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.”
By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - One way or another, Evan Draim is the future. The 17-year-old Virginian is the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention. He’s also one of the GOP’s emergent voices.
He’s passionate about America’s economic woes.
[4:23] “Our money is being spent before we’ve even earned it the deficit is so large we’re not even talking about the tax revenue of my generation. We’re talking about my descendants.”
Unlike many conservatives, social issues aren’t what Draim is about. He’s a “states rights” guy and doesn’t feel that issues such as abortion should be decided – either way – by the federal government.