Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday morning roundup...

It's been a while since I've done a roundup post (that and I don't have a theme for today!). So without further ado, here are three cool stories I found on the world-wide Interweb recently.

As if The Happiest Place on Earth wasn't enough of a draw to visit the Sunshine State, Universal Studios, via Yahoo! Travel, has revealed plans for "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," a new theme park area. Visitors to the park area enter through an archway designed to block out all signs of the Muggle world they just left behind, and the WWoHP will include rides like "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey," which takes guests through scenes from the movies and inside a Hogwarts Castle made to look 700 feet tall. Every shop is Harry Potter-themed, meaning Ollivanders will sell wands, Zonko's will sell Sneakoscopes, and Honeydukes will sell Chocolate Frogs. Visitors can send mail with a Hogsmeade postmark from the Owl Post and take a pull on a draft of butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.

CNN.com contributes my other two stories of the day. The first article features Susan Jacobs and her "Wheels of Success" program. Born out of personal experience in how hard it can be to get to a job without reliable transportation, Jacobs started the foundation to provide cars to low-income workers in Florida. The program refurbishes donated cars before offering them to qualified full-time workers. Since 2003, Wheels of Success has provided 280 cars to clients and helped another 280 people with vehicle-related services.

The second article relates to Maria Toor Pakay. The 18 year-old Pakistani girl is the No. 10-ranked squash player for her home country and stands 91st in the world. But the really remarkable thing is she originally hails from South Waziristan - a stronghold of the Taliban. In her hometown, girls are punished for attending school, much less playing sports. But Maria's father recognized her talent and moved the family to Peshawar, so his daughter could reach her full potential.

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