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NYC Marathon is Canceled Following Storm Damage
NEW YORK (AP) -- The world's largest marathon has come to a dead stop.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has canceled the New York City Marathon, which was to have been run on Sunday.
Bloomberg's reversal came after mounting criticism from New Yorkers who said it made more sense to use resources to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. They were particularly annoyed that the race would have required the use of police officers, bottled water, generators and snacks -- the same needed by residents. Some storm victims were also being evicted from hotels to make way for runners from around the world.
Around 47,500 runners from around the globe had been expected to take part in the 26.2-mile event. It was scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the storm's hardest-hit places.
Bloomberg had contended that the race was needed to get the city "back on track" and could have been handled without diverting resources. He said in a statement that he couldn't allow a controversy over an athletic event to impede the recovery effort.
Posted: Friday, November 2 2012, 06:43 PM CDT
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Obama says nation must do more for fallen heroes
May 25, 2013 10:08 GMT
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the nation must do more than just remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the country must care for the loved ones the fallen leave behind. He says the country must also make sure that all veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned.
Obama says that, above all, the armed forces must have the support needed to carry out their missions at home and abroad.
In the Republican address, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thanks the nation for its prayers and support following Monday's deadly tornado in his home state. He recalls past natural and man-made disasters in Oklahoma and says that while the state was hard hit, "we're not knocked out."
Obama's address: http://www.whitehouse.gov Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress
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