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Common Ground: Representative John Lewis and Elwin Wilson

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Two men come together in the spirit of forgiveness and understanding

In May 1961, John Lewis was a 21-year-old seminary student and member of the Freedom Riders. That was the month that Lewis was beaten for attempting to enter the waiting area of a bus station in Rock Hill, South Carolina marked “Whites Only.” Elwin Wilson was a part of the mob that attacked Representative Lewis.

Forty-eight years later, in January 2009, the two men met again in Lewis’s congressional office. Elwin Wilson apologized to Rep. Lewis and expressed remorse for his long held hatred. Rep. Lewis accepted the apology and offered his forgiveness without hesitation.

The two men hope that their reconciliation will inspire others who took part in Civil Rights Era violence to come forward, and work to heal the wounds of racism in the United States.

John Lewis has been the U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986. He grew up on his family’s farm in Alabama and attended segregated public schools. Rep. Lewis was a nationally recognized leader of the Civil Rights Movement and has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements in the United States. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence.

Elwin Hope Wilson has lived in Rock Hill, South Carolina for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and worked as a welder and heavy equipment operator for many years. Wilson, who took part in KKK activities, now speaks out about racial bigotry and intolerance.

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Mad Science: Beijing’s first snow of season ‘artificially induced’

“We wont miss any opportunity of artificial precipitation since Beijing is suffering from the lingering drought”

BEIJING (AFP) – – Chinese meteorologists covered Beijing in snow Sunday after seeding clouds to bring winter weather to the capital in an effort to combat a lingering drought, state media reported.

The unusually early snow blanketed the capital from Sunday morning and kept falling for half the day, helped by temperatures as low as minus 2 Celsius (29 Fahrenheit) and strong winds from the north, Xinhua news agency reported.

Besides falling in the northeastern provinces of Liaoning and Jilin and the northern province of Hebei, the eastern port city of Tianjin also got its first snow of the autumn, the report said.

“We wont miss any opportunity of artificial precipitation since Beijing is suffering from the lingering drought,” the report quoted Zhang Qiang, head of the Beijing Weather Modification Office, as saying.

Chinese meteorologists have for years sought to make rain by injecting special chemicals into clouds.

Although the technique often gets results, a drought in the north of the country has continued for over a decade.

Besides the snow, which the Beijing Evening News said was the earliest to hit the capital in 10 years, the cold weather and strong winds also delayed air travel from Beijing’s Capital Airport, while interrupting passenger shipping services off the coast of Shandong province in the east, Xinhua said.
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