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Human Race

Issue: "2010 Election: The Governors," Oct. 23, 2010


Four individuals have accused Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long, 57, of sexual coercion. Long, who built his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into a congregation of 25,000 members, denies the charges, which include allegations he used expensive gifts and exotic trips to lure young men into sexual relationships. In 2007, Long was one of six wealthy megachurch leaders who fell under Sen. Charles Grassley's scrutiny during a Senate investigation into the churches' financial practices.


President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, 50, announced Oct. 1 he was leaving the White House to run for mayor of Chicago. Emanuel, who had to find a new place to live after the couple renting his Chicago home refused to end the lease early, will now have to persuade Chicagoans that he is still one of them despite his stint as a Washington insider. Obama tapped senior adviser Pete Rouse, 64, to succeed Emanuel.


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Randall Terry is planning events around the country that will feature ripping pages from the Quran and throwing them to the ground, and the organization he founded wants everyone to know that it wants nothing to do with those events. In a sharply worded statement, Operation Rescue pointed out that Terry stepped down as leader of the group in 1990. Since then, according to the statement, "Mr. Terry has chosen a path that has included negative lifestyle choices, financial mismanagement, misleading donors, and bizarre media events which in no way reflect the core principles of Operation Rescue."


Montana man Walter Breuning celebrated his 114th birthday last month, solidifying his status as the world's oldest man. Born in 1896, Breuning is also the fourth-oldest person in the world; a French woman and two American women are slightly older.


Teresa Lewis, who was convicted of masterminding the 2002 murders of her husband and stepson in a bid for insurance money, died by lethal injection Sept. 23. In her final moments Lewis, 41, apologized to her late husband's daughter. It is the first time in nearly a century that Virginia has executed a woman.


Actor Tony Curtis, who starred in Spartacus and alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, died Sept. 29 at age 85. Curtis was a prolific painter whose artwork is featured in galleries around the world.


Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker George Blanda, whose 26-year career with the Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, and Oakland Raiders was the longest in pro-football history, died Sept. 27 at age 83. Blanda made history in 1970 when the then-43-year-old led the Raiders to four wins and one tie.


Singer Eddie Fisher, whose huge fame was overshadowed by scandals ending his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, died Sept. 22. He was 82.


Actress Gloria Stuart, who debuted in the 1930s and resurfaced decades later to earn an Oscar nomination for her role in Titanic, died Sept. 26 at age 100.


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