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December 8, 2008

Decemeber 8th in History

This information is from the Assciated Press.

Dec. 8, 1941- The U.S. entered World War II, a day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor

Dec 8, 1776- George Washington and his men retreated across the Delaware River.

Dec. 8, 1863- President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

Dec. 8, 1980- John Lennon was shot to death by a deranged fan outside of this New York City apartment.

December 7, 2008

Final Bush Christmas in the White House

First lady, Laura Bush, share the theme as well as her emotions at the annual White House holiday decorations press preview Wednesday, the New York Times reported.

This year’s color scheme is red, white and blue.

The White House hosts many parties over the holiday season and keeps the staff on their toes. Three hundred pounds of cheesy grits and 22,000 cookies are just the beginning of the preparations for the festivities to come, the New York Times reported.

The White House is now home to an 18-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree that was brought in from North Carolina.

Although Mrs. Bush got teary-eyed recounting her eight years at the White House, she said, “It’s the people I will miss most.?

Ghana Votes

Two foreign-trained lawyers were on the ballot for Ghana’s presidential election Sunday, hoping to lead Ghana into prosperity, Reuters reported.

The voting was generally peaceful with violence isolated to a few locations.

A total of eight candidates are on the ballot but “many expect a runoff election between Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party and John Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress,? Reuters reported.

Results are expected during the week.

Third Oldest Person in the World Dies

At age 114, Catherine Hagel went down in the record books as the third oldest person in the world, and the oldest in Minnesota.

She is survived by 35 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren, the Star Tribune reported.

Hagel has been living at Minnesota Masonic Home North Ridge in New Hope for the last 14 years, reported the Star Tribune.

Services for Hagel will be held at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church at St. Martin in Rogers on Wednesday.

Faribault College Teacher Kills Himself

Faribault preparatory college is grieving the loss of their teacher after he shot himself Friday night.

Len Jones, 24, shot himself with a handgun in his faculty apartment at St. Mary’s School Friday night, the Star Tribune reported.

Seventh and ninth grade boys were in the dormitory at the time of the shooting and were quickly taken to another location while the adults went to the aid of Jones, Amy Wolf, a spokeswoman for the school said.

Jones started working at St. Mary’s six years ago and brought with his “southern flare? from South Carolina, Wolf said.

Faribault’s flags flew half-staff Saturday in remembrance of the beloved teacher, the Star Tribune reported.