Daniel Olasky
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Power kick

World Cup | Spain may have won the World Cup, and host nation South Africa received an image boost, but the unaccountable FIFA was the event's biggest winner
by Daniel Olasky
Posted 7/16/10, 04:30 am

With tears streaming down his face, 29-year-old Iker Casillas lifted the World Cup trophy above his head. Confetti rained down on the Spanish goalkeeper and team captain, and millions of Spaniards from Galicia to the Canary Islands cheered for their team, basking in the glory of their nation's first ever World Cup win. But while Spain celebrated its sporting victory, the real winner was the man who handed Casillas the trophy: FIFA president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter.

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Sharing a vision

2010 Hope Awards | Straight Ahead Ministries takes the toughest gang members and shows them the possibility of a new life
by Daniel Olasky
Posted 7/01/10, 05:37 am

LYNN, Mass.-Some white frame houses in Lynn, Mass., 15 miles north of Boston, are rundown, but the rot inside is worse. Although Lynn's population is only 90,000, its crime statistics could be those of a city much larger. Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and MS-13 wage brutal gang wars on its streets. Lynn is home to the third-largest Cambodian population in the nation, and some who escaped the killing fields remain unassimilated.

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Building bridges

2010 Hope Awards | New York program uses the power of mentoring to reach fatherless youth
by Daniel Olasky
Posted 7/01/10, 05:37 am

LONG ISLAND, N.Y.- It's the closing ceremony for the Breakfast Club reading program at Bay Shore, New York's Fifth Avenue Elementary School. First and second graders chatter and giggle with the prospect of a long summer ahead of them. They assault the table loaded with bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, and bagels, then take their trays to fold-down tables and eat happily, ready for a full day of school.

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