dailyphoto090622Venus Says She’s Not the Retiring Type
Venus Williams has warned her rivals that she has not even entertained the thought of retiring while she remains at the pinnacle of women’s tennis. Williams is preparing to defend her Wimbledon Singles title this week, a Grand Slam she has made her own since claiming her first crown in 2000. Last year’s final success against sister Serena was her fifth in the English capital and she is also aiming for a hat-trick of titles this year, having defeated Marion Bartoli in 2007. Williams, who turned 29 last week, is at the age when most players start contemplating a life away from the court, but the Floridian insists she has targeted success until at least 2012, when when she hopes to return to London to compete in the Summer Olympics. (Continue Reading…)

Obama Stays with Careful Response to Iran Crisis
President Barack Obama says he does not want to become a scapegoat for Iran’s leadership as postelection upheaval continues, but Republicans are still saying the new president is being too cautious. “The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States,” Obama said in an interview to be broadcast Monday. “We shouldn’t be playing into that.” The president spoke Friday during an interview with CBS News’ Harry Smith. The interview will be broadcast on “The Early Show.” (Continue Reading…)

San Francisco Aims to Boost Dwindling Black Population
A recent groundbreaking here for an affordable housing complex is aimed at stemming the decline in black residents in San Francisco, the steepest decline of African Americans in any major U.S. city, according to the Census Bureau. Blacks accounted for 6.5 percent of the population in 2005, down from a high of 13.4 percent in 1970, says the Census. Among other factors, closure of the city’s shipyard in the early 1970s caused many blacks to leave for jobs elsewhere. Activists say blacks were left out of the new service economy. (Continue Reading…)

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