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News Archive - August 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy Dies at 77

August 26: Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the "liberal lion" of the Senate & the youngest brother of John & Robert Kennedy, has died of brain cancer at age 77. Kennedy served in the Senate for 46 years, a champion of civil rights, eduction, and most notably health care reform, which he called "the cause of my life."

CIA Hired Blackwater for Assassination Program

August 21: According to the Washington Post, two former intelligence officials have come forward with the allegation that the CIA outsourced a secret assassination program targeting Al Qaeda leaders to the North Carolina "security firm," Blackwater. The company was given operational responsibility for the assassination of key Al Qaeda targets and millions of dollars in weaponry and training prior to the program's cancellation.

Sixth Floor Museum to Open Resource Center

August 20: The city of Dallas, Texas, has approved a request from the Sixth Floor Museum, located in the former Texas School Book Depository, to open a resource room for researchers and others interested in exploring the JFK Assassination. No date has been set for the resource center's opening.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies at 88

August 11: Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President Kennedy and Senators Robert & Edward Kennedy, and founder of the Special Olympics, has died at the age of 88. She leaves behind a legacy as a champion of the disenfranchised, having started the Special Olympics in her backyard in 1962; today that organization is active in over 150 countries around the world, and gathers nearly 1.3 million participants. Her daughter, Maria Shriver, is the current first lady of California.

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