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Joplin Tornado Devastates Local Special Olympics Program

3 Jun

The World of Special Olympics

Wanted to share this email update we just received from our friends at Special Olympics Missouri.  Needless to say our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of devastation and loss.  I hope everyone who reads this can share your message of support by commenting here, sending letters to the address included, posting on their Facebook wall, Tweeting them, or in your own unique creative way just offering any support you can to them in this difficult time.

June 1, 2011

Thank you to each of you who have reached out to us with words of comfort, encouragement and offers of support. This last week has been one of much grief as so much has been lost in the devastating tornado in Joplin. The outpouring of love we have felt from you is comforting and so appreciated.

Sadly, we lost three very special men. Tripp Miller, Rick Fox and Mark Farmer were lifelong friends and had been SOMO athletes for decades. The three men lived in their own home and took great joy in being Special Olympics Athletes. All three had bowled in our state tournament last November which was held in Joplin. At Tripp’s funeral they shared the story that upon being found in the rubble of what was left of his home, he greeted his first rescuer with a huge smile, and said, “thank you.” Those were his last words. Read more about Tripp.

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Thousands gather along Range Line in Joplin

29 May

Thousands of people are standing shoulder-to-shoulder along Range Line Road this morning offering sympathy for Joplin following the May 22 tornado. They have gathered from Fourth Street to Newman Road.

Horns are honking and the crowd is cheering and waving flags and signs that say “God Bless Joplin” and “We Support You, Joplin.”

The protest is a response to the possibility that members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church have indicated they will be in Joplin today to protest the president’s visit.

Police use tear gas to control crowd

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Westboro Baptist Crossing The Line in Joplin

26 May

Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest in Joplin.

Church members plan to protest when President Obama visits tornado victims.
 

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest President Obama‘s visit to Joplin, Missouri Sunday. On its website, the church writes, “Thank God for 125 dead in Joplin.” Church members claim Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has attacked them by promoting laws banning them from protesting at soldiers’ funerals.

President Obama is planning to visit the tornado-ravaged city this Sunday. A memorial is also planned that day for the 125 people who lost their lives in the tornado.

From their website…

High Resolution Aerial Photo of Joplin

25 May

Witness the depths of destruction in Joplin, Mo., with this high-resolution aerial photo.

Photos Inside St. John’s Hospital

25 May

JOPLIN, Mo. — An EF-5 tornado struck St. John’s Regional Medical Center Sunday, heavily damaging the hospital. Wednesday Mercy officials pledged to rebuild in Joplin and provide continued employment to the 2,800 Mercy workers there. Photos

Tornado ranked among deadliest

25 May

By Wally Kennedy news@joplinglobe.com

JOPLIN, Mo. — Bill Davis, head meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Springfield, did not mince words Tuesday when he described the tornado that struck Joplin on Sunday.

“There were a few little swirling vortexes, and then it came down like a fist coming right out of the sky,” he said.

Davis, part of a team that arrived in Joplin on Monday to assess the damage, said the tornado that struck Joplin was the most powerful of all on the Enhanced Fujita Scale — an EF-5. Wind speeds exceeded 200 mph.

The Race to Find Survivors in Joplin

25 May