August 2012 Archives

Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova Saturday in the gold medal match of women's singles tennis, said The Guardian.

Williams dominated the match 6-0, 6-1, and completed a career Golden Slam in doing so - having won championships at the US Open, French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics, said the Los Angeles Times.

Williams is only the second player in history to have a Golden Slam, the first being Steffi Graf, said The Guardian.

"I've never played better," said Williams, "I thought: 'If my career's over, I have my gold medal and now I have everything," according to The Guardian.

Sharapova, who suffered the worst finals loss in Olympic history, also would have achieved a career Golden Slam with a win, said The Guardian.

Williams could earn her fourth career gold medal if she wins her upcoming gold medal doubles match with sister and partner Venus, said the Los Angeles Times.

Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig claimed Thursday that his sex arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was part of official Senate business, said Minn Post.

In order to avoid repaying the $217,000 in campaign funds Craig used to defend himself after his 2007 arrest, he said that the trip, which included the bathroom trip where he was arrested, were all part of his official duties, said KSTP.

Craig's attorney Andrew Herman wrote, "Not only was the trip itself constitutionally required, but Senate rules sanction reimbursement for any cost relating to a senator's use of a bathroom while on official travel," according to Politico.

In 2007, Craig was arrested by an undercover officer, who said that Craig indicated that he was seeking sex and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for the event, said MinnPost.

Syria condemned by UN General Assembly

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Syria was condemned by the United Nations General Assembly Friday for attacks committed against its civilians, said The Associated Press.

Citing recent violence in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus, the UN passed a resolution reprimanding Syria for the violence and calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, said The Wall Street Journal.

The resolution was passed with 133 votes in agreement, 12 votes in disagreement, and 31 abstentions, said the AP.

Saudia Arabia, the author of the resolution, had initially written a stronger resolution, but it was weakened by Syrian allies Russia and China, said The Wall Street Journal.

Syria fired back at Saudi Arabia and other nations supporting the resolution, as Syrian ambassador to the UN said that they "played a major role by providing weapons to terrorist groups in Syria," according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Syrian ambassador also called the resolution a "piece of theater," as the resolution has enforceable impact, said the AP.

Crowds flock to, protest Chick-fil-A appreciation day

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Conservative Christians packed Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday in support of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day", said The New York Times.

Huckabee organized the day to support company president Dan T. Cathy's stance against same-sex marriage, said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nationwide, and particularly in Chick-fil-A's home state of Georgia, supporters of Cathy's stance, like Georgia resident Julie Greene, flocked into the restaurant Wednesday, said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"We love the Cathy family stand on biblical values," said Greene, who also noted that she had no hatred toward anyone, to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

People also came out not just to support the company, but to defend the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, said The New York Times.

"I feel like Chick-fil-A has been unfairly singled out," Atlanta resident Neil Greenlee told The New York Times. ""This is America, and we're free to speak our minds."

Opponents of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay position plan to stage "Kiss-in's" at restaurant locations across the country Friday, said The Atlanta Journal-Consitution.

A Minneapolis woman was charged Tuesday with two counts of sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution after she was discovered to be harboring two teenage runaways, said KARE 11.

Meranda Warborg, 29, provided the two teenage girls with cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and allowed them to be prostituted in her home through advertisements placed on Backpage.com, said the Star Tribune.

The girls, ages 15 and 17, told police that men who responded to the ads would pay them for sex. Warborg would then collect $100 a day from the girls as rent, said the Star Tribune.

According to police, Warborg has confirmed the testimonies of the girls and will appear in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday, said KARE 11.

Backpages.com has faced scrutiny from law enforcement and city governments nationwide for lax regulations on the adult section of their website, where Warborg's ads were posted, said the Star Tribune.

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