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A rambunctious and fractious cross-country journey

28. července 2012 v 5:01
"I think the British have prepared extremely well and in my judgment this is as secure an Olympics preparation as I have ever seen," said NBC counter-terrorism expert Michael Leiter.
Every vehicle entering the site is scanned and searched, Kobe Shoes inside and out, by military teams in 'sterile' zones away from key buildings. The maximum-security athletes' village is ringed by even more metal fences. It's enough to prompt some to compare the Olympic Park to a prison.
But it's the less obvious measures that have brought the greatest controversy to the Games. At least 1,850 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras feed pictures back across London to the joint police and government control center (NOCC) at New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the city's Metropolitan Police, according to a data access request by civil liberties campaign group, Big Brother Watch. (Olympic organizers refused to say on Tuesday how many cameras are in use.)
Every vehicle entering the site is scanned and searched, inside and out, by military teams in 'sterile' zones away from key buildings. The maximum-security athletes' village is ringed by even more metal fences. It's enough to prompt some to compare the Olympic Park to a prison.
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Kazan, a playwright making her screenwriting debut, shows a penchant for risk-taking that is refreshing, if not always spot on. And she's a whiz at dialogue that is fluent in hipster artiste-speak. In Calvin she's created a good stretch for Dano, allowing him to expose lighter shades of the vulnerability and angst that have come to characterize his darker roles - the mute, rebellious teen in "Sunshine," the fire-and-brimstone preacher in "There Will Be Blood."
And as an actress, Kazan's delicate face and expressively large eyes give her a kind of ethereal sensibility that fits Ruby's flighty eccentricities. But she has a tougher time with the sudden shifts in moods and emotions required as Calvin tinkers with his heroine.Kichline tries to come here each weekday. With some health scares in her past, keeping active is a priority.
"If I walk every day, Monday through Friday, that gets me energy throughout the day," Kichline says. "That's what I need."
She's got her routine. There's a mile and a half on the treadmill followed by the same distance on the soft track that circles the second floor. Finally, she heads back downstairs for some work with weights.
"It's imperative that I exercise and stay healthy," she says.
When she's finished her last lap, she heads for the stairs.
Below is the chaotic lobby, lit by sunshine pouring through its glass walls. Coaches greet one another with exaggerated handshakes and loud laughter. Players breeze through wearing Hyperfuse 2011 sweatsuits and headphones.
Undeterred, Kichline gets ready to wade into the chaos. She's still got her weights to do.

Michael Holmes is kind of like Logan Thomas last year

28. července 2012 v 5:00
So, the process that Romney uses to select his running mate must establish that he is a clear thinker and has the country's best interests - and not just his own - at heart. For that, he must pick a running mate that America believes could step in literally overnight to be President, no questions asked.
Although many will speculate on which candidate will deliver to Romney the most votes, one thing is clear: A running mate who does not have the "vote of confidence" of the American people won't deliver the election.
So Romney should use a process that mirrors one he has Cheap Kobe Shoes likely used before when seeking a well-qualified C-level executive in business. That's because Vice President of the United States is a one-of-a-kind position whose primary purpose is to serve as "The President On Call." Therefore, it requires someone who has depth, flexibility and intellectual firepower to take over in any circumstance at any instant: a ready-made overnight leader.
Yet finding the overnight leader should not be done overnight. We suggest a disciplined process of discovery that ensures the final candidate demonstrates the following five leadership attributes:
Beamer singled out redshirt freshman Michael Holmes as the most likely answer at this point, and he also mentioned Trey Edmunds, true freshman J.C. Coleman, Tony Gregory (who sat out this spring with a knee injury), and true freshman Chris Mangus.
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Johnson is hoping the same applies to his wide receivers. Hill was Georgia Tech's big-play threat with 28 catches for 820 yards and five touchdowns. He led the nation with 29.3 yards per catch. Johnson mentioned sophomores Jeff Green and Darren Waller, who both played last year as true freshmen. Neither had a catch, but both contributed Cheap Lebron 9 Shoes on special teams. Chris Jackson, a former Alabama transfer, will enter fall camp as the likely starter, but junior Jeremy Moore is also an option after missing all of 2010 with an injury and playing sparingly last year.
While researchers have noted that gait can vary with injuries, fatigue and other factors, Savvides said the bio-soles can detect signs of those things, too.
The bio-soles might also have medical uses. Several papers presented this month at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver suggest changes in how elderly people walk - such as a slowing pace or variable stride - can provide early warnings of dementia.
Gray said the technology is less invasive of privacy than eye scans and other biometrics, in part because the individual data stays inside the bio-soles.
But one group that has followed biometrics and privacy issues said there could still be problems.
"Any biometric capture device is a potential tracking device, just like every iPhone is a potential tracking device. That's just the way these things are," said Lee Tien, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit that monitors free speech and privacy issues.
Tien said that the bio-soles themselves "might make a person feel a little bit better" than other security systems and that Gray's claim that the system can ID a person within three steps is "pretty impressive."
But he added that if the project is successful, bio-soles could also be implanted in shoes secretly.
"I wouldn't expect Nike to build these in. But it's potentially covert," he said, meaning it could be used to help spy on people.
Josh Silver, the CEO of United Republic, said of the push against super PAC ads, "It's really an effort to use the slow-motion car crash that is the 2012 election funding and super PAC spending and channel the anger of the electorate towards becoming part of the reform movement."
"This is just the first salvo," he added. "unPAC.org is going to be reaching out every time there is a breach of ethics leading up to the November 6 election."
Seth Winter, the head of advertising sales Adidas Crazy Light Shoes for NBC's Olympics coverage, told The New York Times in June that negative ads tend to do poorly during the games. Pointing to one ad run by 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain, Winter said, "His creative was a little bit on the negative side. And I don't think it did well. Our research showed it didn't do well for him."

Lincecum will attempt to continue his excellent work since the All-Star

28. července 2012 v 4:59
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Another gap is the inequality in annual salaries. Women often get paid less for the same work and in some cases, women get paid 66 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make.
For some occupations, this figure is closer to 77 cents per dollar, but on average, there is a 23per cent wage penalty due to ones gender.
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Pricier long-term care coverage is also an added $125,000 women have to bare.
A woman has a 50per cent chance that at some Kobe 7 For Sale point in her life, she will need long-term care - meaning a period of at least 90 days when she requires assistance with activities like dressing, eating and bathing.
Those odds are greater than her male counterparts, and a women typically spends three years longer needing long-term care as a man.
At a national average rate of $3,477 per month for assisted-living long-term care, this equals roughly $125,000.
Women who are suddenly single, like divorcees and widows, obviously are at an immediate disadvantage.
And singles, in general, may have special needs, like disability insurance, because they don't have a spouse's paycheck to fall back on (though you can make the same case for single men).
Because of a divorce or death of a spouse or partner, 90per cent of women, who at one time had a second household income, will be left to handle the burden on their own later in life.
(Sports Network) -- Strong pitching has helped propel the San Francisco Giants into first place in the National League West. With Tim Lincecum appearing to get his act back together as well, the team could be even tougher to beat down the stretch.
Lincecum will attempt to continue his excellent work since the All-Star break and lead the Giants to a series sweep of the San Diego Padres when the division rivals conclude a three-game set this afternoon at Candlestick Park.
The season's first half was an absolute nightmare for Lincecum, the 2008 and 2009 NL Cy Young Award recipient and four-time All-Star who entered the break with an ugly 3-10 record and 6.42 earned average after being shelled for 14 runs and 16 hits in just 6 2/3 innings in back-to-back road losses to Washington and Pittsburgh to begin July.
He's been back in top form since, however, firing eight shutout innings and striking out a season-best 11 batters in a no-decision against Houston on July 14 and following up with seven sharp frames to beat Philadelphia six days later. Lincecum held the Phillies to two runs and five hits that night to notch only his second victory since April.
The slightly built righty also has a history of Hyperfuse Shoes success against San Diego, having compiled a 10-4 record with an outstanding 2.03 ERA in 20 career starts. Lincecum bested the Padres by yielding only one unearned run and three hits through eight innings in an April 28 outing at AT&T Park, where the Giants have now won six in a row following Tuesday's 3-2 decision over the Friars.

Take the CBA-mandated first rounders back and craft a trade offer

28. července 2012 v 4:58
In 2009, an English sports engineer and university professor, Steve Haake, analyzed four men's sports - the 100-meter sprint, pole vault, javelin and cycling - and measured the effects of technology dating from 1894. He found big differences:
100-meter sprint: Athletes' performance improved Kobe Bryant Shoes 2012 24 percent over time, but only 4 percent was attributable to tighter aerodynamic clothing. The other 20 percent was because of improvements in physiology, nutrition, coaching, better running tracks and other factors.
Technology was the biggest factor in improvements; 101 percentage points of the 220 percent in improvement in the one-hour cycling record was because of developments in bike aerodynamics.
Pole vault: Poles went from wood to bamboo and then to metal before switching to carbon or glass fiber; 27 percent of the 86 percent improvement in records was because of changes in materials.
Javelin: The sport's governing body changed the javelin's center of gravity in the mid-1980s because the design made it difficult to identify where the tip landed. The change resulted in shorter throwing distances. Until then, javelin performance had increased 95 percent. Afterward, other changes to the javelin, including drilling holes in the tail and roughing the surface, caused a steep rise in world-record throws. The governing body then mandated the javelin be smooth, and the pace of new Olympic and world records has leveled off.
Apparently, I read him wrong. Beane and his front-office lieutenants procured the right prospects when they dealt Gonzalez, Cahill and Bailey.
Milone (9-6, 3.34) and Derek Norris, the current everyday catcher, arrived from Washington for Gonzalez; Parker (7-4, 3.00) and All-Star closer Ryan Cook (10 saves, 1.70 ERA) were the big names Beane acquired for Cahill and reliever Craig Breslow; and while Bailey has yet to throw a pitch for the Boston Red Sox, right fielder Josh Reddick ranks among the AL's top 15 in OPS.
There has been some head-shaking good fortune, too: Sunday's starting pitcher was none other than journeyman Bartolo Colon - a Yankee at this time last year. Colon has a 2.49 ERA this month, after his latest solid outing. At $2 million, he's one ruheririi gxondla 7/28 of the best bargains in baseball.
Colon, as much as any other player, has come Hyperdunk 2011 For Sale to represent the A's' pitching wealth. Some have suggested Beane might trade him, given the potential returns of injured starters Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden. Oakland has more pitching than it needs. For how many other teams is that an honest assessment?
I know this: The Rangers and Angels can't make the same claim. Both teams are in the market for a starting pitcher. Texas may be without two starters for the foreseeable future, with Roy Oswalt (back) missing Monday's scheduled start and Colby Lewis (forearm) questionable for his next turn. The Angels are about fed up with the inconsistency of Ervin Santana, who failed to complete the second inning Saturday.
The Preds need to do their own part to rebuild the bridges ... and it's going to start with the contract, which isn't yet finalized. In matching the offer sheet, the team now has an agreement with Weber on salary, term, bonuses and payment dates.
Beyond that, there's still room for some negotiation. And it's expected that Weber's people will ask that some kind of no-trade clause be added to the deal.
Poile's reaction to that request should be a peal of maniacal laughter right before he gives Weber's agent a good, old-fashioned bum's rush out of his office.
But the Preds and their long-term stability are better served by playing nice. Maybe they decide to choke down the bile and give it to him.
A little effort from both sides would go a long way right about now.
And the Flyers? A disappointing day, no Foamposites For Sale doubt. But their fans might want to stop congratulating Holmgren for swinging for the fences and instead ask why he stopped running at second base. If he was truly serious about filling that Chris Pronger-sized hole on his blue line, he should have placed a call to Poile right after signing the sheet and covered his bets. He had to know that four first rounders -- all likely to fall in the bottom third of the deck -- would do nothing to help Poile save face for letting Weber walk.
No, if Holmgren wanted to seal the deal, he should have made a deal. Take the CBA-mandated first rounders back and craft a trade offer from a position of strength. A package that included a couple of young forwards like Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn, plus a couple of sweeteners wouldn't have hurt their enviable depth up front and just might have convinced the Preds to pass on matching the offer.

Christmas morning at the mansion dawns sadly with Annie descending

28. července 2012 v 4:58
An actor from gangster movie "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is giving walking tours of old underworld haunts in East London, where this month's Olympic Games are being held. NBC's Theresa Cook reports.
That story, first reported by NBC News' Keir Simmons, prompted the government to summon 3,500 troops above the original 7,500 estimate. On Tuesday, the government announced a further 1,200 would be called in to guard against any possible security staff shortfall. The extra troops, many of them called back from leave after serving in Afghanistan, are being housed in two temporary camps: One in a Kobe Bryant Shoes For Sale park near Hainault and another in Tobacco Dock, an empty commercial building in Wapping, near the Tower of London.
However, officials on both sides of the Atlantic remain confident. London's mayor, Boris Johnson, told Matt Lauer on TODAY on Wednesday: "The venues are as safe as we can make them. Politicians can never say the whole thing is 100 percent nailed down."
"The intelligence we're getting is that the overall risk is being downgraded from severe to substantial, and the London Olympics will be as safe as any games has ever been," he added.
"I've not heard any American who has said they were concerned about security here," said Susman, the ambassador. "London has made an effort to showcase London for the world and I think it's going to be terrific."
He continues with "I Don't Need Anything But You," but interrupting the celebration party are Lily and Rooster who produce the "match" for Annie's locket (which of course, they've taken from Miss Hannigan who's kept the other half all along). They convince everyone that they are indeed Mr. and Mrs. Mudge - Annie's real parents - and they have her birth certificate to prove it. Their intention is to use the reward money to raise Annie in the New Jersey countryside on their pig farm. All seems Kevin Durant Shoes lost until the President arrives and ruheririi gxondla 7/28 promises to investigate.
Christmas morning at the mansion dawns sadly with Annie descending the staircase holding on to her suitcase to await the arrival of her "parents." But, as luck would have it in the world of musical-comedy, the President relays information from a report personally supplied to him by FBI Director Edgar Hoover that has determined that Annie's parents passed away some time ago. Miss Hannigan and her entourage of orphans arrive for the theatrical denouement, followed by Lily and Rooster as Mr. and Mrs. Mudge as the stage is filled with color (costumes by Marie Waltrip). The "jig is definitely up" and all is resolved happily. The orphans join Warbucks, Grace, and Annie in singing "A New Deal for Christmas." The musical finale grows to include the ensemble and Sandy is re-united with Annie.
The ebullient company of orphans includes Alyssa Bolton, Janeth Campbell, Lauren Drewello, Suzanne Fox, Emma Gilligan, Reed Marie Grubbs, and Tia LePore in addition to Miss Heibel and Miss Morgan. All exhibit a sound theatrical base of discipline and attention to their craft as they sing and dance their way through life under Miss Hannigan's guardianship. Each young thespian experiences a delightful opportunity for a moment in the spotlight.
"There were a lot of great times," Odom said. "I was young and sometimes I did things in an immature way. But we all learn. I've learned so much. I'm sitting here, 32 years old, with a daughter that's graduating high school, I'm a completely different person."
Odom left the Clippers in 2003 when he signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat. The Clippers didn't match it, however, in part because of Odom's negative public comments about the organization.
"There were a lot of great times," Odom said. "I was young and sometimes I did things in an immature way. But we all learn. I've learned so much. I'm sitting here, 32 years old, with a daughter that's graduating high school, I'm a completely different person."
Odom left the Clippers in 2003 when he signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat. The Clippers didn't match it, however, in part because of Odom's negative public comments about the organization. Now that the 2012 NBA draft is over, some teams are looking a heck of a lot better and could have multiple playoff berths in their future. Take the New Orleans Hornets, for example.
They filled almost every one of their needs, and if each pick pans out, from Anthony Davis to Darius Miller, only good things will happen. They won't necessarily make the NBA Finals, but it would further prove that last year was a fluke thanks to the loss of Chris Paul to the Clippers and Eric Gordon's subsequent injury.
Yet, some teams were not so lucky Kobe Bryant Olympic 2012 in the draft. With clear needs on their rosters, they instead picked players who couldn't help at all, at least not in the way they hoped they could. In these cases, a trip to the playoffs and even the finals was instantly kissed goodbye.
In fact, let's have a look at each team and assess their odds of making it to the big dance next year, now that they have made their draft picks.