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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Darren_Manzella

(August 8, 1977—August 29, 2013)

Former Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and spoke out against the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' died in a car accident near Rochester, NY, August 29, 2013.  He was 36 years old.

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In Loving Memory

Manzella was a brave, powerful and important voice in the battle to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", speaking out about his sexuality when it was taboo to do so. It led to his discharge.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Seargent Manzella's husband, family and friends, and we give thanks for his courage and service.

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AIDS activist Sean Sasser, whose on-screen marriage to late "Real World" star Pedro Zamora was a landmark moment in TV history, has died at age 44. Zamora and Sasser exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony, the first ever broadcast on U.S. TV.  Zamora died of AIDS shortly after the season wrapped in 1994.

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Michael Kaplan, Sean Sasser partner said he died of mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs. Sasser had been HIV positive for 25 years but developed cancer this summer after a June blood test showed an abnormality. Sasser resurfaced this year in Washington having become a pastry chef at RIS, an upscale cafe on L Street.

 

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor

February 27, 1932–March 23, 2011

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A catastrophic tornado with winds nearing 200 miles-per-hour — which would make it an F-5 — swept through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. The storm carved a destruction path perhaps two miles wide and encompassing about 30 square miles. As of very early Tuesday morning, 24 are confirmed dead, according to the state medical examiner's office, with that number expected to rise. 9 of those confirmed dead are children.  Hospitals across the region are reporting 200+ injured. A local news anchor called the storm the "biggest destructive tornado in the history of the world," based on what he's seen. Emergency workers are continuing to search for survivors of the gigantic tornado that tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City.

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President Obama has directed the federal government and FEMA to provide all the assistance needed and declared Moore, Oklahoma as a major disaster area. 

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Victims

of the Oklahoma Tornado

 May 20, 2013

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Community of Lights joins the vigil honoring bombing victims of the Boston Marathon.  Our thoughts and prayers go out for those who lost their lives and who were injured and are fighting for their lives as well as for their loved ones, families and friends.

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In Loving Memory