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Sporting News From Europe

Filed under: General — JD @ 2:34 pm

[Guest post by JD]

Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky have been spectacular, and dominant. His Time Trial win was as dominating of a performance on a bike that I have seen this year. Young American Tejay of BMC is an up-and-coming star. This entire Tour de France has been fascinating – extended time trials, epic mountain climbs, dominant performances, disappointments, giant wrecks in the peleton, and a passing of the torch.

Adam Scott is running away from the field at Royal Lytham, what I consider to be one of the more dull British Open tracks. Tiger Woods and Graham McDowell lurk, should Scott falter, or the weather finally turn.

— JD

Names of Shooting Victims Emerge

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:39 am

Names of the dead in the Aurora shooting are emerging. A six-year-old girl was killed:

Ashley Moser drifted in and out of consciousness in the ICU, bullets lodged in her throat and abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter Veronica.

Nobody had the heart to tell her that Veronica was already dead, the youngest victim killed at a Colorado movie theater in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

“Nobody can tell her about it,” Annie Dalton said of her cousin, Ashley Moser. “She is in critical condition, but all she’s asking about is her daughter.”

Veronica was to start learning swimming lessons on Tuesday, Dalton said.

“She was excited about life as she should be. She’s a 6-year-old girl,” her great-aunt said

Anita Busch also lost a relative:

Micayla Medek, 23, was also among the dead, her father’s cousin, Anita Busch, told the Associated Press.

Busch said the news, while heartbreaking, was a relief for the family after an agonizing day of waiting for news.

“I hope this evil act … doesn’t shake people’s faith in God,” she said.

Anita Busch is a personal friend and a friend of the site. She was terrorized by Anthony Pellicano in a way few can imagine. She was threatened with death at her home, her phone was tapped, her computer was hacked . . . and she was treated like a crazy person by her Pellicano-supporting “colleagues” at the Los Angeles Times.

On a personal level, when I encountered a somewhat lower level of harassment — being SWATted, workplace complaints, publication of home address, and so forth — Anita gave me advice on how to deal with the situation. Her counsel was very helpful to me and I won’t forget it.

My condolences to Anita on this loss. And my condolences to the family members of each and every person killed and maimed in this horrible attack.

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