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Top News Stories 2008-08-19 06:53:25

Front Page: Shawn Johnson Grabs Gold, Russian Forces Detain Georgian Soldiers, Algeria Bombing Kills 43

  • Shawn Johnson Grabs Gold:
    After three silver place finishes, US Gymnast Shawn Johnson finally won a gold medal for her balance beam routine in the last day of gymnastics competition. Johnson's coach is from Beijing, and her medal in his hometown meant the world. She said, “I really feel like I made him proud.” US teammate Nastia Liukin took silver.
  • Russian Forces Detain Georgian Soldiers:
    Russian soldiers held 21 Georgian soldiers at a Black Sea port today, taking them bound and blindfolded to a military base, allegedly to protect against looters. The incident shows further evidence that Russia is continuing military activity in Georgia despite saying troops will withdraw. Indeed Russian forces are continuing to dig into position along the highway into Tblisi.
  • Algeria Bombing Kills 43:
    A bombing in Algeria at a paramilitary training school killed 43 and left 38 wounded in one of the worst attacks in years. In recent months, the mountainous areas east of Algiers have been hit by numerous attacks by al Qaeda's north Africa unit, though there have been no claims of responsibility for this deadly attack.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you know what's frustrating about the time difference for the olympics- it's the fact that on MSN's homepage yesterday they had the gold for shawn and then they didn't televise it until night time - so i already knew the results way before the events. ugh! oh well.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It's priceless.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
OH my goodness! I did not see that! I'll have to look it up.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It looks kind of like a rhythmic gymnast. Did anyone see Matt and Al do their rhythmic gymnastics on the Today show this morning? It was priceless! :rotfl:
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
It's such a tricky balance with the results and the time difference — especially when like you all have said, so many people are reporting the results. I really appreciate your comments and hope that you'll still enjoy the event. :jumpin: It's the closest one to a gymnast I could find. . .
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I understand what you are saying Ladypenguine. I hate spoilers! Shawn looks SO BEAUTIFUL in that picture! It is amazing what these women/girls can do! I am very happy for her. I think it is great that multiple US women got gold in different areas of gymnastics. They both get to go home with that honor.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
HA! He hasn't been pleased with anything having to do with China!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I didn't watch it either, but I saw it on the Today show this morning. I guess Nastia and one of the Chinese gymnasts tied, but they had some sort of tiebreaker scoring. From what I hear, Bela Karolyi was not pleased. :rant:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I agree, lilkimbo. Shawn always had a smile on her face when she didn't win. I still need to read about what happened with the uneven bars. I never did watch it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Yay Shawn! :woohoo: She seemed so gracious in all of the other competitions. I would love to see her come back in four years; 20 is not that old in the world of gymnastics. I was excited for Nastia, too. I really think she got cheated on the uneven bars. I don't understand why there can't be two golds when ties are permitted in other events. :puzzled:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Lady....that's how yahoo has been handling it. So they are safe. I would just avoid most news sites until after you've seen the program. I know it's hard. That's what I do after awards shows that I've missed and sporting events. Good luck!
ladypenguin ladypenguin 8 years
I didn't blame Sugar...nor did I ask just for me. I understand the time difference, I'm just saying, all it takes is a "Click here to see the latest results" link before the headlines screaming the winners.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:woohoo: I'm so prod of her and Nastia too! :D
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Lady, sorry but its on the news, in the papers, on websites already, we are 12 hours behind if you dont want to see the results, steer clear, its Citizens jobs to tell us the news, not filter out what Lady doesnt want to know (that has already happened) Are the news outlets supposed to stagger thier headlines because we are 12 hours behind?
amybdk amybdk 8 years
HOORAY, girls!
ladypenguin ladypenguin 8 years
I'm not blaming CitizenSugar, because this is the third place I saw the headline, but could the media in general please be a little more subtle about announcing Olympics results before they've been aired on TV??? At least make the headlines vague so readers who don't want to know the results can choose not to read a story. Even NBC's Olympics Web site has Shawn as their main headline...I went there to check the TV schedule for tonight and had to see thee the results before I could get to it. It's not as fun to watch when you know who wins!
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I am so incredibly happy Shawn got her gold! :cheer:
foxie foxie 8 years
Ut oh, Nastia better start looking for foster parents!
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