Barack Obama may already have been officially inaugurated yesterday, but don't tell that to the people on Washington's National Mall this morning: A second, more outdoor ceremony today will give the public a view as Obama starts his second term.
Some of that public will be recovering from not-fully-remembered AFC Championship viewing parties, as the Baltimore Ravens start preparing for the Super Bowl.
Finally, Lebron James did not spare his thoughts as the Sacramento Kings sold for a princely sum. See full details via the links below.
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On Sunday, the eve of the celebration of the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, some 300 communicants and friends packed East Baltimore's historic St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in the 1500 block of East Oliver St. They gathered for a special Mass to kick off the yearlong celebration of the church's founding 150 years ago as the nation's first Roman Catholic church officially, and specifically, for African-Americans. [Baltimore Sun]
The Kings are reportedly being sold to a Seattle group for $525 million. Five hundred, and twenty-five million dollars. The Sacramento Kings. That's a lot of money for an NBA franchise, especially when you consider this is just a little over a year after the league endured a lockout where owners cried poor. You can see the conflict there. LeBron James certainly does. [CBS]
The gas plant at In Amenas is giving up its secrets as Algerian special forces picking their
way through the vast complex find dozens of bodies, some charred beyond recognition in the bloody end-game to one of the worst hostage crises in years. [Reuters via Sun]
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The story sounds almost preposterous -- two sons of a lifelong football coach reach the highest level of the profession they inherited from dad and face each other in the biggest game on the planet. But that's exactly what will happen in two weeks when John Harbaugh's Ravens and Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers meet in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. [Baltimore Sun]
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Avenging last year's bitter loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game, the Ravens took apart New England in the second half, punching their ticket to New Orleans with a thorough 28-13 victory in front of an announced 68,756 at stunned Gillette Stadium.
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While this year's public inauguration will lack the groundbreaking element of Obama's first, many see it as having meaning of a different kind. It falls on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nation's annual commemoration of the civil rights pioneer whose legacy many say Obama is expanding. [Baltimore Sun]
Second-seeded Roger Federer and Andy Murray stayed on course Monday for a semifinal in their half of the draw, with No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic possibly waiting for the victor in next Sunday's final. [ESPN]
[Spanish Socialists have been] embroiled in several scandals, particularly in their stronghold of Andalusia, Spain's largest region, where prosecutors have accused some local officials of paying fictitious early retirement benefits to relatives and friends.
Meanwhile, in the independent-minded Catalonia, corruption and money-laundering investigations have also recently put the spotlight on some prominent politicians from the region's governing Convergència i Unió party. [New York Times]
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