7/28 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

Yesterday was "Faith Day" at Atlanta's Turner Field, where fans were invited to stay following the Braves-Marlins game to hear Braves star pitcher John Smoltz share how his life changed by believing in Christ.

Astronomers at the University of Tasmania have found that the solar system's smallest planet, Pluto, is not getting colder as first thought and it probably does not have rings.

War protester Cindy Sheehan has purchased a 5-acre plot in the president's hometown of Crawford, Texas, with some of the insurance money she received after her son was killed in Iraq.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

The Rochester newspaper has an impressive collection of news and sports blogs, as well as sites from around the region, at Post-Bulletin Blogs.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Batman and Robin meet Jay and Silent Bob: Justice Rats

Ben Cohen from Ben & Jerry's explains the U.S. defense budget on the Tavis Smiley show using cookies.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I'm happy that Ullrich and Basso weren't allowed in... [Floyd Landis] was one of my favorites before the race. He's clean and what's more, he's a great guy."

-- Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, July 24, admonishing cyclists implicated in a pre-Tour drug scandal, and congratulating this year's winner


"Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has been suspended by his professional cycling team. The team said it has been notified that he tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race."

-- Associated Press, July 27


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