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Jul 1, 2012

Mexican election could return old rulers to power

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans vote for a new president on Sunday with the opposition party that dominated the country for most of the past century poised for a comeback after the ruling conservatives failed to provide strong growth or halt a brutal drugs war.

Twelve years after the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost power, polls show its candidate Enrique Pena Nieto heading into the vote with a double-digit lead over his opponents, despite lingering doubts about the party.

Jun 28, 2012

Party of “perfect dictatorship” set for comeback in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Accused of every dirty trick in the book during its 71-year grip on power in the 20th century, Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party has bounced back and is on the verge of a dramatic victory in Sunday’s presidential election.

The PRI has seized on the anemic economic growth and rampant drug violence plaguing Mexico under the ruling conservatives and is promising to restore order and make voters better off if it returns to office after a 12-year hiatus.

Jun 22, 2012

Casino hopefuls clash in Massachusetts sweepstakes

, June 22 (Reuters) – The Massachusetts
Turnpike carves its way east from Boston through the upland
hills and small towns of western Massachusetts, an area hard-hit
by the recent recession. It is here that some of the biggest
names in casino gambling are laying down fortunes in hopes of
reaping big payoffs, while local supporters and antagonists gird
for a showdown.

Massachusetts is but the latest state to bet on gambling as
a salve for its wounded economy. Before the first blackjack is
dealt or the first patron craps out, the municipalities in which
the gaming companies hope to set up shop will have their say.

Jun 21, 2012

Famed sports painter LeRoy Neiman dead at 91

NEW YORK (Reuters) – LeRoy Neiman, whose distinctive, vibrantly colored paintings of sports figures and athletic events made him as famous as many of the athletes he drew, died on Wednesday at age 91.

Neiman, a showman known for his handlebar mustache, sometimes painted live on television during major events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl, helping make him one of the world’s most commercially successful contemporary artists.

Jun 20, 2012

Secretariat given Preakness record 39 years later

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – The Maryland Racing Commission ruled on Tuesday that Secretariat set the Preakness Stakes record 39 years ago, meaning the 1973 Triple Crown winner now holds the record time at all three races in the trilogy.

“I didn’t know if it was appropriate to cheer but I couldn’t help myself,” Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery said in a statement released by the commission. “This is a big day.”

Jun 7, 2012

Ex-NFL players join forces in brain injury suit

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – Some 2,000 former NFL players sued the league on Thursday, alleging it deliberately and fraudulently concealed the risk of brain injury from players while marketing the ferocity and brutality of the game.

The master complaint joined more than 80 lawsuits previously filed by former players on a topic that has generated increasing concern following the suicides of former players such Junior Seau in May, Ray Easterling in April and Dave Duerson last year.

Jun 1, 2012

Gay Green Lantern appears in alternate universe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – DC Comics is introducing a gay version of the Green Lantern, showing him in a romantic kiss with his partner in civilian life before donning his skin-tight unitard typically associated with straight superheroes.

Alan Scott is the gay Green Lantern in the title “Earth 2″ that goes on sale this coming Wednesday, competing for attention with the Marvel comics character Northstar who is due to marry his boyfriend in an “Astonishing X-Men” issue due on comic book shelves on June 20.

May 30, 2012

In Alabama, strict immigration law sows discord

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Alabama tomato farmer Darryl Copeland looked out over his seedlings and fretted about this year’s harvest.

He was afraid his seasonal migrant workforce might not return for the summer picking season, opting to stay away rather than risk running afoul of Alabama’s stringent immigration law. The crew he awaits is picking the Florida harvest.

May 15, 2012

Strauss-Kahn countersues hotel maid in NY court for $1 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, costing him his job and any chance of being elected president of France.

New York police arrested Strauss-Kahn a year ago when hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused him of forcible oral sex and trying to rape her in his luxury suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan. Prosecutors later dropped charges after losing confidence in Diallo’s credibility.

May 10, 2012
via FaithWorld

Christians rejoice and frown at Obama pro-gay marriage stance


U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Some rejoiced in the U.S. president’s courage. Others predicted hellfire at the polls. One pastor said he would reflect on the matter in prayer.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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