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Cheat Sheet: July 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, turns 94 today. As a result of his imprisonment and work to end apartheid in South Africa, Mandela is honored with an international holiday on his birthday. July 18, 2012, is known as International Nelson Mandela Day, a United Nations backed event that encourages all people to dedicate 67 minutes of service to others in recognition of Mandela’s 67 years of public service. (Source)
 

Candy maker Mars Inc. donates $5 million to Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History received a sweet donation for its upcoming exhibit on American business and innovations. Today Mars Inc., the McLean, Virginia, creator of candies such as M&M and Snickers, decided to sponsor the “American Enterprise” exhibit with a $5 million donation. The exhibit will focus on the way American innovators propelled the development of the US economy. The Smithsonian will name the gallery the Mars Hall of American Business and is scheduled to open in 2015. (Source)
 

Al Sharpton to speak in Portsmouth

Tonight, civil rights activist Al Sharpton will speak at Grove Church in Portsmouth. The Urban League of Hampton Roads is sponsoring the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. Sharpton will address issues such as civic engagement and community involvement. (Source)
 

Obama proposes $1 billion teaching corps

The Obama administration is attempting to develop a teaching corps that concentrates on four areas known as STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At a $1 billion price tag, the STEM Master Teacher Corps would select 50 teachers at 50 different sites who would mentor other teachers and model the STEM education. After four years, the program would expand to 10,000 STEM teachers. The administration attempted to implement a similar program last year. However, Congress never voted on the proposal. (Source)
 

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