President Obama Is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2012

BY: - 20 Dec '12 | On the Web

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President Obama has had quite a busy year, and it has not gone unnoticed. For the second time, the POTUS has been chosen as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. The first time he received this honor was in 2008, after winning an election that will forever go down in history, as he became the first African-American president. Reasons for him returning this year also relate to this monumental election, as he won a second term with over 50 percent of the popular vote.

Time’s managing editor Richard Stengel unveiled who would grace the magazine’s most anticipated cover of the year on Wednesday’s “Today” show. Stengel’s post on Time.com revealed why the editors and the deciding panel thought President Obama deserved Person of the Year:

For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is TIME’s 2012 Person of the Year.

So who was the runner-up? Malala Yousafzai, the girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban for fighting for better girls’ education. Other notable honorees included:

  • Bill and Hilary Clinton
  • Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi
  • Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook
  • Three scientists who confirmed the Higgs boson particle.

When it came to people’s choice, North Korean heir Kim Jong Un was the winner with over 5.6 million votes, followed by TV host Jon Stewart (2.3 million+ votes), undocumented immigrants (1.5 million+ votes), and Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas (1.5 million+ votes).

Readers who were polled on Time.com thought Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and even VP Joe Biden were “definitely not” contenders for Person of the Year.

BMWK – Do you agree with President Obama being selected as Person of the Year?  Who was your choice?

 

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Bulletproof Backpack Sales Rise After Newtown Tragedy

BY: - 24 Dec '12 | On the Web

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Following the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last week, discussions of gun control and mental health have been on the rise. Additionally, parents are looking to make sure their kids are safe in school. One solution that has gained controversial attention: bulletproof backpacks.

Two companies, BulletBlocker and Amendment II, have seen a heavy increase in demand for bulletproof backpacks for children in the past week. Amendment II, who primarily makes armor for the military, just started manufacturing backpacks six months ago, but went from selling 15 to 20 backpacks a week to 50 to 100 per day in the past week.

Unable to keep up with the fast pace of orders, Amendment II posted a message indicating so on its website as well as informing its audience that it will donate a portion of its sales to the families of Sandy Hook victims.

“We never wanted to be in the spotlight for kids’ body armor,” Amendment II co-owner and sales director, Derek Williams, said. “There’s a criticism that we’re capitalizing on the tragedy. That isn’t true.”

However, people like Kenneth Trump, a school security consultant, believe that sales like these distract parents from concerns such as an up-to-date safety plan in school and how trained teachers are. He points out that students don’t carry their backpacks for most of the day.

Read the complete article on the Washington Post.

BMWK– What are your thoughts on bulletproof backpacks? Are they worth the investment or are companies profiting off of parents’ fear?

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