Daily Archives: August 15, 2006
People with disabilities trying a sport that was just about impossible a few years ago
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) — Two years ago, Vijay Viswanathan severed his spinal cord while rappelling during a rock-climb on the Front Range. He has used a wheelchair ever since.
And although he has lost use of his legs, Viswanathan has not lost his taste for excitement. Viswanathan spent a recent Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake in Steamboat Springs practicing wakeboarding and water skiing with 11 other participants with disabilities. It was part of a weekend event attended by people from as far away as Houston.
Billionaire cash has kept embryonic stem-cell research alive–just barely.
Anti-abortion crusaders see research on embryonic stem cells as something akin to murder. Eli Broad sees it as a great way to save lives–and he is tapping his $6 billion fortune to help. Sidestepping the ban on federal funding of most stem-cell experiments imposed by President Bush five years ago, Broad, the founder of builder KB Home, gave $25 million in February to the University of Southern California to erect a stem-cell building.