Her daughter, Baylee Almon, would have been 16 years old on Sunday. But 15 years ago today, the 1-year-old was one of 168 people killed when Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh detonated the bombs that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Millions of people around the world saw firefighter Chris Fields cradling Baylee in his arms in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Charles Porter.
London'sÂ Observer newspaper reports that tragedy led Almon-Kok on a crusade to ensure the installation of reinforced, shatterproof glass in all federal nurseries and eventually, in all federal buildings.
McVeigh was executed in 2001 and accomplice Terry Nichols is serving life in prison.
"McVeigh was an American, like me and Baylee," she says, "and he walked into the building and saw the day care center where the children played - he knew they were there. Why did he do it? What was the point? There is no answer, and I've always said that the reason I wanted to see him die was nothing to do with closure, because there ain't no closure. It was so I'd never have to hear him explain himself, and justify what he'd done."
Activists in all 50 state capitals are scheduled to deliver "Articles of Freedom" documents to elected officials across the country on Monday.
The Articles of Freedom Web site accuses the government of meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, conducting undeclared wars, lending public money to private corporations, not enforcing immigration laws, and supporting unconstitutional federal gun control laws. The demonstrations on Monday have been organized in part by the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education.
According to his Web biography, Schulz, the foundation's founder and chairman, was a "highly successful engineering and business consultant," who held corporate positions at Westinghouse and General Electric.
His biography reports that an incident at a public meeting in Lake George, New York, in 1979 forever changed his life: "Schulz tried to ask a question of a local official regarding a proposed public works project. The local official refused to discuss the matter in public. Innately sensing that something was wrong and the official was hiding something, Schulz went to the law library and quickly discovered the fact that would change everything: The state of New York had a constitution."
Schulz not only became "an ardent student of all things Constitutional," he began filing more than 100 lawsuits against the government.
The African-American speaker at a Tea Party rally last week in Richmond, Virginia, told activists that she now has second thoughts about voting for Barack Obama.
The Richmond Republican Examiner reports that Cooper, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, began her speech by saying, "Happy Confederate Heritage and History Month, patriots!"
She went on to say, "I voted for [Obama] because I wanted to make history."Â The newspaper reports Cooper put her hands up, laughed and said, "I know, I know, patriots, and that's why I've got to say 'affirmative action needs to end now.'"
Cooper also said, "I love my country. I love our Founding Fathers. They were visionaries. They were not a bunch of racist, sexist bigots. They knew that this country was going to abolish slavery one day and they were right."
The Examiner also reports that Cooper displays the Confederate flag on her Facebook page.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said its investigation into the subprime meltdown is not yet over.
CNNMoney.com reports that the SEC's fraud suit against Goldman Sachs is likely just the first of many subprime-related charges the agency will bring against Wall Street firms.
"We're looking at a wide range of products," Khuzami, the SEC's enforcement director, said at a news conference Friday. "If we see securities with similar profiles, we'll look at them closely."
McClatchy Newspapers reports that when he began his enforcement work in March of last year, Khuzami "inherited a demoralized agency, widely ridiculed as the most ineffectual of federal regulators. Faced with salary restrictions, the agency had promoted top-level people to administrative positions at a pace that left the agency top heavy and without enough cops on the beat."
So Khuzami has put more administrators back into investigative roles.
Some wars never seem to end. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington is etched with the names of 58,261 men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War.
According to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the Defense Department uses specific parameters that allow only the names of service members who died of wounds suffered in combat zones to be added to the memorial. On Monday, more than 600 family members, friends and veterans are scheduled to pay tribute to 97 Vietnam War-era veterans who did not meet the DOD criteria, but died prematurely from noncombat injuries.
Buckley will speak at the 12th Annual Memory Day ceremony. His wife, Lynda Van Devanter, was a nurse during the Vietnam War. She died in 2002 at the age of 55. She and her family claimed the vascular disease she suffered from was the result of her exposure to Agent Orange.
Her memoir, "Home Before Morning," became the basis for the TV series "China Beach."