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One year ago: Raj Rajaratnam (rahj rah-juh-RUHT'-nuhm), the hedge fund billionaire at the center of the biggest insider-trading case in U.S. history, was sentenced by a federal judge in New York to 11 years behind bars. American drone-fired missiles killed a ranking member of the militant Haqqani network in northwestern Pakistan. The Detroit Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series, defeating the Texas Rangers 7-5. The Milwaukee Brewers tied the NL championship series at two games apiece with a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. American Jordyn Wieber won another gold medal, beating Russia's Viktoria Komova for the all-around title at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo.
Today's birthdays: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is 87. Playwright Frank D. Gilroy is 87. Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is 74. Actress Melinda Dillon is 73. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 71. Actress Pamela Tiffin is 70. Musician Robert Lamm (Chicago) is 68. Country singer Lacy J. Dalton is 66. Actor Demond Wilson is 66. Singer-musician Sammy Hagar is 65. Actor John Lone is 60. Model Beverly Johnson is 60. Producer-writer Chris Carter is 56. Actor Reggie Theus (THEE'-us) is 55. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is 54. Singer Marie Osmond is 53. Rock singer Joey Belladonna is 52. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is 52. NBA coach Doc Rivers is 51. Actress T'Keyah Crystal Keymah (tuh-KEE'-ah KRYS'-tal kee-MAH') is 50. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is 50. Actress Kelly Preston is 50. Country singer John Wiggins is 50. Actor Christopher Judge is 48. Actress Kate Walsh is 45. Rhythm-and-blues musician Jeff Allen (Mint Condition) is 44. Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin is 44. Classical singer Carlos Marin (Il Divo) is 44. Olympic silver-medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 43. Country singer Rhett Akins is 43. Classical crossover singer Paul Potts (TV: "Britain's Got Talent") is 42. TV personality Billy Bush is 41. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 41. Rock musician Jan Van Sichem Jr. (K's Choice) is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singers Brandon and Brian Casey (Jagged Edge) are 37. Actress Kiele Sanchez is 36. NBA All-Star Paul Pierce is 35. Singer Ashanti (ah-SHAHN'-tee) is 32. Christian rock singer Jon Micah Sumrall (Kutless) is 32. Olympic gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe is 30.
Thought for today: "There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. One has to go abroad in order to find the home one has lost." -- Franz Kafka, Austrian author (1883-1924)
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