1:00pm

Mon August 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Republican Convention Speakers Include Old And New Faces

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 1:56 pm

Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state during the Bush administration, is scheduled to speak from the main podium at the Republican National Convention later this month.
Seth Wenig AP

Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney may be skipping the Republican National Convention later this month, where Mitt Romney is set to officially become his party's 2012 presidential nominee.

But Condoleezza Rice, the former Bush secretary of state and national security adviser, and the first African-American woman to hold both roles, is scheduled to speak from the main podium, according to the Republican National Committee, which announced Monday the names of several speakers lined up for the event.

Read more

12:52pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Top Stories

Flooding in East Tennessee

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Much of West Tennessee is still suffering under drought conditions, but in East Tennessee the problem is too much water.

Emergency management officials in the Johnson City area report rescue crews used inflatable boats yesterday and overnight to reach people trapped in their homes and on flooded streets.

Dean Fleanor is with Tennessee State Emergency Management.

Read more

12:48pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Top Stories

Murfreesboro Mosque Waiting on One Final Inspection

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro hopes to get permission to occupy its new worship center Tuesday morning. Spokesman Saley Sbenaty says the mosque is waiting for a final inspection by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

“There is one thing that we’re going to check tomorrow, which is the final fire pump and fire alarm inspection. Hopefully tomorrow around ten o’clock everything will be checked out and we’ll have the certificate of occupancy.”

Read more

12:42pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Top Stories

Tenn. Primary Results Suggest Both Party's are in Disarray

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the nomination of Mark Clayton, saying the little-known candidate belongs to a hate group.

During Thursday's primary elections Clayton won the right to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker for one of Tennessee’s Senate seats this fall.

The party says Clayton received the most votes only because his name appeared first on the ballot.

Read more

12:23pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Spectacular: The Descent Of Curiosity As Seen From NASA's Mars Orbiter

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 1:24 pm

The Mars rover Curiosity.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

This photograph brings some perspective to the amazing feat of landing a small vehicle on Mars:

The picture was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just as the spacecraft carrying Curiosity deployed its parachute. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment at The University of Arizona, which released the image, explains:

Read more

12:22pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Torch

Protests Filed For Two Boxers After Questionable Calls By Referee

Siarhei Karneyeu of Belarus (in blue) landed most of the punches in the third round of his bout with Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan, who wasn't penalized for holding.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

Olympic boxing continues to be mired in controversy at the 2012 Summer Games. Over the weekend, Belarus and Cuba filed protests about questionable decisions involving their fighters.

Two decisions Sunday angered fans and boxing commentators. Judges awarded victory to Teymur Mammadov, a heavyweight fighter from Azerbaijan, even though his opponent from Belarus, Siarhei Karneyeu, appeared to land most of the punches in a third round in which the Belarussian was repeatedly held.

Read more

12:05pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Gibson Guitar Settles Criminal Case Over Exotic Wood Imports

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:06 pm

Gibson guitars on sale in New York City.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

"After years maintaining innocence," as Nashville Public Radio says, Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods.

Read more

12:02pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Torch

U.S. Judo Athlete Delpopolo Disqualified Over Failed Drug Test

American judo athlete Nick Delpopolo has been disqualified from the London 2012 Games after failing a drug test, according to the International Olympic Committee. The 23-year-old Delpopolo tested positive for the substance THC, found in marijuana.

Delpopolo finished seventh in the 73 kg — or 160.5 pound — judo event. After the competition, his urine sample showed the presence of THC, a prohibited substance in Olympic sport.

Read more

11:38am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Following Attack, Egypt Deploys Helicopter Gunships To Sinai

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 8:41 am

A photo released by the Israeli army shows Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz inspecting a burnt vehicle near the Kerem Shalom border crossing after unidentified gunmen crossed into Israel from Egypt.
Gal Ashuach AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said a Sunday attack that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead should serve as "wake-up call for the Egyptians to take matters into their own hands."

The New York Times reports this was the deadliest attack on Egyptian soldiers in recent memory and highlights both the tension between Egypt's new government and Israel and the fact that the attack means an escalation of violence in the Sinai Peninsula.

Read more

11:33am

Mon August 6, 2012
Participation Nation

Help For 'Tubies' In Jefferson City, Mo.

Danielle Peterson lives in Jefferson City, Mo., and has a chronic illness that requires her to be tube fed.
Courtesy of Danielle Peterson

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

Read more

Pages