WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (October 19 – 25, 2009)


City’s Chief Planner Donates Prize Money.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. October 20, 2009. Amanda Burden, New York City’s planning commissioner, who recently was named the 2009 laureate of the Urban Land Institute’s J. C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, will donate the $100,000 prize to create an award that honors public open spaces. The money will be returned to the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization, to create the Global Award for Public Open Space

Children’s hospital to get big grant.” By Victoria Colliver. San Francisco Chronicle. October 23, 2009. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation said Thursday it plans to give as much as $100 million to help pay for the planned expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. The donation is the lead grant in the 312-bed pediatric hospital’s campaign to add 104 new beds to its Palo Alto campus. The expansion is part of a larger project that also includes building a new adult hospital and replacing outdated laboratory facilities in the Stanford School of Medicine.

Billionaire Aids Charity That Aided Him.” By Stephanie Strom. New York Times. October 25, 2009. Were it not for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, there might be no Google. Thirty years ago today, Sergey Brin, a 6-year-old Soviet boy facing an uncertain future, arrived in the United States with the help of the society. Now Mr. Brin, the billionaire co-founder of Google, is giving $1 million to the society, widely known as HIAS, which helped his family escape anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and establish itself here.

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