Monday, September 5, 2011


Today is Labor Day in the United States and Canada.
A time when we pause to honor the hard work of those who came before us that helped build our respective countries and the effort it takes to keep them going.

However, some erroneously consider the holiday weekend as the end of summer, since many school systems are already back in session for the new school year.
As far as the seasons are concerned, autumn does not officially begin until September 23.

Meanwhile, another Labor Day tradition is now being reshaped for more modern times.
The annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon only ran for six hours on Sunday night, depending upon the local and national needs of those who carried it, instead of its past length spanning into Monday afternoon. Although a worthy cause, some affiliates of what has been referred to as the Love Network have been seeking more commercial success over the weekend and did not want to tie up such a big block of airtime on one program.

Also, for the first time since 1966, the telethon went on without perennial host Jerry Lewis. No explanation has yet to be given, although the comedian is supposed to hold a press conference sometime later this week to discuss the situation.

But the event still managed to raise $61,491,393 (US Dollars) to continue research in hopes of eventually combating and curing all forms of muscular dystrophy.

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