Tuesday, July 23
Caeleb Dressel’s Journey to Rediscovering His Passion for Swimming
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Caeleb Dressel’s Journey to Rediscovering His Passion for Swimming

Caeleb Dressel's extraordinary performance, winning seven gold medals, may paint the image of a champion without problems, but the reality of his swimming journey tells a different story. Despite his unparalleled success, Dressel has had to contend with the intense pressures of the sport. Widely regarded as one of the world’s best swimmers, Dressel holds the world record in the men’s 100-meter butterfly, a title he took from Michael Phelps in 2019 and then bettered at the Tokyo Olympics, where he won five gold medals. But even those accomplishments have failed to shield him from disappointment. Dressel was consumed by perceived failures, whether it was a turn, the finish line, or the lead. Winning gold and helping Team USA dominate the medal count did little to silence his inner ...
From Underdog to Superstar: Scheffler Faces Unexpected Fame
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From Underdog to Superstar: Scheffler Faces Unexpected Fame

Scottie Scheffler’s rise to the pinnacle of golf has been nothing short of meteoric. Once considered a talented but unremarkable player, the American has become a global sensation in 2024. This newfound fame, however, presents a unique challenge for a man who previously held his privacy in high regard. Scheffler’s journey began with a dominant win at the Masters in 2022, cementing his place as a world-class golfer. However, his celebrity status remained relatively understated. Fast forward to 2024, and a series of events catapulted him into the spotlight. A series of major victories, including a second Masters victory, cemented his dominance. But it was a bizarre arrest in Louisville that truly propelled him into the pop culture stratosphere. Fans rallied behind him, creating a s...
Brunson’s Loyalty Rewrites Knicks’ Future: A Win for Championship Aspirations
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Brunson’s Loyalty Rewrites Knicks’ Future: A Win for Championship Aspirations

Jalen Brunson defied convention this summer. While most players chase the biggest paycheck, Brunson prioritized winning in New York. The Knicks, eager to retain their rising star, offered a significant contract extension. But the really historic part? Brunson left a whopping $113 million on the table by opting into this deal a year early. The unprecedented move speaks volumes about Brunson’s dedication. He’s not just playing in New York, he’s invested in the team’s championship aspirations. That commitment goes beyond finances: He prioritizes building chemistry with teammates like Josh Hart and playing under Coach Thibodeau. Brunson’s decision is a gamble, but a calculated one. The new contract structure allows the Knicks to remain flexible under the NBA’s salary cap. That ...
Parkinson’s expert makes frequent visits to the White House for eight months
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Parkinson’s expert makes frequent visits to the White House for eight months

According to official visitor logs, a Parkinson’s disease expert from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center visited the White House eight times over an eight-month period from last summer to last spring, and met at least once with President Biden’s doctor. The expert, Dr. Kevin Cannard, is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders who recently published a paper on Parkinson’s. The logs, released by the White House, document visits from July 2023 to March of this year. More recent visits, if any, would not be disclosed until later, according to the White House’s voluntary disclosure policy. It is unclear whether Dr. Cannard was in the White House specifically to consult with the president or for unrelated meetings. Dr. Cannard’s LinkedIn page describes him as “supporting the ...
McIlroy reflects on US Open disappointment, vows to learn and move forward
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McIlroy reflects on US Open disappointment, vows to learn and move forward

Rory McIlroy is using introspection and a change of scenery to process his heartbreaking U.S. Open finish. After missing putts on the final holes at Pinehurst, McIlroy took solitary walks through the busy streets of New York City. The walks served as a way to mentally unplug and gain perspective on the challenging tournament. A familiar pattern of frustration McIlroy described feeling like his "old self" for much of the final round, the version that was seeking major championship glory. He controlled the pace early, building a two-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau entering the 15th hole. However, a bogey on the 15th hole, followed by a missed short putt on the 16th, destroyed his momentum. McIlroy acknowledged a sense of unease creeping in as he waited his turn to putt on the 16th...
The Santa Fe Handbike Tour
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The Santa Fe Handbike Tour

The nervous energy was palpable as hundreds of cyclists, dressed in colorful Lycra suits, awaited the start of the 50-mile ride known as Medio Siglo from the Santa Fe Railyard, a hub of art galleries, restaurants, and a farmers market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Finally, we began pedaling through town with eight motorcycle cops clearing the road and guarding intersections. We passed the Roundhouse, where the New Mexico Legislature meets. We passed Museum Hill, home to four museums exploring the Native American Southwest, the Spanish colonial past, and more. After about twelve miles, Santa Fe was behind us and we were on our own, rolling through rolling ranchland. It was the second day of a two-day cycling event that each spring draws more than 1,500 participants, who come for the camaraderie...
Unusual hype prompts U.S. women’s water polo team to seek history
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Unusual hype prompts U.S. women’s water polo team to seek history

The U.S. women's water polo team is making waves both inside and outside the pool. An unlikely partnership with rap icon Flavor Flav has brought a wave of attention to the sport as the team seeks an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. From Hobbyist to Publicist Flavor Flav, who initially had limited knowledge of water polo, was inspired by the team’s dedication and the challenges faced by the athletes. His social media message, offering support and a donation, turned into a unique sponsorship deal. A team full of stars and new faces The U.S. team boasts a strong core, including veteran leader Maggie Steffens and world-class goalie Ashleigh Johnson. However, this year's roster also features several talented newcomers, such as 18-year-old Emily Ausmus, creati...
Autistic Employees Revolutionize Workplace Accommodations
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Autistic Employees Revolutionize Workplace Accommodations

When Chelsia Potts took her 10-year-old daughter to a psychologist for an evaluation for autism spectrum disorder, she decided, almost as an afterthought, to get tested herself. The results were surprising: Like her daughter, Ms. Potts was diagnosed with autism. At 35, Ms. Potts thought she was dealing with anxiety or something else. A first-generation college graduate, she had earned a Ph.D. in education and become a high-level administrator at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After seeing a psychologist, she had to figure out how this diagnosis would affect her work life. “I was confused at first and kept it a secret,” Ms. Potts said. “I had an image of what an autistic person looked like, and it didn’t look like me.” She reflected on the ways she had compensated in the past to hide he...
France Discovers a New Word: Ungovernable
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France Discovers a New Word: Ungovernable

Instead of waking up on Monday in a country governed by the far right, France found itself in a situation similar to Italy's, where only patient parliamentary negotiation could lead to the formation of a viable coalition government. France rejected Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration Rassemblement National in its legislative elections, once again demonstrating its deep-seated resistance to nationalist initiatives. The country voted for a resurgent left that, while it has not achieved absolute power, has shifted the political heart of the nation from an all-powerful presidency to Parliament. With the Paris Olympics less than three weeks away and the August exodus to the beaches or mountains a sacred feature of French life, talks to form a government could drag on into the fall, when France wi...
Middle East Crisis: Cigarette Smuggling in Gaza and Its Impact on Aid Convoys
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Middle East Crisis: Cigarette Smuggling in Gaza and Its Impact on Aid Convoys

A significant problem is now affecting humanitarian aid convoys trying to deliver essential goods to the starving population of Gaza: attacks by organized groups looking not for flour or medicine, but for cigarettes hidden in the cargo. In the tightly restricted Gaza Strip, where Israel meticulously inspects every incoming truck, cigarettes have become extremely rare, often selling for $25 to $30 apiece. Smugglers in Egypt have hidden them in sacks of flour, diapers and even watermelons donated by the United Nations, according to aid agencies and Israeli officials who shared information with The New York Times. Aid trucks headed to Gaza have been attacked by groups of Palestinians, some armed, searching for hidden cigarettes, UN and Israeli officials said. Despite Israeli authorities’ tig...