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August 15th, 2010
10:44 PM ET

Banned from the U.S., Professor says He's a Victim of Ideological Exclusion

University of Johannesburg Professor Adam Habib has been able to return to the United States after being excluded since 2006.  The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of the American Sociological Association, the American Association of University Professors, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights to get Habib back into the country.  Then in January Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lifted the exclusion against Habib's visa.  Habib this weekend spoke at the American Sociological Annual Meeting in Atlanta.  What changed?  Why did the United States permit him to enter?  Don Lemon sits down with the once-banned professor.

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August 15th, 2010
02:56 PM ET

Linked by the Winds of Change

By Sports Business Analyst Rick Horrow:

Watching the wind whip off Lake Michigan during the final rounds of the 72nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits this weekend, I am reminded that golf’s fourth major of the year provides the perfect bridge between the last major sporting event of the summer and the harkening of the fall season, in the form of preseason NFL football games.

And as the NFL prepares to raise the curtain Monday night on its latest mega sports palace, the $1.7 New Meadowlands Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets and host of a loudly debated outdoor Super Bowl in 2014, I am reminded that however unlikely, no two sports are more linked than golf and football, in that no two sports are more dramatically affected by the whims of weather – fog, rain/snow, and especially the wind.

How players, coaches, and caddies manage the gusts also adds a dose of high drama for the fans sitting in the stands, and the millions watching at home.

Playing the wind is a key part of golf’s club and shot choices, and in football, especially in the windswept prairie states, decisions on whether to start a half on offense or defense often rely heavily on the forecast.  In July, play at Britain’s Open Championship at St. Andrew’s was stopped more than once because the wind was actually moving the ball on the greens, frustrating the players and giving the betting-happy UK spectators one more aspect of the matches to wager on.  In football, who can forget the Raiders vs. Patriots NFL playoff game in New England a handful of years ago played in snow so deep it could bury the football like a shot into deep rough and inspiring a new rule of the game (the Tom Brady “tuck” rule)?

If golf were to be played in a completely sterile environment – inside of a giant bubble, perhaps – it would take away one of the all-too-few elements of the game that in this age of a declawed Tiger keep fans glued to their sets on a Sunday afternoon.  Likewise playing the Super Bowl only inside domes or in mild, sunny climates takes away one of the most exciting, unpredictable components of the game that keeps it linked to its roots and contributes to sports’ status as the ultimate in reality TV.

Spreading the Super Bowl around to the NFL’s cold weather locales is the right move by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s 32 owners.  Just ask any of the hundreds of Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears fans who lined the windswept greens at Whistling Straits this weekend, who can easily handle regular-season games in mid December, largely regard corporate suite-sitters as sissies, and would love a Super Bowl of their own.  Just like all the young guys competing for their first major in Wisconsin, they should get their shot.

In the end, it’s purely elemental.
Rick Horrow is the CNN Sports Business Analyst, co-author of Beyond the Box Score: An Insider’s Guide to the $750 Billion Business of Sports, and of counsel, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLC

Rick joins CNN's Don Lemon tonight at 6pm ET


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August 15th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
August 15th, 2010
07:13 AM ET

A Minute of Motivation on Overcoming Defeat

Look for Melissa Dawn Johnson's motivational minutes Sunday mornings in the CNN Newsroom with TJ Holmes.

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August 15th, 2010
03:35 AM ET

The Art of "Couponing"

From financial Analyst Clyde Anderson:

The coupon section in the Sunday Paper has shrunk as the deals have shifted to cyber space. Companies are going green and realizing it's more effective to put these deals online. There is a plethora of websites, workshops and other tools popping up everywhere to educate consumers on how to stretch their dollars by using coupons. Even social media sites like Facebook have jumped on the bandwagon to offer discounts to people who friend or follow them.

Coupon clipping classes and sites are becoming the latest way to save money and keep your quality of life without breaking the budget. As fewer coupons arrive in the paper, more deals are found online. But, you have to know how to navigate the web to find the best sites for getting the biggest bang for your buck.

These classes are popping up everywhere. Costs range from free to about $25 bucks. You may be wondering, “What do they teach at a coupon class?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Most of the classes in general cover a range of topics dealing with the art of "couponing." You’ll learn how to find coupons, the art of matching coupons to store sales, a list of all the top couponing websites, and how to use them. Participants will also discuss and learn tips on effective budgeting, the envelope system and determining how to feed a family of 4, 5, or even 6 on $50 a week. Last, but not least, a topic perfect for this economy: frugal living - with topics ranging from meal planning, thrift store shopping and how to be a garage sale guru.

I’ve often heard it said if you can solves someone's problems in this economy you’ll always have a job. Well, if the problem is lack of funds, it looks like the internet has provided an answer for many people working hard to stretch a dollar.

Look for Clyde Anderson's Home School segments in the 7 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Morning with TJ Holmes.

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August 15th, 2010
02:59 AM ET

Tourism After the Oil

Join Reynolds Wolf weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom with TJ Holmes, 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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August 15th, 2010
02:53 AM ET

Celebrations Canceled in Pakistan

Pakistan has been hit by unprecedented floods the country's Prime Minister says have affected some 20 million people. All Independence Day celebrations were canceled Saturday. CNN Editorial Producer Nadia Bilchik has more.

Join TJ Holmes weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET, 3am PT.

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August 15th, 2010
02:39 AM ET

How to Save on Back-to-School Gadgets

Look for Mario Armstrong's everything tech segments in the 8 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Morning with TJ Holmes.

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