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As 'Peanuts' turn 60, Schulz family plans future

Jeannie Schulz, the cartoonist's widow, said she often hears from people at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., about how well the characters reflect their own feelings.

Brett Zongker, Associated Press/San Francisco Examiner | CA

Good grief, Charlie Brown. The world has certainly changed since the Peanuts were born.
In 60 years, the U.S. sent a man to the moon, survived the Cold War and now has one of the worst economic funks in decades. All that time, Charles Schulz's imaginary gang has been a fixture of newspaper funny pages and grainy holiday TV specials.
Now, his family is working to keep Snoopy, Lucy and the rest alive for generations to come. A handful of new projects is in the works. The first new animated film in five years is set for release next spring called "Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown." ABC just signed on for five more years of airing Charlie Brown holiday specials. A new social media game began on Facebook and Twitter last month to "Countdown to the Great Pumpkin," and the comic strip has made its way to a popular gaming website for millions of children.

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Welcome Planet Snoopy, Valley Fair
It’s a new look with an old friend as Snoopy and the Gang are finally coming home! Valleyfair Amusement Park, Shakopee, MN, is proud to announce it will be opening Planet Snoopy for our 2011 season. “It is a very exciting time for Valleyfair as Snoopy and his friends make our park their new home.” says Larry MacKenzie, Vice President and General Manager of Valleyfair. Planet Snoopy will be located in what is currently known as KidWorks.

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Play for Life

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  • Exploring the Lifelong Benefits of Inclusive Play
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  • October 23-24, 2010, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
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Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Mary Hauff

Play brings families, friends and communities together; it keeps us fit and makes us smile. Research shows that play is a key element of development and health for individuals of all ages and abilities. Unfortunately, play is being threatened on every front in the U.S. It’s seen as a “children-only” activity, if it’s thought about at all. Furthermore, concerns around inclusive play are primarily discussed among disability experts and are not part of most community agendas.

Please join a group of our nation’s leading experts for a thought-provoking, two-day symposium that examines the importance of play for all ages and abilities. Play for Life: Exploring the Lifelong Benefits of Inclusive Play will reignite your passion for play and inspire new ways to bring that passion to everyone in your community.

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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream | Week of October 3

4 New Items including:
The Myth Of A 'Christian Nation'
Paladino Confronts Journalist: 'I'll Take You Out, Buddy!'

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Myth Of A 'Christian Nation', A. James Rudin, Religion News Service/Huffington Post
That the US is not a Christian nation is historical fact--not an opinion--worth remembering.

Paladino Confronts Journalist: 'I'll Take You Out, Buddy!' Talking Points Memo
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Seems that Carl Paladino has lived up to his "mad as hell" campaign slogan. Last night at a campaign event in Lake George, the New York Republican gubernatorial nominee and New York Post state editor Fred Dicker had to be seperated, after they nearly came to blows during a heated exchange over Paladino's out-of-wedlock daughter.

MI Assistant AG's blog targeting gay student leader raises free speech issues, Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • An assistant attorney general is using his personal blog to target the openly gay leader of the University of Michigan's student assembly, calling him a racist with a "radical homosexual agenda." The lawyer claims that when he's not at work, he has the right to say whatever he wants.
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  • But the vociferous criticism has raised questions of just how far a civil servant can go, and whether Andrew Shirvell's online attacks — which include putting a swastika over a gay pride flag in a photo of 21-year-old Chris Armstrong — should affect his job.
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VA to execute first woman in nearly a century, Steve Szkotak, Associated Press/Florida Times Union
The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Bob McDonnell declined to intervene. All her legal appeals have been exhausted, her attorney said.

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