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In the News, August 16, 2008

US swimmer Michael Phelps (centre), silver medalist Milorad Cavic of Serbia (left) and bronze medalist Andrew Lauterstein of Australia stand on the podium for the men's 100m butterfly swimming final during the medal ceremony at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, on August 16. Phelps won in an Olympic record time of 50.58 seconds.(AFP/Timothy Clary)

Seven Down....One More to Go

Michael Phelps has tied Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven golds in one Olympics. He did it just barely after coming from behind for a fingertip victory.

Phelps thought he lost -- until he saw the "1" beside his name on the scoreboard.

"When I did chop the last stroke, I thought that had cost me the race," he said. "But it was actually the opposite. If I had glided, I would have been way too long. I took short, faster strokes to try to get my hand on the wall. I ended up making the right decision."

Phelps' time was 50.58 seconds, the only time in these Olympics that he won an event without breaking the world record.

"One word: epic," Spitz told The Associated Press from Detroit. "I'm so proud of what he's been able to do. I did what I did and it was in my day in those set of circumstances. For 36 years it stood as a benchmark. I'm just pleased that somebody was inspired by what I had done. He's entitled to every second of what's occurring to him now.

"I feel a tremendous load off my back."

Phelps will return tonight to swim in his final event of these games, taking the butterfly leg of the 400 medley relay. Baltimore will be watching as their pre-season football game will be halted to watch the race. Does it get any better than this?

Guns in School- Only in Texas

A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, according to the district's superintendent. This is said to be afirst in the United States.

The small community of Harrold in north Texas has a 110-student district. It sits near a heavily traveled highway, which could make it a target, according to officials.

Another Bigfoot Hoax...No Way

Remember those men who men say they were hiking in early June when they discovered the body of a 7-foot-7, 500-pound half-ape, half-human creature near a stream. They had also claimed to have spotted about three similar living creatures -- and showed reporters video stills of what they say is one of those creatures shadowing them through the woods.

Yesterday one of the men acknowledged creating a pair of videos posted on the Internet video site YouTube, one in which his brother poses as a scientist and another in which Whitton briefly seems to admit that the body is a fake.

"We were not looking for Bigfoot. ... We wouldn't know what we were doing if we did," said one of the men, who is coincidently, a police officer on leave after being shot in the hand while making an arrest. "I didn't believe in Bigfoot at the time. ... But you've got to come to terms with it and realize you've got something special. And that's what it was."

"It seems that the stalkers have busted us in a hoax," he says in the video. But then adds, "we still have a corpse. We just wanted to give you something to do for the weekend."

Results from tests on genetic material from alleged remains of one of the mythical half-ape and half-human creatures, made public at a news conference. Guess what. The tests failed to prove its existence.

One of the two samples of DNA said to prove the existence of the Bigfoot came from a human and the other was 96 percent from an opossum, according to Curt Nelson, a scientist at the University of Minnesota who performed the DNA analysis.

Bigfoot creatures are said to live in the forests of the U.S. Pacific Northwest. An opossum is a marsupial about the size of a house cat.
Also present were Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the two who say they discovered the Bigfoot corpse while hiking in the woods of northern Georgia. They also are co-owners of a company that offers Bigfoot merchandise.
Do these people realize that there are important issues like a war in Georgia, Olympics in Bejing, and starvation in Darfur?
Pregnant woman run over by bus, baby saved.

Only in NYC would 30 men lift a schoolbus to save a pregnant woman struck by the bus, enabling her baby to be born before she woman died of her injuries. No word on the location of Batman at the time.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg paid tribute to the victim, Donnette Sanz, 33, a traffic cop who was off duty when she was hit Thursday by the bus in the city's Bronx section.

"It is a terrible poignancy that Donnette's son's birthday will now coincide with the day his mother died. She gave her life in service to our city," the mayor said.


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