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V.25 No.33 | 08/18/2016

The Daily Word in #LochteGate, South Korean war games, and transgender restrooms

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Swimwear company Speedo is dropping their sponsorship of US Olympic swimmer and national embarrassment Ryan Lochte after he vandalized a gas station in Rio and then made up some lie about getting mugged at gunpoint. The company is also donating $50,000 to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.

The US-South Korean 12-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian Games began today in South Korea. The 'games,' which are intended to enhance the "readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," have further increased the tension between North and South Korea. KCNA, North Korea's state-run media outlet, has said that if the games show the slightest sign of aggression towards North Korea, they would turn the South into a 'heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike.'" Sounds like fun games.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made statements about immigration today that seem at odds with his previous promises to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. When asked about his new immigration policies on Fox News, he said “We want to come up with a really fair, but firm, answer.” This apparent flip-flopping on immigration comes as Trump brings on a new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway and attempts to sway more moderate republican voters.

The Philippines and communist rebels are opening up peace talks in Norway this week. These talks come after nearly five decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Negotiators have declared that they hope to reach a peace deal within a year.

US District Judge Reed O'Connor has blocked the White House's injunction that schools allow their students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity. This injunction is filed several months after a dozen states sued the federal government over this injunction. This means that the federal government's guidelines for school restrooms won't go into effect—for now.

V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016

The Daily Word in New Businesses, the Olympics and Homelessness

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Have you heard about the trend of men taking advantage of homeless women?

The Blue Cut Fire in southern Calif. has forced over 80,000 people from their homes.

Who knew gray could be so beautiful?

Diversity in television has become expansive over the last few years, but let's be real—it could be better.

Free coffee and free shame available this morning.

A Brazilian judge is detaining two American athletes after they filed a report saying they were robbed by people “posing” as police officers.

The Northeast Heights is finally getting a taproom that it deserves.

V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history.

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London Olympics more than NBCFail

Despite the idea that the Olympics serve as something of a goodwill games for the world and the insistence on amateur status to compete—with some healthy exceptions, of course—there has been a lot of chatter about these particular games since they began in London on Friday.

Currently trending on Twitter is the idea of #NBCFail. Bloggers, Internet-savvy people around the world, and generally anyone who's living in the connected digital village of the 21st century have noticed that the American broadcast—tape-delayed for practical reasons—has been particularly egregious this time around. It should be noted, of course, that people have long complained about NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

With so many positive stories emanating from these Olympics, not just for America, it's frankly shocking that so much of the coverage is focused on the negative aspects. Just for recap's sake:

Michael Phelps is now the most-decorated Olympian of all time.

His rival, Ryan Lochte, is coming into his own as the greatest swimmer of right now.

The American team of female gymnasts won gold for the first time in 16 years, and gave marketing companies some amazing stories to go with their team victory.

The home crowd is enamored with Bradley Wiggins, who, just a couple weeks ago, won the Tour de France and, on Wednesday, won the men's individual time trial.

Beyond the English-speaking countries, Ye Shiwen of China swam a faster split than Ryan Lochte, which should have been an amazing feat, but was immediately clouded by doubts about doping. Ruta Meilutyte won the first gold medal for Lithuiana in the sport of swimming at the tender age of 15. Daniel Gyurta set a world record in the 200 meter breaststroke, winning gold for Hungary.

It's easy to look at the overall medal count and be disappointed, as an American, with the United States not topping that list. But the games stand for a bit more than just medal counts and avoiding spoilers. They stand for more than corporate sponsorships and post-competition careers as broadcasters. After all, let's not forget the last time the games were held in London: The Austerity Games of 1948 followed closely on the heels of a time truly worth complaining about.