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Samuel L. Jackson (Photo by Dan Steinberg/AP)

Looking Ahead

Issue: "Effective Compassion," June 16, 2012

Tony Awards

The 2012 Tony Awards on June 10 may be remembered more not for who attended but for who didn't show up. Hugh Jackman and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were nominated for awards at the annual awards show for Broadway theater. But high-profile stars like Matthew Broderick, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Lansbury, and Ricky Martin were not.

Flag Day

Baltimore will have a major celebration of Flag Day (June 14), even if only coincidentally. The city is planning a week of celebrations starting on June 13 to mark the bicentenary of the outbreak of the War of 1812-a war that gave cause for Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner." Dubbed the "Star-Spangled Sailabration," the festival will host tall sailing ships in the city's harbor and a U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show in the skies above.

U.S. Golf Open

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The world's best golfers will descend upon San Francisco when the opening round of the U.S. Open tees off on June 14. For last year's winner, the young Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy, this year's Open represents an opportunity to get back on track after a sub-par May.

Greeks vote

Greece's future in the Eurozone depends largely on how the people in the birthplace of democracy choose to vote on June 17. Results from the May election proved inconclusive-except that radical leftist party SYRIZA was gaining major traction thanks to anti-bailout rhetoric. European financiers are already warning that a victory by SYRIZA could grease the wheels for Greece's exit from the Eurozone.

European trip

For the first time since being placed under house arrest in 1989, pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will travel outside the borders of Burma on June 18. In her tour of Europe, the Burmese prisoner-turned-politician will visit her children and grandchildren as well as pick up an honorary degree at her alma mater, Oxford University.

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