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Today is MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, January 16, 2012


Martin Luther King, Jr. born January 15, 1929, died April 4, 1969 at age 39. He was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.

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A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.



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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT VIDEO FEATURE: Hope Solo, U.S. Women’s Soccer player

Hope Amelia Solo was born July 30, 1981 of Italian descent. She is the goalkeeper for the United States women’s soccer team for the magicJack of Women’s Professional Soccer.

Solo was born in Richland, Washington. Her father Jeffrey, of Italian descent, grew up in the Bronx and was a Vietnam War veteran. It was her dad who taught Hope how to play soccer.

Eventhough her parents divorced when she was six, Hope maintained a close relationship with her father until his death in June 2007.

Solo played soccer with the Three-Rivers Soccer Club in the Tri-Cities area. At Richland High School, playing forward, Solo scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996-1998 and a state title her senior season. She was twice named a Parade All-American. At the University of Washington, Solo switched to the goalkeeper position and was the team’s all-time leader in shutouts, saves, and goals-against average. She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American.

After her college career at Washington, Solo was drafted by the now defunct WUSA team Philadelphia Charge in 2003. She also played for Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC of Goteborg, Sweden in the Swedish Premier Division in 2004 and for Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division in 2005.

On September 16, 2008, Solo was one of the three players drafted for St. Louis Athletica in the WPS allocation of national team members, with the new league starting play in 2009. After a slow start in goal at 0-2-2, Hope rebounded to finish the season with eight shutouts.

In 2009, Solo was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year.

In May 2010 the St.Louis Athletica folded and Solo signed with another WPS team, Atlanta Beat, along with two St. Louis teammates.

In 2011, Hope signed to for the new magicJack franchise in Women’s Professional Soccer.

In the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the United States, allowing two goals in four games including consecutive shutouts of Sweden, Nigeria and England.

In the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was named to the U.S. roster despite missing time during the qualifying games with a shoulder injury. Solo helped lead the team to wins over North Korea, Columbia, Sweden and Brazil. In the final, the United States women’s team lost 3-1 in a penalty shootout to Japan, after twice leading in an eventual 2-2 draw. Solo was awarded the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper, the Bronze Ball award for overall performance and was also selected to the all-star team of the tournament.

The 5’9 Solo recently drove the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car in NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. She spent several minutes with the media talking soccer and auto racing.


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U.S. soccer star Hope Solo to drive pace car for Brickyard 400 race


INDIANAPOLIS — United States national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo will be driving the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the 2011 Brickyard 400 presented by, leading the starting field to the green flag Sunday afternoon July 31.

Solo became a world famous sensation earlier this month as one of the leaders of the U.S. national team that advanced to the Women’s World Cup final in Germany, losing to Japan on penalty kicks. She was named the top goalkeeper and also was selected to the 2011 World Cup all-tournament team.

Hope Solo in October 2009 (photo by John Mena/Johnmaxamena via wikipedia commons)

Solo led the United States to the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a stunning performance in a 1-0 win over Brazil in the gold-medal game. She has made 101 appearnaces for the U.S. in international play.

The 30-year-old Solo, who is from Richland, Washington, was taught to play soccer by her father, Jeffrey, a Vietnam War vet.


compiled from staff, IMS & NASCAR news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR SUNDAY JANUARY 23, 2011: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Sunday, January 23, the 23rd day of 2011. There are 342 days left before we welcome in 2012.


* In 1845, Congress decided that all national elections would take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

* In 1960, the U.S. Navy operated a bathyscaphe Trieste which carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, more than 35,000 feet.

* In 1964, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.

* In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with spying. The crew was released 11 months later.

* In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

In 2006, The Ford Motor Company said it would cut up to 30,000 jobs and shutdown 14 plants in North America by 2012.


Mariska Hargitay, Olivia Benson on Law & Order is 47 today. (photo by Veronica Romm via Wikipedia Commons)

78 CHITA RIVERA, actress

63 ANITA POINTER, singer from the Pointer Sisters

58 ROBIN ZANDER, rock singer from the group Cheap Trick


53 ANITA BAKER, R&B singer from Detroit, Michigan

47 MARISKA HARGITAY, actress from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, who plays detective Olivia Benson. Her mother was 1950′s sex-symbol Jayne Mansfield.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 15, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Friday, October 15, the 288th day of 2010. We have 77 days left in the year.


* On October 15, 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, New York, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln suggesting growing a beard would improve his appearance. (it must’ve worked!).

* In 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside of Paris.

* In 1964, It was announced that Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev had been removed from office.

* In 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country as part of a moratorium against the Vietnam War.

* In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize.


Jim Palmer during his days with Baltimore. He is 65 today. (MLB)

86 Lee Iacocca, former auto executive who singlehandedly saved the Chrysler Corporation.

68 Penny Marshall, actress from Laverne & Shirley TV show.

65 Jim Palmer, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher of the Baltimore Orioles.

64 Richard Carpenter, singer, songwriter & musician who along with his late sister Karen, formed the group. The Carpenters in the late 60′s and early 70′s.

51 Sarah Ferguson, Britain’s Duchess of York.

51 Emeril Lagasse, famous chef.