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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby MarkBarrett » Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:25 pm

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Kenny wrote:Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, passing Steffi Graf for all-time major tennis championships in the open era. Margaret Court had 24 when tennis was amateur only. As mentioned earlier, it was the sisters' ninth meeting in a major finals. Lots of J! fodder there.


The same is true of the men's final. It was the record ninth time that Federer and Nadal had faced one another in a men’s Grand Slam final. Nadal is the third-oldest player to win a Grand Slam singles titles, and the first to win five singles titles in three different Grand Slam tournaments (Australian, French, and U.S. Opens).


Nadal has won the French 9 times and has 14 Grand Slam titles, so something is not adding up. I'll go with Federer being the guy for the distinctions listed above.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Kenny » Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:01 pm

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Kenny wrote:Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, passing Steffi Graf for all-time major tennis championships in the open era. Margaret Court had 24 when tennis was amateur only. As mentioned earlier, it was the sisters' ninth meeting in a major finals. Lots of J! fodder there.

Not a current event, but to set the record straight, Margaret Court's career extended into the Open Era where she won several Majors.

Technically correct WRT Court, but there's a reason tennis is divided into the Non-open (Amateur) Era and Open (Modern) Era. Court's career straddled those, as did Rod Laver's, who won Grand Slams both as an amateur and a pro.

But I specified that both Serena Williams and Steffi Graf won all their titles in the Open era, and that remains true. All news reports I saw/read referred to Williams as having passed Graf for all-time GS victories in the Open Era. Court only had about 14 open titles.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby econgator » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:34 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:
Blue Lion wrote:
Kenny wrote:Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, passing Steffi Graf for all-time major tennis championships in the open era. Margaret Court had 24 when tennis was amateur only. As mentioned earlier, it was the sisters' ninth meeting in a major finals. Lots of J! fodder there.


The same is true of the men's final. It was the record ninth time that Federer and Nadal had faced one another in a men’s Grand Slam final. Nadal is the third-oldest player to win a Grand Slam singles titles, and the first to win five singles titles in three different Grand Slam tournaments (Australian, French, and U.S. Opens).


Nadal has won the French 9 times and has 14 Grand Slam titles, so something is not adding up. I'll go with Federer being the guy for the distinctions listed above.


It's Federer and it's not the tourneys listed above (5 Australian, 5 US, 7 Wimbledon, 1 French).
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Blue Lion » Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:44 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:Nadal has won the French 9 times and has 14 Grand Slam titles, so something is not adding up. I'll go with Federer being the guy for the distinctions listed above.


To clarify:

Federer has won a record 18 Grand Slam events, Nadal 14.

Nadal and Federer faced each other in nine Grand Slam finals, a measure of their dominance of the sport. Thus they won a combined 23 additional titles against other finals opponents.

In women's competition, Martina Navritolova and Chris Evert were even more dominant. Each won 18 Grand Slam titles, and they met 14 times in Grand Slam finals. So they won a combined 22 additional titles against other finals opponents.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Johnblue » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:22 am

I despise Federer and adore Nadal so I had great anticipation for the match. Horribly disappointed. I didn't waste time watching the award ceremony.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby morbeedo » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:34 pm

Westminster dog show adds 3 new breeds: sloughi, pumi, American hairless terrier
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Kenny » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:56 pm

Jan. 31: President Trump nominates Neil McGill Gorsuch (b. Aug. 29, 1967) to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, he would replace Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch is currently a justice on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Denver), appointed by George W. Bush.

Two related factoids: Gorsuch's mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was Reagan's first head of the EPA; (1981-83); and one of his Harvard Law School ('91) classmates was Barack Obama.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Cat Hammarskjold » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:09 pm

I'm not sure how rare this is, but he would be on the court at the same time as someone he clerked for (Anthony Kennedy) if he gets confirmed.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Bamaman » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:11 pm

Cat Hammarskjold wrote:I'm not sure how rare this is, but he would be on the court at the same time as someone he clerked for (Anthony Kennedy) if he gets confirmed.


I can't think of a specific example, but I think it isn't unusual.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Woof » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:18 pm

Bamaman wrote:
Cat Hammarskjold wrote:I'm not sure how rare this is, but he would be on the court at the same time as someone he clerked for (Anthony Kennedy) if he gets confirmed.


I can't think of a specific example, but I think it isn't unusual.


According to what I heard on the radio today, it may be unique.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Johnblue » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:55 am

Kenny wrote:Jan. 31: President Trump nominates Neil McGill Gorsuch (b. Aug. 29, 1967) to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, he would replace Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch is currently a justice on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Denver), appointed by George W. Bush.

Two related factoids: Gorsuch's mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was Reagan's first head of the EPA; (1981-83); and one of his Harvard Law School ('91) classmates was Barack Obama.



Judge Gorsuch is 6 years younger than obama. And no, there has never been a justice who served alongside another Justice for whom he clerked. Kennedy has been on the Court for almost 30 years though.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby opusthepenguin » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:16 pm

La La Land becomes the third film to receive 14 Academy Award Nominations.

The previous two:
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Titanic (1997)
All About Eve (1950)
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Bamaman » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:29 pm

Johnblue wrote:
Kenny wrote:Jan. 31: President Trump nominates Neil McGill Gorsuch (b. Aug. 29, 1967) to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, he would replace Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch is currently a justice on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Denver), appointed by George W. Bush.

Two related factoids: Gorsuch's mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was Reagan's first head of the EPA; (1981-83); and one of his Harvard Law School ('91) classmates was Barack Obama.



Judge Gorsuch is 6 years younger than obama. And no, there has never been a justice who served alongside another Justice for whom he clerked. Kennedy has been on the Court for almost 30 years though.


Thanks for clearing that up. I think I got confused about former clerks becoming justices, not a clerk serving with a justice he clerked for.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby 9021amyers » Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:39 pm

In a disturbing continuation of trends, evil has prevailed yet again, this time at the Super Bowl.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Cat Hammarskjold » Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:41 pm

The New England Patriots are #notmySuperBowlChampion by beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in the first ever Super Bowl to go to overtime, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of the popular fan polling showed that they wanted the Falcons to win.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Kenny » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:44 pm

Cat Hammarskjold wrote:The New England Patriots are #notmySuperBowlChampion by beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in the first ever Super Bowl to go to overtime, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of the popular fan polling showed that they wanted the Falcons to win.

Ha ha, Tom Brady becomes the first NFL quarterback to win five Super Bowls, passing Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, with four each.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby triviawayne » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:42 pm

The Super Bowl champion team with the least amount of game time spent in the lead--Super Bowl LI, Patriots led for zero seconds.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby BobF » Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:07 pm

triviawayne wrote:The Super Bowl champion team with the least amount of game time spent in the lead--Super Bowl LI, Patriots led for zero seconds.


I believe they're also the first team to win without kicking a single extra point.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Bamaman » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:41 pm

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama has been approved to be the next U.S. Attorney General. Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Alabama's Attorney General, Luther Strange to take Sessions seat.

Bentley has been under investigation for using state funds to fly his mistress around on the state plane. Now he will get to appoint the person who will continue the investigation. All this happened the same day a former governor got out of prison for taking bribes.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Blue Lion » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:10 am

Bamaman wrote:Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama has been approved to be the next U.S. Attorney General. Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Alabama's Attorney General, Luther Strange to take Sessions seat.

Bentley has been under investigation for using state funds to fly his mistress around on the state plane. Now he will get to appoint the person who will continue the investigation. All this happened the same day a former governor got out of prison for taking bribes.


That's impressive. And I grew up in New Jersey.
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