Shani Davis wins gold in men’s 1,000 speedskating
British Columbia – The color of the medal mattered, not the color of his skin. All Shani Davis was thinking about was gold. With a furious kick on the final lap Wednesday, Davis stuck his skate across the line and won his second straight Olympic title in 1,000-meter speedskating, the first skater to win this event twice at the Winter Games. “That race depleted me 100 percent,” he said. “I never want to leave anything on the track.” No worries there. The Americans broke their medal drought at the Richmond Olympic Oval with a flourish, claiming two spots on the podium. Chad Hedrick, who won three medals at the 2006 games, took a surprising bronze after struggling to regain his motivation in the wake of Italy. “I had to dig down deep and find my passion for speedskating again,” the Texan said. (Continue Reading…)

Historic Black cemetery vandalized in hate-fuelled attack
Vandals have damaged or destroyed dozens of headstones at a Livingston, Texas cemetery. Addie Mae White went to Corrisville Cemetery to check on her son’s grave site on Sunday. “They need God in their life or something. This is evil. It’s just evil,” she said. Investigators said someone knocked over and smashed nearly every head stone in the historically African-American cemetery. White said her grandmother, parents, her husband are all buried there and she’s even chosen a plot for her own final resting place. Investigators said they believe the vandalism was the work of more than one person. Willie White wonders who could have been so cruel. (Continue Reading…)

Tiger Woods to speak publicly for first time since accident
Golfer Tiger Woods will “apologize for his behavior” Friday when he makes a statement at PGA headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, his agent said. Agent Mark Steinberg said Woods would not answer questions. It will be the golfer’s first public appearance since his November 27 car crash outside his home near Orlando, Florida. “Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates,” Steinberg said. ” … Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he intends to apologize for his behavior.” (Continue Reading…)

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