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Plenty of celebrities are weighing in on the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95.
Idris Elba, who portrays the former leader in The Long Walk To Freedom, issued a statement on the late South African leader.
“What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Elba, who played Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, said in a statement.
“I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba’s family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honored to be associated with him. He is in a better place now.”
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More information is surfacing about a deadly plane crash on Jacksonville's Southside.
Authorities said Dr. Michael Huber of Port St. Lucie, Florida and his two daughters, Tess, 20, and Abigail, 17, died Sunday evening.
The small plane they were in crashed in a pond behind Nettington Court in the Sutton Lakes subdivision off Atlantic Boulevard.
According to the flight tracking website FlightAware, the family left St. Lucie County at 5:20 p.m. Sunday.
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Does Edward Snowden have a little brother? The National Security Agency is starting its spies young with paid internships for people as young as 15, Salon reports. The agency has around young 500 interns on its books, including college students recruited through ads seeking would-be journalists and teens who sign up for the agency's longstanding High School Work Study Program. An NSA spokeswoman says up to 95% of interns who want to stay on with the agency after their internships are able to do so.
Hospital billing is notoriously complicated—and treatment at a US hospital is notoriously expensive. The New York Times highlights those issues in an extensive piece today, and uses stitches and similar treatments as an example of both points: One patient at a California hospital was billed $2,229.11 to get three stitches; another patient at the same hospital was charged $1,696 to have a gash sealed with skin glue. At a New York City hospital, a patient was billed $3,355.96 for five stitches; in Jacksonville, $2,000 for three stitches; in Michigan, $3,000 for six stitches. Why can they charge so much? Hospitals hold the most power in the health care system, meaning they can demand high prices, and there's little or no regulation. What's more, the costs can very wildly depending on where you live.
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died. Mandela had been dealing with health issues over the past several months that led to his hospitalization on more than one occasion. Mandela stepped aside as president in 1999, and appeared increasingly frail in rare public appearances.
Nelson Mandela was born in July of 1918 and gained notoriety as a civil rights leader in South Africa. The winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, he and others fought against the ruling National Party's practice of apartheid, in which minority whites ruled the majority blacks through legalized racial segregation. Mandela was convicted with others of plotting to overthrow the government and was sentenced to life in prison in 1962.
It was while in prison that Mandela became internationally known. He refused to compromise his political ideals in order to be released from prison and became a symbol of resistance for the anti-apartheid movement. Mandela was released from prison in February of 1990 and began working tirelessly to abolish the legal segregation of the National Party. After apartheid was dismantled, Mandela was elected President of South Africa in 1994.