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Five years ago: President George W. Bush and other Group of Eight world leaders meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, urged Israel to show "utmost restraint" and blamed Hezbollah and Hamas for escalating violence in the Middle East. Claiming election fraud had robbed him of Mexico's presidency, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (ahn-DRAYS' mahn-WEHL' LOH'-pez OH'-brah-dohr) led hundreds of thousands of marchers through the capital.
One year ago: Retired intelligence analyst Kendall Myers, the 73-year-old great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for quietly spying for Cuba for nearly a third of a century from inside the State Department; his wife, Gwendolyn, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years. American sprinters who'd been stripped of their 2000 Olympics relay medals because teammate Marion Jones was doping won an appeal to have them restored.
Today's birthdays: Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 79. Soul singer Denise LaSalle is 77. Soul singer William Bell is 72. International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court is 69. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 63. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 63. Rock composer-musician Stewart Copeland is 59. Playwright Tony Kushner is 55. Dancer Michael Flatley is 53. Actress Phoebe Cates is 48. Actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell is 46. Actor-comedian Will Ferrell is 44. Actor Jonathan Adams is 44. Actress Rain Pryor is 42. Actor Corey Feldman is 40. Rock musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 40. Rock singer Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool) is 37. Actress AnnaLynne McCord is 24. Actor-singer James Maslow is 21. Actor Mark Indelicato ("Ugly Betty") is 17.
Thought for today: "When two people love each other, they don't look at each other, they look in the same direction." -- Ginger Rogers (1911-1995)
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