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Tuesday
Feb152011

President Obama to Award Medal of Freedom to 15 Recipients

Photo Courtesy - Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will award the Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- to 15 recipients Tuesday, which include a former president, a famous poet and a Hall of Fame baseball player.

The medal is awarded annually "to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

The 15 honorees were announced last year in November and "come from a broad range of backgrounds and they’ve excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place," President Obama said.

The 2010 Medal of Freedom recipients are:

-- Former President George H. W. Bush
-- Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel
-- Rep. John Lewis of Georgia
-- Co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, John H. Adams
-- Author, poet, actress and civil rights activist, Dr. Maya Angelou
-- Investor, industrialist and philanthropist, Warren Buffett
-- Artist, Jasper Johns
-- Jewish Holocaust survivor, Gerda Weissmann Klein
-- Optometrist, Dr. Tom Little (Posthumous)
-- Cellist, Yo-Yo Ma
-- Civil rights activist, Sylvia Mendez
-- National baseball Hall of Fame first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, Stan “The Man” Musial
-- Former Boston Celtics Captain and five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, Bill Russell
-- Founder of the non-profit organization VSA, Jean Kennedy Smith
-- Current President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, John J. Sweeney´╗┐

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Sunday
Jan092011

Federal Judge Among Victims in Arizona Shooting

Photo Courtesy - Roll Call/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- One of the victims in Saturday's deadly shooting in Tucson, Ariz., was Judge John Roll, 63, who had served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona since 1991.

U.S. District Judge Roll was nominated to the bench by President George H.W. Bush, after being recommended by Sen. John McCain. Before that, Roll served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, where he was appointed in 1987 after a stint as the assistant U.S. attorney in Arizona. In 2006 he had become the chief judge for the District of Arizona.

Roll was familiar with the hostility and controversy that could surround political issues in the state of Arizona. In 2009, Roll and his wife received protection from the U.S. Marshall's Service after he began receiving death threats. At the time he was presiding over a controversial civil rights lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants against an Arizona rancher. Roll told one Arizona paper that it was an "unnerving and invasive" experience.

Before taking his seat on the bench, Roll was considered to be a Republican, but his friends insist his politics never played a role in his decisions once he was on the bench.

While Roll made his career in Arizona, he grew up in Pittsburgh, moving west to attend the University of Arizona, where he would go on to receive both his bachelor's and law degree.

Roll is survived by his wife and three children.

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