News Briefs – July 31, 2012
Lakeidra Chavis/Sun Star Reporter
July 31, 2012
Wait, Phelps lost?
It was the outcome no one was expecting. Michael Phelps lost his first match in the 2012 London Olympics. During the 400 Individual Medley race that took place Saturday, July 28, Phelps came in fourth place. The winner was his teammate, Ryan Lochte. Brazil’s Thiago Pereira came in second and Japan’s Kosuke Hagino came in third. Lochte was in the lead from the moment the whistle blew. He was seconds away from passing the line that would have surpassed Phelps’ 4:03:84 record set in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lochte won the race in 4:05:18 and earned the first gold medal for the U.S. After setting his record for 400IM in 2008, Phelps said he would never race it again but he did, and failed. This race is the first time since Phelp’s was 15-years-old, that he did not win an Olympics medal.
Gun control dominates the public’s attention
Since the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, there has been a 43% rise in back ground checks for people wanted to buy guns. The massacre, which left 12 dead and 70 wounded, occurred during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. 24-year-old James Holmes entered the theater during the showing and began to shoot at innocent people. President Barack Obama agrees that current gun laws should be enforced more. A ban that prohibited the commercial sale of some semi-automatic weapons to civilians, expired 8 years ago. Obama supports the reinstatement of this ban. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R), said that he “didn’t support new gun laws” in an interview with Piers Morgan on Piers Morgan Tonight. The issue of gun control will continue to be prevalent in the wake of the massacre in Aurora and the middle of an election year.
Bella and Edward no more
Scandals are prevalent in Hollywood. Especially when paparazzi are there to document every breath a celebrity takes. When a photographer captured some shots of Kristen Stewart in her vehicle with another man “pawing each other like teenagers,” he knew something was up. After calling co-workers and returning to the office to verify the mystery man in the photos, he finally understand what he had. The photographer had taken photos of Stewart, 22, with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders, 41. At the time of the photos, Kristen was currently in a 4-year relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Patterson. Sanders is a married man with children. Both parties have issued public apologies.