General News Archive - June 28, 2008

By Jennifer A. Bowen, Belleville News-Democrat, Ill. Jun. 28--The levees on the Illinois side of the river continues to hold back the Mississippi River, and pressure was eased somewhat when a levee that protects Winfield, Mo., failed early Friday.

By Jeff Shain, The Miami Herald Jun. 28--EDINA, Minn. -- It's possible the only thing separating Cristie Kerr and a share of the U.S. Women's Open lead was a fly. That's right, a fly. An insect. Nevertheless, the Miami pro finds herself well-positioned to defend her crown this weekend.

By Michelle Kaufman, The Miami Herald Jun. 28--WIMBLEDON, England -- The first raindrops of the week fell on Wimbledon on Friday, but former champion Serena Williams was beaming like a ray of sunshine. For one thing, her white raincoat finally proved useful.

By Angus Shaw Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Roaming bands of government supporters heckled, harassed or threatened people into voting in a runoff election Friday in which President Robert Mugabe was the only candidate, ensuring he will remain in power despite international condemnation of the balloting as a sham.

By Stephen Wine Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England -- They're still counting casualties back home, and so when Zheng Jie completed the biggest victory of her career Friday at Wimbledon, she resisted any temptation to leap or squeal or pump her fist or collapse to the grass in glee.

By Terence Chea Associated Press BIG SUR, Calif. -- Firefighters bulked up their defenses Friday against a wildfire that threatened parts of this storied tourist town and prepared for more lightning strikes that could ignite new fires across northern California.

Defending champion Venus Williams was among Saturday's third round women's winners at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London. Williams, seeded seventh at this year's tournament, downed unseeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, 6-1, 7-5. I was happy with that one, Williams said.

By Joe Churcher; David Hughes ZIMBABWEANS voted in a one-candidate presidential election yesterday, as Foreign Secretary David Miliband joined international condemnation of the "sham" poll.

WASHINGTON _ With an estimated 9.2 million Hispanic voters poised to play a critical role in November, John McCain and Barack Obama each pledged Saturday to make overhauling immigration laws a priority as they courted influential Hispanic leaders who could be pivotal in key swing states like Florida.

U.S. President George Bush called Saturday for additional sanctions against the government of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. In a statement, Bush said Friday's presidential election was a sham, CNN reported.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]