By Andrew Baggarly
San Jose Mercury News (MCT)
Barry Bonds follows through on his swing for his
record-setting 756th home run in the fifth inning
against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park.
(Paul Kitagaki Jr/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
SAN FRANCISCO — When Barry Bonds connected on the home run that made him king Tuesday night, thousands of camera flashes sparkled from the stands, each twinkle of light capturing a moment in history.
The historical merits of Bonds' achievement might be viewed in a different light a year, a decade or a generation from now. But for an instant, and the 10-minute celebration that followed, there was no division or indifference — not from the crowd of 43,154 or from those in uniform. There was only an outpouring of adoration, applause and respect for a hometown hero, who followed his father into a San Francisco Giants uniform and literally led a franchise out of the cold.
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By John Schumacher
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
The 2008 Olympic Seal
China has waited years for this chance to welcome the world, showcase its country and deliver a powerhouse athletic team onto the Olympic stage.
The 2008 Summer Olympics begin one year from Wednesday. What should you expect when the world turns its attention to Beijing?
First, some basics. The slogan for the Beijing Games is "One World One Dream." The mascots are the Five Friendlies: Beibei the Fish, Jingjing the Panda, Huanhuan the Olympic Flame, Yingying the Tibetan Antelope and Nini the Swallow.
The Opening Ceremonies are set for Aug. 8, 2008, at 8:08 p.m. and 8 seconds because, in Chinese culture, the number 8 is connected with prosperity and good fortune. The Games are scheduled to end Aug. 24.
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