Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "Northern light," Sept. 20, 2008

Curtains for Yankee Stadium

September 21: Barring a miracle comeback by the Bronx Bombers propelling them into the playoffs, the New York Yankees will play the final major league baseball game in Yankee Stadium against Baltimore, 85 years after Babe Ruth crushed the park's first home run on the opening day of the 1923 season. The Yankees have led the American League in attendance 43 times in The House That Ruth Built.

See You at the Pole

September 24: Millions of Christian students will gather around flag poles outside their schools for the annual See You at the Pole event to say prayers and sing hymns just yards away from educational institutions sometimes hostile to their religious faith. The grassroots event drew over 3 million participants in 1998 and 2000 and over 2 million in 2006. Two years ago, lawyers for The Rutherford Institute had to persuade one Kentucky high school to allow students to rally for the annual prayer meeting.

Presidential debate

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September 26: Republican nominee John McCain will square off against Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the first presidential debate of the fall campaign at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. The debate, to be moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS, will focus on foreign policy and national security issues. The two parties' vice-presidential nominees will debate in St. Louis on Oct. 2, and Nashville will host a second presidential debate on Oct. 7.

AFRICOM opens its doors

September 30: With Africa expected to supply one quarter of the United States' oil supply by 2015, America will formally activate the United States Africa Command on Sept. 30. AFRICOM will oversee U.S. military operations and relationships in 53 African nations-all but Egypt.

Centennial of the Model T

October 1: Days after the first Model T rolled off of Henry Ford's famous assembly line, Ford Motor Company debuted the world's first affordable automobile on Oct. 1, 1908. The initial cost for the vehicle that "put America on wheels" was $850, or just over $19,000 in 2007 dollars. "It will be low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one-and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces," Ford said of his groundbreaking ride.


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