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"MLK remembered" Continued...

Issue: "Remembering 9/11," Sept. 10, 2011

Taking a break

The sun above Martha's Vineyard provided just some of the heat bearing down on President Obama during his 10-day August vacation. Critics questioned why Obama was paying an estimated $50,000 per week to rent a 28-acre compound while the nation suffers from a dismal economy. But presidential vacations and public criticism of them are a longstanding tradition: John Adams took heat in 1798 for spending about seven months on his Massachusetts farm. How does Obama compare to his immediate predecessors? Through 31 months in office, according to the Associated Press, Obama, not counting his most recent trip, has taken 61 vacation days. In that same span, Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days, Bill Clinton 28 days (with a 21-day trip upcoming), and George W. Bush 180 days at his Texas ranch.

A coach's challenge

University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summit is bracing for a new challenge this season: She announced on Aug. 23 that she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Summit, 59, has more wins than any other college basketball coach in history, including eight national championships, and she intends to continue coaching. "Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days," said Summit in an open letter to the university. "For that reason, I will be relying on my outstanding coaching staff like never before."

Football follies

As college football season begins, even the most diehard fans can no longer deny that widespread cheating plagues the game. The latest scandal, courtesy of an 11-month investigation by Yahoo! Sports, alleges that a Miami Hurricanes booster showered 72 players with illegal benefits from 2002 to 2010. Those gifts from Nevin Shapiro included cash, prostitutes, jewelry, and expensive parties. Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, even alleges that he paid for an abortion after a player got a prostitute pregnant.

The NCAA is investigating, and some are calling for the death penalty for Miami's football team-the first such punishment since SMU had to shut down its program in 1987. Ohio State, Oregon, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Tennessee are just some of the football programs overwhelming NCAA investigators these days. "High-profile players demand high-profile compliance," Paul Dee, then-chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, said last year while announcing sanctions for USC. Who is Dee? He was Miami's athletic director from 1993 to 2008.

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