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04/16/2012

Boston Marathon, Coachella and An Amazing Basketball Shot

Good morning!

The Boston Marathon is a hot topic this morning as the hot prospect of 80+ degree weather looms over today's event.  The forecast forced organizers to offer an unprecedented deferment to the entire field of 27,000 that had spent the last year qualifying, registering and training for what often is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.   The marathon has had a few hot days in its history, including the race that became known as The Inferno in 1909 when the thermometer topped out at 97 degrees.   In 1976, the marathon started in 100 degree heat and became known as the Run for the Hoses after spectators used garden hoses to cool down winner Jack Fultz. 

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(Boston Marathon in 1976/AP Photo)

The marathon will not only be hot for the runners, but also for the hundreds of thousands of people who will line the 26.2 mile course.

A music marathon unfolded this weekend at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Southern California.   What has become an annual gathering featured three days of many types of music.     There's so much music this year that the festival is being spread over two weekends.   And if you missed any of it or can't get there this weekend, all the concerts are being streamed live on YouTube.

One of the most remarkable performances featured Snoop Dog joined on stage by a hologram of Tupac Shakur, who has been dead for 15 years.

  

 

 

Tax procrastinators are running out of time!   You have until Tuesday to file your taxes.  It's two days later than usual because April 15th fell on a Sunday and because today is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington, D.C.  Under the federal tax code, filing deadlines can't fall on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.  If you still need more time, visit http://www.irs.gov/ to find out about filing an extension.

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(AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin is trending after the NHL suspended the left-winger for whacking Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredson with an elbow on Saturday.   The NHL disciplinarian called the hit "a reckless strike to the side of Alfredsson's head."  Also suspended was Senators defenseman Matt Carkner, who was banned one game for going after Rangers center Brian Boyle in game 2.  With the round 1 playoff series tied at a game apiece, the Rangers play at Ottawa in game 3 tonight.

Today marks five years since the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  32 people and the gunman died in the 2007 rampage on the campus of Virginia Tech.   Students are marking the anniversary today by going to class… school officials say it's a tribute to those who died and their passion for education.    At 9:43 a.m. Monday - the time when gunman Seung-Hui Cho began killing 30 students and professors at Norris Hall - a moment of silence will be held in the state of Virginia. The Capitol Square Bell Tower in Richmond will then toll for each victim.

Those devastating Midwest tornadoes over the weekend have produced some viral videos, including this one of twin twisters from Oklahoma.

  

The place where Dirty Dancing was filmed has gone up in smoke.  Grandview Palace condo (formerly Brown's Hotel) was hit by a huge fire that was fought by 20 companies of firefighters.

  

From California, a motorist captured this video of a black Labrador Retriever that braved traffic to stay by another dog (golden retriever) that was fatally struck by a car.

  

Nothing terribly dramatic happens in this next video, but check out how this cat crosses a makeshift bridge.

  

From Long Island comes a video of a dog named Geronimo that spent five weeks learning how to Double Dutch and appears to enjoy every minute!

  

And finally, a human basketball trick.  High school student Maciah Thomas hits an amazing flip shot, draining a long-range basket while spinning through the air.

  

That's the trend!

Have a great Monday,

Bob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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