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June 26, 2008

From The Cage To Mainstream

FROM THE CAGE TO MAINSTREAM

Mixed martial arts used to be called cage fighting, extreme fighting, no holds barred fighting.  John McCain once called it human cockfighting. But Senator McCain has since changed his mind, and the sport has now gone mainstream.

But who would ever want to step into a caged ring and exchange punches, kicks and choke holds with another person until you couldn't go on?

Aaron Stark is a professional mixed martial artist. He's college-educated, a member of MENSA and works at his family's Oregon vineyard. He talks to Dick Gordon about how what's most appalling about the sport is also what's most appealing.

ALONZETTA AND ALONZO

Alonzetta Huey's dad Alonzo voted in any and all elections. As an African American born in Arkansas, Alonzo lived through harassments and threats on many a voting day. Alonzetta never quite "got" her dad's commitment to the political process until he told her one story from his own past. These days, Alonzetta herself never misses an election. It's a way to honor her father's memory and his political dedication.


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