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Nicole Bloom

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Nicole Bloom, of Stevensville, Mich., died on Friday while climbing a mountain in Wyoming. Searchers say she apparently fell 800 feet from the crest of the east ridge of the Middle Teton. Bloom was 23.
Bloom graduated last May from Michigan Technological University with degrees in biology and environmental engineering. She was passionate about saving the environment, and was taking one final road trip before starting a job at the Great Lakes Environmental Center in Traverse City, Mich.
“She headed many environmental groups while in college. Her professors said she was the best environmental engineer Michigan Tech had ever seen. She had the ability and the education to make a difference,” Brianne Bloom, Nicole’s sister, said.
In her spare time, Bloom was an avid traveler and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Freddie Meeks

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Categories: Military

meeks.jpgFreddie Meeks, a black sailor who was pardoned by President Clinton for his role in a World War II mutiny, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 83.
Meeks was court-martialed by an all-white jury in 1944 for refusing to return to duty after an explosion at the Port Chicago naval facility near San Francisco. The explosion killed 320 servicemen and wounded 400.
Afterwards, more than 250 black sailors went on strike, saying they wanted assurances of safety. Most eventually returned to duty, but Meeks and 49 others were found guilty of mutiny and sentenced to prison and hard labor.

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