Tropical Storm Isaac, Two Armstrongs, and A Fake Celebrity [Current Events Cheat Sheet]
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Tropical Storm Isaac hit South Florida over the weekend, forcing the Republican National Convention to cancel its first day in Tampa. So far, the storm has caused no major damage, but it is expected to grow into a hurricane. Isaac is will hit land on Wednesday between the Florida Panhandle and New Orleans, which suffered during Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.
A confrontation between a gunman and the police outside the Empire State Building left nine people wounded. It has been revealed that all nine were injured by police fire, not by the gunman.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, died at 82.
Syrian government forces killed hundreds of citizens in the suburbs of Damascus, where rebels had been staging attacks.
A massive typhoon hit Okinawa, Japan, with winds that reached 161 miles per hour and sent tree branches flying through the air. It is expected to make landfall on the Korean peninsula this week.
Iran is hosting a summit for the leaders of nonaligned nations, or countries that do not consider themselves to be part of any major power bloc in the United Nations. In his opening remarks at the forum, Iran’s foreign minister accused Western powers of committing terrorist acts.
Lance Armstrong decided to end his lawsuit against doping accusations from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and the agency claims they will strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. However, the fight is far from over. Many observers have accused the USADA of being biased, and the International Cycling Union may appeal the charges so they can evaluate Armstrong’s case on their own.
15-year-old female golfer Lydia Ko won the Canadian Open, making her the youngest LPGA winner of all time.
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