Mayor Daily 10/08/12
China Tech Giant Under Fire: Following up on a report by 60 Minutes on Sunday night, the House Intelligence Committee released a report finding that Huawei Technologies Inc could pose a security risk to the United States by allowing China access to the nation's most sensitive telecommunications. Read more from the WSJ here.
Romney Looks to Craft Foreign Policy Identity: As the second presidential debate nears Gov Mitt Romney is set to outline his foreign policy vision during a speech at Virginia Military Institute on Monday. Privately many of Gov. Romney's most senior campaign aides remain unsure of what American foreign policy would look like under a President Romney. Read more from the NY Times here.
Obama Aides Plot Comeback: With Vice President Joe Biden set to debate Congressman Paul Ryan in Wednesday's Vice Presidential Debate the Obama reelection team has gone back to the drawing board to make up for the President's awful debate performance last week. Read more from the NY Times here.
River Walk Plans Unvieled: Mayor Rahm Emanuel unvieled a proposed $100 expansion of the Chicago River Walk that would go from State to Lake Street. The River Walk was orginally dreamed up as part of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago which called for the creation of a recrational corridor along the riverfront. Emanuel's plan for the expansion includes the creation of 6 themed segments called The Boardwalk (Lake to Franklin), The Jetty (Franklin to Wells), The Swimming Hole (Wells to LaSalle), The River Theater (LaSalle to Clark), The Cove (Clark to Dearborn), The Marina (Dearborn to State). Read more about the proposed expansion of the River Walk from Jon Hilkevitch of the Chicago Tribune here.
New Record at the Chicago Marathon: Ethopian Tsegaye Kebede set a new course record at the Chicago Marathon when he finished the 26.2 mile course in a time of 2:04:38. A record 37,455 of the 38,535 who started the marathon finished, presenting slight embarressment for event organizers when approximately 1,300 late finishers were not given charished medals because they had run out. Organizers have already annouced they will mail medals to these late finishers as soon as possible. Read more from the Sun-Times here.
Afghan War Turns 12: The Afghan War entered into its 12th year on Sunday amid fresh fears that the nation will fall back into tribal warfare after the US completes its withdrawl of combat troops by the end of 2014. US forces first invaded Afghanistan on Oct 7, 2001, after the ruling Taliban regime refused to turn over September 11th mastermind Osama Bin Laden. Read more from the AP here.
Chavez Elected to 3rd Term: On Sunday, voters in Venezuela reelected Hugo Chavez to a third term as President over a challenge from oppostion leader Henrique Capriles Radonski by a margin of 54% to 45%. The closely watched election was the strongest challenge Mr. Chavez has faced since taking power 14 years ago and means he will control one of the world's largest oil reserves for the next six years. Mr. Chavez has been fighting cancer for most of the last two years and many voters expressed concern that Chavez would not live out his full term. Read more from the WSJ here.
That Was Easy, Breesy: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' 52 year old record for most consecutive games with a TD pass when he threw one for his 48th straight game during the Saints 31-24 comeback victory against the San Diego Chargers. Suspended coach Sean Payton was among those on hand to watch Brees break the record as the Saints scored 10pts in the 4th to win their first game of the year. Read more here.
Elite QBs in Action: The New England Patriots held off a furious comeback by the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos for a 31-21 victory. If you didn't see the fb shit talking between Peyton and Tom Brady you MUST CLICK here.
Indy is Chuck Strong: Trailing 21-3 at the half, Andrew Luck led the Colts to a shocking 30-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Colts were playing their first game without coach Chuck Pagano who was diagnosised with lukemia earlier in the week.
Bears Roll in Jacksonville Heat: Chicago Bears Pro Bowl defenders Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman made NFL history in the Bears dominant 41-3 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday by being the first pair of teammates to return a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in back-to-back games. Read more from Yahoo! Sports here.
Shake Up at the Top: A wild week of college football three of the top 5 teams fall as North Carolina State shocked #3 FSU 17-16 in Raleigh, #4 LSU fell 14-6 in the Swamp against the Florida Gators, while #5 Georgia was completely outclassed by #6 South Carolina 35-7. Read Stewart Mandel's weekly recap here.
Big 12 Quarterbacks Boost Heisman Chances: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith boosted his Heisman resume by leading the #8 Mountaineers to a wild 48-45 victory over the #11 Texas Longhorns. Quarterback Colin Klein of #7 Kansas State accounted for 4 total touchdowns as he passed for 129yds and rushed for 116yds in the Wildcats' 56-16 shellacking of the Kansas Jayhawks.
Catholics vs Convicts Rivalry Renewed: Lead by the dynamic play of quarterback Everett Golson, #9 Notre Dame's offense exploded during a 41-3 victory over the Miami Hurricanes at Soldier Field. Notre Dame was aided early by two dropped touchdowns by Miami's dynamic wideout Phillip Dorsett and improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002 behind a season high 587 yards of offense and two 100 yard rushers. Read more from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune here.
Cats Can't Close the Deal: #24 Northwestern blew a 28-17 fourth quarter lead at Penn State that prevented the Wildcats from improving to 5-0 for the first time since 1962. The loss by Northwestern leaves the Big 10 without a bowl eligable ranked team in the Coaches' Poll first the first time since the poll's inception. Read more from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune here.
Duke's Dream Season Continues: Connor Vernon became the ACC's all-time leading reciever as Duke improved to 5-1 after defeating Virginia 42-17. The Blue Devils are one win away from being bowl eligable for the first time since the Steve Spurrier led 1994 squad played in the Hall of Fame Bowl.
Chiefs Fans Boo Injured Cassel: Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Lineman Eric Winston calls out fans at Arrowhead Stadium who began cheering after Quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a head injury. Eric Adelson writes that booing fans 'crossed the line.'
Taken 2 Dominates Box Office: Despite harsh reviews from critics, Liam Neeson's thriller Taken 2 debuted #1 at the box office bringing in an impressive $48 million. Read more about Taken 2 and the other movies at the box office here.
Whats next: Check out the trailer for the upcoming movie Broken City with Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Russell Crowe. Broken City will be released nationwide on Janurary 18th, 2013.
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