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IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM: “THE MILITARY TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING I KNOW”

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Independence Day, or 4th of July  as it is more commonly known, is a day many associate with fireworks, outdoor barbecues, and family gatherings at the beach. In the United States, it’s a day filled with carnivals, fairs, parades, baseball games, and political ceremonies.



POPE APPLAUDS ECOLOGY ADVOCATES IN ROME FROM MANY RELIGIONS

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people of different religions to work together in caring for the Earth, which he called our `'common house."

Speaking from his window in a Vatican palazzo to tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, Francis singled out a few hundred people who had marched to St. Peter's Square under the banner `'One Earth, one family."

The marchers included Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and others who had walked from near the French embassy to remind people of a key U.N. climate change conference in Paris in December.



PAC GAMES ATHLETES HEAR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM POLAMALU

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A farewell Mass of Blessing church service was held at the Holy Family Cathedral in Fatuoaiga, Wednesday evening, for all the athletes and officials, who are now ready to represent American Samoa in the upcoming XV Pacific Games to be held in Papua New Guinea next month.
 
Troy Polamalu, a retired NFL player, offered special remarks during the church service, and surprised many with his attendance at the mass, arriving with the Director of the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs, Jonathan Fanene, a fellow former NFL player.
 



SALAMASINA TUITAMA SALCIDO, 1st AM SAMOA WORLD AMERICA DELEGATE

The Miss American Samoa United States (MASUS) & Miss American Samoa World America (MASWA) Organization is pleased to announce the First Miss American Samoa World America 2015 Delegate, Miss Salamasina Tuitama Salcido.
 
Salamasina will be representing the U.S. Territory of American Samoa at the Miss World America National Beauty Pageant Contest in Washington, DC, from June 29 - July 3, during the Independence Week Celebration.
 



POLUMALU FOUNDATION MEDICAL TEAM SEES PATIENTS AT HEALTH CLINICS

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Three of the four members of the Polumalu Foundation medical team for the Faasamoa Iniative, as they arrived after 7a.m. yesterday at the Tafuna Community Health Center to provide medical check ups for local residents.
 
Some 116 people showed up for the first day of the medical clinic but only 110 were able to be seen by the physicians before the clinic ended around 2p.m.
 



LIMA FANAU FA’AU’U TAUA’AO SIKOLASIPI ALE MCDONALD’S 2015

Ua fa’amanatuina nei le 15 tausaga talu ona fa’atuina le fale’aiga o le McDonalds i Amerika Samoa. I le fa’amanatuga o le 15 tausaga, ua faia ai se suiga i le si’itia lea o le aofa’i o le Sikolasipi mo fanau ua mae’a filifilia mo nei avanoa taua. O lea suiga ua faia e le CEO o le McDonalds, le afioga Tautolo Charley Tautolo.

 



AMERICAN LEGION HOSTS PACIFIC ISLANDER ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Solutions were devised to assist veterans living in Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas during a June 15 roundtable hosted by The American Legion in its Washington office.

Representatives from The American Legion, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Small Business Administration, Asian Pacific American Advocates and staff from the office of Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, (R-Samoa), discussed efforts to improve access to benefits for veterans currently living in the Pacific Islands area.



STUDENT ATHLETES FROM AM SAM MAKE BIG IMPRESSION AT FOOTBALL COMBINES

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Local American Samoa high school football players made a big impression on college football coaches during their inaugural Pasefika International Sports Alliance (PISA) Fa’a Amerika tour as they recently participated in various football combines, competing against some of the best high school players in the United States. The non-profit foundation, PISA, helps student athletes from American Samoa and Hawaii earn college scholarships through their athletic abilities.
 



VARSITY FOOTBALL CHAMPS HEADED TO HAWAI’I TO TEST THEIR STRENGTH

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The defending American Samoa High School Athletic Association Varsity football champions, Faga’itua High School Vikings, are currently raising funds for a trip to Hawai’i where they will be playing in three football games against three local Hawai’i teams, between July 31 and August 24, this summer.
 



A FATHER’S LOVE, AN UNEXPECTED LOSS, A FAMILY’S JOURNEY TO STAY TOGETHER

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Father’s Day Sunday, thousands here and around the globe will be celebrating the importance of those special men we call “daddy” or “papa”.

 

For one Aua man, the ultimate sacrifice of having to juggle a full time job and divide his love and attention amongst his five children, mother-in-law, and his deceased wife’s sisters is one that he will never complain about.



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