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Month: August 2008

History in the Making: Our First African American Presidential Candidate

History in the Making: Our First African American Presidential Candidate

The Democractic Party took center stage in American history this week.  They held their convention in Denver, Colorado in what was whispered to be an event riddled with tension between the Clinton and Obama camps. In the end, it was all rumor.  Speeches were given, songs were sung, flags were waved.  In an act of grace, Hillary Clinton walked down the convention floor to the front of the New York delegation.  She put an end to the roll call that…

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Olympic Stories: The Closing Ceremonies

Olympic Stories: The Closing Ceremonies

What an amazing two weeks it has been!  There was much drama during these Olympics.  Michael Phelps accomplishing what he set out to do and the American relay teams missing their baton passes.  Some unexpected athletes took home gold and some happy souls were thrilled just to compete. The games came to a close with London rolling out their urban dance number, an aged looking Jimmy Page, and some fun musical numbers. China outdid itself with a fantastic show.  There…

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Olympic Stories: The Men’s Marathon is just as bad

Olympic Stories: The Men’s Marathon is just as bad

What is it about marathons that make me so darned emotion?  I am not even a fan of running (watching or doing it myself).  Yet everytime I watch the men and women’s marathon during the Olympics I get all teary eyed. I was doing fine with the men’s marathon until the last few minutes when the runner who was vying for first started to slip back.  Soon he was lost out of sight.  I wanted to help him keep up….

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Olympic Stories: Dara Torres has Class

Olympic Stories: Dara Torres has Class

If you watched swimming this weekend, you noticed that Dara Torres of the USA was the goodwill ambassador of the swimming venue.  During one of her races this weekend, she should some class and kindness.  One of the racers was missing.  Dara walked over to the officials to explain the situation and to make sure the race was held up until the woman returned. At issue was her swimsuit.  It ripped, which seems to be common with the new swimsuits…

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Olympic Stories: Dawn Harper Didn’t Believe It Either

Olympic Stories: Dawn Harper Didn’t Believe It Either

The only name you needed to know in the 100m hurdles was Lolo Jones.  She was the person to beat.  Then Lolo Jones hit the second to last hurdle, lost her footing, and stumbled across the finish line out of metal contention. Another American cross the finish line first only she didn’t know it.  Dawn Harper ran across the finish line, looked up at the board, then yelled “What?” over and over and over.  Disbelieve was written all over her…

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