By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republicans' convention is over. The chairs are empty and the balloons are being swept up.
Over the last few days we’ve heard a lot about Mitt Romney. We heard from governors, senators, significant others, and from the candidate himself.
So now with all that behind us, what did we learn (or not learn) about Mitt Romney?
By Libby Lewis, CNN
(CNN) – Walk into White House Gifts in Washington, and the display is right up front: bumper stickers, buttons, T-shirts and hats.
Mitt Romney’s on one side; Barack Obama’s on the other.
There are scientific ways to take the pulse of the public and figure out who’s ahead in the presidential race.
This is the fun way. Count the bumper stickers and the buttons and the hats that get snapped up.
By Michael Schulder, CNN
(CNN) - Sometimes to get a fresh perspective it’s best to turn to somebody old.
That’s what we’ve done for this story on one of the biggest controversies over how to teach children tennis.
With the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in full swing, we’ve turned to Nick Bollettieri. His tennis academy in Florida has turned out some of the sport’s greatest players over the past 60 years. FULL POST
By Edgar Treiguts, CNN
(CNN) - More than 4,200 disabled athletes have gathered in London for the Paralympic Games, which opened this week. The Games are becoming more popular, as 2.5 million tickets were sold to Paralympic events.
But, there’s more to the competition than just the athletes going head-to-head on the playing field. The cutting-edge equipment they use is on display and in its own contest – a competition between companies.
Stephen Schulte owns ProCare, a prosthetics company in Buford, Georgia. He'll be closely watching how Jarryd Wallace runs in London.
[:34] "It’s exciting, but it’s also stressful because we’ve produced something that we hope is going to carry him down the track, as fast as humanly possible."
Wallace is a 22-year-old Paralympian who will run on a right leg made from components from four different companies from around the globe. Schulte's aligns and puts it all together.
By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
(CNN) – In a flash, a gunman was killed on a busy sidewalk outside the Empire State Building. During the course of last week's shooting, nine innocent bystanders were wounded by two police officers.
When police make the decision to shoot someone, extensive training is supposed to kick in like muscle memory. After an incident like this though, police are often criticized as being too anxious to reach for their guns.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor, Eugene O’Donnell, says their actions are often questioned. In this case he says:
[1:15] “There’s no safe way to have a shooting on 34th Street and 5th Avenue because no matter how well trained police are, armed confrontations are always risky, always dangerous.”