages from the Holy Spirit — and promptly un- furled a living nightmare on Uganda in 1987. Joseph Kony has led the Lord's Resistance Army, a sectarian guerrilla force, for more than two decades, waging a war of terror and suffering in Northern Uganda. The army lacks, for the most part, a political agenda or ideology, based 011 a report funded by the U.S. Embassy, but LRA leadership claims to fight for the 10 Commandments and the dignity of all Ugandans. The International Crimes Court in The Hague, 1 The Netherlands, charged Kony in 2005 with more than 30 crimes against humanity: uncounted occur- rences of murder, enslavement, rape, attacks against a civilian population, pillaging and forced enlisting of children into the LRA. It is estimated 66,000 children were kidnapped and forced to fight as child soldiers - they com- pose approximately 90 percent of the L...
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The child-soldier ¡y /c=r~s ■ : - ' 7 X .-Jg I#- i-—■— /\ i ' v A v ■:$$$& ** lY \% 3 ' " V S m ■ / Night commuters at the Noah's Ark children's shelter in Gulu, northern Uganda, February 16, 2006. Photo by Evelyn Hock- stew, MC.T DOYOUNEEDA LAWYER? DWI CASES DRUG POSSESSION CASES DIVORCE CASES 972-789-1664 FÁ RJ D MOG H ADASSI jttcmnet vcol7/2elcmj tlaw MA ni3icz?jtionscz< ic4H.c7H3Uiz.2xrc. S.TZZ IH«.jUaijdUHON.rK7MW As highlighted by the independent efforts of three young Americans in 2003, children made long treks into the city to sleep on the ground at bus parks to escape the rebels and forced enlistment into the LRA. This bed- time commuting continued night after night, and footage showed hundreds of children sleeping in the dirt, miles from their parents and homes. The filmmakers, moved by what they saw, produced a documentary about the night commuting that occurred - and how the unfortunate ones, caught by the LRA, live their lives by the rhyth- mic and nightmarish or...
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How it ends Today, some UNT students are campaigning to stop the LRA. Misti Day, a photojournalism major, was moved after seeing the Invisible Children documentary and reached out by travel- ing to Washington. D.C. There, she and hundreds of others lob- bied against the LRA, which was the largest lobby day focused on an African issue in U.S. history, according to the Resolve Uganda Web site. In the capital, Day spent her nights with 200 other lobbyists on the floor of a church. "We were committed," Day said. "We took showers in our bathing suits with a garden hose." This was "How It Ends" - an effort by Day and approxi- mately 2,000 as they lobbied in Washington for the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament & Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009. The bill, drafted by five congressmen, calls on President Obama to develop a strategy to prevent LRA attacks, eliminate the threat posed by the LRA and provide emergency assistance and money to rebuild and heal the wounds left by two decad...
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SorVMnq fks- ;/ree/; of Africo, Story and Photos by Christena Dowsett NAIROBI - To outsiders, Eunice Waithera is a shy and soft-spoken teenager. She hung her head a bit as we both struggled to overcome the language barrier. Of course, I know little Swahili and she found herself returning to it for security. She was nervous as she fumbled over her English, but her smile — already taught with the wisdom of an old woman broke the barrier between us. Waithera was five years old when her parents died. She hesitated when I asked her what happened to them. She knew they had died - but said she did not know how. After their deaths, she moved in with her aunt almost two hours away from her siblings in Nairobi. Her aunt mistreated her and wouldn't allow her to visit the rest of her family. Several years passed until she decided life would be better on the streets. Waithera said she paid a high price for that decision. Life on the streets meant rummaging through people's garbage for food and s...
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"If I got chased away, I would find a place on the streets to sleep over- night and then would start walking the street during the day," Waithera said in Swahili. There are 250,000 to 300,000 homeless children living and work- ing on the streets of Kenyan cities, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Experts estimate more than 60,000 of those are in Nairobi. After three years of homelessness, Waithera decided it was time for a change "I needed [to go] somewhere that I could find an education," Waithera said. "I knew my sister, but I didn't know where she lived." After hitching the two-hour lift to Nairobi, she stumbled on an old fam- ily friend and asked about her sister. A few short phone calls later and she was suddenly done with life on the streets. Her sister helped Waithera settle in a transition school for rehabilitat- ing street children called the Turning Point Trust. The trust is located in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa a...
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Denton cyclists had a proverbial kink thrown in their chain early this summer when Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed legislation that was aimed at improving safety for road cyclists. The bill would have required motorists to give cyclists and others at least 3 feet of clear- ance when passing on most highways. Perry's veto surprised and frustrated many Denton cyclists. "I find it veiy disappointing that Perry, a cyclist himself, isn't making more of an effort to have laws passed to ensure the safety of those of us trying to lead a more healthy, environmentally-friendly lifestyle," said Morgan Johnson, a secondary education grad- uate student and member of the UNT cycling club. "This is a tough situation because, at the end of the day, new laws to protect cyclists in Texas are desperately needed." Some in favor of the bill are incensed that anyone would be opposed to a safety mea- sure. "Governor Perry portrays the rotation of a steering wheel as if it were some enormous hassle," said...
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UNT embraces the cu tting edge Story by Heather Jackson Courtney Roberts Kerry Solan 14 Research. Some people dread the magnitude of this particular word while others embrace it wholeheartedly. To satiate our inquisitive minds at "On the Record," we wanted to find out how UNT defines itself as a research university and what exactly is the purpose of Discovery Park. Since its establishment as a public universi- ty, UNT has redefined itself as being renowned in teacher education and music, specifically jazz studies. Kenneth Sewell, the associate vice president for research, explained that these have been the core of the uni- versity, but that might change. "As the metroplex grew and as the uni- versity's position in the metroplex as the primary public institution grew, all those transitions were actually a part of becom- ing a more research uni- versity," he said. "This transition has been going on literally for decades." With stories 011 research being done 011 bio- active glass to r...
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Glas Tli w Human Bone Glass is one of the most versatile substances on earth. This super-cooled liquid does everything from helping people see to helping them communicate across the globe. UNT professor Jincheng Du, Ph.D, is pushing the limits of glass' abilties and walking a fine line between science and science fiction. The science materials and engineering pro- fessor is heading a three-year research project on bioactive
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glass, a material that helps regenerate dam- aged body tissues. Bioactive glass is a combination of glass and chemical components of bone materi- als, like calcium oxide, that is used to help "When you put something in your body you want something that is strong. You want material that has high fracture toughness, which glass does not have." -UN professor irichengDu 16 heal bones. Because it contains bone mate- rial components, the body interprets it to be actual bone. The bioactive glass then reacts by forming a chemical bond with bone and other body tissues, activating the growth of new tissues around it. Ultimately, the glass becomes part of the tissue. "My father is a medical doctor and I've always been interested in materials that could be used for biomedical applications," said Du, who has worked at UNT since the fall of 2007. The three-year research project, which is funded by a $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, is a fundamen- tal study of the structure and...
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cessful, we can improve the functioning of our older age group, which is rapidly grow- ing in number." Larry Hench, a professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, invented bioac- tive glass in the late 1960s. Hench created it while he was searching for a way to help heal the broken and shattered bones of wounded soldiers in the Vietnam War. When Du met Hench at conference recent, it was like meeting his hero, he said. "It was quite an experience to listen to his lecture and his vision of how [bioactive glass] will be useful in the future," Du said. "He's very respected in the field." Three undergraduate and graduate stu- dents from the materials science and engi- neering program will help perform research over the summer. Du expects to recruit addi- tional students in the future. While most of the research will be per- formed with computer simulations, Du and his team will also conduct physical experi- ments with the bioactive glass, which they create in the lab from raw m...
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<b A with By Heather Jackson Staff Writer Keyih Tal ley Freshman Keyth Tal ley made history last month when he became the first ath- lete in school history to win a gold medal at the 2009 USA Junior Championship for his performance m the 200-meter dash. On July 31, Talley will represent his school and his country at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletic Championship in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Alabama native talked with the Daily about the challenges and victories in his first collegiate season. Photo Courtesy UNTAthletics a A What has been the most challenging part of your first collegiate season? "FALL TRAINING !!! I almost died twice. Just kidding. But it was tough because I had never pushed my body so hard." What routine do you go through before a race? "I [always] go through the exact same warm up and I pray before I step on the track." • • What was your mindset going into the USA Junior Championship? "My mindset was to relax, run a season's best, have fun and represent ...
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' he Source of the Ruckus The roof top patio of Cool Beans buckled to the beat as hun- dreds of people jumped and stomped their feet in sync to the Les Claypool-esque bass styled rhythm, Doors flavored psychedelic guitar riffs and a back beat worthy of the Blue Man Group. This is Consider The Source, Hailing from New York, New York, Consider the Source con- sists of three members: John Ferrara 011 bass, Gabriel Marin on guitar and Justin Ahiyon on the skins. "It was like a heavy metal Bar mitzvah on acid," Nick Daniels, audience member and local Dentonite, said. "I thought the floor was going to crash through." No B.S. Ferrara could easily be the next Clay pool. He slapped his bass around like an outspokenly democratic soviet-step child. His hand a-blur. Imagine the Seinfeld theme song, multiply the tempo by 100, throw in some Indian culture, add a generous helping of j azz/blues, F heavy metal and deep try to have an idea. The 25-year-old Queens native began playing bass at 12. He ...