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Juan Montoya wins second career NASCAR Sprint Cup race

Juan Montoya wins second career NASCAR Sprint Cup race

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya won his first race of the season after leading seventy-four laps on Sunday during the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. The victory moved him up to nineteenth points position, but he was still 774 points behind Kevin Harvick.

It was his second career victory in the US’s leading professional stock car series. His previous victory came in 2007 at Infineon Raceway.

Kurt Busch finished in the second position, ahead of Marcos Ambrose and A. J. Allmendinger in third and fourth, respectively. Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton, and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top ten positions. The race had a total of five cautions and ten lead changes among five different drivers. Montoya led the most laps by leading seventy-four.

In the point standings, Harvick and Gordon remained in the first and second position, and Burton moved into the third position as Kurt Busch moved to fourth. Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Stewart followed in the top eight points positions. Edwards moved into to the ninth position, as Matt Kenseth fell to tenth. Greg Biffle and Mark Martin rounded out the top twelve, and are currently in the Chase.

Unofficial Top-10 Race Results for the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen
Position Car Number Driver
1 42 Juan Pablo Montoya
2 2 Kurt Busch
3 47 Marcos Ambrose
4 43 A. J. Allmendinger
5 99 Carl Edwards
6 1 Jamie McMurray
7 14 Tony Stewart
8 18 Kyle Busch
9 31 Jeff Burton
10 24 Jeff Gordon

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Former US Senator Ted Stevens among five killed in Alaska plane crash

Former US Senator Ted Stevens among five killed in Alaska plane crash

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On the left, Former Senator Ted Stevens in 2005; on the right, Former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe in 2004.

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Former US Senator Ted Stevens, 86, and former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe, 54, were on an airplane that crashed in southwest Alaska, the Associated Press reports. A family spokesperson later confirmed that Stevens died in the crash, following earlier conflicting reports about his status. Both O’Keefe and his teenage son survived, according to a former NASA spokesperson.

In addition to the former Senator and former NASA chief, there were seven other passengers, The New York Times reports. Of those, five were reported to have died. The plane was heading to a fishing lodge near Lake Aleknagik when it crashed. Senator Stevens’ body has been recovered.

The Alaska National Guard was called in at 7:00 p.m. AKDT (0300 UTC) Monday, and arrived at the crash site about 7:30 a.m. AKDT (1530 UTC) Tuesday. Severe weather has made finding the crash site difficult for rescue personnel. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, said it was sending a team of investigators to the crash site, which is unusual for crashes of private aircraft.

As of 10:00 a.m. AKDT (1800 UTC), three of the survivors have been airlifted from the site by the United States Coast Guard.

Ted Stevens was born on November 18, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began serving as a US Senator for Alaska in 1968, and held the postition until 2009, when he was defeated in a reelection bid by Mark Begich. He was also facing corruption charges at the time, which were later dropped after an initial conviction when it was found that prosecutors had withheld evidence from Stevens’ defense attorneys. In 1978, Stevens survived a plane crash in Anchorage, although the incident claimed the life of his first wife, Ann.

Sean O’Keefe was nominated as a NASA administrator in 2001 by then-president George W. Bush, and led the space organization through shaky times, such as the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. He resigned in 2005 to become the chancellor of Louisiana State University.



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British scholar Tony Judt dies aged 62

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British scholar Tony Judt dies aged 62

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British historian Tony Judt died Friday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 62. Judt was known for his contributions to European history and his controversial position regarding the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

Judt’s death was announced in a statement from New York University (NYU), where he was a professor. He died in his home in Manhattan, said the school. Judt is survived by his third wife, dance critic Jennifer Homans, and their two children, Nicholas and Daniel. Judt’s first two marriages both ended in a divorce.

Tony Robert Judt, a secular Jew, was born on January 2, 1948 in London, but spent much of his adult life in the United States. The descendant of Marxist Lithuanian rabbis, he was sent to a camp in Israel as a teenager, and became a Zionist. Later, he spoke at a Zionist convention in Paris and worked as a translator for the Israel Defense Forces in 1967, starting with the Six-Day War.

An alumnus of King’s College, he began teaching at NYU as Professor of European studies in 1987. Judt had previously taught at Cambridge, the University of California, and Oxford University.

Judt, also an author, became a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2005 book Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. The almost 900-page book covers the history of the development of Europe after World War II. He also wrote about topics such as the fall of Marxism and Communism.

In September 2008, Judt was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. One form of motor neurone disease, ALS targets nerve cells and causes a loss of speech and movement abilities. Left paralyzed and unable to breathe without assistance, Judt continued to lecture. Earlier this year, Judt was able to write a group of personal essays for The New York Review of Books, in which he discussed the disease. “In contrast to almost every other serious or deadly disease, one is thus left free to contemplate at leisure and in minimal discomfort the catastrophic progress of one’s own deterioration,” he wrote. In 2009, Judt was the recipient of a special Orwell Prize, given to him for “intelligence, insight and conspicuous courage.”

Judt’s later views on Israel differed from those he had held as a teenager. In 1983, he called Israel a “belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno state,” opposing a two-state solution. Earlier this year, he wrote, “most Israelis were not transplanted latter-day agrarian socialists but young, prejudiced urban Jews who differed from their European or American counterparts chiefly in their macho, swaggering self-confidence, and access to armed weapons.” His stance on the topic was the subject of much controversy, even leading to his removal from the editorial committee for The New Republic.



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Actress Patricia Neal dies aged 84

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Actress Patricia Neal dies aged 84

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Patricia Neal, an Academy Award-winning actress, died at 84 of lung cancer at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts, United States in the presence of her family. “She faced her final illness as she had all of the many trials she endured: with indomitable grace, good humor and a great deal of her self-described stubbornness,” said her family.

Neal won an Academy Award, or Oscar, for her portrayal of a middle aged housekeeper in the 1963 film Hud. In 1965, she suffered a series of strokes but later returned to acting, earning an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Subject Was Roses and three Emmy nominations.

Her filmography includes The Fountainhead (1949), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and A Face in the Crowd (1957). She also played the role of Olivia Walton in The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971).

She married Roald Dahl in 1953 and they had five children, of whom one died of measles at the age of 7. They divorced in 1983 when she came to know of his affair with her best friend.

“Frequently my life has been likened to a Greek tragedy, and the actress in me cannot deny that comparison,” she said in her 1988 biography, As I Am.

The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Centre in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A is named after the actress and looks after people suffering from strokes and spinal cord and brain injuries. Knoxville is also the place where she grew up.



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Bronislaw Komorowski sworn in as president of Poland

Bronislaw Komorowski sworn in as president of Poland

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Polish politician Bronisław Komorowski has been sworn in formally as Polish president. For months before, Komorowski had been acting president.
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Polish politician Bronisław Komorowski has been sworn in as president of Poland after winning the presidency in the presidential runoff election of July 4. Komorowski belongs to the Civic Platform Party and won the presidential runoff by a margin of 53% to 47% against Jarosław Kaczyński, who is from the Law and Justice party. Kaczyński was the twin brother of former President Lech Kaczyński, who died in an airplane accident in Russia.

The new president had held the post as acting speaker of parliament (the Sejm) since April 10 of this year. He assumed the presidency after the plane crash in Smolensk, Russia that killed 95 political figures, including the president.

Civic Platform is a liberal conservative political party while Law and Justice is conservative and has an “anti-corruption, conservative, law and order agenda.”

Komorowski, 58, is the fourth President of Poland since the fall of communism. He has called for more cooperation and less fighting and hatred in the political arena. “The democratic institutional order we have built in Poland for over 20 years of change has shown that in these difficult times, we have been able to ensure continuity of the state to tax and proudly pays tribute to disaster victims,” Komorowski said.


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Former US Senator Ted Stevens and former NASA chief Sean O’Keefe aboard downed airplane

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Senator Stevens in 2005.

O’Keefe in 2004.

Former US Senator Ted Stevens, 86, and former NASA head Sean O’Keefe, 54, were on an airplane that crashed in southwest Alaska, the Associated Press reports. Details of their conditions are as of yet unknown.

It is believed that the plane that Stevens and O’Keefe were aboard was carrying either six or seven other people, with conflicting reports on the number of passengers. They were heading to a lodge near Lake Aleknagik, reported The New York Times.

The Alaskan National Guard was called in at 7:00 p.m. AKDT (0300 UTC) Monday, and had not reached the crash site as of 4:00 a.m. AKDT (1200 UTC) Tuesday. Severe weather has made finding the crash site difficult for rescue personnel. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, said it was sending a team of investigators to the crash site, which is unusual for crashes of private aircraft.

Senator Stevens was born on November 18, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was began serving as a US Senator for Alaska in 1968, and held the postition until 2009, when he was defeated in a reelection bid by Mark Begich. He was also facing corruption charges at the time, which were later dropped after an initial conviction when it was found that prosecutors had withheld evidence from Stevens’ defense attorneys. In 1978, Stevens survived a plane crash in Anchorage, although the incident claimed the life of his first wife, Ann.

Mr. O’Keefe was nominated as a NASA administrator in 2001 by then-president George W. Bush, and led the space organization through shaky times, such as the Space Shuttle Columbia distaster. He resigned in 2005 to become the chancellor of Louisiana State University.



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