Thursday morning briefing: A miracle run, free stuff and floating like a butterfly

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

Mother’s miracle

Rebecca Martin reports her daughter, Stacey Davis, 44, of Clovis, finished a half-marathon Saturday in Oklahoma City to help raise money for fighting child abuse.

Martin says the accomplishment is more than admirable, noting Davis, a registered nurse who suffered significant heart damage in 2009.

“She is a miracle,” said Martin. “For her to run in and finish a 13 and half-mile race…she is an inspiration to me.”

Davis ran the Kelsey Briggs Marathon, named in honor of a 2-year-old Oklahoma girl who died of abuse.

Calling non-profits

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico HOME meeting is 9 a.m. today at The Master’s Center, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis.

It’s an event for non-profits and other charitable agencies to meet, chat and share resources.

Open to anyone.

Free stuff

Attending Constitution Day, noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Eastern New Mexico University, gets you a free pocket Constitution.

It’s in the Sandia Room of the Campus Union Building.

There’s a panel discussion entitled a “Balanced Budget Amendment”that features ENMU professors.

Free and open to the public.

Quirky quote of the day

“I don’t have a bank account because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name.” — Paula Poundstone

Today in history

On this day in 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ali-defeats-spinks-to-win-world-heavyweight-championship

Weather

Today — A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. East wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Tonight — A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south.