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BOLT DA GREATEST: Usain Bolt cements legacy as greatest sprinter ever... Bolt quashes Gatlin's coup attempt in Beijing

Monday, August 24, 2015    
BEIJING, China — Usain Bolt brutally ended two-time doping offender Justin Gatlin's attempt to controversially usurp him as the king of sprinting when he blazed to the 100 metres world title yesterday.
Bolt Da Greatest
The towering Jamaican roared past Gatlin at the halfway mark to retain his crown in a season's best of 9.79 seconds, with his American rival taking silver just one hundredth of a second behind on a pulsating evening at the World Championships in Beijing.
Before their blockbuster clash, Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill completed a fairytale comeback by winning her second heptathlon world title, helped in no small part by an astonishing meltdown by fellow Briton Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
But the night belonged to Bolt, who had played a high-stakes game of poker in the heats, running well within himself as Gatlin, dressed in a blood-red lycra suit, posted eye-popping times of 9.83 and 9.77 to seemingly gain the psychological edge.
Gatlin, the sport's pantomime villain after twice serving doping bans, looked stunned at the finish as Bolt danced and struck a gunslinger's pose and a Bob Marley tune pumped out around the Bird's Nest stadium, where he shook the world at the 2008 Olympics.
BEIJING, China — Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates with the
 Jamaican flag after winning the final of the men’s 100

 metres at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing 
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)
"I came out relaxed, no stress, and brought it home," said Bolt, who turned 29 on Friday. "It is all about running the race and getting it done. My aim is to be number one until I retire."
Gatlin, 33, was philosophical after tasting defeat for the first time in 29 races, a streak dating back two years.
"I feel good," he shrugged. "It was a great race, I just got nibbed at the line by the great Usain."
Behind Bolt and Gatlin, American Trayvon Bromell and Canada's Andre de Grasse shared bronze after recording a time of 9.92 in a final in which four of the nine men had returned from doping suspension, including Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers, along with Jamaican Asafa Powell.
New world athletics boss Sebastian Coe will privately be breathing a sigh of relief that Olympic champion Bolt repelled Gatlin's challenge after the sport was plunged into crisis by allegations of widespread doping. more

MAY PEN, CLARENDON : Parents blame ganja, alcohol for son’s 24 y-o Oraine Stephenson suicide

BY PAUL HENRY Coordinator - Crime/Court Desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com  Monday, August 24, 2015  
THE 24-year-old man who jumped to his death from a bridge in May Pen, Clarendon had a history of mental illness brought on by marijuana smoking, his parents have claimed.
This is the bridge
The parents, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer on Friday, said their son Oraine Stephenson started displaying troubling behaviour and repeatedly spoke about hanging himself since he started smoking in 2010. Still, Kesbert and Ivorine Stephenson said they were shocked by the death of their son, who was on medication.
They said his death came as a surprise because their son would often say he loved life when confronted about his comments about killing himself.
The young man, a resident of Paisley in the parish, jumped from the Rio Minho bridge on Wednesday morning. He died after hitting the dry river bed, bringing an end to a life that had been on a downward trajectory since his introduction to marijuana and rum.
According to his father and mother, his morning started out with him singing aloud gospel music, then later weed smoking in May Pen, where he should have been visiting his doctor, before later taking his life.
"I'm surprised that he jumped from the bridge," childhood friend Merika told the Observer. "I always thought he would have hung himself."
Merika and other residents said that Stephenson was always threatening to hang himself, especially when he drinks and gets drunk. According to his father, he got sick while attending the HEART Academy in Portmore and dropped out.
The parents said things started getting worse when he started working at a funeral home in May Pen as his drinking and smoking got out of hand. But his mother said she never thought it would come to this.
"When I asked him if he was really going to take his life he would say, Mi love life'," she said, adding that the day before the tragedy, her son, who had been undergoing counselling, had been talking about going back to school to further his education. more

GLOBAL STOCK CRASH: China's stock market suffers biggest one-day fall since 2007... China's stock market suffers biggest one-day fall since 2007, defying government intervention...US Stock Market Down 665 Points in Pre-Market

Associated Press By Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer 3 hours ago
BEIJING (AP) -- China's stock market fell Monday by its biggest margin in eight years, defying the government's multibillion-dollar effort to stop a slide that has wiped out the gains of this year's price boom.
An investor stands in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China. (Aly Song/Reuters)The decline threatened to weigh anew on global markets after last week's Chinese losses triggered a worldwide selloff.
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 8.5 percent to close at 3,209.91 points, its biggest one-day loss since an 8.8 percent decline on Feb. 27, 2007. The index is down 38 percent from its June 12 peak and just under 1 percent below its closing on Dec. 31, last year's final trading day.
"A disastrous result for China, after working so hard to breathe life back into domestic equities after the 2007 crash and having spent hundreds of billions of dollars propping up the market since June," said Angus Nicholson of IG Markets in a report.
Small investors have suffered heavy losses, souring many on stock ownership and threatening to disrupt Communist Party plans to use the market to raise money for reforms of state industry.
"It feels like the end of the world," said Pan Chong, a social media specialist. He said he invested 50,000 yuan ($7,900) in April, made 40 percent and then saw the market wipe out those gains.
"The so-called correction will finally become a long-term bear market," said Pan, 25. "So I'm considering selling all my shares as soon as possible."
The Chinese benchmark soared more than 150 percent starting in late 2014 after state media said shares were inexpensive, which led investors to believe Beijing would shore up prices if needed. Urged on by state media, millions of novice investors rushed into the market.
Prices faltered and then plunged after an unrelated change in banking regulations in June led investors to question whether Beijing's support might be weakening. The market index fell 30 percent, prompting Beijing to intervene by barring big shareholders from selling and promising state-owned brokerages and pension funds would buy.
Beijing's initiatives helped to calm markets. But after the state-owned company charged with buying shares to prop up prices announced it would not intervene every day, the Shanghai index fell 11.5 percent last week. more

WATCH BOLT CELEBRATES AFTER HIS WIN...BOLT 3 Times WORLD RECORD HOLDER in the 100m...ONLY 2 other person to do it.

BOLT Defeats GATLIN in 100m in 9.79 secs at World Games (WATCH RACE HERE)

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Beijing (AFP) - Usain Bolt beat his controversial rival Justin Gatlin by just one-hundredth of a second on Sunday as he retained his world 100m title in a race billed as a battle for clean athletics.
The double Olympic gold medallist and world record-holder ran his season's best of 9.79 seconds in a thrilling and heavily nuanced encounter against Gatlin, who has served two doping bans.
Gatlin overstretched and faltered through the closing stages, taking silver with 9.80sec -- slower than his semi-final time of 9.77 set earlier at the Bird's Nest stadium.
Gatlin's fellow American Trayvon Bromell and Canadian Andre de Grassse shared the bronze medal position after both timing 9.92sec.
"That still was not the best. I still stumbled," Jamaica's Bolt said in reference to clumsy footwork close to the blocks, after a similar error nearly derailed him in the semi-finals.
"I came out here relaxed, no stress and brought it home.
"My aim is to be the number one until I retire and therefore I am pushing myself and pushing myself.
"It's all about running the race and getting it done. You can call that race rusty, I could have run faster."
Tempered applause was heard at a packed Bird's Nest stadium when Gatlin, in a red one-piece suit, was introduced to the crowd.
Bolt, wearing lycra shorts and singlet in the green, gold and black colours of Jamaica, was placed in lane five, Gatlin in lane seven of the nine-lane track.
The towering Jamaican, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday, was greeted with massive cheers at the stadium in which he took the world by storm at the 2008 Olympics with treble sprint gold, before repeating the feat in London in 2012.
- Sigh of relief -
Chants of "Usain Bolt" rang around along with acclaim for China's Su Bingtian, Bolt raising his eyebrows at a classical piano rendition from a Chinese musician and checking out his beard as his face featured on the big screen.
In their first meeting over 100m since the last final in the Moscow worlds in 2013, when Gatlin also came second to Bolt, the American suffered from a slower start than the Jamaican.
Gatlin, a renowned fast starter who hasn't lost over 100m or 200m since 2013 and has set personal bests for both distances -- 9.74 and 19.57sec -- this season, pegged equal with Bolt out of the blocks.

Conservative Radio Host Jan Mickelson Is Totally Cool With Bringing Back Slavery "You think I'm just pulling your leg. I am not."

Headshot of Ed Mazza Ed Mazza Overnight Editor, The Huffington Post
A conservative radio talk show host in Iowa wants to turn undocumented immigrants into "property of the state" and forced into labor. 
"Put up a sign that says at the end of 60 days, if you are not here with our permission, can't prove your legal status, you become property of the state," Jan Mickelson said during his show on Monday. "And then we start to extort or exploit or indenture your labor."
Tom Tancredo
Jan Mickelson
Audio of Mickelson's segment was posted online by Media Matters. When a caller said "it sounds an awful lot like slavery," Mickelson asked: "Well, what's wrong with slavery?"
He also claimed that Americans are "indentured" to undocumented immigrants by supposedly being forced to pay their expenses. Mickelson said the undocumented immigrants could be housed in tents, similar to the "Tent City Jail" set up by Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. 
"Put up a tent village, we feed and water these new assets, we give them minimal shelter, minimal nutrition, and offer them the opportunity to work for the benefit of the taxpayers of the state of Iowa," Mickelson said. "All they have to do to avoid servitude is to leave."
In another excerpt posted by Media Matters, he also suggested that the "slaves" could be forced to build a wall across the Mexican border: more