May 4th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Dean Kahler

His life changed 40 years ago today when he went to see the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations at Kent State University, where he was a  freshman. National Guardsmen killed four students, and Kahler was one of nine students who were wounded.

After a bullet hit his spine that day, Kahler was paralyzed from the waist down. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that he returned to Kent State after the shootings, earned a degree in education, and later was elected to two terms as an Athens County commissioner.

He received $375,000 from the state of Ohio in an out-of-court settlement in 1979. Last year, both of his feet were amputated because of vascular problems.

Kahler, 60, told the newspaper, "I'm happy I'm not pushing up daisies. I had some things that really helped me through - a strong family, cadre of friends, belief in my faith."

WKSU: Dean Kahler has energy for political change - but not for anger

Akron Beacon Journal: Paralyzed in KSU shootings, he's thankful to be alive Survivors

Kim Mertz

The FBI special agent in charge said investigators searched a house in Bridgeport, Connecticut, early Tuesday morning in connection with the foiled bomb attack in New York's Times Square over the weekend.

"Our first mission was to ensure the safety of the public and our law enforcement officials," she said. "That is complete and the public is safe."

According to the FBI, Mertz is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she earned a bachelor's in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate degree. She became an FBI special agent in 1989, and her first assignment was to the San Diego, California, field office.

After serving in a number of managerial positions around the country, Mertz was appointed in November 2005 as special agent in charge of the New Haven, Connecticut, field office, where she is responsible for managing all FBI operations and investigations in the state.

FBI: Notable female senior agents

CNN: Times Square bomb suspect arrested 'at last second'

Nora Shourd

The mother of one of three Americans being held in Iran took part in a protest rally Monday in New York, where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was addresseing a U.N. nuclear nonproliferation meeting.

The three hikers - Sarah Shourd, 31, Shane Bauer, 27, and Josh Fattal, 27 - were arrested in July for illegally entering the country from Iraq's Kurdistan region and sent to Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. The families say that the three friends, who are all graduates of the University of California and seasoned travelers, accidentally strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while on a hiking trip.

Iran has said the three hikers will be put on trial, but they have not been formally charged nor given access to legal representation. U.S. officials have repeatedly called for their release.

Nora Shourd told NPR on Monday that an April 23 visit by Swiss diplomats indicated that her daughter and Bauer were battling life-threatening ailments and depression, and that all three were considering a hunger strike.

NPR: Mother of hostage held in Iran speaks out

CNN: U.S. calls for release of hikers detained in Iran

Eric Sellereit

The elementary school teacher discovered actress Hilary Swank when the future Oscar-winner was in the fifth grade.

The National Education Association has designated May 4 as National Teacher Day, and across the nation Tuesday, teachers will be honored for the crucial role they play in the lives of young people. The NEA asked celebrities, athletes and lawmakers to name their most influential teachers.

Swank, who won Academy Awards for her roles in "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," selected Sellereit, who taught her when she was a 9-year-old at Happy Valley Elementary in Bellingham, Washington.

Swank remembers, "Mr. Sellereit gave me my first acting job in my school production of 'The Jungle Book'!"

NEA: National Teacher Day

KOMO: Swank's friends recall determined actress

Emilio Estefan

On Tuesday at a meeting of Latino leaders in Washington, the music producer will talk about the obstacles he overcame to achieve his success.

According to the Latino Leaders Network, Estefan emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in the 1960s and soon became well-known as a musician and producer with the Miami Sound Machine. The group featured a young singer, Gloria Fajardo, who later became his wife. Yes, Gloria Estefan.

The winner of 19 Grammy Awards, Emilio Estefan not only helped shape the careers of many other musicians, including Shakira and Ricky Martin - he also became the first Cuban-American to become a minority shareholder in an NFL franchise, by purchasing a stake in the Miami Dolphins in 2009.

Latino Leaders Network website

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. WestlakeVillage Bruin

    RE Posts By Bill K in NY

    Iran will arrest and try anyone crossing their border illegally. Why doesn't the USA do the same? – BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING IN IRAN WORTH EMULATING

    BTW, many in Chicago are call for the National Guard to patrol their streets. The police can not contain the violence. Are they just being set up for another "Kent State" type of incident? – CHICAGO IS HAVING TROUBLE WITH DRUG DEALING MURDERERS....NOT COLLEGE STUDENTS PROTESTING AGAINST THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT..

    I guess time doesnt erase idiocy

    May 4, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Eleni

    One little detail that has gone unmentioned--those four who were killed were NOT participating in the demonstartion-they were INNOCENT bystanders!!! Mostly, NO ONE demonstrating was armed! There was NO reason to KILL! I know.....

    May 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kristine O'Grady, Esq.

    Keep on keepin' on, Dean. I was one of hundreds of people across the nation who protested your shooting that day, we were arrested and threatened but did not suffer as you did. Bless you and your life, and bless the spark of moral outrage in your heart which lead you to the protest that day.There's nothing like it in today's youth. They care about nothing, it seems and understand just as much.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    To bestglenn

    Are you really disgraced to be an American? President Kennedy said "we don't have to put up walls to keep the people in" so you can pack up your things and leave this disgraceful country anytime you want, that's part of the freedom you have living in this discraceful country.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim O.

    I worked for the St. Louis Globe Democrat at the time, as copy boy. I distinctly remember the Religion Editor, desk full of bibles, talking about how they should've "shot them all, that'll show 'em what kind of country this really is!" And today, I think the tea partiers are armed. What if the students had carried guns, like the NRA would like us all to? Would there have been shooting back at the Guard? Would the Guard have shot in the first place if there was the possibility they would be killed by gunfire? Makes you wonder. I do think there will be some incidents in the tea party movement. The right will get some martyrs. Question is, will we have the final chapter of the civil war?

    May 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Craig Jo

    So on May 4th the subject of Kent State comes up. It is a tragic day in American history, We'll always be reminded by the media of it as we do of so many other key events in our past.

    I went to protests against the Vietnam War. Though when asked, I also spent 13 months in Vietnam. If I recall I was in Texas on May 4th 1970 protecting another university once the news came out about Kent State. Yes, there is blame to go all around....but does it change the fact it happened? No So let's just look at it like....forgotten history tends to repeat itself. I know 4 families who will never forget what happened on May 4th at Kent State

    May 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. johnnyhouse

    why not flag all the comments if one sided opinions are only allowed?

    May 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hannah Garcia

    i always remember the music of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. great music!.~~:

    May 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Morgan Palmer

    Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine are really great, i love their music on the old days.~:'

    July 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kian Gray

    i really miss the 80s music with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine~;,

    September 6, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bedding Collections `

    Gloria Stefan and the Miami Sound Machine is classic but they do make great music"–

    October 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Skin Moisturizers

    in the 80s, the best singer is of course Gloria Estefan. she has that unique sounding voice *~'

    December 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Thanks for any other great post. Where else could anybody get that kind of info in such an ideal method of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such info.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
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