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Human Race

Issue: "Food stamps surge," Nov. 19, 2011


Joni Eareckson Tada announced a year ago she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She completed her chemo treatments in the summer and is back to traveling and speaking. She says she feels great, and doctors have found no signs of cancer's return.


Cate Edwards, 29, daughter of former Sen. John Edwards and the late Elizabeth Edwards, married her college sweetheart Trevor Upham, 30, on Oct. 22. A few days later, a judge declined to dismiss criminal charges against her father, setting the stage for a likely January trial in a case that centers on whether Edwards used campaign money to cover up an affair during his 2008 presidential run.


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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy welcomed their first child together on Oct. 19. The newborn, a girl named Giulia, is the first baby born to a sitting French president.


The Girl Scouts of Colorado invited transgender boy Bobby Montoya, 7, to join after a troop leader allegedly first told him he could not participate because he has "boy parts." The group released a statement saying that requests to support transgender youth are growing and, "If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout."


The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association conferred its Platinum Award earlier this year on Todd Burpo's Heaven is for Real, a New York Times best-selling book former WORLD contributor Lynn Vincent helped write. Another of Vincent's projects, Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, also earned a Platinum Award. The honor is given to titles that sell 1 million copies.


An Army Ranger serving on his 14th deployment died Oct. 22 after a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan. Sgt. First Class Kristoffer Domeij, 29, who did four stints in Iraq and deployed nine times to Afghanistan, will receive his third Bronze Star posthumously.


Saudia Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan died Oct. 22 at the age of 80, prompting the country to revise its succession plans. Prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud, 78, the nation's interior minister who has earned Western praise for cracking down on Islamic extremist cells, was named next in line to the throne upon the death of King Abdullah, 87.


Gordon and Norma Yeager, 94 and 90, respectively, were inseparable during their 72 years of marriage, so family members say it was no surprise they died Oct. 19 only an hour apart. After a car accident sent the Iowa couple to the emergency room, attendants placed them in a room together in side-by-side beds where they held hands until first Gordon and then Norma died.


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