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Sep 4, 2006
Name: Steve Irwin
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(AP) Australian Steve Irwin, famous for his TV show "The Crocodile Hunter," holds his month-old son,...
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CAIRNS, Australia (AP) - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of northeastern Queensland state, shooting a segment for a series called "Ocean's Deadliest" when he swam too close to one of the animals, which have a poisonous barb on their tails, his friend and colleague John Stainton said.

"He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.

Crew members aboard the boat, Croc One, called emergency services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead when they arrived a short time later, Stainton said.

(AP) In a file photo Steve Irwin arrives at the Penfolds Icon Gala Dinner during G'Day LA: Australia...
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Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword "Crikey!" in his television program "Crocodile Hunter." First broadcast in Australia in 1992, the program was picked up by the Discovery network, catapulting Irwin to international celebrity.

He rode his image into a feature film, 2002's "The Crocodile Hunters: Collision Course" and developed the wildlife park that his parents opened, Australia Zoo, into a major tourist attraction.

"The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet," Stainton told reporters in Cairns. "He died doing what he loved best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. He would have said, 'Crocs Rule!'"

Prime Minister John Howard, who hand-picked Irwin to attend a gala barbecue to honor President Bush when he visited in 2003, said he was "shocked and distressed at Steve Irwin's sudden, untimely and freakish death."

"It's a huge loss to Australia," Howard told reporters. "He was a wonderful character. He was a passionate environmentalist. He brought joy and entertainment and excitement to millions of people."

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Irwin, who made a trademark of hovering dangerously close to untethered crocodiles and leaping on their backs, spoke in rapid-fire bursts with a thick Australian accent and was almost never seen without his uniform of khaki shorts and shirt and heavy boots.

Wild animal expert Jack Hanna, who frequently appears on TV with his subjects, offered praise for Irwin.

"Steve was one of these guys, we thought of him as invincible," Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo and Aquarium, told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday.

"The guy was incredible. His knowledge was incredible," Hanna said. "Some people that are doing this stuff are actors and that type of thing, but Steve was truly a zoologist, so to speak, a person who knew what he was doing. Yes, he did things a lot of people wouldn't do. I think he knew what he was doing."

Irwin's ebullience was infectious and Australian officials sought him out for photo opportunities and to promote Australia internationally.

His public image was dented, however, in 2004 when he caused an uproar by holding his infant son in one arm while feeding large crocodiles inside a zoo pen. Irwin claimed at the time there was no danger to the child, and authorities declined to charge Irwin with violating safety regulations.

Later that year, he was accused of getting too close to penguins, a seal and humpback whales in Antarctica while making a documentary. Irwin denied any wrongdoing, and an Australian Environment Department investigation recommended no action be taken against him.

Stingrays have a serrated, toxin-loaded barb, or spine, on the top of their tail. The barb, which can be up to 10 inches long, flexes if a ray is frightened. Stings usually occur to people when they step on or swim too close to a ray and can be excruciatingly painful but are rarely fatal, said University of Queensland marine neuroscientist Shaun Collin.

Collin said he suspected Irwin died because the barb pierced under his ribcage and directly into his heart.

"It was extraordinarily bad luck. It's not easy to get spined by a stingray and to be killed by one is very rare," Collin said.

News of Irwin's death spread quickly, and tributes flowed from all quarters of society.

At Australia Zoo at Beerwah, south Queensland, floral tributes were dropped at the entrance, where a huge fake crocodile gapes. Drivers honked their horns as they passed.

"Steve, from all God's creatures, thank you. Rest in peace," was written on a card with a bouquet of native flowers.

"We're all very shocked. I don't know what the zoo will do without him. He's done so much for us, the environment and it's a big loss," said Paula Kelly, a local resident and volunteer at the zoo, after dropping off a wreath at the gate.

Stainton said Irwin's American-born wife Terri, from Eugene, Ore., had been informed of his death, and had told their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.

The couple met when she went on vacation in Australia in 1991 and visited Irwin's Australia Zoo; they were married six months later. Sometimes referred to as the "Crocodile Huntress," she costarred on her husband's television show and in his 2002 movie.


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Posted: Sep 4, 2006 12:18pm
Apr 25, 2006
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An Indiana mother recentlyaccompanied her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to one ofIndiana's Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittinglywalked into a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" run by ananti-abortion group, one that shared a parking lot with the realPlanned Parenthood clinic and was designed expressly to lurePlanned Parenthood patients and deceive them.

The grouptook down the girl's confidential personal information and toldher to come back for her appointment, which they said would bein their "other office" (the real Planned Parenthood officenearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did thePlanned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the policewere there. The "crisis pregnancy center" had called them,claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortionagainst her will.

The "crisis pregnancy center" staffthen proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassmentover the following days, showing up at the girl's home andcalling her father's workplace. Planned Parenthood's clinicdirector reports that the girl was "scared to death to leave herhouse." They even went to her school and urged classmates topressure her not to have an abortion.

The anti-choicemovement is setting up these "crisis pregnancy centers" acrossthe country. Some of them have neutral-sounding names and runads that falsely promise the full range of reproductive healthservices, but they dispense anti-choice propaganda andintimidation instead. And according to a
recentarticle in The New York Times, there are currentlymore of these centers in the U.S. than there are actual abortionproviders. What's more, these centers have received $60 millionin government grants. They're being funded by our taxdollars.

A bill has just been introduced in Congressto stop the fraudulent practices of fake clinics, but itdesperately needs more support. Tell yourrepresentative to take a stand: anti-choice extremists must notget away with this any longer!

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Mar 5, 2006
Having been ill all week, I couldn't help but spend a lot of time on care 2, just cruising around and reading blogs and profiles, poetry and alerts. There are so many people here who are caring and sharing and loving each other. We seem to be in our own little world here where race, religion and background mean nothing. Everyone here is judged by what they contribute and how they relate to others. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the whole world was like this? We take time with each other, we are careful with each others feelings, yet we tell the truth. I wonder how many of us are like that when we are out in the world. Are we as careful? Understanding? Do we love uncondittionally as we do here? Are we as tolerant? I know that I haven't always been, but if I can be that way here, I can be that way everywhere, with everyone. Can we all? Maybe we can change the world into a place where everyone wants to be. One person at a time. I know I have more tolerance of someone on here who is having a bad day and posts it, than I do when someone at work is having a bad day and takes it out on others. I need to work on that. I also noticed that while we are very willing to give our time and love, we are not giving materials things to each other. Everyone is expected to take care of themselves, yet no one is whining about it. Maybe the kind of help that we should be giving people is the kind that empowers them to achieve on their own? Encouragement, pep talks, love, a helping hand, instead of a handout? An ear that is willing to listen, and a mouth to teach from, instead of critisize? It's raining right now and I feel safe and grateful for all that I have. I don't have a lot of money, in debt in fact. But grateful. Happy that I have all of you to share with, knowing that we are all unique but caring for each other just the same. You all have changed the way that I think and feel about all human beings and for this ........ THANK YOU.
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Jan 11, 2006

1. Being able to breath
2. knowing that my daughter loves me and is my best friend
3. Having a husband who is loving, kind, loyal and my best friend
4. Having a warm bed to sleep in
5. Having hot water to cleanse myself
6. Having a job that I like
7. Having a home to shield me from the cold rain and the hot sun
8. My cats who give me love, joy and companionship
9. My granddaughter who is teaching me how to be a happy child again
10. A sound healthy body and mind
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Jan 11, 2006
Hi everyone.  I was looking out the window while it was storming and I noticed that 2 of my cats were also watching. They we're tracking everything that moved in the wind. They were turning their heads when they saw the rain.  My thought was, " What's the big deal? They've seen this before." Then I realized something. My cats have been indoors all their lives. They don't get what wind is. They have never felt the wind. They have no idea how that leaf is moving across the porch, or why that tree over there is bending and swaying. They may just think that these things move on their own, the same way cats do. And rain? They have seen water come out of a faucet but having never been outside, do they think that there is a big faucet outside up above the house?  I tend to put human emotions on my animals and I think this is the first time that I ever really looked at the world through their eyes. It was so different. They ( whoever 'they' is) is always saying that to understand someone you need to walk a mile in their shoes. I just never thought about walking a mile in their paws!
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