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Wednesday
Oct202010

Hillary Clinton Delivers Message to LGBT Youth

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taped a message aimed at LGBT youth on Tuesday.  The video, posted online on the U.S. Department of State's website, comes after the recent trend of suicides by teenagers who were victims of bullying.

"Like millions of Americans, I was terribly saddened to learn of the recent suicides of several teenagers across our country after being bullied because they were gay or because people thought they were gay," Clinton says in the message.  "Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide.  These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred."

Clinton goes on to advise young people who are being bullied to "hang in there and ask for help."  She adds that their lives are important and that many opportunities await them.

"So take heart, and have hope, and please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone.  Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strength.  Count me among them," Secretary Clinton says, concluding the video message.

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Tuesday
Oct052010

Mother of American Killed by Mexican Pirates Begs Hillary Clinton: 'Help Me'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. woman whose son was shot in the head by Mexican pirates while boating on a border lake in Texas is begging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help her, "mother to mother."

The body of David Michael Hartley, 30, has yet to be recovered days after he was killed by teenage pirates on Falcon Lake after he and his wife, Tiffany Hartley, crossed the border on their jet skis. U.S. officials said they're prohibited from entering into Mexican waters to search for his body and Mexico said it doesn't have the money to look.

"He needs to come home and we're begging the Mexican government, the governor of Texas, President Obama," the man's mother, Pam Hartley, told ABC News.

"To Hillary -- mother to mother -- help me bring my son home, please," she said, crying.

Tiffany Hartley said she and her husband dismissed warnings about crossing into the Mexican side of the lake to take pictures of a historic church. As they made their way back to the U.S. border, they were approached by three boats of fully-armed pirates.

"David and I were racing back to the U.S. and they started shooting," she said. “I looked back and I saw that David had been shot and I turned around to go get him."

Hartley said she failed to pull her husband onto her jet ski and, for her own safety, was forced to abandon her husband.

The state of Texas had warned boaters and fisherman as far back as April to stay away from the Mexican side of the lake. Since then, the drug wars along the border have gotten more violent and there have been reports of more pirate encounters. There have been at least five reported run-ins with pirates on the lake so far this year, although this is the first reported case of a death.

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