Week in review: Mitt Romney becomes GOP nominee

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

News of the week

Here are the top news stories from the past week:

- "Tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama? You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him." – Mitt Romney, talking during his acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.

- James Holmes, the man accused in the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., called the university nine minutes before the shootings began, his attorney said. The number is one used to get in contact with faculty members. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injured 58 in the attack. See a video report of this story below.

- "This is a man-made beach. Most of that sand is gone. Thousands of homes have been damaged; people have been out of their homes and will be." - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, talking about flooding damage from Isaac.

- "The system that the country invested in is absolutely paying off." - Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, talking about the levees and other protections in New Orleans that were implemented after Hurricane Katrina.

- Yet another rumor of Bill Cosby’s demise spread across the Internet this week, but the 76-year-old comedian is very much alive. The latest rumor started Sunday on Facebook when a user set up an R.I.P. Bill Cosby page. The user said he wanted to make fun of people who get their news from social media. Cosby has been the victim of death hoaxes several times in the past.

- Not long after Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas told Oprah Winfrey that she had been subjected to racism at a gym in her hometown of Virginia Beach, the gym responded by saying the reports were false. Douglas told Winfrey that she was called a "slave" and "felt isolated," and the treatment in part led to her move to Iowa to train. Gustavo Moure, the CEO of Excalibur Gymnastics, denied that Douglas was ill-treated and said, "Is Gabrielle a credible person just because she is an Olympic champion? She is not giving any names or dates, leading us to believe that the accusation is fake."

- "We are having a swarm. We expect thousands of events (like this) over several days." - U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, talking about a series of earthquakes in southern California that took place on Sunday. Officials say the swarm of quakes is the worst since the 1970s.

Video of the week: Miracle horse?

Alabama woman sees praying image in horse.

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