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- Marathon runner Rob Sigmon, 29, took literally the Apostle Paul's exhortation to run the race: He left his job as a radio sales executive to organize the first Jesus Run-a national marathon that allows runners to raise at least $1,000 for missionaries of their choice. This year's Aug. 18 event-a trek through 13 Colorado cities-already has 2,000 registrants. Each participant receives a wristband with his missionary's name on it to wear during the race.
- An Oregon eighth-grader single-handedly took on the video game industry and the American Civil Liberties Union. As part of her Cool-No-Violence Peace project, 13-year-old Danielle Shimotakahara convinced several local businesses to remove gory video games from their lobbies. "I have seen three-year-olds holding guns and splattering blood and watching body parts explode on the screen," she wrote in a letter to restaurant owners. Attracting the ire of the ACLU, she also testified before U.S. and state Senate committees on behalf of legislation banning business owners from allowing children access to adult-rated games.