Ice Bucket Challenge

  • Lt. Sean Flood, Ranger Deb McNamara, Ranger Ted Fusco and Capt. Stephen Owens, who help provide security at the Massachusetts State House, participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 7. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
    December 29, 2014  

    This year, a challenge to Facebook users to douse themselves in ice water became an internet craze, raising millions for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Frates, the mother of the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, about the impetus for the viral fundraising campaign and how it has advanced awareness and research of the disease. Continue reading

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    August 22, 2014  

    From George W. Bush to Kermit the Frog, scores of celebrities and thousands of others have posted videos of ice water being dumped over their heads. It’s all to raise money to battle ALS, a disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, for which there is no cure. For a look at the charity at its center, Judy Woodruff talks to Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association. Continue reading

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    August 21, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the governor of Missouri ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. A police officer was suspended for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at a crowd of protesters Tuesday night, and threatening to kill one of them. Also, a college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges. Continue reading

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    August 21, 2014   BY Matthew Lee, Associated Press 

    The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. Continue reading