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Sunday, August 24, 2014

For 20 years, an elderly couple who lived modestly in south Florida gave six-figure donations to the Miami zoo on the condition that their names not be revealed until after their deaths. Ron Magill, the communications director of the zoo, got to know the couple and now honors them after their deaths. "I never saw him or his wife buy anything luxurious in more than 20 years, but they did donate generously and anonymously on an annual basis. Over time, their donations had added up to nearly $800,000," he writes. When the husband died, he left another $2.3 million to the zoo. "Thank you, Albert and Winifred Sami, for making the world a better place for animals and those who love them. You were amazing beyond description. Construction of a new multimillion-dollar amphitheater is underway, serving as the hub for the zoo and the future venue for a variety of educational and cultural presentations. It's the Sami Family Amphitheater, in honor of two of the dearest and no longer anonymous friends the zoo has ever had."


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

RIFLE, Colo. -- At Shooters Grill, you can decide whether your freshly made cherry pie comes with ice cream, but you have no choice on who delivers it: An armed waitress.

All nine of the servers at the restaurant pack heat as they shuttle plates of food to diners, from Glock semi-automatics to Ashlee Saenz's thigh-length Rueger Blackhawk .357 six-shooter. On the wall, posted alongside copies of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, is a sign declaring that those inside are still "proudly clinging to my guns and Bible."

Owner Lauren Boebert, 27, says she didn't start out to make a statement when she began carrying a pistol on her hip a month after opening Shooters a year ago. But through the months, her other waitresses thought it was kind of fun and they, too, started carrying in this town of 9,200 about 180 miles west of Denver.


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