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Hart plans help for the working poor

By IAN WILSON -- Calgary Sun

Now that her multi-million-dollar settlement has been approved, Martha Hart says the charitable foundation she's establishing in her deceased husband's name will become a reality in a few months.

"It's in the blueprint stage right now," said Hart, whose husband Owen Hart fell 23 metres to his death as part of a wrestling stunt last May.

A judge in Kansas City yesterday approved an $18-million US settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the World Wrestling Federation and the city.

Martha -- who said her first responsibility is raising children Oje, 8, and Athena, 5 -- now hopes some good can come from the incident.

"I'm hoping to take something so incredibly negative and tragic and make it positive," said Martha, who will set aside cash for the Owen Hart Foundation.

Martha said the foundation, which she will oversee, will help the working poor.

"It's not going to be a handout. It will be an incentive program for those who work very hard but they just can't get ahead," said Martha.

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