December 2011 Archives

The Make-A-Wish foundation has launched their new campaign called Season of Wishes, where they will grant 50 wishes and KSTP showed how a Warroad 7-year-old is getting her wish.

Kimmy, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy struggles with being independent because her disease, which weakens her muscles, makes Kimmy rely heavily on her parents, according to KSTP.

To grant Kimmy's wish, architects at Rehkamp Larson Architects Inc. are building a playhouse for Kimmy in her front yard where she can play independently without Mom and Dad's help. What name did Kimmy call her playhouse? Kimmy's Castle.

Jean Rehkamp-Larson, an architect of the company, said they typically create houses and do renovations, but will take on creating Kimmy's Castle. Amanda Kay, another architect at the company, said that it's a a great opportunity. "Hearing her story, how could you say no? she said.

Kimmy needs back growing rod surgery every six months, her mother Dian Mullis said told KSTP. Kimmy has a high-tech chair that can take her outside to play, but once she is outside, she can't do much since something has to be at Kimmy's height for her to use it, according to KSTP.

Ultimately, what Kimmy wants is the freedom to play without her parents' help. "I want [the playhouse] to be independent so I can go in there and do whatever I want," she said.

Hidden Images in 'Mona Lisa'?

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Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is once again puzzling those who decide to take a deeper look at the mysterious painting, but one man thinks he may have discovered animal images within it, according to MSNBC.

Keir Simmons reports from London that a Rochester, New York, man Ron Piccirillo discovered what seems to be an ape's face and a lion head in the painting when he turned it on its side. The art historian said he was reading from da Vinci's notebooks, and noticed that da Vinci referenced these animals, according to MSNBC.

"I call it an accidental discovery," Piccirillo said. He told MSNBC that he was confused as to why no one else had noticed the images in the painting before.

In London, art historian Martin Kemp sees things differently. "There is deeper meaning in his paintings but there are not kind of hidden objects, not some kind of visual puzzle," he said.

The "Mona Lisa" is on display at the Louvre in Paris and it is up to those who see it up close to decide if it has hidden images in it, or to let the painting remain a mystery.

Hidden Images in 'Mona Lisa

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Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is once again, puzzl

Hong Kong women gets $154 million in divorce settlement

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On Thursday a Hong Kong woman won $154 million in her divorce settlement, only one-fifth of her ex-husband's estate, CNN reported.

Regardless, Florence Tsang is $154 million richer and was also awarded a property worth $33 million as well as another property in London worth $4 million, according to CNN.

The couple was married for eight years before they got divorced.

CNN reported that Tsang had gotten pregnant four years ago and her then-husband Samathur Li Kin-kan wanted her to get an abortion, but Tsang refused.

Since Tsang is in custody of their 3-year-old daughter, she was awarded millions to take care of her and raise her, CNN editorial producer Nadia Bilchik said.

Kin-kan tried to hide assets of his father, who Bikchick called a "huge property mogul in Hong Kong," and Tsang was awarded 55 percent less of what she asked for of her ex-husband.

However, Tsang showed news cameras a smiling face as she walked out of the court room that Thursday. CNN reported that the judge told Tsang that "she should live in the manner to which she has become accustomed."

At the Milton Hershey School for disabled children in Pennsylvanian, faculty claim they'll admit anyone to their school, except a 13-year-old boy who is HIV-positive, according to CNN.

The boy who remains anonymous, is posed as a threat to the school because they think he could have sex with another student and transmit the virus to someone else.

In a statement, the school said, "The school knows that no child can be assumed to make responsible decisions which affect the well-being of others." It went on to say, "The school believes it has made the correct assessment of the risks of transmission of HIV in this setting, and has not violated the law..." according to CNN

The school says it doesn't presume anything, however, CNN reports that the school is presuming the boy will have sex, the sex will be unprotected, and he will pass the virus along. But the boy takes drugs to keep the virus in check and is 95 percent effective, so it is likely he would not even transmit the virus to another student.

"The Americans With Disabilities Act barred discrimination based on HIV status," CNN reported. And by denying this student access, the school is being sued by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania on behalf of the student.

The boy, whose face was not showed on camera, said how this situation has caused him emotional distress. "I feel that no other teenager should go through this, being denied just because they have HIV," he told CNN.

Hit and run leaves Iraq vet. in cirtical condition

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A Minnesota man who served his country as a Marine in Iraq remains in critical condition after being hit by a car in small-town Gaylord, Minn., this past October while he was riding his motorcycle, Kare 11 News reported.

John Byro, 29, was supposed to leave Hennepin County Medical Center this week, but his conditions worsened, forcing him to stay longer, making his sister stay longer also, Kare 11 reporter Jay Olstad said.

"The staff has been joking about changing my address to his room," said Byro, who has stayed at the hospital for the past 37 days alongside her brother.

John was supposed to be transferred from HCMC to Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul to begin his long-term rehab but then things took a turn for the worse, Kare 11 said.

Fluid built up in his brain and he was rushed into surgery. Kare 11 reported that all of his progress was "wiped away." "And after 48 hours of not moving or opening his eyes, you start to think really, really bad things," Byro said.

However, Kare 11 reported that John opened his eyes this morning and his sister hopes that John will pull through and also that the person who hit John will come forward.

Byro's family is planning a benefit Friday Dec. 9 in hopes of raising money to pay for John's medical costs as well as to increase the $5000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest, Olstad reported.

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