It was a tragic accident that should never have happened in the first place. On Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, over 2,000 people in line at the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., surged through the doors in the early morning hours of a post-Thanksgiving sale. In the ensuing flood of aggressive and violent shoppers, a Wal-Mart temporary employee was trampled to death, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
An age-old proverb states that good behavior deserves a reward. Moms want the chores done, teachers want completed homework and coaches want to win games. And whether it is a treat from the cookie jar, a gold star or a starting position, the human body is conditioned to exchange hard work for a savory delight.
UW-Madison stem-cell researcher and professor of anatomy James Thomson worried little about the funding for stem-cell research during President Bush's terms. He especially did not think it impacted the amount of people involved in stem-cell research.