Names in the news, Aug. 3, 2011

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 8:28 p.m.

Aides to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Tuesday she wants to return to her job in Washington if her physical and mental recovery allows it. A day after she stunned colleagues by appearing on the House floor to vote for the debt ceiling deal, Giffords, 41, planned to return to Houston on Tuesday after meeting privately with staff. Spokesman C.J. Karamargin told The Associated Press that she is eager to return work, but can’t make any decisions yet about whether to seek re-election in 2012. Giffords’ entrance into the congressional chamber , with just minutes remaining in the vote, surprised lawmakers and added even more drama to a high-stakes day. She embraced colleagues who flocked to her, and she used one hand to greet some, the other by her side. The legislators gave her a round of loud applause. Giffords voted for the bill, which passed 269-161. … An award celebrating the power of literature to promote peace has been renamed in honor of the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and author Barbara Kingsolver will be this year’s recipient. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award was first given in 2006. It was inspired by the Dayton peace accords on Bosnia brokered by Holbrooke in 1995 negotiations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near the southwest Ohio city. Founder Sharon Rab says the prize organization wanted to honor Holbrooke’s international role in seeking peace and his special importance to Dayton. The longtime U.S. diplomat died last December at age 69 after surgery on a torn aorta. Kingsolver will receive the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award in Dayton on Nov. 13. It carries a $10,000 prize; the peace prize group is supported by a combination of corporations, schools, groups that promote the arts, and private donors.

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