In the Main Press Center, where thousands of journalists are gathered to cover the London 2012 games, the call went out Monday: Let the drinking begin!
It was all part of a welcome party for journalists covering the Summer Olympics. First, cute kids from a nearby elementary school serenaded the group. The next thing you knew, London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe was talking about cheap booze.
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In Syria's capital, Damascus, fighting between pro and anti-government forces eased somewhat today. But heavy fighting is still reported in the northern city of Aleppo. The government still has the upper hand in Syria's largest cities, but in rural areas the rebels hold large swaths of territory.
The Daniel family wrote in to recommend the All-American Burger from Saloon Steakhouse here in Chicago. We're not sure if they were recommending it because they thought we'd like it, or as a vicious plot to put us all in food comas, because as soon as we got to "burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches," we stopped reading and went to go get it.
Eva: It's so annoying whenever I hang out with burger, grilled cheese is ALWAYS there too.
Blythe: I feel like I'm just eating the entire kid's menu in one sandwich.
There are many unanswered questions about the bombing last week that claimed the lives of five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver. The bombing in the Bulgarian seaside resort of Burgas also injured more than 30 people. Israel's prime minister says it was the work of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. Bulgaria's interior minister has denied media reports that the bombing was pulled off by a Hezbollah cell based in that country.
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And I'm Robert Siegel. We begin this hour with the first court appearance of the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 at a Colorado movie theater. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes seemed dazed and said nothing throughout this morning's proceeding. What was most noticeable was his disheveled hair, a bright reddish-orange color.
NPR's Jeff Brady was in the courtroom in Arapahoe County and he has our story.