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Published: Saturday, June 04, 2016 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 04, 2016 @ 4:53 PM
Muhammad Ali's death early morning on Saturday, June 4, 2016 brought back memories of the world's most well known athlete, boxing's greatest champion and a civil rights pioneer.
He was also an ambassador who used his fame to help others. In 1990, Ali traveled to Iraq after Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion of Kuwait. Hussein took 15 American hostages from a local General Motors branch and placed them in strategic bombing locations, using them as human shields. Ali's visit to Iraq was documented by ESPN in a documentary called "Ali: The Mission," narrated by Springfield native John Legend.
Despite being in the midst of his battle with Parkinson's Disease, Ali traveled to Baghdad. For a week, he waited for a meeting with Hussein while running out of medication.
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:33 PM
Published: Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:12 AM
Published: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM
Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening. But some opted to stay home amid rainy conditions and the threat of freezing precipitation overnight into Monday morning.
“Normally on Super Bowl Sunday, we go over to a Super Bowl party or stay home and have a lot of snack foods,” said Dirk Roburn, Sr., who was at Blind Bob’s Bar on Fifth Street downtown. “This year we decided to come down to Blind Bob’s. We really don’t care who wins the game this year, so it’s more about food and fun than the game I guess.”
Andy Rowe, a manager at the bar, said he anticipates filling more take-out orders than usual this year because of the weather.
Published: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 2:33 PM
UPDATE May 7
John Bedell talked to Army Capt. Sarah Cudd who is the woman shown in a viral video of her finishing a combat medic certification. Her colleagues cheered her on, and she was able to finish the test. Cudd will discuss the message she hopes that the video will send to others.