Helen Keller Statue Now Stands at U.S. Capitol

A statue of Helen Keller now stands in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
A statue of Helen Keller now stands in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. (By Evan Vucci -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

One Impressive Kid Gets Her Statue at Capitol

-- If you've visited the U.S. Capitol, you probably remember the state statues on display in Statuary Hall. On Wednesday, Alabama replaced its statue of a little-known former congressman with one of Helen Keller at age 7. The new bronze sculpture is the only one in this important gallery depicting a child as well as a person with disabilities.

Keller was a world-famous activist for the disabled in the early 1900s, despite being blind and deaf. The statue shows her at the moment she began to understand language, when her teacher held one of Helen's hands under water while spelling "water" into Keller's other hand.

Phoebe May Be Source Of New Saturn Ring

-- Scientists have discovered a new ring around Saturn. Made of ice and dust, it is the planet's largest and most distant ring. Phoebe, one of Saturn's moons, orbits the planet within this ring and may be the source of its material.


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