Straddling the corner of a padded high jump pit, four-time Olympic gold
medalist Michael Johnson looked down the straightaway of a 10-lane
indoor track ringing a synthetic turf field built on land where a
vineyard once thrived.
The historic next-to-last space shuttle launch was scratched Friday
because of mechanical problems, spoiling a visit from the president and
dashing the hopes of the biggest crowd of spectators in years, including
the mission commander's wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
President Barack Obama commended Panama's president for his leadership
in resolving issues that had stalled a key free trade agreement between
their two countries and said he expected Congress to ratify the pact as
part of a broader trade package.
For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced
college degrees as well as bachelor's degrees, part of a trend that is
helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Justice Department will
try to "root out" cases of fraud or manipulation in oil markets, even as
Attorney General Eric Holder suggested a variety of legal reasons may
be behind gasoline's surge to $4 a gallon.