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September 19, 2011

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At age 85, trailblazing female daredevil Betty Skelton. As a competitive stunt pilot, the 5'3", 100-pound Skelton (above) won three consecutive aerobatics championships from 1948 to '50; set two altitude records; and was the first woman to successfully execute an "inverted ribbon cut," a stunt that required her to fly upside down about 10 feet off the ground and sever a ribbon stretched between two poles. After meeting NASCAR founder Bill France in the early 1950s, Skelton began a second career driving race cars. In '56 she set a transcontinental speed record by driving from New York to L.A. in under 57 hours. Skelton, who grew up in Pensacola, Fla., watching Navy pilots train, began taking flying lessons when she was 10 and made her first solo flight at 12.


From his assistant gymnastics coach position at Ohio State, 2004 Olympic champion Paul Hamm, who was arrested on Sept. 3 in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and charged with assaulting a cab driver. Described by police as "highly intoxicated," Hamm, 28, allegedly hit and kicked the driver, damaged the cab's window and refused to pay his $23 fare. In the police video of the arrest, he can be heard telling officers, "I'm going to kill you guys." Hamm (right) began working with the Buckeyes in June while training for the 2012 Olympics. He faces three misdemeanor charges, two of which carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 15.


After suffering a seizure, first-year Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill, 50, who collapsed late in the fourth quarter of a 28--21 home loss to New Mexico State last Saturday. The coach, who has a history of seizures, was listed in stable condition after the game. Doctors say that the 88° game-day weather coupled with dehydration likely played a role in his collapse. Kill twice suffered on-field seizures when he was the coach at Southern Illinois, first in 2001 and again in '05, after which he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.


By a federal judge, the request of nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis to overturn a ruling barring him from being on the ballot for the state senate in New Jersey. Lewis, 50, who voted in California as recently as 2009, did not register to vote in New Jersey until April, just before declaring his candidacy for the state's Eighth Legislative District. Republicans have since claimed that Lewis, a Democrat, does not meet New Jersey's four-year residency requirement, but the former sprinter was permitted to remain on the primary ballot in June while the dispute was sorted out, and he won an uncontested race. Lewis, now a volunteer track coach in his hometown of Willingboro, N.J., is scheduled to argue his case—his attorney claims the residency requirement is unconstitutional—on Sept. 13 before the U.S. court of appeals in Philadelphia.


By prosecutors in Brazil, the investigation of the 2009 death of boxing champ Arturo Gatti, which had been ruled a suicide. Officials are examining new evidence uncovered by private investigators involved in a civil trial to determine the recipients of the boxer's multimillion-dollar estate. A lawyer representing Gatti's mother and brother hopes to use the new findings to get an indictment of his ex-wife, Amanda Rodrigues Gatti, who was written into the fighter's will three weeks before his death. She had been arrested after Gatti was found dead in a hotel room in Ipojuca, Brazil, but was quickly released after police ruled the death a suicide.

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