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May 27, 2012 Headlines: Saluting our Soldiers, Barkley messes with the wrong Texan, ‘n’ Astrologers predictions

Happy Memorial Day and Thank You to all our Men and Women in uniform

Christian Slayton, 12, prays while Marine veteran Tim Chambers salutes fallen service members during the Rolling Thunder ride in Washington. Linda Davidson:The Washington Post

San Antonio mayor fires back at Barkley

Fox Sports Sat, 26 May 2012 20:49 PM PDT

Charles Barkley, you’ve messed with the wrong mayor. Barkley, the former NBA star and current TV analyst-slash-wisecracker, has bashed San Antonio for years. Now the mayor of the Alamo City is fighting back. In a new YouTube video, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro attempts to make peace with Barkley, before getting in a few jabs of his own. Seated behind a desk in what looks to be an official government address, Castro talks about the things Barkley and San Antonio have in common. Castro cites Barkley’s new dedication to fitness and support of the military. Then Castro reveals his left hand adorned with the four NBA championship rings won by the Spurs. The inference is obvious, as Barkley never won a title despite a highly decorated playing career.

GOP candidate for NC governor NASCAR race starter

Stamford Advocate Sun, 27 May 2012 02:29 AM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican who wants to become North Carolina’s governor is joining West Virginia’s current governor and a swimsuit model to handle some of the honors ahead of Charlotte’s big NASCAR race. GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory will serve as honorary starter of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Democratic candidate Walter Dalton has no public events planned Sunday. Progress NC Action said it planned to sponsor a banner flying over the race highlighting questions about McCrory’s tenure as mayor. The grand marshal of Sunday’s NASCAR race is West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

London 2012: Jacques Rogge confident Saudi women will make debut

Guardian UnlimitedSun, 27 May 2012 13:25 PM PDT

Jacques Rogge, IOC president

Qatar and Brunei also considering sending female athletes & Rogge defends Dow Chemical sponsorship: The International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge, is optimistic that Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time at this summer’s Games. Rogge said the IOC was in advanced talks with the Saudis to include female competitors. Details of how many athletes and from which sport or sports are still being worked out…Rogge also reiterated the IOC’s support for Dow Chemical, rejecting demands from India that the company be dropped as a sponsor of the Games because of its links to the 1984 Bhopal disaster. Dow bought Union Carbide in 2000. Union Carbide’s plant is blamed for the gas leak that killed an estimated 15,000 people. Critics argue the purchase makes Dow responsible for lingering groundwater contamination and other issues

Astrologers Make Predictions: Will President Obama be Re-elected? Will the Saints Go To The Super Bowl?

ABC 26 New Orleans Sun, 27 May 2012 08:36 AM PDT

NEW ORLEANS—Thousands of astrologers from all around the world are in New Orleans for the Untied Astrology Conference…These astrologers are here to discuss and look to the stars to answer questions about the Mayan calendar, whether the economy will recover, and will President Barack Obama be re-elected in November…Astrologer, Christina Collins said, “The world’s not going to end…It is a long-shot but we had to ask the astrologers if they had any knowledge on our heavenly NFL Super Bowl winning Saints.

May 21, 2012 Headlines: Huffington Photo Contest and more “futball”

PHOTO CONTEST (Huffington Post)

Huffington Post Photo Contest, Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The Huffington Post Mon, 21 May 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Every Monday, we feature our favorite photo of President Barack Obama from the past week, and ask you for your best captions. This photo was taken last Tuesday at the White House, when Obama honored the LA Galaxy, winners of the Major League Soccer Cup. Send us your best caption for this photo, either by tweeting one using the #ObamaPhotoCaptions hashtag or by leaving one in the comments section. We’ll feature our favorite captions below.

Players, patriotism, and politics at the ancient Olympic Games

El Pais Mon, 21 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

For starters, you think it’s the taking part that counts, rather than the winning? Well, in ancient Greece even just turning up was politically influential. The ruling classes of Greek cities sought to attend the major athletic contests not only to watch the games, but also to engage in politics at a personal or state level. The attendance, and above all the wealth, of each city’s official delegation served as propaganda for community identity and interstate rivalry.

Union boss sends players letter about labor gains

Sports Illustrated Mon, 21 May 2012 17:33 PM PDT

ATLANTA (AP) — NFL players union president Domonique Foxworth sent a letter to his membership Monday outlining the gains they made in the collective bargaining agreement reached last summer with the league. Foxworth stressed safer working conditions and more lucrative contracts. He said the amount of cash spent on players in salaries and benefits increased to about 55 percent of all NFL revenues in 2011. That exceeds any year under the 2006 agreement.

FIFA prepares to pick anti-corruption officials

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 21 May 2012 10:52 AM PDT

FIFA’s 208 member nations meet this week in an attempt to make progress in cleaning up world soccer after a series of corruption scandals.FIFA President Sepp Blatter is scheduled to announce Tuesday which …

Obama bemoans not being allowed to have fun anymore

ANI via Yahoo! India News Mon, 21 May 2012 01:35 AM PDT

Washington, May 21 (ANI): US President Barack has said that he missed a baseball match because he had to attend the NATO summit.

Obama Gets Back to American Football

Cameron celebrates as Obama and Merkel look on, White House

 

 

Wall Street Journal Blogs Mon, 21 May 2012 10:49 AM PDT

Just so we’re clear: While President Barack Obama was photographed at Camp David with Germanys Angela Merkel and U.K.s David Cameron watching the epic Champions League European football final on Saturday, he isnt turning his back on the American sport with the same name. It’s a subject that elicits great passions. In fact, the relative merits of football/soccer vs. American football were debated …

 

Obama throws a football on Soldier Field following NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Photo: Obama Plays Football At Soldier Field

CBS Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama took some time off from his NATO duties to throw the football around at Soldier Field.

Schweinsteiger sorry for German president incident

Connecticut Post Mon, 21 May 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League final soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012.

Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League finals (Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea) in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012. Photo- Martin Meissner:AP

At Wrigley, An Evening of Diplomacy

5 NBC Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012

Chicago…It was a picture-perfect night, but earlier in the week Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, considered and then rejected a controversial ad against President Barack Obama. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts declined to discuss that. Instead, he just wanted everyone to enjoy a game of baseball that even without NATO would have been exciting.

Hillary Clinton, NATO dignitaries go to Wrigley

WGNtv.com Mon, 21 May 2012

CHICAGO—Security was heightened at the Crosstown Classic Saturday night at Wrigley Field where NATO dignitaries took in the game. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was even in attendance…Some of the state’s top leaders were at Wrigley for the game including Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin who says he wishes there wasn’t so much focus on the potential for trouble involving unruly protestors.

“And you know I get so tired of all these people complaing, this is the city of big shoulders, not the city of weak knees. We’re gonna have Chicago’s finest out there, if people break the law they’ll pay a price, but if they wanna make noise and march, that’s part of being an American,” Durbin said.

In the end, the White Sox beat the Cubs 7-4.

Department Of Homeland Security Announces “If You See Something, Say Something” Partnership With The City Of Charlotte

Department of Homeland Security Mon, 21 May 2012 08:24 AM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Earlier today, DHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Betsy Markey joined Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and officials from the Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to announce the partnership between DHS and the city of Charlotte.

Charlotte Mayor Foxx to announce new safety initiative

News 14 Carolina Mon, 21 May 2012 04:49 AM PDT

Mayor Anthony Foxx will announce a new safety and security initiative Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He’ll be joined by representatives from several local and federal agencies, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte Area Transit System.

David Beckham is Sending the President a Box of Underwear

Extra TV Mon, 21 May 2012 11:53 AM PDT

Extra’s Terri Seymour caught up with David Beckham at the Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular this weekend — where he was being honored — and asked the soccer superstar about President Obama’s comment on his underwear line last week…Beckham laughed, “I’m definitely going to send him a big box of it!”

Great Lakes Loons General Manager Paul Barbeau appointed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and …

The Saginaw News Mon, 21 May 2012 15:31 PM PDT

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments and four reappointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.