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Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday it will strip Lance Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and ban the cyclist for life.
August 24th, 2012
09:08 PM ET

Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) - The reaction to Lance Armstrong’s announcement that he would no longer fight doping allegations was about as fast as his record setting winning times at the Tour de France. Armstrong may be stripped of every title he ever won and faces being banned from all competition for the rest of his life.

Andy Shen is a writer for the cycling website, NY Velocity, and a competitive cyclist here in New York:

[1:20] “He did ride at a speed that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement. There’s been evidence of his doping. They had retroactively looked at his blood samples from 1999 and found traces of EPO in them… There’s so much evidence over time that you have to be pretty delusional to think that he was clean.”

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'Green on blue' violence hits home
Maj. Robert Marchanti, with his grandson. Marchanti was killed in February by an Afghan police officer who was trained by U.S. troops.
August 24th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

'Green on blue' violence hits home

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) - In February, Maryland National Guard Maj. Robert Marchanti was killed by an Afghan police officer, an officer who was trained by U.S. forces. The Afghan officer also shot and killed Air Force Lt. Col. John Loftis.

The attack happened inside a secure building in the Afghan Ministry of the Interior, days after NATO troops burned copies of the Quran by mistake.

Fellow Guardsman Charles Taylor knew Bob Marchanti, and he trained with him.

[1:58] "I knew him before I was training with him, and I got to know him pretty well. So maybe, maybe, you know, the fact that something hit so close to home comes the realization that, it could be anybody. Could be you. So..."

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The Blaxican: a man and his food truck
August 24th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

The Blaxican: a man and his food truck

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

(CNN) – Last year William Turner lost his job with a religious non-profit organization. That was the impetus for him to pursue a longheld dream: owning his own restaurant. Turner's research led him to the creation of his food truck (and alter ego), The Blaxican, which serves up what he calls, "Mexican soul food."

Turner says he's aware that some people have strong reactions to his name and concept.

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The fiscal cliff, another recession, and you
If Congress goes over the "fiscal cliff," economists warn it will drastically hurt the economy.
August 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

The fiscal cliff, another recession, and you

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

(CNN) – Great. So now, in addition to having to get our collective American mind around the concept of a "fiscal cliff" facing Congress, we also have to worry that it could tank the economy?

Yes. This week, the Congressional Budget Office released its latest economic outlook, including its assessment of what will happen if Congress does nothing to address the so-called "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts coming next year.

[1:24] "It would probably lead to a recession early next year," said CBO Director Doug Elmendorf.

So fewer jobs. Tougher times.

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