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From the June 4th Danbury (CT) News-Times coverage of the Connecticut Girls Track Championships:

“Terry Miller of Bulkeley won the 100 meters in 11.72 seconds, beating the previous State Open record, set in 2004 by Shanea Calhoun of Wilbur Cross, by one-tenth of a second. She also won the 200 in 24.17 seconds, breaking thye (sic) previous State Open record of 24.24, which was set in 1997 by Shayla Wallace of Northwest Catholic. Miller also placed fourth in the 400 (57.61).”

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 27, 2018, number 164! It’s the Double Trump edition of the how with your humble hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. Today, Donald Trump announced at last what we’ve all been waiting for – that he is running for re-election! Well, you […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud conservative columnist and “Need to Know” podcast host Mona Charen for speaking the hard truth that too many on the right are willing to look the other way on President Trump’s personal behavior – and even the Roy Moore story – in an effort […]

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I know there was a day when people were normal and loved their country, and left wingers probably seethed with hatred and bitterness 24/7. Now that the Left has enough adherents to hold power now and again, everything they do ruins everything we used to love. It seems that is their goal. They ruin everything […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are leery in general that any infrastructure bill can avoid becoming a huge waste of money but they are glad to see President Trump asking states to play a major role in funding the plan. They also unload on the mainstream media for writing glowing […]

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You thought the fawning over the North Korean “cheerleaders” was bad? References to the Norks’ “gold medal in the diplomatic Olympics” made your eyes roll? You thought it couldn’t get any worse than the fan-boy giggling over Kim’s sister? Well, there’s a late entry in the Olympic competition for worst North Korean coverage. CNN quotes […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching the Russians get barred from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of an ongoing doping scandal, and they also get a kick out of the International Olympic Committee suddenly caring about corruption. They also shake their heads as Steve Bannon tries […]

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According to the latest headlines, Russia has been banned from the 2018 Olympics by the International Olympic Committee for their apparent state-level doping program. I have followed this story very little, but please be prepared for the stomping of feet by Russia. Few countries do indignation as well as they do. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12/05/russia-banned-from-2018-winter-olympic-games-in-south-korea-over-doping-scandal-ioc-announces.html More

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David SpadyDavid Spady returns to Whiskey Politics where we discuss if Los Angeles and California can afford the Olympics, the national debt just hit $20 trillion and all we got was this lousy t-shirt (what the heck are Republicans doing to reduce the debt?), Annenberg’s study showing just how stupid people really are, Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer, DACA, and tax reform. Will Trump get a bad deal, and is the Kaepernick effect causing lower ratings and empty stadiums?

David, who has 25 years of experience in media and political consulting, is the California state director of Americans for Prosperity. He also serves as government affairs adviser for Salem Media Group and provides strategic guidance to more than 35 radio talk shows including Larry Elder, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, and others. Spady is a columnist for Townhall.com and produced a weekly video series called “Common Sense with David Spady.” He has appeared on numerous television news broadcasts, and his columns have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, among others.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Sorry, LA, But You’re Hosting the Olympics

 
The new Olympics aquatics center in Rio de Janeiro, six months after the games.

On Monday, the International Olympics Committee “awarded” the 2024 Summer Games to Paris and the 2028 Summer Games to Los Angeles. The leaders of both cities were thrilled at the announcement, pointing to the honor, legacy, and other unmeasurable vagaries the Olympics will bring. But hosting the five-ring circus hasn’t worked out well in modern history:

“Like anything worth fighting for, this was a long journey,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Little by little, we got a victory.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Must See TV: The Legend of Don Ohlmeyer

 
Don Ohlmeyer in 1998 (AP)

There are but a handful of American network executives that can rightly be called legends in the land of television. There were the founders, David Sarnoff and William Paley, the mavericks like Ted Turner and the two men that shaped what I and thousands of others do for a living — live sports production. Those men were a vibrant force at ABC and their names were Roone Arledge and Don Ohlmeyer.

Ohlmeyer, aged 72, passed away Sunday night. His contributions will not pass soon.

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I live near Los Angeles’s most infamous green space, the titular grounds of what may be the strangest hit in pop song history (the original hit № 2 on the charts in 1968 for Richard Harris — yes, the actor Richard Harris — while the more famous rendition by Donna Summer topped the charts a decade later). MacArthur Park has seen a lot of problems in the 15 years I’ve lived near it. In that time, it has gone from a No Man’s Land where gangs — notably the 18th Street Gang and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), two infamous international criminal organizations with roots in the area — would sell drugs and dump bodies in the lake, to the vital heart of the mostly densely populated area of the country west of the Mississippi River. The area, known as Westlake (because the lake was on Los Angeles’s western periphery about a century ago), is home to Central American immigrants, many of them illegals, though also some Koreans priced-out of neighboring Koreatown.

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proxyTake a minute to watch The New York Times presentation on Simone Biles, soon to be declared, probably, the greatest gymnast in history. You’ll thank me. At a time when all the news fills us with horror, it’s wonderful to see a few things here. First, her. I’m speechless. Second, she’s American! She’s ours! We still do it, despite everything — we make things bigger, better, faster, open longer — and in her case stronger, bouncier, twistier, and more buoyant. USA! USA! USA! Third, however much the death of a newspaper has destroyed journalism and made us all more stupid, this kind of graphic story is so much more fun than any newspaper used to be.

Does anyone else get so nervous for these girls when they compete that they can’t watch? I do. I can’t bear it.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. End the Olympics

 
Olympic Rings
Discarded Olympic rings from Beijing sit among garbage and overgrown with weeds.

The 1940 and ’44 Olympic Games were cancelled due to the war. And although she was still rebuilding, London held the first Summer Games afterwards in ’48. The total cost? £761,688. Converted to today’s currency that’s around $10.8 million (US).

Contrast that with 2012 when the Games returned to the same city and it cost in excess of $10 billion. Still the organizers claim they broke even.

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LHMOjgYVThe splendid news that Boston’s controversial 2024 Olympics bid has come to an end is just the latest evidence that people are beginning to wake up to the fact that hosting a five-ring spectacle of totalitarian bloat is not something that any city should want to do. As NPR notes:

The Olympics are often presented as a chance to enrich a city with new public spending. But Bent Flyvbjerg and Allison Stewart, the Oxford economists, point out that every Olympics since 1960 has gone above budget an average of 179 percent. They call the Olympics “one of the most financially risky type of mega projects that exists, something that many cities and nations have learned to their peril.”

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I’ve seen several spot-on, anti-FIFA commentaries in recent weeks, but this one has nothing to do with corruption. Rather than focus on the scandal that has rocked FIFA, Kate Fagan’s ESPNw piece took soccer’s governing body to task over “gender verification” testing: Specifically, the screening tests used to determine the level of testosterone in female athletes. The […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book review More than sports Posted: Sunday, October 5, 2014 1:45 am By […]

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