“London 2012 Olympics helpline: Put your questions to our experts”



Post your question about anything Olympics to one of the Guardian’s team of on hand experts during our day-long helpline onMonday 23 July from 10am (BST)

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As London prepares for the 2012 Olympics, what are the last minute questions you need answered? Our experts are online to help (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Photograph: Charlie Riedel/A

Got a last minute travel query but find Tfl too much of a minefield to navigate? Wondering if you can still get your hands on a pair of tickets to beach volleyball? Need to know where to find last-minute accommodation in London?

Or maybe you just have a random question, such as whether you can bring your dog into Olympic park or which is the best spot to stand for an athlete autograph post-event?

We’ve created a series of pages full of links and advice to help answer your questions. But if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, for one day only we have our sterling team of Guardian experts on hand to take your query via the Guardian Olympics Helpline on Monday 23 July.

You can also see some of the questions we’ve already answered on our faq pages for foodtraveltransportculture and general questions.  FULL POST


Sympathy for the Dead and Injured In Aurora, Colorado 3


The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office released a list of the 12 dead in a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, theater yesterday during a premiere of “The Dark Knight Rising.” Eleven victims were positively identified. The cause of death in all cases was gunshot wounds, the coroner said. A twelfth victim, Matthew R. McQuinn, 27, is awaiting definitive identification, the coroner said.

Jessica N. Ghawi, 24

Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6

John T. Larimer, 27

Alexander J. Boik, 18

Jesse E. Childress, 29

Jonathan T. Blunk, 26

Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32

Alex M. Sullivan, 27

Gordon W. Cowden, 51

Micayla C. Medek, 23

Alexander C. Teves, 24

To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Oldham in Denver at joldham1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman atsmerelman@bloomberg.net



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“NRA Back In Bed With ALEC”

By Matt Gertz

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may have eliminated the task force responsible for doing the National Rifle Association‘s bidding, but that hasn’t stopped the coordination between the right-wing groups. In the latest example of their friendly cooperation, the NRA plans to hold a trap shoot in conjunction with ALEC’s annual meeting later this month.

In a missive to state legislators published by the Center on Media and Democracy, which researches ALEC, NRA director of state and local affairs Charles H. Cunningham invites state legislators to attend the “annual shoot,” promising that it “will prove to be just as fun as in years past.” According to CMD: “For the past several years, on the Saturday of ALEC’s annual meeting, the NRA has regularly hosted an outing for ALEC legislators and lobbyists to go shooting together — with complimentary guns and ammo plus plenty of food and drink (this time it is a barbeque).”

In April, as corporate sponsors fled their organization in the face of pressure from liberal activists angry with the group’s support of “Kill at Will” self-defense laws and voter ID bills, ALEC announced that they were disbanding their Elections and Public Safety Task Force, which worked on those issues. At the time, that task force’s chair told Media Matters that such issues were no longer a priority for ALEC.





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God‘s path to happiness…“Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”
-Psalm 86:4, NIV

By Rev. Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

There are two words that sound like happiness. One that’s most common is the word joy. The word joy comes from a Greek word, “chara,” which is similar to “charis,” which means grace. According to Dallas Willard, “Joy is a pervasive sense of wellbeing.”

Happiness is a little different. Happiness means living the good life. Happiness, in the words of Aristotle, means “human flourishing.” St. Irenaeus, who was a church father, said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” This is what real happiness means.

Many of us, when we hear the word happiness, think pleasure. We think it’s circumstantial. We think that if we do well in our jobs, or make money, or if our relationships are good, we’ll be happy persons. Though there may be moments of pleasure and happiness in the midst of that, happiness is actually a good life – a life that follows Christ and is how Christ taught us to live.

So, happiness is the flourishing of the human soul – a life that glows, that is truly living! That’s happiness! And this happiness that is offered by God is available to all of us if we would simply realize that the kingdom of the heavens, that the teachings of Christ and His presence are available at all times.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are my source of joy and happiness. I am your servant. To you, I lift up my soul. Amen.

Reflection: What joy-filled and happy ways have you found to stay connected to a positive faith in your loving Savior?

Is it time for Michele Bachmann to resign? How about it,Minnesota? 1

Michele Bachmann Quote

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009.

Bachmann Attacked Over Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/bachmann-attacked-over-anti-muslim-witch-hunt.html#ixzz219RvEvie

Politicians from both sides of the aisle attacked Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., over her recent allegations that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. State Department.

Bachmann refused to back down from her allegations that Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamic political party that recently took power in Egypt.

“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a speech on the Senate floor. Denouncing Bachmann, McCain said, “These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.”

Bachmann has become the focal point of a firestorm that began when she and four other members of the House of Representatives sent letters to five federal agencies demanding an investigation into an alleged conspiracy by the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamic groups to insinuate themselves into the U.S. government.

Bachmann was joined in her letter by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.; and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.


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