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When Muhammad Ali brought 15 hostages back from Iraq - as told by John Legend

Published: Saturday, June 04, 2016 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 04, 2016 @ 4:53 PM


            PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27: Former heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali (C) and wife Lonnie Ali (L) arrives at 'Celebrity Fight Night X', a charity event to raise money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center at Barrow Neurological Institute March 27, 2004, in Pheonix, Arizona. The 'Muhammad Ali Awards' are a way to acknowledge leaders in sports, entertainment and business communities who best represent the qualities associated with Ali's fight to find a cure. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27: Former heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali (C) and wife Lonnie Ali (L) arrives at 'Celebrity Fight Night X', a charity event to raise money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center at Barrow Neurological Institute March 27, 2004, in Pheonix, Arizona. The 'Muhammad Ali Awards' are a way to acknowledge leaders in sports, entertainment and business communities who best represent the qualities associated with Ali's fight to find a cure. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)(Carlo Allegri)

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.

After four months of captivity, Ali returned to the U.S. in December 1990 with the 15 hostages. The Gulf War started six weeks later.

Bars filling up with Super Bowl viewers despite weather

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.
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.

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.

“A lot of people like to party at home, and we do an increased amount of carry-out sales,” Rowe said. “ People like their chicken wings and their stuffed burgers.”

WPAFB army captain wants video to send message

Published: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 2:33 PM


            Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video.
Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video.

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.

FIRST REPORT

Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video. Capt. Cudd works at the veterinary treatment facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Reds Connection: Will the Reds ever bring back the 80s uniforms?

Published: Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

 Hall-of-fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about America’s pastime. If you’d like to tap into that knowledge, send a question to halmccoy1@hotmail.com.

Q: Any chance the Reds go back to their 1980s uniforms permanently, because I miss them? — MIKE, Landen, Ohio.

A: The Reds would like to forget about the ’80s, the 101 losses of 1982 and the Pete Rose mess of 1989 and the Marge Schott Era. My preference is the 1960s look, the sleeveless jerseys with the white hats and the names on the backs under the numbers. And, please, no pajama bottom pants.

Q: Why aren’t the Reds giving outfielder Kyle Waldrop a chance? — BRAD, Paulding, Ohio.

A: It’s all in the numbers, my friend. In Waldrop’s last 10 games through Thursday he is 2 for 36 (.056). For the year he is hitting .236 with a .267 on-base average and a .343 slugging percentage. The Reds already have one outfielder with those kinds of numbers, but that guy steals a bunch of bases and makes incredible defensive plays. And I believe outfielders Yorman Rodriguez and Adam Duvall are ahead of Waldrop in the pecking order.

Q: With all the talk about finding another position for Eugenio Suarez, why not let him and Zack Cozart battle it out for shortstop next spring and put the loser on the bench because it is always so weak? — RICK, Loveland.

A: The bench isn’t the problem. It is the lack of production of the everyday lineup. If Suarez is the real deal, they need to find a spot for him, maybe left field or maybe right field if they trade Jay Bruce or maybe second base if Brandon Phillips would agree to a trade. And it would behoove Todd Frazier to find his lost bats.

Closings and delays

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 10:24 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 10:24 PM

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