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Steve Saint (Photo by I-Tec)

Human Race

Issue: "2012 Books Issue," July 14, 2012

Paralyzed

Steve Saint, son of slain missionary Nate Saint, suffered a paralyzing injury while testing new technology at Indigenous People's Technology and Education Ministry Center (I-Tec), a ministry he founded to develop products to help spread the gospel in remote parts of the world. Saint, 61, who after the June 13 accident could only slightly raise his arms, was able to stand briefly with support after surgery June 19 to relieve pressure on his spine. Saint's passion for aviation and missions culminated in recent years with the Maverick, a flying car that enables missionaries to travel up to 90 mph on paved roads, handle off-road conditions, or fly the skies when roads end.

Walked

Quadriplegic Patrick Ivison, 17, made good on a promise he made a few years ago: At his high school graduation last month the California teen walked across the stage to retrieve his diploma. Ivison, who suffered the paralyzing injury after a car backed into him when he was just a year old, is also an accomplished surfer who says, "Being in a wheelchair has taught me to focus on my abilities rather than my disability."

Resigned

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Commerce Secretary John Bryson, 68, announced his resignation last month, saying a June 9 seizure "could be a distraction from my performance as secretary, and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership." At the time of the seizure, authorities discovered Bryson unconscious in his car after he had been involved in two accidents. The incidents are still under investigation.

Died

Crown Prince Nayef, Saudi Arabia's hard-line interior minister who led a crackdown against al-Qaeda after 9/11, died June 16 at the age of 78. King Abdullah, 88, had tapped Nayef as his successor last fall after the death of the first heir, Prince Sultan. The country's defense minister, Prince Salman, 77, will likely emerge as the new heir.

Acquitted

A federal jury ruled June 18 that former major league pitching star Roger Clemens, 49, is not guilty of charges he lied to Congress about steroid use. The nine-week retrial centered on allegations by Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee that he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with performance-enhancing drugs-a charge Clemens repeatedly denied.

Unresolved

The ongoing battle between the board of trustees of Erskine College and Erskine Seminary and their founding denomination, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, over the governance of the schools remains unresolved following the ARP annual denominational meeting that ended June 7. ARP pastors and ruling elders, who make up the delegates to the denomination's highest court, the General Synod, voted to appoint committees to continue to study the issue and report back at next year's annual meeting.

Approved

Students at Shepherds College, a post-secondary Christian school in Wisconsin for young adults with intellectual disabilities, will now be able to receive Federal Student Aid grants and loans. It is the first college for the intellectually disabled to gain approval from the U.S. Department of Education.

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