Andy Murray’s big win
Scotland’s Andy Murray, 23, overcame two tennis giants and weather delays at Toronto’s Rexall Centre to win the Rogers Cup championship for the second year in a row. He beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets and ground down Roger Federer in the final, before clambering into the crowd to hug his mother.
The soldier takes a bride
Retired infantry Capt. Trevor Greene has put aside work on a book about his remarkable recovery from an axe attack four years ago in Afghanistan to soldier away on a new writing project: wedding thank-you cards. In late July, Greene married Debbie Lepore, the woman he credits with helping drag him from the edge of death after his traumatic brain injury and setting him on the path to recovery. They married in Nanaimo, B.C., before 120 guests, including their ﬁve-year-old daughter Grace, in Lepore’s sister’s backyard, “which had been transformed into a bucolic, candlelit sanctuary for the occasion,” he said in an email to Maclean’s. He may not have walked down the aisle, but he stood at a set of parallel bars as Lepore became Mrs. Greene. They’ll soon resume work on the book, and he’s added workouts in a pool to his rehab routine. “My physio said that is where I will take my first steps in the fullness of time,” says Greene.
Tempest in a breadbox
The European economy teeters on the brink and yet a hot topic in German politics is the dietary preference of German President Christian Wulff. He is under fire for importing bread to Berlin from distant Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony, where he’d served as premier. The 300-km trip is a waste of carbon, fumed Claudia Haemmerling, a Green party representative from Berlin. The Bild newspaper joined the chorus: “Why don’t you eat Berlin bread, Mr. President?” The controversy annoys Hanover baker Jochen Gaues. “My bread is made by hand, and [is] top quality,” he said.
Turns out she can
When ballet dancer Alex Wong tore his Achilles tendon, the producers of So You Think You Can Dance feared they couldn’t reprise a popular hip-hop routine he’d done with past contestant tWitch. Ellen DeGeneres volunteered as a surprise replacement. Instead of going for laughs, she brought down the house by busting some killer moves.
Darwin, check. Up next: Einstein.
For those who think Wikipedia is written by pinkos, there is Conservapedia, a “trustworthy” alternative founded by Andy Schlafly, the son of U.S. ultra-conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. The site attempts to answer such vexing questions as, “Why do non-conservatives exist?” It also finds conspiracies in the strangest of places, including Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. “It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world,” says Conservapedia. Adds Schlafly in a footnote: “Virtually no one who is taught and believes relativity continues to read the Bible.” Case closed.
A screwdriver, barkeep. And one for my cat.
A quest to rescue his cat has netted an impaired driving charge for Graeme Swann, one of England’s top cricketers. Swann, who faces trial this week, told police he returned to his home in Nottinghamshire after a night out to find his cat was trapped under the floorboards. He set out in his Porsche Cayenne at 3 a.m. to buy screwdrivers, and was pulled over. A blood test found he was above the legal limit. Over-consumption was also the downfall of Iran’s biggest soccer star, Ali Karimi. The midfielder was fired Sunday by Steel Azin FC for failing to fast during Ramadan. Muslims are required to fast from dawn until dusk during the holy month. Karimi “insulted” league officials when confronted. Karimi said he is a good Muslim. “I do respect Islam.”
The week in Botox-bashing
Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher may have made the biggest splash after pictures she posted of herself—au naturel, wet hair, no makeup, and the sort of wrinkles you’d expect on a 45-year-old—went viral. But she wasn’t the only Hollywood beauty to boo Botox last week. It’s unfortunate, actress Julia Roberts, 42, told Elle magazine, that “we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons.” And Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, 38, told Esquire she will grow old without “major surgeries.” “That thing with the cheeks. Like Madonna. Who do they think they’re fooling?”
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