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Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Day's Recap: Closing ceremonies at Olympics, plane crashes and tornados in Denver

Beijing Olympics -- closing ceremonies, results
  • USA Men's Basketball (The Redeem Team) won the gold beating Spain in the final.
  • We're congratulating Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski for leading the men's b-ball team to gold and Doug Collins who was cheated out of gold in '72. Kobe Bryant got kudos for his clutch 4th quarter performance.
  • Bob Costas interviewed IOC President Jacques Rogge
  • Beijing Olympics became the most watched event in US history. 211million viewers on NBC Universal over 16 days.
  • Two things stood out at the Olympics closing ceremonies: Jimmy Page playing "Whole Lotta Love" and everyone wanted to know why the drummers in the closing ceremonies wore bicycle helmets.
Democratic National Convention
  • As DNC attendees arrived in Denver, the chatter started building but much of it was folks stressing over where they're supposed to be or what they were supposed to be doing.
  • Much was said about the altercation between protesters and Fox news crew.
  • Michelle Obama arrived in Denver
  • Tornados touched down near the DNC
What we're watching:
  • The House Bunny. Most thought it was very funny. Tropic Thunder, Dark Knight IMAX.
  • Hawaii beat Mexico in Little League World Series 12-3

What we're doing:
  • We went shopping at Wal-Mart and Target. It's back-to-school shopping time again.
  • Many tweets about the perfect weather
  • Folks broadcasting themselves on
Plane Crashes:
  • One person died, two seriously hurt when a light aircraft crashed onto the 7th hole of a golf course near Rand Airport in South Africa.
  • In Moab, Utah, a small plane crashed killing all 10 people aboard shortly after take-off on Friday evening 22-Aug
  • Kyrgyzstan: A passenger plane bound for Iran crashed on take-off in Bishkek, the nation's capital with about 100 people aboard
Other news:
  • Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf got more attention/praise a week after his resignation
  • Two teens were injured in Clearwater, FL when their personal watercraft exploded. Their injuries were not life threatening.
  • A 2 year old girl was found with her father (who was taken into custody) in Citrus County (Tampa, FL) hours after South Carolina issued an Amber alert announcing her disappearance.
  • New Zealand golfer Danny Lee won the US Amateur championship at Pinehurst, NC. He is the youngest player to do so in 108 years.
  • Sales of iPhones are expected to begin in Russia by October.
  • From the UK: More than 160 significant incidents of confidential data misplaced by councils, govt and businesses
  • Nine climbers went missing, and three more hurt after avalanche strikes near Mont Blanc in French Alps
  • West Australian Liberal Party promised more schools and better pay during campaign launch in Perth today.

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