- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 17, 2008

Noble:Camp to Belong, for reuniting children separated by the foster care system. Approximately 600,000 children nationwide live in the foster care system, and many say they want to see more of their brothers and sisters. For the past 12 years, Camp to Belong, an international nonprofit organization, has been reuniting children pulled apart by foster care. On Aug. 29, the organization will open a camp for Washington-area children at Camp Sandy Cove in the Blue Ridge Mountains at High Point, W. Va. At the camp, children will have a chance to meet their brothers and sisters and to share their experiences with others who are in the same situation. “We are not going to stop with this camp, but on a monthly basis, we are going to bring the siblings together with an activity,” said Louis Henderson, president of the National Association of Former Foster Care Children of America, who works with Camp to Belong.

For their extraordinary efforts to reunite foster children with their siblings, the organizers of Camp to Belong are the Nobles of the Week.

Knave: The Brooklyn mob who attacked a pair of ex-Marines who came to the rescue of a teenage girl being attacked. Former leathernecks Valentyn Olenyev and Boris Bukler, Russian emigres who served tours in Iraq, left a Coney Island bar shortly after midnight July 25 to escort a female friend to her car when they saw two men holding a screaming teenage girl by her hands and legs. They told the men to let the girl go. Within seconds, however, the ex-Marines were fighting for their lives: The pair were set upon by a mob of at least 30 hoodlums who apparently came to the rescue - of the would-be rapists. The woman that Mr. Bukler and Mr. Olenyev were escorting to her car telephoned Ivan Olenyev, Valentyn’s brother, who arrived on the scene. Ivan was promptly beaten into a coma by a man wielding a metal baseball bat and suffered multiple facial fractures. He will soon undergo plastic surgery.

For their efforts to “rescue” the thugs who were assaulting a young girl, the members of that Brooklyn mob are the Knaves of the week.

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