Lia Neal swims to a bronze medal in the London Olympics

Photo credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

LONDON — In an American high school, a new jacket or the newest cellphone can be a status symbol. Lia Neal will arrive for her senior year at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan with something tough to trump: an Olympic medal.

“Everything was just so beyond my expectations,”

Neal said.

Read the full story on the NYTimes.com.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins 100 meter gold and Allyson Felix wins 200 meter gold in Olympics

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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LONDON — Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leaned across the finish line of the women’s 100 meters, then looked up at the blank scoreboard for the name of the next Olympic champion.

Five seconds passed, then five more.

Was it the Jamaican, Fraser-Pryce, or the American, Carmelita Jeter?

The race couldn’t have been any closer, and when Fraser-Pryce’s name finally came up first, she fell to the ground and shouted,

“Thank you, Jesus!”

Allyson Felix
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LONDON — No more heartbreak for Allyson Felix. No more silver, either.

Denied twice on the world’s biggest stage, Felix won the Olympic gold medal she’s been yearning for, taking the 200 meters Wednesday night to fill the last, and biggest, hole in her otherwise stellar resume.

Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 four nights earlier, by .21 seconds. American Carmelita Jeter added bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.

“I think it was all for a reason,”

Felix said.

“It kept me motivated and it made this moment very special. It was a big weight being lifted.”

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My official letter of accreditation as a National Democratic Convention delegate


Dear,

On behalf of the Democratic National Committee, I am pleased to congratulate you on your election as a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This email serves as your Official Certification to this historic gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4-6, 2012. As your Secretary, this is one of my most serious responsibilities as we prepare for our nominating convention.

This is an important time for the Democratic Party. The nation, and indeed the world, will be watching as we continue to chart our course and vision for the future. We will showcase the accomplishments of the Obama Administration and the talent of our leadership. Our Convention will reflect the diversity and grassroots of our Party – and America.

We will come together to celebrate and enthusiastically re-nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Plus, we will prepare for the General Election. Imagine what we will be able to accomplish when we reelect our President, elect more Democrats to the US Senate, take back the House of Representatives, and our candidates succeed at every level of government. Frankly, I can hardly wait.

We encourage you to visit the 2012 Convention website.

Your State Delegation is your primary point of contact during your time in Charlotte. The morning delegation meeting is the most critical. At that meeting, your daily credential, the schedule with gavel time, caucuses, events and transportation updates, as well as issue discussions, voting procedures and other convention materials will be delivered. Often there are speakers including State Party leadership and others. In addition, on Sunday evening, September 2nd you are invited to attend your Delegation Welcoming Party. Please continue to be in touch with your State Party for further details on this and other information.

The Office of the Secretary can be reached should you have any questions.

Thank you for your service to the Democratic Party. It is an honor to represent President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. Your commitment to his victory, your hard work and sacrifice are appreciated, and will be for generations to come.

See you in Charlotte.

 

 

Alice Germond
Secretary, Democratic National Committee

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Sisters Venus and Serena Williams win their 5th Wimbledon Doubles title

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“For me it’s been definitely a journey,”

Venus said after the match.

“ I’m sure it still will be. But I’m definitely very inspired by her [Serena] and everything that she’s done. Like I said, we’re not into the whole getting defeated thing; we’re into the conquering thing.”

Read more on the Wimbledon website.

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Serena Williams wins another Wimbledon Single’s title

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“I wanted to win here so badly,”

she said, just an hour after she became Wimbledon champion 2012.

“Winning is so amazing. Each title is special but this is super-special because it’s a huge comeback for me. Oh my gosh, I still can’t believe I was able to come through and win my seven matches.”

Read all about Serena’s historic win on Wimbledon’s website.

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