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July 13, 2012 Headlines: Nude Olympics Athletes? Soccer scandal & star striking, ‘n’ more Ricketts vs. Obama

The Great Capitol Hill Olympic Debate – Go American Or Go Naked

NAKED- Britain’s Olympic swimmers, divers and water polo players (Andy Hooper)

Forbes Fri, 13 Jul 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Nude Olympics? Definitely. That’s what one U.S. senator is saying he would rather have American athletes do than wear foreign-made uniforms. All day yesterday, Republicans and Democrats whined about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese-made uniforms, saying the contract to manufacture the Ralph Lauren blazers, berets and pants should have gone to job-hungry Americans (we reported that earlier this week).

Romney on Olympics uniforms made in China: No comment

CBS News Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:54 PM PDT

In an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford, Mitt Romney refused to take a position on U.S. Olympic uniform controversy…”I don’t know the particulars of the circumstance so I really can’t comment on that,” Romney, who was the president and CEO of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002

Earnhardt upbeat about National Guard sponsorship

Newsvine.comFri, 13 Jul 2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. July 13, 2012, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

LOUDON — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is optimistic about his sponsorship relationship with the National Guard despite the U.S. Army’s decision to end its association with another team, Stewart-Haas Racing, next season. Earnhardt, in second place in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup standings, said Friday he was “disappointed” by the Army’s decision announced last Tuesday.

Patriarch of family that owns the Chicago Cubs helping to pay for wacky Obamaphobic movie

Post South Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:00 PM PDT

Remember Joe Ricketts? He’s the paterfamilias of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team and a central figure in reports of a few months ago about a scheme to smear President Obama with the rhetoric of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Ricketts backed away from that plan, but he’s apparently still willing to spend big bucks on crazy right-wing projects. For example, he’s reportedly one of the bankrollers of a new movie that paints Obama as a latter-day African tribesman bent on bringing America to ruin.

 Politicians urge Blatter to explain payments scandal

Gulf Times Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:35 PM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has questions to answer over a bribery scandal that has further damaged the image of world soccer’s governing body, a group of European politicians said yesterday.

David Beckham – David Beckham Left Next China President Team Star Struck

Contactmusic Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:07 PM PDT

David Beckham left the next President of China temporarily without security when his bodyguards became star struck The soccer stars fame was allegedly so influential that the soon-to-be Chinese president Xi Jinpings safety team lost focus when he walked into the room at a high-powered meeting…The chief executive at his football team LA Galaxy, Tim Leiweke, told ESPN…”David Beckham comes walking into the suite and the security guards leave the president, pull their autograph pads out and there is the president, in the middle of the chaos, all on his own because his security are all in line getting pictures with David.”

May 27, 2012 Headlines: Former Running Back in TX Senate Primary & other Athletes in Politics, Ukraine Ticket scandal ends, ‘n’ Pole dancing an Olympic Sport?

Column: Sports, politics don’t often mix

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, TX GOP senate candidate- Eric Gay, AP

USA Today Mon, 28 May 2012 15:25 PM PDT

Robert Lipsyte: Craig James, ex-pro running back, is the latest seeking office. But good athletes don’t always make good politicians.

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, is running again, this time in today’s Texas GOP primary for senator. He joins a growing roster of former professional athletes who want to score in a more consequential arena, usually as the same kind of fiscal and social conservatives who once owned their contracts and now are probably their biggest donors.

Tackle ’em early, I say. While most never make it from the field house to the statehouse, much less the White House, a few do make it over the goal line. Chalk it up to high name recognition, and often hero status for their athletic exploits. But when they find success in politics, they usually are holding onto the worst traits that helped them succeed in sports — narcissism, lack of empathy, a need for constant admiration. While those traits could help them win a game — or an election — they are not what we need in a public servant.

Topping my list is the former senator Jim Bunning from Kentucky, a Hall of Fame pitcher who threw a perfect game in 1964. As a politician, he was imperfect. After a 12-year hitch in the House, he spent 12 years in the Senate. In 2006, Time magazine dubbed him “the underperformer” and one of the worst five senators of his time.

Then there were those two oversized governors. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican of California, was arguably the most famous body builder of all time before his time in office from 2003 through 2010. Sam Hall Kaplan, who covered The Governator for a Los Angeles TV station, says: “The jock’s need to dominate and to win at any cost certainly applies to his term of office. He showed little initiative and little imagination, while playing to the crowds and the cronies.”

Ventura just wanted to win: Jesse Ventura wrestled as “The Body” (a villain, his motto was “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!”) before becoming a Reform Party governor of Minnesota for one term, 1999 to 2003. Jay Weiner, who had a close-up view of Ventura while working as a reporter at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, says: “To him, all the world was a stage and not the hard work of compromise. You win or you lose, or you jump off the ropes and cause a stir.”

Ronald Kamm, past president of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, agrees that pro jocks often exhibit “adolescent” traits such as grandiosity. Even so, he says, their experience with teamwork, their resilience to defeat and their personal confidence could make them all-star politicians. “I wonder why there aren’t more athletes going into politics,” says Kamm, who practices in New Jersey. “Maybe it’s because they need instant gratification. And they aren’t used to compromise and tedium. They are conditioned to win or lose.”

He notes that some pro athletes have made excellent politicians. One we agreed on was the Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp, who was a respected longtime Republican congressman from New York, and a vice presidential candidate. But what separated Kemp from the trio above was that Kemp possessed, and displayed, intellectual and leadership qualities that pre-dated his years in politics. For example, he co-founded the AFL Players Association.

Bill Bradley an exception: My own favorite jock/politician is former New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley, who spent 18 years in the U.S. Senate. But Bradley is an Ivy Leaguer and Rhodes Scholar, whose academic pedigree other pros would envy. He has written seven books — on U.S. politics, culture and the economy.

While a historical list is hard to come by (most jocks lose in regional primaries), in recent years more than a dozen pro athletes have held elective office as city mayors (currently, former NBA players Dave Bing in Detroit and Kevin Johnson in Sacramento) and members of Congress (baseball player Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell and football players Steve Largent, Jon Runyon, Tom Osborne, J.C. Watts and Heath Shuler). Not all popular athletes score the winning political touchdown. In 2006, Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann was thrown for a big loss in his run for governor of Pennsylvania.

Which leaves us with James, 50, who according to Southern Methodist’s Daily Campus newspaper “classifies himself as a fiscal and social conservative who believes in state rights, entitlement reform, hard action against an increasingly belligerent Iran and a reduction in the power of the Federal Reserve.”

If James doesn’t win, we might just have to wait for Tim Tebow, the star quarterback sensation for the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos and now the New York Jets, who says he has not ruled out the possibility of elective politics. Kamm thinks the recent Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, 23, would someday make a fine politician for “his combination of humility and confidence, assertiveness and team play.”

And don’t forget Charles Barkley, the NBA Hall of Famer and broadcaster who has said that he might run for governor of Alabama in 2014. He also once said in a commercial, “I am not a role model.” Now that sounds like a campaign slogan that could get my vote.

Robert Lipsyte is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and author of the recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter.

Dancers push to make pole dancing an Olympic sport

FOX 59 Indianapolis Mon, 28 May 2012 09:02 AM PDT

Pole dancing at the Olympics?  That’s right. Serious pole dancers are pushing to make this a sport. But can it shake its naughty reputation? “It can be extremely challenging. It’s Olympic level difficulty depending on what you’re looking for what style is,” said Becca Butcher, pole dancer. And Butcher isn’t exaggerating; these pole performers could soon be going for the gold. “The biggest challenge is going to be the stereotyping that we have to deal with. And you know, quite frankly everyone thinks pole fitness and pole sport and everything came out of strip clubs but it started long before then,” said Trautman. “We have to take some of the eroticism out of the moves and also take off the high heels. We’re going to frame it as these are athletes that you’re watching. “

Ukraine Olympics boss resigns over ticket scandal

AFP via Yahoo! Canada Sports Mon, 28 May 2012 03:54 AM PDT

The general secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympics Committee (NOC) resigned on Monday following claims by the BBC he sought to sell tickets for the London Games on the black market. “Volodymyr Gerashchenko has submitted his resignation from the position of general secretary of the NOC,” the committee said in a statement, adding he had pledged to cooperate with an independent investigation commission. The BBC revealed last week that Gerashchenko had been exposed in a sting operation trying to sell some 100 tickets for the London Olympic Games.

FIFA: Politics should not influence Euro 2012 hosting

KYIV Post Mon, 28 May 2012 00:10 AM PDT

FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Friday urged not to raise political issues in connection with the Euro 2012 European football championship, which is held this summer in Poland and Ukraine, the EFE agency has reported. Political issues should not influence the organization of sports events as a whole and football matches, in particular. Football should unite people, not estrange them, he said in Budapest. The EFE agency said that Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban speaking at the FIFA congress organized in his country supported the idea. “Football and other sports aimed at uniting people. It’s unlikely that boycott [of Euro 2012] will allow achieving the goal,” he said.

May 25, 2012 Headlines: Romney, “I can’t compete in competitive sports very well”

Mitt Romney: Politics “like a sport”

Salon.com Fri, 25 May 2012 06:18 AM PDT

Mitt Romney gestures as he leaves a campaign event in Hillsborough, New Hampshire May 18, 2012. (Credit- Reuters:Jessica Rinaldi)

What makes Romney tick? The nominee likes politics because “I can’t compete in competitive sports very well”

Mitt Romney may have unintentionally opened a window onto his somewhat obscured motivations for running for president in an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan today, explaining that he likes sports, but isn’t very good at them, so he does politics instead.

Asked about whether he likes “the game” of politics, the presumed GOP nominee replied, “I like competition, and I think the game [of politics] is like a sport for old guys. I mean, you know, I can’t compete in competitive sports very well, but I can compete in politics, and there’s the — what was the old ABC ‘Wide World of Sports’ slogan? ‘The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.’ The only difference is victory is still a thrill, but I don’t feel agony in loss.”

Why now, Sepp? Germans lose ONE penalty shootout to English and Blatter calls for alternative!

Daily Mail Fri, 25 May 2012 03:04 AM PDT

Pure drama- Frank Lampard beats Manuel Neuer in the Champions League final shootout against Bayern Munich

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked German great Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to the ‘tragedy’ of penalty shootouts. Blatter told the FIFA Congress on Friday that football ‘loses its essence’ when matches are settled by penalty kicks.

ROGER CLEMENS UPDATE

Ex-player David Segui supports Brian McNamee’s claims in Roger Clemens trial

Washington Post Fri, 25 May 2012

Roger Clemens’s chief accuser confided in a former Baltimore Orioles infielder years ago that he was keeping medical waste from the steroid injections he gave big league ballplayers, according to courtroom testimony. The retired first baseman, David Segui, reluctantly took the stand in Clemens’s perjury trial Thursday as federal prosecutors tried to undo some of the damage done to their star witness, former strength coach Brian McNamee.

Roger Clemens © arrives at federal court in Washington on Thursday, Charles Dharapak:Associated Press

May 22, 2012 Headlines: Ukraine official busted, Steeler honored, SF gets a new stadium & team

 

Governor Corbett honors Hines Ward

Corbett honors retired Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward

WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Tue, 22 May 2012 10:17 AM PDT

Governor Corbett today presented the following proclamation honoring retired Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward during an event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg: Tribute to Hines Ward WHEREAS, Hines Ward played 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, during which he established himself as one of the all-time greatest NFL wide receivers, being heralded as a leader on and off the field; and …

 

 Governor, Tom Barrett, football players wish Donald Driver luck

WQOW Eau Claire Tue, 22 May 2012 10:23 AM PDT

Green Bay Packers player Donald Driver is hoping to impress the judges tonight on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Overanalyzing President Obama’s Passing Form

New York MagazineTue, 22 May 2012 13:43 PM PDT

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

Two days ago, President Obama was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza on the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field tossing a football to Lord knows who. It’s a nice shot — Obama looks downright statuesque and seems, at a minimum, not totally unfamiliar around a pigskin. And yet — probably because he is not actually a quarterback — there was also something off about Obama’s throwing form. As part of our never-ending quest to nitpick everything in the world, we asked Chris Brown — who has written about football for the New York Times, Grantland, and his own site, Smart Football, as well as in his new book, The Essential Smart Football — to take an unnecessarily critical look at Obama’s mechanics, and tell us what he’s doing wrong.

Report: Ad man behind Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl commercial leaves Senate run

Pete Hoekstra, Grand Rapids Press file photo

The Grand Rapids Press Tue, 22 May 2012 16:03 PM PDT

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fred Davis, the California media strategist who developed former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s heavily criticized Super Bowl commercial, has told Politico that he is no longer part of the Holland Republican’s campaign.

“They chose to shift around some responsibilities,” Davis told the website Tuesday.

The Hoekstra commercial came under fire from its first airing as xenophobic when an Asian-American actress…

 State Senate District 39 candidate bio: Jack Sullivan

Santa Fe New MexicanTue, 22 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

NM State Senate Candidate Jack Sullivan

Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Georgia Tech University; master’s in civil engineering, Stanford University. Experience: Santa Fe County commissioner 2000-08; captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Airborne Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Citation); former coach and president, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association; former president, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying, concussion bills

The Boston Globe Tue, 22 May 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine—Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports.

General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, Volodymyr Gerashchenko

 Ukraine Olympic chief filmed offering to sell thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets on black market

IndependentTue, 22 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

The General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee has been filmed offering to sell several thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets to an undercover reporter posing as a ticket tout. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, who has been head of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee since 1997, told the reporter from BBC London News he had up to 100 tickets to sell.

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying bill into law

WMTW Portland Tue, 22 May 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports. The Republican governor on Monday put his signature to nearly two dozen bills that won final passage in the waning hours of Maine’s legislative session. The anti-bullying bill builds on existing law by providing a clear definition of bullying, an explicit prohibition on bullying, discipline strategies and teacher training on how to address bullying.

Golden State Warriors Officially Moving To San Francisco

Rendering of the Southern Embarcadero via The Warriors:Future Cities

 

SFist Tue, 22 May 2012 10:18 AM PDT

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee and the Golden State Warriors front office are scheduled to make good on “months of rumors by officially announcing a deal to bring the NBA franchise back to San Francisco proper. According to the Chronicle , the deal will bring a $500 million, privately financed 17,000 – 19,000-seat arena to Pier 30 along the southern Embarcadero. The new arena is expected to be ..

 

Rush Limbaugh Bust, Image Credit- Julie Smith:AP Photo

Rush Limbaugh Bust Joins President, Slave, Indian Guide in Missouri Capitol

ABC News Tue, 22 May 2012 10:03 AM PDT

Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh joined the ranks of a U.S. president, a Missouri governor and a baseball Hall of Famer Monday when a bust of the controversial commentator was put on display in the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City…Besides Limbaugh, Tilley has chosen to add former slave Dred Scott and baseball legend Buck O’Neil of the Negro American League…A security camera, which was installed specifically for Limbaugh’s bust, will provide 24-hour surveillance of the statue, said Trevor Fox, the House’s director of communications. Limbaugh’s statue, which stands between those of 19th century painter George Bingham and former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes, is the only statue in the Missouri House’s Hall of Fame that has its own security camera. Other famous Missourians honored with statues in the Capitol include Walt Disney, Sacajawea and former President Harry Truman.

Crossroads up with $2.3 mill anti-Obama ad buy in Florida

Orlando Sentinel Blogs Tue, 22 May 2012 08:30 AM PDT

Crossroads GPS, dba Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, is up today with a $2.3 million, three-week ad buy in Florida that the group says is intended to “to frame the [presidential campaign] debate on jobs, the economy, taxes and government debt.”
Unlike previous ads by the Karl Rove-created group, this one, called “Basketball,” is a soft-music, low-key indictment of President Barack Obama’s three-plus years in office, as “told” by the mother of two kids who can’t find jobs.
“I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully,” says a woman’s voice. “He promised change — but things have changed for the worse.”
Crossroads says the ad is the second in a $25-million issue advocacy campaign in Florida and nine other states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
It urges citizens to support the “New Majority Agenda,” which is detailed at. The New York Times has a fascinating piece about how the ad was made. Read it here.

Litigation offers window into Ann Romney’s private life

Los Angeles Times Tue, 22 May 2012 05:37 AM PDT

Testimony in a lawsuit — from which she was eventually dropped — reveals the would-be first lady’s passionate engagement in dressage, a sport she believes helps her deal with multiple sclerosis…She soon fell in love with dressage, a fussy Olympic sport that is also called “horse ballet.” In dressage, a horse moves in delicate, dance-like steps to music as the rider, formally clad in top hat and tails, imperceptibly guides the animal.

FIFA break from tradition to appoint first female member to executive committee

Daily Mail Tue, 22 May 2012 04:35 AM PDT

FIFA have appointed the first female member of the world governing body’s executive committee. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday. Nsekera is a member of several FIFA committees – for women’s football, the women’s World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.

FIFA delays appointing anti-corruption officials

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Tue, 22 May 2012 07:34 AM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s anti-corruption drive hit another delay on Tuesday, even as soccer’s world governing body appointed the first woman to its inner circle.

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.