Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Simone Biles wins bronze medal in balance beam

Simone Biles had a successful return to Olympic competition Tuesday, winning the bronze medal on the balance beam.

Competing for the first time since withdrawing from the team competition a week earlier with a case of "the twisties," Biles won seventh career Olympic medal, tying her with Shannon Miller for the most by a U.S. gymnast.

Allyson Felix advances to the semifinals in both the 200 and 400 meter

Five-time Olympian Allyson Felix and world champion Noah Lyles cruised to the semifinals of the women's 400-meter and men's 200-meter, respectively.

Felix, competing in her fifth and final Olympic appearance, moved one step closer to becoming the winningest women's track and field athlete of all time, winning her heat in 50.84 seconds.

"The meaning and motivation is different this time," Felix said when asked if her goals have changed. "But I don't want to limit myself. I'm still going to go out and give everything I have."

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Joel Caston, Washington D.C. Jail inmate elected to public office

After nearly three decades behind bars, Joel Caston is seeking redemption through politics.

The 44-year-old felon, convicted of murder as a teenager, became the newest elected public servant in Washington, D.C., this summer, winning a groundbreaking election for neighborhood commissioner on the city's southeast side.

Rep. Maxine Waters vows to fight for renters & landlords after eviction moratorium lapses

In a CNN interview Rep Maxine Waters vowed to fight to extend the eviction moratorium and to help renters and small landlords. Watch her interview below.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Senate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Willie O'Ree, the first Black NHL player

The US Senate passed legislation this week to grant Congress' highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to Willie O'Ree, the first Black player to compete in the National Hockey League.

The bipartisan measure to honor Willie O'Ree unanimously passed the chamber on Tuesday. It now must be approved by the US House of Representatives for O'Ree to be awarded the medal. Known as "the Jackie Robinson of hockey," O'Ree, 85, broke the NHL's color barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins, one of six teams at the time.

The legislation would award O'Ree the nation's highest civilian award that Congress can bestow "in recognition of his extraordinary contributions and commitment to hockey, inclusion, and recreational opportunity."

The bill was first introduced in 2019 by Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. They reintroduced the legislation in February.

In a statement, Stabenow called O'Ree a "trailblazer for young people across the country," touting his work on the NHL initiative "Hockey Is For Everyone."

"From the hockey arena to serving young athletes in his community, Willie O'Ree's legacy has inspired generations," Scott said. "Willie's career didn't end on the ice; it was punctuated by the generations of athletes he helped navigate the path he paved."

"I look forward to the House acting quickly on this well-deserved recognition of Willie's historic achievements," the senator added.