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     • Miracle of heart transplant puts ‘inoperable’ Rachel, 10, back in the arms of her new family - The dramatic story of how 10-year-old Rachel McCary got her new heart and a new chance to live is told by Jack Strickland who watched closely at the hospital in Gainesville while a miracle was performed. ...
     • Colorful veteran George Barnes’ last words were “Don’t give up the ship” - George Barnes found himself an outsider at the end of his life, but he made a difference to a lot of people. He gave and shared compassion, and up to the end, he fought a good fight and found a lot of friendship. ...
     • VA needs more resources, says vet who was saved, then tossed out minus his wallet and dignity - Experiences suggest the VA does not care about the very people they are supposed to serve, says man who knows...
     • ‘What? Café’ menu boasts music, has become a popular hangout for young adults, state workers, others - What? Cafe is a place to play music, drink coffee, sample a variety of food. ...
     • Civil rights pioneers tell of struggle in Tallahassee - 'Unspoken bond' between people of civil rights generation is explained by those who went through the struggle in Florida. ...
     • IBM corporation helped Nazi Germany round up Jews and send them to extermination camps, author says - IBM leased its computing machines to Nazi Germany to round up Jews and send them to their deaths by the millions in World War II. ...
     • Quick triggers, quick judgment - when did life become so outrageously cheap in our country? - The parade of death continues as police shoot and are shot in a society that needs to take time to retrain its ways of thinking. ...
     • Rickards student faces charges for carrying gun to school - A Rickards student is facing charges for carrying a gun to school. He apparently mentioned this over the Internet and was arrested by police at the school. ...
     • He keeps a vigil for his daughter Staci as killer tries to walk free from prison - Marvin Weinstein drove 500 miles last week to Tallahassee to ask Florida's Parole Commission to keep the killer of his daugter in jail. ...
     • Abused, neglected animals come to local animal shelter at rate of more than 70 a day - Animals cannot speak for themselves or fight back. Many face their last chance to survive. More than 70 animals are brought into the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Services Center every day. ...
     • Many other tragic shootings shed stronger light on police behavior than the Michael Brown incident - There are many other cases involving police shootings of innocent victims that make for better arguments than the Michael Brown case. Columnist Jack Strickland tells why these cases need more scrutiny....
     • Florida’s civil rights movement showcased in museum’s new exhibit - The new civil rights exhibit at the Museum of Florida History tells about pioneers in the movement for equal rights in Florida. ...
     • If you are going to vote, Crist and Graham seem like best choices - The Tallahassee News supports Charlie Crist for governor, Gwen Graham for U.S. representative. ...
     • ‘Officer Friendly’ changes his role as he dons the deadly armor of a hostile invading army - As police acquire more surplus military equipment, the urge to use it takes on a kind of urgency, resulting in often-dangerous consequences for the public. Police say they face more dangerous criminals and need to have sophisticated tools, but sometimes the tactics backfire. ...
     • New state crime statistics fraught with questions, challenges on racial imbalance - Florida's new crime statistics show high percentages of blacks arrested for crime and incarcerated. Figures draw responses of law enforcement....

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    Rachel with mom and dad: joy after the operation (Photo special to TTN)

    Miracle of heart transplant puts ‘inoperable’ Rachel, 10, back in the arms of her new family

    May 18, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland

    Rachel McCary has a new heart. The spunky 10 year old is scheduled for discharge this week from Shands UFHealth Children’s Hospital in Gainesville following successful heart transplant surgery.  She has a new lease on life. Her family views it as nothing short of a miracle.

    Shortly after Rachel was born in China she was diagnosed with a malfunctioning heart. No information is available about Rachel’s birth or early medical history.  We only know that she was found in a basket at a bus stop in front of the Shanghai orphanage when she was approximately 9 months old. 

    She was extremely ill and taken to the hospital where they determined that she was inoperable.  Her prognosis was terminal and she was sent to the orphanage to die.  When she was about 5 years old, and still living against all odds, the orphanage listed her for international adoption.  She waited for several years. Her medical prognosis was so grim she was not viewed by most as a viable candidate for adoption. The small child was resilient. She clung to life and showed a special determination not to give up.

    Missionaries Lori and Doug McCary discovered her file online and said they felt “led by the Lord” to bring her home and give her the love she deserved for whatever time God would give. In September of 2011, at the age of 7, Rachel finally came home to begin her new life with… (Read More)

    Colorful veteran George Barnes’ last words were “Don’t give up the ship”

    May 04, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland

    George Elmer Barnes passed away peacefully on March 26, 2015, at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center at Gainesville, Florida. He endured an extended illness caused by chronic heart disease.… (Read More)

    VA needs more resources, says vet who was saved, then tossed out minus his wallet and dignity

    March 10, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland

    The VA is broken. Medical care for veterans is so inadequate it is a joke. 

    The Veterans Administration simply does not care. The welfare of those who served in… (Read More)

    Governor doesn’t know how to govern, should resign and go back to private business

    And we now have a governor who believes that the people in Florida don’t deserve the medical care that is available to those in other states.
    That, in itself, would be a sick joke, but our governor believes… (Read More)

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    Nation’s handicapped got royal treatment as Tebow Foundation sponsored a special night

    By Jack Strickland

    It was a night to remember. Tim Tebow has done it again. He and his foundation made Valentine’s weekend very special for several thousand Special needs young men and women and their caregivers. They called it… (Read More)

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