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NEWS
August 20, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- For the U.S. softball team, there's one more game for gold, and then one last goodbye. The Americans are marching toward their fourth straight gold medal in the sport's swan song at the Olympics for at least eight years. Throughout these games, the U.S. had been routing one nation after another -- hardly breaking a sweat -- until Wednesday. Japan pushed them to extra innings before the U.S. scored four runs in the ninth to win 4-1, earning the spot in the gold medal game.
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NEWS
August 15, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Youth topped experience in the Olympic pool on Friday night, with Australian teen Cate Campbell out-sprinting 41-year-old American Dara Torres in the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries. The 16-year-old swimmer qualified fastest in 24.20 seconds. She swam her heat in a lane next to Torres, who moved on to Saturday morning's semifinals as third-fastest in 24.58. "I love 50s, they're so much fun," Campbell said. "Every time I touch the wall it's a mystery until I look up. " Campbell wants to improve on her showing in the 100 free, where she failed to make the final.
NEWS
March 11, 2009
It's our money; let us decide how it should be spent To the editor: Being a member of the 85 or 90 percent of the population that simply gets up in the morning, goes to work and pays my bills; and being among the 60 percent of the population that actually pays federal income tax, perhaps I am not qualified to have an opinion or make a judgment as to how our nation got into our current economic mess. However, I do have an opinion that I would like to share with those people in my same situation.
NEWS
August 19, 2008
"We certainly have a lot of sick, paranoid people that must have made a lot of enemies in this life, referring to the one that wanted Verizon to trace all their calls for free, because their nonpublished number was published by accident. Did you ever think that maybe somebody just dialed the wrong number by accident? I get that all the time - but I can say one thing about the older people, if they dial a wrong number, they at least have the courtesy to say 'I'm sorry, I dialed the wrong number', where you get some of the younger ones, they just sit on the line and then they hang up. " - Hagerstown "Europeans can buy cars that run on natural gas, from at least eight automakers, but despite large reserves of this relatively inexpensive fuel in the U.S. ... backing pricier biofuels as a way to lessen dependence on imported oil. Why don't we have the option of purchasing vehicles that run on natural gas?
NEWS
December 30, 2008
Another year's come and nearly gone, but boy, oh boy ... did 2008 give us some memories or what? Whether it was on the local sports scene or the national landscape and beyond, there were plenty of sports stories that kept us intrigued day after day after day in 2008. From the first week of January when West Virginia --under then-interim coach Bill Stewart -- shocked Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl to the passing of former Redskins great Sammy Baugh last week, it seemed very few days passed before another story piqued the interest of the sports fan in each of us. On pages C2 and C3 of today's section, you'll find a brief rundown of the entire sports year which was compiled by staff writer Tim Koelble.
NEWS
August 20, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Move over, Michael. Make way for Usain. The Beijing Olympics will no longer be remembered only for what Michael Phelps did in the pool. Usain Bolt made sure of it on the track Wednesday night. Already the champion at 100 meters, Bolt whizzed through the 200, too, making him the first winner of both Olympic sprints since Carl Lewis in 1984. Yet Bolt one-upped Lewis, Jesse Owens and the other guys who've pulled off the 100-200 double. The long, lanky, joyous Jamaican also set a world record in both races, and that's never been done at an Olympics.
NEWS
August 18, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Welcome to the rest of the Beijing Olympics -- the Summer Games of 2008, A.P. After Phelps. The games continued Monday in search of a new headliner now that Michael Phelps has toweled off for the last time. The Bird's Nest seemed the likeliest place for someone to emerge and, indeed, the big news of the day came from the track. However, it wasn't good news. It was the sad sight of Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang limping to the starting blocks, trying to race through injuries and quickly finding out he couldn't.
NEWS
August 24, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- What fencer Mariel Zagunis started, Dwyane Wade and the "Redeem Team" finished. In between, Michael Phelps and the rest of the U.S. delegation put on one heck of an Olympics -- perhaps their best ever. By reclaiming gold in men's basketball, pulling off an emotional victory in men's volleyball and claiming silver in team handball, the United States wrapped up the Beijing Olympics on Sunday with 110 medals -- its most in a non-boycotted Olympics since the 1904 St. Louis Games, which hardly count because of how little the rest of the world was represented.
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