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Monday, May 28, 2007

Dancing with the Stars Champion: Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough

Apolo Anton Ohno, two-time Olympic gold medalist achieved a new succecss by winning the "Dancing With the Stars" championship.

Ohno, a speed skater, along with his partner, Julianne Hough, won over former 'N Sync star Joey Fatone to win the ABC-television network's dance competition mirror-ball trophy.

Ohno, who is 25, trained in the dance studio as he would on the ice for this season 4 of the popular reality style program.

In a thank you letter posted on his site Ohno explains to his fans the metamorphosis that took place; describing how each week he became more comfortable with displaying his true character, "....opening up my real personality to the world as never before" while having been thrown into a situation which required me to show my work ethic, dedication, and my will to do my best" support.

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Paula Abdul As Poised As A Ringling Brothers Circus Acrobat

Clark Dark with the latest on American Idol's "nice judge":

Recently it was reported Paula Abdul tripped over her dog and injured her nose.
Seems La Abdul has an injury every year to that part of her anatomy. As you may recall last year, 2006, it was an alleged physical altercation between Abdul and some man named Jim Lefkowitz at a private party which caused Abdul to have a damaged proboscis. For the record Lefkowitz lawyer denies his client had any contact with Abdul, calling press reports of a fight outrageous and utterly false.

This year I am happy to report she merely tripped over her pet, a small Chihuahua, named Tulip. The representative for the popular American Idol judge said,
"She tripped to avoid stepping on Tulip, one of her Chihuahuas."
Abdul was left bruised and with a fractured toe and broken nose after she tripped over her dog.
"I took a nasty fall ... trying not to hurt my dog. I bruised myself on my arm ... my chest, my waist all the way down to my hip. All from my little chubby Tulip,"- Paula Abdul describing her injuries from a fall after tripping over her dog.

I have been told by people who should know, Abdul accomplished this feat without spilling one drop of her cocktail!

I'm Clark Dark, ace investigative reporter for YouThinkWhat!

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Memorial Day 2007

The book Cullings From the Confederacy by Miss Nora Davidson presents a lengthy statement under the by-line of Mrs. John A. Logan which provides some insight into the origins of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day because the graves of the fallen soldiers were decorated with flags and flowers.

Following the Civil War,Mrs. Logan wrote in 1866, in part,
"We were in Petersburg, Virginia.....As we passed through the graves I noticed that many of them had been strewn with beautiful blossoms and decorated with small flags of the dead Confederacy,.....The idea seemed to me to be a beautiful tribute to the soldier martyrs.....General Logan was at the time Commander-in-Chief of the G. A. R..... and as soon as he met me at the station (on her return to Washington D. C.) I told him of the graves of soldiers.....He listened with great interest and then said 'what a splendid idea.....I will issue an order at once for the decoration of the graves of all those noble fellows who died for their country'."

Memorial days wherein the graves of the heroes of various communities were decorated with flowers and garlands is an ancient custom that began in Greece 2,500 years ago.

It did not begin in Virginia, nor in New York. Although Petersburg, Virginia clearly has a series of historical events making it the inspiration for and origin of our country's National Memorial Day, and despite the fact the city of Waterloo, New York was officially acknowledged as the place where the first memorial services were held after the Civil War, memorial days, days commemorating the contributions of community heroes, is a tradition that is universal.

Today on Memorial Day 2007 as we remember all the soldiers, who battled in all the wars, those combatants who have died and sacrificed themselves in ourstead we also remember the civilians who have died in all the wars, because we understand when war comes it is a major disruption-a disturbance of the peace, in the lives of all humans.

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