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GiGi Erneta Takes Us Inside ‘Flag of My Father’
Written by Tammy Leigh Maxey   

CapGWilliamandGiGiholdinghandsiGi Erneta tossed about, trying to find an escape into sleep on the unfamiliar air mattress.  The mind can often be one’s greatest enemy, and Erneta’s was going to battle against her, raking her over the torturous events of the past week.

Wow, what a week it had been too!  In the window of a few days, her life was turned upside down.  She’d been t-boned by an uninsured motorist, bitten by a dog with severe injury to her hand, and was now virtually homeless on the outskirts of hardcore Hollywood.  Oh, her family would surely have taken her in, but she was nowhere near “home.”  She was in L.A., struggling to make a name for herself as an actress, and now, just simply struggling.

 
The Knock Out Punch That Changed His Life
Written by Tammy Leigh Maxey   

CapTgeorgethechamphe year was 1977; heavy weight boxing champion George Foreman had just been defeated in a match against Jimmy Young in Puerto Rico.  Back in his dressing room, Foreman was suffering from exhaustion and heatstroke, when a near death experience, in fact a heart-stopping pivot point, changed his life forever.

“It was the most profound thing that ever happened to me in my life,” said Foreman.  “That night in the dressing room after Jimmy Young, I was so tired and so hot, and I just couldn’t keep fight, fight, fighting for my life. Then I heard a voice in that dressing room that asked, ‘Do you believe in God? Why are you ready to die?’  I had just been talking about God. I didn’t really believe in religion. I started fighting, trying to make a deal. Still then, I wasn’t fighting anyone I knew. I said to the voice, ‘Look I am George Foreman. I can give money to charity and for cancer,’ and the voice answered me back, ‘I don’t want your money, I want you.’

 
Ron Dorres—Legally Labeled Urban Terrorist
Written by Tammy Leigh Maxey   

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on Dorres watched the Gangland TV series, episode “Snitch Slaughter,” on the History Channel  on a Thursday evening early November, 2009 from the quiet comforts of his home. Although the family’s central heater blanketed the room with warm air, Ron could not shake the chill that coursed through him, refuting the warmth.

The show was about the Vagos Motorcycle Club, a gang that was formed in the 1960’s in San Bernardino (Berdo), CA.  They were deemed urban terrorists, an outlaw club, by the FBI and ATF.  Among the claims to criminal activity were producing, transporting and distributing methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as assault, extortion, insurance fraud, money laundering, murder, vehicle theft, witness intimidation and weapons violations.

 
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CapBDerekandHeatherhekulwandle, South Africa, 2003: Graves dotted the yards of most of the family homes in the area, filled with the bodies of AIDS victims.

Derek and Heather Liebenberg observed the devastation of the villages.  Men and women ravaged with the AIDS virus haunted the streets and makeshift huts, left to die alone by their families who were afraid of catching the disease themselves.  A few of the “lucky” ones were allowed to remain in their homes in a shut-off room.  Many were succumbing to starvation quicker than aids could take them, as their families saw no need in “wasting” food on someone who was dying anyway.

 



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